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The Bold Type – Carry the Weight (1×10)

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When the first pumpkin spice latte appears at Starbucks, it doesn’t just mark the start of fall, it marks the end of our summer TV shows. And that includes fan favorite, The Bold Type. 

Fashion week is usually a mixture of couture outfits, skinny models and anyone that’s everyone sitting in the front row of these shows. On the season finale episode, it was a mixture of uncertainty, carrying your weight and proving your worth.

Sutton, Kat and Jane all had their sights set on goals. Kat was aiming for that 2 million mark on Scarlett’s Twitter, Sutton wanted to make fashion week her B to prove to Oliver that she’s not your average assistant and Jane wanted to write a profound piece and impress Jacqueline one last time. As always, life got in the way.

Sutton found herself in quite an HR mess. Amidst running errands and picking up designer clothes, she finally gave her relationship with Alex the green light. And 30 seconds into it, she was caught making out with him in the fire-escape, which prompted a very serious meeting with the big wigs. One of those big wigs being Richard, her ex. Awkward right? I mean, can you imagine confessing to having “sexual relations” with a co-worker in front of your ex?  This definitely put a damper on the allure of an office romance and proved how dangerous her relationship with Richard really was. If a co-worker was SUCH a big deal, imagine a board member!

With all that being said, Sutton soon realized honesty was the best policy and she owed it to Alex, since she really did care for him, just not in that way. They could never be anything more because he’d always be second best. No matter how hard she tried to fight it, she was in love with Richard and it didn’t help that he believed their break up was a bad decision and he should have fought harder for her instead of his job. The last scene shows them smiling each other in the elevator, which comes right after she proved herself to Oliver and was allowed to cover a fashion show by herself. Winning!

Kat found herself obsessing about her Twitter metrics in lieu of the Fashion Week party she was throwing for the company. But it quickly became apparent that her obsession with reaching a social media milestone was to keep her mind off of Adena, specifically all the fun she was having on her spontaneous, adventurous life. It was kind of eye-opening to watch Kat get everything she THOUGHT she always wanted when it came to defining success from her job and realizing that it was empty. I feel like we, millennials especially, get caught up in this idea that reaching our career goal will somehow fulfill us. When Kat realized that there is more to life than climbing the corporate ladder one escalator step at a time, she found the courage to do the unexpected and booked a ticket to Peru, I’m guessing. Chasing the adventure, chasing the relationship, chasing the real meaning of life. Really, I couldn’t be more proud.

Both Kat and Sutton found their happiness and their balance but it was Jane’s story arc that carried all the weight. And Jacquelines, quite literally. After trying and failing to tell her boss that she accepted a job at Incite, Jane was assigned a powerful story, the kind she’d been hoping to write since the minute she was offered a writing position. Jacqueline admitted that at the time, she wasn’t sure Jane was mature and experienced enough to write a story about a sexual assault survivor but she was willing to give her a chance, under her guidance of course. And that meant, Jacqueline got a little brash about the whole experience, which left Jane conflicted and feeling like she wasn’t meeting expectations.

Even after the girls organized a live stream of the survivor’s art display in New York through Scarlett’s Twitter, Jacqueline still wasn’t pleased. She wanted more, she wanted to story to have an impact, to relay how important the message was. Finally, Jane decided to just be upfront with Jacqueline that she was leaving the magazine, which understandably took her by surprise. It seems like Jacqueline considered Jane sort of her protege but it was Jane’s bravery that helped her really own her truth.

As the girls met up in the park to join the sexual assault movement, Jacqueline left the Fashion Week party and offered to take the Lady Justice weights from the survivor, revealing that she too was a survivor. It was such a powerful scene. If you were at all in tune with Jacqueline’s usual demeanor, you could have figured this out by her involvement and sensitivity to the assignment but it was a statement. Such a powerful woman accepting that she was a “victim.” Jacqueline’s vulnerability allowed Jane to see her in a new light and eventually, she came forward with her story, owning it so that it could help another woman in the future. The moment that really sent chills down my spine was when she said that you never really go back to feeling normal after being abused, you just find a new normal that feels so real and don’t even realize how heavy this secret is becoming.

