A piece of advice – never quit your job hastily just because you think you got a better new one.
On this week’s Jane the Virgin, Jane decided to give her boss a piece of her mind, calling her all types of names, before quitting the job because of her new book deal, which they were paying $50 thousand for. Only after she walked out of the office did she realize, she wouldn’t get all the money up front. Jane’s solution – groveling… or rather sending an apology basket. When that didn’t work, she decided to stalk her ex boss to a cycling class and then promised to get back a prominent author, who decided to leave the company. We don’t know if Jane ever follows through to get her publishing job back because she accepts the manager position at the Marbella. Girls gotta make money somehow!
Jane isn’t the only one sending apology baskets this week. Rogelio got caught up lying to Xo – he told her he never knew about the network’s intention to make her look like the jealous ex when he actually agreed to it. Xo refused to speak to him after it and multiple apology baskets didn’t work. Finally Abuela stepped in and told him the truth – he’s not the same person he used to be. He’s fake, he’s lying, he’s keeping secrets. Knowing that this wasn’t the kind of man he wanted to be, Rogelio quit the show, walking out on a contract and getting sued for $10 million. Yikes, Darcy is ruthless and now we know why – Rogelio made her unfreeze her eggs and then bailed on having children. We don’t really know why but I’m guessing it has something to do with Xo. He even admitted to agreeing to make her into a villain because he was jealous of her relationship with Bruce. True love never dies!
Now about that dead body on the beach. Petra and Rafael were terrified that it would hurt their children’s hotel because no one wants to take their kids to a murder beach. In fact, Petra was so worried, she refused to talk to the media about it despite Raf telling her to get ahead of the story. When it leaked, opt for plan B – throwing a fundraiser for their employee and dedicating a scholarship in his honor, which gets them much praise with the media. It also helped that the body was technically found on the grounds of the Fairwick hotel.
That however was NOT a coincidence as we later found out. Petra surprised herself by caring a little too much about her friend-with-benefit and Fairwick owner Chuck. She went through a lot of trouble to help him prove to the authorities that Scott’s death was an accident caused by too much liquor during Rogelio’s reality TV show bachelor party. That also isn’t the case because in the end, we see that Rafael and his prison-friend, Elvis, who Petra fired from a managerial position, are “glad it wasn’t declared a murder.” If I’m picking up the signs here, I think Rafael and his friend had Scott killed because he had the addendum to the will. And in that case – shame on you Rafael! Here I was thinking he was all zen, hippie!
Petra also agreed to go on her first actual date with Chuck, making their relationship public. That’s when all of her regret started to settle in. Will she tell him the truth? I mean, this is Petra we’re talking about.
We also had an emotional arc this week with Jane going through several panic attacks, something she’d suffered from shortly after Michael’s death and gotten over. Or so she thought. Dennis, Michael’s best friend at the station, was at the Marbella to investigate Scott’s death and upon seeing him, became overwhelmed with emotions. It was so intense that every-time he tried to speak with her, she slapped her, remembering how he betrayed her by stealing some of Michael’s files while helping her clean out his stuff from the apartment. In the end, he invited Jane to talk it all out in the boxing ring and I think this will be the start of a beautiful friendship.
Jane obviously won’t be getting over Michael anytime soon and I’m okay with that, I kind of like seeing her be happy and raising Mateo, without needing to fill that void. With so many little things reminding her of Michael, it’s almost as if he wasn’t actually gone at all.
- Rafael’s new GF always being left out of the frame in every scene. While it seems like she’s important to Raf cause he loves her and includes her in everything, the narrator can’t seem to remember she’s around most of the time, which is hilarious. What’s the long-term intention?
- Petra and Rogelio had one of their first scenes together and I couldn’t stop laughing when neither of them could understand each other with the latter blaming it on her “heavy accent.” Really dude? Rogelio is ridiculous!
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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