It’s rare that someone looks forward to a season finale, but season 4 of The Bold Type has turned into a hot mess and it’s best that they take a break, remember what made the show so groundbreaking in the first place, and hit the reset button on the season altogether.
Many fans have been vocal about their displeasure with the turn that Richard and Sutton’s relationship has taken. And I’ll admit, right now, it’s the least appealing storyline right next to whatever is happening with Kat… more on that in a minute.
While Richard and Sutton’s relationship woes aim to showcase what happens when your happily ever after doesn’t go as planned, it’s ruining one of the show’s, nay, television’s, strongest relationships.
Richard and Sutton hit more than their fair share of bumps in the road, but they found a way to persevere, grow up, and grow with each other.
It’s fine if the writers wanted to hone in on the idea that sometimes great love isn’t sustainable. Realistically, marriages fail for all sorts of reasons including different ideas for the future and disagreements about children. It’s valid.
Both Richard and Sutton handled it the right way — she was outspoken and honest bout not wanting children, he left because he wants to be with someone who does. They both respected each other’s wishes even if it hurt like hell.
It’s devastating to lose the person you thought you were going to spend your life with, so I expected to explore sulking Sutton, but I can’t stand behind and watch the show turn her into a homewrecker on the verge of alcoholism aka Babs 2.0.
Instead of rising from the ashes, Sutton is becoming her mother. When she went back to her hometown, she made some bad decisions, namely, hooking up with Billy, her old high school sweetheart who is married and has a family. She was seeking the comfort of the familiar after her reality got ripped away from her, which to some degree is normal, but I think subconsciously, Sutton wanted to prove to herself that she’s no better than her mom and doesn’t deserve this great life that she built for herself — with or without Richard. When Billy’s wife told her “she’s just like her mother,” it triggered something inside of her, and it seems like we’re going to see that downward spiral play out in season 5. I truly hope Sutton can get a hold of herself and not allow that destructive behavior, which is so easy to fall into, to bring her down.
At this point, Sutton is becoming her own worst enemy. And seeing her chug that liquor down towards the end of the episode is not only heartbreaking but alarming. Alcoholism runs in my family, so I understand how real it is and why it needs to be addressed, but I also always loved that Sutton wasn’t defined by her past or her upbringing.
I also hope the series isn’t planning to bring Richard back into Sutton’s life to be her knight in shining armor. I’ve never been one to just turn my back on a couple I shipped, but I might have to jump ship here because it’s hard to see how these two could ever bounce back from what has happened. The Bold Type made choices that permanently severed the relationship between Sutton and Richard, and it needs to stay true to how that would play out realistically. There’s no fairytale ending here, and I can’t see them walking back to each other after this unless Sutton has a change of heart. But again, she was so decided that it is difficult to want that for her.
Personally, I much rather see Sutton mourn the relationship and throw herself into work — we all want to see who Sutton is without Richard!
My distaste for the demise of Sutton and Richard’s relationship has sucked the joy out of the rest of the episode, which found most of the ladies making some poor decisions. Well, everyone aside from Jane.
Her romantic drama with Scott was on the back burner (thankfully) as she focused on a story for the Failing Feminist reminiscent of the real-life Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell controversy. A young woman came to Jane about abusive behavior from her male editor, which required her and other girls to clean up the room after the boss’ sexcapades with his mistresses.
Jane and Jacqueline were both on-board to pursue the story with full force, but the latter changed her mind when her husband, Ian, mentioned that he dated Nicole Keating — the woman allegedly covering up for the scummy boss — while they were “on a break.” When Jacqueline first mentioned Ian worked at the company, I initially thought that Ian was going to end up being the pervy boss in the situation, especially since he and Jacqueline have been tirelessly working to fix their marriage. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case!
Ian was simply concerned that if the story went public, it would not only threaten his family but paint Jacqueline in a bad light as she would look like the scorned lover looking to retaliate and targeting Nicole.
And Jacqueline, who has been working so hard on salvaging her marriage, agreed to nix the story.
But honestly, when have “optics” ever stopped Jacqueline? I was shocked by her decision because it was so unlike her to put her own needs above a powerful expose. It’s a good thing Jane caught on and called her out on the behavior because as she pointed out, it went against everything Jacqueline taught her as a journalist. And if Jacqueline has so much confidence in Jane that she believes she’s “the future of Scarlet” (a major compliment to Jane, by the way), then she should have known Jane would figure it out.
