Jane the Virgin recap: 'Chapter 77'
When writing a novel, ohe author has to consider a point of view. Will the story unfold through the eyes of the main character or an array of subsequent roles? As the viewer, it’s our job to acknowledge that extenuating circumstances may be the culprit of why a certain character is acting a certain way.
So why am I giving you a literature lecture? Because “point of view” plays a significant role in Chapter 77 of Jane the Virgin. There’s always more than meets the eye.
After learning that her mother has a lump in her breast, Jane is determined to stay by her side until she hears from the doctor. Xo isn’t having it and shoves Jane out the door to go to her writer’s group. Jane concedes and is inspired by her fellow writers’ encouragement to tackle her second book by approaching the first one in a different way. Give it a new point of view and see what happens.
Before Jane can go down that path, Petra calls to see if Jane can babysit the twins. Jane is definitely of the “family first” mindset, until the twins scoff at Mateo for thinking a silver-haired lady in a green dress is going to come through his window and drop some coin by the bedside table in exchange for a bloody tooth. Everyone knows that mommies are the real tooth fairy.
All the adults claim that the twins are spreading a vicious rumor, which only escalates their monologue even further. Jane’s face turns a wicked shade of crimson and she somehow refrains from stapling the twins’ mouths shut.
Rafael knows that his sister Luisa holds the key to finding his birth parents. He also knows that she has the records from the orphanage, but out of all the boxes he’s scoured through, he comes up empty. What he does have is the deposition Luisa gave after she artificially inseminated Jane. Of course, Jane takes the folder for a little light reading.
She learns a lot through Luisa’s point of view. Luisa’s wife cheated on her the night before, so her state of mind during the insemination day was rattled at best. Luisa remembers that once she realized what she had done, waiting the two weeks to see if Jane was pregnant was torture. But she respected Jane’s mom for being so fierce in protecting her daughter.
Jane is moved by Luisa’s compliment (read: her POV) and calls Rafael to inform him that she read something about a place called Longbourne. Perhaps Luisa is there.
It turns out, Jane was right. Luisa is surprised that Rafael found her and admits to her brother that she escaped to get away from everything destructive in her life. She’s good and healthy and wants to know Rafael’s ulterior motive for visiting.
He confesses that he wants to track down his birth parents and he knows Luisa has the records from the orphanage. Well, she did have them. After she thought Rafael was responsible for putting her into a mental hospital, she burned them like any angry person would do. Oh, and if he wants any money, he’s out of luck there, too. She gave it all away. Every last penny. They may be poor now, but the poor sloths of the world are going to have a safe place to live. We can all breathe a sigh of relief on that one.
Luisa does share a bit of semi-good news: Rose knows who Rafael’s parents are and might be willing to help. Luisa makes her brother promise not to tell Rose where she is and Rafael agrees. He does, however, hesitate when he visits the prison and asks Rose for help. Her one condition? He has to give up Luisa in exchange for his parents. (Recap continued on next page)
Assuming JR wants some alone time, Petra drops everything when her lawyer calls to meet at the office. The afternoon delight is going to have to wait, because this isn’t a social call. JR’s mom thinks she remembers what the blackmailer looked like! Unfortunately, the sketch artist reveals a beautiful drawing of Prince Harry. I get it. He’s in my dreams, too.
Petra heads back to her office, barks at Krishna for breathing, and finds Jane standing there. Jane cautiously explains to Petra that someone told the girls that the tooth fairy doesn’t exist.
Spoiler: That person was Petra. To her defense, Petra did tell her daughters not to be the jerks who out the tooth fairy to other kids. Jane frantically explains to Petra that Mateo was on the other end of that jerk behavior. Petra promises to fix it.
The next day, the girls march up to Mateo and recite a scripted apology, feigning that the tooth fairy is indeed real. Mateo doesn’t buy it. Exasperated, the girls throw all caution to the wind and open a new can of worms by clueing Mateo in on the whole Santa situation.
Jane loses her mind on Petra, who heads back to the Marbella in a stupor. She finds Alba and learns the truth. Jane wasn’t mad at Petra, per se. She’s grieving her mother’s possible diagnosis. Again, the point of view makes everything clear.
That night, Jane hears something in Mateo’s room and is surprised to see a figure crawling through the window. Jane lunges and Mateo freaks because his mom is wailing on the tooth fairy. Petra, complete with silver hair, green dress, and mask, smooths things over by handing Mateo a $20 bill for his tooth.
Is 20 dollars the going rate for a tooth nowadays? Why do I have the sudden urge to find some pliers or a string tied to a door knob?
Jane thanks Petra for going above and beyond to help Mateo. She apologizes, remembering that Petra didn’t have the best childhood. Jane forgets that Petra used to play the violin on the streets. (Hello POV.) This jogs a memory and Petra rushes to call JR. Could the blackmailer be her ex-husband Milos?
Nope. He’s still in prison. So who else knows all the tiny details of Petra’s life?
Well, I didn’t see this point of view coming — Krishna! She admits to planting the screws because Petra is an awful person. Krishna sneaks out of a window while Petra and JR have a private moment to say goodbye. She texts Petra to pick up her dry cleaning and reminds her to change all of her computer passwords. Yes, that was funny, and hooray Petra isn’t going to jail for murder, but is this really the culmination of the blackmailing storyline? And is JR gone for good?
In order to take his mind off of Xo’s pending diagnosis, Rogelio concentrates on convincing River Fields to join him as the co-star for the American version of his telenovela. River is hesitant. The character she would be playing doesn’t have a point of view. She’s basically beautiful and has a heaving bosom. That’s it.
Rogelio offers to adjust the script and motions for the waiter to deliver bananas foster to the table. He lights the dessert when River isn’t looking and the flame burns off all her eyebrows. Let’s just say Brooke Shields is a sight to behold without her signature beauty feature.
Later, River thanks Rogelio for his awesome apology basket and assures him that her eyebrows are insured for six figures. In fact, she made money after the banana fosters debacle. She makes a big production pulling out the script and showing him notes. Once he sees the paparazzi, he realizes that River is doing this in public to garner some buzz for the show. Rogelio considers this a good sign on the surface. In reality, River has an ulterior motive.
Xo has done a really good job of being patient in the days leading up to the dreaded call. As she talks Rogelio down from his latest meeting with River, her phone rings with very good news. It was benign! She doesn’t have cancer!
An exhilarated Xo reassures her husband that it’s okay for him to take another meeting with River since they discovered she’s leveraging Passions of Steve to get a better deal with another show. She hugs a crying Jane and insists she head to writing class. This all seemed very suspicious to me. Why is she kicking them out?
Rogelio convinces River to join him and Jane decides to write a book about life with her mom. Think Gilmore Girls with a Latin twist. Everyone heads back to the house to celebrate the accomplishments of the day, but there hopes are dashed when they see Xo’s face.
The test came back positive. She has breast cancer. She lied before so they would all be able to fix their issues without a dark cloud hanging over them. When they all fall to their knees in prayer, I tear up a bit. Here’s hoping Xo’s point of view takes a positive turn in the coming weeks.