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'Chasing Life' winter premiere recap: Remission and reunions

Season 1 | Episode 12 | “Next April” | Aired Jan 19, 2015

April is up and running on Chasing Life‘s winter premiere. Well, she’s up, but not quite yet sprinting past her fellow Bostonians.

As soon as she is cleared, April returns to her job at the newspaper, only to find major changeups. Luckily, Danny is still her cubicle neighbor, but there’s a new boss and Raquel has a new soft spot. She even has April’s back against the new boss when “chemo brain” causes April to forget to record an interview.

Although April loves her work life, what really has us on edge is what’s happening in her personal life. Leo was in a coma after the surgery and hasn’t fully woken up yet, and April has to find her bone-marrow match since her chances are 50-50. Cue Natalie Ortiz.

Natalie and her mother Olivia take a trip to Boston to discuss the Carvers’ need for a bone-marrow match. It’s got to be hard for Sarah to ask her late husband’s mistress for a favor. Unfortunately, Olivia isn’t as unlikable as Natalie. She’s sweet, though stern, and convinces Natalie to get tested.

Speaking of strange relationships, Sarah and George have gone full throttle relationship-y, in secrecy—until Grandma Emma strolls in early from an outing and catches the two kissing. A couple of caught kids!

They’re not the only ones caught in the act: Sarah gets a call that Brenna was caught breaking in to Greer’s house. “Breaking in” was used loosely in the initial accusation, as we learn that she was just trying to climb up to Greer’s window. Greer’s horrible parents threaten to press charges, and Sarah makes clear she wants Brenna nowhere near their family. It might be time for Brenna to just move on.

At least all was not lost from her relationship with Greer, since we see that Brenna and Kieran remained good friends. Dominic and April aren’t exes turned besties, though. He avoids her at work, and when she finally gets to chat with him, he’s less than cordial. He even gets a little mean. It’s understandable that he’s in a sticky situation since his cancer-stricken girlfriend broke his heart. Is he not allowed to mourn his broken heart?

The only person really testing April’s patience is Leo. She faithfully visits every day and talks to him in hopes his eyes will open and he’ll respond. This has gone on for a few months. When she gets a call that he had been awake, she runs to the hospital to his side.

His eyes are closed again, but she continues to speak to him anyway. And finally Leo wakes up and starts talking to her. He even plays around with her by asking, “Who’s Leo?” He still has that sense of humor that’s infuriating yet charming.

But now what? He was just her “crush in a coma” until now. Will they have a chance to become more?

Chasing Life airs Mondays 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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