Jane the Virgin: Season 3, Episode 12 “Chapter Fifty-Six” (B+)
I’ve written about this many times before, but I don’t think it’s come up yet on this show. I love when characters that never interact share scenes, and therefore Petra and Rogelio sitting together to watch archive footage and failing entirely to understand each other made me so happy. It’s really true that both of them speak very quickly, and I was laughing quite a bit and their miscommunications. We may never see them together again, but this was well worth it. It’s funny but also incredibly strange that Rafael’s girlfriend just happens to be there in every scene that the narrator introduces as just between him and someone else, and so far we haven’t really seen anything of substance from her. We did get to learn a lot about Jane and the aftermath of Michael’s death, when she learned how to deal with her panic attacks. Mateo’s ability to read that she was thinking about Michael was very sweet, and I love that he also suggested that Rogelio send a Ropology basket to the people who were suing him for $10 million. The neverending saga that is Rogelio’s reality show took a turn for the more extreme in this episode with the proof that Rogelio knowing allowed Xiomara to be turned into a monster meme, and the best part of the whole thing was his fully Spanish heart-to-heart with Alba. Jane’s quitting was pretty epic, and I’m glad that Rafael, who is going to be less zen and also much more criminal, came up with a great idea for her to have a new job. Now let’s just hope that Petra isn’t racked by too much guilt for what seems like an effective solution to a tricky situation that wasn’t going to work itself out on its own.