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Season 1 | Episode 16 | “The Big Leagues” | Aired Feb 16, 2015

We all knew it wasn’t going to be rainbows and butterflies for April and Leo all the time on Chasing Life. But when they can’t even make it through their first fight, it makes us question everything we thought to be true about the couple.

Theirs isn’t the only relationship to reach a tumultuous breaking point. Brenna and Greer are trapped in the high school bubble, which doesn’t allow them much breathing room to move on from each other. Brenna gets a chance at mending hurt feelings with her ex, while her sister April is losing her grip on her new relationship.

April is determined not to be pigeonholed as the Boston’s Post‘s “cancer girl” reporter forever, so she eagerly jumps at the chance to compete for a story. The story in question actually takes us back to the beginning, when April sneaked her way into a blood drive to get an interview with baseball player Richie Miranda. It was at the blood drive that she fainted; the resulting blood work revealed her cancer.

Obviously, there’s some serious history with Richie Miranda, so April is up for the challenge against her coworker (the winner gets a week of tacos delivered desk-side). With Leo’s help (sometimes I wonder if April would have as many bylines if she didn’t have Leo’s connections at her beck and call), she gets access to Richie and shares her story with him. But she loses the chance for a quote when a woman summons him for a dance. Later on, she catches Richie and Leo doing drugs.

Sara has clarified for everyone, including Leo himself, that he is feeling really incompetent lately. He isn’t accustomed to the probability of living, and therefore has never considered his future.

April, on the other hand, has always had a plan and set goals. When she sees how Leo throwing away his chances at life so soon after overcoming brain surgery, she flips out. Their argument escalates until what I perceived to be a breakup. I think. Right? Yeah, I’m pretty sure they broke up.

The next day, April joins Dominic on a bench outside their office for some small talk. Here’s hoping that she doesn’t jump directly back into Dom’s arms. Let us live in Leo land a little longer. Dom does advise her to go forward with the story on Richie Miranda’s drug use, which elevates April’s career when her article is picked up by the television news.

Back in high school, Greer is rebelling against her parents. First, she shows up to school with purple streaks in her hair, and then she is late to class and gets detention. Brenna, Ford, and Kieran are all hanging at the tattoo shop when Greer strolls in. She invites them to her house in Nantucket and asks for a tattoo.

After overhearing Brenna and Kieran’s concerned conversation about her, Greer locks herself in the bathroom. With some convincing, Greer not only opens the door to the bathroom but also the door to her secret. She informs Brenna that for years she has been taking medication for anxiety and depression, and she is fed up with it.

Kieran suggests they have a slumber party at the shop, where more secrets are unveiled. Brenna drops a major shocker when she tells them that she got an abortion shortly after her father’s death. That explains why Brenna was in such a dark stage when the show first started.

All is good with Brenna and Greer, but now we have Leo and April to worry about. Are they broken up for real? Is April going to hook up with Dom again? And what was up with Leo’s blurry vision at the bakery in the previous episode?

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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