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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!

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The Bold Type Season 4 Premiere – Risk It All For Scarlet (4×01)

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The Bold Type Legends of the Fall Issue Review

The Bold Type returned for its 4th season with a statement-making episode that propelled Kat, Jane, and Sutton from editorial staff to heroes who singlehandedly saved Scarlet and Jacqueline Carlise’s job and gave voice to a population often overlooked.

Here are some key takeaways from the season 4 premiere:

  • Goodbye Patrick – After assuming Jacqueline’s role upon her firing, Patrick learned very quickly that no one could ever fill her shoes. Her employees were wholeheartedly devoted to her as in they’d follow her to the edge of a cliff and jump off. And they weren’t interested in that changing anything soon. Jacqueline ran the ship and she ran it well, so he embraced his new journey and jetted off to India. Bye, Patrick!
  • The Bubble is Bursting – for white men and anyone who wants to keep a women’s magazine pushing unrealistic ideals and sex. RJ’s argument for pulling the “unapproved issue” was that it was bad for business, but realistically, his vision was bad for business. Our generation likes woke companies and magazines. People want to see themselves represented on the pages of a magazine, they want diversity, and they want inclusivity.
  • Breaking and Entering – Our 3 ladies decided to break into the printing press and get their hands on the issue that wasn’t going to be released.  Sutton even stripped down to her skivvies so that she didn’t ruin the dress she stress stole from the closet. It all worked out in the end because they convinced the security guard, who is a fan of the magazine and loved the latest unreleased issue, to look the other way.
  • Jacqueline’s Back, Baby – Once the girls proved that they were losing readers because of Jacqueline’s firing, RJ agreed to hire her back for some positive press. Jacqueline agreed under a few conditions including keeping Jane, Sutton, and Kat’s jobs.
  • Richard’s Taking a Sabbatical – Sutton confessed to breaking and entering and leaking the magazine and Richard still supported her. He was instrumental in getting them an audience with the board and convincing the board to reinstate Jacqueline. He’s also taking a sabbatical to pursue his new career path.
  • Ryan’s Boo Dude Cut the Tour Short – Honestly, that’s the tea. Ryan’s back and making things work with Jane!

What did you think of The Bold Type season 4 premiere?

 

 

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The Bold Type – Breaking Through the Noise (3×10)

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Scarlet and the women of Scarlet made some pretty bold moves on the season 3 finale of The Bold Type.

I know, it seems like the series just premiered and with the blink of an eye, it’s ending.

Please, take comfort in the fact that they will do this again in 2020. And yes, I know that sounds like it’s an eternity away.

But for now, let’s address tonight’s bold choices.

Jane, Jaqueline, and Scarlet received much praise from their Pamela Dolan expose, but the controversial photographer wasn’t pleased in the slightest and lashed out online by calling them all “fake feminists.”

This resonated with Jane who questioned whether or not Dolan’s response to their piece had some merit.

The Bold Type excels because when it allows characters to question their own moral standards and realize that they aren’t flawless.

Much like in real life, there is always room for improvement and our ladies, along with the company, are a masterpiece in the making

We only grow when we’re examining ourselves and learning from it.

During Sutton’s fashion show, Jacqueline was stunned to learn that the magazine uses 14-year-olds and portrays them as women thus giving readers a skewed perception of reality which forces them to live up to unattainable expectations.

She’s worked at Scarlet for how long and she’s just finding this out? Alright.

Still, it struck a chord and overnight, Jacqueline overhauled the whole Fall Issue leaving the employees with just 17 hours to redo the missing pages.

The ask was nothing short of a miracle, but they did it.

The staff of Scarlet produced a magazine that would set the trends, become a bible for every woke woman and possibly cost them all their jobs.

The morning after the publication went to print, Kat, Sutton and Jane walked into the office to find the once sacred space was being cleared out.

To make matters worse, Jacqueline was nowhere in sight,

In retrospect, Jacqueline was acting as if her time at Scarlet was limited.

There were moments along the way that alluded to Scarlet not always being around as their safe haven. Does this mean the Fashion Closet — which has seen its fair share of secrets, laughs, ugly cries, and angry stomps — is gone for good?

