We gave it a B+
It’s not at all surprising to learn that adolescent Jane spent a fair amount of time at the neighborhood bookstore. Her love of the written word reached a new level when the owners gave her a copy of Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits. Jane immediately adopted Allende as one of her favorite authors, welcoming her advice and engaging in spirited conversations. This all happened in Jane’s lively imagination, of course.
Now that Jane is a published author herself, there’s only one place in the world she would ever consider to host her launch party. As she opens the box revealing hardcover copies of Snow Falling, she beams knowing that all her dreams are coming true. She only wishes that Michael was there to see it.
Rafael, on the other hand, is right there to see it because homeboy doesn’t have a job. Since he has sworn off meddling at the Marbella, Jane encourages him to put out some feelers. Rafael agrees.
Speaking of the Marbella, Petra is drowning in her mother and sister’s poor decisions. They have doubled the nightly rate of the hotel, which is ludicrous since they just had the place fumigated for termites. Between Magda’s crazy ideas, Anezka’s annoying voice, and Rafael’s absence, Petra considers joining Luisa in the mental facility.
Across town, Jane presents a signed copy of her novel to Adam and geeks out about her book signing party. Adam looks her in the eyes and genuinely tells her that he is proud. In return, Jane says that she loves him.
Okay, that didn’t really happen. But the near L-bomb drop makes Jane wonder if she’s ready to say that to Adam. Is it just the excitement of her dreams coming true? She considers this while lugging a box of her novels to the bookstore — the same beloved neighborhood bookstore that currently displays a huge OUT OF BUSINESS sign.
Jane is incredibly disappointed. She complains to her parents that the only bilingual bookstore in the neighborhood can’t compete with online sales. Now she’ll have to have her launch party at the publisher’s office. It will be fine, but not what she’s been dreaming about with Imaginary Isabel since she was a kid.
Rogelio interjects. He will not allow his daughter to have an office party with unforgiving fluorescent lighting and cubicles decorated with people’s sad children. While he figures out a suitable Plan B, Fabian makes a visit to the set demanding that Rogelio persuade the writers to give him a dignified farewell scene. And since he’s technically dead, he’d like to come back as a ghost with a dramatic soliloquy to show his range for future gigs. He looks to his mentor for help. Rogelio refuses and probably Tweets about it. #hardpass
Fabian isn’t the only one trying to figure out his future career. Rafael’s résumé is a paragraph long and the criminal record more than likely won’t help the interviewing process. Petra suggests that the Marbella hire Rafael as the general manager. She implores Magda to consider the recommendation, due to the fact that the Marbella is losing bookings left and right, and Rafael knows the hotel inside and out.
As Magda thinks about it, Petra notices an inhaler under the couch. She stealthily retrieves it and runs to her assistant Krishna to comb through footage looking for the elusive Carl. Lo and behold, they discover he is real! Her mom and sister set them up. But before she does something noble, like telling Rafael that Luisa checked herself into a mental institution for nothing (well, almost nothing), she’s going to use the information to get rid of her mother.
While one parent is looking to destroy, another is looking to save the day. Rogelio has arranged for a People en Español editor to attend Jane’s party. This will bring tons of exposure to the bookstore, not to mention all the celebrity photos (a.k.a. Rogelio selfies) that will generate buzz. P.S. He may have cosigned the lease, and if things don’t work out, he and Xo are the proud owners of a charming little bookstore. Whoopsie!
Back at the Marbella, Magda has agreed to hire Rafael — as a bartender. He’s furious because he knows she’s only doing it to humiliate him. Jane calms his nerves by reminding him that he can keep an eye on his hotel, see the twins, and be there for Petra if and when a crisis occurs. It’s not that bad. Plus, he’s broke, and he needs to make a little change for his family. He needs to wear that silkscreen shirt with pride.
Jane rushes into the elevator and is jolted into a memory when a guy who looks amazingly like Michael asks her to hold the door. She shakes off the déjà vu just in time to eat dinner with Adam. Jane is nervous to invite him on her two-city book tour through Florida. She sells him on the joys of a road trip and then lets slip that she loves him.
Okay, that didn’t really happen, but once again the fact that “I heart you” is perpetually on her lips when she’s around Adam is concerning. She wonders in front of Rogelio if Adam could love her back this early, and Rogelio finds this line of thinking appalling. Of course, everyone love Jane!
Well, Fabian technically doesn’t. You have to be careful with ex-boyfriends. They can show up at the most inconvenient times. You see, while Fabian was “making sweet love” to that editor over at People en Español, he convinced her not to come to Jane’s party. The only way he will change her mind is if Rogelio makes that ghost scene happen. Oh, and he wants Jane to write it. (Recap continued on page 2)