The Bold Type is back for the second half of season 4, and while the hiatus was brief, that didn’t make us miss the show any less!
The episode titled “Leveling Up” found Jane, Kate, and Sutton doing just that — leveling up in their lives and careers.
The season 4B premiere picks up after Jane’s double mastectomy. Though the road to recovery was tough, especially without Ryan, it helped that she had her besties, Sutton and Kat, by her side along with Alex, who stuck around for two additional months to make sure she was okay.
We’re breaking down some of the biggest moments of the premiere below:
As previously mentioned, Jane’s post-surgery recovery was handled with tender love, grace, and care. Jane’s journey was never going to be easy, but it was realistic. She was in pain, she was depressed, but she was determined to get better. The Bold Type doesn’t shy away from bold realities, but rather, underscores how important it is to have a support system of friends you can introduce your “news friends” to aka her new breasts. The scene of the ladies feeling Jane’s boobs and then holding each other’s was classic The Bold Type — a true reminder of why we love these ladies so much.
But despite getting better and feeling physically stronger, Jane was still struggling with her identity. The new boobs didn’t feel like her which led her to have a it of an identity crisis. Her first day back at Scarlet was intense as Jacqueline informed her that a lot is riding on the feminist vertical, Failing Feminist, she’s spearheading. The pressure coupled up with Jane’s insecurities about her bigger chest led to some awkward interviews and moments of self-doubt.
Jane needed a push in the right direction, and it turned out to be landing an interview at the Belle, an exclusive, membership-only club, that Jane dangled in front of a Gen Z writer, would do the trick. Kat may have embellished slightly to land Jane the interview, but she was only exaggerating slightly about how awesome Jane was. I have no doubt that if Scarlet Magazine landed an exclusive with Michelle Obama, it would be Jane who snagged the interview. Jane’s proved she was worthy of the membership by showcasing her vulnerability about her mastectomy and how she’s struggling to find herself and her place in the world. Eventually, Jane realized that her looks didn’t define her; on the inside, she was still the same determined, successful, and overachieving Jane who earned the vertical because she was qualified.
Jane’s journey has been one that I’ve enjoyed watching. After breaking up with Ryan, she found her feminist voice and realigned with her beliefs and what she stood for, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to pretend to know everything. She’s able to acknowledge that in order for her vertical to succeed, she needs a diverse and well-rounded team that includes a writer who redefines male masculinity and a Gen Z’er whose approach to situations and interests differ largely from Jane’s.
By simply wanting to do well and form the best, representative group, Jane is proving she has what it takes to be a great boss. There may be hiccups along the road, but she’s fully equipped to deal with them.
Sutton is Pregnant
It took Sutton way too long to figure out that she was pregnant. The moment she felt dizzy and needed a Tums, I knew something was up. The comment about returning from her honeymoon just solidified the pregnancy storyline.
And while I didn’t think the series would jump from wedding to baby as quickly as it did, it also seems like neither did Sutton. They went there, and I’m glad they did. The series is always pushing the boundaries as it tackles real life issues and offers commentary on current societal issues.
A huge issue in the workplace is pregnancy, not only when it comes to maternity leave (a huge issue in and of itself), but also, the fear that pregnancy will derail the career you’ve worked so hard for. This is where I see Sutton’s issues stemming for. I have no doubt Scarlet is an open-minded and progressive workplace that will accept and celebrate Sutton’s pregnancy. We know Oliver and Jacqueline are the kind of managers to support rather than dismiss such a big life moment. But it will be interesting to see how it shapes her career or defines it
. Sutton just got a promotion for her dream role of stylist. Sutton even says in the promo for next week’s episode that she doesn’t know “any pregnant stylists.” How will she juggle the responsibilities? Will her outlook change? Will she realize that the career she’s dreamt about her whole life isn’t as important? Or will she learn that she’s capable of juggling them both?
A child is always a blessing, but for many millennials, there’s a huge fear that it will put a wrench in their career balance since they have to take time off. Some think they will have to start from the ground up, others that they won’t be taken seriously, and some that they won’t be up to spend on the new trends. It may not be accurate, but so many young women feel like they have to choose between having a baby and a career in these competitive times. Therefore, I’m intrigued to see how The Bold Type embraces this storyline.
