Things got pretty complicated on the season finale of Jane the Virgin, two things were very clear– Jane and Rafael are meant for each other, but their going to have to jump through many hoops despite their big difference. Thankfully, Jane comes from a family that’s very familiar with making sacrifices in the name of love.
- Xo finally had a chance at her big break. She was meeting with record producer, but things didn’t go as planned. The producer thought that from her song, she’d be younger. Regardless, her song came on during the awards show after party and it was a beautiful bonding moment between her and Rogelio. Plus, she finally got to meet her god, Paulina Rubio, whose apparently a close friend of Rogelio’s.
- Rogelio was preparing for the awards show, providing a lot of comedic relief to the drama unfolding by starting his own hashtags to help him win and then standing up prematurely when they announced Esteban as the winner. Oops. In the end, he took the loss in stride, realizing that he had one regardless–he had Jane and Xo by his side.
- Jane’s writing piece was finally accepted by a magazine for publishing. She decided not to go through with it since the piece was based on her mother’s promiscuity, but Xo signed and sent the consent in for her. What are moms for right?
- Jane and Rafael went to their first check up as a couple. The special moment was interrupted by Petra, who vowed that this baby was just as much hers as it was Rafael’s and she would fight for her rights as the mother, starting a public custody battle. This ended up revealing a much darker side to Petra…. aka Natalia.
- There was a brief bonding moment between Michael and Jane and for a second I thought there might be hope for their relationship. But, no. Instead, Michael decided to help Jane out from the goodness of his heart (and because it would help him in his case against Rafael.) They set Jane up with a mic so she could go and get Petra to say she didn’t actually want the baby, just Rafael’s money. Unfortunately, that’s not what happened. Petra ended up opening up to Jane, about her life with her and her mother and the struggle of losing her father to the Iron Curtain. She was telling the truth for once and that was the problem.
- Rafael never knew this side of Petra, so it was interesting to see him see this side of her. But, he also caught a very important piece of information. Iron Curtain fell in November 1989. She said her dad died one week before the wall fell when she was a baby. But, Petra’s passport said that she was born in December 1989…. Riddle.me.that.
- The theory that Petra isn’t who she says she is came to light. Jane and Rafael hired a private investigator and found that the real Petra died in the Czech Republic in 2008. So the big question for the parents to be is, who is Petra?
- We know that Petra is Natalia, a woman who dated a man named Milos (and who I strongly believe is Sin Rostro and is therefore associated with Rafael’s hotel. He wants his revenge against his ex). He didn’t take the break up well and was going to ruin her life by throwing acid at her. At that moment, Petra bent over to pick up a coin and her mother’s face got burned. She fell over into the street and got hit by a car, hence the wheelchair. The man she’s holding captive now, helped her get out of the country because Milos was too powerful to stay in jail for long. That’s how she took over Petra’s identity.
- Michael wanted to crack the Sin Rostro case and enlisted his brothers help. His suspicion against Rafael got the best of him and maybe he had a right to be suspicious. Snooping around Rafael’s office, he found a safe. But when he finally got a court order to snoop around the office, it turned out to be empty. Michael’s good, but Rafael is better.
- Until Michael and his partner ended up getting frisky in the bathroom and accidentally pressed up on the counter, which lifted the tub and revealed a staircase under the floor. Where does it lead? What is Rafael hiding? I’m a little scared about this story because I don’t want to admit that Rafael could really be responsible or involved with a drug lord.
- I really do think Sin Rostro is here because of Natalia. Maybe Rafael has been protecting her from Milos? This story line really has tons of possibilities.
- And for the worst part of the episode… the saddest part. Abuela got all kinds of tipsy during the awards after party and upset with this Petra girl, decided to give her a piece of her mind. She stumbled upstairs to her room, knocked on the door, but got her mother instead who told her to get out because she was obviously holding someone captive. She wanted to take the escalator, but when it wouldn’t come, she opted for the stairs. That’s when Petra’s mother pushed her down the stairs. Yes, she STOOD UP and pushed Abuela down the stairs, who laid there unconsciously.
- We know she isn’t severely hurt, but we know she doesn’t remember who pushed her so chances of Petra’s mother getting in trouble are slim. Unless they look at the camera footage and realize what happened. And as for Petra’s mother, we knew she was a shady biatch, I just didn’t expect this shady!
What are your thoughts for the next half of the season? Sound off below and see you here for the premiere on January 19th!
Photo Credit: Jane the Virgin/ The CW
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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