Jane the Virgin Recap: What Happens Between the Sheets...

Jane the Virgin Season 1 Recap

On Monday night’s Jane the Virgin, our titular heroine is hot and bothered, while her betrothed Michael is just bothered. Meanwhile, this recapper becomes more torn than ever between Team Fiancé and Team Baby Daddy.

The best love triangles are evenly matched, where you can see the girl (or guy, as the case may be) ending up with either one of her suitors. And after a couple of weeks of experiencing the crazy chemistry between Jane and Rafael, this episode shows us why Michael, despite all his current lying and sneaking around, is a valid choice of endgame.

The emotional rollercoaster begins with Jane struggling with her feelings for Raf — complete with unwelcome, halo-ed visions of the hotelier. Even worse, she has a sex dream about him while Michael is sleeping over! Xo advises her daughter to keep her mouth shut, but the truth comes out during pre-cana, which a caption tells us is Catholic pre-marriage counseling led by “a priest who has never been married.”

The Father (fittingly played by Ugly Betty alum Tony Plana) has been told by his parish to try to make himself more accessible to a younger demographic, so he uses a poorly conceived metaphor describing Jane and Michael’s marriage as an all-terrain vehicle that will hit bumps in the road. The first such obastacle comes when Jane explains her bun in the oven to the priest, a special situation for which the parish pep talk did not prepare him. When he asks if there’s a physical connection with the baby’s father, Jane reveals the details of her dream — because she cannot lie in front of a man of the cloth.

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Naturally, Michael is upset. Jane tries to keep her distance from Raf to ease his concerns, but that proves difficult…and dangerous. She keeps backing up so much from Rafael during a conversation that she falls into the hotel pool.

“It’s four feet, Baywatch!” she exclaims when he dives in after her.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t know if you could swim,” he replies.

“You know I can stand, right?” she says with a laugh as he brushes her wet hair out of her face. The whole exchange is adorable and hilarious and swoon-worthy, so, of course, a heartbroken Michael witnesses it.

“I love you,” Michael later tells Jane. “I want to be with you forever. But if you have feelings for another guy, I don’t think we should be getting married.”

Jane the Virgin Season 1 RecapSo Jane tries to erase Michael’s mental picture of her and Rafael getting frisky beneath the sheets by writing a very sexy letter. “Jane was a virgin, but not a saint,” the narrator notes. Too bad the steamy surprise accidentally gets swapped with a hotel piece Jane’s been writing for Rafael. While she is clearly a very talented and descriptive writer, he just sees her as a sister, Raf tells Jane. Goodbye, halo!

Meanwhile, Michael comes to an epiphany about why he’s been going out of his way to protect Petra. With his back to Jane — so as not to see the wedding dress she’s trying on — he confesses that he had viewed raising another man’s baby as the worst case scenario — but now he realizes that would actually be losing Jane.

“If you want it, I’m all in,” he promises of the child he’s realized isn’t just Rafael’s, but Jane’s, too. He just wants whatever she wants. And if this moment doesn’t warm your heart, you may want to look for the nearest defibrillator.

Just as it seems Jane and Michael are back on track, another sex dream strikes — but this one belongs to Rafael, and his baby mama is the star! So while Jane may be sure of her feelings for Michael, I remain as confused as Rafael. Help?! (Or at least vote in the poll at the end of this recap!)

Elsewhere in the episode:

Jane the Virgin Season 1 Recap* Jane finally finds out the truth about Rogelio when he comically spies on her bridal appointment. She doesn’t fare so well at handling the news that her mother has been lying about her father’s identity, shooing them all out of the store.

* Michael Rady (Emily Owens M.D., Melrose Place) makes his debut as Lachlan, whom Rafael’s father promoted over his ex-playboy son. Lachlan also has a history with Petra: she was once engaged to him before marrying Rafael! She ends up screwing her ex once again, but not the way he likes, when she manipulates him so her husband can get the upper hand on a hotel deal. Rafael appreciates her skills even more now that he’s not blind.

“So how long were you sleeping with Zaz, anyway?” he asks casually before declaring, “We’re done, Petra. But thank you for helping with Lachlan.”

* Speaking of the secretive blonde, Petra meets with a mysterious and thuggish man in a car, where they discuss money and “Natalia” — her real name? A secret daughter? — in Czech.

