Oh, the weather outside is frightful, and it causes everyone to face the truths they were running from on The Bold Type Season 4 Episode 12.
First off, some silly things I’ve got to get off my chest. The Bold Type isn’t the first show to use a blizzard to help everyone come to a much-needed realization, but it’s the first show to dress their characters properly for the frigid weather.
As someone who grew up in Chicago and has experienced severe winter advisories and polar vortexes, it’s frustrating to see characters without proper winter attire. It’s such a minor detail, but there’s absolutely no way you’re going to get away with throwing on some fashionable jacket and high boots like they did when during a blizzard on Katy Keene.
Thankfully, on “Snow Day,” everyone looked ready! Richard had a turtleneck under his shirt, Sutton rocked her winter boots, and the jackets were snug and comfy, just like you’d see during a real-life winter event. Even Jacquline’s hat was warm and fashionable. It’s the little things that make me happy.
However, all of that went to waste when the blizzard cleared up immediately after a few hours and somehow, Jane and Sutton made it over to The Belle to share a drink with Kat. The effects of a blizzard would be felt for at least the rest of the night, and let’s be honest, no one would have the energy to try to get anywhere in New York City after an evening that eventful.
But those are small inconveniences following a rather jam-packed episode that allowed our three leading ladies to settle into their new-normal… at least for now.
Things change for Jane, Sutton, and Kat faster than a look goes out of style (seriously, the promo for next week’s episode reveals just how quickly everything can change), but at the moment, the lessons were learned.
Sutton found that there was no healthy way to balance taking care of a pregnancy, her career, and Richard. It wasn’t possible, and it wasn’t something she could do on her own. It took her one evening to learn what it takes working moms years to learn — you will never be able to do it all.
Her new reality would require a team effort, and Richard was more than ready and eager, even with his twisted knee. Those slippery floors be damned.
I’m enjoying seeing this new side of Sutton and this new part of her and Richard’s relationship, which is why I’m concerned about the promo for next week which shows Sutton and Richard at the first doctor’s appointment followed by Sutton apologizing to Richard while breaking down crying.
Does she lose the baby?
While I hope that isn’t the case, I know the series will handle the subject with proper care and attention as they do with everything else.
Jane was learning the ropes of being a boss and found that while Jacqueline makes it seem easy, it’s far from it.
Jane is a perfectionist, so she didn’t want anything to ruin the launch of her vertical, Failing Feminist, but at the same time, she needed to trust her gut when Scott’s piece didn’t feel right. She is the boss after all, and she needs to act like it even if it feels foreign to her.
Still, there’s a difference between changing a piece because it’s boring and loaded too heavily in facts and changing it because you don’t agree with the point-of-view. And it’s never okay to rewrite an author’s piece and take away their voice.
Jane was being a control-freak, but thankfully, she was able to remedy her mistake and own up to her flaws of being a newbie boss before any permanent damage was done.
Jane and Sutton’s storylines crossed in a subtle yet meaningful way — Scott’s article encouraged women to ask for help, which is a reminder both Jane and Sutton needed.
There’s no denying the chemistry between Jane and Scott, especially as they bonded over the loss of a parent. Jane is single now and needs to fill the void left by Pinstripes, but Scotty Too Hotty is no rebound!
From the audience’s perspective, we’re rooting for it because Jane deserves a man that makes her happy, but from a realistic standpoint, it’s too messy for Jane to date her employees, especially if she’s not looking to get serious or settle down.
This screams “bad idea” from miles away. And yet, you know it’s going to happen.
Kat hit a few bumps during her second day working as a bartender at The Belle, and it wasn’t just that her Bloody Mary needed work.
Her storyline came full-circle when AJ Safford’s daughter, Ava Rhodes, walked into The Belle just before the blizzard hit and snowed everyone in.
The members-only club made it impossible for Kat to avoid her, and despite promising to bite her tongue, Kat couldn’t help but criticize Ava for her job and beliefs.
