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'The Lottery' recap: Bloody anomalies

Season 1 | Episode 4 | “Genie” | Aired Aug 10, 2014

This episode begins right where we left off, with a man shot dead on the ground as the shooter approaches Alison. The suited man with a gun reveals that he is a member of the Secret Service who has been assigned to protect Alison. The man lying dead in the streets would have kidnapped her.

Vanessa’s Run

The stress of Nathan’s death, the hostages and the lottery are haunting Vanessa.  She goes for a relaxing run, where she sees women lining the street wanting to learn about how to register for the lottery. Her stress turns to guilt as she thinks about all that has been happening as a result of her decisions, which could cost people their lives.

Bubble Man

“Bubonic plague? How is that even possible?” Kyle asks, expressing what we’ve been wondering since last week.

He is contained in a dome similar to the plastic bubble from The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, as he needs to be quarantined in case his bubonic plague virus is contagious.

" THE LOTTERY " Photo by Philippe BosseAnd no, Elvis does not have the bubonic plague virus like his father. Still, he was taken away, and Kyle demands he be brought back from the Department of Humanities Facility, to no avail.

Guilt Trip

Vanessa tries to uncover clues as to what went wrong with the hostage situation, to prevent any more hostility in the future.  She consults with Connor, who also worked with Nathan and is also personally invested in the matter.

" THE LOTTERY " Photo by Philippe BosseWhen she gets home, her brother stops in to try to cheer her up. It’s the first time she’s laughed or even smiled all episode.

The Vaccine

James and Alison discover that the virus Kyle is carrying is hollow, which means it is harmless. Alison believes that a vaccine he received is the reason Kyle stayed fertile longer than anyone else.

Alison breaks into Brooke Ashton’s house and retrieves her brush to test for the same bubonic plague virus Kyle has. Sure enough, it’s a DNA match. She thinks they were both vaccinated against the fertility crisis.

" THE LOTTERY " Photo by Philippe BosseDepartment of Humanities

Vanessa and Kyle meet with a representative of the Department of Humanities. When they are unsuccessful in convincing him to free Elvis, Vanessa visits the boy herself and finds that they plan on testing him.

“He is not a lab rat,” Vanessa tells the lady in a lab coat, even though she is unsuccessful in getting him back.

Dr. Kessler

After discovering that both Kyle and Brooke were vaccinated by a fertility specialist named Dr. Kessler eight years ago, James and Alison visit his office, only to find he died in a plane crash one week after vaccinating the two.

James realizes that there is something sketchy going on and agrees to support Alison in uncovering the truth.

The Pressure

Vanessa realizes that she isn’t the only one with a lot of stress when Nathan’s coworker, Connor, grabs a gun and threatens to kill himself. He marches around a parking garage with his weapon; when he doesn’t drop the gun, police are forced to shoot and kill him in front of Vanessa. Before he dies, he shouts to Vanessa that he needs to tell her something.

Hayes tells her that Connor set up Nathan, but we can be pretty sure this is a lie, especially since it’s coming from Hayes.

Following the incident, Vanessa speaks to a reporter and spouts fluffy lie after lie about the lottery and the state of the crisis.

What Happened

Kyle meets with Elvis’ absentee mother, and tells her she must try to get custody of their son so he doesn’t become a ward of the state. Then Kyle shows up at Alison’s house, and she invites him in to talk.

Meanwhile, Hayes meets James as he is heading into his car and tells James that if he and Alison succeed at fertilizing the embryos, they must tell him and no one else. But we know that Hayes is the last person anyone should talk to.

The President announces that the people will be voting for the winners of the lottery. Elvis plays on swings while doctors observe him, as we fear for the safety of our favorite dystopian 6-year-old.

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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