The Bold Type is not tiptoeing around all the sensitive topics, so I’m not going to tiptoe around my frustration with Jane.
These Jane-heavy episodes are becoming very hard to digest, and I’m going to say it’s because of the hypocritical nature that she displayed in previous episodes, mostly “Betsy.”
While the show’s “storyline of the day” recipe would have us forgetting all that transpired between Jane and Sutton when it came to the gun-debate, I can’t simply put it off and accept that Sutton is no longer a gun lover because her best friend thought they were dangerous.
It’s almost sloppy writing for the writers if they think you can just wrap up something so serious as disparate views on gun control in one episode. That’s why despite my anger at all things Jane, I have to give them props for looping back around to the BRCA1 gene mutation that was a major issue back in Season 1.
The fact that she might have breast cancer in the future like her mother doesn’t just go away after one episode. It’s a situation needs to be addressed from many angles, including preventative measures.
Unfortunately, this was brought up when Jane was already dealing with the side affects of having to take Plan B because the condom broke while she was getting intimate with Dr. Ben. When it rains, it pours.
I found Jane’s desire to craft a story around “babies being the bling” a little too far-fetched because what she needed to address was the decision on whether or not she has kids.
As a young, millennial woman, she has the expertise and experience to write an article that will appeal to wide-audience more than whatever she could pick up from that mommy and me park in New York.
It pains me to say but young, twenty-five year old women are constantly bombarded by the “when are you having babies” questions either from nagging relatives or doctors who think they are getting too old and missing their prime or for health reasons that would make them unable to have children in the future.
So many women are also wondering if they want to have kids, should have kids, are ready for kids, etc. that Jane exploring that angle for herself and others would have been much more effective. I guess that’s why they have Jacqueline to guide them in the right direction when it comes to stories that miss the mark.
Jane has a sizable decision to make and it’s not an answer she’s going to find in the fashion closet or with Dr. Ben, who unfortunately, doesn’t seem like Mr. Right anymore. Any man that runs when things become a bit “too serious,” regardless of how long they’ve been in the relationship, isn’t ready for commitment.
Yes, springing kids on a guy you just started dating is a tall-order. It would freak out even the most prepared of dudes. But his reaction was telling in terms of how serious he sees this relationship. She wasn’t asking to have kids on the spot, nor was she asking for a decision or that awkward medical advice he gave her. It just goes to show you that even an intelligent doctor who delivers babies for a living isn’t ready for his life to be uprooted.
I’ve been wondering WHY Pinstripe has been around and sprinkled throughout episodes this whole season — even as far as guessing that Jane was on the morning after pill — but I guess this is the show’s way of keeping him in Jane’s life and proving that he’s actually her soulmate.
If I had to guess, I would say Dr. Ben is on his way out, and Ryan is going to be the man who comes in and helps Jane figure her whole future out. He’s always done that from the very beginning. From orgasms to figuring out a new job to giving her random advice.
Also, why is he always hanging around Scarlet when he doesn’t work there? Wasn’t it a bit too convenient that the minute Kat agreed to become an influencer for a company, he was there with the dirt that the company’s CEO is an anti-LGBT racist.
Kat accepting that endorsement to begin with was all types of shady. First off, it seemed like Cleo went behind Jacqueline’s back to approach Kat and sell this idea to her. She knew that Jacqueline would oppose it, for obvious reasons, but she wanted to go above her head.
I don’t really believe that she didn’t know about their controversial stance before presenting it to Kat. She seems like the type of person who would ignore those facts if it meant money for the company/brand.
And it’s upsetting that Kat ignored her gut feelings and signed the contract without looking it over because that’s a huge no-no. I would think Kat would be aware of that or at least loop in Jacqueline and Richard, Scarlett’s legal aide.
This whole issue could have been avoided had there been open communication, which wasn’t an issue that was brought up necessarily but it is a thing I’ve noticed plagues companies all too often.
The plus of Kat’s storyline is that it gave us a little break from her Adena relationship woes. As much as I want those two to resolve their problems, the fact is that love lives aren’t always at the forefront of our lives. Sometimes, work gets in the way.
Sutton continues to be the heroine of the series, and I’m fine with it. Sure, it would be completely impossible for her to replicate the whole bar with only $218 bucks to spare, however, I’m not about to be nit picky. Otherwise, I would definitely call them out for living such lavish lives while making absolutely no money working for a media conglomerate in New York.
I was actually concerned that Sutton would get in trouble for duplicating the space without permission.
But really, none of that matters because at the end of the day, she proved to Oliver that she’s able to handle any situation that comes her way and scored herself a ticket to Paris for Fashion Week.
I’m not sure who is more excited about this — me or Sutton. No one, I mean no one, deserves it more than she does! And it’s proof that those who put in the work reap the rewards.
- Jacqueline’s relationship with each of the girls is so nurturing. She doesn’t coddle them, but she knows when she needs to push and when it’s necessary to pull back. I wish I had a boss that was as understanding and motivational.
- Sutton bringing up her mother means that we will be meeting her very, very soon.
- Jane has a brother? I don’t know why that threw me for a loop.
- Alex makes due with the little amount of screen time he gets. And asking him to go to the Fashion closet to talk about Jane’s gyno appointment was a wonderful use of that limited time.
- Anyone else think Sutton and Alex are bound to hook-up? It seems like they really aren’t going down the Richard route right now. Well, that is until he’s single again.
- I’m all for friendships, however, the whole “we come as a package” situation when Jane was with Ben was a bit extreme. Some things are just mean to stay between you and your sig fig. Or you know, you can tell your girls about it later when the dude isn’t there!
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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