Jane the Virgin is back! After a holiday break that took far too long in our opinion, the Villanueva women are back and better than ever.
When we last left them in chapter 30, it was Christmas. Jane (Gina Rodriguez) was still angry at Rafael (Justin Baldoni) for hiring a witness to lie for her ex, Michael (Brett Dier). If that’s not enough drama, Xiomara (Andrea Navedo) has taken it upon herself to aid her boyfriend and father of her child, Rogelio (Jaime Camil), in his quest to live on a more frugal budget until he can find his next passion project. Jane, who is juggling with both motherhood and grad school, runs into her creative writing classmate Wesley Masters, who wrote the scathing story about the Solano’s just episodes ago. Moments later, she finds out that her father was the person behind her mysterious scholarship, which allowed her to attend the university in the first place. His aforementioned budget still intact.
Alba, The CW’s favorite grandmother (played by Ivonne Coll), spent most of the episode preoccupied with the waiting for the yes or no on a green card so she can stay in the United States. In the end, in a string of Christmas miracles, Alba receives her green card, Wesley is kicked out of the university, Rafael and Jane come to an understanding, and Rogelio finds his next passion project.
Now, in Chapter 31, we find Jane and Michael chatting awkwardly about Rafael and the tree topper only to find out that it was just a dream. Mateo, Jane’s son is not sleeping well and Jane refuses to let him cry it out. Liliana De La Vega (Rita Moreno), Jane’s other grandma, comes to visit as Jane begins her first class as a teaching assistant. Her class doesn’t go as planned because the students didn’t read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice over the break. Jane has also been tasked with keeping the secret that her grandfather has left Rita for another man. After another night of staying up with a crying Mateo, Jane cannot keep the secret for long, confessing to Xiomara over coffee, who in turn tells Alba the very next day.
Jane’s next class, however, goes much better. She excites a greater emotion out of her students and comes home to find Rogelio believing that his father is dying, and so Jane must tell him the truth. Rogelio hatches a plan to make his mother see that he is okay with his father’s sexuality. Jane is still having trouble getting Mateo to sleep through the night and every woman in the house is suffering because when Mateo is awake and crying they are unable to sleep through the noise.
Michael and his partner begin closing in on Luisa’s mother, who the police believe faked her suicide and is still alive running a drug ring. Luisa (Yara Martinez) is eager to help with the investigation because she wants to meet her mother, but she also has a crush on Michael’s partner. Petra (Yael Grobglas) considers taking the plea deal for a murder she did not commit, while Alba finally convinces Jane to try the “cry it out” method and to her surprise, it works.
With Mateo’s sleep schedule under control, Jane challenges the star basketball player to a game in order to get him to write the paper she assigned. Jane loses, but her student is so impressed by her effort that he writes it anyway and Jane earns the respect of him and the other basketball players in the class.
The episode ends with more than one shocking twist and the promise to keep the audience on the edge of their seats for the remainder of the season. Rafael has discovered that his mother, not his sister’s, is the person behind the drug ring. Michael’s Partner kisses Luisa back and Petra finally gets her mother to admit to committing the murder she almost took the blame for. With Rafael, Luisa, Jane, and her family and Michael and his investigation, the rest of the season is sure to be a wild ride.
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