Ever since Jane the Virgin’s out-of-left-field Golden Globe nomination for Best TV Series, Comedy, all eyes have been on The CW’s history-making telenovela. About an aspiring Latina career woman who gets pregnant, despite never having sex, the series is as addicting the guilty-pleasure romance novel you’ve got stashed away in your dresser. If you were always intrigued by the premise, but felt too self-conscious to check it out, let this validate you: its lead actress Gina Rodriguez just won the Golden Globe for Best TV Actress. So yes, there’s something to this show, and you need it to check it out, like, right now.
Luckily for you, we’re here to catch you up on everything you missed on Jane the Virgin (so far) just in time for the show’s mid-season return on Jan. 19.
Jane Villanueva vowed to remain a virgin because of her uber-religious grandma, Alba…Who used Jane’s mom Xo’s unexpected pregnancy with soap star Rogelio De La Vega baby as cautionary tale. For years, all was well with Jane, who was getting a teaching degree and in a steady relationship with her fiance Michael, a detective working on taking down a drug lord known as Sin Rostro. That is, until she was accidentally artificially inseminated with hotel heir hottie Rafael’s sperm when she went in for a pap smear… Which got her pregnant…
And pissed off Rafael’s actual wife Petra…Who was secretly sleeping with Rafael’s BFF, who was mysteriously murdered shortly after. But Petra doesn’t even grieve. Instead, she begins plotting with her mother Magda to keep Rafael’s baby and fortune… While they’re holding hostage a man who knows about Petra’s true identity and the secrets she’s kept about events that occurred in her native Czech Republic years ago. Meanwhile, it turns out Rafael and Jane actually have history…
Which Jane can’t ignore, so she breaks up with Michael…And now she’s trying to make things work with Rafael. As for the doctor who makes the mistake, it turns out to be Rafael’s sister Luisa, who has a mental breakdown after the incident that leads her to seek the help of Shamans, only to return as a new woman… Who’s back to fight for her ex, Rosa. But Rosa turns her down because she’s married to Luisa’s dad. So, yes, she’s her stepmother.
Just when it looks like Rafael and Jane are free to keep their baby, Petra drops a custody lawsuit on the couple…With the support of Rafael’s former assistant Lachlan, who teams up with his former fiance Petra to push Rafael out of his hotel shares. So, Rafael and Jane reluctantly turn to Michael to help them incriminate Petra. But moments after Rafael and Jane crack Petra’s identity, Michael stumbles upon incriminating evidence that suggest Rafael could be the guy he’s been tracking this whole time, Sin Rostro. And just when it couldn’t get any crazier, it does. When a tipsy Alba stumbles up to Petra’s room to confront her, she’s scared off by Magda, who stands up from her wheelchair and pushes her down the stairs just because she’s a crazy bitch. And that’s where it leaves off at the midseason finale. Got it?
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