Will this destroy the relationship that Jacqueline and Ian were trying to mend? For some reason, I don’t see Iceland happening!
And then there’s Kat, whose relationship with Ava isn’t doing her or her podcast any favors, but for some reason, she just cannot quit it.
Considering the backlash The Belle received because they gave a voice to a conservative Republican for its first guess, it seems like being involved with someone like Ava has the potential of doing more harm than good.
Also, wasn’t the point of the podcast to spotlight different views and members from all walks of life? I don’t understand the need to do “damage control” so quickly. Clearly, Kat hit the nail on the head with Ava as the first guest because it got people talking. Podcasts should explore the viewpoints of vastly different people.
While I’m all for the idea of embracing new ideologies and being open-minded to opposing views — and frankly, that’s necessary sometimes in politics — it isn’t enough to justify the romance between these two. Kat has been so progressive in every step of her life and outing RJ Safford, Ava’s father, for his support of conversion therapy, was her boldest move at fighting corruption. By pairing her up with Ava and allowing her to catch feelings, it undermines the power and importance of that very decision and leaves us with a largely unimpressive Kat.
Aisha Dee (who plays Kat Edison on the series) largely agreed as she took to Instagram earlier today to talk about the “confusing” and “out of character” relationship.
“It was heartbreaking to watch Kat’s story turn into a redemption story for someone else, someone who is complicit in the oppression of so many. Someone whose politics are actively harmful to her communities,” she wrote.
No one is saying Kat and Ava have to hate each other, no, they can respect each other, but I can think of countless better storylines more suited for Kat, who has been a trailblazer character throughout the show’s four-season run. The series botched the love story between Kat and Adena (who was completely missing this season), and it’s a shame that the best they could do is to use Kat as a prop in a relationship with a conservative white woman who, yes, is queer, but also, doesn’t protect her own community and stands for all the things that Kat doesn’t.
Let’s nix this story going into season 5 completely. We won’t forget it happened, but we’ll forgive the misstep if we get a storyline that embraces Kat as the queer, Black, outspoken, boss babe that she is and gives her a worthwhile romance.
There was a secondary plot featuring Alex and Andrew, who nails every scene. As Andrew’s drag persona, Jacqueline Carmichael, got praised for sticking up for Alicia in the bar, Alex was trolled for his inaction and called the death of masculinity. It’s unfair to judge his actions or assume his intentions based on a short, viral clip, but it shows us exactly how the world works. Too often, we pass judgments on people after watching a snippet and not hearing their side of the story.
It was surprising to me that Alex didn’t think to address the situation on his “Ask Alex” podcast. It would’ve been better than taking cheap shots on Twitter at the author of the article as the issue stemmed from his desire to honor his girlfriend’s wishes of remaining independent. I’m sure he’s not the only man struggling to walk that fine line of when to interfere and when to let your girl handle her own issues, so the topic would be engaging and informative while also allowing him to clear the air and reclaim his “manhood.”
What did you think of the episode?
Sound off below, Cravers!
‘The Bold Type’s Aisha Dee Calls For More Diversity, Scrutinizes Ava Storyline Ahead of Season 4 Finale
Ahead of tonight’s season finale of The Bold Type, Aisha Dee is calling out the series for lack of diversity. Additionally, she’s coming after an on-screen relationship that many fans are probably hoping to forget all about.
Dee not only stood up for her character, Kat Edison, whose character development and storylines suffered in the latter half of the season, but for all the girls and women who look like her.
In an open letter posted to Instagram, Dee said she was inspired by her own courageous, unapologetic, and outspoken character.
“What would Kat do? She would take a stand and advocate for herself and all other marginalized voices to influence change,” Dee wrote. “I am ready to push harder and speak louder for what matters to me: The diversity we see in front of the camera needs to be reflected in the diversity of the creative team behind the camera.”
The actress said that during the show’s four-season run, the series had one Black woman that directed, adding, it took “three seasons to get someone in the hair department who knew how to work with textured hair.” She added that it took “two seasons to get a BIPOC” in the writers’ room. And throughout the Kat and Adena torrid love story, no one in the writer’s room was a queer Black or Muslim woman.
