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Jane the Virgin – Chapter Ninety (5×09)

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At the start of Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 9, it felt as if the writers were gearing up for the end.

The stories were being neatly wrapped up in a bow.

Michael’s presence enveloped much of the first half of the season, but now, Jane’s closed the chapter on her back-from-the-dead husband.

While her relationship with Rafael remains uncertain, it’s comforting to know that they’ll always be connected because they’re family.

Jane kicked off Jane the Virgin Season 1 without a father but now, she’s wearing matching suits with her dad, writing his telenovela script and even embracing the wacky things he does out of love.

Xo’s health is on the mend, JR and Petra’s rocky relationship is trying to smooth out the edges, and Alba’s love for Jorge was reciprocated leading them down the aisle and right into the bedroom. Talk about a happily ever after.

By all means, it seems the writers are heading for closure.

Until those final few scenes involving Rafael, Luisa, and Mateo.

We know there are still ten episodes left in the season, which in TV show terms means there’s room for a few last minute twists, turns, and unexpected deaths.

The show has always dabbled in high stakes drama mixed with pure family moments and this episode followed the formula from beginning to end.

While the Villaneuva women were celebrating Alba’s wedding and huddling up for an emotional chit chat in the church rather than the porch swing set, it was inevitable that Rose’s diabolical plan was going to bulldoze every shred of happiness and progress.

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Jane the Virgin – Chapter Ninety Four (5×13)

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Jane The Virgin Chapter Ninety-Four Review

Fear was making everyone act irrationally on Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 13, but it’s how they overcame their fears that really strengthened the episode and gave it weight.

To quote Jane, she and Rafael are “engaged, finally!”

It’s been a long time coming, but the road hasn’t been an easy one.

Worried About Xo - Jane the Virgin

Rafael and Jane’s relationship has been bumpy and filled with ups and downs, so it only made sense that their decision to get married was just the same.

In the span of an hour, Rafael proposed to Jane, they agreed to a courthouse wedding, attempted to plan something classier, settled for a next-day option, and eventually, postponed things altogether.

Related: Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 11 Review: Chapter Ninety-Two

And they even addressed the elephant in the room: Michael, which was overdue and necessary.

Jane and Rafael’s reunion on Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 12 had the makings of a genuine JTV moment, even if the musical was a little too much, but the consensus from the fandom was that there wasn’t enough build-up leading up to it.

One minute they were over and the next, they were madly in love again.

It was as if someone flipped a switch.

And it’s so easy to get caught up in the romantics of it all, but it seemed like they wanted to gloss over all Jane and Raf’s relationship issues as he got down on one knee and proposed to Jane.

But alas, Mateo brought them all down to reality again by admitting that he wasn’t excited about a potential wedding because he didn’t think it would actually happen.

So, it’s not just us getting sick and tired of this pattern between #Jafael? Good to know.

Kids are much more receptive than we realize.

Mateo forced his parents to talk about what went wrong between them and admit why they were rushing the wedding in the first place.

Rafael wanted to lock things down with Jane because deep down inside, he was insecure and afraid she’d leave.

His feelings were valid, though, I wasn’t interested in seeing him throw tantrums over Montana again. I thought we accepted that Jane needed to explore her feelings!

As for Jane, she agreed to a quickie wedding out of guilt; she didn’t want to keep disappointing Rafael anymore than she already had.

There was nothing romantic about their desire to get married, which made it a recipe for disaster.

If Jane and Raf couldn’t work through their issues before getting married, they’d never work after getting married.

It’s not a magical cure. Marriage only works if the relationship works.

Everything about their upcoming nuptials was wrong.

The fact that Jane referred it to “just a quickie wedding” was enough to tell you that this shouldn’t have been happening.

For someone who has grown up watching telenovela style fairytales, this wasn’t the wedding Jane would ever want regardless if she previously had her big dream wedding.

Secondly, she’s a planner for goodness sakes — you cannot spring up last minute situations on her and assume she’s going to be cool, calm, and collected.

Rafael should have known better, and I’m slightly disappointed that he didn’t.

I Don't Want to do This Now - Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 13

She didn’t even look happy on a day that’s supposed to be one of the happiest in your life, probably only second to her first wedding.

When Jane and Raf eventually talked things through, they realized there was a lot to work on and rushing things wasn’t going to fix them.

Raf needed to learn how to trust Jane again; Jane needed to own her decisions about Michael and Montana and stop feeling guilty about them.

As a #Jafael fan from the get-go, I let out of happy sigh of relief when they decided to postpone the wedding until they could properly plan it.

Though, I’m not reassured by the narrator hoping the “real wedding would go as smoothly” before adding that it “was not in the cards.”

The series has purposefully pushed to the side every storyline concerning Sin Rostro and Luisa.

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

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Jane The Virgin -- "Chapter Ninety-Three Review

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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