The Bold Type: Season 3, Episode 2 “Plus It Up” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

The Bold Type Season 3, Episode 2 Plus It Up - Title Card featuring Jane holding a vibrator.
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Oliver has a secret which is affecting his job, Jane pushes Ryan away, and someone decides to get on Kat’s bad side. Oh, and Patrick is low-key trash.


Network
FreeForm
Director(s) Ellen S. Pressman
Writer(s) Amanda Lasher, Matt McGuinness
Air Date 4/16/2019
Introduced This Episode
Themselves Sasha Velour
Carly Kiara Alondra Groulx
Councilman  Reynolds Matthew Kabwe

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We Need To Talk About Oliver: Oliver, Carly, Sutton, Richard

Carly (Kiara Alondra Groulx) and Oliver hugging before she leaves his apartment.
Carly (Kiara Alondra Groulx) and Oliver

Oliver has been a bit of a mess recently and has relied, a bit too much, on Sutton to pick up the slack. Not that she isn’t capable, as seen multiple times in season 2 when she has handled shoots, issues with locations, and more. However, now he is starting to have her handle stuff way beyond what he has ever prepped her for. The reason? Well, he is trying to adopt his exes’ daughter. A kid, at least 9 years old, whose dad died of a heroin overdose, Oliver’s ex Jasper, and mom isn’t in the picture. So, needless to say, Oliver is stressed and couldn’t give a damn about work since he is trying to adopt this kid. Who, by the way, he practically raised since he has been in her life for 6 years – so he is basically daddy 2.

But, one of the issues of not telling Sutton this ahead of time, and Oliver’s rush to get custody, is Sutton mentioning her frustrations to Richard. As you can imagine, with him protective of her, this stirs ideas in his head. Plus, with him being a board member, if someone essential to one of their largest properties are slipping, that leads to the need to wonder if they need to be handled accordingly.

Lines Are Being Crossed Here: Patrick, Ryan, Richard, Sutton, Jane

Jane speaking on Patrick's assignment to have her and Ryan write about her injections to freeze her eggs.
Jane: There’s some lines I’m not willing to cross

Which is why it is ultimately decided that there needs to be a line between board member Richard and at home Richard. At least when it comes to stuff like that. However, when it comes to Sutton clearly overworking herself, Richard is more than welcome to step in. Like, him doing her laundry since she isn’t comfortable with her housekeeping doing them.

However, those two aren’t the only ones learning how to deal with the balance between work life and personal life. Still, Patrick is being a borderline HR nightmare by seeming like he deserves to be in any and all employees’ business. This time his sights are on Jane and Ryan and with learning they are dating, he decides to amp her article about her shots to prep for egg harvesting by including him.

Now, as noted previously, Jane really doesn’t want things getting too serious too quick. It has been 7 weeks of dating and while comfortable enough with Ryan to have sex, the shots, BRCA, all that? She doesn’t want that weight on the relationship. Because Ben deep dove a bit much into it, and I wanna say there were issues with her ex before the series started. Don’t hold me to that though since season 1 is a distant memory.

Point is, Ryan has to push a bit and Jane learns to trust that things won’t go south just because she is bringing up something which isn’t fun, flirty, or can’t be joked about.

I’m Not One To Underestimate: Jacqueline, Councilman Reynolds, Sasha Velour, Patrick, Kat

Sasha Velour showing up to Kat's Queer Prom.
Sasha Velour

Patrick really is trying to lose his ability to seem like he is just misunderstood. For while one could say his employers maybe filled his head with ideas that Jacqueline was out of touch, it’s one thing to hear that and another to push the same narrative. Something he does by trying to explain what RuPaul’s Drag Race is. Not knowing that Jacqueline not only attends drags shows, knows the show Patrick is referencing, but also knows Sasha Velour. Specifically, they used to be her nanny.

Which is awesome for Kat since Sasha brings attention to Wild Rose which, because condos must go up, Councilman Reynolds and the city are trying to bring down. How? Well, the easiest way to crush any business: taxes and fees that come out of nowhere and need to be immediately paid. Leading to Kat doing as she always do: Solving the issue. Problem is, it seems the councilman couldn’t give a damn and with not being given the okay to post the party on Scarlett’s social media, it makes money but not enough.

So, because Kat has time, she looks into Councilman Reynolds’ future election opponent and seems ready to get him out of office.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. With Patrick mentioning he didn’t have a boyfriend or girlfriend for prom, should we assume he is pan or bi?
  2. Why, of all people, did Jane open up to him, Patrick, about her prom experience? Does she not realize the man lives for gossip, the tea or, simply put, other people’s business?
  3. Is it too much to ask for Oliver’s storyline to be a bit more prominent than most supporting characters on this show? I know it has nothing directly to deal with Sutton, nevermind Kat or Jane, but this is too good of a plot to not see consistently throughout the season.

Highlights

Richard Doing Sutton’s Laundry

Richard offering to help Sutton since she doesn't want to use his housekeeper.
Richard: Let me help you.

