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Mixed emotions on 'Chasing Life' summer finale

Season 1 | Episode 10 | “Finding Chemo” | Aired Aug 12, 2014

The summer finale was exactly what we expected after watching April struggle all season with her diagnosis. Now came the time for her to fight a new inner battle: that of getting through the difficulty of chemo. As she soaked up her final moments of freedom, there were some lighthearted moments for us to enjoy, like the listing off of all the cancers, like rectal, they’d wished April had gotten instead—because it would mean a shorter stay.

On her first day of chemo, we meet Leilani, a nurse who doesn’t hold back on sharing all the harsh realities of the procedure. Martí is the sweeter nurse with a cheerier outlook; she’s April’s favorite, and ours too. To the relief of the family, April’s doctor got better grades in med school than George, so he can learn to hush up.

George still hasn’t separated his role of uncle from his career as a doctor. Not to mention that he also has some figuring out of feelings to do, because adding the title of “stepdad” to his nieces would be a bit strange. After Sara chalks up his spontaneous kiss to “a completely rational response to trauma,” George confesses it would be untrue to play along with that excuse. Apparently our guy George had a thing for Sara 26 years ago, but skipped town, giving his brother free rein to pursue her. Now those feelings are rushing back and, given their history, this could get messy.

Brenna also finds herself in hot water when the school finds out about her and Greer’s rendezvous during the Eco club’s trip to Florida. Not only does she have to tell her mom about getting in trouble with the school right as April’s chemo treatment begins, but she’s also cornered into revealing what she was doing down there when she was suppose to be on a school trip. She drops the N.O. bomb to Sara. The truth about April and Brenna knowing of Natalie Ortiz is out, but we still haven’t gotten to hear Sara’s take on the whole “love child” thing. Greer’s parents cleared up the whole debacle with the swift donation of a field to the school, on the premise that Greer and Brenna no longer see each other. Yeah, we’re sad to see Team Grenna go through this hurdle, but it set up a moment where Sara fiercely defended Brenna, and Brenna apologized for her overall troublesome behavior. It was such a long-awaited genuine moment between the two that I can’t help but feel a tad bit thankful to Greer’s snooty parents.

While life continues to happen outside, April gets a little bit of her old life back when she wakes up to find Dominic at her bedside. Her assuming catches up when she comes clean to Dominic about how long she kept her illness a secret and why. He doesn’t know about her and Leo until he sees them together after her brief runaway. I’m all Team Leo, but I can’t help but take Dominic’s side on this one. April didn’t give Dominic the chance to prove he’d be a supportive boyfriend, and in making those assumptions, she lost him. When she needed someone, she called Leo instead of Dominic. I just wish she’d admit that she cares for Leo more.

Leo motivates her to keep fighting, but makes it clear that he’s the “wrong horse for you to bet on.” Doesn’t matter, Leo—my money’s still on you.

It wouldn’t be a finale without a cliffhanger. At this point, we’re super-invested in Leo and left to wonder his fate. He leaves April a voicemail that we don’t get to hear in its entirety, as she sees his parents walk into a hospital room. What happened to Leo?

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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