There’s also Sutton’s friendships — she’s in a different space than Kat and Jane, and while they will always have her back and be there for her, it may prove difficult for Sutton to common ground once she becomes a mom. And, of course, there’s also the issue of their long-distance marriage, which won’t work once the baby is born.
It opens up so many avenues of whether she wanted kids, right down to whether her own experience with her mother will affect her decision.
Of course, Sutton didn’t even take a pregnancy test yet, so maybe her period is just late. We’ll have to watch and see.
But seeing how Sutton dealt with Mara, the child actress whose reputation was tarnished because of one bad day, and how she fought to give her a second chance even putting her career on the line, tell me that that Sutton has all the qualities that make a good mother.
Kat the Activist
Kat post-Scarlet life is different than I imagined but it’s also completely fitting. Without her magazine gig, Kat has found freedom in fighting injustices around the world, most recently, climate change.
Having a voice, making a statement, having an opinion — these are all things Kat values, and they will making finding a job that embraces her free-spirited nature, feeds her soul, and pays the bills, quite difficult.
Kat is going to have to balance being an activist for change while also making enough money to afford the lifestyle she’s become accustomed to in New York.
The good thing is, Kat seems open to giving up a little bit of that luxury to keep her voice.
About halfway through the episode, I found myself rolling my eyes at how easy it was for Kat to not only land an interview but to also get a job offer. She went from protesting to almost signing a contract at a promising start-up. It was unrealistic for our current day even for someone as accomplished as Kat. So, it made sense that there was a catch that taught a life-lesson.
The new job aimed to silence Kat and take away the freedoms to make personal statements about things that matter by enticing her with a huge sign on bonus.
It’s understandable that a company wants to protect itself, but that’s not a place Kat can feel fulfilled, and I’m glad she knew that.
She acknowledged that she’s privileged enough to take some time to figure her life out and what she wants to do, which will serve the storyline as Kat and Jane will get to be roomies now!
It also seems Kat is exploring new relationships, though, it’s unclear what happened with Adena. Is she still at Scarlet?
What did you think of the The Bold Type Season 4B premiere? Sound off in our comments!
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.
The Bold Type Review – Microdosing for Clarity? (5×04)
With the girls wound up and stressed about their current situation in life on The Bold Type Season 5 Episode 4, Kat has the perfect solution for them–microdosing. Now, they’re not necessarily advocating for psychedelics being the answer, but they’re not really saying they’re not, right?
This hour was a much-needed laugh. It was like standing up and shaking everything off.
As Jane is struggling to be the boss Addison needs, she finds herself reading way too many self-help books on how to be a good manager.
Jacqueline sees the wear on Jane and sends her home as any good boss should. Jacqueline is the boss everybody needs to take notes from, seriously!
Initially, Jane comes off as that teacher who’s trying too hard to be cool and accessible. But, while Jane learns that her solution doesn’t totally lie in loosening up, aka her shroom trip didn’t go so well, she does learn later that what she needs is to just give Addison attention.
While Jane puts Jacqueline on a pedestal, as one should, the best way for Jane to be a good mentor is to get down on Addison’s level and to be vulnerable. There’s nothing she’s going to say that will be perfect and God-like. That trait’s reserved for Jacqueline.
Meanwhile, Kat the “shroompa loompa” is reveling in her success from her recent #DontTurnAway campaign. However, her boss isn’t quite as impressed. I love Kat and her tenacity to fight the good fight, but I don’t think she always goes about it the best way.
She’s always taking things into her own hands and assuming that as long as it has good results, she’s in the right. Although, she did get The Bell to change their policy on hiring the previously incarcerated, so good job, Kat.
Unfortunately, Kat’s back to the unemployed life, by choice this time. And she’s found her spark again. With her killer skills in marketing and her mission, she’s finding her way.
Adena’s absence was sorely missed, and I’m still holding onto hope that their relationship is rekindled in the last two episodes. It was good to see the girls focusing solely on themselves and their careers rather than on boys and girls.
Albeit, Sutton’s boy problems have escalated. In previous episodes, Sutton has been staying strong through the divorce with a little too much help from alcohol. And as we know, addiction runs in her family.
As she’s been trying to throw herself entirely into her work, she hasn’t faced her problems head-on. She continues to brush them off and hasn’t given them the proper focus, putting her job at risk.
Oliver gives her a real talk and tells her that he’s worried about her substance abuse. Surprisingly, Sutton takes the news well and later agrees with Kat that therapy is the right choice.
