#JaneTheVirgin Chapter 52
Jane and the gang are back with a nice, serviceable episode. Let’s recap, shall we?
Flashback to pre-baby Jane watching "Beaches" with Xo, who was in tears because Bruce had jerked her around again. The Latin Lover Narrator tells us this taught Jane that she is the wind beneath Xo’s wings and that people don’t change. In the present day, Jane walks in on Bruce and Xo smooching it out. At first, I wasn’t all that crazy about Richard Chavira as Xo’s love interest—especially when she could have Rogelio--but once he opened his mouth, his sexy voice got me on board with his character. Rowr. Jane’s got attitude, but Xo tells her to get over it because Bruce has changed and even Abuela sat down and had breakfast muffins with him.
Rogelio is telling Mr. Bee…er Michael, that he’s going to conceive and co-parent with Darci Factor. Michael is entertaining adorable Mateo with an adorable sock puppet and tells Jane to stay out of Xo and Bruce’s business. Nobody likes a meddler! Michael’s such a good dad. Sigh. Michael is on his way to the mechanics because he’s doing anything to avoid going to the office because he hates desk duty and wants to be a detective again.
Jane goes to drop Mateo at Raf’s Marbella pad but Raf is down at the police station. So Jane goes to visit Catalina. Catalina’s silver-haired, French husband comes out in a robe. Catalina confesses that they’re separated and she didn’t say anything because she married Jean Jacque on an impulse, realized it was a huge mistake and was embarrassed. Mr. Bee pops up as Jane’s conscience—“Don’t meddle!”—but Jane tells Cat she’s got to tell Raf.
Michael is at the police station telling Raf that Emilio is not his father. Michael’s cute, light-skinned, freckled partner (call me?) comes in to take Raf in for questioning—about Sin Rostro, I guess—but Cutie tells Michael he can’t be a part of the interrogation because he’s on desk duty. Damn.
Raf gets home and Petra is tripping. She just let herself into his apartment. She suspects Rafael and Scott of plotting against her. Raf convinces her she’s just paranoid. They’re both right.
Michael quit the police force. He thinks about becoming a car salesman. Of course, Jane is supportive and wants him to find a career that excites him. I love that they’re happy. They’re a little boring, but I like them happy. I wish that had a kink or a fetish or something to give their marriage more umph. But I love those two crazy kids. I do.
Jane goes to see Xo at the dance studio and sees Bruce walk out and Xo crying. Jane goes outside and Mr. Bee tells her, “You don’t get a medal for meddling!” but Jane lets Bruce have it.
Rogelio and Darci are all business about their baby-to-be. They agree on every point of the co-parenting contract, even insemination and the baby’s name: De La Vega Factor. Rogelio goes to tell the Villanueva women the good news, but they’re a little skeptical, given Ro’s impetuous nature. He decides to introduce them to Darci to get them on board.
Cat tells Raf and swears her marriage is over. Raf finds out Jane knew about Cat’s hubby. He asks Jane to tell him if something like that happens again and they both agree, they don’t trust Cat.
Petra, quivering with nuttiness, drives down to skid row, where Anezka has set up a tarot card reading booth. Anezka has heavy bangs, lol. Petra is convinced that Scott and Rafael are in cahoots. She tells Anezka to go back to the Czech Republic.
Xo’s pissed Jane yelled at Bruce. Turns out, Bruce and Xo were trying to figure out how to get Bruce’s daughter, Tess, to accept their relationship. Tess thinks Xo broke her parents up and Bruce thought Tess would outgrow her anger, but seeing the grudge Jane’s still holding makes him not so sure. Mr. Bee comes out to remind Jane, “Nobody likes a meddler.”
Anezka and Scott meet in a skid row alley. Scott still loves Anezka and offers to take care of her because he’s got money Raf gave him to run game on Petra. Anezka runs away. Only, it’s not Anezka; IT’S PETRA! Dun Dun DUN!
Michael goes down to the station to get his things and Jane goes to dinner with Xo and Bruce. Bruce and Xo are in true love. I guess. Doesn’t Xo want to sing anymore? Where is she working?
Jane goes to pick up Mateo and sees Catalina getting into a car and kissing her husband. Jane tells Raf.
Michael thinks he wants to be a stand-up comedian. Jane lovingly sits through Michael’s butt jokes. And she invites everybody to The Laugh Outlet to see Michael’s first open night. (The Latin Lover Narrator got in a popular vote joke—topical.)
Cat rips into Jane for telling Raf. Jane’s all, “Girl, I’ve known you for a month of lies, and he’s my baby daddy.” Cat hangs up.
The Villanuevas hit The Laugh Outlet. Xo is cold to Darci. Darci is not having it. She tells Ro to pull Xo together. I like Darci. I’d like Darci and Bruce together. They have husky voices. Michael comes out and gets total stage fright. He even gets heckled a little. Jane runs to the side of the stage and feeds him his lines. He recovers and is…not so bad.
Raf realizes his dad knew his dad knew he wasn’t a Solano and that’s why he treated him differently from Luisa. Turns out there’s a will and Raf could be out of his inheritance. Petra comes in with the anger of thousand white hot suns and touches everything. She swears revenge on Raf for colluding with Scott.
Jane admits Michael routine wasn’t that funny. They get bizzzy anyway.
Bruce’s daughter refuses to have brunch with Xo, so Jane, encouraged by sock puppet Bette Meddler, decides to go speak to Tess at her job. Tess and her mean girl squad call Xo all kinda ho-bags. If Was Jane Tess would catch some hands, but I guess Jane knows who her mother is. Jane works it out.
ROGELIO’S NUDE SCENE! Can we just acknowledge how CUTE Jaime Camil is when his hair is drooping on his face like a Latino Hugh Grant. I died. I died. Rogelio has some stage fright of his own. Darci gives Ro some words of encouragement and he goes on set and gets as naked as the day he was born. He also realizes he has feelings for Darci. It hits him HARD. It just…POPS UP out of nowhere. It was really EXCITING—ok, you get it. And so did the whole movie crew. I really wanted them to be more impressed with Rogelio’s…de la vega. Later Ro tells Darci he has feelings for her, but she tells him to get over it.
Jane drops Mateo off and half-naked Cat opens the door. Jane doesn’t even ask. Back at home, she and Michael discuss careers, and Michael thinks he might want to be a lawyer. Jane’s okay with him going back to school. Michael’s dreaming big: the Law Offices of Michael Cordero, Jr. AND THEN THE NARRATOR SAYS (and I quote :) “Ah, to see that dream come true. But alas…” THESE HINTS ARE KILLING ME!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Raf’s lawyer tells him to keep the will to himself. However, when Petra was last in Raf’s penthouse, yelling at him about Scott, she was also PLANTING CAMERAS EVERYWHERE and now Petra knows Raf is a no-money having, non-Solano!
The previews promise a Darci/Rogelio heavy episode--THAT WOULD BE MY DREAM SPIN-OFF, "Raising Rogeliana" I live! I live! I give this eppy a B. Not a lot happened, but we're being set up for something.
To Be Continued...
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