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'Jane the Virgin' recap: 'Chapter 41'

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Jane the Virgin

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

Thrifty. Cost-conscious. Frugal. You know the type: careful with money and hesitant to overspend. Jane definitely fits this bill (get it?!).

Case in point: When she was little, Jane never spent her piggy bank money and time hasn’t done much to cramp her financial-savvy style. That’s why Jane is hesitant to purchase a new area rug and bedroom fixings for Mateo, although Michael encourages her to press “purchase” on her online cart. They are a two-income household, after all. That is, until a glance at the morning paper reveals that Michael is the headline, the subject of a big investigative report on the Miami PD. This sends Michael into panic-mode, and understandably: The news results in him losing his job.

But someone’s gotta bring in the money, honey! Jane picks up extra shifts at the Marbella, where she agrees to train Anezka in all things waitress-related. Let’s be clear for a moment: Being a waitress takes efficient multitasking, as well as a commitment to the customer’s comfort. At the moment, Anezka has none of what it takes to be good at the job, and that’s a source of a few funny scenes where she’s sneezing into salads and confused over a diner’s refusal to take back his tip. (She thinks he’s accidentally overpaid his check.)

Jane’s not the only one putting in work: Xo is too, eyeing a role as a sexy, Roaring Twenties-era silent movie star-lounge singer on Rogelio’s telenovela. She’s nervous about asking Rogelio for an audition, but lucky for her, he’s a proponent of nepotism. “There’s no need to audition,” he tells her. “The part is yours!”

With the audition nixed, the actual acting part should be easy, right? Not so much, especially when it’s revealed that Xo will have to deliver a line in español. She can’t quite nail it, and Rogelio brushes it off, saying that they will be able to fix her flubs in post. (Spoiler alert: They most definitely can’t.)

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This bothers Dina because she’s not into the idea of letting elements of the show slide. Now, this might ordinarily cause some problems for Rogelio — who’s a self-declared master of the universe type — but this only serves to crank up his passion for Dina. As it is, theirs is a hookup that’s lasted 12 steamy sessions to date. Yeow! Even so, Rogelio is convinced it’s a casual thing until later in the episode, when he tells Xo that they won’t be able to fix her poor acting in post-editing and she brings up the fact that she observed his sex sniff on set. Cue Rogelio’s denial. “Dina is a writer. She wears hoodies and jeans,” he retorts to Xo. “She’s not nearly glamorous or charismatic or TMZ-able enough for me to be with.” Just face it, Rogelio: You’re falling for her!

NEXT: What’s Derek up to?[pagebreak]

Meanwhile, Anezka is swooning over Rafael, who has his own drama to deal with: Petra is in his face about not being the sole custodian of the twins’ trust fund, and he’s in the middle of mediation with Jane about splitting up custody of Mateo. It’s a bumpy road toward agreeing about holidays, school, and summer vacations — Jane is not thrilled about the idea of Rafael taking Mateo on month-long European trips — but luckily, all’s well that ends well. How, you ask? Well, when Jane picks up a job writing college admissions essays for a rich kid and when she sees how overinvolved and overbearing his mother is, she decides that Mateo’s future will be brighter if he has a balanced life with both parents. Yay for effective conflict resolution!

Unfortunately, Rafael is in hot water with someone else, though: his half-brother Derek. Remember how he told the police about Derek’s boat? Well, that detail made it into the big newspaper report, and Derek is not too happy about it. “I’m sorry I did it, but I don’t want to lie about it,” says Rafael. Derek seems to take the news pretty well, but it’s all a front, since immediately afterward he’s seen delivering a pretty ominous statement over the phone. “It’s a go. Let’s take him down.” Who else thinks he’s talking about turning in Rafael for insider trader? That definitely doesn’t bode well for Rafael or his “family.”

Speaking of that nontraditional family, Petra is still seething over the fact that Rafael doesn’t want her to be the sole custodian of Elsa and Anna’s trust fund. (Clearly, she needs to let it go.) Never mind that Rafael has shared that he knows their relationship is getting better; it’s being one-upped by Jane that hurts most. Petra’s feelings are further justified when she spies Jane and Rafael hugging after wrapping up their final custody mediation session and then again when Anezka sings her praises. You can almost see the steam coming out of Petra’s ears. However, when she spills the truth to Anezka about the way she feels, she finds her sister immediately takes her side. So much so, that Anezka secretly plots to take revenge on Petra’s behalf by sending an inquiry to Jane’s school to advertise her essay-writing business. (Note that such a business would be totally against the school’s protocols.) To quote the “Damn Daniel” video — which is echoed throughout the episode — damn, Anezka! That’s just cold.

Burning questions, stray observations, and memorable one-liners:

  • “I feel that could be Mateo’s spirit animal. Big eyes, gentle.” —Michael on Mateo’s similarities to giraffes
  • Is anyone else loving Rogelio’s dynamic with Dina as much as I am? It’s fantastic to see him fall for a whip-smart woman, who is determined to keep things casual — even though Rogelio not so secretly would love otherwise.
  • Speaking of romance, how cute is it that Michael will be working with his other half, a.k.a. Rogelio? Just one question: Is there any chance that Michael’s new gig as Rogelio’s head of security could cause a wrench in their picture-perfect relationship?
  • “That’s like a fun Saturday.” —Jane, on writing essays for college-bound clients
  • How amazing were those ’20s-style costumes though? Flapper skirts, feathered headbands, and long strings of pearls, oh my!

So fans, what’s your take on the hour’s events? Do you think Rafael will be able to withstand Derek’s damage? When will Jane get a whiff of Anezka’s scheme to take her down? One last all-important question: Do you agree that giraffes are Mateo’s spirit animal? Share your thoughts and theories with me in the comments or on Twitter.