Jane the Virgin recap: 'Chapter Seven'
Petra is back to her scheming ways, which has an unintended consequence on Raf and Jane’s new relationship.
One might expect that after Jane and Rafael’s deliciously magical kiss (seriously, there were falling flower petals and soft breezes) those two might have decided to ride off into dusk in a carriage with a destination of happily ever after. Alas, not quite.
This might be TV, but it ain’t a fairy tale of the usual sort. Instead, “Chapter Seven”—the follow-up to that epic love story moment—began with a flashback to the night 18-year-old Jane kissed Rafael. Sparks were definitely present, but there was a reason why their connection didn’t take off. Chalk it up to a problem as old as time: He just didn’t call. Unfortunately for Jane, Xo very much remembers that Rafael nearly broke Jane’s heart several years ago and has no qualms about interrupting their sweet kiss and dragging her daughter home.
But he’s changed, really! At least, that’s what Jane tells her mom the morning after and luckily, Rafael does call. She’s barely started her act of “oh I totally wasn’t waiting for you to call” when the doorbell rings and she finds him at the door. Of course, she’s looking adorable in a high pony and cute pajamas—no drool stains or fuzzy slippers in sight. (The magic of TV at work, folks.) Then, Rafael utters the magic words:
“Before things go further, I wanna do things the right way and take you on a date.”
Rafael leans in for a kiss—and I should note, at this point I was smiling so hard I could feel my cheekbones hurting—but surprisingly, Jane puts an end to his advances. She explains that girlfriend’s got a lot going on and needs a break from their relationship—even in its nascent stages—to think. After all, she’s attracted to Rafael, but there’s baggage. Capital-B baggage, in the form of a manipulative ex-wife, their unborn child, the whole class difference thing, and more… like the fact that she’s just ended a two-year relationship. Jane’s taking the breakup pretty well, but when she meets up with Michael at the hotel later to return some of his belongings, it hits her: she needs to make sure that she’s ended her relationship with Michael because of what’s he done, and not solely because she has feelings for another man.
Totally unaware of what’s going on, one of Jane’s friends asks if Rafael can put them all on a guest list at an exclusive club. It turns out that Rafael is an investor at the hot spot and he’s all too happy to make sure Jane and her friends can get in. It’ll be like a date—but not really, Jane reminds him.
A few minutes later, our heroine heads back to the hotel locker room. She probably just wanted to tinkle or take off her heels—after all, girlfriend is preggers and the Miami heat probably isn’t doing her ankles any favors—but Michael is waiting for her, as is a gorgeous, over-the-top floral arrangement. The flowers are from Rafael, and Michael decided to open the accompanying card. There’s mention of a date and a kiss, which prompts Michael to angrily tell Jane “you’re not the person I thought you were.”
What kind of girl does Jane believe herself to be? It’s clear she’s struggling to reconcile her head with her heart and it doesn’t get any easier when she gets to the club later that night with her friends. Once she’s there—wearing another one of her adorable dresses—she can’t take her eyes off of Rafael. Maybe it’s just the way his pecs are about to tear through his tight shirt. Or maybe it’s the fact that some random chick is licking his neck and Jane’s a wee bit jealous. Whatever it is, Jane is looking at Raf, and he’s looking at her, and it’s hot. But Jane realizes despite what her hormones are telling her, she wants to be true to the values that have defined her thus far. “I can’t do that to Michael,” she tells Raf about the possibility of jumping into a relationship with him.
NEXT: Rafael proves how persuasive he can be
But there’s more. In quick succession and (with the help of some handy on-screen emoticons), Jane rattles off all the potential obstacles to their fairy tale ending. Rafael—perhaps surprisingly—has some pretty convincing response to each of her objections but perhaps the most convincing of them is the fact that when it comes to their connection, there’s no time to waste.
“The baby isn’t waiting. Let’s take advantage of this time now, before there are three of us.”
