This week on Jane the Virgin, the tropical storm was the least of everyones worries.
Michael and Nadine discovered a secret tunnel beneath the hotel in Rafael’s room. When the police busted through the locked door in the tunnel, they found a surgical room, connecting to the medical recovery suites in the hotel. Those hotel patrons have been evacuated to the hospital because of the storm and Michael gets all angry because obviously Rafael is working with Sin Rostro. He confronts Rafael in front of Jane, accusing him, but Rafael has no idea what he’s talking about. Is it possible that Michael just want Rafael to be guilty because he stole his girl? The answer: yes! By the end of the episode, Michael realizes that the surgical room was actually used for plastic surgery. Not the bimbo kind but the “change a criminals appearance and facial structure” kind. Big breakthrough for the case. But what does it have to do with drugs? I’m still not sure.
Rafael has a lot on his mind. His father left him in charge of the hotel while he went to catch his flight. Who catches a flight during a tropical storm? Criminals. And shady people. Before he left, Rose overheard him having a conversation with someone about taking 5 million dollars and moving to Allegria. What’s that all about? She decides to visit Louisa in the mental hospital and apologize for getting her locked up in there. She’s not doing it for the right reasons however. She doesn’t necessarily feel bad for what she did to her secret ex-girlfriend, she just wants information. And the only way to get that is by sleeping with her. Honestly, poor mute roommate Betty. She had to witness the whole thing. Also, how can you have sex in a mental hospital without any doctors coming in to check on you? Don’t they have visiting hours. Whatever. Rose finds out that Allegria is the name of the father’s house in Croatia. He’s planning to runaway! But why? Rose confronts Rafael to let him know she thinks his dad is in criminal trouble and hints that maybe he’s Sin Rostro. Wait…. How did Rose know about Sin Rostro? I don’t think anyone has ever mentioned it to her, right? Shady alert.
Aside from his dad possibly being the most wanted drug lord, Rafael also has to deal with being the bad boss that has to fire some staff. Jane’s friends overhear that cuts are coming and hope that their friends new position in Rafael’s life might get them some insider information. Despite not wanting to get involved, Jane is pressured to look at the list of fires and sees that her friend Frankie is getting the boot. Frankie gets upset that Jane doesn’t try harder to have Rafael not fire her. Obviously, it isn’t her place and she doesn’t want to overstep boundaries, but Jane is the type of person to do anything for her friends. But, unfortunately it’s either Frankie or Regina that get the boot and logically speaking, Regina is nicer and has two kids to take care of. She’s obviously staying. The news doesn’t sit well with Jane’s old friends, who think she’s changed because she has a rich daddy and a rich baby daddy. I call that #jealousy.
Jane’s got a lot on her mind as well. During the after party at the hotel, Alba fell down the stairs and ended up in a coma in the hospital. Okay, okay, I know she didn’t accidentally fall. She was pushed by Petra’s evil mother who spoiler, is not bound to her damn wheelchair. But no one knows that because there were no witnesses, nobody thinks to watch the surveillance footage and Alba doesn’t remember anything except for the fiesta. Jane decides to leave the hospital to get abuelas rosary. Prayer has always helped Jane get what she wants.. especially that one time for heritage month when Xo made empanadas that were actually good. The miracle of prayers. When she finally finds the rosary, Rafael bans her from leaving the hotel because the tropical storm has shut down all the roads. That’s how she ends up dealing with her friends who don’t want to get fired and with Michael.
On her way to Rafael’s, the two get stuck in an elevator with the lights off. Romantic, right? Honestly, I would never want to get stuck anywhere with my ex. While waiting for help, Michael and Jane really bond again, kind of like when they were dating. It’s obvious Michael still cares for her, but I don’t think Jane sees him as anything more than a friend. She’s really smitten with Rafael and despite Michael’s warnings that possibly a bad dude, she totally believes him. Michael gets a cop on his walkie so that Jane can get an update on Alba. Xo tells her that according to some stupid law (#immigrationreform) Alba is not legally in this country. Insurance won’t cover her medical costs and she’ll have to be deported back to Venezuela. This is the worst news for Jane because as you remember, Alba’s biggest fear was getting deported. The elevator doors finally open and Rafael sees Jane in Michaels arms. Can we get a #awkward?
Petra is also having a bad day and the storm has nothing to do with it. A palm tree flies through the window of her apartment, allowing Ivan to cut through his ropes with glass and take Magda as his captive. He threatens to kill her if Petra doesn’t give him the jewelry. She reaches for a gun and Ivan runs off. Now, these two have a little problem on their hands. They have to relocate and fast. Magda thinks they have about 48 hours before Milosz finds them and the real storm start. Petra gives Rafael signed divorce papers, asking for her prenup. He however found a loophole in the contract. The prenup was signed to Petra…. and we all know she isn’t Petra. She finally breaks down and tells Rafael the truth– she took on the name because she’s been running from a very bad guy for a long time. But, he has no reason to believe her. After all, she’s spun a lot of crazy stories in the past couple of months. Now, Petra is left without money and as Milosz’s next target. Here’s my big question…. is Ivan really working for Milosz? I thought that he helped Petra change her identity so that he wouldn’t find her. And if he was working for him then wouldn’t Milosz have come looking for Ivan? She’s been holding him captive for quite awhile. He also wouldn’t be asking for money. And Milosz would probably already know where Petra is. Something doesn’t make sense here.
Other Really Good Moments
- Every single line Rogelio says. Gloria Estefan could help Alba not get deported? Brilliant.
- Turns out Michael was the one to make the call and save Alba from deportation. He doesn’t want Jane to know because he doesn’t want her to think he’s doing it to get her back. But, he’ll never stop loving her!
- Xo made a promise to God not to open her legs until she had a ring on it. Hilarious. Alba totally knew when to wake up so that Xo would make that commitment. Can she keep it though?
- When Rose came to apologize she needed forgiveness because she couldn’t sleep at night…”Um I’m a mental hospital!”
- Do you think Rose will try to free Louisa? Will she come clean or continue denying it until Betty finally breaks her 12 years of silence?
- Isn’t it strange how indifferent Jane is towards Michael after almost marrying the guy? I get that she likes Rafael but if this were me, I wouldn’t be able to casually talk to Michael. I don’t see there being a chance for these two because of how indifferent Jane is. What do you think?
Photo Credit: The CW/Greg Gayne/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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