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The Bold Type – The New Normal (3×01)

THE BOLD TYPE - "The New Normal" - Picking up right after the heartbreak, romances and uncertainties from the season two finale in Paris, Jane, Kat and Sutton are back in New York City and dealing with the aftermath of some major decisions. Scarlet Magazine brings in Patrick Duchand to run the digital branch, effectively knocking Jacqueline down to only running the print magazine. Meanwhile, Jane has picked her guy, but is frustrated that a man is put in charge of a womenÕs magazine. Kat struggles to keep up happy appearances on social media and as a speaker at the Scarlet Summit, while secretly suffering heartache, and Sutton and Richard enjoy their romance in the limelight and discuss moving in together. This episode of "The Bold Type" airs Tuesday, April 9 (8:00 - 9:01 P.M. EDT) on Freeform. (Freeform/Philippe Bosse) KATIE STEVENS, AISHA DEE, MEGHANN FAHY

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The ladies of Scarlet magazine are back, and they’re better than ever.

Well, at least most of them are.

I have total faith in Kat and know she’s going to channel all her heartbreak into something powerful and inspiring.

The series wasted no time revealing which guy little Jane picked.

Forced to choose between Dr. Ben and Pinstripe, Jane went with the latter. And based on the sex, it was a pretty good choice.

The Bold Type Season 2 revealed that while Pinstripe initially started off as a friend with benefits, he developed real feelings for Jane which we’ll hopefully explore this coming season.

Dr. Ben may have been charming, but according to Jane, finding out about her BRCA gene mutation kind of killed all the chemistry between them.

However, considering she’s still on a plan to freeze her eggs, it’ll be interesting to see Ryan join her on this journey.

Sutton and Richard are also going strong after he called off his engagement, flew to Paris and declared his love for his former ex.

But despite their happiness, the reception of their relationship has been less than pleasant.

Surprisingly, it’s been more difficult for Richard, who has found himself uninvited from prestigious board events than it has been for Sutton.

Sutton expected people in the newsroom to treat her differently because she was dating an older man. She thought it gave off the idea that she slept her way into a position.

However, it seems the board members are more interested in learning what it’s like to sleep with a flexible 26-year-old than anything else.

Why are men such disgusting pigs?

Thankfully, Sutton held her own and put those men into place impressing Richard even more.

And after taking a moment to decide what the next step in their relationship should be, Sutton agreed to move in with him.

Does this mean Jane is going to move in with Pinstripe?

Other major shakeups include a new digital editor at Scarlet after the board voted Jacqueline out following a controversial piece written by Jane.

Jane blames herself for getting Jacqueline fired, which is why she’s also hellbent on digging up some dirt on the new editor, Patrick.

Sadly, her witchhunt renders itself useless when it is revealed that Patrick is a good guy who fights the patriarchy and stands up — or pulls his pants down — for pay equality.

Jane seems to always have a very loud opinion but in this case, rejecting a boss because of his gender and deeming him ineligible for the gig without any facts backing it up was a little hypocritical of her.

Yes, Scarlet is a woman’s magazine, but that doesn’t mean men don’t read it.

Patrick isn’t just a typical bro either, he’s a gay man who found comfort and his sexual awakening by reading Scarlet.

He unintentionally became their target audience.

As a younger, gay man, Patrick may also have new ideas and be able to sway the board in a way Jacqueline couldn’t.

And he clearly understands the tone and voice of the brand if he’s making Jane the new online news writer.

Hopefully, she can put aside her biases and give Patrick a fair chance.

As I said, Kat’s going to thrive post her breakup with Adena, but first, she needs to properly mourn it.

I like that the show is using Kat and her imperfect life to lift the veil on social media and the need to always put your best foot, or face, forward.

Kat tried too hard to push down her feelings and put on a facade for her followers when in reality, Patrick wanted the unfiltered truth.

It didn’t just inspire her friends and readers, it even inspired Adena who is also having a hard time dealing with the break-up.

Let’s hope these two get back together sooner rather than later.

Given that Kat is a bi-sexual woman, her kiss with Alex wasn’t too shocking, but it did happen for the wrong reasons.

Kat’s self-esteem is so shot, she gave her attention to the first person who was nice to her.

Alex deserves better than that.

And truthfully, Kat and Adena had so many fans, the shippers would chew out The Bold Type writers if they ruined what the two women had so they could set Kat up with a male.

