Oh my gosh. So many feels after the season finale of Jane the Virgin. They weren’t lying when they said my jaw would be on the ground at the very end.
First off, I’d like to welcome Mateo (a bunch of other names including Rogelio) Solano Villanueva to the world. What a beautiful baby boy! And with that, I’m getting into this weeks review.
We kick off the episode with Jane getting ready to give birth very soon. She begins what she thinks are contractions one night while applying for grad school with Michael. And yes, feelings are definitely in the air, but we (as in Jane and I) aren’t sure if those are thanks to the hormones. At the hospital, the doctor tells Jane she’s going through pre-birth contractions and that it’s not the real thing… Woops, sorry Rafael and Michael. On her way out, she encounters her two men fighting over each other. Confused, she leaves with Abuela because she just doesn’t have the energy to deal with them two.
Rafael comes to Jane’s house to personally apoligize for his actions. And then, he finally comes clean about his feelings. He tells her he regrets breaking up with her, that he’s always loved her and that he ended things because he thought he wasn’t good enough. Jane’s reaction- get out. I love that Jane never needs a man. She’s courageous enough to be pregnant and alone and that about her instills some kind of fire in me. I want to be just like Jane one day. Never relying on a man for my happiness.
Meanwhile, Rogelio and Xo jet off to Vegas for their one-day residency. Xo isn’t down to go 100% because she doesn’t want to miss her daughter giving birth. But, Jane promises to let them know the minute she goes into labor.
The next day, she goes to talk to the school board of admissions to persuade them into accepting her even though she applied 2 days past the due date. During her meeting, she begins having strong pre-birth contractions, but she soldiers through them to show the professor just how badly she wants this spot. He’s pretty freaked out by what’s going down in his office and I think it’s safe to say, Jane got in.
On her way home, she begins having contractions that are closer together and you know what that means- she’s in labor. She calls her mom who urges her to get to the hospital. Thankfully, some nice woman named Gabrielle sits next to Jane on the bus and guides her through the breathing, while the rest of the bus begs the driver to drop Jane off at a nearby hospital. See what I mean? Jane is so lovable even strangers want to help her out. This bus scene might have been my favorite this whole season tbh.
At the hospital, Jane’s contractions and dilations come to a halt. She gets the epidural because pain is no fun and sends Abuela home. It’s going to be a long night. Then she spends the rest of it talking with Rafael about baby names- they agree on Nina, having his last name before hers because she needs another Villanueva girl and that maybe she’ll consider forgiving him and giving him another chance. Gosh, I hope!
Meanwhile in Vegas, Xo and Rogelio get into a fight because she doesn’t immediately tell him his daughter is in labor. They book the first flight out, which is that next morning and spend the rest of the night getting hammered with Rogelio’s Venezuelan fan club. Eventually, they find out that they got married by a Cher impersonator, but don’t remember a thing. Yes, the first OMG of the finale- Xo and Rogelio are hitched! Woo! Can I say it’s about time?!
Michael comes home to find Nadine on his couch. She claims to have information about where the plastic surgeon that changes faces is hiding out and she hands it over to Michael in exchange for her family’s safety and lenient charges. Unfortunately, when they get to the hiding spot, the plastic surgeon is dead. Michael gets a call from Rafael saying that Jane is in labor and that he needs to rush Xo and Rogelio from the airport to the hospital and leaves Nadine locked up in his apartment. We all think Michael is foolish for doing this, but really he’s a secret genius. When Nadine breaks out, she’s obviously going to go back to Sin Rostro’s because she has nowhere else to go. Michael installed a tracker in her cellphone so that they can find Rose and book her once and for all. It’s not the only reason Michael’s quick thinking will come in handy.
Jane goes into labor with Abuela and Rafael by her side. She begins hitting the point where she no longer wants to push and begins crying and I’m balling like a baby with her. Xo walks in right at that time and Jane is so happy to see her mommy. Isn’t it crazy how life works? Our mothers give birth to us and when we’re giving birth to our own babies, we need our mommy’s. God bless them. When all is said and done, Jane gives birth to a healthy baby boy. Hmm… guess they can’t name him Nina right? I love the shock on everyone’s faces that it isn’t a girl. Jane decides to name him Mateo after her grandfather.
