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Jane the Virgin Review: Chapter Eighty-Five (Season 5, Episode 4)


Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 4, “Chapter Eighty-Five,” is a superbly crafted instalment from start to finish — and a spectacle of epic telenovela portions.

Not only do Jane and Michael shippers get a nostalgic reunion but this show additionally manages to provide a drained love triangle trope some actual stakes.

The conclusion to Michael’s amnesia storyline genuinely has us upset as Jane over what to do right here. Ought to she choose Michael or Rafael? I don’t even know anymore!

Jane having to choose between Michael and Rafael at this point in her life is just not truthful to anybody concerned nevertheless it has made for some really magnificent tv watching. We all know a show isn’t really good till they’ve obtained you crying and confused — and Jane the Virgin has us doing all that on “Chapter Eighty-Five”.

There’s no huge unveiling or fanfare to Michael revealing he obtained his reminiscences again. Jane just seems at Michael and knows it’s him — what a gorgeous moment that is for us and them.

All the things Jane and Michael is executed brilliantly throughout this episode.

Jane refers to Jason as Michael once they meet at the bus cease and he says Jane with such depth and longing you’ll be able to see the on the spot transformation from Jason to Michael. Brett Dier’s means to speak with Michael’s heat tone whereas hints of Jason’s southern accent nonetheless come by way of is basically unimaginable.

Their meet-cute at a meals truck allows for all the emotions and reminiscences to return flooding again fairly shortly for anybody which will want reminding that Jane and Michael have been end recreation at one point and for good cause, they’re cute collectively.


Jane doesn’t want validation from any man but listening to that Michael is pleased with her makes his returning moments even sweeter. Hearing that he was prepared to go away to make her pleased is even more heartbreaking in a “yes there are tears running down my face but I couldn’t be happier” type of approach.

After growing to completely despise Jason, it’s relatively impressive to see this show stir such potent feelings over this character in a matter of two scenes.

Jane The Virgin is like a cruel magical genie giving us back our Michael but at the value of dropping Jane’s family. And but, with TV this good appreciation for this excellent plot rises above every part else we may be feeling.

This show manages to shift viewers back in Michael’s favour fairly shortly and whereas abandoning Rafael isn’t something we must be doing so swiftly, it’s not troublesome to see the cracks forming in this ship either.

Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 4: Chapter Eighty-FiveJane The Virgin — “Chapter Eighty-Five” — Picture Number: JAV504b_0208.jpg — Pictured: Justin Baldoni as Rafael — Photograph: Richard Foreman, Jr./The CW — © 2019 The CW Community, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Jane and Rafael are arguably the greatest and worst factor that has happened to this show — depending on how catty their arguments get.

Final season these petty squabbles have been the trigger for some lower than desirable plotlines between the two lovers. However that each one changed once they put their differences apart and became the strong basis for which the rest of the collection would stand on.

Nevertheless, Rafael’s character has by no means been a flattering one when confronted with any sort of upsetting news. He tends to lash out at Jane for things she will’t control — like her husband getting back from the lifeless — turning into less supportive and extra of a repetitive whiner.

Rafael has been fantastic this season and never with the ability to immediately choose Michael over him exhibits how essential this character has turn out to be to Jane and to us. So to see him begin to spiral down this self-destructive path as soon as once more is definitely disappointing.

It’s the ultimate season and Rafael deserves to be appreciated for the position of father and husband he has grown into as a result of he and this season’s storyline are higher than that. If Jane finally ends up with Rafael let it’s as a result of he finally discovered the best way to help her more by way of all the crazy crap this telenovela has thrown her means.

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Petra’s mom crawling back out of some backwater grave to sue her daughter for emotional damages is somewhat of a step backwards for Jane the Virgin on this episode as properly.

We’ve got the rebirth of Rafael and Michael’s love triangle with Jane and every thing seems like it’s coming full circle as we mirror on the beginnings of this collection.

Then we now have Petra’s mother who does nothing to further the plot in an essential approach anymore and is steering Petra away from all the constructive progress she has made to take part in a lower than flattering storyline.

