EW Community TV Show Episode Guides and Recaps from EW's Community

'The Lottery' recap: The final challenge

Season 1 | Episode 8 | “Truth Be Told” | Aired Sept 14, 2014     "The Lottery" Ep 108 Day 3/7 Photo: Jan Thijs 2014 

This episode begins the way we loyal Lottery fans would come to expect from the dystopian sci-fi series: with an address to the nation. This address comes from the first lady, who reveals that the lottery finalists will be hooked up to a polygraph machine as their final test. Well, that’s one way to get to know these ladies.

After the address, we see Hayes’ daughter, Rose, chumming around with with Vanessa.

“D.C. is such a weird place. I feel like everyone is always having these whispered conversations,” Rose confides in Vanessa, who is quick to point out that Rose herself is whispering. So does that mean D.C. is getting to her?

Coworker … er … Friend

Alison and Kyle wake up in bed together … again. Then the phone rings, and Alison answers. She is told James has been shot.

Alison goes to visit James in the hospital but is stopped and questioned. She never gets to see her coworker, friend, and ex-lover. But at least he’s still alive. From the looks of it last week, James seemed like a goner.

Onto Hayes

"The Lottery" Ep 108 Day 3/7 Photo: Jan Thijs 2014Vanessa meets with the private detective, who gives her more information about the sniper Hayes has been palling around with. She quickly figures out that they are planning on assassinating the president … now she just needs proof!


Alison is convincesdHayes is responsible for James being shot. She tells Vanessa that they have to get Hayes for what he did, but Vanessa reminds her that if she does, they may do to her what they did to James. All these complications! What ever happened to eye for an eye? These characters sure are patient.

Lie Detector

When hooked to the lie detector, many difficult questions are asked, and most are way too personal. Especially since they are broadcast to the nation. Of course, Perry is honest … very honest. But could we have expected anything else from her?

Meanwhile, Angela is super-nervous during her test and winds up lying about her religion. Thenvshe spills her water and damages the machine before the polygraph can determine whether she was being truthful.

"The Lottery" Ep 108 Day 3/7 Photo: Jan Thijs 2014Perry comforts Angela in the bathroom. She is always there to help a friend. Angela reveals that she is quitting the lottery, because she cannot shame her family by revealing that she has betrayed her religious beliefs by losing her virginity. But Perry will not let her off the hook so quickly. She is determined to help her friend.

The first lady—who, remember, wants to fix the lottery so that she can keep Perry’s baby—visits Perry. Perry agrees that she will only accept mothership if Angela can be taken care of. She may be immature, but that girl sure is loyal!

The first lady agrees and brings her sedatives to give to Angela, which will calm her nerves so she can pass the test.

Flexibility Is for Gymnasts

There’s a quick scene of Hayes and the sniper in a parking lot, just as a reminder that, yup, Hayes is still evil. And yup, he’s still planning on assassinating the president.

The sniper tells Hayes he needs a better plan, though; he needs a clear shot so that he can hit his target, AKA the president.


Alison shows Vanessa the heliogenics research that Dr. Kessler was working on and tells her that he had an enemy named Mr. Torino. Vanessa knows that Mr. Torino is a pseudonym for Darius Hayes, and they know that he is the one who got Dr. Kessler killed.

“It is Darius who’s been covering up something all along,” Alison comments.lottery_alison_12022013_zd_0218

The two do some more sleuthing and discover “AT6880/DC” scrawled through Dr. Kessler’s heliogenics notes. They figure out that it is a D.C. license plate number. This may be all the proof they need to bury Hayes … or not. They find the man who bought the green convertible eight years before at an auction and reach a dead end.

Wake Up

After Perry gives Angela the sedatives she got from the first lady, she discovers Angela unconscious on her bed. She tells the paramedics about the sedatives. Big mistake.

Angela is dead, and the first lady tells her that if anyone else asks, she cannot tell them what happened.

Second of May

Kyle goes to the Second of May leaders and says he couldn’t swipe Alison’s phone, but the leader insists he needs to get it one way or another.

lottery_kyleelvis_12022013_zd_0600When Kyle asks why they need her phone so badly, the leader finally reveals what this organization is actually after: embryos.

“Whoever controls the embryos controls the future,” The leader says.

Kyle goes to Alison and tells her everything about the demands of the Second of May. She tells him to set up a meeting. All this just so Kyle can get his son back. But who can blame him? Little Elvis is a cutie.

Quality TIme

Hayes and his daughter, Rose, go to dinner. Hayes pries her on how much she knows about what he is up to.

But she doesn’t say a word—although we’re not actually sure if she even knows what is up with her father. That is, until she slips away to make a phone call. We don’t know whom the call is to, but we can be pretty sure it’s to Vanessa. Rose leaves a message that she knows her father is involved in something big.lottery_darius_12022013_zd_0387

Hayes sees her making the call and demands to see her phone. She bumps into a waiter as she storms out and drops her phone. C’mon, Rose, must we be that scatter-brained? Now you gave your father all the ammo he needs!.

Crystal City

Vanessa receives a text message from Rose’s phone telling her to come to Crystal City. Of course, it’s Hayes using his daughter’s phone, but Vanessa doesn’t know this.

She goes where the text asks and is greeted by Hayes in the dimly lit house.

He tells her that he saw that she was the last person Rose called on her phone and demands to know why. Well, now, how is she going to get out of this one?

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

You May Like