It’s okay to ask for help. In fact, it’s encouraged.
On The Bold Type Season 4 Episode 13, Sutton, Kat, Jane, and even Jacqueline sought out the help of others as they dealt with varying stages of grief.
Jane was grieving the loss of her identity following her double mastectomy, Kat was grieving her past and memories as she fought to carve out her new path, Jacqueline was grieving the loss of a relationship that made her feel alive, but the gut-punch came with Sutton’s grief over her unexpected miscarriage.
Meghann Fahy’s layered performance during this episode gave me chills. She flawlessly captured the emotions of numbness, loss, and shame in such a nuanced way that resonates with many women. We’re used to seeing Sutton as the happy, bright, and go-lucky character, but this was an emotional pull that allowed her to dig much deeper.
Miscarriage happens to so many women and yet, it’s a topic that isn’t widely talked about on television. Thankfully, The Bold Type isn’t the kind of show that’s afraid to go there, and I mean really go there, with taboo topics.
The miscarriage, much like the pregnancy, came as a shock to Sutton and Richard. The rug was pulled right from under them as the future that seemed so promising prior to their first ultrasound appointment had vanished.
Sutton didn’t know how to feel, but every little emotion she felt was valid.
She tried to distract herself with work in order to help make sense of what she was feeling, or rather, what she wasn’t feeling.
Eventually, she realized that the numbness was masking a sense of relief, a feeling she was ashamed and disgusted by because babies are a blessing and something we should want.
It’s okay to want a baby one day but also be relieved that the one day isn’t now, which seems to be what Sutton realized when working with her kindergartener client.
And that’s something the series will dig into deeper because Richard’s upset and hurt reaction to the miscarriage reveals he was ready for a baby now.
Will this destroy what Sutton and Richard worked so hard to build?
Prior to the wedding, the couple never talked about having kids because it seemed like it was so far away and now, there’s a chance it threatens that marriage because they’re on two different pages.
Richard is older than Sutton, which isn’t talked about often, but this will bubble that up to the top and force us to acknowledge the age-difference and that what they want is vastly different. Can live make it work? Can they compromise?
The reality is that Sutton is only 26. She has the career she’s dreamt about her whole life and a bright future ahead of her. It’s not exactly surprising that she isn’t in the headspace to give all of that up, even temporarily, to raise a child.
Jane’s struggles continued when she didn’t feel like herself. Kat’s suggestion to get back into the dating scene via a dating app may have been propelled by good intentions, but Jane’s problems aren’t going to be solved by hopping on the train to “bone town.”
Jane suppressed many feelings from her breakup with Ryan, but it was a minor issue in terms of learning to love herself again and be comfortable in her own skin.
In a surprising twist, Jane got some sound advice from Scotty, which was interesting because though he cannot understand what she’s going through, he does know what helped him with his own grief of losing a parent.
The idea of reaching out to people who have gone through something similar and finding a support group resonated with Jane. As Grey’s Anatomy fans would put it, Jane found her “people.”
There’s a romance bubbling between Jane and Scotty that I can’t say I’m too excited about. Their platonic relationship seems to be what Jane needs now, plus, if she becomes involved now while she’s finding herself, she’ll once again become as co-dependent as she was with Ryan.
We don’t need that. Jane just learned she can stand on her own two feet, there’s no reason for her to fall back into old habits.
However, since we know the show is going to go there no matter how much the fans object, let’s just hope that whatever happens between Jane and Scotty will be rooted in friendship first and foremost.
Kat struggled with letting go of the past to make room for her future, but in her case, holding onto the past was like trying to hold grains of sand in your hand — you can try to stop it, but they’ll slip away regardless.
It was understandable that Kat wanted to hold on to pieces of her life because that’s all she had left. Everything else was gone and falling apart. Doing the right thing cost Kat a lot of her personal life.
But if there’s anyone who can do it, it’s Kat, the chameleon of the group. She’s endured the most character growth as she’s constantly changing, evolving, and bettering herself.
When she says that “so much has changed” since she ran for City Council, she truly means it.
Kat’s not the type of person whose identity and existence could be amounted by personal and material belongings, and once she learned that, she was free to be the person that this next chapter of her life needed.
The podcast seems like something right up her alley — it’s a logical next step that capitalizes on her the expertise she perfected at Scarlet while merging her passion for social justice issues and evoking change.
And if that means we get more scenes between her and Alex, I’m here for it. Their friendship is so adorable, and the joy that spread across his face when she gifted him Pokemon stickers was incredibly sweet and heartwarming.
I can’t say I’m too excited about Kat’s path crossing with Ava Rhodes again. Even from that quick snippet, there’s some chemistry that I don’t think the series should explore. It feels too weird, especially because this is the woman that cost Kat everything and forced her to reinvent herself.
Even Jacqueline dealt with “what could have been” when Ian brought up Miles Shaw. While it was surely awkward for her husband to bring up her recent lover, it needed to be acknowledged in a mature way as it didn’t feel right that she just abandoned the man that made her feel alive again.
Miles helped remind Jacqueline that she was a beautiful woman worthy of being loved — that’s not something you just forget, which is why she kept the article he wrote by her nightstand.
It was a reminder of a time where she felt most like herself, and subconsciously, she aspired for that in her relationship with Ian.
Ian handled the situation well, all things considered, and though the storyline was wrapped up too neatly, it’s good to see that therapy is working for the two of them. Jacqueline felt comfortable enough to be honest with him, while Ian actually listened to her concerns and wanted her to see herself the way he sees her.
What did you think of the episode?
How will Sutton and Richard move forward?
Will Kat’s podcast take off? And will Jane find the self-TLC she needs?
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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