Show/Episode: Jane the Virgin, Season 1, Episode 20, “Chapter Twenty”
This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Jane The Virgin, including Monday night's Season 1, Episode 20, “Chapter Twenty.” Enjoy!
The Shipping News
It’s 17 hours post break-up and Jane and Rafael are at an ultrasound appointment. Seventeen hours isn’t enough time for Rafael to reconsider his stupid idea that breaking up with Jane is the right thing for her. This recapper’s reaction? Meh. Everything looks great with the baby except for the breech position. The rest of the episode is a lot of set up to get us to a literal turning point—the baby turns and Jane turns on Rafael.
This episode also set us up for some continued interference from Michael and Petra. Love triangles are afoot! We have Jane-Rafael-Petra and Rafael-Jane-Michael. I think I need a Venn diagram to figure it all out. Jane learned that Michael helped Alba with immigration when she was in the hospital, so when Alba remembers that Petra’s mother, Magda, pushed her down the stairs, they turn to Michael again for help because Alba doesn’t want to go to the police since she’s illegal. Jane meets Michael in the Marbella lobby. After they finish talking and Jane leaves, cut to Rafael shooting daggers at Michael. Michael smirks and walks away. There’s something unsavory about Michael. I know he gives Jane a lot of things she needs from a partner and he represents what’s missing from her relationship with Rafael, but I just don’t like him. I can’t quite put my finger on why.
My favorite scene of this episode was between Rafael and Luisa, who just returned after a trip to Peru with a new girlfriend in tow. Rafael unloads everything to her and admits that he gave up Jane for the hotel and he can’t let it fail. Luisa calls him out on his half-truth. He rejected Jane before she could reject him like his mother did. Didn’t you want to reach through the TV screen and give Rafael a giant bear hug? I did. (But don’t try it. You’ll just smudge your television screen. Don’t ask me how I know that!)