Chasing Life really lived up to its title this week as we said goodbye to Leo and followed him on one last adventure.
We got the hard part out of the way first. April called 9-1-1 after finding Leo dead in the bed. It was confirmed that he passed away due to a neurological issue in the hospital. She honored Leo’s will, while allowing the Hendrie family to take care of the funeral arrangements. We even saw a soft side to Bruce, who thanked April for his brief relationship with his son. It was all very moving. Then came the funeral of course, which was done in Leo’s style- a drag queen singing “Amazing Grace,” while everyone let colorful balloons go into the air. Leo’s last hoorah… or so we thought.
While April mourned the loss of her husband, Sarah tried to get her back to reality while George worked on trying to secure the clinical trial for her. As Beth and Natalie were cleaning out Leo’s old apartment and getting April her medical files, they stumbled upon his files and a note inviting the reader to a scavenger hunt from below the grave. How very Leo to organize stuff when he’s dead!
April was hesitant about embarking on the journey, but eventually succumbed to the curiosity. When they had trouble uncovering the second clue, Beth called Dominic for help.Dominic wasn’t on best terms with April. When he visited her after Leo’s death, she told him off because she felt hurt and betrayed. Plus, Leo and Dom weren’t exactly BFFs. But as the scavenger went on, she warmed up to Leo and Beth needed him because she didn’t know how to deal with April’s mourning- she’d never lost anyone close before.
When they reached their final clue, April realized that this meant she finally had to admit he was gone and say goodbye and she wasn’t ready. She went back home and “talked” to Leo’s ghost, something she’d been doing since his passing. It was easy to pretend he was still there, harder to face reality. But the fantasy wasn’t cutting it anymore and she couldn’t stop thinking about the tree- What did Leo leave behind there? What was the hunt for? Finally, she realized that hiding in her room was the exact opposite of what Leo would have wanted. He lived life to the fullest. He wasn’t scared and he didn’t regret anything. Even in death, he was still pushing her past her comfort zone- past her limits. Hiding out in her room would be going against everything he’d ever taught her.
So, in the middle of the night, April left her room and climbed the tree. Somewhere, you know Leo was smiling as she struggled. The final note was a love letter. When he wrote it and set up this whole scavenger hunt, he was terminal and he knew he was going to die.. The one thing he’d never done in his life (and he’d done a ton of stupid stuff) was fall in love. He left the scavenger in hopes that when he finally did pass on, he would have fulfilled his wish of loving and being in love. Subconsciously, that hunt was always meant for April. To help her accept and move on knowing he was ready for this moment because he had everything he ever wanted. In some twisted way, it’s really goddamn beautiful. It makes you wish everyone had enough of a warning time to prepare one last goodbye for their loved ones.
April finally wakes up the next morning feeling positive. Life is tough but unfortunately, there’s no where to go but forward. Leo came into her life for a reason. He taught her to live and now he’s only a memory, but she has to continue living and fighting. It will be hard and baby steps are essential. But at least she’s got a few good friends and family members on her side. Hey, she even patched things up with Dominic. (I hope they don’t try to put her back together with him for a good season though. April needs time to just heal and be single.)
Other Memorable Moments
- Sara, George and Beth’s new dude fighting for April to get a clinical trial when she had no will power left. Sometimes, you just need people to be there for you.
- Brenna and Finn are seriously the cutest. I want them to be together although there’s a lot to consider since Finn is sick.
- Brenna taught us a really important lesson- sometimes, when you’re “healthy” you still die. A lot of times, we tend to forget that life isn’t forever.
- Beth was probably my favorite character this week. She thought she had it all wrong because she didn’t cry for Leo. But like Natalie said, it comes in waves. When she broke her nail, she remembered the time she got a mani/pedi with him after she broke up with Graham and the tears just came down. It was nice seeing Dominic console her and tell her to be strong for April.
- I like that the writers are painting Dom in a good light again, but April snapping at him in the beginning was definitely necessary. Bravo.
- And about that manuscript… will the girls ever find out George shredded it? Will he tell them why? Will Sara find out what he’s hiding? Will they get back together again?
Chasing Life Canceled After 2 Seasons!
April Carver just received the worst prognosis of all- Chasing Life has been cancelled by ABC Family after just two seasons.
I, like so many Chasers am seriously upset by this news. What is ABC Family thinking? Why cancel a show that was so unapologetically real and has given viewers an insight into the ups and downs of what it’s like for a young person living with cancer, but shows like Keeping Up With The Kardashians get renewed for 11 seasons? What kind of society do we live in?
