On this week’s Jane the Virgin, the titular character brings suspense into her writing, and the show — and clothes alike — quickly follow suit, taking a stylistic, Hitchcockian turn. More specifically: Jane, Michael, and Rafael work to uncover the hidden message Rafael’s mother, Elena (a.k.a. the crime lord Mutter), left to him in a Bible as she died. We finally find out the secret, and it’s a BIG one! On a less-suspenseful-but-equally-engaging note, Rogelio starts getting back into the dating game via Darci Factor, the High Dollar Love Dealer. With that, let’s start with said love life, then build to the suspense…
Before he jumps back into the dating game, Rogelio confronts Xiomara about her secret romance with Bruce, and Xiomara asks him to keep quiet — it’s her news to share with Jane. This secret ends up spoiling Rogelio’s date with Denise Richards — for which he dresses up in a purple button-down — and a mixer with a handful of beautiful women, including Carmen Electra and Brooke Burke-Charvet. The former happens because Rogelio won’t stop talking about whether to tell Jane about Bruce; the latter because Xiomara shows up to confront him about telling Jane, which leads to him announcing he’s not remotely attracted to anyone at the mixer, loud enough for all of them to hear.
matchmaker love dealer Darci — whom we first see in a red, V-neck top that suggests she’s both a serious business woman and lover of love — is pissed. Rogelio broke one of her three rules by talking about his ex; the other two rules are no heavy drinking on dates and no sex until it’s serious. He accepts maybe love isn’t in the cards for him right now, but he does still want to focus on having a baby. This prompts Darci to ask why he’s so intent on to have a kid, and he responds by saying he didn’t get to raise Jane and wants to have that experience. In the end, Darci gives him another chance. She has the perfect woman for him: Herself. She doesn’t want to date; she just wants to have a baby. “Think about it, we’d be very compatible parents,” she says. “Two aging narcissists, we’d only have the kid half of the time, the other half we’d get to have lives.” He’s hurt she called him “aging,” but does agree. Well, this should be interesting…
Anyway, moving on to the episode’s suspenseful parts. When Jane adds a bit of suspense to her writing, her writers’ group suggests she lean into it. She studies up by watching Rear Window, and that’s when the nod to Hitchcock begins, with her explaining the auteur’s bomb-under-the-table theory and — this fashion recapper’s personal favorite — a Hitchcockian fantasy sequence. That shows Jane, Michael, and Rafael wearing donning ‘50s-style clothing — dapper suits for the men and a black, empire-waist dress for Jane with a pearl necklace, red lips, and curled hair to boot — as they discuss the details of Elena’s hidden message.
About those details: Elena left a code to a bank account number, and that number links to a convent in Orvieto, Italy, where Elena was born. Elena had been paying $10,000 a month to the convent since 1984, which Michael says sounds like a bribe or blackmail. He goes on to say they’ll need to see what the Italian authorities dig up on those “crooked little nuns,” to which Jane responds by saying not all nuns are evil (with a knife in her hand).
NEXT: Jane, Michael, Rafael, and Mateo head to church