Chasing Life Reaches a Boiling Point

ABC FAMILY/Craig Sjodin
ABC FAMILY/Craig Sjodin

Now that April has completed chemotherapy and is on the road to recovery from cancer, she wants nothing more than to be a normal, twenty-something girl trying to make her way in the real world. She wants to try (and sometimes fail) at her career, as well as party it up with her friends until the wee hours of the morning without a care in the world. That’s a rite of passage everyone goes through in their 20s and April doesn’t want cancer robbing her of this time in her life.

That’s why when she sees half-sister Natalie hanging out, partying it up and taking selfies with her best friend Beth, April can’t help but feel a little unsettled and jealous of it all. Sure, she’s happy that Natalie and Beth are getting along now that they are living together, but April knows that if it weren’t for the cancer it would be her instead of Natalie experiencing all of this with Beth. It’s upsetting to watch April realize this and become afraid that she’s going to lose Beth the way the lady in her cancer support group recalled losing her best friends.

Of course this is April and Beth we’re talking about, so I knew they’d find a way to pull through and settle their differences in the end. But I won’t lie, they had me worried for a minute or two there, especially after that blow out fight between the two BFFs where each girl said some things they probably wished they could take back. It was evident how April was feeling the moment Natalie and Beth moved in with each other, but what was really surprising for me to hear was Beth’s side of the story.

Beth is right. She’s been nothing but the absolute best of friends to April. She’s supported her, been there for her every step of the way, and heck, even slept overnight in the hospital a few times with April. She has been the perfect friend and always been there with a smile on her face. It’s understandable that all those feelings she’s been keeping pent up inside so that she can put a brave face on for her friend would boil over eventually. Beth wasn’t purposely leaving April out of things, she did and always has had nothing but April’s best interest at heart. It’s just one more area of life that cancer has affected and it’s unfortunate.

Both Italia Ricci and Aisha Dee were wonderful in these scenes Monday night. Ricci’s face spoke volumes and we didn’t even have to hear April talk. The jealousy and pain she felt over Beth’s growing relationship with Natalie was written all over her face. To Dee’s credit she’s always been the character we can count on for a laugh, but Monday we saw another side to Beth. The cancer has taken a toll on her as well and she’s doing what everyone else is, just trying to survive it. Dee may always be good for a laugh but she sure can bust out the drama chops when the scene calls for it. Both actresses took the fight scene, and subsequent make up between Beth and April to another level and it was very enjoyable as a viewer to watch. Beth is right, she’ll always be there and this is just another thing April needs to adjust to after cancer.

April isn’t the only one having a hard time adjusting to life after cancer. Her boyfriend Leo is having problems as well and they are made worse when he decided to take a job at a cafe. It was nice to see Leo and Sara bond. Leo has never gotten along well with his parents, so it was nice to see Sara step in as a guiding force and tell him that it’s perfectly fine that he has no idea what he wants to do with his life. Let’s just hope those blurry visions were a temporary side effect and that Sara’s right and he has time on his side.

Sara was full of advice as Brenna was also struggling to find her way at school post-Greer. She was lonely, and that was certainly something Sara could relate to. When she told her daughter to “suck it up” and “power through,” Sara was definitely telling herself to do the same thing now that George is gone. It was nice to see Brenna reconnect with former BFF Ford, but I’m still not sure I trust her quite yet.

I was a little taken aback when Brenna lashed out at Greer, but can’t say that Greer didn’t have it coming in some regards. Thankfully Greer seemed to come around a bit by the end of the episode, but I’m as curious as Brenna is to find out what is making straight-A Greer all the sudden skip school on a whim. I suspect that’s something we’ll understand more about in the near future.

So while the Carver women may have all had their share of turmoil this week they stood strong and faced their problems head on. There may have been some fights and hurtful words said along the way, but they are all in a better place than when the episode started and that’s all we can really ask for.

Chasing Moments:

  • Natalie was full of one-liners this week, but I think my favourite was her mantra of “half sisters before misters.”
  • April and Dominic should really start taking the stairs to avoid all those awkward moments in the elevator.
  • Beth and Natalie’s annoying neighbour Doug sure sounded like he could be a Mr. Heckles Jr. right?
  • Hey Natalie, do not make fun of people who fall asleep watching House Hunters! That’s a perfectly acceptable thing to do!
  • Leo is right, is there anything worse than getting spoiled on Game of Thrones?
  • I’d like to go on record as saying that April, I’d totally be down for your “around the world” potluck over going to the club with the DJ that starts at 11:30pm.
  • Drunk April is lots of fun and I loved hearing Italia Ricci’s drunk karaoke version to Tiffany’s “I think we’re alone now.” The best part was the mic drop at the end.
  • WHERE WAS GRANDMA EMMA? I feel lost without my Grandma Emma one liner of the week? Not cool Chasing Life. Let’s not go another week without my favourite character please!

Were you upset to see April and Beth fight? Are you worried about Leo’s blurry vision? What is up with Greer? Add your thoughts in the comments below!

Chasing Life airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on ABC Family and ABC Spark.