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Jane the Virgin recap: Chapter 43

Mateo celebrates a milestone, and Michael digs deeper in the Mutter case

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Jane the Virgin

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

With just one episode remaining this season, it seemed appropriate that this week examined most, if not all, of the outstanding plot points that have kept us on the edge of our seats: the matter of Jane’s wedding, the balancing act that is co-parenting with Rafael, her strained relationship with Petra, Derek’s appearance, and of course the lingering mystery that is Mutter. 

Twists and turns and all manner of topsy-turvy craziness were set into motion at the top of the hour as Jane planned two big life-changing parties: her wedding to Michael and Mateo’s first birthday. And as in real life, just when Jane thinks she has everything under control, everything — I mean, everything! — falls apart, namely when the entertainer Jane had booked for Mateo’s party falls through and the crew on Rogelio’s telenovela threatens to strike. Uh oh.

On the other hand, school is surprisingly going great: Professor Donaldson absolutely loves Jane’s most recent work. Seriously: No ball drop here as Jane has turned a real curve in terms of creating fully fleshed-out characters that do justice to both literary tradition and feminism. Just in time, too, because Alba wants to connect Jane with a woman she met who works in publishing. Although Jane is skeptical — Alba’s so-called “networking” has never paid off for Jane — this contact seems to be the real deal. A Simon & Schuster VP? This could be the beginning of something really, really good for Jane. I can see it now: Jane Villanueva, best-selling Simon & Schuster author!

There’s just one hiccup. Professor Donaldson says Jane’s work isn’t quite ready for outside consumption. “It’s grad school ready, not publisher ready,” she says, not altogether harshly. Needless to say, this isn’t what Jane wants to hear, especially when she bumps into Beverly Flores, the Simon & Schuster VP, at the Marbella. Beverly says she’s ready to be “wowed,” which sets the bar really, really high. That said, who better to give Jane’s draft a read then Michael? Unfortunately for Jane, the guy passes out while mid-read. “Jane, it’s not the writing,” says Michael. “It’s great. But romance, it’s not my thing.”

NEXT: Michael’s “thing,” revealed