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The Bold Type Review – Adena’s Back! (5×03)

Jane, Sutton, and Kat. Courtsey of Freeform: Jonathan Wen

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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.

Jane sitting at her desk. (Freeform/Jonathan Wenk)

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.

Kat and Adina sitting together. (Freeform/Jonathan Wenk).

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.

Jane, Sutton, and Kat (Freeform/ Jonathan Wen).

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!

Stray Musings:

  • 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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9 TV Shows We’re Sad to Leave Behind in 2021

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11 TV Shows We're Sad to Say Goodbye to 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.

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The Bold Type Series Finale – A Bold Goodbye (5×06)

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The Bold Type Series Finale

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.

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Sutton and Richard on The Bold Type Series Finale. (Freeform/Jonathan Wenk)

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.

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Kat and Adena hold hands, The Bold Type Series Finale. (Freeform/Jonathan Wenk)

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.

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Jane on The Bold Type Series Finale. (Freeform/Jonathan Wenk)

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.

The End
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Kat, Sutton, and Jane hug one last time on The Bold Type Series Finale. (Freeform/Jonathan Wenk)

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.

Final Musings:
  • 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!


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The Bold Type Review- Big Wins For All (5×05)

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Jacqueline and Jane on The Bold Type Season 5 Episode 5

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.

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Jacqueline and Jane on The Bold Type Season 5 Episode 5. (Freeform/Jonathan Wenk)

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.

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Richard on the phone on The Bold Type. (Freeform/Jonathan Wenk)

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.

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Kat and Adena stand together in the lobby on The Bold Type. (Freeform/Jonathan Wenk)

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.

Stray Musings:

  • 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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