The latest installment of Jane’s journey was all about relationships—some were severed, some seemed just to begin, and others were severely tested. Emotions ran high and there were even lots of tears and oral sex, though one didn’t cause the other.
First up, Michael and Jane. Our lovebirds have been struggling throughout the early days of Jane’s pregnancy, as Michael has made it clear from the outset that he never wanted to father another man’s child. Things were rocky for a while when Jane revealed she had kissed Raf once years ago, but tonight, when she confesses to Michael that she had a sex dream about Raf, s— really hit the fan. That’s right: Jane’s endorphins are racing a mile a minute and this episode she graduated from the mere thrill of Raf’s touch to full on, juicy sex dreams featuring her baby daddy. So it goes without saying that her confession during pre-marital counseling with Father Ortega (Ugly Betty star Tony Plana—we missed you!) was enough to cause considerable friction between the pair. In Michael’s mind, Jane’s lust is totally out of line since he thinks he’s the one keeping their relationship on track: He proposed they move up their wedding date and he’s the only thing keeping Petra from a bunk in a prison cell. (After all, if she’s arrested, there goes the happy home so influential in Jane’s decision to give the baby to her and Raf.)
It’s a classic misunderstanding fueled by pregnancy hormones: Michael thinks he’s giving 100 percent, but to Jane, he seems aloof, distracted, and utterly out of touch, which only serves to add further doubt to whether she can go through with the marriage. Jane realizes her part in their rough spot—after all, she did just tell her boyfriend that she’s fantasized about getting it on with another dude. She’s sorry and tells Michael she’ll do her best to avoid Raf. Except that her efforts to do so lead to a scene where she backs into a pool at the club, with Raf jumping in to “save her.” It’s a sweet moment, with Raf’s white shirt completely drenched and open to reveal his smooth, impressively hairless pecs, until Michael manages to walk by and ruin, I mean interrupt, the moment. It went something like this:
Jane: “Michael, please, just stop! It was not what it looked like back there with Rafael. I was backing up and fell into the pool and he jumped in.”
Michael: “How chivalrous…”
Jane: “I was just talking to him about putting up boundaries. From now on all the baby stuff will go through Petra. I am doing everything I can do minimize contact, baby.”
Michael: “Is that supposed to make me feel better? That you have to go through these lengths to avoid this guy? Is the chemistry that intense?”
YES, MICHAEL. IT IS.
Realizing that apology/makeup attempt #2 better be good, Jane decides to take her mom’s advice. Well, kinda. “If you were a regular person I’d tell you to bang him with gusto,” wisely counsels Xo. Jane’s not gonna do that, so she does what she apparently does best—write an erotic letter to her man. As the narrator reminds us, “Jane is a virgin, not a saint.”
It’s just too bad, then, that Jane accidentally gives the letter to Raf in lieu of an article that she wrote on the hotel for a local publication as a favor to him. Oops. Some of you might have thought Raf would order up the caramel and handcuffs after reading Jane’s letter, but that’s not the case. He seems to be almost grossed out by the notion. (Nice acting there, Justin Baldoni.) Nope, not a chance, he tells Jane—he sees her like a sister. It’s a turnoff for Jane, but it puts an end to her fantasies, once and for all. Which is why Jane is able to gather the guts to be honest with Michael in the next scene. “Marriage won’t be easy,” she tells him at their usual meeting spot, a random hallway at the hotel. “I love you. And I really want to marry you. But only if things go back to the way they were.”
NEXT: Michael finds some (surprising) new evidence in Zaz’s murder