I’m power posing all the way into this review. Try it, it really works.
One thing is undeniable in episode 5, The Bold Type has a type. The series follows a specific structure that we’ve seen in just about every episode this season. In the beginning of the day, Sutton, Jane and Kat round up in the fashion closet to squeal and rejoice about the good things that have happened to them since the last they saw each other. This time the big and exciting news was that Kat finally kissed Adena, a girl, and liked it.
However, roughly 5 minutes into their day, everything comes concaving in on them. They find themselves broken, with shattered dreams, their limits tested, their spirits broken; everything is in shambles. Then piece by piece, they begin fixing it, finally finding the right pathway back to that happy fashion closet filled with champagne and expensive shoes. It’s a good set up though so I can’t complain – there’s conflict, there’s drama, there’s a resolution and there’s a cliffhanger… it makes for some really good, and often times inspiring, television, especially in the summer.
Things were seriously messy for our go-getter darlings this week. Kat’s fling with Adena lasted about 24 hours before imploding and it was, for the most part, all her doing. Jane’s promising story fell apart and taught her an important lesson and Sutton realized that to make it, you have to be willing to fight for it.
While Kat was beaming after their night together, Adena couldn’t help but feel guilty for cheating on Coco. And yes, for those with morals, cheating is still cheating even if sex isn’t involved. She promised Kat that she’d tell Coco the truth and break it off since it’s been a “longtime coming” but obviously breaking up with someone after 3-year is quite complicated. When Adena stopped responding to texts, Kat immediately assumed that she regretted cheating and ruining her perfect relationship and pulled the plug on the possible relationship.
Shocked, Adena came waltzing into Scarlet looking for answers but Kat already made her decision – she was done with the complicated aspects of the relationship. And just like that, she closed the chapter on Adena. A short while later, a soul cycle class led her mind a workout that helped her realize she was being a complete coward. As tears poured down her face, she released her fears – she was failing something because she was scared of the new, of getting hurt, of failing. But as the story goes, she was too late… Adena had already booked a flight to Paris and was going to try to “work things out” with Coco. The truth hurts but maybe, seeing as Adena is always conflicted about her feelings and what she should do, it’s for the best.
Sutton’s love life remained in tact, which is honestly surprising because I thought a major part of the series was going to be about her secret relationship with Richard. I’m glad it isn’t, at least for now, because her struggle of getting her “dream job” within Scarlet is key. Becoming Oliver’s “fashion assistant” was her dream until she realized that taking it would cost her a considerable chunk of her already measly salary. Let that sink it. We’ve all made the same face Sutton made when we’ve looked at our paychecks too, right? Does she take a job she’s always wanted with a lower salary or does she pursue something that’s less fulfilling but better in terms of cash? Sutton opted to power pose her way in and renegotiate her salary but “I’ll consider it” was basically a “no” and she was which with limited options. Her new job wouldn’t pay the bills, heck, it could barely pay rent, and her old job was already gone because she was replaced by a bright and overly excited new assistant that seamlessly transition into the role as “new Sutton.” It was disgusting.
Jane told Sutton that the only way she’d get what she wanted was if she was “willing to let it go.” Obviously, Sutton didn’t take to the idea very well because she didn’t have a safety net to fall back on but the girls made it more than clear that they would be there for her if she failed. As long as she waltzed in and fought for her worth and didn’t settle for less. And they were right! Her persistence and bold attitude impressed Oliver. She obviously knew what she wanted and was willing to settle less by negotiating for “perks.” Her take-it-or-leave-it attitude proved that she wasn’t afraid of having her voice heard and that’s admirable in the industry and for an assistant.
Sutton’s predicament is one many millenials have found themselves in over the years. We settle on taking low paying jobs because of the allure of the industry, in this case, the magazine industry. The “girls making it in the city” trope has been rehashed in every magazine industry based movie for DECADEs if not longer and it begs the question: What’s so glamorous about having a job when you can’t afford your life? Your job title. The allure is in the job title. It’s as if your to pretend your “fashion assistant” title is worth the ramen noodles, thrift store outfits and ratty apartments in unsafe neighborhoods. Yet, it doesn’t change and there is a line of potential candidates waiting to jump at that low paying job like the new girl replacing her. Sutton should feel lucky. Sutton is lucky. Millenials who get these job are lucky. And then, they should feel lucky to hustle to keep their position or get a promotion.
