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Jane By Design Review: Lesson Learned

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In the two episodes that have aired since Jane By Design's return, the show has shown a new maturity. This shift in tone is much appreciated. The stories are no longer focused on Jane rushing around, fixing a mistake or treating Billy as her lackey.

Instead, we actually see the characters deal with workplace politics and realistic personal problems. In "The Celebrity," the absence of Nick and Lulu and the introduction of Zoe was surprisingly positive. I was a fan of Nick and Jane together, but now he seems too immature for her. And Zoe is a huge step up from Lulu ... at least as introduced.

Jane Woos A Movie Star

I'm actually a bit nervous to say this, but Zoe may be exactly what Billy needs right now. The tension between Billy and Jane is why they can't get together. They need their friendship much more. So, if Billy can move on with Zoe, then perhaps, he can mend his relationship with Jane. Plus, Jane has her job to occupy much of her time leaving Billy isolated and alone.

The ending was bittersweet with Jane happy to see Billy smile, but sad that it wasn't her in that moment. She proved she was a good friend by leaving him to enjoy himself, instead of getting jealous and ruining it. Plus, Ben needed Jane more. I hope that Ben and Rita work out their relationship. With all that he has sacrificed, he deserves the romance.

At Donovan Decker, the war has just begun. Who will win? Gray or India? I'm not sure, it could be a close call, but the definite loser is Jeremy. He is the pawn in the middle, who both women will use and sacrifice if needed. His only hope is to side with Gray and get Jane to help him.

India lost the first round when Eli stepped up and saved the day with his cutting edge jacket. That move was one that India didn't plan for, but she is unlikely to make that mistake again. She took the opportunity to use Eli to try and sway Jeremy into helping her. India actually made a good point about Gray using Eli to push Jeremy out. The question is whether he will believe it or not.

Which side is Jeremy on when he hooks up with India again? Is he getting close to the enemy for Gray? Or, is India's threat of revealing him as the mole enough to get him to betray Gray? I'm surprised that since Gray has both video and audio surveillance of the office, she doesn't know the truth already. Think of all the horrible things said and manipulations that have happened since Jane arrived. Gray has to know more than she is letting on.

What do you think of the two new characters that have been introduced? So far, Eli has been the perfect workplace addition to play off of Jane. They are both younger with unique design ideas and seem to work well together. They are a better fit than Jane and Jeremy. Zoe is too new to really make a call on yet, but she appears to be a good match for Billy.

Until next week when Jane and Ben's worlds get rocked with the return of their mother!

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Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (38 Votes)

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I like that billy found someone like Zoe because she is much better than what he had with lulu and she is very beautiful so she makes it more interesting incompetition with Jane. But I still love the hidden chemistry billy and Jane secretly have. They just grew up together so close and them revealing what they truly ended up having would be so much better ! The twist up so far is good and I like either one for billy but Jane has always been first to billy and I think billy needs to speak up eventually and admit something before its to late.!

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Zoe's real name is Mariah Buzolin

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As i started to watch the show i realized that Billy and Jane are meant for each other. They are always looking out for one another and know each other so well. I recently think they've been getting really close and i think that Zoe is getting in the way of everything. She is complicating things and i really think Jane and Billy are better. Even though it seems that Zoe is better for Billy deep down Jane will always be the better match for him. I really really hope Jane and Billy work things out and Zoe will hopefully leave Billy alone.

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my problem is that as a viewer i am supposed to like jane but i don't. we are constantly told how real and nice she is but we don't see it. actually, not acting jealous and letting billy enjoy his moment with zoe was the nicest thing she has done and also for once, she was there for her brother. i actually like india a lot and dislike grey who is just plain mean. india, as a character, is less caricatural than others. billy seems really compatible with zoe. and jane with eli.

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who is zoe?? (real name)

Jane By Design Season 1 Episode 12 Quotes

Ben: So, cancel the gorrilla-gram?
Billy: Is he serious?
Jane: No way.
Billy and Jane [in unison]: Cancel it!

Oh, and Gray? And, what was it that you used to say? I expect perfection.

India
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