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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!

What did you think of The Bold Type? Which guy made you swoon more — Richard or Ryan?

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The Bold Type – The New Normal (3×01)

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The ladies of Scarlet magazine are back, and they’re better than ever.

Well, at least most of them are.

I have total faith in Kat and know she’s going to channel all her heartbreak into something powerful and inspiring.

The series wasted no time revealing which guy little Jane picked.

Forced to choose between Dr. Ben and Pinstripe, Jane went with the latter. And based on the sex, it was a pretty good choice.

The Bold Type Season 2 revealed that while Pinstripe initially started off as a friend with benefits, he developed real feelings for Jane which we’ll hopefully explore this coming season.

Dr. Ben may have been charming, but according to Jane, finding out about her BRCA gene mutation kind of killed all the chemistry between them.

However, considering she’s still on a plan to freeze her eggs, it’ll be interesting to see Ryan join her on this journey.

Sutton and Richard are also going strong after he called off his engagement, flew to Paris and declared his love for his former ex.

But despite their happiness, the reception of their relationship has been less than pleasant.

Surprisingly, it’s been more difficult for Richard, who has found himself uninvited from prestigious board events than it has been for Sutton.

Sutton expected people in the newsroom to treat her differently because she was dating an older man. She thought it gave off the idea that she slept her way into a position.

However, it seems the board members are more interested in learning what it’s like to sleep with a flexible 26-year-old than anything else.

Why are men such disgusting pigs?

Thankfully, Sutton held her own and put those men into place impressing Richard even more.

And after taking a moment to decide what the next step in their relationship should be, Sutton agreed to move in with him.

Does this mean Jane is going to move in with Pinstripe?

Other major shakeups include a new digital editor at Scarlet after the board voted Jacqueline out following a controversial piece written by Jane.

Jane blames herself for getting Jacqueline fired, which is why she’s also hellbent on digging up some dirt on the new editor, Patrick.

Sadly, her witchhunt renders itself useless when it is revealed that Patrick is a good guy who fights the patriarchy and stands up — or pulls his pants down — for pay equality.

Jane seems to always have a very loud opinion but in this case, rejecting a boss because of his gender and deeming him ineligible for the gig without any facts backing it up was a little hypocritical of her.

Yes, Scarlet is a woman’s magazine, but that doesn’t mean men don’t read it.

Patrick isn’t just a typical bro either, he’s a gay man who found comfort and his sexual awakening by reading Scarlet.

He unintentionally became their target audience.

As a younger, gay man, Patrick may also have new ideas and be able to sway the board in a way Jacqueline couldn’t.

And he clearly understands the tone and voice of the brand if he’s making Jane the new online news writer.

Hopefully, she can put aside her biases and give Patrick a fair chance.

As I said, Kat’s going to thrive post her breakup with Adena, but first, she needs to properly mourn it.

I like that the show is using Kat and her imperfect life to lift the veil on social media and the need to always put your best foot, or face, forward.

Kat tried too hard to push down her feelings and put on a facade for her followers when in reality, Patrick wanted the unfiltered truth.

It didn’t just inspire her friends and readers, it even inspired Adena who is also having a hard time dealing with the break-up.

Let’s hope these two get back together sooner rather than later.

Given that Kat is a bi-sexual woman, her kiss with Alex wasn’t too shocking, but it did happen for the wrong reasons.

Kat’s self-esteem is so shot, she gave her attention to the first person who was nice to her.

Alex deserves better than that.

And truthfully, Kat and Adena had so many fans, the shippers would chew out The Bold Type writers if they ruined what the two women had so they could set Kat up with a male.

Other Thoughts

  • Note to self: walking around naked is liberating.
  • The outfit Jacqueline wore while getting her morning workout in was everything.
  • It would be Jane’s luck to hit the new digital editor with her cab door and then berate him for not driving in the bike lane. Awkward.

It feels so good to finally have these ladies back, doesn’t it?

Let me know what you thought about the premiere, Cravers!

Are you excited to see what Sutton and Richard have in store? Are you happy Jane chose Pinstripe? Do you want Kat and Adena back together?

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The Bold Type – We’ll Always Have Paris (2×10)

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The Bold Type We'll Always Have Paris

Everything is better in Paris, even break-ups.

Kat might not feel that way, per say, but I can guarantee you, a break-up while you’re in Paris with your best friends and throwing a lavish and successful party for your company trumps a cold day in New York.

The Bold Type ended it’s season two run on a rather odd note.

Even though Sutton was the only one getting a happy ending and Jacqueline was virtually fired from Scarlet, everything had a rather peppy, “all’s well that ends well” tone.

Maybe it was just because of Sutton’s fairytale (and predictable) moment with Richard.

I’m not going to sit here and say that I didn’t “aww” and turn to mush when he offered to take the picture for her and Jane, revealing that he had left Jessica and followed his heart just as she was going to make the leap of faith, but seeing as that’s the unrealistic, predictable outcome, it did fall a little flat.

