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'The Young and the Restless' fan recap: Liars and loose cannons

Season 43 | Episodes 194–198 | “The Young and the Restless” | Aired Jun 6–10

After Billy and Phyllis’s motorcycle accident last week, it seemed like they had a good plan in place: Claim that Billy’s new waitress pal Bethany was on the back of his bike instead, and Jack would be none the wiser. On this week’s episodes of The Young and the Restless, Billy and Phyllis are both coming to the conclusion that they’ve hired a wildcard to play a pivotal role in keeping their affair a secret.

Bethany is taking her role as Billy’s girlfriend pretty seriously. She comes to pick Billy up from the hospital after he heals from his accident-related injuries, gives him heart-eyes around Phyllis, and laughs at everything he says around Jack. She’s trying so hard that it’s bewildering to Jack, but he believes the charade anyway. If only he stopped to look at the expressions of his brother and wife whenever they’re in the same vicinity, he might be on to something. But it might not take him figuring it out on his own — with someone as unpredictable as Bethany in the mix, Billy and Phyllis realize this approach isn’t working. Phyllis doesn’t want to break up the Abbott family, but Billy insists on being together. Will they finally spill the beans?

Perhaps if “Philly” comes forward, Jack will find solace in his protégé, Hilary. Even while pursuing world domination, it seems like Hilary is always willing to make time for Jack. Then again, she does have other issues to worry about. Yes, issues, plural. She should probably be a bit concerned about the tremor Neville spotted in her hand — a sign she could be having a bad reaction to her treatment, much like other test patients of Neville’s have been reporting. In fact, the last time we saw her this week, she was in Jack’s arms, passed out. Definitely seems like a side effect, right? And then there is her other, only slightly less pressing issue: The fact that she paid off a lab tech to alter the results of Neville’s test patients to get the papers needed to put the miracle drug in the public’s hands by fall. Hilary, don’t you know that paying off lab techs always comes to light eventually in soap land? Except now the lab tech is dead from what looks like a suicide, so Hilary can safely let Neville take the fall for her actions.

This pay-off came to light quite accidentally, though. Let’s start from the beginning in events that unraveled this week that ended up with a dead lab technician, shall we? Adam is continuing to fight with everything he has to clear his name. Dylan, Paul, and Michael all believe in his innocence, and realize Victor has the power and motive to frame Adam for murder. Chelsea believes him. Heck, even Victoria, one of the executive members of the anti-Adam club, has recognized that dear old dad is going after his children, and Adam is taking the brunt of his revenge. The only person who doesn’t believe Adam’s innocence is Meredith, who, let’s face it, is kind of brainwashed by Victor. That happened quickly, no?

Adam is thrilled, because he has finally found someone who can testify against Victor. The catch is, it’s Ian Ward — a master manipulator, expert liar, and wannabe super villain — who just happens to hold a major grudge against Adam for past transgressions, and who will only testify against Victor in court, before a jury, without any solid promise that he’ll tell the story that will get Adam off the hook. Despite the potentially positive development of finding someone who can go to bat for Team Adam, Adam still expresses concern to Chelsea over how a potential trial will go. He says that looking a few steps ahead, he worries that Victor left no loose ends — that he will go down for Constance’s murder, and no one will be able to prove his innocence. With portrayer Justin Hartley’s new NBC show This Is Us coming this fall, it’s hard to rule out that maybe Adam is right: He’ll be sent to prison, while behind the scenes the show works on finding another recast.

But that’s a depressing thought, so let’s get back to business. In trying to prove Adam’s innocence, Dylan and Paul discover that a lab tech was paid off. They assume Victor paid him off to change Constance’s autopsy results, so imagine their confusion when they find that none other than Hilary Hamilton was behind the scheme. They confront the technician, who kills himself before they can speak to him about who his true benefactor is. And so, two mysteries continue on.

Last week, I wrote that Phyllis and Nick need to sort their daughter out when it comes to her relationship with Luca. This week, they actually listened! The former couple is teaming up for the good of Summer. Like always, Nick thinks a fist to the face is probably the best way to scare Luca off, but Phyllis comes up with a craftier plan: kill him with kindness. After sending Summer away for a visit with her brother Daniel, Phyllis finds a moment to speak with Luca alone. She boasts about taking Victor Newman down — the most powerful man in Genoa City. “Just imagine what I could do to a delicate flower like you,” she tells Luca. For now, destruction isn’t on her mind, though. She encourages Nick to welcome Luca into the fold and make him realize he can’t worm his way into Summer’s life without getting the third-degree from the Abbotts and the Newmans.

Nick is so hyped on protecting Summer that he takes it a bit too far and decides to protect Victoria from the man in her life, too. Luca shared images of Victoria and Travis together with Nick, so her little brother decides to investigate his sister’s clandestine encounters with her new love interest. He claims Victoria doesn’t really know Travis, which sounds a bit absurd, considering she has been visiting him for quite some time. Then again, thanks to some digging from Luca (did I just thank Luca?), we learn that Travis is a former Wall Street one-percenter. That’s news to everyone, including Victoria, who has been subjected to Travis’s rants about the privileged more than once.

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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