Just in case you thought last week’s episode was over-the-top crazy — you know, with a mysterious new villain, an artificial insemination via turkey baster, and plenty of talk about latching issues – Jane the Virgin kicked things up a notch, and finally addressed an underlying issue that has kept fans in a frenzy ever since the show’s debut. WHO WILL JANE PICK: MICHAEL OR RAFAEL? I know you’re dying to know what happened, so let’s jump into it, shall we?
“Chapter 24” opened with a sweet flashback to a camping trip during the early days of Jane and Michael’s relationship. We’ve seen quite a few moments like this during the show, and while they’re super strong on the “aw” factor, flashbacks to the early days of Jane and Michael’s relationship is a reminder that Michael knows Jane: her fears, desires, weaknesses, and joys. Jane hasn’t forgotten about those early days and in fact, those memories are dearer to her than ever, especially since Michael seems to magically know what she needs and wants, like a new security system and Starbucks on the daily. Seriously, if a guy showed up at my house with freshly brewed French roast like Michael does, he’d have my heart forever.
…But then, there’s Rafael. He’s her baby daddy, has impressive biceps, and he has a hotel fortune at his disposal. Can somebody say Target shopping sprees?! With both Michael and Rafael racing neck and neck for Jane’s attention, it’s like, as Xo points out “an episode of The Bachelorette out there.” The tension is even more apparent when Jane heads out to lunch with both of the boys — you know, because she can’t choose between them — which sets the scene for an appearance by Bachelorette Jane, her imaginary alter ego who wears head-to-toe sequins, chugs champagne, and says things like “It’s time to make a decision, cause that situation is a powder keg.”
Even so, Jane has other things on her mind, like the fact that she keeps seeing Rose pop up in weird places, like in the restaurant bathroom and at neighboring tables. Between her Rose apparitions and taking care of baby Mateo at the restaurant, Jane’s no closer to making a decision. Maybe some R&R at home can help? Er, no. Her next-door neighbor — hello, Kesha! — is making a hell of a lot of noise playing with her band next door. And it goes without saying that Kesha has no intention of ending her jam session, cause “noise ordinances say we don’t have to stop until 11.”
Then, all of the sudden, Team Michael has the advantage. Michael is over at the house (as per the usual) and looks super cute cuddling baby Mateo. Remember how he broke up with Jane over the whole “I can’t be a dad to another man’s kid” thing? Well, he’s definitely over it. “It’s not some theoretical baby any more,” he tells Jane in response to her question about whether he can take on parenthood. “It’s Mateo. So yeah, I’m in.” And that’s about where I melted. Men + babies = I can’t deal. The time is right for a smooch — and Jane is seriously feeling it, you can tell — but she pulls back because she wants to have her “one on one with Rafael.” But seriously, why bother? In the words of Bachelorette Jane, “Give him the rose!”
NEXT: Is a rose ceremony in the cards for Jane?