Jane By Design “The Runway” Review


While I still found Jane by Design cute and fun, I had to suspend my disbelief even more this week during “The Runway,” as Jane split her Saturday night between a high school dance and a preview of her boss’s new collection. Two events, two outfits, back and forth…yet she never broke a sweat. That is talent.

Of course, the whole idea that an assistant who hasn’t even met her boss in person yet would be asked to compile a collection of jewelry and dresses for the company’s investors is more than a little absurd. It’s not like we had any doubt that Jane would pull it off, but at least she didn’t do so well on the flip side of the evening’s coin. Even after being sort-of invited to the dance by Nick and having a great time with him, she fails to make it back in time to have a magical high school moment under the strobe light. That’s enough realism to make me forgive the rest of the night, and it was a nice touch to have Billy waiting for her by his car a la Jake Ryan in Sixteen Candles.

Jane got a lot of help with the line…bad advice from India tempered with good tips from Jeremy, but the British designer’s help came with a come-on, which Jane artfully dodged by reminding him about India. I can’t tell where they’re going with this. Unless Jane turns eighteen very soon, this story line is going to get very creepy very soon.

Speaking of forbidden relationships, Billy grew a pair and ended things with Lulu after she refused to introduce him to her judgmental judge daddy. Of course, this means she no longer has to play nice with Jane, so I expect our forecast for the next few episodes calls for bitch. She’s a nasty piece of work and, so far, I find nothing redeeming or even three dimensional about her.

Jane’s brother got a little more screen time when he applied for an athletic coach position at her school, much to the chagrin of the guidance counselor who still remembers him as her bully in high school. You know they’re going to hook up, but I seriously hope he grows up a bit before that’s allowed to happen.

India was as awful as ever, although she did seem properly chastised by Gray when the woman deigned to return from her world tour just in time to see Jane’s self-designed formal dress end up on the runway. Rather than be fired for the stunt, Jane gets praised for her moxie and honored with Gray’s use of her real name. She is Janet no longer!

As far as second episodes go, this wasn’t bad by any means. I honestly liked Jane’s dress, but more than that, you have to admire a girl who gets up early not to run or do yoga, but to sew her clothes for the day. Makes me want to baste something.

What did you think of the episode? Let me know below!