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'Jane By Design' Recap: Disaster Strikes Jane's First Date With Eli

Tue, July 17, 2012 10:54pm EDT by Andy Swift 7 Comments

Plus, Jane says goodbye to two major people in her life! What will she do next?

Jane (Erica Dasher) finally had her first real date with Eli (Bryan Dechart) on the July 17 episode of Jane By Design, and it was perfect — minus the part where Jane spilled red wine all over Nina Garcia and had to leave the fanciest restaurant in town wearing a table cloth for a dress. Other than that… perfect.

Fortunately Jane was able to fix that little problem all on her own, because Billy (Nick Roux) was a little busy sticking his foot in his mouth. He overheard Zoe and Nick (Matt Atkinson) running lines for the play, but thought they were having a serious conversation, which led to a super-awkward moment for the three of them. Zoe got mad at Billy for not trusting her, but um… isn’t the one who already lied to him about where she lived? I’ve been on the fence about Zoe so far, but after this episode, I’m officially not a fan.

Meanwhile, Ben was dealing with his own life crisis. Though he was given the opportunity of a lifetime — a chance to play minor-league baseball — he couldn’t help but think about what he’d be leaving behind: his family and, of course, Rita (Smith Cho). Shaw the Jaw even tried to stop Ben from leaving by coming clean about how she really feels, but it was too little too late. (I guess she’s kicking herself for wanting to take a break now.)

And after a long, heartfelt talk with Jane, her mom (Teri Hatcher) also decided it was time to grow up and accept Dakota’s proposal. So she packed her bags and headed off to Colorado. I have to say I’m really going to miss Kate. I loved that Jane’s mom was finally back in her life, and Teri Hatcher is always welcome on my TV screen. (Fingers crossed for a second season so we can get her back!)

But wait… with Ben and Kate gone, that means Jane is home alone! This should be… awesome.

Lots of relationship drama to talk about this week: How glad were you to see Jane’s date with Eli turn out perfectly? Are you as sick of Zoe’s nonsense as I am? And, seriously, when is Ben coming back? I miss him already. Drop me a comment with your own thoughts on this week’s episode.

— Andy Swift

More Jane By Design:

  1. ‘Jane By Design’ Recap: A Surprise Proposal Leaves Jane Speechless
  2. ‘Jane By Design’ Star Erica Dasher Previews Jane & Eli’s First Real Date
  3. ‘Jane By Design’ Stars Forced To Evacuate London Hotel After Fire