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'Jane the Virgin': The Top 5 OMG moments of 'Chapter 25'

Season 2 | Episode 3 | “Chapter 25” | Aired Oct 26, 2015

Our resident Jane the Virgin OMG authority, Michelle Newman, is out this week, so I get to flail with you in her place. As a declared member of #TeamRaf, there was a lot of flailing happening in my living room, though there was plenty for the Michael fans to cheer about, too. The writing staff at Jane the Virgin continues to paint both of Jane’s romantic options as completely wonderful, without giving us any real reason to root against either. The plot thickens this week as Rafael and Jane are brought into the fold of Petra’s insemination deception.

Let’s take a look at the big moments of the week:

1. An offer Rafael didn’t refuse
Remember when baby Mateo was kidnapped and Michael came to the rescue and got him back? We were all pretty relieved, right? Well, so was Rafael. So much so, in fact, that he asked Michael to be his son’s godfather on the spot. Since that fateful night, a lot has changed, though. Not the least of which is Jane declaring that she loves both Rafael and Michael and can’t choose between them. Jane rightfully thinks Rafael may have had a change of heart now that things have gotten so awkward, so she calls Raf to make sure he’s still cool with it. In true telenovela form, she calls him as he’s sitting down with Petra and a doctor to confirm the validity of Petra’s pregnancy claim. Needless to say, Rafael is distracted and isn’t paying attention to what Jane is saying. He unwittingly agrees to keep Michael as Mateo’s godfather.

When they show up at baptism rehearsal, Rafael is surprised to see Michael there. Jane reminds him that she cleared it with him hours earlier, and he is forced to explain to Jane why he wasn’t paying attention on the phone. The “F” of Jane’s “WTF” reaction is bleeped out by church bells.

2. To grad school or not to grad school
Jane Villenueva is a smart, passionate, driven young woman. She has big dreams. She’s also fallen head-over-heels in love with being a mother. When she finds out that she got into the grad school writing program she applied to, she is ecstatic. True to form, she has it all worked out. Mateo will be three months old when it’s time to start classes. It won’t be easy, but it will be time to leave him. Her plans come crashing down when she discovers that she also has to take a prerequisite class, beginning immediately. Jane has no idea what to do. Is she ready to leave Mateo at only three weeks? Her mother and grandmother remind her how excited she was when she first learned about her acceptance, but the moms at her mom group assure her that staying home with Mateo is a completely understandable choice. Jane goes back and forth, calling to turn down the spot then ultimately calling back (12 times) to renege on the rejection and request to reclaim her spot. Her request is granted—with the caveat that she never call her professor again.

3. I’ll give you three choices
Good ol’ Petra is ready to reap the benefits of her diabolical plan. She calls a meeting with Rafael and Jane and offers them three choices. She could a) have an abortion; b) marry a not-yet-discovered Russian oligarch and move across the world; or c) stay in Miami and find some way to coparent. All three options are terrible from where I’m sitting. Jane is horrified by Petra and what she’s done, and even more horrified when she realizes the role she played in it. (It was Jane’s idea to play Petra for a fool and make her think Raf was still in love with her, which is what fueled her decision to impregnate herself.) Jane struggles with how to handle the situation until Michael, in all his wisdom, reminds Jane that he played the whole scenario wrong when he was in her place. Jane takes Michael’s words to heart and tells Rafael she’s ready to choose option C. She knows he needs to be in his child’s life, even considering the circumstances. She also knows she’s going to want Mateo to know his sibling, no matter how painful dealing with Petra is going to be.

Petra, meanwhile, used the meeting to do a little detective work and learned that Raf and Jane aren’t currently together. She still thinks she has a shot and that carrying his baby gives her an edge.

4. Screen test an ex
In her quest to help Rogelio get over his anger for his ex, Luciana, Xo encourages him to bring her in to screen test for a role as his lover on The Passion of Santos’s “make love week.” Somehow Xo didn’t foresee that putting her boyfriend (husband?) in a position to make out with the ex he wasn’t entirely over was a bad idea. Xo witnesses the screen test and immediately sees the chemistry between them. (Although, as Rogelio points out, he’d have chemistry with a cardboard box.) Xo is ready to walk out when her mother reminds her that she always runs when she feels threatened, and convinces her to make a different choice. Xo and Ro live on, and Luciana didn’t get the part … for now. She’s blackmailing Rogelio with some footage from 2001. What could it be?

5. Sealed with a kiss
Jane’s professor called her back! She got her spot back in writing program! She’s following her dreams! Everything is wonderful! AND THEN RAFAEL KISSED HER. Excuse me, I’ll be right back. I just need to jump up and down a bit … wait, why is Petra taking a picture? What are you up to, Petra? Why are you still here, Petra???

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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