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'Jane the Virgin' recap: 'Chapter 42'

Jane and Petra’s relationship takes a nosedive while Xo does something really, really bad

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Michael Yarish/The CW

Jane the Virgin

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

What’s not to love about Mother’s Day, a holiday where moms are celebrated with flowers, brunch, and sweet cards (and maybe a piece of jewelry if you’re feeling really flush). Of course, a temper or two is liable to flare up during said brunch, but I think I’m getting a bit ahead of myself — so let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

“Chapter 42” kicked off with Jane planning a brunch with her sorta-BFF Petra. What better way to solidify their bond as a family than with a huge get-together over fruit salad and some eggs Benedict? Well, when Jane finds out that Anezka sabotaged her job as a TA, the conversation quickly goes from whether they should serve cheese Danish to deceit. Petra agrees to ask Anezka about what went down and seems to take Jane’s side in the matter until Anezka reveals that she overheard Jane telling Alba that Petra wasn’t a good mom. For shame! I mean, you can say what you want about a girl’s sense of style, her loyalty, or even her slay game, but her abilities as a mom? That’s a no-no, and with that, Petra’s guard is up once more, and it’s game on between her and Jane. And, for the record, so is brunch. (It’s a matter of pride, you see.) How much you wanna bet it’s going to be awkward?

While Jane and Petra are on the outs, Rafael is dealing with Derek. Things started off well between the two — Rafael offered Derek a job at the hotel — but Derek quickly turns the tables, blackmailing him so as to gain control of the Fairwick. “You sell me the Fairwick for a dollar, or I turn you into the feds,” he threatens Rafael. Can’t say I didn’t see that one coming!

As the drama escalates between the brothers, Rogelio enlists Jane in giving him an intellectual makeover — something akin to a My Fair Lady-type treatment. (Rogelio’s words, not mine.) It’s all in preparation for Dina’s birthday, for which Rogelio feels pressure to appear knowledgeable about the smarter things in life. You know, stuff other than the Kardashians. Given Dina’s skepticism over Rogelio’s ability to blend in and appreciate her friends, Rogelio is really eager to prove her wrong. Jane gives her dad a few talking points — you can never steer wrong talking English lit — but when Rogelio learns that Dina’s party is a sit-down dinner rather than a mingling affair, he’s thrown into an absolute panic. It’s a clever twist on the scenario we’re used to seeing: Here, the man is eager to show his substance to his female better, anxious to prove himself her intellectual peer. 

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