Trust was a huge theme in this weeks Jane the Virgin. It’s really the basis of everything. Jane didn’t trust Rafael and it put a little strain on their relationship, while Louisa trusted people too much, mainly Rose and Petra. Two people you should probably never trust… with anything.
Michael breaks the news to Rafael–his step mom is Sin Rostro, the man without a face who has been running a plastic surgery ring, altering the faces of criminals. It’s quite possible she even reconstructed her own face already, which would make it much harder for them to find her. Rafael realizes that his sister was probably telling them the truth about her affair with Rose and it’s his duty as a brother to get her released. She’s doing just fine on her own however, breaking out of the mental hospital, only to walk back inside to get properly signed out.
As Jane is planning her baby shower, she realizes that she doesn’t really know much about Rafael. The whole relationship is so new to them that she also doesn’t know if she can trust him. When she sees him leaving a penthouse and telling someone to “rest because no one knows your here” her mind begins racing and she knocks on the door only to come face-to-face with dead guy Roman Zazo.
Except it’s not Roman at all. It’s actually Aaron, Romans twin brother. Rafael had a PI track him down in an orphanage in Mexico. He had just been kidnapped by a drug cartel and Rafael negotiated with them to let Aaron go in exchange for secrecy. Honestly, this is just as absurd as it sounds… and I think that was the point. Everything happening in Jane’s world right now sounds like it’s straight from a telenovela. Which it is… and it’s convenient since she writes for one.
Since Jane told Michael about her run in with “Roman” instead of Rafael, he’s definitely pissed off. Knowing that she can’t trust him means he doesn’t want to tell her his deepest and darkest feelings. It’s only understandable, but this is their first real fight as a couple and it isn’t pleasant.
Louisa finds a letter from Rose which says, “your father is where lightning first struck. Where fireworks were made.” In other words, the place they first did it. She tells Rafael and the detectives and sure enough, when they break through the cement they dig up his body. Rafael is crushed by the news, especially because his fathers last impression of his son was that he was a failure.
Rose makes contact with Louisa and explains that the plan to use her father to fall in love with her and secretly start an illegal surgery business was in the works before they met. What she didn’t expect was to fall in love with her. And its true… these two seem to really be in love. Even after she was put in the mental hospital and found out Rose killed her father, she still talked fondly of the criminal mastermind. Rose– decked out in a blonde wig and only facing backwards–asked Louisa to run away with her. And Louisa did…. but not before she gave over 1/3 of her hotel shares to… Petra.
Yes, it’s safe to say Louisa is the stupidest person on the show. Okay, maybe not stupid but definitely gullible. It’s no surprise she artificially inseminated the wrong person at work. It’s surprising she was even allowed to be a doctor! Rafael is bombarded with horrible news this week, including the realization that Petra is part owner of the Marbella, a title she holds highly. She tells him she wants to rebrand the hotel with her face instead of his, making him a secret partner. Of course, this can only be accomplished by the person with the most shares, so Rafael asks Louisa to give him hers. She agrees because she believes “money is the root of all evil.” But, Petra plays the game better than Rafael and convinces Luisa to give her the shares by pretending she also has a shaman.
So Petra basically made the world her bitch. She went from being kicked out of the Marbella to living in the top floor suite and running the show. One thing Petra isn’t good at however, staying humble and remembering how easy it is to hit rock bottom, which she’s definitely going to do. One person Petra was completely in love with? Zaz. So when she sees Aaron on the elevator, she kind of looses it, especially when he says he’s looking forward to getting to know her. Wouldn’t it be hilarious if Aaron was actually Zaz in disguise? I wouldn’t even be surprised.
Rogelio has a tough career choice to make. He can either go play a lead role in telenovela shooting in Mexico. Or he can stay here and play second lead to his arch enemy Esteban. I personally choose the second one because seeing conceited Rogelio on the same show as Esteban would make for some great comedy. Jane finally sits both her parents down and forces them to tell each other the truth– their both in love and don’t want to be apart. With a commitment set, Xo finally breaks her chastity promise and sleeps with Rogelio.
With this, she realizes people are afraid to speak the truth because they don’t feel safe in the relationship. She knows she messed up by suspecting Rafael was in some shady business. She wants him to trust her again so she orders in a bunch of Chinese food in hopes that he’ll finally open up to her about all the crazy stuff that’s been happening. And then things quickly escalate. They both exchange “I love you’s” for the first time before Rafael suggests they move in together. After all, that would be best for the baby. But is Jane down for such a drastic change? We’ll see next week! At this point, I don’t even see a future for her and Michael anymore. They seem to be really close as friends and Jane’s feelings for Rafael seem to be genuine. This baby truly was a blessing in disguise. Now, if only Rafael could get the rest of his life together.
Photo credit: The CW/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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