I was more moved by Sutton nailing her wardrobe styling session much to Oliver’s surprise proving that she was really good at her job and also, her breaking down and having a true heart-to-heart with the boss.

He may be demanding but Oliver is a good person deep down inside who wanted Sutton to follow her heart. It was a beautiful and unexpected moment. I think that’s the key here.

The Bold Type has spent most of season two addressing controversial topics that had the power to divide all the besties at one point. From gun ownership to owning your blackness to fertility treatments, it’s covered it all.

Am I really to believe that in this same world, a happy ending circa Cinderella just happens to exist? It was, dare I say, almost too cheesy.

As was Jane dropping everything to join her gal pals in Paris. If it was that easy, why didn’t she just think of it before they all departed?

It must be nice to just fly to Paris on a whim to get away from major life decisions that involve freezing your eggs and choosing which boy you prefer.

Jane’s been teeter-tottering between Pinstripe and Ben for a few episodes now.

I’ve always been into Pinstripe, but him bluntly saying that he didn’t care if Jane had a boyfriend and then kissing her, rubbed me the wrong way.

So often we don’t realize what we have till someone else has it but that doesn’t mean Ben, a really good guy, has to suffer because of it.

Ben has been by Jane’s side this whole time and surprisingly, wasn’t scared off by her bringing up having children at the beginning of their relationship.

Plus, he didn’t downright offer Jane money, he offered to get her into a program. Yes, they’d have to lie and say they lived together, but it came with fewer strings attached.

My fear, if I were Jane, would be that Pinstripe would somehow feel like any children I had in the future were his because he contributed.

Jane may have been the epitome of annoyance this whole season but I’m impressed with her decision to be her own Prince Charming.

There is definitely a problem with the world telling us that we as women cannot make fertility decisions for ourselves without the aide of a man because we cannot afford them.

And as far as topics that the series raises awareness on, insurance covering Viagra and vasectomies but not reproductive rights is one that needs to be underlined in red.

If insurance companies don’t deem women as valuable as men’s erections, how can we survive and thrive on our own?

That’s why, I loved that Jacqueline went ahead and published Jane’s piece.

Sure, Jane’s topic was personally motivated but it was important and related to many women.

If the ship is sinking, why not use this platform, a platform for women, to raise awareness that matters?

And shame on this whole board for being insulted that someone called them out on their bullshit.

They are aware that they are on a board for a feminist, groundbreaking, inspiring, women-leaning magazine?

Women need women that are supportive and will fight for them. Women need women like Jacqueline.

I hope that the board doesn’t replace her, but I fear for the sake of the story, come spring 2019, Jacqueline will no longer be sitting at the head of Scarlet.

And then, I fear what will happen to the thought-provoking magazine. Do men think they really have a better grasp on issues than she does?

If she can’t do it, who can?

And if the only measurement of success is how successful this Paris party was, well, I think Kat nailed it.

Despite going through her own personal drama, she figured out a way to make the Scarlet event something buzzy worthy by saying no phones allowed.

It goes back to the “you only want what you can’t have” mentality that I mentioned earlier.

Really the only way things are ever popular is if they are exclusive. Scarlet has to find a way to be attainable and exclusive at the same time.

Personally, I think Kat made a mistake by bringing Adena to Paris because it distracted her from the work.

Truthfully, all the girls brought their personal drama to a place that was supposed to be all about fashion week. Why not just let it go for a little bit? Why not enjoy the perks the job has to offer?

This, in itself, was proof that Kat’s just a little too clingy to Adena.

The worst part is that Kat wasn’t able to give Adena the space she needed to fuel her creativity.

Adena was more than accommodating when Kat needed to branch out and have experiences with women. Why couldn’t Kat?

Eventually, when Adena failed to show up for the party, it dawned on Kat that she needed to loosen her grip a little, but is that too late?

It also kind of seems like the writers are looking for any reason to create tension between Adena and Kat. Has there been a moment where these two just vibed without anything else messing it up?

Adena had so many chances to bring up how suffocated she felt in New York, but she never did. Maybe she was just in that honeymoon phase? But I fail to believe someone like Adena wouldn’t speak up about feeling trapped or unlike herself.

She’s too outspoken to be silenced and there have been other opportunities. Instead, she acted like getting her visa and coming to New York was the only thing she wanted. And then, only when Kat inquired about her art, did she actually confess to something more happening.

And realistically, Kat is probably working 9-5 so that gives her plenty of time to be working on her stuff. I just don’t think I understand the issue.

But maybe it’s about the old adage — if you love something, set it free, if it comes back it was meant to be.

I have no doubt in my mind that we’ll see Adena again because this didn’t feel like a permanent break-up. Though with all these issues arising every other day, I wonder if they are even in the right headspace to be in a relationship.

Do you think people will judge Sutton for dating a board member? People were surprisingly cool with an assistant dating a superior? Will she get a promotion in the fashion department? She was the one that needed to catch a break.

Will Kat and Adena figure things out? Will Jacqueline get replaced? Which guy did Jane decide was the one she wanted to share all her important moments with?

Are you hoping for less cliche moments next season?

