TV Club: Jane The Virgin: “Chapter Twenty”

It’s become repetitive to say now that we’re twenty episodes into the season, but Jane the Virgin really does do everything all at once better than anyone. So much happens in “Chapter Twenty” that the episode should feel scattered, but Corinne Brinkerhoff and Paul Sciarrotta’s excellent script somehow keeps everything moving at a brisk pace while giving it all enough room to breathe. Even as a dozen complications come crashing together, the show still manages to feel balanced. Every truly silly moment in this episode—and there are several—nevertheless has an emotionally grounded counterpoint. There has hardly been a better showcase for what makes Jane the Virgin so special than “Chapter Twenty.”

The episode notably brings back two characters who have been gone for quite a while now, and while I’m happier to see one (Luisa) than the other (Magda), the episode is written in …

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