Jane the Virgin Season 2
Speaking of greed and power, how about that big Rose reveal? It turns out that Rose was masquerading as innocent Susanna from Tuscaloosa as a means of covering up her intention of 1) acting as a mole in the police investigation and 2) getting back with Luisa. (Michael discovered her true identity after Susanna failed to respond to an Alabama cheer that Rogelio’s friend taught him earlier in the evening.) And it worked: Luisa became smitten with Susanna, and in her disguise, Rose was able to stay one step ahead of Michael’s detective work. And the reveal came with its fair share of omg-I-can’t-believe-that-really-happened moments, like when Rose literally peeled off her facial disguise for Luisa and when she shot Michael in the shoulder, preventing him from heading to Jane on their wedding night. The irony — Rose’s return, the fact that Jane is now married but ended the night a virgin — was almost too much to handle, even for a telenovela. I mean, there’s crazy and then there’s clutch-your-proverbial-pearls crazy, and the night definitely fell under the latter.
Final burning questions, stray observations, and memorable one-liners:
- The matching lavender shirts that Rogelio and Mateo wear in the episode’s opening scene? A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E.
- Ever the bookworm, Jane quotes Dr. Seuss as Mateo takes his first few steps: “Oh, the places you’ll go!”
- Speaking of Mateo, it seemed a sweet coincidence that both he and his mother had huge milestones this episode. Walking is totally on par with an approved thesis topic and a wedding, right?
- How cute was that massive list of topics to discuss that Michael compiled for Jane on the eve of their wedding? The ways to a type-A personality’s heart will never cease to amaze me! And oh, this gem from their discussion on chores: “Women can take the garbage to the street as easily as a man can.” That we can — whether we want to is another matter!
- Another feminist-leaning moment: “I feel like I’m locking you into the patriarchy as I’m doing this.” —Jane’s graduate school advisor as she’s fastening the buttons on Jane’s dress
- Charo was a bridesmaid…because that totally made sense.
- “I would like to introduce my third-best friend in the world — the one and only Bruno Mars!” Yes, Mars sung at Jane’s wedding, and if you weren’t totally touched by the most perfect marriage of music and TV emotion, then you are made of ice. #SorryNotSorry
- The episode was packed with full-circle scenes, ranging from the appearance of season 1 characters (like Rose!) to moments like when Michael gave Jane a snow globe, a throwback to their first kiss in the snow.
- “Baby has your sense of humor. Laughing at other people’s tears” —Anezka, pointing out baby Anna’s giggles to Petra
- Didn’t you love how Rogelio and Xo came together in their final onscreen moment? Though they mutually agreed not to rekindle their relationship, they reached the ultimate understanding — and it’s about Jane, whom they both agree is the best thing that’s ever happened to them. But here’s food for thought: The series kicked off by Jane deciding to keep her unplanned pregnancy, so could things take a 180 next season should Xo decide to end hers?
- Did you notice that Magda was conspicuously absent this episode? Was that in keeping with she and Anezka’s plan? What’s the end goal? And how long will poor Petra be made a victim because of it?
- And speaking of missing characters, where was Derek? Will he make return to stir up some mischief in season 3?
- Leaping lizards! Anezka’s O-face while doing the dirty with Rafael — well, pretty darn priceless. Who knew that masquerading as your twin could be so much fun?
- My heart broke a bit when Michael was shot, just as Jane was changing into her bridal nightie. And the fact that the snow globe fell to the ground while it all happened? Talk about an omen — though as we saw with Alba’s wedding flashbacks, less than optimal occurrences at a wedding don’t always spell out a doomed end.
- Rafael had a big moment of maturity during the hour when he decided to keep his feelings for Jane to himself, rather than declare his love in some last-hour attempt to get her back. But did he take a step backward by sleeping with Petra, er, Anezka?
Fans, if you had any doubt that the backend of season represents the best of Jane — smart, funny, touching, and charming — I hope this episode put that to rest. That said, there’s plenty of interesting story lines to carry us into season 3, like the status of Petra and Michael’s health, the matter of Xo’s pregnancy, Rose’s reappearance, and whether Jane will a) end up a widow or b) ever lose her virginity. As always, share your comments and crazy theories in the comments or with me on Twitter — and thank you so much for reading, laughing, and getting emotional with me all season long. See you in the fall!