Jane By Design Review: The Finger Bowl Mistake

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On "The Finger Bowl," Jane's dual life continued to move in distinct directions, with some of her work confidence starting to transition over to her school life.

Jane's day started with a call from Gray that prevented Billy from telling her the truth about his relationship with Lulu. I'm not sure why he didn't go see her the night before, but he probably was too scared and therefore procrastinated until the last minute. Typical teenage boy behavior, right? Unfortunately, that plan backfired on him as Lulu kissed him when he arrived at school before he told Jane the truth.

Jane at Bat

Jane's reaction was perfectly natural. Not only did Billy keep a huge secret from Jane, his best friend, but it was about a relationship with someone who treated her horribly. It was a double betrayal. Jane gave Billy the cold shoulder for long enough, though.

A friendship like theirs is strong enough to overcome this. The closing moment with them on the couch was touching. If this was the biggest fight they have had in over 10 years, they are meant to be together. They love each other, are best friends and that is solid relationship material. But they aren't there just quite yet. They need to experience other relationships and heartbreak before they recognize what is right in front of them.

I hope the show doesn't go the route of one of them realizing it while the other is in a relationship and then vice vera. As cliche as this show can be, that would be too much. The writers should create new ground with this relationship.

But, seriously, how cute did Billy look when he was sitting there talking the situation over with Ben? I'm not sure how Jane didn't see that when she got home.

On the work front, I've previously said that Jane has a confidence there that she lacks in her personal and school lives. However, now I'm not sure it really is confidence. Instead, it's a lack of fear. She doesn't have anything to lose, so she will say and do what she feels is right at the time. Since this world isn't her life, there's little to no risk. She is in a high profile position and respected which helps, too.

I'm not sure in the real world that someone like Miyoko Sato would have really reacted to Jane as she did here. The awkward-speaks-her-mind assistant that won over a high level executive with her honesty and faux pas is a bit unrealistic. It also wasn't very original storytelling, but ended up with an interesting twist at the burger joint for Jane.

Jane's school and work lives collided! Jeremy and Nick came face-to-face! Oh my!

The personal confidence that Jane's been building at work crossed over to her love life when she went to find Nick at the baseball field. She took a chance and it paid off with Nick and her getting closer. In the end, it was left up in the air if or when they would meet up for coffee. But Nick lied to Jane. What is it with the men in her life? (Billy lied, Jeremy is chasing her but sleeping with India, and now Nick - Sigh.)

Who is Ashley and why was she out with Nick? Maybe, just maybe, this will be a misunderstanding and Ashley ends up being a family friend or relative. But, regardless, to Jane it seemed like he lied to her.

Will Nick and Jeremy meeting each other put doubts in their minds about what Jane is up to? Will Jeremy figure out that she is a high school student? Or will Nick think she is dating an older man?

"The Finger Bowl" moved Jane's story forward more than any of the previous episodes. It provided depth to her relationships with all of her men: Billy, Nick, Jeremy and even her brother, Ben. What do you think will happen next? Which of her potential love interests will make a move first?

Odds and Ends

  • I didn't miss India at all. Her negativity and spiteful behavior is unpleasant to watch.
  • When Lulu flung herself and Billy that morning, it came across like she wanted to flaunt it in Jane's face. I'm not sure why Billy didn't get upset at her. If she really cares about him, she would be nicer to Jane, right? Given that scene, I was pleasantly surprised when Lulu encouraged him to go after and talk to Jane later in the day. Maybe she isn't so bad after all. Okay, probably not.
  • The blossoming relationship between Ben and Rita is a nice offset to the drama in Jane's life. Rita crushed on Ben in high school and now he likes her -- he better not break her heart!
  • Poor Jane and the finger bowl. I've never been to a restaurant with a finger bowl either. Why would there be a lemon in it? Looked like a drink to me too!


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I agree - their friendship is one sided. Billy is there for her , and it is always about Jane. She totally overacted. He was so sweet, running after her each time. No guy would ever do that. I actually like Billy more with Lulu. I dislike the actress who plays Jane, she looks kind of dumb, she always has the same expressions "I am scared", "I am surprised", "I am amused", "I am sad", they all look the same. The actor playing Billy has such a range.


on the fence.I root for the besties who end up together but I'd love if a show for once shows that guys and girls can have platonic friendships. I like them as friends.They almost have a sibling vibe to me which is sweet.
I like Lulu now that they've shown that she has her own probs to.didn't think she was flaunting her relationship in front of Jane,I think she's still trying to show Billy that she's ok being out in the open.I understood why jane was so upset but she went overboard.In fact Billy's statement about how Jane never asked was on point.Not that she should have or knew to ask, but that their friendship seems to be one-sided based on what we've seen so far.He supports her but as of yet we haven't seen where it's mutual.If it hadn't been for her bro bringing up the wagon story I'd think it was always that way. I look forward to whenever Billy's bro comes into the picture.if only to see him outside of being Jane's lackey and Lulu's boytoy.


I have been obsessed with this show ever since it came out and its pretty obvious at least I hope Jane and Billy end up together I also want Rita Shaw and Ben together they are so cute lol ;)


Arghhh I dont want Billy and Jane together. If they get together I hope they realize that being best friends is whats best for their relationship. I still like Jeremy. I know he slept, is sleeping with India? Not sure which one anymore. There is something about him and Jane's connection that I just find more real than Nick and Jane's. I dont mind if they go down the road with Nick but I want Jeremy to have a shot. The only down fall i see is that Jane will prob not let this happen while she is in high school. Maybe when she starts college. Is she s Senior or a Junior?


finger bowls always have lemons in them. It helps take the grease and food smell out of your hand. Kinda works like soap. They are very popular in India where you eat with your hands.

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Jane By Design Season 1 Episode 4 Quotes

Jane: Look I respect your opinion. I really really do. But, I think this collection is something new. It's different.
Miyoko Sato: And....
Jane: And, It's just Donovan Decker took risks with this collection they didn't play it safe. Isn't that wait we should be looking for in fashion. To be surprised.
Miyoko Sato: [Sigh]
Jane: I'm sorry. That's all I wanted to say.

Billy: You know me.
Jane: I thought I did.