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'Chasing Life' recap: Exploited

Season 1 | Episode 13 | “Guess Who’s Coming to Donate” | Aired Jan 26, 2015

Let’s be real: We all need something from someone here and there. On last night’s Chasing Life, we got schooled on how NOT to go about asking for something. It’s easy to make someone feel exploited when your only communication with them is to request a favor.

The prime example is April’s life-size favor that she’s asking of her half-sister, Natalie. April hasn’t found a bone marrow match in her mother or sister Brenna, so she sought out Natalie to figure out if she’s a match. When Natalie finds out she’s a half-match, hearing how the procedure goes scares her into backing out. A needle drilling into your bone? I don’t blame her for getting scared.

The problem is that Sara, April, and Brenna keep throwing out this “You’d be saving April’s life” phrase like it truly means anything to Natalie. No one, except for Brenna, has spent a significant amount of time with Thomas’ love child before asking her to go through a surgical procedure to potentially save her sister’s life. Why would Natalie feel compelled to do this based on the pitch that she’s saving her sister’s life? We all know donating is the right thing to do, period. However, the Carvers aren’t selling this to Natalie.

We got a glimpse at Natalie’s soft side when she invites Brenna to party with her. She defends Brenna from a drunk guy; then the two sisters have some deep one-on-one convo. Brenna stomps all over that when she admits in front of the whole family that she only went out with Natalie in hopes of convincing her to change her mind about the bone marrow situation. Natalie grew up knowing she was the product of an affair, with a father barely there, and no siblings to have her back. Now, she finally meets her sister,s and all they want is a favor of this magnitude. On top of that fact, they show no desire to create a real relationship with her.

April comes around to realizing how this all looks and feels after she gets this same treatment at work. Her new boss has taken away her writing rights, placing her on research duty for her mistake on her first assignment back. When April reminds him of the great piece she wrote on Bruce Hendrie before she started chemo, her boss tries to use her cancer to up the readership. He wants her to write another cancer piece that’ll “make my wife cry,” as he puts it. April doesn’t feel right about this. That’s when she realizes the same way her boss is exploiting her cancer, she’s exploiting her half-sister.

The episode wraps up with April having a genuine conversation with Natalie that has no underlying motives. It seems her words really moved Natalie, because the episode ends with Olivia, Natalie’s mom, saying she’s the only one who’s leaving. Natalie plans on staying a few more days. I’m hoping Natalie and Brenna can patch things up, because it seemed like that sister relationship was going places. As for Leo and April? Well, that’s going places too.

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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