Outside of Patrick and Richard’s boss, men usually are quite reliable and lovable on The Bold Type. However, while Ryan deserves his props for wanting to be there for Jane, I want to give a nudge to Richard. Not to put down Ryan laying down the foundation for a long game, but there is just something about noting Richard did what every person wants: He listened.

Sutton for days has been talking about doing laundry, has been uncomfortable with housekeeping doing it, but Oliver’s absence has kept her from getting it done repeatedly. So with her saying she has no clean underwear, at Kat’s party being pulled away again, him taking it upon himself to do her laundry seems almost on another level. For while you have to appreciate Ryan stepping up, showing he is a person and not this fantasy which is Pinstripe, the laundry thing just hit me harder for some reasson.

Kat Is A Problem Solver

One of the things I always loved about Kat is she doesn’t whine, complain, or take things as is. Whether it was hiring Angie, getting Adena for Scarlet, or now taking down a councilman, she is for change and combating those against it. Which, for a social media director (or manager) seems strange, yet shows how important it is to be able to do both. That is, get the word out there alongside knowing how to organize and fight without the grid. Since, as shown by many a musician and actor with a high social media account, having millions, even hundreds of millions, of followers don’t necessarily translate to action. Sometimes you have to still do things old school.

On The Fence

Patrick

Patrick realizing Jacqueline is still hip and powerful.
Patrick: I feel stupid.

I want to be able to love and appreciate Patrick but it seems like he is just going to be a one season obstacle. Not in a good way, like coercing Jane to adapt to a new style of management, pushing Kat to be a bit more open, or anything like that. It seems he is just here to rile up some feathers, cause drama, and then either quit or get fired. Maybe resign for, in some Mary Poppins way, he thinks he accomplished what he was meant to do at Scarlett.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 3, Episode 10 “Breaking Through The Noise” [Season Finale]In the season finale, a handful of unexpected things happen. Some of which are welcomed but one major thing may leave your jaw on the floor.
Director(s) Victor Nelli, Jr.
Writer(s) Lijah J. Baraz, Becky Hartman Edwards, Celeste Vasquez
Air Date 6/11/2019
  • I Dreamed A Dream: Sutton, Oliver, Richard
  • Sometimes What The Mind Needs Is More Important Than What The Heart Wants: Kat, Tia, Adena
  • Making Sacrifices For What You Want:Jacqueline, Jane, Ryan, Patrick
Season 3, Episode 9 “Final Push”It’s all about to come to a head for Kat’s future in politics, Sutton in terms of design, and Jane’s article. However, what journey doesn’t have bumps in the road?
Director(s) Kimberly McCullough
Writer(s) Neel Shah
Air Date 6/4/2019
  • Changing Course: Sutton, Carly, Oliver, Richard
  • Playing With Trouble: Kat, Adena, Tia, Jane, Ryan
  • A Win For Some, Loss For Others: Kat, Jane, Ryan, Patrick, Jacqueline, Pamela
Season 3, Episode 8 “Revival”Adena returns and has to deal with how she left things. Also, Sutton is pushed to recognize she is in a partnership and Jane? Well, she preps to take on Pamela Dolan.
Director(s) Geary McLeod
Writer(s) Matt McGuinness
Air Date 5/28/2019
  • A Book & A Photo: Alex, Jane, Adena, Jacqueline
  • Accepting Help When Offered: Sutton, Richard
  • The Troubles Of A First Love: Kat, Tia, Adena, Jane, Sutton
Season 3, Episode 7 “Mixed Messages”The ladies of The Bold Type find themselves having difficult conversations with their significant others. Mainly due to either lack of empathy or communication.
Director(s) Geary McLeod
Writer(s) Wendy Straker Hauser, Nikita T. Hamilton
Air Date 5/21/2019
  • Closed Mouths Don’t Get What They Want: Alex, Jane, Ryan
  • Suffocating On The Silence: Sutton, Richard, Jacqueline
  • Getting To Know You: Tia, Kat, Adena
Season 3, Episode 6 “TBT”The hackers release the e-mails, and with that, it means not only damage control but also a walk down memory lane when things were simpler – sort of.
Director(s) Anna Mastro
Writer(s) Céline Geiger and Amy-Jo Perry
Air Date 5/14/2019
Introduced This Episode
Bobby Peter Francis James
Pamela Dolan Laila Robins
  • Minor Fallout: Jacqueline, Andrew, Oliver, Jane, Bobby
  • The Way We Were: Sutton, Richard, Jane, Jacqueline, Lauren, Kat, Bobby
  • A Drink To Progress: Kat, Tia, Jacqueline, Bobby, Sutton, Richard, Jane, Ryan
Season 3, Episode 5 “Technical Difficulties”As Sutton meets Richard’s friends, Kat approaches Tia and Jane deals with Scarlet being hacked – and waits for the fallout.
Director(s) Anna Mastro
Writer(s) Lijah J. Barasz, Celeste Vasquez
Air Date 5/7/2019
  • Putting Yourself Out There: Tia, Kat
  • The Truth Is Often Scary & Has Grave Consequences:Jane, Jacqueline, Patrick, Richard
  • Don’t Rain On My Parade: Sutton, Richard
Season 3, Episode 3 “Stroke of Genius”On top of a lot of fun sex talk, The Bold Type gets real about consent and women being pressured into sex – with Alex being the one focused on.
Director(s) Jamie Travis
Writer(s) Neel Shah
Air Date 4/23/2019
Introduced This Episode
Linda Mary Zu Zahalan
Kristen Alli Chung
Tia Alexis Floyd
  • From Vanilla To Candle Wax/ I Dreamed A Dream: Ryan, Jane, Sutton, Richard, Oliver
  • Councilwoman Kat Edison?: Kat, Tia, Linda, Sutton
  • Alex Faces #MeToo: Alex, Kristen, Sutton, Jane, Kat, Jacqueline, Patrick
Season 3, Episode 4 “The Deep End”Patrick’s presence continues to create friction and a work environment Jane doesn’t believe she can flourish in as Sutton and Kat look at life outside of Scarlet.
Director(s) Jamie Travis
Writer(s) Becky Hartman Edwards
Air Date 4/30/2019
  • A Critique Doesn’t Mean Stop: Sutton, Oliver, Carly
  • The Problem With Politics: Kat, Tia
  • 10 Years In, One Foot Out: Patrick, Jane, Jacqueline
Season 1/ Episode 1 “Pilot”What The Bold Type presents is what FreeForm is known for mixed with what made ABC Family great. It has FreeForm’s obsessive need to feature modelesque attractive young people. However, it also contains ABC Family’s ideology of pushing past the superficial and present stories and characters its viewers will become loyal to.
Season 1/ Episode 2 “O Hell No”The Bold Type continues to present a different voice for the young woman. One which brings on the different thoughts, dreams, fears, and personality types without necessarily feeling like tropes. For there is a serious effort by the writers to present real people with layers and complexities and not some mindless guilty pleasure.
  • Money or The Dream: Sutton, Richard, Alex
  • The Big O: Jane, Jacqueline
  • Mistaken Identity: Kat, Adena
Season 1/ Episode 3 “The Woman Behind The Clothes”