Other Thoughts

  • Note to self: walking around naked is liberating.
  • The outfit Jacqueline wore while getting her morning workout in was everything.
  • It would be Jane’s luck to hit the new digital editor with her cab door and then berate him for not driving in the bike lane. Awkward.

It feels so good to finally have these ladies back, doesn’t it?

Let me know what you thought about the premiere, Cravers!

Are you excited to see what Sutton and Richard have in store? Are you happy Jane chose Pinstripe? Do you want Kat and Adena back together?

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The Bold Type Season 4 Premiere – Risk It All For Scarlet (4×01)

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The Bold Type Legends of the Fall Issue Review

The Bold Type returned for its 4th season with a statement-making episode that propelled Kat, Jane, and Sutton from editorial staff to heroes who singlehandedly saved Scarlet and Jacqueline Carlise’s job and gave voice to a population often overlooked.

Here are some key takeaways from the season 4 premiere:

  • Goodbye Patrick – After assuming Jacqueline’s role upon her firing, Patrick learned very quickly that no one could ever fill her shoes. Her employees were wholeheartedly devoted to her as in they’d follow her to the edge of a cliff and jump off. And they weren’t interested in that changing anything soon. Jacqueline ran the ship and she ran it well, so he embraced his new journey and jetted off to India. Bye, Patrick!
  • The Bubble is Bursting – for white men and anyone who wants to keep a women’s magazine pushing unrealistic ideals and sex. RJ’s argument for pulling the “unapproved issue” was that it was bad for business, but realistically, his vision was bad for business. Our generation likes woke companies and magazines. People want to see themselves represented on the pages of a magazine, they want diversity, and they want inclusivity.
  • Breaking and Entering – Our 3 ladies decided to break into the printing press and get their hands on the issue that wasn’t going to be released.  Sutton even stripped down to her skivvies so that she didn’t ruin the dress she stress stole from the closet. It all worked out in the end because they convinced the security guard, who is a fan of the magazine and loved the latest unreleased issue, to look the other way.
  • Jacqueline’s Back, Baby – Once the girls proved that they were losing readers because of Jacqueline’s firing, RJ agreed to hire her back for some positive press. Jacqueline agreed under a few conditions including keeping Jane, Sutton, and Kat’s jobs.
  • Richard’s Taking a Sabbatical – Sutton confessed to breaking and entering and leaking the magazine and Richard still supported her. He was instrumental in getting them an audience with the board and convincing the board to reinstate Jacqueline. He’s also taking a sabbatical to pursue his new career path.
  • Ryan’s Boo Dude Cut the Tour Short – Honestly, that’s the tea. Ryan’s back and making things work with Jane!

What did you think of The Bold Type season 4 premiere?

 

 

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The Bold Type – Breaking Through the Noise (3×10)

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Scarlet and the women of Scarlet made some pretty bold moves on the season 3 finale of The Bold Type.

I know, it seems like the series just premiered and with the blink of an eye, it’s ending.

Please, take comfort in the fact that they will do this again in 2020. And yes, I know that sounds like it’s an eternity away.

But for now, let’s address tonight’s bold choices.

Jane, Jaqueline, and Scarlet received much praise from their Pamela Dolan expose, but the controversial photographer wasn’t pleased in the slightest and lashed out online by calling them all “fake feminists.”

This resonated with Jane who questioned whether or not Dolan’s response to their piece had some merit.

The Bold Type excels because when it allows characters to question their own moral standards and realize that they aren’t flawless.

Much like in real life, there is always room for improvement and our ladies, along with the company, are a masterpiece in the making

We only grow when we’re examining ourselves and learning from it.

During Sutton’s fashion show, Jacqueline was stunned to learn that the magazine uses 14-year-olds and portrays them as women thus giving readers a skewed perception of reality which forces them to live up to unattainable expectations.

She’s worked at Scarlet for how long and she’s just finding this out? Alright.

Still, it struck a chord and overnight, Jacqueline overhauled the whole Fall Issue leaving the employees with just 17 hours to redo the missing pages.

The ask was nothing short of a miracle, but they did it.

The staff of Scarlet produced a magazine that would set the trends, become a bible for every woke woman and possibly cost them all their jobs.

The morning after the publication went to print, Kat, Sutton and Jane walked into the office to find the once sacred space was being cleared out.

