Money woes were on the forefront of this week’s Jane the Virgin.
Despite all the telenovela twists, Jane and Michael are a normal young couple that don’t have the funds to afford their own place. They thought they did but after settling in, they recived some bad news – – their new home doesn’t actually belong to them and rent is $2,000 a month, not $1,000. So who has been paying the other thousand and why have they stopped?
Jane is stunned to find out it was actually frenemy Petra. The two once had a pretty good relationship because you know, Petra was actually nice and had a heart, unlike Anezka. Currently, that friendship has gone down the drain, especially since they just got in yet another huge fight, this time about flamingo night, aka Scott’s new brilliant idea for the Marbella. If you remember, Petra, who is actually Anezka, is working with her bae to blackmail Rafael and make the hotel more successful.
When she finds out, Jane invites them over for an awkward dinner date but upsets Scott when she insinuates that she’s only with him cause he’s blackmailing her. This is Petra’s perfect excuse to “end things” with Jane, who is a little too nosy for her taste and announce that she wants out of the Marbella. In reality, Anezka was paid a visit from Magda’s prison friend who told her she had 72 hours to share her shares or else. When Rafael refuses, Anezka pulls out the wild card threatening to tell the police that he covered up all the illegal things his father did.
It seems like Raf doesn’t need to worry about her threat though because FINALLY, Jane realizes that something is really off with Petra. She didn’t remember that she was paying for her apartment, she didn’t remember what they fought about before her sister’s accident, she likes Scott for goodness sake and when she’s caught off guard, she display’s Anezka-like behavior. “This sounds crazy but I don’t think that’s Petra,” she tells Rafael. I seriously thought no one would ever notice. But how sweet is it that Jane is the one to figure it out, especially since the whole episode was set up to have Jane completely hate Petra and distance herself from her. Guess her friendship with “real Petra” is stronger than we thought.
Rogelio is still concerned with upping his American career so he sets Rafael up on a date with a famous writer. Raf isn’t exactly thrilled to be “sold off” as eye candy but he does it to help Ro. While he’s out on the date, Rogelio babysits Louisa and turns out, crazy can actually motivate crazy. He’s the only person who is able to get through to her and convince her to check herself into rehab. And then, he strikes up an actual friendship with Rafael. Isn’t it nice to see him become an actual part of Jane’s family?
Xo got a job at a bank and was so excited, Abuela didn’t have the heart to tell her that she would hate it. After her first day, she hated it, but didn’t want to admit it, so pretended to love it. That is until she got fired and finally told Abuela the truth. The moment brought the mom and daughter duo closer together and even inspired Alba to get a job herself at Marbella’s gift shop.
And speaking of mother’s, Rafael’s was killed by Rose last week and the police simply could not figure out why she was holding on to a bible. Eventually, Michael’s partner revealed that they found a few worlds underlined – Angels surround my son. What does that mean? The camera panned to a bag from the Marbella gift shop so maybe it has something to do with Alba’s new job? Who knows.
In the end, Jane and Michael got through their first money fight. Cutting corners just isn’t something a newlywed couple should do. How can you be young and happy in your relationship when you can’t afford Netflix, going out and getting coffee? It just doesn’t work. So they make the smart decision to move to a smaller and cheaper place, mimicking what many of us young millenials are also deciding to do.
With all the sex they are having, you think Jane is due for baby number 2? They don’t seem to be using condoms… Also, what will she and Raf do about Anezka? How will they save Petra? Will Louisa really go to rehab or is this part of her grand plan with Rose?
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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