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Jane the Virgin premiere recap: Season 3, Episode 1

Season 3 debuts on a somber, but hopeful, note — and the clothes reflect that

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Jane the Virgin

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

Jane the Virgin returned with its season 3 premiere on Monday, and picked up right where season 2 shockingly and surprisingly ended — with Michael being shot on his wedding night by his partner Susanna, who is revealed to the audience and Luisa to be Rose in disguise. Jane and her family have big decisions to make to save Michael, so clothes are really an afterthought, which says a lot about their somber state of mind. A series of flashbacks and flashforwards, however, look at happier times, and the wardrobe worn shows the potential of what Jane and Michael could have as a married couple if he does survive…

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Jane’s white bathrobe — worn on her wedding night — is only shown briefly, but appears as her world is being shattered. She finally chooses and marries Michael and was set to have an amazing first night as husband and wife, but when Michael left the room and didn’t return, Jane went to look for him. She finds him on the floor with a bloody bullet wound in his chest; she cries out for help and checks to see if he’s breathing as the narrator says, “I should remind you that I did say that Michael would love Jane until his dying breath.” He’s alive and is soon rushed to the hospital, and a very upsetting and grave tone is set.   

Jane and her family — that includes Xo, Rogelio, Alba, and mother-in-law Patricia (Molly Hagan) — have much bigger things to think about than what to wear when they head to the hospital. There, Alba asks Jane what she’s thinking, to which Jane responds, “I think that this wasn’t supposed to happen. We talked about who would take out the trash and when we’d have another baby, not what I should do if there was a bullet near his spine.” These feelings of everyone’s distress are reflected in their very casual T-shirts, sweatpants, sweatshirts, and the like, as shown in the main image up top.

If things weren’t bad enough, Rogelio agrees to pee in a cup for a couple of guys to help them pass a drug test, in exchange for them not tweeting about him being at the hospital. That ends in Rogelio’s arrest, and Xo telling him that she’s pregnant following her rendezvous with Esteban, but isn’t having the baby.

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In a flashback, Jane decides to go out with a guy she’s had a crush on for 2 years 17 months, Sam, instead of Michael. It’s the night after she and Michael met and she tells him she’s sick, so he shows up with soup — just in time to see her, all dolled up in a pretty white dress with blue flowers, taking off in the car with Sam. He pulls them over and confronts Jane, and later on, it’s Michael she’s thinking about. So she goes to his work and apologizes, but they still end up arguing and they argue some more back at her place, until Michael suggests another kiss, which is more “magic.” So on the surface, Jane looked the part of someone happy to be heading on a date with the guy she’d been hoping would ask her out, but from that kiss (and from all that we know now), those date outfits are best reserved for Michael.

NEXT: What would Jane and Michael look like as an old, married couple?