Things are starting to wrap up nicely on The Bold Type. The trio is on their way to embodying this title fully, and it makes me really sad knowing that the ending is just around the corner. So, for now, let’s just enjoy the time we have!
What did you think of this latest installment? Leave your comments down below!
- The animations and graphics team must have had a blast. The fun animations with the sparkles and the colorful psychedelics really made you feel like you were tripping too.
- Andrew’s face was priceless when Kat was unloading the truth onto him. It’s okay Andrew, we’d all be suck-ups to Jacqueline too.
- Can we just take a moment and talk about Jane’s marker mishap? The scene in and of itself was hilarious, but the cuts between each take definitely showed the marker drawn on with varying intensity and that made it even funnier.
The Bold Type Review – Adena’s Back! (5×03)
Now that the fires have been extinguished, the girls are back to normal on The Bold Type Season 5 Episode 3. While it’s sad to see the aftermath of Sutton’s divorce, she’s right back where she belongs–in that small, tiny shoebox apartment living with her besties.
Many people critique the show saying it sets unrealistic standards for living in NYC, but this episode certainly set the record straight. Not only did they have to thriftily transform a closet into a bedroom for Sutton, Andrew finally told Jacqueline that his assistant salary was unlivable, and he was forced to work a second job to survive.
If those scenarios don’t scream NYC, I don’t know what does.
Jacquline wasn’t the only boss who received a wake-up call from unhappy employees. It was the first time we really saw Jane in a leadership position after receiving a very average evaluation from Addison, one of her writers. Sometimes it seems like Jane’s so focused on climbing her own career ladder that she doesn’t always give her writers the proper attention or feedback.
While Jane was too preoccupied with trying to make her relationship with Scott HR official, she was blind to her favoritism toward him. Addison finally woke her up and reminded her that she’s only as good as her team. So here’s hoping Jane can pull it together and be the mentor Jacqueline was for her.
Or else, she’ll be losing much more than employees.
Meanwhile, Kat was back working with Adena! Can you tell I’m excited? The tension between them was crystal clear. No matter how hard Kat was trying to convince Sutton and Jane that she and Adena were just friends, she was really trying to convince herself. “We’re just friends” are the last words every ex says before they’re back in the same saddle.
The writers did a good job trying to throw us off by sending Adena on many secret phone calls that ended in “I love you’s.” But, it’s obvious they were not going to just bring her back for an episode simply to collaborate with Kat on a project.
Kat’s concern with Adena’s dating life is sweet, and the look she gives Adena when she’s in her element photographing is pure love. It’s quickly revealed that Adena’s mother is in town, and she’s the other voice at the end of the “I love you’s.” I’m pretty sure there was an audible sigh of relief when Kat realized it wasn’t a new lover.
Their reunion, although rushed, is much needed. And beggars can’t be choosers, so we’ll take what we can get. Now, don’t let us down!
Now that Sutton’s divorce is official, she was struggling with everyone tiptoeing around her. Although, I’m not sure how she expected everyone to react and treat her. Divorce is a big deal!
She really only wanted people to ignore the fact that Richard smashed her heart into smithereens because she didn’t want to fall apart. It’s still impressive how “ok” she was. But, it’s a good thing she clarified that her emotions are day-by-day, and she admitted she might be broken the next minute. Let’s just hope Sutton receives a good ending.
This show is about three bold women and their journey through career, love, and friendship. New York City is a hard city. It hardens people and gives them thick skin. Especially in the magazine industry, it’s not an easy career. So between NYC and their careers, they’ve been forced to evolve purely in the midst of their environment.
Heck, Jane was barely a writer in Season 1, and now she has her own vertical and manages her own team. Sutton was a coffee runner who fought her way to the prestigious stylist position she completely thrives in. And Kat, well, although she may have fallen in her career ladder, she’s no failure. Still fighting for those without voices, Kat’s going to change the world.
This hour really showcased each woman and highlighted her most profound character arc. There’s still much more that can happen in these next three episodes. I don’t mean to get sentimental before the finale even airs.
So please stop me, and comment down below your thoughts on the episode!
- By the end of this episode, I think we all learned we need a best friend whose divorce and marriage are within a year of each other. That way you can secure all the good wedding gifts. Like a breadmaker!
- Did anyone else catch Jacqueline’s coffee mug reference to The Office?
- Cute matching bowling shirts? Can the trio get any cuter?
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