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'The Young and the Restless' fan recap: Secrets and Sage

Season 42 | Episodes 169–173 | The Young and the Restless | Aired May 2–6

It’s been a rough, dark couple of weeks for the citizens of Genoa City. Abby (Melissa Ordway) and Stitch (Sean Carrigan) are coping with the loss of their baby after her not-so-accidental fall down the stairs at the Genoa City Athletic Club, while Nick (Joshua Morrow) is grieving the sudden loss of Sage (Kelly Sullivan). The Newman clan has had a particularly rough time of it recently. If Nick is to be believed, his family is cursed. But soap viewers know better. Little does Nick realize that his fictional world is disintegrating simply because it’s May Sweeps, and this is how we roll on The Young and the Restless.

Since head writer Chuck Pratt Jr. has been at the helm of the daytime drama, sweeps periods have been moments of much hand-wringing, because something disastrous is bound to happen. Remember kicking off February 2015 sweeps with a fire, a plane crash, and a building collapse — totally unrelated — all in the same day? Yikes. While this May Sweeps has not been quite as flash-bang as some of Pratt’s other stunts, recent events are sure to cut deep as the aftermath unfolds in the coming weeks.

In trying to make sense of the loss of her child, Abby is convinced that Max (Jared Breeze) somehow caused her to trip down the stairs. People who haven’t met Max might say she’s just struggling to come to terms with her loss, but we all have met Max, whose young portrayer quite convincingly depicts a serial killer in the making. Perhaps in Stitch’s guilt over not being much of a father to Max, he does not seem to recognize his son’s creepy glares and constant lies. It’s not as though Stitch’s family has a history of mental illness or violence he should be considering, right? Oh, wait.

Lucky for the safety of Genoa City, Abby is on the ball and continues to pursue Max’s potential role in her accident, even if it means distancing herself from her husband in the process. Abby’s dead-on intuition will soon be revealed, though. At the end of the week, Dylan (Steve Burton) discovers that Max did indeed set fire to Genoa City Athletic Club’s server room — perhaps as a means to destroy video footage of him rigging the staircase where Abby fell. “Soon” is the key word here, though — for now, Max is on the run after escaping out of a hotel-room window. Maybe he’s not just a future serial killer, but Spider-Man, too?

The main event of this week was, of course, the fallout from Sage’s death. Nick claims that his late wife was smiling down upon her family and friends at her memorial in the park — if he only knew of the lightning-strike vibes she was probably sending. There is a web of lies surrounding Sage’s untimely demise. She knew Sharon (Sharon Case) and Dylan’s baby, Sully, is actually her son, Christian, and that Christian’s father is Adam (Justin Hartley), not Nick. Her death means that only a select few characters are left with half-truths. Adam knows he fathered Christian, but has yet to find out that his baby is alive. Sharon knows that Sully is really Christian, but does not know who his father is. Over on the sidelines we also have Patty (Stacy Haiduk), who knows Sharon was never pregnant to begin with. A Venn diagram would be helpful right about now. What we’re dealing with is a tangled mess of angst that is palpable at Sage’s memorial.

Adam tells Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) he is afraid to attend the emotional event, given that his cool exterior tends to break when he lets his feelings get the best of him. In his mind, Christian is gone. Nick learning of Christian’s paternity at this point would do nothing but hurt him. Sharon doesn’t want to attend, either, afraid that her guilt over keeping Nick’s child from him will overcome her, but Dylan prompts her to go. Both Adam and Sharon struggle through the service; Adam rather sweetly shakes his estranged brother’s hand with an unusual degree of awkwardness, and Sharon very nearly spills the truth before offering words of comfort, instead. They both make it through with Nick none the wiser, but there are plenty of questions on the horizon. Sharon bizarrely calls upon Adam to speak at the memorial, and he seems to notice her out-of-place behavior.

Then, at the reading of Sage’s will, Adam is given a note from Sage that acknowledges Christian’s true parentage. If Sage knew about his paternity, he wonders, than why did she leave him a mysterious voicemail about the baby right before her car accident? Sage asked in her letter (which was conveniently written just before her unpredictable death) that Adam never tell Nick the truth about Christian’s true paternity. But one has to wonder: With Sage out of the picture and Adam no longer posing as Gabriel Bingham, can he stand to let Nick raise his son just across the hall? And the more complicated question: With Adam now content with a cute little family of his own and distancing himself from nefarious past deeds, will he be able to peel another child away from his brother, Sharon, or Dylan as he once did with Faith and Connor?

Then there’s the other Newman child. While Victoria’s (Amelia Heinle) sister and brother are both dealing with major losses, she does the natural, sisterly thing to do and … makes solo trips to the bar. Well, that’s one way to handle it, and it’s perhaps better than Summer’s (Hunter King) way of handling it, which is whining about why her family doesn’t accept Luca (Miles Gaston Villanueva) as her new boy toy. Victoria has taken to wallowing to bartender Travis (who fans have noticed is practically a clone of ex–Billy Abbott portrayer Billy Miller), posing as a non-one-percenter named Tori. With “that peacock” Luca Santori, as Victor would say, spying on her every move, we’ll see how long that charade lasts.

Speaking of peacocks, Hilary (Mishael Morgan) is continuing to attempt a reign of terror, with little success. That is, other than making Devon (Bryton James) look sad all the time and blackmailing Neil (Kristoff St. John) about keeping her locked in a boathouse for months on end. But now Cane (Daniel Goddard) knows about the kidnapping, too (talking about a kidnapping at a busy bar is never a good idea, folks), so is Hilary’s leverage running out? We shall see. She’s the one who started posting dirt on G.C. Buzz when she first came on the scene, so it’s doubtful she’ll run out of blackmail material any time soon.

And finally, Billy (Jason Thompson) is keeping himself plenty occupied while the rest of town is in emotional turmoil, as he continues to receive understanding and support from Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) in the face of Jack’s (Peter Bergman) disapproval over his acquisition of Brash and Sassy. Is anyone else just waiting for the ticking time bomb that is “Philly” to go off? Any second now.

The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS.

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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