I guess you could say, Jane’s last piece for Scarlett was her best work yet but it does feel premature considering she just got this job and bonded deeply with her boss. Hopefully, she continues being a mentor in the future. Those wanting answers on Sloane’s love life, particularly when it comes to Pinstripes, have to wait until season 2 unfortunately.

So what life lessons can we take away from some of the boldest women? Love trumps career but it’s nice if you can balance since both are equally important. Seek adventure. Be wild. Speak your truth. Sleep with the wrong people… and the right people. And always follow your heart.

I’ll surely miss these ladies over the fall season but I hope we catch up with them in a few months. There’s no official word from Freeform on whether or not the series is getting a second season but a show that’s creating buzz as being modern-day Sex and the City while being socially conscious and tackling important issues like the BRCA gene, sexual assault and immigration is a show I’d like more of. Don’t let us down, our society, our women need this empowerment.

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The Bold Type – Technical Difficulties (3×05)

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The Bold Type Technical Difficulties Review

Dinner parties can be a drag, but you know what makes them slightly more bearable?

Downing tequila shots while hiding out in a bathroom.

From the moment Sutton saw Richard’s emails about buying a lavish $2 million dollar home in Connecticut (I know he’s a board member, but Richard’s got BANK!), it was evident that the “let’s get to know each other’s friends” dinner party wasn’t going to end well.

Richard may be a cool 40-year-old, but his friends are uptight adults who do things like let their wine breathe.

A vast departure from Kat, Sutton and Jane — three twenty-somethings living in New York and probably drinking $2 wine from Aldi. Don’t knock it till you try it.

At the very least, they didn’t know what a decanter was or that wine even needed to breathe.

As the dinner progresses, things keep getting more and more awkward until one of the dinner guests refers to Sutton’s fashion design program as a “phase.”

Oh no she didn’t.

Sutton’s fierceness is one of the reasons why she’s a fan favorite.

Sutton made it very clear that pursuing fashion wasn’t a phase; her life in New York was only beginning and she was going to chase those dreams rather than retreat to a “suburban” area where the school districts were great, the commute was terrible, and the nightlife non-existant.

Her brutal honesty actually triggered the other dinner guest who had a bit of a mental breakdown and let her guard down as she admitted things weren’t as rosy as she made them out to be.

They always say the grass isn’t greener on the other side.

Our society thrives on showcasing picture perfect lives on display while tucking away all the messy, bad parts, but can you imagine what would happen if everyone was transparent about their struggles?

Perfection is non-existent.

Trying to give off the allusion that everything is perfect only hurts us in the long run.

The moment that “Hunter’s” friends let their guard down and allowed themselves to be real was the moment the true party started.

How I long for a world when people can just be themselves, wearing their imperfections like a badge the same way they do their successes, without having to feel ashamed or less than.

Sutton is living her truth and speaking her truth, which is one of the reasons we love her, and one of the reasons Richard does as well.

Richard seemed pleased that Sutton wasn’t turning into something she wasn’t simply to please his friends.

He fell in love with the woman she is, not the woman his friends think she is.

Admittedly, he made a misstep when he talked to Quinn about new homes instead of Sutton.

The series hasn’t shied away from the age gap between Sutton and Richard, but his shockingly young appearance allows us to forget that he’s actually a 40-year-old with an established career while Sutton is 26 and at the beginning of hers.

However, that doesn’t mean they can’t make this romance work.

There’s going to be hiccups for sure and compromise is going to be necessary, but it’s worth it especially since they tried living without each other before and were both miserable.

Sutton isn’t ready for a family just yet, but that doesn’t mean she won’t be in the next four years or so.

Thankfully, Richard is willing to wait because the promise of someday is better than never.

For a moment, when Sutton questioned if Richard can wait that long, I was scared the writers would separate them again and make us go through the dreaded “will they or won’t they phase.” I’m so glad that isn’t the case.

Sutton and Richard have grown from that and came out stronger. They know life without each other and it isn’t what they want.

