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'The Young and the Restless' fan recap: Conniving and camping

Season 43 | Episodes 234–238 | “The Young and the Restless” | Aired Aug 1–5

The summer Olympics have begun, but over on another network, plenty of games are being played on The Young and the Restless. Mind games, that is — our beloved Genoa City residents are all awesomely in shape, but any athleticism they possess happens off-screen.

Chloe is the queen of mind games, being a bit of a head case herself. Unsurprisingly, she is withholding Sage’s original journal pages from Victor. She hates Adam and would love to see him rot in prison, so of course she’s not going to give in to Victor’s change of heart just because he says so.

Adam has enough sense to understand all of this, even if he does not know the exact nature of Victor and Chloe’s deal. Realizing she would have the best motive to frame him, he asks Chelsea to look into her old bestie’s mental state — and check out what skeletons she has hidden in her closet. Chelsea is a former con artist, and should know how to work the situation. Instead, she invites the woman who pretty recently tried to murder her husband to live in her home. The same home where her young son lives — the young son Chloe once tried to kidnap, mind you — because that seems like a solid plan. Chelsea is disappointingly accepting of Chloe’s new outlook on life, as she claims she now realizes Delia’s death was an accident, and that she has moved past her hatred of Adam. It’s a nice story, but Adam is not as open to this change as Chelsea is, and requests Chloe come tell him the same in person. Lucky for Adam, he is seemingly the only person in Walworth with visitation privileges — does he spend any time in his cell? When Chloe goes to confront Adam face-to-face, he is met with the same (frankly, believable) act. Chloe forgives Adam to his face, only to walk out of the visitation room with a mischievous smirk.

Chloe might have Chelsea under her spell at the moment — and poor Kevin, too, who is not Bella’s father as he was hoping — but at least Nick is actively skeptical about Adam’s imprisonment. He’s now wondering who could’ve been helping Victor from the outside, wants to know why Dylan isn’t investigating it further, and is curious about Adam and Chelsea’s plan to prove his innocence. Nick isn’t really contributing to solving any of these mysteries, but hey, it’s a step in the right direction.

Nick speaking to Luca for an extended period of time, however, was decidedly a step in the wrong direction. Summer had a bit of a scare this week of the pregnancy variety. It was just a scare, but after overhearing talk of the scare, Nick confronts Luca about doing right by his daughter. Which to Luca’s ears means, “Must marry Summer.” So now Luca not only has the idea that a Newman baby could be the perfect link to Summer’s fortune, but thanks to Nick, is now engaged to be Mr. Summer Newman. Way to go, Nicholas. Phyllis will be thrilled.

Phyllis has a lot to worry about these days besides Nick and Summer’s poor choices. Billy is not only working for Brash and Sassy in the Abbott building, but he is also about to become a new member of Neil and Jack’s foundation’s board. Will she be able to handle that level of closeness while trying to repair her marriage with Jack? All that emotion has to go somewhere, and at the moment, it appears she’s letting it all out in the form tearing apart fellow board member Hilary.

Rightfully so: Phyllis says Hilary is using the Abbott name to recover her sinking reputation, and it would seem she is correct. Hilary is going down like the Titanic lately, with only Devon supporting her as they face a lawsuit from the patients of Neville’s drug trial. All week, Hilary resists the idea of giving in to settling, reasoning that the drug trial was only meant as a test, not to deliver a cure. But given her behind-the-scenes scheming to push the drug through to the trial stage, Hilary is indeed at fault. With the threat of being ousted from the foundation board, Hilary decides to settle the lawsuit and clean up her public image.

Phyllis and Hilary have marriages on the brink of destruction, and despite what Abby may think, she seems to be in the same position. Stitch is finally coming around to opening up to her, as Max’s health is seemingly improving. He even agrees to have another baby with her in the near future. It is a short burst of happiness in Abby’s world, as she quickly learns she is not as involved in Stitch’s world as she thought. Because she wants to escape with a lake house getaway on Labor Day weekend, she calls the facility Max is at to inquire about him leaving for a quick vacation. She discovers she is not on the list the doctors can discuss Max’s care with — meaning that Stitch does not trust her with the information. When she goes to confront him about it, he admits he likes keeping that world separate from his life with Abby (yeah, we’ve noticed), and that he actually is not ready to have another baby yet after all. Abby deserves better than this.

Last but not least, this week gives viewers a glimpse at Sharon roughing it, sparkly sneakers and all, as she embarks on a family camping trip. Her scenes with Dylan, Sully, Faith, and Mariah don’t further any storylines, but prove to be a nice reprieve from the serious drama that has been unfolding this summer. The scenes may be simple, but to see a character take a vacation of any sort for once is a treat. Even if that vacation ends in a bad case of poison ivy.

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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