The Bold Type has gotten into the habit of tackling important and cultural issues on each episode. This week is all about religion and faith, how many sex partners you’ve slept with, the ugly side of influencers, and a good love triangle, which simultaneously reveals just how unethical people are willing to get to build up a career in New York City.
Last we saw Jane, she was trying to keep it together after being told that there wasn’t a spot at Scarlet for her. Which explains why she’s chaotically looking for any gig she can get in “OMG.”
Have you seen the size of their apartment? No way they can afford it with one unemployed lady.
While she’s putting out feelers, she runs into a familiar face at the coffee shop. I expected her run-in with Pinstripe to be delightful and while their chemistry still works in their favor, Ryan is too far gone at this point chasing leads for celebrity gossip stories. Think sleazy TMZ.
His day-to-day, or should I say night-to-night, involves him frequenting elite clubs to dig up dirt for the next morning headlines. And he tries to justify it by telling himself that the gig allows him to focus on his “real writing” aka his novel.
Desperately, Jane falls into the throes of the nightlife while also looking for an escape from Ben. Nothing is really wrong with their relationship and in fact, he’s quite pleasant. But he’s religious which for some reason, really bothers Jane.
She makes some good points about someone in medicine seeing the scientific side of things and still believing in a higher power, but her argument that religious people are judgemental when she herself is doing all the judging doesn’t hold.
At first, It actually seems like she’s running away from something potentially great and self-sabotaging by giving into the more familiar.
Eventually, the underlying issue comes to light — before her mother passed away from cancer she told Jane to pray to God that things would get better. When she died, Jane felt betrayed and lost faith.
She makes it official with Ben only after she sees that Pinstripe is willing to expose a cheater and ruin a family for headlines.
She realizes he’s too far gone and she’s morally unable to do this job. I’m a little disappointed in where they took Ryan’s character, though I’m not surprised. Previously, he made a living by being a sex columnist. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I wouldn’t say he’s ever really been motivated by a higher standard of journalism like Jane has.
The whole point of leaving Scarlet was to write pieces that were inspiring and influential.
Speaking of influencers, Sutton learned real quick that the number of Instagram followers doesn’t equate human decency. Nor does it make for a good friend.
I’m perturbed that at how realistic parts of this series are. Women can be smart and hustle hard, but in the end, it is still about who you know.
Sutton forced herself to befriend Brooke so that she could move up in the fashion world. And when she was cornered into paying a hefty bill, she allowed it because of the promise of getting into a “Chanel” show.
Not that I think Oliver will have any problem with the charge if this influencer is really a must-know that will help Sutton do a better job, but maybe she should have taken a clue when he mentioned he wished influencers weren’t even a thing. Olivier is always keeping it 100.
I’m more concerned about where this path will lead Sutton who usually has her head on straight.
I hope she doesn’t start acting like the influencers to fit it; I truly believe that hard work will pay off, no matter how competitive the industry. You just have to keep hustling.
Also, it really pissed me off that this girl thought she could just play the “this is how it works in the fashion world” card and Sutton would cave. But she knew she had the upper hand because she has what Sutton needs.
Sutton was also driven by her insecurity — Kat is head of a department working at the magazine less while she’s still an assistant running around with Oliver’s puppy.
It’s understandable but also unfair to Kat. There is no rule that all friends have to be on the same level at all times. And that’s okay.
Just imagine how Jane must feel seeing both her friends employed while she self-sabotaged her career by wanting to experience different things.
Kat went to her first lesbian bar with Adena and was in for quite the culture shock. Adena has never pretended to be someone she isn’t and has always been very vocal about who she is, so it was weird seeing her not want to talk about sexual partners.
Seeing her with all these women who were most definitely ex-partners had to have been hard on Kat and she didn’t once think to assure her that everything was fine.
You’re supposed to trust your partner, sure, but Kat is going through quite a life-changing experience. She doesn’t know how any of this works or what constitutes the “norm” for lesbian relationships.
By not wanting to divulge in how many partners she’s had, it seemed like Adena was covering something up.
Turns out, she’s putting on a brave face for Kat when in reality, she’s terrified by how uncertain her future is. She isn’t wanted in America, but she’s choosing to stay here and potentially never see her mother again.
The situation may have been trivial leading up to this moment but the immigration is anything but. In fact, it may be the most timely issue The Bold Type tackles. And it shines a spotlight on what immigrants face when coming to a new country for a better life; giving up what is familiar and the possibility of never seeing their loved once again.
It also leads to Adena dropping the “L” bomb on Kat. They are moving pretty fast, aren’t they? Whatever, I’m just glad that they didn’t break up over this.
In fact, I can see Kat marrying Adena in the near future so that she can give her the best of both worlds.
Thoughts on this week’s The Bold Type? Chat with us in the comments!
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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