I’ve read statements and comments that some just thought the show was too depressing but hey, that’s life. Not everything is about what kind of handbag you’re wearing. And most of the time, despite all the crap that was thrown at April, every episode left me with a positive feeling. No moment during the two seasons have been this upsetting- not even Leo’s untimely death. Chasing Life depicted cancer in a way no other drama has before. That has to count for something, right?
Anyways, the drama ended with only 486,000 viewers tuning it, which was a season low.
The showrunner, Patrick Sean Smith told THR that there was still a lot to explore in season 3 like “April’s emotional state and her big decision to end treatment, there’s a lot to explore with Uncle George and the manuscript and the investigation that’s now in play, and then a lot to explore with Brenna and Finn now that Greer is moving back to town, and also what happens with Beth. I mean, everyone’s life is up in the air right now by the end of the second season.”
But, I guess we’re just supposed to be content knowing that April was content with dying in Italy because she lived more life than any other 25-year-old. Maybe she spent the rest of her days with Dominic? Maybe when she died, Beth had her baby and named it April. Who knows… we definitely won’t.
THR reports that the decision to cancel the show comes with ABC Family’s focus to rebrand and its focus on becoming “becomers.” They are adding a Nicki Minaj comedy and a new show, ShadowHunters.
There are a couple of petitions to “renew Chasing Life” circulating online already. Who knows if that will do anything, but we can hope.
Check it out HERE!
Chasing Life- La Dolce Vita (2×13)
Just when you think things are looking up for April, she gets hit with bombshell after bombshell until she finally surrenders. But this can’t be April’s “final chapter” can it? A lot of loose plot lines were tied up at the end of the hour, but of course, those raised new question… and brought a tear or two to the corner of my eye. Damn allergies.
Beth’s Baby- Beth spent most of her time freaking out about the pregnancy. She’s about 6 weeks in now, so thankfully, we can do the math and figure out Josh is the father! That doesn’t put her mind at ease however because now she actually has to tell him. She finally corners him in the bathroom after watering the fikus with about 5 beers. He’s definitely surprised, but tells her he will be by her side no matter what she decides. Gosh, he’s such a standup guy right? Beth eventually goes to Italy with April and makes her decision there- she’s going to keep the baby. It’s a nice juxtaposition; her best friend is dying but she’s bringing a new life into this world. Possibly a beautiful baby girl named April?
Dominic & April- Well, apparently these two are endgame but just because two people want something, doesn’t mean the timing is right. April is still not over Leo and that’s ok. She has every right to mourn her late husband. But she also has every right to move on. I’ll admit, the kiss didn’t do it for me and maybe because I felt April was doing it all out of fear of missing out. However, I’m perfectly content with them as just friends who love each other right now. We need Dominic to help April with whatever comes next.
Uncle George- He kind of put himself in a predicament by telling the Carver women the truth about their dad. He thought he could trust them and most of them he could… but not Olivia and Natalie. They were shopping around Thomas’s book to get “justice.” And if George wouldn’t give them the rights, Olivia threatened to expose him to the cops. Finally, Natalie made the sound choice and put her sisters before this petty family drama. We thought it was all over, until the cops showed up to question him. Did Olivia betray her daughter and screw George over anyways?
April’s cancer- Sad news, her clinical trial didn’t work. The doc tried to keep her positive by saying there were still plenty of options, but the truth is, April is dying. It sucks and it’s depressing, especially when you read an interview that says the original telenovela that CL is based on “Terminales,” has April’s character killed… albeit by bus after beating the cancer. Hopefully, we go a different route, but you have to be realistic- cancer kills people. And it won’t spare April.
April goes to Italy to complete her one last “wish” of traveling the world. That’s when she realizes, by 25, she’s done everything on her bucket list. When she gets the call that the only option left for her is to get the transplant and hope her death isn’t painful, she realizes this is the last chapter in her memoir. I mean, you only write a memoir if you know how it’s going to end, right? Beth begs Ape not to give up but she replies, “It’s not giving up because I’ve already won. I could die happy here.” With that, she looks out into the sunset, while Beth and Dom look at each other concerned. Would they really let April just die without putting up one last fight?
