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Season 43 | Episodes 204–208 | “The Young and the Restless” | Aired Jun 20—24

This week on The Young and the Restless, reality has finally come crashing down for some, like Hilary, while others are continuing to drift further into fantasyland. Looking at you, Summer.

After learning that Ashley spilled the beans to Jack about Hilary blackmailing her and Neville, Hilary retaliates by telling Jack the full story of her kidnapping—implicating all who covered the secret in the process. In one fell swoop, she manages to alienate any remaining loyalty from the Winters clan, including her husband. Devon—poor, faithful Devon—has woken up to the idea that his wife is not the sweet woman he fell in love with anymore. Hilary claims this conniving (or “ambitious,” as she would probably word it) side has always been a part of her but just doesn’t fit Devon’s idea of her. It’s deep stuff, but he’s not particularly moved by it. Lily is relieved that her brother has finally seen the light, but Jack, on the other hand, takes offense at Devon’s sudden anger toward Hilary.

Jack knows Hilary has a tremor—Devon does not. So when Devon tells Jack and Neil that Hilary is packing her bags, Jack is infuriated that Devon could let her do such a thing when she is feeling so scared and isolated. Hilary tells Jack that there’s nothing left for her in Genoa City—everyone hates her, and she probably does not have much time left on this earth, either, given that hand tremors are obviously a mark of death. After her very dramatic explanation for her quick departure, Jack says that if she sticks around, he will support her. He has always been a sucker for the town outcasts.

Which will probably thrill Phyllis a little too much. She is fully torn between her two lives—her “Peter and Wendy” fairy tale with Billy and real life with Jack. When she is with Billy, she tries to forget her worries—even going as far as letting Billy box up their cell phones, duct tape the box, and put that oddly placed living room ladder to good use by sticking the box on the highest shelf. They could’ve just turned off their phones, but this was more romantic or something. Billy professes his love for her, but she can’t say it back while still feeling loyal to Jack. Even though she tells Jack that she was away on a business trip in order to spend a quiet weekend with Billy, she quickly returns to her husband upon hearing the slightest bit of concern in his voice, cutting her first romantic weekend with Billy short. How much do we want to bet she will be low-key encouraging more bonding time between Jack and Hilary? Actually, Phyllis doesn’t do low-key. She’ll probably be setting up romantic dinner dates for them.

While Phyllis is off being a good wife, Billy should take time to consider what it would mean to have his current niece, Summer, as a stepdaughter. This might make him rethink the whole Phyllis thing. Summer, transformed overnight into a Very Serious Businesswoman, has become the town busybody. She probes Travis about his relationship issues with Victoria. She insists that Billy and Victoria will get back together. She worries about where Victoria goes in her spare time. It’s all pretty exhausting, but it’s not nearly as exhausting as how very worried she is about her main man, Luca. Luca, the ever-trustworthy fellow, has continuously pushed the idea that Travis is bad news not just for Victoria, but also for Newman Enterprises. After the second oil spill in a month, he insists that Travis is behind it. After asking Travis about it and coming up short, Luca starts to mock Travis’ relationship with Victoria, earning a black eye in the process. Of course, he then fabricates an intricate story for Nick, Victoria, and Summer about how Travis became violent after being confronted about the oil spill. They bizarrely believe him, for a while at least. Summer shows some suspicions about his honesty, only for Luca to pull her back in with puppy eyes and the fact that he has helped her family without asking for anything in return. Of course, she falls for it again. But this is the girl who thinks her boyfriend requires lots of rest after getting punched, so maybe her gullibility shouldn’t be so surprising. Travis also manages to convince Victoria of his innocence, and the pair get back together for the umpteenth time. He seems legit, but the coincidence of him popping up while Victor is exacting revenge on his family is also a bit suspect. Could he be on Victor’s payroll?

One thing is for sure—a mysterious woman is on Victor’s payroll, helping him set up Adam. It seems as though the writers are trying to convince us the brunette minion is Natalie, but with Chloe soon to be back in the fold, that’s still where this writer’s guess lies. Who else would want to see Adam thrown in prison for life more than Chloe? Whoever it is, they are doing an excellent job of putting every nail in Adam’s coffin. He has pretty much reached his breaking point with evidence mounting against him, which now includes poison planted in his home and in the storage unit Sage kept under Gabriel Bingham’s name. On top of that, Adam is reeling from his latest interaction with dear old dad, during which he showed Victor a video of Connor (who just awoke from a months-long nap) and reminded him just how badly he wanted to watch his son grow up, only for a misty-eyed Victor to dismiss him.

The level of cruelty in Victor’s machinations continues to exhaust. He is in prison for a crime he most certainly committed—unless you ask Summer, who says it was all Marco’s fault that her mother was repeatedly violated and her husband was killed. But don’t ask Summer. Victor is consistently blaming his family for all of his wrongdoings and crying while literally ruining their lives, because in his mind, it is just what needs to be done. Perhaps this was an interesting angle at first. But the more successfully he, the villain in this story, takes down his children, the less enjoyable it is to watch, particularly with his cheerleader Dr. Gates standing on the sidelines. Yeah, she’s quite possibly delusional. But hey, at least she isn’t seeing dead people while awake in a café a la Sharon, right? It could be worse.

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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