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'Chasing Life' recap: Forgive the cancer

Season 1 | Episode 3 | “Blood Cancer Sex Carrots” | Aired June 24, 2014

Perhaps April was never going to come to grips with her new reality until something smacked her in the face with it. Unfortunately that meant we’d be sobbing alongside her as we grew to adore the Carrot Dude, Gerald, only to lose him by the end of the episode, but not before he taught April — and us — some valuable lessons.

Gerald (Sam Anderson) was a small blog story that April jumped all over after her entitled coworker passed on the pitch of a local market vendor whose carrot juice was helping people with cancer. Since she was desperately seeking ways to deal with her cancer symptoms — a nosebleed deterred her attempt at sex with Dominic — she was ready to drink the juice. After Gerald died, she was sure to produce her piece on him to honor his legacy, one of bringing together a community of cancer patients. Everyone has a story, and though his might not have been as popular as the governor’s affair, it was one that stuck with us, and made us realize we should probably hit up our local market more often.

In between visits to the Gerald’s carrot juice stand, April is also investigating Dominic’s past dating history. She’s a reporter — did you expect she wouldn’t cross-check Twitter, Instagram and Vine? Deciding that he’s a playboy and probably not the best guy to look toward a future with, she takes Beth’s advice to treat it as just a fun time, which is more liberating than pursuing a relationship. “Get what you need from him — sex — and keep it moving” is what Beth recommends. And they call us the selfish generation!

That doesn’t turn out well when Dominic doesn’t appreciate how he’s being treated like a piece of meat. And with no more Dominic as a distraction, she focuses on her blog post.

She tells Gerald that she has leukemia; he’s the first person to know besides Beth. Cue the wisdom of a man who has been through the worst that cancer brings. He shares his near-death experience, the pain his family has endured and how he gets through it. Gerald teaches April that in order to move on with life, she has to “forgive the cancer.” He has done this by using his juice stand to network with other cancer patients and start a support group, a community that we see together at the end of the episode, when April attends a meeting. Does this mean she’s actually taking this cancer thing seriously? Because it’s about time. We all need a reason why bad things happen to us — it’s channeling that purpose that gets you through. So what will April’s purpose become?

The real shocker comes when bad boy Leo Hendrie is spotted in the support group. I sense Dominic is going to have some competition, because the only person that gets your life more than a coworker is a fellow cancer patient. Hold onto your seats, guys. I have a feeling April is going to take us on one hell of an emotional roller coaster with her love life.

Chasing Life, rated TV-14, airs Tuesdays at 9/8 C on ABC Family.

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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