Everything is better in Paris, even break-ups.
Kat might not feel that way, per say, but I can guarantee you, a break-up while you’re in Paris with your best friends and throwing a lavish and successful party for your company trumps a cold day in New York.
The Bold Type ended it’s season two run on a rather odd note.
Even though Sutton was the only one getting a happy ending and Jacqueline was virtually fired from Scarlet, everything had a rather peppy, “all’s well that ends well” tone.
Maybe it was just because of Sutton’s fairytale (and predictable) moment with Richard.
I’m not going to sit here and say that I didn’t “aww” and turn to mush when he offered to take the picture for her and Jane, revealing that he had left Jessica and followed his heart just as she was going to make the leap of faith, but seeing as that’s the unrealistic, predictable outcome, it did fall a little flat.
I was more moved by Sutton nailing her wardrobe styling session much to Oliver’s surprise proving that she was really good at her job and also, her breaking down and having a true heart-to-heart with the boss.
He may be demanding but Oliver is a good person deep down inside who wanted Sutton to follow her heart. It was a beautiful and unexpected moment. I think that’s the key here.
The Bold Type has spent most of season two addressing controversial topics that had the power to divide all the besties at one point. From gun ownership to owning your blackness to fertility treatments, it’s covered it all.
Am I really to believe that in this same world, a happy ending circa Cinderella just happens to exist? It was, dare I say, almost too cheesy.
As was Jane dropping everything to join her gal pals in Paris. If it was that easy, why didn’t she just think of it before they all departed?
It must be nice to just fly to Paris on a whim to get away from major life decisions that involve freezing your eggs and choosing which boy you prefer.
Jane’s been teeter-tottering between Pinstripe and Ben for a few episodes now.
I’ve always been into Pinstripe, but him bluntly saying that he didn’t care if Jane had a boyfriend and then kissing her, rubbed me the wrong way.
So often we don’t realize what we have till someone else has it but that doesn’t mean Ben, a really good guy, has to suffer because of it.
Ben has been by Jane’s side this whole time and surprisingly, wasn’t scared off by her bringing up having children at the beginning of their relationship.
Plus, he didn’t downright offer Jane money, he offered to get her into a program. Yes, they’d have to lie and say they lived together, but it came with fewer strings attached.
My fear, if I were Jane, would be that Pinstripe would somehow feel like any children I had in the future were his because he contributed.
Jane may have been the epitome of annoyance this whole season but I’m impressed with her decision to be her own Prince Charming.
There is definitely a problem with the world telling us that we as women cannot make fertility decisions for ourselves without the aide of a man because we cannot afford them.
And as far as topics that the series raises awareness on, insurance covering Viagra and vasectomies but not reproductive rights is one that needs to be underlined in red.
If insurance companies don’t deem women as valuable as men’s erections, how can we survive and thrive on our own?
That’s why, I loved that Jacqueline went ahead and published Jane’s piece.
Sure, Jane’s topic was personally motivated but it was important and related to many women.
If the ship is sinking, why not use this platform, a platform for women, to raise awareness that matters?
And shame on this whole board for being insulted that someone called them out on their bullshit.
They are aware that they are on a board for a feminist, groundbreaking, inspiring, women-leaning magazine?
Women need women that are supportive and will fight for them. Women need women like Jacqueline.
I hope that the board doesn’t replace her, but I fear for the sake of the story, come spring 2019, Jacqueline will no longer be sitting at the head of Scarlet.
And then, I fear what will happen to the thought-provoking magazine. Do men think they really have a better grasp on issues than she does?
If she can’t do it, who can?
And if the only measurement of success is how successful this Paris party was, well, I think Kat nailed it.
Despite going through her own personal drama, she figured out a way to make the Scarlet event something buzzy worthy by saying no phones allowed.
It goes back to the “you only want what you can’t have” mentality that I mentioned earlier.
Really the only way things are ever popular is if they are exclusive. Scarlet has to find a way to be attainable and exclusive at the same time.
Personally, I think Kat made a mistake by bringing Adena to Paris because it distracted her from the work.
Truthfully, all the girls brought their personal drama to a place that was supposed to be all about fashion week. Why not just let it go for a little bit? Why not enjoy the perks the job has to offer?
This, in itself, was proof that Kat’s just a little too clingy to Adena.
The worst part is that Kat wasn’t able to give Adena the space she needed to fuel her creativity.
Adena was more than accommodating when Kat needed to branch out and have experiences with women. Why couldn’t Kat?
Eventually, when Adena failed to show up for the party, it dawned on Kat that she needed to loosen her grip a little, but is that too late?
It also kind of seems like the writers are looking for any reason to create tension between Adena and Kat. Has there been a moment where these two just vibed without anything else messing it up?
Adena had so many chances to bring up how suffocated she felt in New York, but she never did. Maybe she was just in that honeymoon phase? But I fail to believe someone like Adena wouldn’t speak up about feeling trapped or unlike herself.
She’s too outspoken to be silenced and there have been other opportunities. Instead, she acted like getting her visa and coming to New York was the only thing she wanted. And then, only when Kat inquired about her art, did she actually confess to something more happening.
And realistically, Kat is probably working 9-5 so that gives her plenty of time to be working on her stuff. I just don’t think I understand the issue.
But maybe it’s about the old adage — if you love something, set it free, if it comes back it was meant to be.
I have no doubt in my mind that we’ll see Adena again because this didn’t feel like a permanent break-up. Though with all these issues arising every other day, I wonder if they are even in the right headspace to be in a relationship.
Do you think people will judge Sutton for dating a board member? People were surprisingly cool with an assistant dating a superior? Will she get a promotion in the fashion department? She was the one that needed to catch a break.
Will Kat and Adena figure things out? Will Jacqueline get replaced? Which guy did Jane decide was the one she wanted to share all her important moments with?
Are you hoping for less cliche moments next season?
I look forward to catching up with you Bold Typers in the spring!
‘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.
The Bold Type Season Finale Review – Not Far from the Tree (4×16)
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!
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