“Jane the Virgin” isn’t a virgin anymore!
Forty-seven episodes into the CW dramedy, Jane finally had sex. Even after marrying her longtime love Michael, Jane remained a virgin because her husband had been shot on their wedding night. With a long recovery ahead of him, having sex wasn’t an option. That is, until last week’s episode, when a doctor gave the newlyweds the all-clear. A cliffhanger ending found them rushing into the elevator to go home.
This week, the show had a lot of fun with Jane’s impending milestone. The episode, directed by Eva Longoria, opened with some curious noises and innuendo that turned out to be a flashback of Jane and Michael moving heavy boxes around their new home. After chiding us for our “dirty minds,” the narrator turned our attention to the fact that Jane and Michael had returned home from the doctor’s office. Unfortunately, they were not alone. Jane’s father, Rogelio, had arrived, earlier than expected, with a moving crew. Jane’s mother and grandmother showed up next.
The impromptu family reunion was the first of several twists that made Jane’s first time worthy of a telenovela. And initially, it seemed as if the show might go the previously tread fake-out route and let Jane stay a married virgin for at least one more episode. But Jane and Michael finally did the deed. It’s broadcast television, so we saw the before and after, with a colorful animated sequence letting us know that, yes, this was really happening.
Jane soon discovered that she had inadvertently filmed their encounter and sent it to her grad school adviser along with the thesis pages the professor was expecting. And to make matters worse, Jane didn’t enjoy herself as much as she should have — she told her best friend Lina that she had faked her orgasm. A couple of attempts later, Jane introduced a sensual oil “to spice things up a bit.” That did not go well. (“It feels like wasabi down there!” she told Michael). The stress led Jane to have an ill-advised meltdown during a conversation with her mother and Gloria Estefan (in a fun cameo). As Jane talked about her frustrations with Xo, she realized that she was struggling with losing the “virgin” part of her identity.
“You feel like you lost something and you didn’t,” Xo told her. “You just gained something — a whole new dimension of your life, your relationship.”
Between Xo’s advice and some imagined guidance from Jane’s identical, estranged great-aunt (Gina Rodriguez, in a cheeky second role), Jane was ready to try again. Even the unintentional sex tape eventually proved helpful as Jane and Michael reviewed the footage to see what they might do differently. This time, the animated sequence took cartoon Jane and Michael on a trip around the world. “And that, my friends, is how Jane and Michael got their groove back,” the narrator told us.
The outstanding question here is how this new development will change the title of the show, which is no longer accurate. It won’t — at least not officially. Creator Jennie Snyder Urman told the Hollywood Reporter that they’ll cross out “the Virgin” and add a new piece of the title, depending on the episode — like “Jane the Guilty Catholic.”