Jacqueline’s “it’s my magazine until it’s not” comment was also telling; it’s as if she knew that doing the right thing, following her gut and being a bit controversial would cost her the gig.

But does it matter? Yes and no.

If it’s what needs to be done to invoke change in an industry that tends to gloss over certain realities to sell an image, then it doesn’t matter.

However, if we’re talking about the futures of all of Jacqueline’s employees, well, it definitely does.

I can’t help but think that Patrick possibly played a role in Jacqueline’s demise though he did seem to get on-board with running a cohesive print and digital platform.

What does all of this mean for Scarlet? I guess we’ll find out in 2020.

Kat, Jane and Sutton were also going through their own relationship woes.

After losing the election, Kat found herself a little lost in her professional life and torn over her romantic relationships.

Her campaign manager and current fling, Tia, and her ex-girlfriend who she still harbors feelings for, Adena, both wanted to be with her.

As she struggled to transition back into her life at Scarlet — makeup seemed so irrelevant after promising to fight abortion bills and for LGBTQ rights — she decides to distract herself by hooking up with Adena.

It was obvious that Tia wasn’t going to hold a spot in Kat’s life for much longer now that the election was over and politics weren’t keeping them together.

However, I was impressed with Kat’s realization that she achieved something great despite the loss and that in order to fully take advantage of it, she had to stop distracting herself with relationships.

Kat choosing herself was a classic “Bold Type” move. It may have been predictable, but it gave her back her power.

Also a “Bold Type” move? Adena accepting a job as the in-house photographer at Scarlet to make things especially awkward.

Clearly, the endgame is to bring Adena and Kat back together, but only after they’ve bettered themselves.

Jane was devastated by Pinstripe’s decision to cheat.

In her own words: “a pinstripe never changes his pinstripes.”

But it does seem like Ryan has changed his pinstripes.

Look, cheating is terrible no matter how you slice it, but the moment Ryan even locked lips with another person, he took the next train to see Jane and told her about it.

If Ryan was still the womanizing sleaze-ball she made him out to be he’d probably keep this a secret from her and continue kissing plenty of people on his book tour.

It’s a good thing Jane has best friends who remind her that it’s okay to let go of your conventional beliefs in order to make a decision that works best for you.

I love that she stood her ground and didn’t allow herself to be swayed by a man groveling at her feet, but at the same time, it would be stupid to call things off just when it wasn’t the smartest decision.

Jane’s smarts don’t always serve her.

Jane forgave Ryan, which is awesome, but I could have done without his cheezy rom-com proclamation at her panel.

It was awkward and kind of made it seem like he didn’t take her job seriously, which took away from the good intentions.

We’ll see if Jane can truly get over Ryan’s cheating and trust him again.

Sutton won the girlfriend of the year award after she encouraged Richard to follow his dreams even if they took him all the way to San Francisco.

Things may have been working out perfectly for Sutton and Richard this season but having her support Richard despite knowing that it will put so much distance between them says a lot about who she is as a person.

While the storyline worked, it also didn’t push any boundaries — it was expected. We expected Sutton to push Richard towards attempting a new career since he did the same to her when she tried her hand at being a designer.

I hope this doesn’t mean we’ll be seeing less of Richard because if so, I do not support this new job situation at all.

It’ll be interesting to see if their relationship survives long distance. And where will Sutton live? Will she move back in with Jane?

However, given that Richard was still with Scarlet the night the Fall Issue launched, I have to wonder if he knew something about what was going to happen and purposefully not tell Sutton?

After all, he is on the Board of Directors which is seemingly who got rid of Jacqueline after not approving her creative direction for the magazine.

Other Thoughts

  • Is anyone else kind of sad that Kat isn’t going to be working in politics? I felt just as disappointed as she did. We went through all this campaigning only to have her lose by a marginal 319 votes! At least she was still able to work with the women she met during her campaign and still found a way to give them a platform.
  • Alex and Angie are hooking up. I guess they needed to give Alex something to work with.
  • Sutton’s decision to not pursue a design career felt right. She’s a brilliant stylist and it would suck to see her part ways with Oliver.
  • Also, I may not be a fashion guru but what the hell was up with her designs? She used real women because she wanted to appeal to the masses, but women do not wear clothing like that!