Brenna & Finn… and now Greer- Finn gets super sick because cancer is a bitch and ends up in the hospital. That’s when he breaks up with Brenna and breaks her heart. He has to be focused on getting healthy and she’s kind of doing the opposite. “Maybe it isn’t meant to be,” he wonders, but alas, I think it is. And so does Brenna when she puts two and two together and finds out that she’s Finn’s donor! What are the odds? That kind of puts Greer’s return on the back burner, although Bren was really excited to see her ex, who surprise, is moving back to town! Can’t wait to see that traingle.
Chasing Life hasn’t been renewed for a 3rd season, but I’m seriously hoping this wasn’t actually April’s last chapter. I need to know what happens- the good or the bad. Does George get arrested? Do the Carver’s disown Natalie? Will April fight another day? Will she live out her end in Italy after publishing her memoir? How will Beth’s fashion line go? Will she embrace the pregnancy? Will April & Dominic get together again? Will Brenna and Greer? Will Finn be healthy? Will he find out Brenna is his donor. Listen to me ABC Family- renew this show right now!
Chasing Life- Ready Or Not (2×12)
Cancer, marriage, babies, high school hook ups- it’s all part of chasing life and it’s quite a beautiful thing. No matter what happens, you can expect this journey of ours never to be boring. I know April can vouch for that.
Since we met April, she’s gone through some drastic transformations. That presented itself this week when she met up with her friend Ellie, who I immediately knew was going to be trouble. Really? Skin cancer scare? Give me a break… I know people are desperate but to stoop THAT low and actually steal someones heart-wrenching diseases. Gross. Of course, instead of getting mad and even, April let nature take its course… well sort of.
April seems to have this stupid luck- when she realizes her book agent, who is really just starting out, hasn’t gotten her a secured deal with BookSmart, she takes matters into her own hands and fakes a seizure to get into a party to meet with the publisher. There she just so happens to run into Raquel, who just so happens to be buddy-buddy with the manager of the whole company. Cha-Ching! When April chats her up, turns out she’s really been invested in Ellie’s book and how she compared “cancer” to “herpes.”
Soon after, April’s chapter of the book leaks to The Post and she’s convinced that Raquel did it to sabotage her. But- she’s wrong! The positive comments on the chapter actually convinced the editor to publish April’s book! Rejoice everyone; April is now a published author! We did it!
And in other April news, she’s finally realizing that she still has feelings for Dominic. I can’t be mad about this though I hoped the writers weren’t going to throw her back into this relationship. Realistically, these two were together and broke up while they still had feelings. Those feelings were never resolved, she just fell deeply in love with Leo. But now that he’s gone, how long can April really mourn? How long can she be single? Be Leo’s widow? Maybe moving on is really the healthiest thing she can do. She isn’t forgetting, but she’s living. She’s chasing life.
Brenna finally succumbed to the cheesiness of milestone moments and asked Finn to go on a date to junior prom. Honestly, how adorable are these two together? After the dance, things get a little awkward when they end up in a room together. Kissing without a mask is dangerous because of Finn’s cancer, but he just wants to feel normal for a night. He wants to feel the high without the lows and who could blame him? So… he goes for it with Brenna. I believe the outcome will be dangerous, but watching them together was magical. Also, we’re getting closer to them finding out that Brenna is actually his donor! Both of them think cilantro tastes like soap. Absurd! Will that bring them closer together?
As for Beth, she’s been sick and emotional… and pregnant! I definitely didn’t see this storyline coming, but I am so excited. There have been little storylines aside from April’s cancer, but none as big as a pregnant best friend. They always say as one life begins, another ends. That’s really true in this case. Unfortunately, as fun as babies are, not knowing who the dad is becomes quite a problem. Especially cause it’s either her ex Grahm who she had a one night stand with or Josh, the dude she’s really falling in love with. I’m secretly hoping it’s Josh’s.
Everyone is chasing life in their own way, even Olivia Ortiz- Natalie’s mom and Thomas’s secret baby momma. Last week, she revealed that she had both parts of her ex’s spy novel and now the agent told April that she was shopping around his father’s book. Does Natalie know? I would think probably not, but her mother is spiteful and she’s definitely going after the money Thomas didn’t leave her, which is really unfortunate for the kids. And also- this is potentially scary for Uncle George, who revealed he pretty much assisted Thomas with his own death. You know, I really liked Natalie and this is pretty upsetting. But can you blame her? She’s the black sheep of the family, was never loved by her dad and her sister stole her BF…. not fun.
Next week is the fall finale. What do you think will be the most explosive part? Are you ready for a Dom and April relationship to heat back up? Will Finn get sick after hooking up with Brenna? Will Greer return?
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