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?
WATCH: Freeform Drops ‘The Bold Type’ Fifth and Final Season Trailer
Raise a glass to the final season of The Bold Type.
Freeform unleashed a trailer for the final 6 episodes of the fashion-focused drama and things are heating up between old flames, while new ones are also on the horizon.
Kat is still trying to get over her problematic hook-up with Ava, while her ex, Adeena, is back in her life.
After a disagreement about children, Sutton and Richard ended their brief marriage. But it seems that all is not lost as the teaser shows them having trouble letting go (and still hooking up).
I have faith that Sutton and Richard will figure it out because they’ve always been #relationshipgoals.
Jane’s continuing to find her voice and is possibly, definitely developing feelings for a writer that’s “under her.”
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‘The Bold Type’ Announces Final Season Premiere Date
Mandatory meeting in the fashion closet.
The Bold Type previously announced that its fifth season will be its last, and now, we have a premiere date!
Freeform announced the series will return on Wednesday, May 26!
— The Bold Type (@TheBoldTypeTV) April 8, 2021
Per the synopsis, Kat, Jane, and Sutton are “on the brink of defining who they really are and how best to leave their mark on the world.”
Season 4 ended prematurely on July 16, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As a refresher, the season ended with Sutton and Richard splitting, Kat hooking up with Eva despite the two sharing significantly different political views and then calling things off, and Jane challenging Jacqueline on a controversial story that involved her husband while also possibly crushing on one of her writers.
The upcoming final season will be miniature in size as it will only feature six episodes.
‘The Bold Type’ Gets Renewed for Mini Fifth and Final Season
This calls for one final meeting in the fashion closet!
Freeform hit fans of the workplace drama with a mix of good news followed by immediate bad news. The ladies of The Bold Type are getting one more season, which will serve as a proper goodbye.
The network renewed the series for a fifth (yay!) and final (boo!) season on Wednesday, January 27.
“The Bold Type has been a gift that has truly changed my life,” executive producer Wendy Straker Hauser said in her own statement. “I spent my twenties in New York City working in magazines, so in many ways the show feels very personal to my experiences. I have truly loved writing this show and living in this world. I will miss it terribly, but I am so grateful for the opportunity and glad to know it’s been a comfort to so many people out there.”
According to the network, the final season will see the “trio is on the brink of defining who they really are and how best to leave their mark on the world. Their futures are bright, and their love and support for each other will never change.”
The final season will consist of 6 episodes, which doesn’t seem like nearly enough to wrap up all the cliffhangers of season 4. We’ve spent so much time with these girls — getting to know them, going through the ups and downs, growing and crying with them — that 6 episodes feels like a disservice to fans.
Even though the fourth season was cut short due to the pandemic, Kat, Sutton, and Jane still had a lot going on.
Sutton’s (Meghann Fahy) marriage to Richard was falling apart after the two had a disagreement about children. In a moment of recklessness, she slept with her married high school boyfriend. Jane (Katie Stevens) was developing feelings for one of her employees and pursuing a controversial piece about an inappropriate workplace romance that Jacqueline told her to shut down. Meanwhile, Kat (Aisha Dee) slept with Ava, the conservative daughter of the former Scarlet president who she exposed for funding gay conversion therapy.
See… many storylines that need to be wrapped up. Hopefully, The Bold Type finds the right way to say goodbye to these fearless, bold, and inspiring women who we’ve come to call our best friends over the years.
No word on when the final season will premiere.
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