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The Bold Type – Revival (3×08)

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Adena’s back and that doesn’t bode well for Kat’s new relationship with her campaign manager, Tia.

The writers seem to thrive off of ruining all of Kat’s promising relationships.

Breaking up Kat and Adena last season was unnecessary as the reason behind the break-up is still unclear.

And bringing her back simply to throw a wrench in Kat’s current relationship is deeply frustrating.

Tia’s a great girl and someone Kat could have a real relationship with.

Tia was hesitant about entering in a same-sex relationship but decided to take a chance because she fell for Kat.

Admittedly, she fell very quickly and things progressed faster than I imagined, but having Kat dump Tia for Adena would be cruel.

It’s even worse that Kat is second-guessing and withholding those feelings from Tia who never asked to be a part of this mess.

The girls were wrong when they said Adena is “Kat’s Richard.”

Sutton and Richard broke up because of a logistical issue. They were great together, but she didn’t want everyone at Scarlet to assume she got a promotion because she was dating a board member.

Adena and Kat’s relationship, on the other hand, had plenty of problems which took a toll on their personal and professional lives.

Maybe Adena did self-sabotage by blaming Kat for not feeling inspired and booking gigs, but there was some truth to it.

Both of them felt a little constrained in the relationship.

It’s only after Kat moved on from Adena did she truly embrace everything Adena taught her about herself and find herself feeling free.

Kat’s become more confident in not only her sexuality but also how she views herself as a mixed-woman living in America.

She even entered politics because of that confidence.

Sneaking behind Tia’s back to meet up with her ex paints Kat in a terrible light and sabotages any chance she has of winning this election since she obviously cannot do it without a campaign manager.

Kicking Tia to the curb now would be selfish considering how hard she’s worked. Not to mention Kat was the one who pursued Tia in the first place and asked her to stay when Tia handed her a list of replacements.

Jane brought Adena into the fold by hiring her as the photographer for the Pamela Dolan expose.

While they tried to keep the story under wraps, Dolan’s lawyers got wind of it and threatened to sue.

Jaqueline was very persuasive in promising to keep the girls and their image safe from scrutiny, but how can she promise something without being certain she can deliver?

If Dolan is as powerful as these girls claim, I doubt she’ll just go away because a handful of women came forward with claims.

And don’t get me wrong, it’s beautiful and important that they are taking back their power and saving other young women from a cycle of abuse, but I just don’t think they should be told that everything is going to be okay when there’s a chance it won’t be.

Alex put a few doubts in Jane’s mind about Pinstripe, but the scenes felt slightly odd.

It’s evident that Alex has many layers to him — some we still have yet to peel back– and makes a hilarious addition to girl gang, but I don’t understand what he was trying to achieve by critiquing Pinstripe’s book?

Also, when Jane mentioned an affair, the way Alex agreed with her made it seem like he was thinking of starting something with Jane while Pinstripe was out of town.

The whole thing gave off weird vibes.

Sutton was forced to break out of her comfort zone by allowing Richard to help her with her fashion design dreams.

We knew it was going to come down the sewing machine, which Sutton truly needed to succeed in her program.

Richard offered to buy her a really shnazzy one, but Sutton refused the kind gesture only hurting Richard’s feelings.

We later found out that because of her past, she doesn’t like to become reliant on other people for money, but in this case, it’s a compromise she’s going to have to make with her relationship.

I adore that Sutton wants to remain independent despite having a dude who is clearly way better off than she is.

The independence factor makes Sutton, Jane and Kat so relatable and such powerful figures for millennial women.

They don’t need men to buy them sushi, they bought their own damn sushi.

But it’s fine to occasionally let your significant other swoop in with a nice gesture.

In fact, it’s encouraged. Men still want to feel needed and important.

As far as The Bold Type Season 3 episodes go, I would say this has been my least favorite one only because it moved at a slower pace.

Next week’s episode focuses on election day — will Kat win the bid for City Council?

And will she enjoy celebrating with Tia by her side? Or will she risk it all for another shot with Adena?

That is if Adena even offers up a logical explanation for leaving her in Paris.

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