Suddenly, Jane gets it: Life isn’t about living by preconceived values concerning right and wrong. Sometimes, life gets in the way, as it has for her regarding her unexpected pregnancy. Time is quickly ticking and our girl will soon have to live her life for others—namely, her baby.
So Jane, the narrator tells us, “throws caution to the wind” and leaves the club with Rafael, whereupon they escape to that most exotic, sexy of locales….
…Otherwise known as Target, where our lovebirds exchange sweet kisses in the snack food aisle. Popcorn, fruit strips, and cookies in hand, Jane and Rafael head to the hotel pool, where they exchange secrets until dawn. And chief among them? That Jane can rap, a talent she picked up when her mom had a brief obsession with the Eminem masterpiece 8 Mile. Just when you thought Jane couldn’t get any cooler, right? And though you’d think Rafael would seize the chance to steal more than a few kisses from Jane, their night ends with the most PG-rated snuggles as these two unintentionally fall asleep poolside.
It might have been the best night ever for Jane but let’s not forget: She’s a good girl and good girls a) don’t typically spend the night away from home and b) certainly don’t do so without letting their mom know where they’ll be. That being the case, Xo is going bonkers and is calling every single one of Jane’s friends to find her. Meanwhile, Rafael’s given Jane a lift to school, where the head nun chews her out for coming into work in last night’s dress. However, Jane—whose job has unexpectedly expanded beyond teaching to include hugs to couples experiencing infertility—tells the nun she’ll continue hugging it out in exchange for leniency.
Whatever judgment Jane may have managed to escape at school is nothing compared to what she experiences once she’s back home. I’ve told you once, and I’ll say it again: Hell hath no fury like a Latin mother. Xo’s ready to get it in about Jane going AWOL when their argument quickly becomes less about where Jane’s been than about who she’s spending time with—and why.
Xo: “You make smart choices.”
Jane: “Exactly because I was always scared of repeating your mistakes. And mom, I’m just realizing that I’ve been afraid to take risks, real risks.”
Xo: “You’ve been smart.”
Jane: “I’ve been safe. And I’m going to be a mom. And moms put their kids first. You know that better than anyone. So this is my last chance I get to follow my heart. Do what I want. And yeah, maybe the timing isn’t perfect, but I want to be with Rafael. He’s a good guy.”
It’s worth noting that Xo is stinging a bit given Jane’s accusations that she doesn’t have the best choice in men. In this respect, her story line this episode very much mirrors Jane’s own struggles between head and heart as she’s decided to stick to last week’s decision to end her budding romance with Rogelio. With their last kiss, Xo believed her own chance at a happy ending was long gone. But as the saying goes, when one door closes another one opens and this week it did, when the handsome dad (Sleepy Hollow alum Nicholas Gonzalez) of one of her dance school students asked her out on a date. They share a love of pistachio ice cream and the color orange, so it’s totally meant to be. Well, not if Rogelio has anything to do with it.
NEXT: Petra conspires to take Raf down
See, it turns out that the man who has everything—love, fame and his choice of women—may harbor real feelings for Xo. Though he does everything to make Xo (and the audience) believe that he’s prompted merely by jealousy to ask her out on a double date. During the dinner, when our handsome dad reveals that he’s actually a former pro soccer player, Rogelio reveals something of his own, though unintentionally. Our soap opera star actually has deep-seated insecurities, something that’s made pretty obvious as he drowns his vanities in glass after glass of wine. Under the pretext of having drunk too much, he spends the night at Xo’s home. Though their night didn’t begin—or end—with some nookie, you know whose did?!
Michael’s. He did a pretty good job of appearing emotionally bruised and battered after the breakup, but his grief really manifested itself in the last scene when emotions running high, he and his partner enter a heated argument about how they’ll proceed with the Sin Rostro investigation. But their fight quickly turns into something else, and just like I predicted last week, these two went at it faster than you could say rebound. That’s right: I’m pretty sure these two had sex, which kind of makes sense since Michael has been abstinent for the duration of his two-year relationship with Jane (that we know of).