Dee also expressed her frustrations with the “confusing” and “out of character” storyline of the season that found Kat falling for Ava, a conservative whose father supported gay conversion therapy.
Fans have been vocal about how much they dislike the storyline and even protested it on social media, and Dee didn’t hold back when she explained she felt exactly the same way.
“It was heartbreaking to watch Kat’s story turn into a redemption story for someone else, someone who is complicit in the oppression of so many. Someone whose politics are actively harmful to her communities,” she wrote.
She summed it up by saying that her words were coming from a place of love and care: “The Bold Type has done so much good, but it struggles to understand the intersections many of its characters live in,” she wrote. “For a show that frequently uses words like intersectionality, inclusion, discourse, and the various isms, I wonder how its stories may have been elevated had they been told through the lens of people with more varied lived experience.”
“By speaking out, I’m taking a risk,” she concluded. “It’s scary, but it’s worth it. This is not judgment. This is a call to action. We deserve to see stories that are for us, by us.”
Sounds like something our girl Kat would say!
We’ve seen Kat’s fearlessness pay off on screen, and it’s heartwarming to know that it carries over into reality. Shortly after Dee posted her letter — and got the support of her two on-screen and real-life besties Katie Stevens (Jane) and Meghann Fahy (Sutton) — Freeform and Universal TV responded in a joint statement acknowledging the issues she raised.
“We applaud Aisha for raising her hand and starting conversations around these important issues. We look forward to continuing that dialogue and enacting positive change,” the statement said. “Our goal on The Bold Type is and has always been to tell entertaining, authentic stories that are representative of the world that Kat, Jane and Sutton live in — we can only do that if we listen,” it added.
Let’s hope that come season 5, the series will nix that terrible love story and give Kat a worthy romance that embraces her as queer Black woman.
The Bold Type Review – [Spoiler] Breaks Up (4×15)
The ladies of The Bold Type found themselves navigating the various exciting and/or complicated stages of love that propelled their relationships in new directions — some for the better and some for the worst.
The episode strayed from the usual format focusing individually on Jane, Kat, Jacqueline, and Sutton’s relationships, which was necessary for the big reveal towards the end as it provided a resolution to the Sutton and Richard baby drama.
Richard and Sutton fell under the “unconditional love” because that unconditional love has carried them through some really tough times and got to where they are today.
But unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.
If you’ve been paying attention to their romance of the years, the outcome wasn’t entirely shocking, but it was heartbreaking nonetheless and will allow Meaghann Fahy to explore the most vulnerable and emotional parts of her character. She’s been doing such a great job with bringing the feels and delivering those gut-punching scenes that I have no doubt she’ll follow through in whatever the writers throw her way.
Though, admittedly, I’m not a fan of the dissolution of Richard and Sutton. It makes sense following their self-discovery, but it’s not a storyline I wanted to pursue as a fan of the couple who has overcome all odds.
I was hoping we’d get to see them navigate the age difference with Sutton learning to prioritize her career and her marriage while her friends were still in the “discovery” phase. Finding your heart’s desire is a blessing but it can also be a curse when it happens so young and you don’t have anyone your age that you can relate to. Sutton was setting a great example.
It would have also allowed Sutton’s character not to repeat her mother’s mistakes by being a good and loving mom to her future children. Through her relationship with Carly, we know Sutton has what it takes to be a great mother.
However, once the writers made the choice that Sutton knew she didn’t want kids, they had to go with it without hesitation.
Richard and Sutton moved mountains to be together, but sadly, disagreeing on wanting children is not something they could get over, push aside, or ignore. As much as it pains me to see them go their separate ways, there wasn’t any other way this could have resolved itself that wouldn’t end up in some form of resentment from both parties.
While you usually want to talk about children prior to the wedding, it wasn’t either of their faults because they weren’t being honest with themselves or each other. They wanted things to work so badly, but it’s like putting a square puzzle piece into a circle. No matter how hard you try, it doesn’t fit.
They love each other so much that Richard knew letting Sutton go was the right thing in the long run no matter how much it hurts now.
However, this also brought up some interesting points about how Richard was always bending to please Sutton. Will she still like her life now when he’s not in it?
