A Jane The Virgin tearjerker spotlights the greatness of Andrea Navedo

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I hope everyone has tissues handy for tonight’s Jane The Virgin. Or an absorbent shirt that won’t irritate your eyes when you wipe tears away. I thought I was emotionally prepared for Xiomara’s breast cancer storyline, but “Chapter Seventy-Eight” had me straight-up sobbing at multiple points. I didn’t even cry this…

There's nothing to worry about (maybe) on an outstanding Jane The Virgin

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Tonight’s Jane The Virgin begins with a warning. Words are quickly typed across a white background, and as I read them, I begin to worry. As I take in the first two lines—“The following contains frank and honest language”—I think that this episode is going to have some sort of trigger warning about sensitive material.…

Jane The Virgin tackles sex and sexuality in its progressive 69th chapter

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With a title advertising the main character’s virginity, Jane The Virgin was always going to be engaging with sexual themes, and “Chapter Sixty-Nine” is the nicest place to put a wide-ranging discussion of sex and sexuality. The big news of this episode is that Adam is bisexual, a revelation that takes Jane completely…

Jane The Virgin needs a waterfall to quench her thirst for a telenovela hunk

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You have no idea how angry I am at myself for using the “Everyone on Jane The Virgin is very horny” headline for last episode when it would have been perfect for tonight’s “Chapter Sixty.” The show’s modified title for the week is Jane The Horndog, and sexual desire is a major theme of this episode, particularly how…

Jane The Virgin doesn’t let tragedy destroy its usual bright, breezy tone

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After last week’s heartbreaking twist with the death of Michael Cordero, it’s totally reasonable to be worried about how Jane The Virgin would move forward in the wake of such a monumentally tragic loss. The three-year time jump that immediately followed Michael’s death assured viewers that the series wasn’t going to…

A perfectly balanced Jane The Virgin explores stress relief in trying times

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How do you cope with stress when life keeps getting harder and harder? It’s a frequently asked question, and it’s one that is especially relevant right now. Life always brings fresh challenges as people get older and take on more responsibility, but with the news dropping multiple dispiriting bombshells every single…

Major life changes leave the men of Jane The Virgin in confusing situations

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The men of Jane The Virgin are all in the middle of some major life changes, and “Chapter Fifty-Two” is largely committed to exploring the confusion that Michael, Rafael, and Rogelio are experiencing in their individual situations. Unhappy with being relegated to desk duty at the police department, Michael quits his…

Jane The Virgin hits familiar beats with the arrival of Jane’s shady cousin

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The return of Petra brings Jane The Virgin back to a familiar status quo, and while there are some new tensions between various parties (Petra/Rafael, Jane/Alba), things are settling down now that Michael has recovered from his shooting, Jane has lost her virginity, and Petra isn’t in a state of forced paralysis while…

Jane The Virgin gets used to the new normal with another powerful chapter

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How do you return to normalcy in the wake of major trauma? Jane The Virgin tackles this question as it tries to settle back into the show’s usual groove, and while tonight’s episode succeeds in that respect, the characters are learning that there’s no way to go back to their old routine after recent events. Jane is…

Jane and Petra face off on Jane The Virgin’s Mother’s Day showdown

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There are a lot of moving parts that work together in unison to make Jane The Virgin a consistently entertaining TV series, and they’ve all been finely tuned in “Chapter Forty-Two.” Micah Schraft and Paul Sciarotta’s script gracefully weaves together the show’s three layers of reality into one cohesive narrative that…

Jane The Virgin explores past mistakes as it sets up new beginnings

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Jane The Virgin looks to the past this week before welcoming a slew of new faces to shake up the series’ future, exploring how past events have consequences that reverberate into the present and beyond. In Jane’s case, she’s haunted by her decision to break up with Michael when she developed feelings for Rafael,…

Rita Moreno returns to help Jane The Virgin explore mother/son dynamics

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It was only a matter of time before Liliana “Glamma” De La Vega (Rita Moreno) met her great-grandson Mateo, and her presence in “Chapter Thirty-One” plays a big part in the episode’s exploration of the relationships between mothers and their sons. Jane and Mateo aren’t doing too well thanks to his 8-to-10-month sleep…

Let’s remember all of 2015’s “12th questions”

For the past year or so, The A.V. Club has used its 11 Questions feature to ask celebrities about their first jobs and worst living situations. Part of that feature—the 12th question—also asked the interviewee to come up with a question for the next interview subject without generally knowing who they were. Those 12th…

Jane The Virgin stumbles by tearing down relationships before they’re built

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I was very nervous when I saw last week’s promo for tonight’s Jane The Virgin, which made the episode look like one long ad for Target, its most aggressive corporate sponsor. Target’s prominence on Jane The Virgin has been a key element of the company’s “#SinTraduccion” (“#WithoutTranslation”) ad package launched…