To make matters worse, Jacqueline was nowhere in sight,

In retrospect, Jacqueline was acting as if her time at Scarlet was limited.

There were moments along the way that alluded to Scarlet not always being around as their safe haven. Does this mean the Fashion Closet — which has seen its fair share of secrets, laughs, ugly cries, and angry stomps — is gone for good?

Jacqueline’s “it’s my magazine until it’s not” comment was also telling; it’s as if she knew that doing the right thing, following her gut and being a bit controversial would cost her the gig.

But does it matter? Yes and no.

If it’s what needs to be done to invoke change in an industry that tends to gloss over certain realities to sell an image, then it doesn’t matter.

However, if we’re talking about the futures of all of Jacqueline’s employees, well, it definitely does.

I can’t help but think that Patrick possibly played a role in Jacqueline’s demise though he did seem to get on-board with running a cohesive print and digital platform.

What does all of this mean for Scarlet? I guess we’ll find out in 2020.

Kat, Jane and Sutton were also going through their own relationship woes.

After losing the election, Kat found herself a little lost in her professional life and torn over her romantic relationships.

Her campaign manager and current fling, Tia, and her ex-girlfriend who she still harbors feelings for, Adena, both wanted to be with her.

As she struggled to transition back into her life at Scarlet — makeup seemed so irrelevant after promising to fight abortion bills and for LGBTQ rights — she decides to distract herself by hooking up with Adena.

It was obvious that Tia wasn’t going to hold a spot in Kat’s life for much longer now that the election was over and politics weren’t keeping them together.

However, I was impressed with Kat’s realization that she achieved something great despite the loss and that in order to fully take advantage of it, she had to stop distracting herself with relationships.

Kat choosing herself was a classic “Bold Type” move. It may have been predictable, but it gave her back her power.

Also a “Bold Type” move? Adena accepting a job as the in-house photographer at Scarlet to make things especially awkward.

Clearly, the endgame is to bring Adena and Kat back together, but only after they’ve bettered themselves.

Jane was devastated by Pinstripe’s decision to cheat.

In her own words: “a pinstripe never changes his pinstripes.”

But it does seem like Ryan has changed his pinstripes.

Look, cheating is terrible no matter how you slice it, but the moment Ryan even locked lips with another person, he took the next train to see Jane and told her about it.

If Ryan was still the womanizing sleaze-ball she made him out to be he’d probably keep this a secret from her and continue kissing plenty of people on his book tour.

It’s a good thing Jane has best friends who remind her that it’s okay to let go of your conventional beliefs in order to make a decision that works best for you.

I love that she stood her ground and didn’t allow herself to be swayed by a man groveling at her feet, but at the same time, it would be stupid to call things off just when it wasn’t the smartest decision.

Jane’s smarts don’t always serve her.

Jane forgave Ryan, which is awesome, but I could have done without his cheezy rom-com proclamation at her panel.

It was awkward and kind of made it seem like he didn’t take her job seriously, which took away from the good intentions.

We’ll see if Jane can truly get over Ryan’s cheating and trust him again.

Sutton won the girlfriend of the year award after she encouraged Richard to follow his dreams even if they took him all the way to San Francisco.

Things may have been working out perfectly for Sutton and Richard this season but having her support Richard despite knowing that it will put so much distance between them says a lot about who she is as a person.

While the storyline worked, it also didn’t push any boundaries — it was expected. We expected Sutton to push Richard towards attempting a new career since he did the same to her when she tried her hand at being a designer.

I hope this doesn’t mean we’ll be seeing less of Richard because if so, I do not support this new job situation at all.

It’ll be interesting to see if their relationship survives long distance. And where will Sutton live? Will she move back in with Jane?

However, given that Richard was still with Scarlet the night the Fall Issue launched, I have to wonder if he knew something about what was going to happen and purposefully not tell Sutton?

After all, he is on the Board of Directors which is seemingly who got rid of Jacqueline after not approving her creative direction for the magazine.

Other Thoughts

  • Is anyone else kind of sad that Kat isn’t going to be working in politics? I felt just as disappointed as she did. We went through all this campaigning only to have her lose by a marginal 319 votes! At least she was still able to work with the women she met during her campaign and still found a way to give them a platform.
  • Alex and Angie are hooking up. I guess they needed to give Alex something to work with.
  • Sutton’s decision to not pursue a design career felt right. She’s a brilliant stylist and it would suck to see her part ways with Oliver.
  • Also, I may not be a fashion guru but what the hell was up with her designs? She used real women because she wanted to appeal to the masses, but women do not wear clothing like that!