I’m sure it helps if you have some inspiring and supportive friends who will offer to pay for your rent and drink cheap bubbly with you. It’s a cutthroat industry for a reason and only those who are truly confident and fearless, like Sutton proves to be, will have a shot at making it.
The series touches upon many important issues in our current society, especially when it pertains women, but Sutton negotiating her pay is a major one for young women, and honestly working women in general. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read articles about how women are too scared to stand up for what they think they deserve in terms of pay. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost walked into my bosses office to show him my achievements and ask for a raise. And I’ve never done it because I think it’s wrong, I’m out of line, I’ll be fired, I’m pushing my luck or that I’ll be perceived as needy. Other times, I’m so certain of it but I just don’t know how to approach it. Sutton was my hero and I’m going to take her courage and run with it the next time I see my window of opportunity. I don’t just want a raise, I deserve it.
And lastly, when you’re not worried about paying rent, you’re worried about getting sued. Jane has literally been tiptoeing on a minefield since getting this writers job and this week was no different. She was convinced she wrote this wildly inspiring feminist piece about a Wall Street employee who quit her job and became a stripper to feel liberated but instead got sued by said stripper. Then she made it worse by judging this woman and calling her “just a stripper” to her face.
Jacqueline handled the news better than Jane explaining that writers often times got sued for defamation. Comforting, right? But it wasn’t that Jane wrote a terrible or hypocritical piece, it’s that she didn’t do her research, which is KEY when you’re a journalist. Sutton told her that Morgyn was less upset about her identity being revealed and more about the fact that it got her son kicked out of private school, so Jane decided to go against what her lawyers advised and waltzed back into the strip club to apologize. They say you always have to make things worse before you can make them better and that couldn’t ring truer for Jane. Eventually, Morgyn settled and Jane knew she deserved the money. Not every piece you write will be a winner but that doesn’t equate to failure. As Jacqueline said, you just have to go and write something else.
Jane’s job is seemingly safe for now… that is until she writes her next controversial piece. Sutton has the dream-job, but it’ll still be a struggle to make ends meet and live up to the glamorous “ideals” that everyone believes should come with working in the fashion industry. And Kat, well she learned that sometimes, it’s just a little too late and self-sabotage is a real B.
Till next week – go be bold.
9 TV Shows We’re Sad to Leave Behind in 2021
2021 was a strange year in TV. The production of so many shows was sidetracked by the pandemic, but we still somehow made it to the finale. So with the end of the year coming up in a couple of weeks, it seems only fitting to give a proper send-off to 9 TV shows that we’re sad to leave behind in 2021. Some ended too early, while others ended at the perfect time, but all will be greatly missed.
1. Younger (Paramount+)
This past summer we said a tearful goodbye to the cast of Younger. Originally, its producer, Darren Star had unofficially ideated Season 7 as its final season, and then it came true. Thankfully, it’s available to stream, so you can repeatedly enjoy this show in its full glory. Younger is about Liza Miller, a 40-year-old woman who resorts to lying about her age in order to return to the workforce after raising her daughter. It’s an entertaining rom-com that highlights ageism and sexism in the workplace, while also beautifully capturing the importance of friendship.
2. Insecure (HBO Max)
Insecure is a dramedy that focuses on the Black narrative, particularly Black women and the unrealistic expectation of confidence. Issa Dee’s just trying to survive and thrive in her personal and professional life. However, in order to get there, she must learn to overcome her insecurities and flaws. With the help of her best friend Molly, the two take on life in Los Angeles together all while overcoming a period of liminality.
3. Dickinson (Apple TV+)
A fantastic comedy that puts a modern twist on the mid-1800s, Dickinson, is not what you’d expect. Hailee Steinfeld leads the series as the outspoken feminist Emily Dickinson, as she strives to become the infamous poet we know and praise today. You don’t have to be an English major to enjoy this one. As long as you love a good romance, fight against the patriarchy, and maybe a little Wiz Kalifa, you’re sure to find this 3 season show, delightful.
4. Feel Good (Netflix)
Mae Martin’s original comedy, Feel Good on Netflix is a much-needed LGBTQ+ representative show. The show is a short two seasons but they sure pack quite the punch. It centers on Mae, a standup comedian who swaps her drug addiction for love. During her time in England, Mae meets and falls in love with George, a baby queer. The show dissects the qualms of their relationship, all of course, with a healthy dose of humor.
