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Season 1 | Episode 10 | “Chapter 10” | Aired Jan 19, 2014

As Rogelio would say, “It’s time to tweet all your followers using the hashtag #JaneIsBack!” That’s right, Jane the Virgin fans, after waiting four long weeks (and celebrating Gina Rodriguez’s much-deserved Golden Globe win), Jane is back!

I don’t know about you, but all I’ve been thinking about is Alba. In fact, during last fall’s gripping midseason finale, I think my neighbors even heard me shouting, “Nobody pushes Jane’s abuela down the stairs!”

For anyone just catching up, “Chapter Nine” left us with more questions than answers. Who is Sin Rostro? Is he staying at the hotel? Are Jane and Rafael going to stay together? Has Petra’s mother always been able to walk? And what’s with that tunnel?

This week’s episode, “Chapter 10,” answered some of these questions—and asked a few more. Let’s jump into the episode’s top five moments.

5. Michael and Nadine find a secret underground surgical lab

Michael and Nadine follow the tunnel to an underground room. The room is protected by a retinal scanner, which Michael thinks can be opened by Sin Rostro. Upon breaking in, they discover the room is used to perform plastic surgery. Michael and Nadine check the rooms that are set aside for recovering surgery patients, but all of them were evacuated during the storm. This clue brings them one step closer to discovering Sin Rostro’s whereabouts—but not his true identity, now that they know he has changed his face.

4. Rose visits Luisa in the mental hospital

Rose may have sent Luisa to a mental hospital, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t still love her. (Sounds a bit crazy, doesn’t it?) Luisa, still fuming mad at Rose, allows her to visit but immediately kicks her out. While Luisa scores some #GirlPower points in defending herself, she doesn’t hold out for too long: Luisa lets Rose back in and they spend the night together. Rose apologizes to Luisa for not being ready to tell people about their relationship. Luisa uses this opportunity to steal Rose’s pin, which I have a feeling will be used in a jailbreak next week!

3. Alba is in a coma

Jane’s grandmother, her precious abuelita, is in a coma. That’s right, A COMA! I can’t believe it. Alba is the nicest, sweetest, most wonderful person in the world, and she gets pushed down the stairs. What on earth did she do to deserve that? To make things even worse, the hospital discovers she has no insurance and that she is in the U.S. illegally. After the storm, the hospital threatens to deport her back to Venezuela. Thankfully, Rogelio and Michael both pull some strings (with Gloria Estefan and the authorities), and Michael’s connection comes through, allowing Alba to remain in the U.S.

2. Xo takes a vow of chastity

Xo is not a praying woman. She leaves all the praying to her mother and to Jane. Jane prays for her abuela throughout the episode, but it’s not until the very end that Xo takes a knee and begins to pray by her mother’s bedside. While praying, she makes a deal with God: If Alba wakes up and makes it through the coma, Xo will stay chaste and allow no men in her bed until she is engaged. (Did someone say “put a ring on it”?) Xo doesn’t notice that while she’s praying, her mother opens her eyes and hears her prayer of chastity. A few minutes later Alba takes her daughter’s hand and wakes up from the coma. Now that Alba is awake, Xo must make good on her promise not to sleep with anyone—including Jane’s father, Rogelio!

1. Rafael’s father could be Sin Rostro

Rafael’s father, Emilio, is a very mysterious man. He breezes in and out of town. He doesn’t seem to suspect that anything strange is going on in his hotel, even though it is. He’s married to a gorgeous woman (who happens to be a lesbian). He’s a hard man to figure out. Now his wife is starting to suspect he could be into some dangerous criminal activities. Rose overhears a phone call in which Emilio says he needs $5 million for Alegria. Alegria turns out to be the name of his home in Croatia. Croatia? As the narrator points out, Croatia is a country with no extradition. It’s a perfect place to flee from the police, if necessary. Rose takes her concerns to Rafael and says that she thinks Emilio is Sin Rostro! With the discovery of the secret tunnel, the increased police presence, and the mysterious phone call, even Rafael starts to think his dad could be the faceless criminal mastermind. But is he?

Again, Jane the Virgin leaves us with more questions than answers. I’m just glad Alba has woken up from her coma. If she had died, Twitter would have rioted! I can just imagine the trending topics: #SaveAlba #SaveAbuela #DontKillJanesGrandma!

Jane the Virgin airs Mondays 9/8C on The CW.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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