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'The Lottery' recap: Sleep-deprived

Season 1 | Episode 6 | “Sleep Deprived” | Aired Aug 24, 2014

A gentle baby dressed in white squirms around while soft music plays. It’s like a Gerber commercial, only sweeter.

The scene abruptly comes to an end when Alison instructs the lottery finalists to remove their goggles. The image of this angelic baby was just another part of preparation for these potential mothers. It’s another reminder of the harsh reality these women face comes when the first lady tells them that everything they do will be seen by the nation when it is transmitted on live television. They are being judged and tested at all times, which makes being a contestant on Big Brother look easy.

Gut Instincts

Vanessa confesses to her brother that she thinks Hayes is responsible for the deaths of the hostages in China, and that she thinks he will strike again.

“When you do the math, it all adds up,” Vanessa answers when her brother asks what proof she has. She is determined to expose the truth, even though it makes her a target.

Off the Wagon

Kyle is staying with Alison. He admits that he drank despite being sober for so long because he is hopeless in thinking he’ll ever get his son back. After a bit of arguing about his sobriety, Alison and Kyle kiss, confirming our suspicions about the two of them being together. That is, until James knocks on the door and stares down the man who just kissed the woman he is so clearly in love with.

" THE LOTTERY " Photo by Philippe BosseJames warns Alison about Kyle, and reveals the marks on his stomach from when he was attacked. He thinks Kyle has shared the secrets of their studies. James sure is the jealous type!

Who Are You?

Kyle is being followed, and with nothing to lose, he stands up for himself. He pushes the man into the wall of a building as he demands to know who the mysterious guy is.

“My name is Elliot … I think we can help you,” says the mysterious guy. It turns out Elliot is part of the Second of May resistance. Elliot assures him they are on his side and that the court case was a setup.

Off the Record

Vanessa meets with Nathan’s father, Randall Mitchell, and reveals the relationship she had with his son. She encourages him to try to find the truth about Nathan’s assassination, as him digging around will look a lot less suspicious than her trying to uncover the truth.

Mr. Mitchell follows Vanessa’s advice and meets with the president and Hayes along with Vanessa. Hayes calls them on their lies and cover-ups before storming out of the room.

Later, Hayes meets alone with Mr. Mitchell and feeds him lies about his son’s death, assuring him that Nathan died a hero. Mr. Mitchell, desperate for closure, decides to believe Hayes." THE LOTTERY " Photo by Philippe Bosse


Alison and James look further into Dr. Kessler’s research and plane crash. They find out that a company called Heliogenics was funding Dr. Kessler’s research. The duo also uncovers that the plane crash was actually in Afghanistan, where fertility was first reported, not Greece, like Dr. Kessler’s obituary stated. They determine that the plane was carrying the virus; this must have been what caused the infertility crisis. These scientists make great detectives.

I Like Her

The first lady watches footage of the finalists from her room and asks for all footage of Perry Summers, who is the most outspoken and honest of the finalists.

" THE LOTTERY "Photo by Philippe BosseA man in a dark suit and sunglasses takes her to the roof, where there’s a phone, which is strictly against the rules. When Perry asks if she’s being set up, the man replies, “Let’s just say you have a friend.”

Later, the first lady meets with Perry and reveals that she is “the friend.” She seems to be on Perry’s side … for now.

The Card

Kyle goes downtown to where the Second of May resistance is meeting.

“You wanna play?” the leader asks Kyle. We can be pretty sure he does, because this group may be the key to getting Elvis back.


James and Alison call Vanessa for a meeting. They reveal that they think the government is responsible for the fertility crisis. Vanessa shouldn’t even be surprised at this point. Especially since in the next scene, Hayes reveals his plans to eliminate the president. We can guess just how many conspiracies are really going on here.

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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