Meanwhile, Petra is a little upset she got stood up by Rafael because they were supposed to go on a date to the same restaurant where they spent their first date. I guess her mother was right when she told her Rafael will always be one with Jane. Also, can we talk about how funny Magda is in prison? Hilarious! Rafael’s assistant comes to Petra to inform her that the hospital is calling for Rafael again and they said they can talk to Mrs. Solano, which she once was. Being devious and evil, she takes the call and turns out, they found one more of Rafael’s sperm samples. This obviously music to Petra’s ears. She goes to tell Rafael but accidentally overhears him talking to Louisa about how he’s playing Petra, hoping she falls for him again and sells back her share of the Marbella so he can get rid of her once and for all and be a family with Jane. Livid with anger, she goes to the hospital and takes his sample. Yep… now Petra has the power to trap Rafael with a baby and I don’t even want to watch this unfold! I knew she was evil, but this evil?! God no.
And things get worse from here. As Jane is spending time with her baby, a nurse comes in to take him for a hearing test. Jane gives him up and the nurse ends up kidnapping little Mateo and handing him over to *gasp* Sin Rostro. Okay, what the hell. This whole episode was so cute and emotional, I forgot it was a telenovela. But it is and I’m really upset. Rose never showed her face because Nadine did warn, she probably changed it and the only person who knows what she really looks like is the dead doctor. Yippee. But remember that tracker Michael installed on Nadine? Well yeah, it’ll definitely come in handy now when everyone realizes Jane’s baby has been kidnapped.
Seriously, what could Rose want with Rafael’s child? Why would she steal a newborn from his mom? Jane doesn’t deserve any of this! Will she blame Rafael? Will she fall for Michael again because he’ll help save her kid? It seemed to me like when Michael asked if he was the safe choice next to the fantasy Rafael, Jane knew he was right.
Will Petra blackmail Rafael with his own sperm or will she inseminate herself without even telling him? So many questions… I cannot wait till season 2!
TV Shows to Binge During Your Self-Quarantine and Social Distancing
In case you haven’t been keeping up with global news, coronavirus, COVID-19, is forcing everyone to practice the 2020 version of”conscious uncoupling” known as “social distancing.”
Many cities/states are on lockdown with bars, restaurants, and other establishments closing their doors to keep the outbreak from spreading even more than it has.
If you’ve found yourself self-quarantined at home on the couch to prevent the spread of germs, you’ll likely be looking for things to keep yourself occupied.
Many shows have shuttered production with daytime and late-night talk shows going sans audiences or completely dark for the remainder of the month.
And this means it’s the perfect time to binge-watch those shows you’ve been putting off.
Here are some shows to watch during your self-quarantine.
What the world needs now is a fixer who could tell us all how to get out of this mess. Since that’s not possible, we have the next best thing in Olivia Pope, DC’s fixer and right-hand to the President, who is also in a torrid love affair with him. It’s political, dramatic, and sexy as hell to this day.
Don’t you wish we could all travel back to a time before the coronavirus? Same. Maybe if we had a time machine like Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus, we totally could. But alas, we’ll have to settle for watching their journey through key historical moments as they attempt to stop Rittenhouse from destroying the world.
Locke & Key
Think Harry Potter meets Narnia. Netflix’s new fantasy thriller finds a family moving into a mansion following their father’s death where they learn that it’s filled with secret keys that open up portals to other dimensions. You never know where you’ll end up, but it’ll make you forget you’re curled up on your couch amidst a toilet-paper shortage.
Elliot works as a cybersecurity engineer by day and doubles as a vigilante hacker by night. When he’s recruited by a mysterious underground organization, he’s forced to do things that make him question his personal beliefs, his morals, and most importantly, what’s real and what isn’t.
Financial burdens (like the fact that you spent all your money stocking up on canned goods and paper towels) plague three suburban moms who are tired of always playing “catch up.” They decide to take matters into their own hands and rob a grocery store. Soon, they find themselves trying to navigate a world of crime that has absolutely no rules. As they try to survive, their actions will keep you on the edge of your seat.
You’ve already heard of Stranger Things, and if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s high time you do. The series takes place in 1980s Indiana and follows a group of young friends who become privy to supernatural happening within the government.
