Jane By Design Review: It's You

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"It's you" takes on a whole new life in the Jane By Design season finale.

Those words were uttered by Billy to Jane at the fashion show in the spring finale, but he then covered up their true meaning to her. Their love connection was missed, but their friendship remained strong.

In the school play, Billy made the above declaration on stage to Cinderella (played by Zoe). In that moment, Jane saw the truth, only it was too late. Billy had already given himself to Zoe and Jane couldn't acknowledge that she reciprocated his earlier declaration.

Jane Funds The School Play

Billy and Zoe have been pretty great together and perhaps he would be better off just friends with Jane. He needs her stability in his life and a romance between them could shake his world apart if they were to break up. That doesn't take away from pain that Jane felt watching the performance on stage. It was written all over her face. As Billy walked off-stage with Zoe, he may have left Jane behind, but he saw her true feelings. He finally realized what she was trying to tell him. Will he ignore it or will the best friends finally confront their true love for each other?

We will have to wait to see if Jane By Design is renewed for a second season to find out. Regardless, these best friends are meant to be together and if nothing else Jane's string of other guys proves it. She's been through Nick, Jeremy and Eli at some level, but it's always been Billy.

It's unfortunate that Jane has been unsuccessful in the romance department because she is a genuinely giving person. She's proved that over and over. In "The Bonus Check" alone she tried to help Jeremy regain his job and even forgave him for his betrayal. Then, she gave her $5,000 bonus check to the drama club to save the play. And her decision to not tell Billy how she felt may have been the biggest gift of all.

If renewed, we would not only get to see more of the Jane and Billy relationship, but also Ben and Rita. This time around will be different for these two lovebirds. It would be fun to see how their relationship works. The first time, they were awkward and had different expectations. Now, I could see wedding bells!

More importantly, we need a resolution to how Jane will get out of her backstage meeting with Gray and Eli. When Gray said, "Jane?" I nearly gasped. Of course, Gray was going to find out Jane was there somehow; it was just perfect. Jane could always say she was volunteering her time and cover her tracks, but perhaps it is time that her secret come out.

Since Jeremy is returning to New York to start his own fashion label, Jane could always reveal the truth to him and go work there. That could be an interesting dynamic Gray and India vs. Jeremy and Jane.

Do you want to see season two of Jane by Design? Were you as satisfied by the finale as I was? It's been a great season and fingers crossed we get more!

Odds and Ends

  • It wasn't surprising that Rita offered to move in with Jane. That would have been a complicated living arrangement. Too bad we won't get to see it ... for now.
  • Ben's return was a shock. Even more that he decided to give up his baseball dream. He was so adult about it. In the end, he won. He got Rita back!
  • Rita's trip to the mound reminded me of Never Been Kissed. Perfect moment.
  • India is always India. Blackmailing Eli into revealing the truth to Jane was just cruel. Now, that she has found love again with Jeremy maybe she will be a bit nicer. Okay, probably not.
  • When Jane was talking to Zoe backstage, she didn't seem like a high school student at all. Jane has matured well beyond her peers.
  • The symbolism of the "glass slipper" was almost too much to take. Billy first putting it on Jane's foot and then on Zoe's foot on stage. Wow. Love is complicated, isn't it?


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Please RENEW Jane by Design we all love this show. For me it's way better then Secret life of american teenager, those kids on that show are nuts!!


I like the friendship of Billy and Jane but I would like them both to find love elsewhere. I like Nick, he's just likable even when he's did wrong. I like Jeremy and Eli too; there's chemistry between Jane and Jeremy. I hope there is a season 2.


I hope JBD continues. I like Jane & Billy as friends. But really liked Nick. Team Jane/Nick. :)


Jane By Design is a great show and ABC family needs to renew it.But the writers need to hurry up and make Billy and Jane a couple because people will stop watching i have been thinking should i not watch this no more because Jane never gets her way or nothing good happens for her which makes me unhappy with the show Renew but make the story lines way better


If this show gets cancelled I'm going to be so upset! Our weekly viewing parties will be ruined! :(


It would be such a shame to cancel this amazing show ): Please reconsider renewing it, I am completely in love with JBD, it would break my heart to see it get canceled. At least make the ending so that all the fans get what they've been anticipating for and make Jilly happen..I am literally on my knees begging, praying to god that you air season 2.


I really hope JBD gets renewed. On another note, did anyone notice the hidden meaning between Zoe and Jane's conversation while Jane was fixing up her dress for the play? Was it just me or was the dress symbolising Billy? Anyone? Wasn't it?!


Does anyone else think that Jane and Jeremy would be great?? I do :) I like Jane and Billy as friends but it would be weird to see them dating. Jeremy & Jane however are cute together, I'd like to see them as couple :)


I don't want Jane By Design to get cancelled! All of my favorite shows (like Make It Or Break It) already were. This is the only show I have to look forward to from ABC Family. The other ones all focus on the same stupid things like drugs and sex. Jane By Design is interesting and different, I know so many people that like it and want to see more seasons. The ending of season one is a major cliff hanger and a second season is highly needed. If this show is cancelled I will definitely no longer be watching the ABC Family network.

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Jane By Design Season 1 Episode 18 Quotes

I just didn't want Ben to miss out on his dream again because of me.


That's Gray spreading sunshine wherever she goes.