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Jane the Virgin recap: Chapter 20

Jane gets a taste of life as a single mom and Alba reveals the details of her accident.

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Jane the Virgin

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

Falling out of love and regaining normalcy after being in a relationship is a painful process: It’s exhausting, difficult, highly caloric (think snack foods and supersize margaritas), and can also be a long process to boot.

But for Jane, getting over Rafael looks decidedly different—mostly because she’s close to reaching the end of her pregnancy. Preparing for the baby’s arrival has been a motivating factor for Jane as she picks up the pieces post-Rafael, and she’s really making it look very easy by throwing herself into mommy life, like going to OB/GYN visits like it’s NBD. Xo looks like a hot mess in comparison, languishing around the house while thinking of Rogelio. You see, she hasn’t had closure, because Rogelio has refused to see her. (In his defense, he’s just been offered the chance to return to The Passion of Santos as its star with a producer credit to boot. ¡Wepa!)

But Jane has really only diverted her anger about being dumped by her baby daddy, which manifests itself when it comes to the topic of Alba’s accident. You see, Alba told Jane everything about that night: How she found a man in Petra’s room and ran to the stairwell, where Magda pushed her. The whole affair makes sweet Jane M-A-D and motivates her to confront Petra, especially after she bumps into Magda—now a Marbella employee—in the staff locker room. “I’m going to make sure she pays for it,” Jane tells Petra of Magda.

Back at home, Jane and Alba are discussing the accident—specifically whether Alba’s undocumented legal status would pose a problem should she go to the police—when Xo walks in. She hasn’t heard the specifics about that night but immediately comes up with a solution: Michael. “Mom, when you were in the hospital some immigration stuff came up,” Xo reveals, “And Michael made it go away.”

This revelation sends Jane running to Michael. “You saved my grandmother, thank you, thank you, thank you so much.” Can he help them again now? Of course—it’s Michael, who makes no secret of his concern for Jane and her well-being. He’s helping her strictly out of the goodness of his heart… right? Given that Andie is nowhere to be found during the episode, I’ll venture that he’s slightly motivated at the idea of getting back on Jane’s good side.

Moments after Jane and Michael meet up, Petra gets a call from the police, who would like both her and her mother to come in for questioning in conjunction for an attempted murder. She asks Magda up front: “Did you have anything to do with this stair incident?” Now, while Petra knows her mother is no angel, she certainly wasn’t expecting to hear her mother’s response. Though Petra’s been disappointed by her mother many times, you can’t help but feel her pain when she learns about the criminal lengths her mother went to in order to protect her.

NEXT: The prodigal sister returns