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'Chasing Life' fan recap: No regrets

Season 2 | Episode 1 | “A View from the Ledge” | Aired July 6, 2015

There is no way you didn’t get the urge to hug someone tightly after the season two premiere of Chasing Life. The episode was driven by a no-regrets approach to life, and it was enough to leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.

If you don’t remember where it left off, April’s health situation was looking grim. Her cancer relapse was stronger than the first time around, and she was feeling really depressed about it. Not that I blame her. Who would be happy-go-lucky under those circumstances? Leo made things look up a bit when he proposed to her.

Fast-forward to the first episode of season two: April and Leo are happily engaged while she goes through some chemo treatment. Timing isn’t always on April’s side, which is proved once again when Dom makes a surprise visit to the hospital and his eye catches her red-tape engagement ring. Not really how she wanted to break the news.

She’s finally discharged, but shortly after that, she finds out the chemo didn’t do what it needed to. It’s devastating to watch April experiencing some of the happiest moments in life—engagement, wedding planning, etc.—while also receiving the worst news. Leo shows us he’s worthy of April’s hand in marriage when he pulls her out of that dark place. Instead of moping around at the thought of death creeping up on her, Leo encourages her to use it to her advantage. Knowing death could be near is all the more reason to live it up.

That’s exactly what April starts doing. Did you see how free she looked busting a few moves on her walk with Natalie? Sara misinterpreted this less uptight April for a daughter who’d given up on surviving. That’s not at all what April is trying to say with her new way of life. She’s just done carrying the emotional baggage that comes with the possibility of dying. She’s living that YOLO life, and it’s so nice to see her loosen up a bit.

Meanwhile, Brenna is coping with Greer’s absence and picking up some useful new hobbies, like filmmaking. Through her new filmmaking club, Brenna makes a new friend who helps her make a special video for April’s engagement party. I have a feeling this friend will pop up more often during the rest of this season, and hopefully Brenna’s response will be a little more optimistic than, “She’s no Greer.”

All loose ends seem tied up, except for two major problems. Natalie isn’t dumb, and quickly picks up that Dom is still in love with April. It was sweet when for a few moments in the party-bus scene, we thought everyone was getting along just fine and completely content in their new relationships. Dom isn’t over April, though. Not only did we notice when he threw that little zinger about how Leo loves stealing things, but anyone could recognize that the look of despair in his eyes means he feels like he’s about to lose the love of his life. So we’ll have to see if he decides to object at the wedding.

The other little issue, which even gave me chills, was when Natalie discovers a manuscript that appears to be a novel her father wrote. The first sentences she reads describe the main character, Thomas Carson, who says he had two families that didn’t know about each other. Okay, cool—we already know about the two families, and they already know about each other. What comes next is what blows our mind. The main character goes on to say that this is the story about how he planned his own death. Can Natalie pass over that copy of the book? We want to read the rest of it … right now!

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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