5. Shrill (Hulu)
A young journalist struggles to jumpstart her career until she begins to write about her greatest insecurity–weight. Shrill shares the life of Annie Eaton as she learns to find confidence in being unapologetically herself. Navigating the world of romance and privilege, she runs into problems and makes countless mistakes. Its three-season run feels short, but once you make it to the end, you’ll feel appreciative of the journey.
6. Kim’s Convenience (Netflix)
Kim’s Convenience is a Canadian show about a Korean-Canadian family and their acclimation to both the Canadian culture and the evolving generation. An endearing comedy about the pressures and tension between the children of immigrants and their parents. Its five-season run was the perfect length, but we will surely miss this cast.
7. The Bold Type (Freeform)
The Bold Type is a show about three fearless friends who bond over their careers at Scarlet Magazine. It has hints of Sex and the City, but with a more diverse and feminist perspective. It’s a bit more drama than comedy and includes the typical search for love, self-identity, and everything in between. The show’s fluidity was affected by the pandemic but still managed to end on a sweet note in its fifth season.
8. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (NBC)
This NBC show was cut way too short, but thankfully Roku picked it up for a movie to tie up some loose ends. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist centers on a unique premise. Following a CT scan, Zoey starts hearing people’s inner song-alogues. The power initially seems useless and annoying, but she later learns to use it for the better.
9. Atypical (Netflix)
Atypical is a sweet family comedy about Sam, a teenager who falls on the autism spectrum. The show follows his quest to find independence, love, and the meaning of life. And while his family plays a large role in his life, his newfound autonomy especially puts his mother on a new life journey–one without the constant supervision of her son. It’s a family affair, and you’ll be sure to invest in every character and the family dynamic by the end.
The Bold Type Series Finale – A Bold Goodbye (5×06)
The moment we’ve all not been waiting for has finally come. We were forced to say a tearful farewell to our favorite Scarlet women in The Bold Type series finale. The good thing is we can say a bold goodbye knowing they’re all in good hands and in good places.
There were so many parallels and full circle moments in this episode, I could tell the writers were trying to make it feel finished despite the extremely limited final season.
After an evening of fun, Kat, Sutton, and Jane reunited at the apartment. This special moment was an ode to their first Scarlet gala–even the colors they wore if you remember the red, blue, and gold–when they left to scream in the subway. Except for this time they didn’t need the noise of the subway to cover up their screams. They walked up to the curb for all of New York to hear.
They’ve all come into their own, and it’s crystal clear in this final episode.
When we first met Sutton she was a hardworking assistant to a difficult boss. Her career seemed to plateau and she felt stuck in her assistantship while her real dream was to be a stylist.
And then she met Richard. Their relationship, although fast, was wholesome and real. However, having them end up together was unrealistic, and should not have happened. The difference in desire to have children is a common issue among couples, but it’s always a breaking point.
Richard might say in a heartfelt speech that Sutton is enough, but in the end, it’s never enough. It’s a fundamental difference and the writers should have kept it that way.
But alas, the two lovebirds are un-divorced.
Oh Kat, her real character development revolved around her sexual identity journey and her ability to finally commit to “her person.”
With a few hiccups here and there in her career trajectory, there was absolutely no doubt she was going to do great things. And considering she’s now the editor-in-chief of Scarlett, I’d say she’s peaked.
After Jane turned down the opportunity, Kat was the second choice. With her management skills, she should’ve been the first choice. Also with her unwavering determination to fight the good fight, Scarlet’s in good hands.
While her career path was back on track, her relationship with Adena went through a few ups and downs. Initially, it seemed like Adena was going to stick to her, no, but it didn’t take long for Kat to use her persuasiveness to win her back.
Kat learned that in the past she’d used her non-committal tendencies as a barrier to real connection. But, as she came to realize, no matter how hard she tried to brush it off, Adena was always going to be the one she could never let go of. And when you find that person you don’t run away.
Jane’s surprise run-in to Pinstripe guy, aka Ryan, her first big relationship was nostalgic and slightly out of place. That was until his words made her rethink the future as editor-in-chief. She had to be reminded of her real passion, and taking the position would leave no opportunity for her to do what she loves–write.
While going through old mementos, she found an old photo of her mother traveling in Paris, igniting a new passion to expand her failing feminist column.
It’s the first time we’ve seen her mother and the first time Jane, the rule follower, broke her own rules. No longer does she need to stay in the confines of her safety net and the first real job she’s had, but she’s ready to spread her wings and let her talents take her wherever they may.