However you recognize what does further the plot? Petra and Jane getting wasted and making rash life selections together.


The dynamic these women share has all the time been enjoyable to observe however ever since Jane started seeing Petra as a part of her family, the two have been something of a spectacle to observe.

They nonetheless gripe and disagree but in a loving sibling approach that’s mild and fun hearted, especially when they’re drunk guffawing via half their conversations.

Now that we know these two are so great at being consuming buddies one can only hope we get to see much more sisterly love in the future for these two. Jane and Petra have insane lives they usually actually ought to minimize unfastened more typically for the sake of creating us giggle.

It’s also comforting to see Jane has develop into somewhat of a helpful voice for Petra in whooing JR again — which she does in quite epic style I’d add.


They reunite, they kiss, they rule as soon as again! Petra and JR have rekindled their love for one another which suggests much more lovable scenes that contain simply as a lot making out as they do lifeless bodies.

I’m all for Rosario Dawson sticking round for the rest of the collection and never just because she wields that axe like an absolute professional. She can also be a robust grounding point for Petra and keeps her from falling into these childish aspect plots together with her mother.

We speak about wanting Michael or Rafael to end up with Jane but if this excellent unhazardous couple isn’t end recreation, we may need to riot.

Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 4: Chapter Eighty-FiveJane The Virgin — “Chapter Eighty-Five” — Picture Number: JAV504b_0056.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Gina Rodriguez as Jane and Justin Baldoni as Rafael — Photograph: Richard Foreman, Jr./The CW — © 2019 The CW Community, LLC. All Right Reserved.

If “Chapter Eighty-Five” is a sign of anything, it’s that we should always all be Group Jane.

That poor woman is going by way of lots proper now and whereas it does make for some critically superb leisure, Gina Rodriguez does an exquisite job of reminding the audience of the pain Jane is enduring proper now.

There are larger stakes now than some cute boy profitable her heart and Jane the Virgin acknowledges that by boldly throwing Jane’s custody of Mateo into the combine.

It’s a cruel reminder to the audience and to Jane that while the question of Michael or Rafael has not changed her circumstances definitely have.

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If she have been to go away Rafael now those 4 years of co-parenting and dwelling with Mateo together would come into query. Rafael cleverly articulates those points to Jane by telling her to go away after Mateo chooses to stick with his father for the foreseeable future.

It is a jarring solution to end this episode and a hard realization on a show that’s anything but reasonable at occasions. Choosing Michael might have critical ramifications for Jane in relation to having a cheerful family dynamic together with her son and his father going forward.

This scene is a warning at greatest, hinting at a future custody battle that would ensue if Jane is to go operating back into Michael’s arms this time. That’s next degree dirty for Jane the Virgin however I like their willpower to utterly destroy us this season.

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Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode Four: Chapter Eighty-Five

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It’s clear Jane the Virgin isn’t going to make this finale season as simple as choosing Rafael or Michael.

This present has those receipts and now their using them to create an unimaginable state of affairs with an advanced love triangle the place no one wins and we will’t ship anybody with out getting harm.

That being stated this episode seems like television at it’s greatest with plenty of loving embraces to be had and sophisticated punches to be thrown.

Jane may be dwelling her worst nightmare however “Chapter Eighty-Five” is a dream come true for us!

Prime Strains From “Chapter Eighty-Five”:

Rogelio: Properly, I all the time thought I used to be Workforce Michael, however I do love Rafael as nicely so I not really feel snug expressing my opinion.

Rogelio: Michael received his memory back. Did he ask about me? Did he need to see me? Does he still love me?
Jane: yes, yes, and sure.

Petra: I exploit to assume my worst nightmare was turning into my mom. Now I know it’s dwelling with out you.
JR: I’ve missed you day by day since we broke up.

Rafael: Do you still love him?
Jane: I don’t know.
Rafael: That seems like a solution. You recognize, I obtained my reminiscences back too, Jane. You understand what I keep in mind? Ready for you to decide Michael virtually killed me.

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Jane the Virgin airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on The CW.

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