There’s no better time than during a quarantine to watch all 16 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. Honestly, when else are you going to have the time? All you need to know is that it’s a medical drama, there’s a doctor named McDreamy, and Shonda Rhimes is the boss babe behind it.
The Good Place is a stroke of comedic genius mixed with some of the most insightful and wholesome storytelling of our generation. It’s also the only series that had the perfect series finale (fight me, but after coronavirus cause there’s a no-touching ban). Eleanor Shellstrop is shocked to find herself in the Good Place following her death and immediately realizes she’s there by mistake. No one is prepared for her hilarious afterlife antics as she hides from architect Michael and her new friends while trying to become a better version of herself.
Don’t be deterred by the plot — a young Latina woman learns she’s pregnant after she’s accidentally artificially inseminated. The series weaves together the best parts of a telenovela while adding heart, feshed-out characters, strong female leads, irresistible love interests, and family at the forefront of every storyline.
Love is Blind
In the reality TV vein, Netflix delivered the world’s newest obsession. It’s a social experiment that many claim prepared our generation for dating throughout “social distancing.” Love is Blind forces a handful of contestants to meet people while isolated in pods. Once they find their “soulmate,” they propose to them without meeting face-to-face and a few weeks later, walk down the aisle.
If you’re not familiar with Joe Goldberg, you’re missing out. YOU is a suspenseful thriller that digs into the mind of an obsessed serial killer and follows his romantic relationships.
Game of Thrones
Similarly to Greys Anatomy, when else are you going to find the time to watch all of Game of Thrones? This is the perfect time to dig into a pop culture phenomenon so you know what “winter is coming” means the next time someone mentions it.
The Marvelous Ms. Maisel
If there’s anyone that can cheer you up and put a smile on your face, it’s Ms. Maisel. Set in the late 1950s, Miriam aka “Midge” breaks the rules and pursues a career in stand-up comedy. While it’s unheard of for women of her class to pursue a career, it’s even more unheard of a woman succeeding in such an industry. But leave it to Midge to prove everyone wrong and do it with flair and style!
Jane the Virgin – Chapter One Hundred (5×19)
It should be noted that I had to tell myself to be brave while writing this review and wiping away so many happy tears.
As far as series finales go, Jane the Virgin’s hit every mark and was a treat for longtime fans.
One would say it was the inverse of what made Jane the Virgin such a household name; it bypassed the usual telenovela-twists and opted for happy endings all around.
There will always be things that I wish would have happened, but confined to a one-hour window, the finale was pretty perfect.
Jane the Virgin – Chapter Ninety-Eight (5×17)
How do we say goodbye?
Xiomara posed that very question at the end of Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 17, and nothing sums up my feelings more succinctly.
We’re almost at the end, and despite this being the weakest season to date, it’s still bittersweet.
Look, nothing against anyone on the Jane the Virgin team.
Putting together a final season is a tall order, and appeasing everyone is nearly impossible.
We’re always going to have a bone to pick with something. That’s just life.
Nevertheless, I’m enjoying this strange ride for what it is and soaking up these last moments with the Gloriana Villaneuva family.
The realistic moments of the episode were really great, but the moments that leaned heavily into telenovela territory fell short.
Rose’s masterplan was revealed and to be honest, it was lame and non-existent.
Everything she’s ever done was motivated by her love for Luisa.
She broke out of jail and created an army of minions in order to be with her one true love.
If Luisa hadn’t betrayed Rose, Rose wouldn’t have had any motive to come after Jane.
Rose has been an elusive and terrifying villain all these years, but she just felt like a run-of-the-mill villain when she ambushed Jane.
Yes, I was a nervous wreck the entire time, but only because I expected Rose to already have people at Mateo’s school waiting for him or something.
Did anyone even know where Mateo was at the time? And why did no one come to check in on Jane?
Then, Rose’s grand plan was to sneak into the This Is Mars party essentially wearing alien costumes from Spirit Halloween.
What happened to the plastic surgery genius who could change her appearance at the snap of her fingers?
The one who befriended Michael as Susanna and faked his whole death?
We needed that Rose to come out and play.
Read the full review at TV Fanatic!
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