And maybe that means she’ll travel around with Zach! Either way, I’m happy they chose to make her love life ambiguous. Or at least kept her open-minded to the idea of finally dating again without the pressure to find the perfect guy.
Jane’s electric all on her own and she’s ready to continue learning more about herself.
Although unrealistic at times, The Bold Type shared the truth about female empowerment, friendship, and family. It provided realistic and relatable challenges that women of all ages could relate to.
Without being too cheesy, we watched the friendship between the three women grow deep. The real relationship winner of the show was easily this threesome.
And we’ll certainly miss them without fail. But, who knows, maybe in a few years there will be a reunion or reboot order. Until then, we’ll cheers with our nonalcoholic champaign (in solidarity with Sutton) wiping away our puddles of tears.
- Jane’s handcuff necklace was a statement! It felt more like a necklace Kat would wear, but nonetheless a cool find.
- Yikes, you don’t realize the glow-up of each character until there’s a cringey slideshow to prove it. Sorry Jacqueline, but what did they do to your hair in Season 1?
- Whose fighting speech was the winner? Richard’s or Kat’s? We’re going to go with Kat!
- Jacqueline was #StyledBySutton, and should’ve been this whole time. Talk about not aging!
The Bold Type Review- Big Wins For All (5×05)
The penultimate episode of The Bold Type Season 5 Episode 5 left big wins for all, some personal and some professional. Yet successful all the same.
Jane’s left to run Scarlett by herself as Jacqueline enjoys the vacation time she most certainly deserves. She’s put her entire life into building up an incredibly successful company and now she gets to watch her star employee take control.
Although a difficult decision, Jacqueline’s ready to begin writing the next chapter in her life: retirement. No matter how unrealistic Jane’s promotion to editor-in-chief after only four years at the company is, it’s also empowering.
The show’s focus on female leadership is a breath of fresh air and important in mainstream media to portray women at the top. Especially in media, where it’s totally overrun by men, young women need to see themselves represented on screen.
Of course, with its flaws. Jane’s rudely awoken to the reality of the number of meetings the editor-in-chief is required to sit through. But, she’s aspired to uphold Jacqueline’s legacy for so long, so she welcomes the challenge with open arms.
Meanwhile, Sutton started therapy and admits that the reason she drinks is to numb the pain.
Just as she’s making a breakthrough, the one and only Richard calls asking to meet to sign the divorce papers.
First of all, a fancy meal to sign divorce papers? Ouch.
Initially, seeing Richard made me angry for Sutton. All the pain he’s put her through, and then he has the audacity to casually sit across her smiling like nothing’s hurting him.
But, once he opens up about his choice to adopt as a single man, the anger went away. Just like that, Sutton’s reminded of the biggest reason they didn’t work out and it looks like she’ll be able to walk away from him knowing that she means just as much to him as he means to her.
I’m happy they finalized the divorce on paper before they enjoyed one last rendezvous together. It was good to see Richard because it would’ve been a cheap blow for them not to bring him back one last time.
While Richard and Sutton are hopefully not getting back together, Kat and Adena very much looked like they’re going to get back together!!
Yes, I squealed. But how could I not! Even Jacqueline said she was happy to see them back together. They had the proper break required for exes to forge their own path separately and to mature apart.
The way Adena looked so longingly at Kat every time they were together was true love. And I agree Kat’s a better version of herself when she’s with Adena. She just needed some time apart to realize that.
Also, a round of applause for Kat’s new venture. She’s rehired! It wouldn’t feel right for Kat to not work her way back to Scarlet. It’s true, the trio will one day run the company. However, for now, Kat will run her very own mini-company.
With the women set up for success, this episode set the groundwork for next week’s final episode. I’m not ready. Please don’t make me! I’ll just be crying in the corner. So, why don’t you leave your thoughts in the comments below.
- Can I just say, the classic slow pull away that Kat and Adena exhibited really showed the chemistry between Nikohl and Aisha. That’s one thing I’d like to give props to this show for, its chemistry. The three leads have a beautiful friendship on-screen, it’d be hard to believe it wasn’t the same off-screen.
- Jacqueline’s hair this episode–flawless, not a single strand was out of place. Whoever does her hair and costuming, please come to my house?
- Poor Andrew, left in the dust. His jealousy of Jane is so apparent. Maybe he’ll get promoted, Jane already relies on him as much as Jacqueline does!
- Richard’s aged beautifully, there I said it. He’s a silver fox, giving me soft Grey’s Anatomy McSteamy vibes.
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