In general, Kat often comes off too privileged and seemingly takes everything for granted, including her recently snagged job, which she wouldn’t of had if it wasn’t for Ava.
While I don’t fully trust Ava or her intentions, I do think it helped Kat see a different side of the conservative lawyer.
They may disagree on some fundamental beliefs, but Ava seems open-minded, and they might both challenge each other’s beliefs.
Who knows, maybe they’ll even end up together — the chemistry was undeniable. Unless Ava is still planning on coming after Kat for what she did to AJ.
Though, truthfully, a part of me really wanted Kat to inform Ava that the reason she ruined her father’s career is that he deserved it for supporting conversion therapy.
We finally met Oliver’s ex and Carly’s dad, Jasper, though, he’s not what any of us pictured because we see him in recovery trying to make amends. Not only is the story arc giving us a look at how to co-parent while separated, but it’s also touching upon addiction and how a family that has been destroyed by addiction can pick up the pieces and move forward. There’s healing, and it’s beautiful, even if it will take some time.
I love that Oliver stuck to reason and knew Jasper was his weakness. He put Carly first, while also acknowledging she deserved to see her other father. I’m intrigued by this storyline and can’t wait to watch it unfold, even though it does seem like a reunion between Oliver and Jasper is inevitable.
- Sutton found an adorable way to tell her besties she’s expecting. I love how supportive they were even making sure that it was a “good thing.”
- It drove me insane the way Sutton and Richard walked into Safford and stood in the entryway as employees scanning their ID’s walked around them. That would never fly in the real world. Do you know how many people would chew you out?
- Jane and Oliver’s bonding in the fashion closet was everything. We won’t tell Sutton if you don’t.
‘The Bold Type’ Announces Final Season Premiere Date
Mandatory meeting in the fashion closet.
The Bold Type previously announced that its fifth season will be its last, and now, we have a premiere date!
Freeform announced the series will return on Wednesday, May 26!
— The Bold Type (@TheBoldTypeTV) April 8, 2021
Per the synopsis, Kat, Jane, and Sutton are “on the brink of defining who they really are and how best to leave their mark on the world.”
Season 4 ended prematurely on July 16, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As a refresher, the season ended with Sutton and Richard splitting, Kat hooking up with Eva despite the two sharing significantly different political views and then calling things off, and Jane challenging Jacqueline on a controversial story that involved her husband while also possibly crushing on one of her writers.
The upcoming final season will be miniature in size as it will only feature six episodes.
‘The Bold Type’ Gets Renewed for Mini Fifth and Final Season
This calls for one final meeting in the fashion closet!
Freeform hit fans of the workplace drama with a mix of good news followed by immediate bad news. The ladies of The Bold Type are getting one more season, which will serve as a proper goodbye.
The network renewed the series for a fifth (yay!) and final (boo!) season on Wednesday, January 27.
“The Bold Type has been a gift that has truly changed my life,” executive producer Wendy Straker Hauser said in her own statement. “I spent my twenties in New York City working in magazines, so in many ways the show feels very personal to my experiences. I have truly loved writing this show and living in this world. I will miss it terribly, but I am so grateful for the opportunity and glad to know it’s been a comfort to so many people out there.”
According to the network, the final season will see the “trio is on the brink of defining who they really are and how best to leave their mark on the world. Their futures are bright, and their love and support for each other will never change.”
The final season will consist of 6 episodes, which doesn’t seem like nearly enough to wrap up all the cliffhangers of season 4. We’ve spent so much time with these girls — getting to know them, going through the ups and downs, growing and crying with them — that 6 episodes feels like a disservice to fans.
Even though the fourth season was cut short due to the pandemic, Kat, Sutton, and Jane still had a lot going on.
Sutton’s (Meghann Fahy) marriage to Richard was falling apart after the two had a disagreement about children. In a moment of recklessness, she slept with her married high school boyfriend. Jane (Katie Stevens) was developing feelings for one of her employees and pursuing a controversial piece about an inappropriate workplace romance that Jacqueline told her to shut down. Meanwhile, Kat (Aisha Dee) slept with Ava, the conservative daughter of the former Scarlet president who she exposed for funding gay conversion therapy.
