It’s not often a primetime soap gives us two marriage proposals in one season, but Jane writers know what fans love—namely a big, flowery, romantic over-the-top proposal. After all, with things heating up between Jane and Rafael in recent episodes (He asked her to move in with him during “Chapter 14”) and with the big reveal that their baby is healthy, the time seemed right for Rafael to put a ring on it.
The scene was set: Under the pretense of giving an exclusive reading of an upcoming book, Jane’s favorite romance novelist introduced Rafael—looking particularly sexy in a svelte tailored suit—who promptly dropped down on one knee to pop the all-important question.
“I know romance novels are all about fate and destiny, but I don’t think one has ever been written that could come close to our story. If they were ever two people destined to be together, it’s us. Jane, will you marry me?”
Jane, with tears in her eyes, leaned in toward her love… and after a pause that seemed to last an eternity in TV time (really, more like .3 seconds), gave her answer:
“Can we talk in private?”
There’s hardly any fun in exhibiting restraint when it comes to watching soaps, so I hope I’m not the only one who responded with a far-louder-than-appropriate gasp. After all, why would Jane—a self-professed romantic who’s head over heels for her baby daddy—consider saying anything else than an ecstatic YES? (Though to that point, given that Rafael is rollin’ in the dough, that diamond was pretty darn tiny. If I were Jane, I’d hold out for an iceberg like Anika’s on Empire. Yasss honey!).
You see, earlier in the episode—after Rafael asked her to revisit the idea of her moving in with him—Jane shared her life plan with him: Date, get engaged, get married, and have a baby. Moving in together? That just doesn’t figure into her perfectly ordered plan.
“The baby thing happened first, but I don’t want to just throw out the whole order,” she tells Rafael. “Or rather, I want to, but I can’t. Despite the fact it would make life much easier and despite the fact I love you so much.”
That’s the long-winded way of saying “hell no” to co-habitation and Rafael’s ego took a dive north after his lady love rejected the idea of unmarried bliss. He tries to disguise it with a simple “I get it,” but homeboy is crushed, especially because he thought his marriage proposal would remedy Jane’s hesitation about moving in with him. But that’s soooo not the case.
Despite Rafael’s insistence that life is short and they should get married, Jane asks to mull it over and proceeds to do what any girl in her situation should—she goes home to talk it over with abuela and her mom, Xo.
In one of the cutest tongue-in-cheek-scenes to date, abuela and Xo battle back and forth with contrasting arguments about whether Jane should accept Rafael’s proposal. Abuela is Team Go For It—after all, Jane’s grandfather proposed just 41 days after they first met—and Xo is Team No Way, citing the fact that in the not-so distance past, Jane was convinced that she’d have her happily ever after with Michael. These two are acting like the proverbial devil and angel on Jane’s shoulder—and it’s positively delicious to watch. Not even an old-school Vanidades compatibility test can settle this debate, and Jane is left to spin the wheels about her choice. Should she dive head first into marriage with the man she loves, or should she tackle the challenge of motherhood without the added stability of a wedded partner? Decisions, decisions.
Finally, she decides—but not necessarily along the lines of “yes” or “no.” She decides to administer a test of her own. (Remember, she did study to be a teacher!)
Once again, the scene is set: She and Rafael are on the beach, shoes off, toes in the sand. Jane needs to be assured that Rafael knows her “down to the core” and so she suggests that in order to focus on “being a really great mom,” she take a break from writing. To his credit, Rafael doesn’t agree. “I’m really glad you said that,” says Jane. You passed the test!”
This earns an exasperated sigh from Rafael. “I want to marry you, and I don’t need a test to prove it,” he tells her. “I’m sorry, this is not how I saw my proposal going.” And with that, he heads back to work at the Marbella.
Or does he? Jane—dressed in a gauzy peasant skirt and a decidedly Victorian-looking corset—runs after Rafael, her cheeks flushed and bosom a-heaving.
“You’re all I need,” she says breathlessly, as she reaches to caress him lovingly. “Of course I’ll marry you.” With Rafael in a wig that makes Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Nene Leakes’ latest toppers look high fashion, it’s clear that this scenario is a fantasy scenario inspired by the pages of Jane’s favorite romance fiction—it’s not real life at all. It’s safe to say that this episode was one of the best of the season, its use of magic realism reiterating the point that life isn’t as simple as “happily ever after” would suggest.
Nowhere is that more clear than when Xo realizes that she’s missed her period (and a few birth control pills) and may be pregnant. Jane waddles onto the porch—no less confused about where to take things with Rafael—where Xo tells her daughter she’s late. Late for what? Jane waddles onto the swing (the site for so many significant mother-daughter heart-to-hearts). “We got so caught up in the moment… it was an accident,” confesses Xo, a statement that provokes some serious hormone-fueled rage from Jane.
Jane: “No, it wasn’t. Me, standing here pregnant, that’s an accident. You were reckless. I mean, what’s your plan—that we’ll be pregnant together? Did you want to raise these babies like sisters?”
Xo: “No, look—I didn’t have a plan”
Jane: “I know. I’m sorry—I just thought that, I just thought you would be more thoughtful about having another kid. Because, well, me.”
Ouch. Aside from the fact that Jane may have accidentally revealed the gender of her baby—a girl!—it’s clear that she’s upset, and with good reason. Jane’s pregnancy meets the textbook definition of an accident, while Xo acted irresponsible. A former teen mom, she knowingly entertained the idea of a possible pregnancy.
NEXT: Will Xo inherit Jane’s Target-chic maternity clothes?