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'Jane the Virgin' fashion recap: 'Chapter 49'

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Jane the Virgin

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
seasons:
2
run date:
10/13/14
performer:
Gina Rodriguez
broadcaster:
The CW
genre:
Telenovela, Drama, Comedy

The big cliffhanger from last week was Jane announcing to Rafael that she didn’t think Petra was Petra (with good reason — she’s right!), and that’s definitely central here as Jane and Rafael work to uncover the truth. Also at play: Rogelio and Xo pursue their dreams, and Jane and Alba disagree about whether or not they should keep in contact with their estranged family. As always, wardrobe — and in a couple cases, the lack of wardrobe — plays a significant part.

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For weeks, Rogelio has been working toward breaking into the American entertainment industry, so Rafael introduces him to a producer, but that meeting goes terribly. See, Rogelio Googled the person he thought was the person ahead of time, but it turns out he Googled the wrong person, so all the information he has is wrong. The worst of it is when Rogelio starts talking about how horrible the producer’s ex-wife is before finding out that the producer’s wife is… dead. Yikes.

The incident causes the producer to storm out, and Rogelio takes it especially hard because he’s fueled by his competitiveness with Esteban, pictured above. Esteban has an arc on Hawaii Five-0 — and is dressed accordingly with an open, flowing shirt, sensually saying, “Aloha, we need to talk” in a promo — and it’s really getting to Rogelio. Fortunately, the producer gives Rogelio another shot. He gets an audition, and gets the part! The downside is, the gig requires full-frontal nudity, but as he points out to Jane, Michael, and Xo (mostly Jane, because she’s the only one of the three who hasn’t seen him naked), Michael Fassbender did it…

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Rafael pops over to pick up what we later discover to be a teddy bear with a hidden camera from Jane and Michael, which will come into play shortly. One thing leads to another, and Rafael and Michael agree to a gym date. At the gym, Rafael wears a tank that shows off his very ripped muscles (more of that later) and Michael sports a relatively conservative T-shirt. That’s pretty much reflective of their gym personalities: Rafael is a bit of a show-off and flirt, and Michael takes it easier, which has something to do with him being shot not that long ago — but he doesn’t take it easy when it comes to conversation. He just keeps talking and talking, while Rafael is more the silent type. Like, Michael wants to talk about Rafael’s dead mother — who, by the way, might have left a code to a bank account in the Bible by her side when she passed — which is totally inappropriate for the gym. After an awkward goodbye, Michael heads back to grab a sweatshirt he left behind and sees Rafael seemingly flirting with a woman who appears to be married. Later, we find out that woman is actually someone in the business, and Rafael was talking to her to help out Rogelio. Oh, and he also did apparently sleep with her… but he says she isn’t married. Tension ensues.

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Speaking of Rogelio, as the “patriarch” of the family, he felt it was on him to repair Rafael and Michael’s relationship, so he tricks them into going on a car ride with him and Mateo. They continue to fight, but eventually have to come together when they realize Rogelio’s big audition isn’t the next day — no, it’s in 10 minutes. He swerves around, but hits a pothole and has to call a car. Before he leaves, Rafael takes his shirt off to give to Rogelio, whose own is covered in tire grease and thus not appropriate for the audition. Okay, so it’s not so much Rafael’s costume here, but rather the lack thereof. However, this does serve a point in that it furthers Rafael and Michael’s argument. They get so heated that they don’t realize Mateo has slipped away. When they find him, they speak more openly to one another. Michael admits he was bothered by Rafael making moves on Jane when they were engaged, and Rafael defends his gym habits, explaining that he likes to have control over his health since he had cancer. So they aren’t the perfect match, but with a new understanding, maybe there could be a bit of a bromance here?

NEXT: Petra’s back — and in a power dress… [pagebreak]

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Committed to giving up on the entertainment business, Xo teaches her final dance class and prepares for her young students’ last recital, which we don’t see. “It was cute… if your kid was in it,” the narrator says. LOVE him. There is a musical number, though, as Xo finally realizes what her next career move should be. Set to the tune of Grease’s “Beauty School Dropout,” Rogelio, Jane, and Alba advise Xo to open a dance school. Rogelio is dressed in a white suit, with signature purple details, and Jane and Alba wear pretty blue dresses. Then there are Xo’s students with blue, sparkly tutus. It’s the perfect fantasy moment, and when Xo breaks from that fantasy and tells her family that she wants to open a dance school, they’re totally supportive.

After the show, Jane and Alba have a heart-to-heart. Throughout the episode, they had been arguing about Alba’s estranged sister and other relatives. Jane asked if she could read letters that Alba has held onto from her sister as research for her book. Alba agrees, but says she doesn’t want to talk about her sister. So she probably doesn’t want to talk to her sister either, right? Right, but she’s confronted with that when her sister calls, because Jane had donated to a cousin’s GoFundMe and word traveled. Alba is fuming and later tells Jane, “You’re always so sure you’re right,” and that she isn’t about this. See, her anger with her sister is not so much about her ruining her wedding, but rather, ruining Alba’s relationship with her mother. She’s not happy about Jane talking to her cousin, Catalina, but in the end she comes around — and good thing, because Catalina later shows up on Jane’s door.

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And now, for the biggie: Remember that teddy bear? Well, Rafael placed it in Petra’s living room and had been monitoring it to see if Petra is actually Petra. When he hears her say that she’s going to kill Anezka, he charges in there to stop it — and that’s just as Anezka was about to give Petra another serum to keep her paralyzed. Rafael sees Petra move, and eventually asks her to say her name. The moment of truth — finally! — but no, she announces herself to be Anezka to everyone’s shock, a move she made because she wants Rafael’s shares of the hotel to remain in her name, and if he knew he’d signed them over to Anezka pretending to be Petra they’d be voided. She starts making moves, and tells Anezka to break up with Scott — shout-out to his “modified Alex P. Keaton” sense of style. That doesn’t work, as she comes back engaged, which she knows she can’t follow through with, but wanted to feel that happiness. Petra says she’ll do it and as she’s about to, Scott tells her of someone who might be interested in buying the hotel so she pauses on the breakup to look into that, but later does end things with him and decides to remain at the Marbella.

Dressed in a patterned power dress, Petra is back and totally vindictive, but also kind of badass. She allows Anezka to stick around, but has “NOT PETRA” tattooed on her head — so, time to get bangs! Then she goes to Rafael and tells him she’s actually staying at the hotel, and he’s going to leave and sell Luisa’s shares to the bidder of her choosing. If he doesn’t, she’ll make his life a living nightmare. Oh, and she also tells him he was right about Anezka imprisoning her, but she’ll deny it if he ever brings it up, and reminds him that she heard everything when she was paralyzed — that includes Rafael basically saying that he didn’t think Petra had maternal instincts. “Get ready friends,” the narrator says, “The bitch is back.” Petra’s back all right, and my bet is that this is the first of many powerful (albeit totally insane) moments, and outfits to come.

Episode grade: B+