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Jane the Virgin recap: Chapter 38

Jane and Michael look for a house as Petra struggles with postpartum depression

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Jane the Virgin

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

Jane’s in a good place now, as far as her personal life goes: She’s about to marry Michael, and now the two — plus little Mateo, of course — are looking for the house of their dreams. Petra, though? She’s a mess thanks to what seems like a case of postpartum depression that inspires her to sullenly roam the halls of the Marbella late into the night. Parenting is never easy, but especially not when your own body and brain are rebelling against you.

Although there’s nothing positive about postpartum depression, it does bring Jane and Petra together after Rafael expresses his concern for Baby Mama No. 2. Jane, being the empathetic and kind person she is, persuades Petra to bring the twins to one of her Mommy and Me classes, despite the stoic new mom’s resistance. There, Jane reluctantly introduces Petra as her “friend,” and the rest of the group soon start piping in with stories about their own difficulties parenting. Turns out Petra isn’t the only one struggling, and her face clearly starts to brighten as soon as other mothers reveal how lost they are. Sometimes all you need to know is that you’re not alone to feel a little better.

The group session quickly goes south, though, once someone attempts to diagnose Petra with postpartum depression. She storms out, and Jane chases after her with a business card to a fancy doctor — because of course Petra can’t go to just any doctor. With that, Petra eventually agrees to think about calling. Points to Jane The Virgin for refusing to breeze past how difficult it can be to get people struggling with mental illness to get the help they need — this is a crucial step in any story, real or fictional, especially with someone like Petra who makes a habit of keeping everything in.

When Jane’s not helping Petra out, she and Michael are touring houses around town. The only problem is that the houses they’re seeing in town aren’t the “charming” houses the listings promise. As Jane says at one of the less-attractive options, “Charming is code for small and old.” The realtor reveals he knows a house that would check the boxes on their list. The only catch is, this house is 30 minutes away, which, in reality, means 39 minutes and which, in South Florida-speak, means anywhere from 39 minutes to an hour depending on the day’s traffic. To those who live in a bigger city, this probably seems like no big deal. To Jane, who grew up mere seconds away from her family members, this is huge. 

Rafael feels the same way and isn’t happy when he learns that Jane is seriously considering the house. He offers to pay the difference for a house of the same quality closer to him, a nice proposal but one that Michael will never go for. Money has strings attached, he reasons to Jane. She’s learning this the hard way: Rogelio said he’ll pay for the wedding, and that means that Rogelio wants all his many, many friends (special guest star Charo included) to attend. Say goodbye to your dream of having an intimate ceremony with just 75 people, Jane.

NEXT: Rogelio and Jane clash when it comes to wedding planning