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'Jane the Virgin' recap: 'Chapter 16'

Jane suffers from writer’s block, Rafael struggles with rejection, and Xo finds herself feuding with Alba.

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Jane the Virgin

TV Show
Telenovela, Drama, Comedy
run date:
Gina Rodriguez
The CW
Current Status:
In Season

This week’s episode featured two major guest stars: British small screen siren Jane Seymour and Spanish singer David Bisbal. On any other show, these two celebrities might be at odds—but on Jane The Virgin, they helped set the tone for an episode that focused on relationship problems and the possibility of new beginnings.

“Chapter 16” began with Jane feeling guilty about her decision to turn down Rafael’s marriage proposal. Rafael is downright frosty after having been rejected, but insists nothing is wrong. (How typical, right?) “Try to be patient,” he says. For Jane, this can translate to “leave me alone,” and so she decides to finish the draft of her romance novel. She’s typing furiously and then …nothing. Zilch. Nada. This is what’s known as writer’s block, and for Jane—just as it would be for any writer—it’s supremely aggravating.

Lucky for her, Michael can help. Or rather, he helps by passing along a flyer for a local romance writer’s group, a workshop much like her favorite course in college.

The writer’s group—composed of an eclectic bunch lead by Jane Seymour’s character, an award-winning novelist named Amanda Elaine—is friendly, stimulating and inspiring. At least, it is until Jane finds out that she’s only supposed to share positive comments with her fellow writers. So much for her “constructive criticism” for writer Wendy. “We are builder uppers, not tearer downers,” offers Amanda Elaine.

Jane—whom one can assume has always been a teacher’s pet—is horrified: first she’s managed to hurt Rafael, and now she’s unintentionally insulted some romantically challenged, middle-aged aspiring writer, to say nothing of offending Amanda Elaine. She goes to bed, upset and angry with herself. But in the morning, she’s determined to make peace with everyone, starting with Wendy. This gesture earns her brownie points from Amanda Elaine, who offers her the following gem: “The problem isn’t where you think it is. It’s often further back.”

NEXT: Jane turns to Bon Jovi to help set the mood