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'The Young & the Restless' fan recap: Nagging and Neville

Season 43 | Episodes 229–233 | “The Young and the Restless” | Aired Jul 25–29

Something shocking happened on The Young and the Restless this week — Victor was released from prison just months into his 10-year sentence. Just kidding, that wasn’t surprising at all. Victor, just as his name implies, always comes out on top, and this week was no exception. Despite Phyllis’ emotional testimony about how Victor’s maneuvers painfully impacted her life, the judge found it in his heart to let Victor go free.

It wasn’t exactly a happy welcome home, though — now that The Mustache is free of his cage, he has left Victoria and Nick wondering if they still have jobs at Newman Enterprises. Nikki, ever the Stepford Wife, is not particularly alarmed by her children’s fears — after all, what do they have to be worried about? It’s not as though Victor has another child in jail right now because of his own scheming, right? Oh. Never mind. We’ll get to Inmate Newman in a few paragraphs, but for now? Watch your backs, Nick and Victoria. Nick did make a fair point this week, though: Named Victoria Newman, the poor girl never stood a chance of avoiding following in her father’s footsteps. Perhaps this will be the time Victor finally accepts that and gives her more responsibility? He’s already moved Victoria’s belongings back into her old office, but hey, one can hope.

Other than his terrified children, Victor received another visitor upon his return to the ranch: Jack. Victor tells Jack that Phyllis’ testimony nearly ruined his appeal … it’s super inconvenient when victims try to thwart their wrongdoer’s trials, right? That seems to be legitimately what Nikki thinks, as she expresses that Jack’s presence is disturbing her husband’s first night back at home, which she was hoping to enjoy privately with him. Jack has some wild self-restraint for not mentioning that not too long ago, he also wanted to spend alone time with his spouse on his honeymoon, but couldn’t because he was kidnapped on Victor’s command and switched out with a lookalike drug lord.

Despite that whole Honeymoon from Hell debacle, Jack is continuing to try to move past it — and though he says he is trying to be supportive of Phyllis, he can’t quite seem to grasp why she won’t just move on with her life. This same cycle has been going on for weeks: Jack urges Phyllis to let go of her rage, she runs to Billy, who genuinely does seem to understand her frustrations better, and then when she returns to Jack, he apologizes for being so insensitive about her feelings. This week the cycle was switched a bit, though, with one new player added to the love triangle: Jill.

It might sound weird to say that Billy’s mother has inserted herself into his love affair, but she most definitely has. In her short visit she has already dictated what color Billy paint his home, stolen his company out from under him, and spied on him as he snuggled with Phyllis in his bedroom. In short, she’s a huge nag. Side note: She saw a woman’s shirt on his living room floor and felt the need to go see who he was sleeping with … who does that? Well, Jill, apparently. And now she has gone a step beyond creepily checking in on Billy’s bedmate — she has scared her away, too. Upon learning about Billy’s affair with Phyllis, she breaks into Phyllis’ hotel room (because crimes committed against Phyllis don’t count these days) to confront her about the affair, just moments after Phyllis and Billy have decided their love cannot be denied any longer. Jill convinces Phyllis that no matter how Billy and Phyllis present their coupledom to the world, it will destroy the Abbott family forever. So, to sacrifice herself for her love, Phyllis (once again) tells Billy they would never work in the real world, and goes back home to her husband.

Another person willing to sacrifice themselves for their loved one is Adam, who halfheartedly spent most of this week trying to convince Chelsea that she and Connor would be better off without him. It’s the right thing for Adam to do, of course; he can’t expect his wife to wait 30 years for him, raising their child alone with no one there to support her. But of course, Chelsea denies the notion that she needs to move on, feeling confident that she will soon find evidence that will set Adam free. He’s relieved, and admits that he didn’t actually want her to leave him, but didn’t want her to feel chained to him, either.

Lucky for both of them (maybe?), Chloe, the keeper of the evidence, is back in town. Chloe pays Chelsea a visit, but the catching-up session doesn’t last long, as Chloe can’t seem to contain her joy when she “learns” of Adam’s misfortunes. Despite her uncontrollable laughter at her friend’s sadness, she says she is a new woman who is totally recovered from the mental breakdown she experienced after losing Delia. Therapy, she says, worked wonders on her. Not sure why the fact that she intentionally ran over Adam was swept under the rug without additional time in prison or a psych ward, but it’s no matter now, as she has plenty of other issues to face. Kevin is suspicious of Bella’s paternity, given that the timing indicates he is likely her father. Little does he know, Chloe also stole Billy’s sperm before she left for the mental institution (you read that right), so the actual paternity is anyone’s guess. Kevin is a small matter compared to her much more intimidating problem, Victor Newman, who is out of jail and ready to collect the journal pages he entrusted her with. Chloe claims she no longer has the evidence that could free Adam, and if that’s true, it’s Victor’s fault. Why on earth would he trust Chloe, a woman who hates Adam, with evidence that could one day free Adam? Why wouldn’t he make copies? For a guy who does so much scheming, you think he’d have planned for this extra dose of crazy.

And one final note: This week, we said goodbye to Dr. Simon Neville, who rather abruptly exits the canvas after nearly killing Hilary by accident. His old lab now belongs to Chancellor Industries’ Brash and Sassy division, and Devon and Hilary appear to be moving on from coma research he started. Already, all traces of him are seemingly gone for good. But he receives one parting gift before his final bow: a long-awaited kiss from Ashley, who never seemed to understand how much he cared for her. We’ll miss you and your quirky sweetness, Doctor.

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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