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Season 1 | Episode 14 | “Chapter 14” | Aired Feb 16, 2015

Underground plastic surgery rings. Face-altering operations. Drug smuggling. Murder. These dark and nefarious activities are daily occurrences at Jane the Virgin’s Marbella hotel.

Sure, the Marbella serves cocktails to sunbathing patrons and fluffs the pillows of guests fleeing from their cold-weather states, but lurking in the shadows are murders, drug lords, and people with menacing and dangerous plans. People changing their faces? The Marbella has that. Men buried in cement fountains? They absolutely have that. Lesbian stepmothers covering up their identities as drug lords? Yup. The Marbella even has one of those.

Emilio Sin Rostro Cement Jane the VirginThese crazy, straight-out-of-a-telenovela events are happening all around our plucky protagonist Jane. Her life is already stressful enough—graduating from college, meeting her father for the first time, getting artificially inseminated, and falling in love with the father of her unborn child whom she only met recently. How is Jane supposed to handle all this drama? The answer is simple. She is the heroine of her own modern-day telenovela.

Jane the Virgin Gina RodriguezIf tonight’s episode of Jane the Virgin taught us anything, it’s this: A hotel in the south of Florida really is the best place to get away with murder! Whoa, I mean … it taught us that nothing in this life (show), is certain.

For instance, a few weeks ago Petra was penniless, living in the smallest room the hotel had to offer. Now she is part owner of the Marbella, forcing Rafael to be a silent partner. Silent partner? It’s his hotel! Oh, and what about Michael? A few short months ago he had his and Jane’s entire future planned out. Now he’s single, left on his own to watch his Jane find happiness with Rafael.

Rogelio Passions of Santo Jane the Virgin And what about Rogelio? When Jane first met him, he had money to burn and more Twitter followers than Adam Levine. Now Rogelio is jobless and thinking about working with his telenovela arch nemesis. The one good thing Rogelio has going for him right now is Xo. Even though they haven’t said it yet, I’m pretty sure they are falling in love.

With all of this drama, where does that leave the rest of the season? Here are some new things we learned tonight:

  • Roman Zazo has a twin named Aaron. (A twin?)
  • Rafael’s favorite song is “Living on a Prayer.” (Bon Jovi!)
  • Jane hates baby-shower games. (No guess the belly size?)
  • Sin Rostro really loves Louisa. (Aw?)
  • Xo and Rogelio love each other. (Aw.)
  • Jane and Rafael love each other. (Aw.)
  • And Louisa has run away with Rose. (Oh no!)

What do you think is ahead for Jane the Virgin? More drama? And what happened to Louisa? Did she really run off with Rose? What about Petra’s mother? I am guessing she will be back soon, and with a vengeance!

Jane the Virgin airs Mondays at 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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