What did you think of The Bold Type finale?

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The Bold Type – Revival (3×08)

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Adena’s back and that doesn’t bode well for Kat’s new relationship with her campaign manager, Tia.

The writers seem to thrive off of ruining all of Kat’s promising relationships.

Breaking up Kat and Adena last season was unnecessary as the reason behind the break-up is still unclear.

And bringing her back simply to throw a wrench in Kat’s current relationship is deeply frustrating.

Tia’s a great girl and someone Kat could have a real relationship with.

Tia was hesitant about entering in a same-sex relationship but decided to take a chance because she fell for Kat.

Admittedly, she fell very quickly and things progressed faster than I imagined, but having Kat dump Tia for Adena would be cruel.

It’s even worse that Kat is second-guessing and withholding those feelings from Tia who never asked to be a part of this mess.

The girls were wrong when they said Adena is “Kat’s Richard.”

Sutton and Richard broke up because of a logistical issue. They were great together, but she didn’t want everyone at Scarlet to assume she got a promotion because she was dating a board member.

Adena and Kat’s relationship, on the other hand, had plenty of problems which took a toll on their personal and professional lives.

Maybe Adena did self-sabotage by blaming Kat for not feeling inspired and booking gigs, but there was some truth to it.

Both of them felt a little constrained in the relationship.

It’s only after Kat moved on from Adena did she truly embrace everything Adena taught her about herself and find herself feeling free.

Kat’s become more confident in not only her sexuality but also how she views herself as a mixed-woman living in America.

She even entered politics because of that confidence.

Sneaking behind Tia’s back to meet up with her ex paints Kat in a terrible light and sabotages any chance she has of winning this election since she obviously cannot do it without a campaign manager.

Kicking Tia to the curb now would be selfish considering how hard she’s worked. Not to mention Kat was the one who pursued Tia in the first place and asked her to stay when Tia handed her a list of replacements.

Jane brought Adena into the fold by hiring her as the photographer for the Pamela Dolan expose.

While they tried to keep the story under wraps, Dolan’s lawyers got wind of it and threatened to sue.

Jaqueline was very persuasive in promising to keep the girls and their image safe from scrutiny, but how can she promise something without being certain she can deliver?

If Dolan is as powerful as these girls claim, I doubt she’ll just go away because a handful of women came forward with claims.

And don’t get me wrong, it’s beautiful and important that they are taking back their power and saving other young women from a cycle of abuse, but I just don’t think they should be told that everything is going to be okay when there’s a chance it won’t be.

Alex put a few doubts in Jane’s mind about Pinstripe, but the scenes felt slightly odd.

It’s evident that Alex has many layers to him — some we still have yet to peel back– and makes a hilarious addition to girl gang, but I don’t understand what he was trying to achieve by critiquing Pinstripe’s book?

Also, when Jane mentioned an affair, the way Alex agreed with her made it seem like he was thinking of starting something with Jane while Pinstripe was out of town.

The whole thing gave off weird vibes.

Sutton was forced to break out of her comfort zone by allowing Richard to help her with her fashion design dreams.

We knew it was going to come down the sewing machine, which Sutton truly needed to succeed in her program.

Richard offered to buy her a really shnazzy one, but Sutton refused the kind gesture only hurting Richard’s feelings.

We later found out that because of her past, she doesn’t like to become reliant on other people for money, but in this case, it’s a compromise she’s going to have to make with her relationship.

I adore that Sutton wants to remain independent despite having a dude who is clearly way better off than she is.

The independence factor makes Sutton, Jane and Kat so relatable and such powerful figures for millennial women.

They don’t need men to buy them sushi, they bought their own damn sushi.

But it’s fine to occasionally let your significant other swoop in with a nice gesture.

In fact, it’s encouraged. Men still want to feel needed and important.

As far as The Bold Type Season 3 episodes go, I would say this has been my least favorite one only because it moved at a slower pace.

Next week’s episode focuses on election day — will Kat win the bid for City Council?

And will she enjoy celebrating with Tia by her side? Or will she risk it all for another shot with Adena?

That is if Adena even offers up a logical explanation for leaving her in Paris.

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