Mothers don't always have to be strong
— Xiomara to Jane
Chapter Twenty-Three is the premiere of Season 2 of Jane the Virgin.


FINDING MATEO – After Jane (Gina Rodriguez) discovers Mateo’s abduction, chaos ensues, especially when they all learn that Sin Rostro is involved and demanding a ransom. Trying to help, Rogelio (Jaime Camil) tweets about Mateo’s kidnapping making the Villanueva family targets of the paparazzi. Despite everything that has happened, Jane must also focus on motherhood and turns to Xo (Andrea Navedo) and Alba (Ivonne Coll) for help, leaving Rafael (Justin Baldoni) feeling left out. Meanwhile, Petra (Yael Grobglas) is conflicted with what to do with Rafael’s remaining sperm sample.


Gina Rodriguez as Jane Villanueva
Andrea Navedo as Xiomara Villanueva
Yael Grobglas as Petra
Justin Baldoni as Rafael Solano
Ivonne Coll as Alba Villanueva
Brett Dier as Michael Cordero
and Jaime Camil as Rogelio De La Vega

Recurring cast

Yara Martinez as Luisa Alver
Priscilla Barnes as Magda

Guest starring

Bridget Regan as Rose
Azie Tesfai as Nadine Hanson
Emily Baldoni as Mommy Circle mother
Robert Clendenin as Bar Patron


Jenna Ortega as Young Jane
Wes Armstrong as Scott Archuletta
Vanessa Vander Pluym as Jordan
Leslie Simms as Sister Margaret
Willow Geer as Sister Theresa
Vanessa Merrell as Valeria
Veronica Merrell as Victoria
Nicole J. Butler as Gabrielle
Jamila Webb as Nora
Michael Hyland as Ben
Greg Collins as Coop Armstrong
Scott Thewes as Hospital Administrator
Nikiva Dione as Hospital Nurse
Christiane Georgi as Mystery Woman
Jim Boeven as Henchman #1
Carol Avery as Banker
Jason Rosenwach as Bellboy
Ana Dela Cruz as Dr. Garcia
Rachel Axelrod as Kai
Crystal Marie Denha as Miami Reporter
Cheyenne Wilbur as Monk 1
Eddie Santiago as Monk 2
Kelly King as Crystal[1]
Dario Barbuto as Ricardo


I trust him. Please
—Jane to Rafael, about Michael
Okay, first of all, she's not a psychopath – she's a sociopath
—Luisa to Jordan
Aw! He's a mensch too!
—The Narrator about Rafael
It's really over. And I don't want it to be
—Petra about Rafael
RafaelDo the police even do that, do they make trades
MichaelIt doesn't matter, this can't be official
―Recovering Mateo


  • The Villanuevas watched a telenovela called Los Milagros de Mariana when Jane was 11.
  • Xo tells Alba and Jane that she married Rogelio in Vegas.
  • Michael winds up the go-to-guy for helping men be a part of the Villanueva family unit, helping out both Rafael and Rogelio.
  • Jane and Rafael get Mateo back.
  • Jane invites Rafael to live at the Villanueva house for a few weeks so he can be around Mateo.
  • Rogelio's preferred abuelo name is Papa.
  • #flove
  • Mateo was gone 142 minutes.
  • At 16, Mateo is nearly 2 hours late for his curfew.
  • Luisa's girlfriend, Jordan, breaks up with her.
  • The lactation class is called Milky Mommy Nursing Circle.
  • Monks are chanting for Mateo – The Supposed Second Coming.
  • Petra inseminates herself with Rafael's sample.
  • Emily Baldoni, who is married to Justin Baldoni (Rafael), appears in this episode.


  • The pin that Luisa took from Rose in Chapter Thirteen is a flash containing the names of all Sin Rostro associates.
  • Some crazy Swiss lady is after 'her' – guesstimation points to Jane, as the Swiss lady is looking at an article about Mateo's safe return.
  • Scott knows about Rafael's sample.


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Notes and references

  1. The Villanuevas' neighbour Crystal makes her first on-screen appearance.

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