See… many storylines that need to be wrapped up. Hopefully, The Bold Type finds the right way to say goodbye to these fearless, bold, and inspiring women who we’ve come to call our best friends over the years.
No word on when the final season will premiere.
The Bold Type Season Finale Review – Not Far from the Tree (4×16)
It’s rare that someone looks forward to a season finale, but season 4 of The Bold Type has turned into a hot mess and it’s best that they take a break, remember what made the show so groundbreaking in the first place, and hit the reset button on the season altogether.
Many fans have been vocal about their displeasure with the turn that Richard and Sutton’s relationship has taken. And I’ll admit, right now, it’s the least appealing storyline right next to whatever is happening with Kat… more on that in a minute.
While Richard and Sutton’s relationship woes aim to showcase what happens when your happily ever after doesn’t go as planned, it’s ruining one of the show’s, nay, television’s, strongest relationships.
Richard and Sutton hit more than their fair share of bumps in the road, but they found a way to persevere, grow up, and grow with each other.
It’s fine if the writers wanted to hone in on the idea that sometimes great love isn’t sustainable. Realistically, marriages fail for all sorts of reasons including different ideas for the future and disagreements about children. It’s valid.
Both Richard and Sutton handled it the right way — she was outspoken and honest bout not wanting children, he left because he wants to be with someone who does. They both respected each other’s wishes even if it hurt like hell.
It’s devastating to lose the person you thought you were going to spend your life with, so I expected to explore sulking Sutton, but I can’t stand behind and watch the show turn her into a homewrecker on the verge of alcoholism aka Babs 2.0.
Instead of rising from the ashes, Sutton is becoming her mother. When she went back to her hometown, she made some bad decisions, namely, hooking up with Billy, her old high school sweetheart who is married and has a family. She was seeking the comfort of the familiar after her reality got ripped away from her, which to some degree is normal, but I think subconsciously, Sutton wanted to prove to herself that she’s no better than her mom and doesn’t deserve this great life that she built for herself — with or without Richard. When Billy’s wife told her “she’s just like her mother,” it triggered something inside of her, and it seems like we’re going to see that downward spiral play out in season 5. I truly hope Sutton can get a hold of herself and not allow that destructive behavior, which is so easy to fall into, to bring her down.
At this point, Sutton is becoming her own worst enemy. And seeing her chug that liquor down towards the end of the episode is not only heartbreaking but alarming. Alcoholism runs in my family, so I understand how real it is and why it needs to be addressed, but I also always loved that Sutton wasn’t defined by her past or her upbringing.
I also hope the series isn’t planning to bring Richard back into Sutton’s life to be her knight in shining armor. I’ve never been one to just turn my back on a couple I shipped, but I might have to jump ship here because it’s hard to see how these two could ever bounce back from what has happened. The Bold Type made choices that permanently severed the relationship between Sutton and Richard, and it needs to stay true to how that would play out realistically. There’s no fairytale ending here, and I can’t see them walking back to each other after this unless Sutton has a change of heart. But again, she was so decided that it is difficult to want that for her.
Personally, I much rather see Sutton mourn the relationship and throw herself into work — we all want to see who Sutton is without Richard!
My distaste for the demise of Sutton and Richard’s relationship has sucked the joy out of the rest of the episode, which found most of the ladies making some poor decisions. Well, everyone aside from Jane.
Her romantic drama with Scott was on the back burner (thankfully) as she focused on a story for the Failing Feminist reminiscent of the real-life Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell controversy. A young woman came to Jane about abusive behavior from her male editor, which required her and other girls to clean up the room after the boss’ sexcapades with his mistresses.