Speaking of rebounds, Michael wasn’t the only one to get nekkid so quickly after a breakup. Petra did too, hopping into bed with former fiance Lachlan as part of her scheme to get the cash needed to pay off Ivan. Let me backtrack a bit: When Ivan comes to at the top of the episode, he’s gagged and strapped into a chair in Petra’s tiny hotel room. But this is no real solution to the bigger problem at hand, which is that Ivan came to collect a debt, and if he doesn’t show up to his boss with the cash, then said boss—a man named Milos—is gonna come calling. So Petra’s plan is twofold: get Ivan to trust her, which she does by pricking him with an EpiPen when she “accidentally” feeds him from a peanut-tainted utensil and secondly, to get the cash for Milos. Problem is, where to get it? Enter Lachlan. Dressed up in nothing but a button down, Petra offers Lachlan some information that will “ruin” Rafael in exchange for $350k. After the deed is done, Lachlan reveals he doesn’t have the cash on hand. But Petra seems to have delivered the information on the promise of cash to come because the very last scenes feature a total curve ball.
Remember Rafael’s dad? He’s back and just when Rafael is preparing to meet Jane, he delivers some big news. Rafael is fired. It’s all Lachlan and Petra’s doing (obviously). But Jane knows nothing of this. Instead, she’s dressed up and waiting for her man when he calls to tell her he won’t be able to make their date as planned.
“I’m on my way to the airport; I’m on my way to Mexico City.”
Tonight’s episode had all the makings of a dramatic evening with plenty of sexual tension, suspense, and out-of-nowhere plot twists, but it felt more than that, driven by an undercurrent of desperation from nearly all of the characters involved. Case in point? Throughout the series, Jane has always made it clear that she’s lived her life in a specific way so as to avoid making her mother’s mistakes. Her vow to stay a virgin, her determination to her grandmother’s set of morals, etc. But one gets the sense that those choices haven’t always made Jane happy—that Jane is following the rules strictly out of fear of doing anything else. Now, with the understanding that her life will soon belong to someone else with the birth of her baby, Jane is clinging to whatever independence she has left.
Oddly enough, Xo’s journey now mirrors that of her daughter PB (that’s pre-baby, FYI). She’s doing her best to stick by the rules, though she’s driven less by fear than by experience, knowing that her default approach to life—namely, following her heart—hasn’t always served her well. Their mother-daughter journey is fascinating, and I can’t help but feel that the series will end—whenever that might be—with the two of them in the same place emotionally. And it’s no accident that one of the evening’s gripping scenes featured Rogelio and Rafael. These two are cut from the same cloth, as beneath their good looks are two people deeply wounded and saddled with baggage that we have yet to really discover. But there’s even more to this episode, so make a grilled cheese and let’s start gossiping about the following:
– Rogelio’s stern admonition to Raf not to screw things up with Jane involved an uncharacteristically serious threat. Is this fodder for Commentator TVFanatic’s theory that he’s Sin Rostro?
– What do you think the secret is that Petra and Lachlan are using against Rafael?
– A squabble between Michael and his partner lead to a hot-n-heavy make-out session at the station. Will their hookup lead to a relationship?
– I can’t believe I’m typing this again, but where the heck is Luisa? Could she be in Mexico City?
– Last but not least: Does anyone know where a gal can get the too-cool canvas Target bags that are featured on the show?
Total sex scenes this episode: 5 (One passionate kiss between Rafael and Jane in the snack food aisle at Target, some foreplay and snuggling in bed as Petra seduces Lachlan, and an interrupted kiss between Xo and Marco. And oh yeah: that half baked kiss that Rogelio distractedly gave his date during dinner and a no-holds-barred hot-n-heavy foreplay between Michael and his gorgeous partner. T’was a very good night for Jane fans!)
What do you think is at stake for the next episode? Is Sin Rostro part of the reason why Raf has been forced out of town? Will Lachlan become a bigger part of the show’s storyline? Share your take on the night’s secrets and sexual tension in the comments or on Twitter.
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