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'Chasing Life' recap: Bad day

Season 1 | Episode 8 | “Death Becomes Her” | Aired July 29, 2014

Death can be the result of a failed war against cancer. We’ve been watching April develop her understanding and acceptance of this, and Jackson, her support-group buddy, was able to help her make the breakthrough. It has been frustrating to watch the slow progression of her acceptance, but when you think about the reality of being diagnosed with cancer, it seems petty to nag about how many episodes it’s taking April to get herself to treatment. Last night’s episode was all about death, a major player in this cancer thing.

Grandma and her pals kick off the theme when they’re casually throwing around the idea of death during their game of cards. While the ladies cope with grandma spanking them in cards, April is boggled that death is such a natural concept for them to accept. They’re old and everyone around them has started to go, they explain to her; it’s just part of life that they’ve come to accept. April isn’t old though, and she shouldn’t have to accept any notion of death. Unfortunately, it surrounds her, not only because she’s sick, but because so is everyone around her. Her new friends are from her cancer support group, and they are all fighting different battles in the same war. Some, like Jackson, don’t have victory written in the books for them.

Wouldn’t you want to attend your own funeral? That’s one of Jackson’s last wishes. Little did we know that the support group had a saint among them. As if we weren’t already sure that he paid for April’s fertility treatment, we get to see him grant a few other wishes, making April realize he’s to thank for her future babies. Jackson’s pre-death funeral, planned by Saint Leo, was enough to clear out a pharmacy’s tissue aisle. Topped with the a capella version of “Bad Day,” and I near lost it.

Megan also got her wish granted when Leo set up for her to do a stripper routine and she owned it. Through it all, April realized that she needs to step away from her cubicle and live life. Boy, did she start living! It was about time Leo and her got to hooking up. Right after, we’re given a ray of hope when he shares with April that there is a risky surgery he can have to remove the brain tumor. He refuses to take that risk. Something tells me April might be able to change his mind on this.

Meanwhile, Brenna heads off to Florida for an ecology club trip with Greer. They end up ditching the conference and heading to Key Largo instead, to meet Natalie Ortiz. Obviously, we could count on Brenna to do some real investigating on the issue. Sadly, she initially gets shot down by her half-sister, then treated poorly when Natalie does accept the chance to get to know each other. Natalie’s rude behavior is misdirected; Brenna is not to blame for her being the product of an affair. The big surprise here happens when Natalie asks about Sara, Brenna and April’s mom, and tells Brenna that she had met their mother and she knew about her. Then it’s verified that she does know Natalie when Sara and George start traveling down memory lane at the caregiver’s outing.

But who really cares about that, when we know that Sara and George knew each other long before she met and married his brother? The tension intensifies after an awkward moment where Sara places her hand on George’s while convincing him that she never blamed him for the accident that killed her husband.

There’s some serious chemistry boiling between these two, and now that they’re back to being friendly, soon enough the true feelings will surface. Gathering from their conversation, I’m going to guess that George was in love with Sara before his brother. While we patiently wait for April to start her chemo, I’m ready to find out more about this backstory.

 Chasing Life, rated TV-14, airs Tuesdays at 9/8C 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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