On a recent review of Jane the Virgin I said that the show was falling into a lull and losing the dramatic effect. The writers could come up with the craziest stories, but crazy is what we expected and therefore, none of it was that shocking. Petra’s sister Anezka marrying Scott because she wanted to stay in the country? Bland. Scott stealing Rafael’s father’s will so that he could blackmail Petra with it? Crafty but still to be expected.
But what happened this week at the very end? No one saw that coming.
The episode started off on a happier note – Michael was studying for his law exam, Jane was trying to get her book published, Rogelio was figuring things out with Denise and Xo was enjoying the new relationship stage with Bruce. Nothing out of the ordinary right?
The day before Michael’s exam, Jane didn’t want him to stress much so she took him to the carnival, re-living their first date where Michael was a bucket case of nerves. Now that they were married though, things were a bit more relaxed. They made out in the photo booth, rode the ferris wheel and vowed to move up their “baby timeline” after Jane had a brief pregnancy scare.
The next day when Michael went to his exam, she went to visit the author to convince her that she was right for the job because the book she gave her was full of inaccuracy’s, something she noticed only thanks to Michael’s keen eye. Proving she was worthy of the job, she accepted the offer.
But while Jane was rejoicing, Michael was about to take his final breath. As he finished up his test, he walked to turn it in and collapsed to the ground. What followed after was a whirlwind of emotions for the average viewer. Remember when the narrator told us that “Michael would love Jane till his last breath.” Well, he wasn’t fibbing.. he was foreshadowing Michael’s death. That’s right… MICHAEL DIED.
Jane got the call and the doctor said her husband died after too much stress to his heart after his gunshot would. As she fell to the ground, I couldn’t help but wonder how ironic – Jane wanted him to discontinue being a cop because it wasn’t safe but he died while taking a test to a safer career. I guess you really just never know when your time has come.
And if that wasn’t enough to get your heart thumping and the tears flowing, the episode did something even more unexpected – it flashed 3 years forward. Mateo was now walking and talking and in the brief scene, Jane was still grieving her husband by looking at the carnival photos they took just a day before he died.
Why the flashforward? Why did Michael have to die? Why couldn’t Jane get her happiness for just a little bit longer? I’m sure we’ll see her cope with it all in the following episodes but it is definitely not something I’m looking forward to. A life without Michael is no life at all…
The rest of the episode seems pretty minute after that major bombshell so I’ll summarize in list form.
- Xo told Abuela that she was thinking of moving out with Bruce in a few months
- She bonded with his daughter, who ended up coming to Jane’s house drunk
- Rogelio made his on screen debut but his full-nudity scene was cut out so he never got his “big moment”
- He did however agree to work on a reality show with Darcy and it seems like Ro and Xo are never going to happen.
- Rafael told Petra he was going to turn himself in for covering up for his father
- Petra freaked out because she didn’t think she could parent alone, especially cause she couldn’t bond with the babies. She eventually did and it was sweet to see.
- It seems like Raf will probably never go through with it because he found Jane falling to the floor in tears after finding out about Michael. He could never leave two baby momma’s… not like this.
- Louisa made her epic return with her new GF. Raf was skeptical, as he should be… because it was in fact Rose with a new face. Why can’t she just give this crazy woman up?
Jane the Virgin Season 4 Report Card: Biggest Mystery, Major Shocker and More!
As always, Jane the Virgin Season 4 featured plenty emotional storylines, crazy plot twists and dramatic cliffhangers.
We’re all STILL reeling from the ultimate bomb dropped on the Season 4 finale: Michael Cordero, Jane’s husband, is still alive.
Just think about the ramifications going forward, especially when Michael finds out Jane has rebuilt a life with his longtime rival, Rafael.
Jane the Virgin – Chapter Eighty-One (4×17)
Okay, I’m beginning to have a love/hate relationship with surprises.
What. A. Finale!
Who saw that coming? No? Me neither. Jane the Virgin Season 4 Episode 17 started off being all about romance and ended up driving over a cliff with that explosive ending.
I literally had to pick my jaw up off the ground.
Jane the Virgin – Chapter Eighty (4×16)
We’re going into the future on Jane the Virgin Season 4 Episode 16, and things aren’t as peachy or optimistic as we’d like them to be.
A flash forward nine-weeks into the future reveals that poor Xiomara is really struggling with her chemo.
She went into it with an open mind hoping to stay positive until she reached the finish line, but when her cancer friend passed away suddenly after being in remission, it dawned on her that this was going to be a lifelong battle.
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