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'Jane the Virgin' fan react: RIP #TeamRafael

Season 1 | Episode 18 | “Chapter 18” | Aired Apr 13, 2015

Until last week’s episode of Jane the Virgin, I was falling in love with Rafael Solano (Justin Baldoni) right along with Jane (Gina Rodriguez). Rafael is good-looking, he has great taste, he makes Jane feel good, and he treasures her. His greatest strength is in staying positive and encouraging Jane, no matter what they are facing. Somehow he is able to stay optimistic even though he lost Roman, he lost his sister, his father died, and his hotel was hostilely taken over by his ex-wife Petra. Through all of these trials and difficulties, he was able to maintain hope … that is, until tonight. Tonight, he lost all hope when he came face-to-face with his mother. And when Rafael loses hope, he loses Jane.

I would like to take a moment of silence Jane fans, in memory of the beloved coupling of Jane Villanueva and Rafael Solano, aka #TeamRafael. May this ship rest in peace.

The are on a break

After last week’s episode, I thought if anything were to happen to Rafael and Jane, it would be because Jane would end the relationship. After all her doubting and worrying, if Rafael is going to be an attentive father, if he is going to prioritize their family over his work at the hotel, I thought for sure she would end it. But she didn’t. She chose to have faith in the man she was falling in love with. She chose to trust him when he said he wasn’t like his father. Sadly, and surprisingly, he didn’t choose her. But why?

We know that his mother came back into his life tonight. She revealed that she had an affair when Rafael was very young and ran away. She tells Rafael that his father paid her $10 million if she agreed to never see Rafael or never contact him again. All of this is heartbreaking to Rafael, but is it enough to drive him away from Jane? I didn’t think it would be …

Secrets and lies

It’s interesting that Emilio kept that secret from Rafael his entire life, because Rogelio was also keeping a secret from his mother, Liliana De La Vega (guest star Rita Moreno). Rogelio kept the truth from his mother about Xo giving birth to Jane because he was afraid to tell his mother he wanted Xo to have an abortion. It seems like everyone has been keeping secrets, and it’s time for them all to be revealed!

Another secret on Jane the Virgin is the identity of Aaron Zazo. After kissing Aaron last week, Petra had a suspicion that Aaron was really Roman. After pulling a fingerprint from Aaron’s glass and having Michael run the print, Petra discovers Aaron really is Roman Zazo! Roman, knowing that Petra is onto him, kidnaps her. If Roman was pretending to be Aaron only to go back and recover the necklace, why was he pretending to be dead in the first place? If Sin Rostro didn’t kill Roman, then from whom was Roman hiding?

Another mystery that was revealed this week was the identity of Michael’s ex-girlfriend. Jane had been been encouraging Michael to move on, and separately encouraging her friend Andie to reconnect with her old boyfriend. What Jane didn’t know was that she was really reconnecting Michael with Andie! While it’s good that Michael is dating again, is Andrea the right person for him? If Andie really loves Michael, why lie to Jane?

The Ross/Rachel conundrum

Do you think Rafael did the right thing in breaking up with Jane? Do you think we are going to relive the classic Rachel/Ross moment of Jane or Rafael cheating with someone else, only to claim later they were “on a break”? Will this push Jane back into Michael’s arms, forcing Michael to choose between Jane and Andie? All this stress can’t be good for Jane, or for the baby. I think Jane really needs a break from all this love-triangle drama! Maybe she should take a vacation, without anyone but Xo, Rogelio, and her sweet Abuela!

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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