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Jane The Virgin – Chapter Thirty One (2×09)

Jane The Virgin -- "Chapter Thirty-One" -- Image Number: JAV209a_0093.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Jaime Camil as Rogelio and Rita Moreno as Liliana -- Photo: Eddy Chen/The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Jane the Virgin dealt with an English full of airhead jocks, Michael’s new girlfriend and a gay grandfather all on less than 8 hours of sleep! Thanks a lot baby Mateo!

The Villanueva girls returned from winter hiatus and things were kind of a mess. Baby Mateo was going through sleep regression, which meant no one in the house was getting much shut eye. Abuela wanted Jane to simply let Mateo cry it out, but Jane wasn’t tough enough for that. After multiple baby training guides and DVDs didn’t work, she decided to toughen up and listen to her grandmother. And low and behold, Mateo finally slept a full night. Sometimes, it’s best to listen to those who already have experiencing raising a kid… or two.

Rogelio’s mother came to town but she wasn’t being herself. She confided in Jane that her husband of 47 years (and Rogelio’s dad) was gay and leaving her for a man. Tough to swallow right? Jane tried to keep it a secret but ended up telling Xo, who told Abuela. When they realized Ro literally believed his father was dying, they let him in on the secret. His solution? To invite all the gay people he knows over for dinner, including Ricky Martin. Glamma caught on real quick however and came clean to Rogelio, who was a supportive son. That is until the grandfather came to town and blurted out that Glamma has know he was gay for 40-years but kept it a secret because of their arrangement. Never a dull moment here, I’m telling you.

Jane also started her first day of student teaching and quickly realized that she was going to need to be innovative in order to reach her students. They were a bunch of jocks looking for a blow off class so that they could continue playing basketball. Jane? Not the teacher to just let things go though. When one of her students plagiarized, she came down hard on him handing him an F. When his coach called asking for a break, she considered it and then decided to teach him a lesson – if she shot a hoop in basketball, he would have to rewrite his essay. Safe to say Jane is an even worse basketball player than I am (although I too hated gym class). But she did get through to the student, which is simply why Jane is such an inspirational character on television. How many “student teachers” do you know that care about their students that much? Especially when they aren’t sleeping through the night. Zero!

Petra was trapped inside of her own zoo being framed for murder by her own mother. I know this is a telenovela but Magda is just so extreme. How do you frame your pregnant daughter? Like seriously, low blow. The situation really bonded Petra and Rafael, which was cute but terrifies me because I want him to be with Jane and this week, he didn’t even interact with Jane once. Instead, he was by his baby mommas side helping her find a way out of this mess. Thankfully, they realized the murder weapon happened to be a knife that was delivered after Ivan was killed proving that Magda falsified evidence. Petra was off the hook, but Magda warned her that she would regret this. Thanks to the Spanish narrator, we know that’s going to mean something… but what?

And if Rafael wasn’t going through enough with Magda and Petra, he decided to give his mother, Elena a chance. He was hesitant at first but he figured his mother couldn’t be any crazier than Petra’s. Yeah, he was wrong. Turns out, Luisa mother never committed suicide, but she also wasn’t Mutter, the famous drug lord. In fact, Mutter was Rafael’s mom – the one who married his father after Luisa’s mom “died” and then disappeared allowing Sin Rosetro to come into the picture.

Michael and his new partner and possibly Luisa’s new lover figured it all out, but unfortunately, it was a little too late. Rafael’s mom aka Mutter already injected Rafael with some sleeping pills after he told her he had no idea where the flash drive was… the same flash drive she traded in for Mateo, her grand son. Can you seriously wrap your head around this drama? On second thought, maybe Jane is much better far away from the craziness that goes on in the Marbella.

As for relationships, they are non- existent at this point. Jane is still mad at Rafael for framing Michael. Since she sided with Rafael, Michael moved on with some other girl and told Jane that he’s happy, which broke her heart because when she found out Rafael really did frame her ex, she wanted to pursue a relationship with him. And well Rafael is rekindling his love with Petra and like laying unconscious somewhere in a closet. I wonder which girl will come to his rescue.

What did you think of the return of Jane the Virgin? Are you Team Michael or Team Rafael? What does Raf’s mom plan to do with him? What does Petra’s mom have in store for her as revenge?


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TV Shows to Binge During Your Self-Quarantine and Social Distancing

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TV Shows to watch While Working from Home Coronavirus

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.

 

Scandal

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.

 

Timeless

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.

 

Mr. Robot

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.

Stranger Things

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.

Grey’s Anatomy

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 

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.

 

YOU

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!

Binge. Enjoy. And wash your hands!


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Jane the Virgin – Chapter One Hundred (5×19)

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Jane the Virgin Chapter One Hundred Series Finale Review

Be brave.

That’s what Rafael told Jane when he first met her on Jane the Virgin Season 1 Episode 1, and five seasons later, the theme of braveness continued on Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 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.


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Jane the Virgin – Chapter Ninety-Eight (5×17)

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Jane The Virgin Chapter Ninety-Eight Review

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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