Jane the Virgin returned from its winter hiatus and taught us a good lesson – don’t meddle. Unless it has to do with your husband… then please do meddle.
Jane’s a meddler so this was a hard lesson for her. She can’t help it honestly, she always thinks she knows what’s best for everyone, even if it might not be.
Xo’s ex-boyfriend, the one Jane hated because he broke her mother’s heart several times, was officially back in the picture. I mean bringing muffins for brunch at the house type of in the picture. Abuela was surprisingly giving him another chance and Xo couldn’t understand why Jane just couldn’t let go fo the past. Uh, maybe because she didn’t want to watch Beaches for the 14th time? But seeing how set her mother was on this, she agreed. That is until she saw her mother crying at the studio. As Bruce was leaving she gave him a little piece of her mind thinking that he’d once again broken up with Xo.
Unfortunately, she was wrong. Turns out they were in a great place but he wasn’t sure their relationship could continue because his daughter Tess didn’t approve. Xo promised they could make it work but after Jane revealed that she wasn’t Team Bruce, he felt like the relationship was doomed. So Jane meddled some more and visited the bratty Tess, who had every right to be mad about this relationship considering Xo was the home-wrecker in her eyes, and tried to convince her to give her mother a shot. This time, the meddling actually worked.
That wasn’t the only relationship Jane put herself in though. As she was dropping off Mateo, she decided to pay her cousin Catalina a visit and ended up finding out that she had a much older, secret husband hiding out in her room. Yes… husband. This obviously took Jane by surprise considering she was dating Rafael. Catalina explained that she was actually preparing to divorce her husband of a few months and Jane believed her… that is until she saw her kissing him later on. She told Rafael who ended things with Catalina and this broke the cousinly bond. Jane was certain she made the right choice sticking up for her baby daddy except the next day as she was dropping off Mateo, Catalina opened the door. Apparently Raf had gotten back with the ex and based on her expression, she was declaring war on Jane. I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Abuela did try to warn Jane.
Jane might not know why Rafael went back to her but we know it’s because he’s going through some serious things with his family. In a shocking twist – although this is a telenovela so maybe not that shocking – Rafael found out he’s not actually the biological of Emilio and Elena. And while that in itself is enough to complete wreck a person, he finds out that his father probably knew all along which is why he amended his will to include a line that gives assets to only his “biological children.”
This means, Rafael is technically piss broke. Um… whoa! The good news is that no one knows about this testimony clause except him. Or so he thinks. Here’s one thing that was very clear to me since day one that Rafael hasn’t been able to learn yet – never cross Petra.
You see Petra has been pretty paranoid since she was drugged by her twin sister Anezka. When she saw that Scott bought a pricey car, she began wondering if Rafael was working with him. He denied it all but she one-upped him going to talk to Scott dresses as the twin he loves so that he could tell her everything. When he admitted that he made a deal with Rafael, Petra came to tell him off and secretly install cameras in his penthouse. So now, she knows everything that he’s been trying to hide and that makes for perfect blackmail. Although I don’t know why you’d try to bankrupt your baby daddy… I’d want that money for the kids and myself, you know? Maybe she can use this to cut herself a bigger piece of the pie?
And speaking of baby daddy’s, Rogelio is so set on becoming a father he made a business agreement with Darci so that she could have his baby. The two were perfect matches when it came to statistics and despite some push back from his family, they got the green light. It seemed like everything was about to work out when suddenly, Rogelio realized he had feelings for her. Of course the realization came while he was shooting a naked scene and something went up… if you know what I mean. That poses a bit of a problem since “falling for each other” or any other physical feelings were strictly prohibited from the contract. Any Rogelio storyline is hilarious but it sucks cause I’m secretly still rooting for him and Xo to figure it out.
When Jane wasn’t meddling in everyones life she was busy supporting Michael, who quit his job on a whim after getting sick of working desk duty and being removed from cases. While searching for his “thing” he gave stand up comedy a try, a testament to the actors versatile talents. In the end, Michael realized that maybe becoming a lawyer and still working with the law in some capacity would be the right thing for him. Considering Jane didn’t want him to be a cop after he was shot on their wedding day, I don’t think there was anyone happier with his decision!
Thoughts on this weeks Jane the Virgin?
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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