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Jane the Virgin recap: 'Chapter Five'

Jane experiences a rocky patch with each of the men in her life, Petra’s relationship with her mom becomes horrifically manipulative, and a shocking new suspect in Zaz’s murder emerges.

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Jane The Virgin
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Jane the Virgin

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

On Monday’s episode of Jane The Virgin, our young heroine experienced emotional difficulties with each of the men in her life: her father, her fiance, and her baby daddy. (And only one of those relationships seems to have emerged stronger because of it.) An abundance of emotional moments were punctuated by a few jaw-dropping scenes and there was even a cold-blooded murder in the episode’s final minutes, making the fifth chapter in our telenovela-inspired saga open to a slew of head-scratching theories and deeper musings about Jane’s deep-seated plea for honesty.

The night kicks off with Jane leaving her house in order to avoid her mother since she’s upset that Xiomara has kept her father’s identity a secret all these years. After all, if there’s one thing that Jane has wanted her entire life, it was a father. (Preferably in the form of actor Jimmy Smits.)

“I made a mistake!” Xo tells her daughter.

“A mistake is losing your keys,” replies Jane with a particularly icy bite. (Whoa! We haven’t seen this side of Jane before.) “You kept my father from me.”

“I know,” Xo says sadly. “I’m sorry.”

Did anyone else’s heart totally sink during this mother-daughter exchange? But without a second thought, Jane retreats to Michael’s pad, where she plans to spend the week leading up to their wedding. What she doesn’t know, though, is while she was packing up a few of her signature sundresses, Michael’s brother, Billy, stopped by to ask for $2,000 in exchange for leaving Jane alone. This leaves Michael to contemplate the extent of his meager savings.

Someone else is using cash as a bartering tool: Raf, who offers Petra $10k as part of a divorce settlement. “Think about Jane,” she pleads. Problem is, Raf is definitely thinking about Jane. Or rather, dreaming about Jane, clad in lingerie and clawing the bed sheets.

Meanwhile, in the hotel employee’s locker room we meet a new character: Disgusting Tom. He’s a bellhop who, as his name suggests, is totally creepy. (And therefore, seems to be the most likely suspect in Zaz’s murder.) But we’ve hardly been introduced to the guy when Rafael takes a moment to tell Jane that 1) his marriage is over and 2) that he’d still like to raise the baby.

“Sorry, that’s not what I pictured,” replies Jane. After all, Jane wants her child to have what she never did: a home with two parents.

It’s fodder for an emotional conversation with Michael, who actually agrees to raise the baby with Jane. Clearly he’s still feeling all kinds of righteous after last week’s teary wedding-shop apology. While Michael is facing the possibility of fatherhood, Rogelio—Jane’s soap star star dad—tries to get to know Jane over lunch at his telenovela set. But things don’t go exactly as planned: She doesn’t appreciate the elaborate Chichen Itza backdrop he had painted for the occasion, he drinks too much wine to soothe his nerves, and in lieu of a heart-to-heart gab session, he recommends that Jane read his unauthorized biography. #Fail.

Michael picks up Jane from the disaster of a father-daughter date and while in the car, Jane notices a file listing all the employees that were present the night of Zaz’s murder. Well, all of them except for Disgusting Tom, she tells Michael. I think she might have helped Michael crack the case, y’all. “Easy there, Veronica Mars,” Michael replies.

Despite the lame wisecrack, Michael later encourages Jane to try giving her dad another try. Dinner at home, perhaps? Jane decides she’ll try her hand at one of abuelita’s recipes for the occasion and drops by her home to browse through her yellowed cookbooks. But guess who’s home? Xo, though she’s supposed to be at dance class. “You think I can dance when my daughter won’t speak to me?” The emotion, people!

NEXT: “I don’t understand how you could have done it!”