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'The Young and the Restless' fan recap: Love and murder?

Season 43 | Episodes 179–183 | “The Young and the Restless” | Aired May 16–20

Its amazing to look back on just one short week on The Young and the Restless and realize how much can happen in five days. Last Monday, we were treated to pitch-perfect love-in-the-afternoon vibes with Chelsea and Adam’s impromptu, intimate vow renewal in their living room. By Friday, Victor was putting the moves on his prison doctor, Meredith, only to leave us thinking, um … is this supposed to be love in the afternoon?

Let’s just rip the Band-Aid off (pun intended), and begin with Victor and Meredith. After a visit from Adam, Victor is left furious at the thought of his son looking forward to seeing his father rot in prison. He punches a wall, and — surprise, surprise — Dr. Meredith Gates (the only doctor on staff?) is there to tend to his wounds. He plays up the “woe-is-me” act, waxing poetic about how he has forgiven many in his life, but his family does not seem too keen on returning the favor. Meredith buys into Victor’s pain, and clearly sympathizes with him.

This is far from the first time we’ve seen Meredith feel for Victor, but in the past, it always came off as a daughterly sort of concern, perhaps because of the absence of her own father. But this time, her sympathy went a bit over the edge, and the two kissed. Not just once, but twice in the same episode. Her caring for him certainly goes beyond doctor/patient, and goes very far beyond daughter/father. With Victor, it has been really difficult to tell if he is genuinely shaken by his family’s lack of love for him, or if he’s just trying to find some way, any way, to get out of jail and ruin their lives. It’s nice to give characters the benefit of the doubt sometimes, but it seems safe to err on the side of life-ruining angle, given a new development this week: The sudden appearance of Sage’s journal. But let’s start from the beginning with that one.

After agreeing to sift through Sage’s belongings for Nick, Mariah gives him a box of the items she thinks Nick will want to keep. He is particularly interested in learning his wife’s innermost thoughts through a journal she kept. Sharon is visibly worried about Nick reading the journal — she thinks Sage could’ve written about Christian being alive before her car accident (even though there was literally no time for Sage to have written this in her journal, but we’ll humor Sharon). Mariah, the ever-perceptive one, catches on to Sharon’s panic, and Sharon is forced to reveal that Sully is actually Christian — that Dr. Anderson cruelly tricked her into believing she’d given birth to Sully at Fairview, but the child was actually Nick’s all along. Mariah is horrified and doesn’t want to lie for Sharon, but Sharon begs her to, as she cannot stand the thought of ripping another child from Dylan’s arms.

Even so, Mariah convinces Sharon to tell Dylan the truth, because secrets always have a way of getting out, especially in Genoa City. Just as Sharon is about to tell all to Dylan, Nick confronts the two of them with the most shocking fact he learned from speed-reading Sage’s journal — that Adam killed Constance Bingham, Gabriel’s grandmother and Sage’s dear friend. Even a completely relieved Sharon (maybe not a woman known for being one of G.C.’s sharpest) questions Nick’s reading comprehension here. After all, Sage and Adam were friends at the time of her death, so it hardly seemed as though she was fearfully keeping this secret for him. But Nick is adamant about getting to the bottom of it, and goes directly to Adam and Chelsea for the truth.

Adam and Chelsea had been having a pretty good week: They felt confident that Victor could not find another get-out-of-jail-free card, and felt settled enough to renew their wedding vows with rings and all, now inscribed with “Now and Forever.” Considering this is a soap couple, that kind of statement could prompt a lot of eye-rolls. But Adam and Chelsea have proven themselves to be one of the more resilient, genuinely happy couples in Genoa City in the last few years, so the moment, topped off with formal outfits and candles, felt refreshingly earned.

Not that it’s all sunshine and rainbows. When Nick (and then Dylan) talk to Adam and Chelsea about Sage’s journal entry, they both find it ridiculous. If anything, Adam points out, Constance lived longer believing her grandson was still alive. Nick and Dylan both press further, wanting to know what was in Sage’s private letter to Adam, and in her last voice message to him. He can’t say without telling Nick the truth about Christian’s paternity, which only makes him look guilty. But knowing his father’s trickster ways, he knows that this is just Victor’s latest way to make his enemies pay. Perhaps Victor is not the sad, abandoned man Meredith sees him as. Whether Nick and Dylan will get on board with this theory is yet to be seen.

Speaking of reigning hell on one’s enemies, the young and possibly evil Max Rayburn is off to the pediatric psych ward, unable to hurt Abby or anyone else. Abby is continuing to handle the situation with a level head, but Stitch? Not so much. While his focus has been primarily on Max since he regained full custody of him, his focus is fixed solely on Abby now that Max out of the picture. It is as though he only has the ability to pay attention to one loved one at a time, and Abby encourages him to break the habit. Still, he is insistent on keeping Abby from Max to protect her. But Ashley encourages him to share more with Abby — to let himself lean on her, and give her more insight into his life as a father.

Hilary continues to throw herself full-throttle into every town project she can get her hands on. With the knowledge of tension between Jack and Phyllis, she has been keeping a close eye on the couple, zeroing in on any cracks in their perfect exterior. She’s playing every angle she can, from driving Neil to drink from her constant (and honestly, totally valid) blackmailing to buttering up Jack every time their paths cross. Jack, a remarkably understanding fellow when it comes to town outcasts, feels sorry for Hilary. He reasons that she’s had a tough life, and has never been given any handouts. He believes she just fights for what she wants (Phyllis: “Yeah, to be supreme leader of the universe.”), and is unabashedly chasing her dreams. He goes so far as to say that if she were Billy, people would be bending over backward to cut the woman some slack. Oh, if Jack only knew how little slack either one of those individuals deserves.

Victoria is continuing to see her favorite bartender/bar owner Travis, seemingly as a way to distract herself from Billy and the stress of running Newman. She even asks Michael to enforce her and Billy’s custody agreement, as she says Billy only makes her crazy. But Billy is moving on, pondering what life beyond Victoria could be like, and what being with another woman — say, Phyllis — would feel like. Phyllis is conflicted. She loves her husband. But her undeniable draw to Billy is only getting stronger, and they both know it. This week ended with a little more love in the — the pair of them kissing, rather publicly in Chancellor Park.

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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