Jane the Virgin Season 1 Episode 4 Review: Chapter Four

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On Jane the Virgin Season 1 Episode 4, we find our heroine, Jane Villanueva, grappling with the repercussions of her now not-so-secret feelings for Rafael.

A steamy sex dream starring her baby daddy gets her in trouble with Michael who, rightly so, is not comfortable marrying a woman who has feelings for someone else. Jane tries to win him back with a dirty letter, which lands in the hands of Rafael, who admits to only having sibling-like feelings for Jane (yeah right, buddy!).

Michael finally realizes that a life without Jane is really much worse than the possibility of raising another man's baby and the two end up stronger than ever. 

Meanwhile, Rogelio stalks his daughter who grows increasingly creeped out by the sudden interest from an international telenovela star. Eventually, Xo lets Rogelio come clean about who he really is and Jane is, let's say, less than pleased with her mother. 

And oh yeah, Rafael informs Petra he knows about her relationship with Zaz and a shady Czech guy informs us that Petra's not really who she says she is. 

Well, I'm exhausted, are you? What an intense, dramatic, funny, heart-breaking hour of Jane the Virgin. Seriously, this show keeps getting better and better. I laughed, I cried, I clapped, I threw things, I chugged some wine - I was basically my own telenovela while watching this episode. 

In my review for Jane the Virgin Season 1 Episode 3 I wrote a little about the fabulous love triangle the writers of Jane the Virgin have created. Just when I was beginning to lean towards team Rafael, Michael swept in this week and laid it all on the line. He finally confessed to Jane what was really holding him back in their relationship: 

You we're right, Jane. What you said. This baby has come between us and I was thinking about why and all the things I've done, and I realized it all stems from one thing. I've just been so afraid that you'd want to keep it, that I'd have to raise another guy's kid and that, seriously, that felt like worst case scenario to me. But it's not. Worst case scenario is losing you.


He realized that there are worse things in life than raising another man's baby. I'm so glad Michael has decided to really fight for Jane. That scene by the pool, when Michael catches Rafael pushing back Jane's hair WHILE THEY'RE BOTH SOAKING WET AND BEAUTIFUL (I'm sorry, Rafe, but I hope that's not how you think brothers and sisters interact), was just so heartbreaking. I think it was the first time I realized how much Michael truly loves Jane.

When he showed up at the bridal shop, tears in his eyes (tears in my eyes), I was completely rooting for him. Now he just needs to fill Jane in on the Petra of it all before it's too late. Which, let's face it, will never happen because, um DRAMA.

Now that we know Jane and Michael are OK for another week, let's talk about how Jane handled the whole sex-dream-starring-Rafael-thing.

Jane: Mom, I had a dream.
Xiomara: Like the Martin Luther King kind of thing?
Jane: No, like the sex dream kind of thing.

To put it nicely, Jane didn't handle it well. Rafael, his halo, and hard body were just too much for Jane to truly avoid. I get it, girl, that dream was intense.

This show does a great job of bringing things full circle and no moment is wasted. When Rafael asked Jane to help him with the hotel article, I assumed it would just be another moment of Rafael encouraging Jane to pursue her dreams. I had no idea it would turn out to be so integral to the plot.

It was deftly used, along with Jane's dirty letter to Michael (which, let's be real, I need to read), to help Jane confront her feelings for Rafael. Although I don't think a person can quash feelings like that so quickly, and I'm sure they're not really gone, I was happy to see our heroine not pine after a guy who shut her down like Rafael did. 

I was also happy to see Rafael experience a steamy sex dream of his own at the end of the episode (no seriously, what was in that letter?!). Again, a fun way to tie together the episode and keep the love triangle alive, just when you thought it was over. 

When Jane wasn't trying her hardest to avoid Rafael, she was trying to avoid another man in her life: Rogelio. 

Observe Jane between a rock and a hard place. The rock being a really intrusive telenovela star, the hard place being Rafael's body.


Both Rogelio and Alba were putting the pressure on Xiomara to tell Jane about her father, especially with the wedding day getting closer and closer. I love so many of the characters on this show, but Xo has a special place in my heart. First, she can rock a tux like no one else. But also, when she admitted to Alba that she was scared she'd lose Jane if the truth was revealed tugged at my tiny heartstrings. 

Most of the characters on Jane the Virgin are keeping secrets from one another for the wrong reasons, Xo's reason for keeping her secret was one I could get behind. 

So now Jane knows who her father is. I know I say it a lot, but Gina Rodriguez is a freaking DELIGHT and she was unbelievable in this scene. It'll be interesting to see where this new development takes her. As our trusty (and hilarious) narrator told us at the start of the episode and again after this reveal, you never really see a broken heart coming. Jane for sure didn't see this one coming and I wonder how long it'll take her to forgive her mother. 

Oh, I almost forgot:

  • Petra was engaged before she married Rafael! We were introduced to Lachlan, Petra's ex and Rafael's business nemesis/the son Emilio never had. It was fun seeing Rafael and Petra scheming together, but even more fun to see Rafael pull one over on Petra. 
  • Petra also goes by the name Natalia. And speaks Czech. And is into some shady business with some creepster. What do we think her real alibi the night of Zaz's murder is?
  • Lu is missing. This doesn't bode well as the lawsuit trial is beginning and if Lu doesn't show Rafael could lose his hotel.
  • No, but, doesn't a super religious carnival with power ballads actually sound like a great wedding theme? Sign me up, I'll have the chicken! 

How do you think Rafael will handle his new feelings for Jane? Are Jane and Michael truly over the baby hurdle? And seriously, what is Petra up to? 

Let's discuss in the comments and be sure to watch Jane the Virgin online if you need a refresher! 

And here's your first look at Jane the Virgin Season 1 Episode 5:

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Maggie Fremont is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and her personal blog at I DON'T FEEL BAD ABOUT IT.

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Jane the Virgin Season 1 Episode 4 Quotes

Jane: Mom, I had a dream.
Xiomara: Like the Martin Luther King kind of thing?
Jane: No, like the sex dream kind of thing.

Michael: So, that's all the matters, right? This super religious carnival with power ballads, who cares? At the end of the day, it's just you and me, right?
Jane: And a food truck.
Michael: Hey, I can live without the food truck, but I cannot live without you.