I look forward to catching up with you Bold Typers in the spring!

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The Bold Type – Trippin’ (2×09)

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Apparently, a classic Babs Brady involves turning her whole life around and sticking to it.

The Bold Type found Sutton rushing home to find her birth certificate in order to get an exported passport so she could attend fashion week in Paris. Why it isn’t mandatory for her to have a current passport is beyond me.

But the series needed some reason to introduce this storyline so let’s just go with it. Sutton grabs the girls for a road trip during which she repeatedly warns them about what a drunk her mother is. And it’s fair because Sutton had to grow up in this situation, was forced to raise herself, and slept in the back of Billy’s truck to avoid dealing with the mess that came from said benders.

Sutton has every right to be upset and hurt and not in the mood for patching things up.

Except as it turns out, people can change. Sure, her ex Billy is still living in that small-town mindset and he’s still a flirt, but he’s also married. And Babs isn’t a drunk anymore, she’s turned things around for herself.

Sutton claims she’s been down this road before with Babs getting sober just long enough for her to find another destructive obsession. And again, Sutton’s feelings are valid.

The only person that can’t seem to accept that is Jane who continues to push Sutton into forgiving her mother and finally drops the “at least you have a mother” card. I really hoped she wouldn’t go there, especially because avoiding-real-life-problems Jane who drank a little too much and smoked Kats parents’ weed stash was kind of bearable.

But, alas, she went there and while it may have been disguised as good intentions from a caring friend, it was problematic on many levels.

I’m sorry that you lost your mother Jane, but that doesn’t mean everyone else should suddenly love theirs. Especially if their mothers never acted like mothers and made their childhood a living hell.

Just because someone carries the title, doesn’t mean they deserve it nor do they deserve love and forgiveness and fourth or fifth chances.

That kind of thinking is so juvenile and entitled. Jane really thought that there was a reality where that was okay.

Now, is it good that Sutton opened up to the idea? Yes, of course! If she wanted to reconcile with her mother, then absolutely. But it should have been done on her own terms and not out of guilt that someone’s mom died before they got to know them. Now, I know I sound like a completely heartless person, but I’m just so sick of Jane thinking she’s better than everyone this season. Jeez.

She was dealing with accepting the news of how the BRCA gene would affect her fertility in the future.

During the previous episode when she told Ben about it, he was a little insensitive but show me a guy who wouldn’t be when his girlfriend of a few months was talking about future children.

And I get that Jane didn’t necessarily want to deal with such major decisions at the moment, but giving her pamphlets was his way of trying to inform her and allow her to make an educated decision. How is that grounds for drowning your sorrows in liquor with your ex?

Ben deserves better. He was thinking of her health and her future!

In the end, she figured out that sometimes, there are just things that you have to face; things that cannot be delayed no matter how much you try to.

But at that point, I felt like she wasn’t mentally ready for a guy who cared for her in a real way.

And maybe that’s just the show trying to shove her back together with Pinstripe again. I’m convinced he just rides the elevator up and down until he runs into Jane.

He claims he got a book deal and used that success story to convince Jane that he cares about her in a more serious way as well. Personally, I think Jane’s just been giving him false hope. Who will she choose? Why sabotage Dr. McDreamy for Pinstripe?

Does she think life will be easier with him around?

Then there is Kat who can’t make her mind up about this whole dating thing. At first, I was open to the open relationship decision because I felt like her relationship with Adena would benefit from it.

But now, it seems like Kat’s just hooking up with anyone that has a vagina and expresses the slightest interest in her. Is she even attracted to these people? Is there anything more here that’s stimulating her emotional discovery?

Half-way through a random hook-up with a small town bartender, she realized she wanted to be exclusive with Adena because Adena called her about a problem at Scarlet that we all knew was going to be a problem from the beginning.

By the way, there is no way in hell I’m going to believe that someone as accomplished and influential as Jacqueline couldn’t foresee the negative side-effect of turning off Scarlet’s comments and disconnecting the voices of Scarlet from the brand. I mean, isn’t that the whole point? To open up a stream of communication and encourage them to engage with the content that focuses on social and topical issues?

She needs to reread the magazine’s mission statement. Also, is it odd that the board is thinking of removing her right around the same time Anna Wintour’s rumored retirement from Vogue surfaces? I may be stirring the pot a bit here.

Truthfully, I blame that new female board member who has had it out for Jacqueline since their first meeting.

Anyway, back to Kat’s complicated love life. She realizes she loves Adena over the stupidest reason and then eagerly tells her she’s done exploring other women.

Yet, when Adena tells her she’s going to be working instead of grabbing brunch with her, it looks like Kat is regretting her decision.

It seems to me like maybe this whole thing was more about getting attention than getting to know herself, her wants and her needs.

Do you think this is something Adena and Kat will be able to overcome? Is Sutton’s mom going to follow through on her promise? Is Richard really getting this serious with that new girl he’s dating? How do guys move on so quickly from the alleged “love of their lives?” Methinks they will have a romantic reunion in Paris!

Are you hoping that Jane gets a cab and never returns? Same.

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