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Jane the Virgin – Chapter Fifty-Four (3×10)

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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?

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Jane the Virgin – Chapter Eighty-Five (5×04)

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Jane the Virgin Chapter Eighty-Five Review

Nightmares manifest themselves in various shapes and sizes on Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 4, including Rafael and Michael chasing Jane with huge cups of tea.

Yep, that explains the wedding dress scene we saw in spoilers!

Turns out, one of Jane’s biggest nightmares isn’t finding out her father wants to take her away from her family or being forced to jump off of a huge waterfall, it’s losing Rafael.

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And that’s exactly what happened by the end of the hour.

Similar to Michael, Rafael got his memories back and realized that this situation felt all too familiar.

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We’ve been at the Michael vs. Rafael crossroads before a few seasons back, and as we all know, it didn’t end well for Rafael.

I’m focusing on Rafael regaining his memories first rather than Michael because I feel like it’s a major turning point for the series.

Up until now, it’s always been Jane’s way or no way.

Jane was in charge of her fate and thus, in charge of choosing which man would be the keeper of her heart.

Both Michael and Rafael had to accept whatever decision she made and move on accordingly.

Read the full review on TV Fanatic!

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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 Eighty-Three (5×02)

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Jane the Virgin Chapter Eighty Three

Catholic guilt, normal guilt, Jane experienced it all on Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 2.

And how could she not?

She’s built up this great life with Rafael, but she feels guilty about it because of Michael’s return.

And though she should be happy Michale is alive, she’s also made so much progress to get over him, and now, he’s messing up all of that progress. Not intentionally, of course, but it’s still happening.

This had lead Jane to she unwillingly wish that he never came back, which, in turn, makes her feel even more guilty.

At the same time, she knows that if Michael were to get his memories back, she could very well develop feelings for him again, which increases her guilt because of her love for Rafael.

Read the full review at TV Fanatic!

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