Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 6 Review: Chapter Eighty-Seven

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Yee-haw, we're going to Montana. 

Is that something they say in Montana? I truly don't know. 

But what I do know is that I'm excited to see Jane and Michael outside of Miami after Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 6.

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They'll be forced to break out of their shell, take a break from the ghosts of their past, and see if there's still a spark between them without any of the usual interruptions. 

Plus, we're finally going to see what Michael's life was like in Montana, which has been something I've wanted to since the Jane the Virgin Season 5 premiere. 

Will Jane still be attracted to him when he's in his new element and not the old Michael?

Truthfully, their decision to go to Montana surprised me mainly because I thought Jane finally came to the realization that she and Michael were so far gone from the people they were when they got married. 

I was fully ready for them to end things at the end of the episode, but they threw me for a loop.

It seemed as though Jane finally realized that not only had Michael changed in those four years by becoming Jason, but she also changed.

I'd even say the qualities she was looking for in a man are much different now. 

The whole episode underlined the "Michael is her past, Rafael is her future" sentiment for me. 

This became especially apparent when they were working together to piece the timeline of the day Michael died.

Jane saw just how different this new Michael was from the one she fell in love with.

But the most interesting part of this team-up was that Jane realized just how much she didn't know about Michael back then or how much she chose to ignore. 

What's With Raf - Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 6

The question if they were ever happy came into play as she realized Michael gave up being a detective for her. 

He wasn't doing what he loved and Jane of all people knows just how important it is to follow a dream and passion. 

Michael tried to assure her that he was happy because she was his wife, but the more that she found out, the more she questioned it. 

She was especially surprised to find out that Michael was still investigating Rose aka Sin Rostro after he'd left the force, even though she explicitly asked him not too. 

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What else didn't she know about her man?

Jane also realized that she didn't quite remember everything from the day Michael died; her memories were skewed, and she only remembered what she wanted too. 

Maybe Jane and Michael will find that spark once again in Montana, but despite Michael saying he still loves her, I just didn't feel the chemistry anymore. 

Jane was also dealing with her concerns about Rafael, who she assumed was relapsing because Anna and Ellie said they "saw daddy using drugs."

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I found it odd that Petra was protecting Rafael and kept telling Jane to drop it every time she inquired. 

It's a tricky situation because technically, Rafael should be upfront with Jane about everything considering they share a child. 

If Jane doesn't know what's going on with him, how could she feel safe leaving her child in his care?

On the other hand, Jane is the "ex-girlfriend" and things between her and Raf are slightly rocky right now. 

Petra may just believe it's not her place to tell Jane something he doesn't want her to know. 

She may be "sisters" with Jane now, but she's always been Team Rafael.

Eventually, Petra cracks and tells Jane that Rafael is on anti-depressants. 

And look, I was relieved because I thought that Raf's cancer returned and he was trying to hide if from Jane so that she wouldn't pick him out of pity. 

I'll be interested to see how Raf's mental health journey pans out, and I hope they give it the attention it deserves. 

Now, speaking of Petra and Jane, I am living for their friendship. 

I've yet to see anything better than the two of them dancing on stage to get free bubbly at a lesbian bar. 

Grind It Out - Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 6

And Jane teaching Petra how to grind by telling her to spell her name with her hips. 

Hilarious. Television gold. The true meaning of friendship. 

Where have these two been all of our lives?

They've nailed the heart-to-heart talks, are open with each other about their feelings, and support each other when neccessary. 

I almost found myself cheering "kiss, kiss."

Jane was Petra's saving grace because everything else about Petra at a lesbian bar wearing jeans and trying so hard to fit in was awkward and cringe-worthy. 

I hate how much Petra is changing herself to make JR fall for her. 

It's one thing to want to get to know your partner's friends -- we've all stalked our significant other's friends on Instagram, admit it -- but it's another to completely change yourself to impress them. 

JR fell for the woman who has a good heart yet is mean to her assistants and rocks stylish outfits on a daily basis. 

That's all Petra needed to be. And JR should have appreciated Petra's efforts because honestly, she tried so hard to break out of her shell. 

JR's friends had every right to be weary of Petra since she cost JR her job, but they didn't have to be such bitches!

I was also beyond irritated when Petra tried to convince JR that she will "make her happy" as if it's some sort of destination. 

If she isn't making her happy now, she won't ever.  

Obviously, because of Michael's memories there was some movement on the Sin Rostro front. 

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Turns out, we were right that there had to be more to why she gave Michael amnesia. 

After walking through the day of his death, he was able to crack Rose's criminal Craigslist. 

It's the closest they've ever been to taking her down, but they're going to need more since she immediately had her lackey shut the site down. 

Then, she told him to move up the timeline, and you know I yelled "WHAT TIMELINE" at my TV screen. 

Seriously, can we just move away from Jane's love triangle and focus on what Sin Rostro's been up to. 

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She's done so much damage to Jane, her friends and family, I can't even imagine what she's plotting this time around! 

I'm wondering if the scary man in Anna and Ellie's room is Sin Rostro's henchman who befriended Luisa. 

It could also be Milos but like I've said before, I'm over any storyline he's involved in.

There's always the possibility that the scary man is Mateo Sr. but he'd be more inclined to check up on Mateo than on Anna and Ellie. 

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And while all of this is going down, Alba is doing just fine with her vibrator. 

What a moment to really underscore how far Alba has come when it comes to her sexuality. 

Can we take this moment to acknowledge that a show is taking the time to even address the fact that older people are sexually in tune with their bodies?

That's huge. 

Alba isn't even going to need Jorge to stick around. 

She was so excited to see him act passionately when she came home, but when she saw that it was all for the immigration officers, she realized he didn't feel the same way she did. 

Though painful, I'm so proud of Alba for telling Jorge they needed to go their separate ways once he got a green card. 

Jorge's facial expression made me think he was a little disappointed to see Alba give up on their "marriage," but what was he expecting? She's not going to wait around forever. 

And who would have thought we'd see a day where Alba would be lecturing Xo on the wonders of self-pleasure? How the tables have turned. 

Xo feeling undesirable and un-sexy is taking a bigger toll on her than it would on most people because of how vibrant her sex life used to be. 

But it's nothing to be ashamed of or anything to feel guilty about. 

If you watch Jane the Virgin online, you know she's gone through something major and her body is still recovering.

Jane the Virgin writers are exceptionally great at bringing up topics that don't otherwise get much screentime -- like chemo-induced menopause -- into their storylines in an effort to ensure that every person watching finds something they can relate to on the series. 

It'll take some time for Xo to get her groove back, but Rogelio is a good and understanding husband.

And it'll be worth the wait, I'm sure. 

What do you think is going to happen between Michael and Jane in Montana? 

Is Raf going to be alright?

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