If they were to go down that road again, the writers would have to end their relationship permanently. And nobody wants to take three steps back after moving one step forward.

The dinner party was also a drag for Kat and Jane.

Not only were they trying to be supportive friends, but they were also both dealing with their own situations respectively.

Jane was annoyed that Richard invited Patrick to the party because, well, she’s not really his number one fan.

Who can blame her? Patrick has plenty of irritating qualities — he’s pretentious, he keeps referring to the digital portion of Scarlet as the Dot Com, and he has come for Jaqueline on multiple occasions. No one comes for Jacqueline.

And I’m not going to lie, Jane’s blunt outburst about her drinking game based off of his annoying qualities was hilarious, even if it was a little out of line.

Patrick may not be a fan fave, but he took all the hate in stride and you have to give him some credit for that.

There’s a possibility that his relationship will Jane will actually flourish.

You know those people you just have to get used to? I think that’s Patrick. He means well though he doesn’t necessarily know how to express his thoughts in a way that doesn’t rub everyone the wrong way.

Part of me also thinks that Patrick is behind the hack at Scarlet. He seemed way too invested in the whole situation and knew all of the companies tech weaknesses.

And it sure seemed like he knew Jane’s email secrets as he riled her up to come clean.

I cannot wait for the upcoming episode where all the emails are leaked and major dirt is unleashed onto all of Manhattan.

Can you imagine people getting ahold of all your personal correspondences? We’ve all probably talked some mad shit about someone we’ve crossed paths with professionally even though we all know not to put that kind of stuff in writing.

I’m betting it’ll be equally as serious of an episode as it is hilarious.

As for Jane and Pinstripe, can I just emphasize how glad I am she chose him?

Ryan has really come out of his shell this season as he’s become a permanent staple in Jane’s orbit.

He’s good for her.

Hopefully, his impending book tour doesn’t sabotage their relationship.

Remember Jane, distance makes the heart grow fonder.

Jane also has to protect her source for her upcoming expose on Pamela, a fashion designer who allegedly abuses her models.

While Ingrid’s identity will undoubtedly be revealed, Jane has to find a way to spin her story so it doesn’t get shut down before she has a chance to tell it.

As for Kat, she’s fully channeled her heartbreak into her campaign.

And she has a real shot at winning.

Kat may be young, but she’s a refreshing political candidate who doesn’t have her head up her ass or isn’t just playing the old man’s game.

She wants to evoke real change, she wants a better future, and she wants inclusivity.

Yes, I may be trying to sway you to vote for Kat Edison.

The other candidates clearly feel she’s a threat to their campaign since they’re trying to minimize her as a “dorm politics” and purposefully call her a childish version of her real name to discredit her.

Katie? Really?

Kat’s answers to real issues were well-thought out, full of honest concern, and depleted of unattainable promises.

I hope the writers really treat us to a debate where Kat treats the men who underestimated her.

However, she won’t be able to succeed without her kickass campaign manager, Tia.

You have to give Kat credit for following her heart and putting herself out there even if it created a whole lot of awkwardness between her and Tia.

I don’t blame Kat for feeling confused. Despite Tia saying she’s a “boring straight girl,” she was giving plenty of mixed signals.

Maybe it’s because she was trying to be nice, but some of the comments didn’t seem innocent.

Even after she awkwardly shot Kat down, I fully expected her to knock on Kat’s door explaining that she felt some type of way for her.

What do you all think? Could Tia be bi-sexual or was Kat picking up the wrong vibes?

What did you think of the episode?

Will Sutton’s Julian Grant seminar set her up for success? Will Kat win the election? Will Jane be able to protect Ingrid and salvage her career before Pamela destroys her?

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The Bold Type – Plus It Up (3×02)

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Sutton’s doing it — she’s finally moving out and making her relationship with Richard a priority.

Relationship woes are a given, but at least I’ll have the comfort of knowing that this couple will stay together for a good chunk of episodes. I don’t want to have to keep worrying.

Sutton’s transition from living in a one bedroom apartment with Jane to living in a penthouse with Richard wasn’t going to be without issues.

