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'The Young and the Restless' fan recap: Choices and children

Season 43 | Episodes 239–243 | “The Young and the Restless” | Aired Aug 8–12

Soap opera characters aren’t always known for being the most selfless or introspective. But a curious theme came up on The Young and the Restless this week: What choices are we capable of making to protect those we love, particularly children?

Adam and Chelsea were tasked with that question this week. Chelsea has continued to ask Adam if he’d like to see Connor since he has been in prison, an offer that he keeps emphatically turning down for a number of reasons. Namely, it would be traumatizing and confusing for the little guy to see his dad only in a dingy visitation room wearing a jumpsuit labeled “inmate”: not exactly the image a parent wants their child to remember them by. Against his wishes, Chelsea makes the choice to take Connor to see Adam on Connor’s birthday, knowing it will make both of them happy. And it does bring smiles to both their faces, for a little while.

The sweet family reunion is short lived, though, as Adam tells Chelsea how upset he is that Connor was forced to see his father under such dismal conditions. He’s not wrong—having a youngster in that kind of environment is hardly healthy, and he wants to protect Connor from ever facing such a harsh world. At the same time, Chelsea’s heart was clearly in the right place, trying to lift Adam’s spirits when he has generally been pretty down about his predicament and making Connor’s birthday wish come true.

After his family visit, Adam has a nightmare about coming home after 20 years in prison to a dying wife and resentful son (scenes that are surprisingly heavy for a dream sequence—on a Friday episode, no less). Of course, with Adam’s poor luck, it’s really not out of the realm of possibility that Chelsea would die within an hour of him being released from prison.

He might not need to face that fate now, though, because Chloe, too, has made a choice to protect her child: Given the ultimatum to either watch Adam rot in jail or watch her daughter Bella grow up, Chloe ends her scheming and hands over Sage’s missing journal pages to Victor. How exactly Victor plans to make these pages magically appear and clear Adam’s name remains a mystery, but the two of them choosing to do some good together is refreshing, no matter how they go about it. Victor making a choice that benefits Adam? What a world.

But that brings us to another point that came up this week: Phyllis’ choice to team up with Victor to protect her daughter from marrying Luca. Despite seemingly internally screaming at all times, Phyllis has been trying her best to support Summer as she plans her wedding to Luca. Of course she’s horrified at the idea of Summer committing to that incredibly slimy peacock, but at Jack’s urging, she is trying to show her daughter positivity instead of attempting to bring down a relationship that makes Summer happy. Billy points out that Jack forcing Phyllis to “behave” only means she can’t be herself, and he’s completely correct—in Jack’s world, soap opera characters should behave like regular people rather than over-the-top drama queens, and that’s just boring, isn’t it?

In the midst of Phyllis trying to play the role of supportive mother of the bride, Victor enters the picture. He’s willing to take Luca down, and he’s offering Phyllis his assistance. At the beginning of the week, she scoffs at the idea of joining forces with the man who caused her so much pain, but she eventually decides to team up with him for the greater good. Victor is pleased—he thinks the two of them should dispose of any “antipathy” for each other in order to help Summer. But this whole situation feels like an incredibly uncomfortable way to earn Victor redemption for what he did to Phyllis and Jack—something that was a genuinely horrid crime.

Victor might want to help his granddaughter because he loves her. That’s great. But casually saying Phyllis should basically get over her issues with him because he’s the only person who can help her save Summer is absolute crazy talk. Phyllis should forget she repeatedly slept with a drug lord without her consent because Victor is honoring her with his help? Even though Victor has not shown any remorse or made an attempt to apologize for the ordeal he put her through? Oh my. True redemption for Victor could only possibly start with his realization that he was in some way wrong, but it seems this character is beyond all hope of that. Now we have Phyllis paired up with the man who caused her likely irreparable emotional damage, all in the name of rescuing Summer. As if Phyllis isn’t smart or resourceful enough to handle the situation on her own. Indeed, the choices we make in the name of protecting our loved ones are curious, aren’t they?

Justice might be coming once more for Victor. Dylan has had his thinking cap on lately and is pursuing Adam’s case against Paul’s wishes—and now, without a badge to support his investigation. In the now real-world Chancellor Park (sunlight, ah!), Dylan spots Victor and Chloe conspiring together, which will no doubt lead to new information about their framing of Adam. But will it be enough? We shall see.

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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