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Jane the Virgin – Chapter Eighty-Four (5×03)

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Michael REMEMBERS!

Michael’s memory came back on Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 3 — at least, it seemed like it did — but the way it happened was rather unexciting.

I’ve thought about how this could possibly unravel plenty of times since the season premiere.

I’d envisioned numerous ways that he could have gotten his memory back that would be more drama-filled: Michael could have remembered when Jane was getting married to Rafael thus halting the wedding or he could have remembered upon seeing Mateo.

But alas, it was snowfall– a signature moment in the show that indicates romance between Jane and Michael — that did the trick and clicked in his mind.

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Sure, it’s a cute touch, but I’d rather the snowfall during some romantic moment, not because a fishing rod chipped the ceiling and triggered the memories.

Instead of feeling the emotions of those memories flooding in, all I could think was “that damn fishing rod.”

This is going to trigger some of you Michael fans, but as a Rafael fan, I’m kind of upset he remembered at all.

There was finally a resolution that would move past this love triangle.

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Jane the Virgin – Chapter Ninety-Three (5×12)

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It’s love, love, love! Everyone, sing it with me now.

Who would have thought that Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 12 would top off the hour with the best musical number to ever grace our television screens?

I’m usually not a fan of musicals, but there was much to celebrate as Jane and Rafael finally got back together.

About damn time, right?

The writers even brought in Julie (guest starring the incredible Sophia Bush), Rafa’s new girlfriend, to keep the suspense until the final moments.

I love me some Sophia, but I just couldn’t get on-board with her stealing Raf away from our girl Jane.

And what was with the Rafa nickname?!

However, Julie needed to come into Rafael’s life so that he could make sense of his feelings for Jane.

After Jane broke Raf’s heart by exploring her feelings for Michael, Raf never got over her. At least not completely.

He buried his feelings and moved on in an effort to protect his heart.

It was the “perfect woman” list he crafted that led him to the realization that while he may find someone who checks off every single quality, they won’t ever compare to Jane, the love of his life.

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Jane the Virgin – Chapter Ninety-Two (5×11)

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Jane The Virgin -- "Chapter Ninety-Two" Review

Yet another less than stellar episode of Jane the Virgin.

The usual Jane magic has been missing from this fifth season, and it’s a shame.

Maybe it’s because I’m not understanding the motivations behind many of the creative decisions, but I’m a little annoyed with constantly justifying weak storylines with the “it’s a telenovela” excuse.

On Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 11, Jane was forced to let go of the past and embrace change; despite being a meticulous planner, Jane needed to learn how to go with the flow.

We saw it exhibited when she dealt with Jorge’s toxic masculinity and his title of “man of the house,” with Mateo’s ADHD diagnosis, and with her decision to finally move out of her Abuela’s house.

Petra echoed my sentiments: why is a grown ass woman with a child still trying successfully live in her childhood bedroom?

Jane has outgrown her former life. The fandom is always lamenting about Jane’s growth from Jane the Virgin Season 1 to present day yet she’s still trying to fit into her past.

All the issues with Jorge, which are valid and will be addressed in a minute, would have been avoidable if Jane just had her own place.

She was riding out the wave hoping that maybe things would turn around and she’d finally be with Rafael.

But Rafael or no Rafael, living at her Abuela’s doesn’t offer Mateo the kind of stability he needs right now.

The way Jorge made himself comfortable at Abuela’s really hit a nerve.

I’m all for Jorge feeling like this is now his home too and redecorating with his furniture is perfectly normal, but it truly felt like Alba was losing herself in the process and bending to ensure Jorge’s happiness.

Jane, Alba and Xo may have never lived in a household run by a male, so why start now? This was still Alba’s home even if Jorge was moving in.

I’ve been on the fence about Jorge for a bit now. There are times where I think he’s a good fit for Alba and times where I don’t trust him.

On Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 11, I felt a little repulsed by him especially after he tattled on Jane.

Furthermore, Alba’s outburst about Jane overstepping was uncalled for and it was frustrating that Jane never clarified that she wasn’t trying to meddle, she was making requests that would help her establish a pattern of good behavior for Mateo.

Jane’s approach when she spoke to Jorge was anything but disrespectful.

She didn’t call him lazy or make it seem like she wanted to dictate their relationship, she simply explained that in order for there to be balance some compromises would have to be made.

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Jane the Virgin – Chapter Ninety-One (5×10)

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Jane The Virgin -- "Chapter Ninety-One" Review

The final season of Jane the Virgin went downhill fast.

Will they find a way to redeem themselves before they ruin every single character’s storyline?

Most of Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 10 was a rollercoaster of familiar emotions.

Does anyone else feel like the ship drama is getting repetitive?

Is the whole point of the final season to rip our hearts out of our chest, stomp on them, put them back in, and do it all over again the next week?

Both couples — Petra and JR and Jane and Rafael — keep repeating the same scenarios over and over again and expecting different results.

Last I checked, that was the definition of insanity.

I’m not even concerned about Jane’s happy ending anymore. With or without Rafael, Jane is a strong woman with a budding career who will turn out just fine.

But Petra and Luisa deserved a happy ending more than anyone for all the suffering they’ve endured for the sake of a storyline.

Petra and JR have been on the verge of a break-up every single episode.

One of their biggest issues is communication.

They usually talk something out after the fact but by that point, the damage has already been done.

Petra wasn’t okay with JR interviewing in Houston, but she didn’t say anything because she didn’t want to stand in the way of her happiness.

Instead, she tried to get her a job in Florida without even consulting her first.

Their whole relationship is built on resentment.

As heartbreaking as it was to see Petra say that her heart was in a million pieces after JR officially ended things, it’s been a long time coming.

JR has been trying to tell Petra that she’s unhappy in the relationship, but she needed some time apart to get some perspective and finally pull the trigger.

As much as I wanted them to vibe, Petra and JR want different things and couldn’t find common ground.

The fact that Petra bought an engagement ring and was ready to propose shows that she’s been misreading the situation.

I even brought this up on my Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 9 review, but JR flat out told Petra she didn’t want kids and felt like she hit “rock bottom.”

Read the full review at TV Fanatic.

 

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