Her biggest gripe? Having the maid do her laundry.

I found it odd that Sutton scoffed at her rich boyfriend having a maid and even made some comments about him growing up with privilege.

That’s the man you fell in love with, girl!

The more her schedule at Scarlet intensified, the more it made sense for the maid to do her laundry.

Yet, Sutton insisted that she’s going to handle it, which may just be her hanging onto the last piece of her old life.

Eventually, Richard did the laundry for her when he realized she didn’t even have any clean underwear which won him a gold star in the boyfriend book!

Sutton also dealt with the fallout of Oliver’s absence from two photoshoots.

When he failed to approve photos before the deadline, she paid him a little visit to find that he’s been M.I.A because he’s dealing with the courts to become the legal guardian of his ex-boyfriend’s daughter, Carly.

It was a moment that humanized Oliver and made us love him even more than we previously had while also proving that Sutton is able to handle any emergency situation flawlessly.

Also scoring his first boyfriend star? Pinstripe.

Ryan finally broke down Jane’s barrier when it came to her decision to freeze her eggs.

Jane’s point about leaving Ryan out of it was valid; they were in a new relationship and she didn’t want the seriousness to weigh things down.

But after Ryan kept insisting he wanted to be part of the journey, she should have realized that he isn’t Ben.

A major difference in their relationship is that Jane and Ryan have been friends for a while. He cares about her and wants to be there for her.

And while freezing her eggs doesn’t technically involve him at the moment, it may one day.

But for right now, he’s the guy she’s seeing and should be allowed to be part of the experience. Kat was right — the experience could allow them to grow closer together.

Now, going to doctor appointments with her may be a little too much. I’d even argue that co-writing a piece with her is pushing the limits.

Patrick, despite his best intentions, is not rubbing me the right way.

Aside from underestimating Jacqueline, he also crossed the line by forcing Jane to write a piece about something even after she voiced her opinion on the matter.

If Jane agreed to the piece, it would be a different story, but I really didn’t enjoy seeing a man tell a woman what to do with her body and her story.

And forcing her to do it with her current boyfriend? Even worse.

Kat has been a bit lost since her breakup with Adena, but after Patrick forced her to become more involved in social media and take a stand for something that truly mattered, she found the power in her voice.

When the Wild Susan, a safe haven bar for the LGBTQ community, announced that they would be shuttering their doors, Kat decided to take a stand and help them raise the money to stay open.

She threw a queer prom charity, which looked like a major success for a last minute shindig.

Her goal of raising $42K to pay off the bar’s outstanding debts and prevent developers from gentrifying and putting up luxury condos was brazen, and sadly, she fell short, but simply bringing all these people from all different walks of life for a last hurrah was successful.

During the event, Kat also learned that Councilman Reynolds was only pretending to care about the bar when in reality, he thought gentrifying was good business for the neighborhood.

Obviously, searching up the councilman’s opponent is going to lead Kat to eventually run herself.

They always say you should be the change you wish to see in the world.

Despite her heartbreak, it’s awesome to see Kat become such a champion for the queer community.

Much light comedy-dramas always base the leading lady’s success on the partner she’s managed to snag, but that’s never the case for this series.

Kat is blazing her own trail and figuring it out as she goes. Sutton and Jane may be in relationships, but they’ve always been these fierce and independent women that would be the same with or without a guy.

It’s refreshing to see on television.

Other Thoughts

  • The vibrator fight was hilarious! I’ll miss seeing the two of them together!
  • Who is going to be Jane’s new roommate? She definitely cannot afford to live alone.
  • Sutton is me when I was moving. Packing up all your crap always shows you your true hoarderish side.
  • Jacqueline bringing Sasha Velour to prove a point to Patrick was a boss move. Don’t mess with Jacqueline, punk.
  • The line between Sutton and Richard’s personal/private life became a little blurry, but I think for their sakes, it’s best if they don’t talk about the nitty-gritty of business together. The less they both know that could get them in trouble, the better!

