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Jane the Virgin - (S04E16)

Drama . Comedy

When Jane Villanueva was a young girl, her grandmother, Alba, convinced her of two things: telenovelas are the highest form of entertainment, and women must protect their virginity at all costs. Now age 23, Jane is a driven young woman studying to become a teacher, nursing a dream to be a writer, and supporting herself with a job at a hot new Miami hotel. All the years of watching telenovelas with the two women who raised her - her sexy, young-at-heart mother, Xiomara, and her still-devout grandmother, Alba - have given Jane a slightly unrealistic view of romance. Still, she is determined not to make the same mistake her mother made - becoming an unwed mother at 16. Jane has managed to find a wonderful fiancé: a handsome, hard-working detective named Michael, who loves her enough to accept her detailed timeline for their future together and even her insistence on "saving herself" until they're married. All of Jane's meticulous life plans are turned upside down, however, when she sees her doctor for a routine check-up and is accidentally artificially inseminated with a specimen meant for the patient in the next room. Unbeknownst to her, the specimen belongs to Rafael, a reformed playboy and cancer survivor, who is not only the new owner of the hotel where Jane works but also a former summer crush of hers. A few weeks later, the unsuspecting Jane is faced with the most important decisions of her life. Will she continue with the pregnancy? How can she explain the situation to her fiancé and family? And what should she do about the wishes of the biological father, Rafael, and his scheming wife Petra? Though she has always tried to be the good girl who does the right thing, Jane's life has suddenly become as dramatic and complicated as the telenovelas she has always loved.

Episode Title: Chapter Eighty
Airs: 2018-04-06 at 21:00
  • Kate Kulzick

    The series finds just the right balance, creating a unique place for itself among the current network fare. With its down-to-earth lead character and self-aware, but not self-parodying approach, Jane The Virgin is a breath of fresh air that will hopefully find a strong and loyal fan base.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Esther Zuckerman

    Where the series could get preachy, it's tempered, and above all, the whole thing's just a lot of fun.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    This one could take off, especially if the humor doesn’t obscure the layers of Jane’s moral journey.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    It's old-school soap stuff to be sure, but at its frequent best, uses old twists in new ways.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    That the whole pilot doesn't collapse into a pile of rubble is due to Rodriguez--or maybe because Jane is so confoundedly odd you want to see what happens next.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Although Jane the Virgin could easily devolve into a frenetic sendup of telenovela cheesiness, it is a remarkably sure-footed, enjoyable dramedy full of strong performances, particularly from Rodriguez.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Emily Nussbaum

    In a lacklustre fall season, this sweet surprise of a pilot, with its shrewd narration and likable cast, made me cross my fingers that the show can maintain its charms.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Talented, magnetic, sexy and above all else extremely likable, Rodriguez is the glue that holds together the tonally difficult-to-pull-off Jane the Virgin series.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    It’s not self-serious, but it is serious--about being more entertaining, more emotional, more garish, and more gonzo than so much on television.

    Slate Full Review
  • Mekeisha Madden Toby

    There's a lot more to Jane the Virgin than its soapy surface and you will cry just as much as you laugh--and love every minute of it.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    This is my dream for all shows: that they have a clear idea; a way in which that idea is uniquely theirs; a cast that can give a rich, full life to those concepts; and the savviness to use both comedic and dramatic elements to explore and enrich those characters and the articulated world they inhabit.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    It's one of the best things to come out of the fall season, but as a recreational television watcher, I like it too.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    While the situations are far-fetched, the emotions are real. And Rodriguez, as a young control freak coming to terms with a situation she can't easily control, or dismiss, is terrific.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    An infectiously enjoyable confection of outlandish telenovela-inspired soap opera (think Ugly Betty) grounded in lovably fractious family dynamics.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Jane the Virgin isn’t exactly sui generis: it has traces of past series that blended whimsy and wile, including “Ugly Betty” and “Pushing Daisies,” but this show has a delightful heroine and its own sweetly wicked inflection.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mark Dawidziak

    There is a warm sense of family in this series. There is a distinctive sense of style--of being its own kind of show. And there is a sly sense of humor. On all three counts, Jane the Virgin delivers.

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    It's a delightful comedy-drama about a young woman faced with a completely unexpected dilemma, and it's so inherently endearing that I'm very eager to see how the story of Jane and her fractious but loving family unfolds.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    With The Flash, the netlet has gone an impressive two for two in terms of developing new dramas that look poised to stick around for a while.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    A dramedy about an unplanned pregnancy? CW has nerve--and the creativity to carry it off.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Jane the Virgin tries to walk a tightrope between comedy and poignancy. It sometimes teeters, but Rodriguez is perfectly calibrated throughout.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Rodriguez is a charmer and as intentionally preposterous as it is, Jane has more than enough plot string to keep it going for a long time.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The Jane pilot whips through story quickly while setting up all kinds of potential entanglements for the characters. Whether subsequent episodes can maintain that breakneck pace, which helps accentuate the comic absurdity of the show’s premise, remains to be seen, but Jane certainly gets off to a strong, entertaining creative start.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Even by the soap-opera standards of telenovelas, it feels a little much. The pieces at first don’t always mesh smoothly. Rodriguez is terrific, though, and this could be that rare telenovela that assimilates.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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