Jane By Design Review: Pretty in Pink

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In my review of last week's pilot, I mentioned that the show was full of cliches, yet overall I enjoyed it enough to come back for more. Tonight's "The Runway" was again filled with familiar and unoriginal moments, but while I noticed these I didn't mind them as much.

Unfortunately, many of the program's viewers probably have never seen a John Hughes movie. Therefore, this story feels fresh and new. If you haven't seen Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful or Sixteen Candles, go get them on VHS... I mean on DVD... and watch them! If you are enjoying Jane By Design, you will love those movies.

Jane in Pink

Jane continued to handle her dual life surprisingly well. Even though Billy didn't understand why she wanted to keep her job, he continued to support her steadfastly. His dedication to Jane makes it difficult to understand why he has kept Lulu a secret, even from his best friend. Sure, Jane dislikes Lulu with reason, but wouldn't she stand by his side as he has hers? At this point, I guess it doesn't matter since Billy broke things off with Lulu, but how will Jane react when she eventually finds out? And I doubt the break-up will be permanent.

Jane has quickly gone from unnoticed to a male magnet with both Nick and Jeremy fighting for her affections. You'd think she would be happier with a guy her own age, but she is much more comfortable in her "adult" role. Clearly not many, if any, women have ever brushed off Jeremy. Jane's rejection of his invitation for a "proper date" was empowering to see.

Despite her maturity and understanding with Jeremy, Jane is a high school student and overly trusting. Given how India messed with her on her first day, you'd think Jane would disregard anything India says. Instead, Jane listened to India's critique of her designs and unfortunately failed Gray. Jane needs to smarten up around India.

Gray is a difficult boss, even calling Jane by the wrong name, but she gave her another chance which showed that Gray isn't nearly as cut-throat as she first appeared. In the end, Jane succeeded and Gray used her proper name, Jane.

The main story was the collision of Jane's two worlds, with Homecoming and the runway show occurring the same night. Again, not an original story idea, but the way it played out was a bit fresh. Instead of the standard result of her secret being revealed by her outfit mess up, it instead ended up with a positive outcome.

The dress that Jane made from her mother's gown was gorgeous. It was nice tribute to Pretty in Pink. I never liked the dress from the film, so it was a relief to see Jane's dress turn out amazing.

The work side of the story, at least, ended well with her accidentally wearing the pink dress to the runway show, ultimately saving it. Unfortunately, Homecoming came to an end without Jane. She ditched Nick. Will he forgive her?

My favorite shot of the episode was when she stood all alone in the middle of the dance floor with all the shiny balloons around her in that gorgeous pink dress. It was a beautiful, yet sad scene. As she left the dance, she found she wasn't totally abandoned. Reliable Billy was there waiting for her!

Jane is so charming that it is a joy to watch this show. And, her trio of gorgeous men don't hurt either. It was nice to see Gray in person instead of via video cam this episode. Which do you think made Jane's night: Dancing with Nick? Having a successful runway show? Gray getting her name right? Or, Billy standing there waiting for her? Which would have made your night? Share your favorite moment in the comments!


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OMG I totally thought that since the beginning too. I was just searching on here to see if anyone else believes it too after more episodes. Glad to see someone is thinking the exact same thing :)


I’m so happy to see that you are all following and, more importantly, enjoying the show! Billy really is such a cute guy! I’m torn because I love that they are friends, but I think after last episode, Billy is starting to see Jane in a new light! As for the predictions…very interesting! I guess we’ll all just have to wait and see on that one. So, reviewing all 3 of Jane’s boy options, which one do you like best for her?


Yeah, I also think that Grey might be Jane's mom, or at least the show will play with this idea.


Great review! I the references to , one of my all time favorite movies. I like this show by far, except for the Billy thing. I would love to see a guy and girl be the best of friends without adding falling in love to the mix. The show is cliched enough without that. I would like to see something develop between Nick and Jane and for Billy and Lulu to work things out. I guess I am a sucker for the underdog relationships.


Great review! I LOVED the references to Pretty In Pink , one of my all time favorite movies. I like this show by far, except for the Billy thing. I would love to see a guy and girl be the best of friends without adding falling in love to the mix. The show is cliched enough without that. I would like to see something develop between Nick and Jane and for Billy and Lulu to work things out.

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Nice review Carla. I have to check this show out. Speaking of classic movies I was just watching Better Off Dead clips this morning. "Sorry your mom blew up Ricky."


I don't think Grey is going to turn out to be Jane's mom. I don't think the show is going to go that route.
I liked all the John Huges references. Jane making her dress was very Pretty in Pink. At the end when Billy was waiting for her all I could think was "Awww...Ducky!".


I am 19 and well I have watch all those movies and they didn't cross my mind wile watching the episode. The pilot was Ok but not great but at the end it started growing at my on this episode, its cliche but I like it...They say its a copy of True Jackson but its not, not a bit, It could be inspired because of the girl and the fashion but TJ was like so not real and so fake because of the channel and well it is for kid's, but whit Jane it just feels real and not that much fake... I am really liking this show and its one of my fallowing shows on this season. I give this a chance because I think it might be worth it, and because whit Greek out of the channel this and Pretty Little Liars are my only reason to watch the channel at all. I tried the Lying Game but it just didn't feel like from the Sarah Shepard world, It does not have all that mystery whit Sutton alive.


I thought it was a much better episode than last week's premiere. Billy leaning against his car waiting for Jane was the highlight for me.


I know! Billy is clearly the best guy for Jane. But not in the traditionally wimpy, love-you-from-afar, super awkward when they end up together way. He's totally sweet on her and always there for her, but independent and strong enough to have his own interests, even though said interests involve something as annoyingly distateful as Lulu. I actually hope Jane and Billy don't get together any time soon though. There is so much potential buildup and exploration of other storylines. Putting them together so soon would completely be jumping the shark if not handled well.

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Jane By Design Season 1 Episode 2 Quotes

We have a situation, Janet.


Jane: I love this. This job, it's the first thing I think of when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I think about every night. Do you have any idea what that is like?
Billy: Sometimes. Like when Mrs Dean wears that scholastically inappropriate sweater on Fridays for instances.