Jane the Virgin: Season 2, Episode 14 “Chapter Fifty-Eight” (B)
I’m usually all for this show and its imagined diversions enthusiastically described by the narrator, but I wasn’t too fond of the election parody that served as the meat of this episode. Having Jane and Petra fight to be room mom was dramatic enough on its own, and the “I’m with her” ending, which mildly amusing, wasn’t worth the whole thing. I do like the fact that Rafael ended up being the choice, though I’m not sure what that says about patriarchy in society (not much, I assume, just a bit of food for thought). Mateo’s new aide seemed a little casual and laidback, ready to clash with Jane on everything, but he turned out to be just the right dose of optimism for both Jane and Rafael, who were feeling insecure in the face of Mateo’s behavior. I enjoyed Rogelio having a Sunday Funday with Mateo which involved being fitted for suits, and clearly Rogelio’s inappropriate communication was well-timed since Bruce got the hint that Xiomara wasn’t over her ex, who may now have moved past his kid condition. It’s nice to see Alba reinvesting in her romance with Jorge, despite an unfortunate mishap. As the narrator would say, she’s not the only one jumping back into the dating scene, with Jane declaring herself ready to think about it and Rafael and Petra going down a very familiar road for what’s now probably the third or fourth time. Will it stick this time? I’m betting not, but I’m eager to see how it plays out and what happens when it comes out.