While Sutton has made some sacrifices for Richard, I’ll agree that for the most part, he’s been the one giving things up to make her happy. And I’m glad that it didn’t happen this time. Richard drew the line because he wanted a family more.
In a way, it almost seemed like Sutton thought he would once again concede and put her desires first — she seemed sure of it, and when that wasn’t the case, the gravity and reality of the situation caved in on her.
The Bold Type would’ve been sending the wrong message had one of them compromised on such a major decision. And hopefully, they don’t bring them together again with one of them changing their minds because that’s unrealistic. They were both confident in their choices and again, while I wasn’t pleased with where the narrative was heading, I respected that they stood firm in their wants and beliefs. Sutton and Richard are both headstrong, independent who never waver in what they want. The only way this storyline holds its power is if they stay broken up.
Kat and Jane both fell under the umbrella of “forbidden love” because their romantic interests aren’t exactly 100% kosher in the workplace or in society.
Last week’s episode of The Bold Type revealed Kat had the hots for Ava, the super conservative daughter of the former Scarlet head honcho, RJ Safford, that cost Kat her job after she exposed him.
I’ll be blunt that I’m not into this relationship at all. I don’t think Ava has good intentions, and I don’t think Kat, who risked her career to out his stance on conversion therapy, would willingly fall into his daughter’s arms. It doesn’t stay true to her character — a character who doesn’t conform to be comfortable, who stands up for her beliefs, and who aims to use her voice for better.
There’s finding common ground with Ava, and then there’s bypassing everything you stand for because you’ve got the hots for her.
But for Kat’s sake, Ava was also feeling the vibes.
After the successful launch of Kat’s podcast, the ladies let go of all that pent up chemistry and well, you know things are going to get complicated. The relationship doesn’t make much sense as the ladies butt heads on nearly every point, but since when does love follow any sort of logic?
Jane’s relationship with Scott didn’t progress nearly as quickly as Kat’s with Ava, but after following a story together centered around a sexist workplace that fired and refused to hire attractive women out of a fear that they would be a liability for men who cannot control themselves amid the “Me Too” movement, Scott took the opportunity to shoot his shot. It was an odd moment to lay out his feelings, for sure, but he had a fair point about the difficulties of working with someone you’re attracted to.
We know Jane felt the same way despite it making things complicated because she’s his boss. I’ll be the one to point out that workplaces romances very rarely end well and things are bound to get awkward, but at least Scott proved to be respectful because he made it clear he wouldn’t pursue Jane if she wasn’t into it. He obviously differs a great deal from the men in their expose.
Jane didn’t need to leave him hangings as she clearly reciprocates his feelings, but she was also surprised by his boldness and transparency. The moment caught her off guard, and she was saved by the bell thanks to an emergency call from Sutton.
At the end of the day, relationships come and go, but friendship is forever. The Bold Type has made that their mission statement and this drove that point home tenfold. Friendship trumps everything including relationships that are in the heat of the moment.
Sutton sent up the bat signal and her girls answered! And it’s a good thing because there’s never been a moment that Sutton needed the ladies more.
The episode would have done well by just focusing on the three ladies, but in excelled by incorporating Jacqueline’s romance. She’s been going to therapy with Ian to get their marriage back on track, so they fittingly fell under the umbrella of “rekindled love.”
The first step is wanting to make things better in a relationship, the second step is to actively make those changes. Ian and Jacqueline attempted by playing tennis together, but Ian eventually snapped and called her out for undermining him and always needing to be right.
Jacqueline’s pride got in the way, again, and she rejected the notion that her behavior was dismissive, but after chatting with Richard about his drama with Sutton, she realized she was always shutting down anything Ian said because she was afraid of being vulnerable and hurt again.
If there’s anything to take away from Sutton and Richard’s relationship its the importance of listening to your significant other and taking their thoughts and ideas into consideration.
The fifth love story focused on Alex and Alicia in the “complicated love” phase. He wanted to respect her boundaries and the fact that she was an independent woman, so he didn’t intervene when some guy was hitting on her at the bar, but he realized, she needed it.
Love can be complicated at times, but you always have to follow your gut. It was a minor love story, and I have to say, it wasn’t Alex that shined in the scene, it was Andrew in drag!
