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'The Lottery' recap: The bubonic plague

Season 1 | Episode 3 | “Greater Good” | Aired Aug 3, 2014

“Hello, my name is Dr. Alison Lenon. I want to invite you to participate in the national lottery,” Alison says into a camera from a set made to look like a pediatric doctor’s office. The director yells “Cut!” as she takes a deep breath. Lying like this is the last thing Alison wants to do, but she knows she has to for James’ and her own safety. 


Kyle and Camille are in bed together, which answers our “Are they or aren’t they?” question fast. Camille thinks that they should raise their children together “like a family,” which makes sense, since together they have one-third of the last children born in the world. But for his son and his own safety, Kyle can’t do that.  He says he “will keep running as long as they keep chasing.”

Kyle meets his army buddy in Buffalo for phony passports, so he and his son can flee.


At the White House, the Chinese terrorist leader, Chan, talks to Vanessa while Hayes, the President, and the staff watch on a TV screen. Chan again demands five embryos in exchange of the five hostages. They try to track the terrorists, but America’s advanced technology is just not advanced enough.

Guilt Trip

James gives Alison a guilt trip about her lying at the press conference. He is especially angry that she implied they found a cure and that children would be born at a normal rate again. Alison tries to motivate him, saying they will just have to work that much harder to find a cure. She wants to make her lies truth, a seemingly impossible task. You have to admire that tenacity!

" THE LOTTERY " Photo by Philippe Bosse


As the White House staff rewatches the video feed of Chan and the hostages, they notice Nathan mouthing words. He was trying to tell them something. “Get a lip reader in here!” Vanessa orders. The lip reader recognizes Nathan’s words to be “44 Dulon Avenue,” which turns out to be the address of a warehouse outside of Shanghai, where they are sure the hostages were taken.

On the Run Again

A black van shows up at Camille’s house, so Kyle grabs Elvis and they make a run for it until they are stopped by uniformed DH agents with guns. Kyle puts down his son and raises his arms in surrender.

Sperm Sample

In the Government Fertility Lab, Alison meets Kyle. She asks him for a sperm sample, which she hopes to use to fertilize more eggs. Kyle refuses to cooperate until he gets Elvis back.

Alison makes an arrangement with Vanessa, and they get the charges dropped against Kyle. But Kyle still must face a custody hearing for his son. It seems like he likes and trusts Alison more than others. He agrees to give the sample." THE LOTTERY " Photo by Philippe Bosse

Seals in the Warehouse

The Navy SEALS break into the warehouse in Shanghai as the White House staff looks on from their TV screen. They confirm there is no sign of hostages at the address. When the terrorists call to demand the embryos, Vanessa suggests they offer two animal embryos to fool them. Chan kills a hostage when he gets the offer of three fewer embryos than he asked for. At first, they believe the victim was Nathan, but to Vanessa’s relief, it was another hostage. " THE LOTTERY " Photo by Philippe Bosse

The terrorists are not interested in negotiating. After a lot of deliberation, Vanessa suggests to the President that they should step away from the terrorist negotiation for the integrity of America. Chan kills all five hostages, including Nathan, leaving Vanessa heartbroken and guilt-stricken.

Blood Test

When the sperm sample doesn’t provide any new clues as to why Kyle was able to impregnate a woman, Alison takes a blood sample. James analyzes Kyle’s blood sample and realizes Kyle has the bubonic plague. This may be the key to finding the cure.

" THE LOTTERY " Photo by Philippe Bosse

Lone Survivor

In a surprising moment, we see Hayes on his cell phone talking to Chan.  That is, until we hear gunfire and Chan is killed in Shanghai. Hayes smiles as he takes a chip out of his phone and puts it in his pocket.


Alison is followed home by the director of her PSA. He pulls a gun on her and aims to shoot, but before he can pull the trigger, he is shot by a man in the dark. Alison looks on in horror, even though I’m pretty sure she’s getting used to this.

The Lottery, rated TV-14, airs Sundays at 10/9C on Lifetime.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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