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Jane and Michael’s wedding plans are thrown into an epic tailspin, and a long-lost character emerges

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May 17, 2016 at 07:43 PM EDT

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times — that basically sums up Jane the Virgin’s wedding-themed finale, which featured one of the best nuptials in TV history, as well as a few shocking cliffhangers to round out its sophomore season. So let’s jump in, shall we?

First things first: Jane and Michael said “I do!” I would be lying if I said I had some serious doubts that the ceremony would happen, and as it turns out, it nearly didn’t. First, Mateo — who took his first steps this episode! — nearly killed the priest when he grabbed the Communion cloth, which triggered a series of events that ended with the priest being knocked out unconscious. Then, Jane and Michael got into a bit of a tiff because he decided to book a $1,700 suite for their wedding night — a sum that Jane deemed a tad too extravagant. Plus, he didn’t even talk it over with her first! The nerve. That little lover’s quarrel was then followed by an epic series of events which saw Jane nearly miss the ceremony. 

Why, you ask? Well, when Alba affixed her old veil onto Jane right before the wedding, regaling her with memories of her own wedding, Jane was suddenly inspired to change her thesis topic into a love story that would be loosely based on her grandparents, class differences and social stigma — which meant she had to hoof it over to school to pitch the thesis committee in a last-ditch attempt to change next year’s academic plans. Though she snagged the committee’s approval (yay!), Jane had a bit of hard luck when Rogelio’s car overheated and was forced to board the bus for transportation.

This might have been an adorable full-circle moment for Jane (remember when she used to see Rogelio’s telenovela ads on the bus before she knew he was her birth father?), but with the church 17 super-slow stops away, it was a real headache. But no matter: Jane managed to show up just a few minutes later than scheduled, and the Catholic ceremony was made-for-TV perfect. Like gloriously romantic, with Xo and Alba walking Jane down the aisle with the pride, and Michael saying his vows in broken Spanish (aww!). A choir even broke into song, though that might have been a little instrument of magical realism, since they started singing a ditty about Jane finally having sex. (Seriously.) But when all was said and done, the ceremony went off without a hitch — especially since Rafael held his tongue and refrained from any overt declarations of love. 

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A telenovela adaptation, Jane the Virgin tells the story of Jane Villanueva, a virgin who is accidentally inseminated during a routine checkup.
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