What did you think of The Bold Type? Which guy made you swoon more — Richard or Ryan?

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The Bold Type – The New Normal (3×01)

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The ladies of Scarlet magazine are back, and they’re better than ever.

Well, at least most of them are.

I have total faith in Kat and know she’s going to channel all her heartbreak into something powerful and inspiring.

The series wasted no time revealing which guy little Jane picked.

Forced to choose between Dr. Ben and Pinstripe, Jane went with the latter. And based on the sex, it was a pretty good choice.

The Bold Type Season 2 revealed that while Pinstripe initially started off as a friend with benefits, he developed real feelings for Jane which we’ll hopefully explore this coming season.

Dr. Ben may have been charming, but according to Jane, finding out about her BRCA gene mutation kind of killed all the chemistry between them.

However, considering she’s still on a plan to freeze her eggs, it’ll be interesting to see Ryan join her on this journey.

Sutton and Richard are also going strong after he called off his engagement, flew to Paris and declared his love for his former ex.

But despite their happiness, the reception of their relationship has been less than pleasant.

Surprisingly, it’s been more difficult for Richard, who has found himself uninvited from prestigious board events than it has been for Sutton.

Sutton expected people in the newsroom to treat her differently because she was dating an older man. She thought it gave off the idea that she slept her way into a position.

However, it seems the board members are more interested in learning what it’s like to sleep with a flexible 26-year-old than anything else.

Why are men such disgusting pigs?

Thankfully, Sutton held her own and put those men into place impressing Richard even more.

And after taking a moment to decide what the next step in their relationship should be, Sutton agreed to move in with him.

Does this mean Jane is going to move in with Pinstripe?

Other major shakeups include a new digital editor at Scarlet after the board voted Jacqueline out following a controversial piece written by Jane.

Jane blames herself for getting Jacqueline fired, which is why she’s also hellbent on digging up some dirt on the new editor, Patrick.

Sadly, her witchhunt renders itself useless when it is revealed that Patrick is a good guy who fights the patriarchy and stands up — or pulls his pants down — for pay equality.

Jane seems to always have a very loud opinion but in this case, rejecting a boss because of his gender and deeming him ineligible for the gig without any facts backing it up was a little hypocritical of her.

Yes, Scarlet is a woman’s magazine, but that doesn’t mean men don’t read it.

Patrick isn’t just a typical bro either, he’s a gay man who found comfort and his sexual awakening by reading Scarlet.

He unintentionally became their target audience.

As a younger, gay man, Patrick may also have new ideas and be able to sway the board in a way Jacqueline couldn’t.

And he clearly understands the tone and voice of the brand if he’s making Jane the new online news writer.

Hopefully, she can put aside her biases and give Patrick a fair chance.

As I said, Kat’s going to thrive post her breakup with Adena, but first, she needs to properly mourn it.

I like that the show is using Kat and her imperfect life to lift the veil on social media and the need to always put your best foot, or face, forward.

Kat tried too hard to push down her feelings and put on a facade for her followers when in reality, Patrick wanted the unfiltered truth.

It didn’t just inspire her friends and readers, it even inspired Adena who is also having a hard time dealing with the break-up.

Let’s hope these two get back together sooner rather than later.

Given that Kat is a bi-sexual woman, her kiss with Alex wasn’t too shocking, but it did happen for the wrong reasons.

Kat’s self-esteem is so shot, she gave her attention to the first person who was nice to her.

Alex deserves better than that.

And truthfully, Kat and Adena had so many fans, the shippers would chew out The Bold Type writers if they ruined what the two women had so they could set Kat up with a male.

Other Thoughts

  • Note to self: walking around naked is liberating.
  • The outfit Jacqueline wore while getting her morning workout in was everything.
  • It would be Jane’s luck to hit the new digital editor with her cab door and then berate him for not driving in the bike lane. Awkward.

It feels so good to finally have these ladies back, doesn’t it?

Let me know what you thought about the premiere, Cravers!

Are you excited to see what Sutton and Richard have in store? Are you happy Jane chose Pinstripe? Do you want Kat and Adena back together?

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