Jane and Jacqueline were both on-board to pursue the story with full force, but the latter changed her mind when her husband, Ian, mentioned that he dated Nicole Keating — the woman allegedly covering up for the scummy boss — while they were “on a break.” When Jacqueline first mentioned Ian worked at the company, I initially thought that Ian was going to end up being the pervy boss in the situation, especially since he and Jacqueline have been tirelessly working to fix their marriage. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case!
Ian was simply concerned that if the story went public, it would not only threaten his family but paint Jacqueline in a bad light as she would look like the scorned lover looking to retaliate and targeting Nicole.
And Jacqueline, who has been working so hard on salvaging her marriage, agreed to nix the story.
But honestly, when have “optics” ever stopped Jacqueline? I was shocked by her decision because it was so unlike her to put her own needs above a powerful expose. It’s a good thing Jane caught on and called her out on the behavior because as she pointed out, it went against everything Jacqueline taught her as a journalist. And if Jacqueline has so much confidence in Jane that she believes she’s “the future of Scarlet” (a major compliment to Jane, by the way), then she should have known Jane would figure it out.
Will this destroy the relationship that Jacqueline and Ian were trying to mend? For some reason, I don’t see Iceland happening!
And then there’s Kat, whose relationship with Ava isn’t doing her or her podcast any favors, but for some reason, she just cannot quit it.
Considering the backlash The Belle received because they gave a voice to a conservative Republican for its first guess, it seems like being involved with someone like Ava has the potential of doing more harm than good.
Also, wasn’t the point of the podcast to spotlight different views and members from all walks of life? I don’t understand the need to do “damage control” so quickly. Clearly, Kat hit the nail on the head with Ava as the first guest because it got people talking. Podcasts should explore the viewpoints of vastly different people.
While I’m all for the idea of embracing new ideologies and being open-minded to opposing views — and frankly, that’s necessary sometimes in politics — it isn’t enough to justify the romance between these two. Kat has been so progressive in every step of her life and outing RJ Safford, Ava’s father, for his support of conversion therapy, was her boldest move at fighting corruption. By pairing her up with Ava and allowing her to catch feelings, it undermines the power and importance of that very decision and leaves us with a largely unimpressive Kat.
Aisha Dee (who plays Kat Edison on the series) largely agreed as she took to Instagram earlier today to talk about the “confusing” and “out of character” relationship.
“It was heartbreaking to watch Kat’s story turn into a redemption story for someone else, someone who is complicit in the oppression of so many. Someone whose politics are actively harmful to her communities,” she wrote.
No one is saying Kat and Ava have to hate each other, no, they can respect each other, but I can think of countless better storylines more suited for Kat, who has been a trailblazer character throughout the show’s four-season run. The series botched the love story between Kat and Adena (who was completely missing this season), and it’s a shame that the best they could do is to use Kat as a prop in a relationship with a conservative white woman who, yes, is queer, but also, doesn’t protect her own community and stands for all the things that Kat doesn’t.
Let’s nix this story going into season 5 completely. We won’t forget it happened, but we’ll forgive the misstep if we get a storyline that embraces Kat as the queer, Black, outspoken, boss babe that she is and gives her a worthwhile romance.
There was a secondary plot featuring Alex and Andrew, who nails every scene. As Andrew’s drag persona, Jacqueline Carmichael, got praised for sticking up for Alicia in the bar, Alex was trolled for his inaction and called the death of masculinity. It’s unfair to judge his actions or assume his intentions based on a short, viral clip, but it shows us exactly how the world works. Too often, we pass judgments on people after watching a snippet and not hearing their side of the story.
It was surprising to me that Alex didn’t think to address the situation on his “Ask Alex” podcast. It would’ve been better than taking cheap shots on Twitter at the author of the article as the issue stemmed from his desire to honor his girlfriend’s wishes of remaining independent. I’m sure he’s not the only man struggling to walk that fine line of when to interfere and when to let your girl handle her own issues, so the topic would be engaging and informative while also allowing him to clear the air and reclaim his “manhood.”
What did you think of the episode?
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