* Rafael thinks his sister Louisa is on a bender. A concerned Rose calls to warn her that if she doesn’t show up for a hearing, Jane will get a default judgement and Raf will lose his share of the hotel.

Jane the Virgin fans, what did you think of “Chapter Four’s” steamy dilemma? What’s Petra hiding? And are you as torn as I am about the genuinely good men in Jane’s life? Sound off below!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Sutton says:


  2. Skittles&Bits says:

    This show is CW’s sleeper hit. I didn’t think I’d like it but I’m loving every second. The narrator, Jane, Rogielo, Jane’s kooky mom/grandma duo, everything about this show is hitting all the right buttons for me. Between this and the Flash, my nights belong to the CW now. Never thought I’d say that!

  3. Mika02 says:

    There was football in my cw so I missed it :-(

  4. Michelle says:

    Rafael telling Jane he sees her as a sister and then that ending… Ha! ;) So great, this show.

  5. loopychew says:

    THIS SHOW. I swear, this show knows what I want and how I want it. The visual gag of the glow around Raf’s face, the note that marriage counseling is done by someone who’s never been married, Bridget Regan with red hair (I want the White Collar glasses back, though!), pretty much everything involving Rogelio, the implicit acknowledgement by everyone that they’re in a telenovela, I love it all. So happy I get to be all in for a season and I can’t even think about choosing a side until all the many, many cards left are revealed! (Probably Team Raf, though, since I tend to run with canon pairings, and it looks like the writers are aimed that way.)

  6. Kris says:

    Yes! I’m also torn between Michael and Rafael, but as of now, slightly leaning towards Michael though. Although based on your poll, people seem to like Rafael better! The glow distracted me a bit but was very hilarious. I’m still enjoying every second of this show and I hope the quality remains the same all throughout the season.

    • jag says:

      I like Micheal more, you just know that he is really sure of his feelings for Jane. But he keeps on stumbling. he is a goof. Jane’s isn’t your typical Hispanic exotic bombshell. But she is real, compelling, kinda sexy in the most unconventional way and the most important, funny. I’m hooked 100 percent.

  7. Jared says:

    I wasn’t sure how I felt about Jane the Virgin after the first couple episodes but after last night I’m all in. Great episode..love the cast and each episode just keeps getting better. I’m so torn between Michael and Rafael. I like them both for different reasons.

  8. LT says:

    The pool lines were the BEST! I loved that exchange. LOL

  9. Am I naive enough to think this could potentially get The CW some awards love?! :)

  10. July says:

    Oh, this show is so cute! And I’m the only one who loves Michael ? Sorry, Rafael, but I shipp Michael and Jane.

  11. Briggs says:

    The only reason I really don’t like Michael is that he keeps deceiving her. It may be for good reasons, but if he’s so insecure as to endanger his job (covering for Petra) so he can keep Jane, I don’t think he deserves her. Just my opinion. I like that he came around on the baby, though.

  12. I honestly can’t decide who I want her with, especially now that Michael stepped up in such a big way. I just wish he wasn’t trying to protect Petra. I get why, he backed himself into a corner but still… I think this will be VERY messy.

    This is hands down my favorite new show of the season. Just wish it’s ratings were better! :(

  13. Kim says:

    Why are people for Raf? I do not understand this at all, I see no chemistry between them :( TEAMMICHAELALLTHEWAYMAN

    • Briggs says:

      I explained why I wasn’t for Michael, so you can find my reasoning if you want. That being said, I think the chemistry is good all around.

  14. Saabgirlatx says:

    Love love this show! It is quite brilliant so far. Torn between the two guys right now… But as the recapper pointed out she works with both of them in a way. Keep it up Jane the Virgin!

    • Garnet McGee says:

      Adore the show. I am so disappointed in the low ratings and actually told people in line at the grocery story to watch it. I’m team Michael. He seems to really love Jane and is putting up with a lot to be with her. Rafael and Petra make a good couple. They have that love/hate vibe.

  15. damien says:

    Rafi is gonna turn out to be not so good…Remember his wife has a secret on him and he has done scummy things in the past like cheat on women and such so don’t get in my face about mike’s lie about cheating..