Jane the Virgin tackles life in a post-Donald Trump world on this week’s episode as Jane gets a visit from the past and a taste of her own medicine.
It’s been a hot minute since we’ve seen Lina and we finally got some update on what Jane’s BFF been up to. After Michael passed, she moved to New York where she found a job at Marchesa and a fiancee. Translation: Lina has done well for herself. And that’s created quite a wedge between the two friends.
When Jane unexpectedly bumps into her, she’s quite shocked to find out her best friend is in town but didn’t call to hang out. The two agree to catch up but it’s all awkward from there: Mateo calls Lina a stranger even though she’s his godmother, the two realize they don’t have much to say to each other and she finally bails, with a last minute cake tasting as an excuse.
Jane tries to keep her mind off of it by indulging in her new man – Fabian. She’s into him, he’s into her, it’s literally the perfect set up for a casual fling. But life has this funny way of giving us a taste of our own medicine and as the moment is heating up and Jane is ready for action, he puts a stop to it saying that he’s “revirginized.” Understandably, Jane’s a bit confused and he explains that he’s had so much sex in his life that it started to become meaningless… so he vowed to wait until that one special person, which could ultimately mean marriage.
With this newfound information, Jane tells Abuela that she’s going to break up with Fabian because they have nothing in common. It’s true too – he’s like the male version of Rogelio and seeing Jane date him is kind of insulting to not only her intelligence but to her character. Would righteous Jane really stoop down to a shallow actor with a book of selfies just because he’s hot?
Abuela informs her that she can’t just break up with just because he’s not “putting out.” It hasn’t been that long but it seems Jane has forgotten that she used to hate when guys rejected her after finding out there was no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Knowing Alba has a point, Jane agrees to a second date but this time, she recommends an eating in the dark experience so she can ignore her senses in the nether-regions. During dinner, her falling out with Lina comes up and Fabian insists they go to the cake tasting and fix things before it’s too late.
Jane is visibly embarrassed for crashing Lina and Danny’s “night” but things take a wrong turn when she realizes that this isn’t the first time her BFF has been in town without telling her. The two take their quibble to the bathroom where they’re finally able to just be open and real. Jane was a bad friend after Michael died because she was so caught up in the sadness of her life while Lina wanted to be happy and didn’t know how to have “real” emotions around Jane. I mean, a small fight with a guy she just started seeing was nothing compared to the death of her best friends husband right? So they just drifted.
When they finally talk things out, they end up sitting on the nasty bathroom floor, bonding, like always. It’s good to see that some friendships really are forever, despite a few hiccups down the line. And Lina even has some good advice for her friend – don’t give up on Fabian just yet. Maybe a happy, easy-going, shameless person is just what she needs to give her life a little sparkle.
Jane follows her best friend’s advice and really gives Fabian a shot. Turns out, they have a lot more in common than she thought and most importantly, he knows how to make her laugh. I guess it also helped that tries to impress her by buying books she recommended. He listens! They end up spending the night together, a night the seemingly lasted forever. It reminded me of that time Jane and Raf spent the night together and their relationship, if fleeting, blossomed for a moment.
“In orphanage, you always have to look out for your bread and boyfriend.”Truer words have never been spoken by Anezka, Petra’s semi-evil-twin sister.
After Anezka was arrested by the police last week for killing Scott, Petra was looking for any way to help her sister free. That includes telling Rafael what really happened that night Scott was allegedly murdered. The woman that the police have on camera arguing with Scott isn’t Anezka, it’s Petra dressed up as her sister. She was so determined to finally rid her life of the sister that knowingly paralyzed her that she pretended Scott broke up with her and then told him that she never wanted to see him again. According to Petra, it would have worked but he had to go and get “murdered.”
Raf, wanting to impress Petra so that she’ll fall for him again, hires his PI to do some digging and uncovers a note from Scott about a man named J.P. When she tells Chuck, he insists they hit the road together and find this man without Rafael’s. At first, it seems that he’s just jealous that Petra’s ex is helping her but we soon realize that she’s in a lot of danger. Anezka tells the police that J.P was a nickname she and Scott created for Jerky Pants aka Chuck, the man who eats copious amounts of alligator jerky. Petra is literally on the road with a man who wants her silenced and who is armed. and she has NO IDEA. Shocked? So are we. But he is a man who was involved in a murder mystery so I guess we could have seen this coming.
Petra’s a fighter so I’m sure she’ll find a way out of this. It also gives Rafael an opportunity to swoop in and save Petra, the damsel in distress. He did just confess to her that he has feelings, even if it was on a voicemail recording. Knowing she’s in danger will only verify his feelings and when – because let’s be honest, there’s no way the writers would kill Petra – he saves her, they’ll live happily ever after.
And speaking of a fairytale ending, Rogelio and Xo finally got theirs. After so many ifs and almosts, it seems like they are finally going to do things the right way – marriage first, moving in later. When Alba finds out that the two want to move in together, she’s than stoked and that results in Xo lying about being sick to skip out on house hunting.
He lets Alba have it when she takes him to set because he thinks she’s trying to keep them apart but it was all a rouse so that Xo could set up the perfect proposal. She wants to go through life with him the right way and hands him her father’s wedding ring. An emotional Rogelio says yes, even though the botox won’t let him shed any tears.
The episode did a good job at balancing the sexy, the criminal, and the romantic with something that’s all too real in a telenovela. Immigration.
Alba is fearful with all the ICE raids happening since Trump’s election and Jane encourages her to march for her rights. Despite wanting to, she’s scared that they’ll catch and deport her if she “misbehaves” but when a customer comes into the shop demanding that they speak “English in America,” she has a change of heart. She knows the dangers but she needs to speak up, fight for her rights and be heard, especially after she tells Mateo to always speak his mind.
She tries to convince Jorge to march with her but he gets extremely upset when she continues to push and she realizes he’s undocumented. He reveals that he tried to get his green card but got scammed by the lawyer, losing all of his savings.
The story motivates Alba even more and she declares that she’ll march for both of them. I’m loving this new badass Alba.
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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