New baby, termites, Xo’s new business partner – there’s a lot happening on Chapter Sixty-Eight of Jane the Virgin.
Still, the question of who is going to die this season is on everyone’s mind and we may have just narrowed down a list of suspects.
Here are the biggest moments!
1. Baby De La Vega Factor – Now that’s a mouthful. And we even left out the middle name! After welcoming his second daughter, and first with Darci, Ro is at a loss for a baby name. He goes through a variety of questionable choices; Amada, Delilah, Fiona, but eventually, they come to the conclusion that naming a baby Baby seems rational. We’ll got with it only because the middle name, Michaelina, after his best friend and Jane’s late husband Michael, redeems him. It’s such a reminder of how much we actually miss Michael.
2. Dance, Dance, Baby – Ro might not be the brightest one on the show but he quickly realizes that Xiomara is not a fan of his newborn. Everytime he brings the baby near her, she finds some excuse to leave, namely her dance studio, which is down on enrollment. After running into her high school nemesis “slutty” Crystal, who opened up a school in the neighborhood, she decides to go into business with her. Obviously, this is all a distraction from the real problem – Xo doesn’t want to get too close to the baby because she’s scared she’ll lose sight of her own goals. It’s understandable considering she flat out said she didn’t want to be a mother again and now, she kind of has no choice. Although you have to admit, her pictures with Baby were adorable. Although nothing beats sister bear Jane and wise-owl Alba.
3. You’re Going to Break Up in 7 days – Just kidding! After Adam told Jane he was “panicking” last week, they decided to pump the breaks and give each other a week-long break to see where they are headed. Namely, if Adam can get on board with having a kid. Of course, it doesn’t help that Mateo steals her phone and video chats Adam a day early asking to come over leaving Jane in quite an uncomfortable position. Mateo has a hissy fit, proving that kids are a handful and a full-time commitment, but that surprisingly doesn’t scare Adam off. He tells Jane he can “tolerate” that, which isn’t re-assuring to a mother who knows she needs to put her son first and find someone who can do more than tolerate him. She tries to end things but Alba comes through with her “owlba’ advice; Adam taking a step back was a sign of maturity. Kids are a huge responsibility so it’s understandable that he needed a minute. But if he wasn’t being pushed away by child kicking and screaming “I hate you” in his face, maybe it was worth a shot? That’s when Jane realizes she was deflecting her emotions because she was scared he was going to break her heart again. I think Adam is here to stay guys!
4. Kathord – I can’t explain the name Mateo gave Rafael’s new GF but that wasn’t Jane’s main concern; she was more frustrated about the fact that Raf introduced their son to this woman he was simply using to buy his hotel back. In a short amount of time, Kathord managed to cause so many problems for Jane and Raf, I mean more than they already had so clearly Jane needed to intervene with this deal before it was too late. Interestingly enough, Petra didn’t have a problem with Raf using her twins to make a business deal, which just shows the difference between these two baby mommas.
When it seems like Raf is going down the road of self-destruction again, which you’d think Petra would care about – he’s day drinking with his new girl and not picking up Mateo from school, ditching family brunch to go sail – Jane writes a letter explaining that she knows he’s better than this. The next day, when she tries to deliver it, Petra comes for her, I mean, they duke it out in the ball pit while their children stand by idly, a half-smirk spread across their face. This was hands down the best Petra and Jane moment ever.
Jane is committed though and tracks Raf down in person, which he’s not too pleased about. “I’m doing this for my family,” he barks at her before telling her to ‘get out.’ Petra, the scene-stealer of the episode, stands by with her “I told you so” expression.
However; when Raf starts packing up his things to move out and tells Alba about how “the Villanueva women don’t care about money,” she finally cracks. It’s not that these ladies don’t care and don’t appreciate all his money has done for them, they just know that some things, like moral integrity, are more important. Abuela convinces him with a story about her late husband, who gave up his wealth for love and never once lost sight of who he was. While wanting to provide for your family is noble, what happens when you lose yourself and your family in the process? And really, was Raf even happy with all that money? Going from rags to riches might be a little uncomfortable but it builds character and allows you to see the world in a new light. Plus, he’s knocking the women who took him in during his hard times even if they didn’t have much to offer aside from love.
Raf is really inspired by Alba and when Katherine hands him the deal for the hotel, he comes clean, telling her that they need to “cool off.” Of course, he wants her to go through with the deal if it’s good for business but not because they’re sleeping together. In return for his honesty, Katherine RAMS him with her car and drives away. So, potential dead man walking #1 – Rafael!
Maybe he’s been such a hypocritical jerk this season because the show wants to kill him off and they think it’ll be easier on our still-healing-from-Michael’s-death hearts if they make us hate him. But, I’ll hate the show if they do that to me.
5. Luisa is luisa-ing it – The Marbella was evacuated due to termites – gross! And as predicted, Luisa is responsible for the infestation. It was “creepy dude’s” idea because logically if the hotel is evacuated, there will be no casualities when Luisa burns it down for insurance money, which she will then use to free Rose. Here’s the fun and diabolical twist that honestly, might be the best for the series yet: creepy dude is a figment of Luisa’s imagination! She’s literally loosing it. Anezka surprisingly realizes Luisa’s plan and told her mother Magda, so now these two are either targets and potential dead people walking #2 and #3 or they’ll stop Luisa before she messes everything up. And in that case, Luisa is potential dead person #4!
Thoughts on Jane the Virgin? Luisa might be the best villain thus far because she’s just an unpredictable looney doing batshit crazy things in the name of love. Do you think Raf will die? From such a light hit, I doubt it would even be possible but you know, telenovela. If this was the case, I don’t think my heart or Jane’s could handle another loss. As for Adam, he seems like the real deal – that is if Jane doesn’t realize the reason she hates Raf so much is cause she actually loves him.
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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