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'The Lottery' recap: My baby!

Season 1 | Episode 7 | “St. Michael” | Aired Sept 7, 2014

“You’re saying the United States government is behind the global fertility crisis?” Vanessa asks, standing with arms folded.

“Yes,” Alison confidently replies.

And this begins the latest episode in the saga of Lifetime’s The Lottery with more conspiracy theories than a Dan Brown novel.

But Alison and James have proof—well, some proof of their theories, and they’re looking to get more. They are going to dig into Hayes’ past, since they know he is at the center at their controversial theories.

On the Air" THE LOTTERY " Photo by Philippe Bosse

TV host Jack Kerr and the first lady visit the quarters where the lottery finalists are housed and film a segment to give America an inside look at the lottery finalists.

Kerr asks the first lady what it’s like to be too old for the lottery, but young enough to have a child. We can tell how heartbroken she is, because she knows she’ll never be a mother. This is the first time in the show’s entire seven-episode history where we realize she’s actually human.

Trust No One

Alison warns Kyle about joining the Second of May Resistance, the violent group that promises to help Kyle find his son—for a price. But Kyle is so desperate for Elvis, he will work with whoever can bring him closer to reclaiming his boy.

Kyle meets with the leader and hands him Elvis’ mask. He tells the man that if he gets a photo of his son with the mask, he’ll do anything they want. Really? Well, this doesn’t have disaster written all over it! Cue sarcasm bell. Sometimes, I just want to kick in my TV screen …

Black Umbrellas

In a particularly creepy scene, Hayes walks around a cemetery in the rain while conspiring with a military officer. He turns more cartoonishly evil in every scene. We get it—Hayes is the bad guy! No hero has ever paced around a cemetery in the rain. They save that for the villains.

Later in the show, Hayes and the officer once again meet in the rain with their black umbrellas. It sure does rain a lot in this dystopian future! The two discuss how they will not let anyone stand in their way of their wicked plans." THE LOTTERY " Photo by Philippe Bosse

Gala Event

The president tells the vice president that they will be announcing the 100 lottery winners during a gala at the end of the week.

He is concerned that Hayes will turn it into a military event, but the vice president reassures him,”Don’t worry, Tom. I can handle Darius.”

Follow, Follow

Vanessa hires a man to follow Hayes. It seems like everyone is onto him. But they should all be wary, because we know what a Dr. Evil type of villain he has turned into.

" THE LOTTERY " Photo by Philippe BosseThen Vanessa discovers that Hayes has been in contact with a professional sniper and tells Alison right away.

Ground Zero

Alison and James meet with Dr. Kessler’s son again and say that they believe the late Dr. Kessler knew about the fertility crisis before it happened. Dr. Kessler’s response to their accusations is a dramatic gulp and a stern, “Leave me the hell alone!” as he sprints out of his office.

Just when we think Dr. Kessler will never be heard from again, he calls Alison and she finds out that his father kept notebooks. They may just contain some important clues to the fertility crisis’ cause.

" THE LOTTERY " Photo by Philippe Bosse

Finally, Dr. Kessler is thrown in a black car and killed. But we all kind of saw that coming from the moment he had his little temper tantrum in front of Alison and James. As we have seen, good guys don’t have emotional meltdowns in dystopias like this and live to talk about it, especially when they dig around where they’re not supposed to.

Focus on Your Life

Hayes talks to his daughter, Rose, about her future. She wants a fun life elsewhere, but he thinks she should stay and plan her life.

Then his phone rings. It’s one of his conspiring government buddies on the other end of the call. Once he hangs up, Hayes finds that Rose is gone.

You Don’t Wanna Be a Mother

Mystery solved … at least, one is. The reason the first lady paid such close attention to Perry and gave her special treatment in “Sleep Deprived” was because she wants Perry’s baby. It may be for the best, since Perry doesn’t seem like she particularly wants to be a mother." THE LOTTERY " Photo by Philippe Bosse

And then there are more black umbrellas! The first lady and Perry meet on the rooftop in the rain, as the first lady lectures Perry about how she acts in front of the cameras. She tells her to pretend to be someone else so that she wins. The first lady then reveals that she will rig a test so that Perry wins. Just when we thought the first lady was a good person, we are once again spun for a loop in finding out how conniving she can be.

But Perry is smart too. She gives the fixed test to a young woman who really wants to be a mother and takes the regular one herself.

The More We Know

After the leader of the Second of May resistance delivers a photo of Elvis and his mask to Kyle, he requests that Kyle spy on Alison for him. It’s a tough place for Kyle, because of his romantic involvement with Alison and how she’s been letting him stay with her.

Baby Shocker

Finally the tension makes sense! In a revealing moment between Alison and James, we find out that she aborted James’ baby right before the fertility crisis. Now, they’re just work colleagues and nothing more … well, maybe a little more.

Picture Perfect

The private investigator sends Vanessa an image of Hayes with the sniper and—wait for it—the vice president! Yes, the vice president is conspiring with Hayes. And they are all planning to have the president killed. Has your brain exploded yet?


James breaks into Dr. Kessler’s apartment and finds Kessler Senior’s notebooks. He manages to get photos of all the pages before men with guns rush in.

Just as he makes a run for the front door, James is stopped by a man dressed in all black and shot. He collapses on the ground—and we can be pretty sure we will not be seeing much more of James. He will be missed. Now it looks like Alison is going to have to solve the rest of this mystery herself.

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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