The Bold Type explored love in all its different stages before honing in on the very idea that friendship is forever and the only constant.
What did you think of the episode? Are you happy or sad about Richard and Sutton?
Do you like Ava and Kat’s relationship? And do you think Jane should pursue something serious with Scott or is she crossing a line?
The Bold Type Review – Sutton and Richard Disagree on the Future, Kat Learns Ava’s Secret (4×14)
Embracing your truth — no matter how difficult — is important.
The ladies of The Bold Type made some necessary discoveries about themselves on “The Truth Will Set You Free,” some for the better, others for the worst, but none of them all that surprising.
There was nothing shocking about Kat’s attraction towards foe-turned-friend-and-possibly-more, Ava. They didn’t get off on the right foot, but there was palpable chemistry between the two of them through every brief interaction leading up to Ava’s reveal that she’s a lesbian. Simply putting that out there made Kat more aware of her attraction to Ava, and in a weird way, as she was pursuing her for the podcast, she was also pursuing her romantically.
Kat’s realization was ill-timed as she uttered Ava’s name during a romantic moment with her current partner, but at least she admitted what she was subconsciously feeling. The truth shall set you free.
While I’m not a huge fan of Ava, I do like that she challenges Kat to see the other side of things. Kat is an outspoken liberal who sees things through her own perspective and lens, but Ava is the opposite of everything Kat believes a Republican is. And while they may disagree on many issues, it opens up an honest, purposeful conversation that is much-needed in our current political climate.
Are Sutton and Richard over? They are the couple I truly believe in wholeheartedly, but this is one situation where suggesting a compromise is unfair to both parties. The miscarriage made Richard want children even more, while Sutton realized she doesn’t want them at all. There is no middle ground, no gray area, it’s black and white. Richard shouldn’t have to give up his wants and desires and neither should Sutton.
So many things have been pulling Richard and Sutton in different directions — their age, society, and their career goals — but they managed to make it through because of their love for one another. But if they love each other, they know that the only thing to do is to go their separate ways if neither person is willing to give up something so important to them.
And while I don’t want them to break-up, I kind of love that Sutton didn’t agree to a middle ground and followed her heart and her gut. So often in society, women are told that they should want kids and they should be happy when it happens. Some women just know they want them, and that’s great, more power to you. Others know they want them in the future but they aren’t ready right now, and that’s okay too. But Sutton knew she wasn’t going to change her mind. This wasn’t a phase, and it wasn’t something that would change five-years down the line, and that’s just as valid as the woman who instinctively knows she was meant to be a mom.
The Bold Type always pushes the envelope and embraces the hard conversations because it’s important to give everyone a voice. Sutton didn’t waver even though she knew it could cost her everything that she loved about her current life.
Hopefully, Richard and Sutton will be as brave as she was when it comes to deciding what their next steps should be.
Jane continued to struggle with her post-mastectomy body. I don’t necessarily agree with her assessment that she was “feeling sorry for herself” because again, she was struggling with her identity; she wasn’t feeling like herself and she didn’t know how to get out of her funk, for lack of a better term. However, she didn’t just sit around and mope either. She was proactive about overcoming the resentment and anxiety by going on a date with her boobs, taking them on a night on the town, and sure, those things didn’t work, but it proves Jane’s resilience. She isn’t the kind of person that’s going to give up and wallow around in self-pity.
Turns out, all she needed to do was a good old-fashioned chat with her dad. Nothing worked because Jane needed to change her perspective. She wasn’t looking at the procedure as a blessing but rather a curse. When her father came to town, he reminded her that because she made this brave choice and put herself first, she had time to find herself.
She made a decision that saved her life — the same privileges were not given to her late mother.
While its understandable Jane will continue to struggle a bit, it’s important that she realizes just how lucky she is and learns that she deserves to embrace and enjoy her life. And most importantly, that she doesn’t waste this second chance.
Regardless of what we’re going through in life, I think that’s an important reminder we could all use on some level.
The ladies owned their truth and relied on each other when times got tough, so even though it was predictable for Kat to fall for Ava, Sutton to realize she doesn’t want children, and Jane to finally accept her new boobs, seeing them work through it and bravely choices that reflected their truth was a joy.
This is one TV friendship I don’t take for granted.
What did you think of the episode? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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