As a 25-year-old Black dude, meaning I’m Sutton’s age, who watches shows of which I’m probably not the aimed for demographic, it can be weird. Only because sometimes folks don’t get it. Why would someone your age watch Andi Mack or even something like The Bold Type? Well, it is because we live in an age where yes, a show may be aimed at tweens, teens, women, or certain demographics. However, between the writers and actors, they expand on what can be considered a woman’s issue, a teen issue, a Black issue, or what have you, and show how it is really universal. Just with different flavors or spices to make it unique and identifiable for one population. All the while, not alienating the general populace.

Sort of like eating food from a different culture. You don’t have to be Italian, Indian, or Ethiopian to enjoy their food. But there are certain things, unless you were raised in that culture, you may not understand the significance behind fully.

As for what brought all this up? Honestly, it is the power of the show, of which we go into episode 3 “The Woman Behind the Clothes” below.

  • Taking Initiative: Sutton
  • Type with Kindness: Kat, Jacqueline
  • The Issues with Preconceived Notions: Jane, Ryan
Season 1/ Episode 4 “If You Can’t Do It with Feeling”Taking initiative, believing in yourself, and not giving up. Generally, these are framed messages in a school. Yet, with The Bold Type, they are made into real world examples. The kind you can really follow and inspire to incorporate into your life. For, as said in episodes 1 -3, this is a show made to think beyond petty villains and soap opera drama. It is about presenting the real life of characters whose circumstances are rooted in some form of reality. A reality which can be relatable to viewers.
  • The Up and Comer: Jane, Jacqueline
  • A Whole New World: Adena, Kat, Jacqueline
  • My True Self: Sutton, Oliver
Season 1/ Episode 5 “No Feminism in the Champagne Room”

Though I consume so many hours of media weekly, I still find it amazing when a movie or show has a moment that gets me teary eyed or inspired. For, to be honest, sometimes I just feel like I’m on autopilot but then there is Wednesday and Thursday morning when I usually watch The Bold Type and Queen Sugarand I feel renewed.

For while there are certain elements of both which may not seem new, there is a richness to their characters, of very different worlds, which have this human quality. Not a character who has one storyline thrown at them after the next, but someone experiencing life. One you can find inspiration, empathy, and even a need to reflect due to watching.

  • Jane’s First Lawsuit: Jane, Richard
  • A Leap of Faith: Kat, Adena
  • A Safety Net: Sutton
Season 1/ Episode 6 “The Breast Issue”Outside of one or two moments which are eye roll worthy, The Bold Type remains consistent. All the while setting us up for the idea, not everything will be an obstacle these girls can overcome. Because sometimes the “enemy” is genetics.
  • Working Your Network/Shooting Your Shot: Sutton, Alex
  • The Nipple Wars: Kat, Jacqueline
  • BRCA1 Gene: Jane, Jacqueline
Season 1/ Episode 7 “Three Girls In a Tub”After watching Kat take on the patriarchy and discrimination, Jane be… Jane, and Sutton work her ass off to get to where she is — we get an episode which has major things happen, but in a very subdued way.
  • Playing the Bad Guy: Kat, Jacqueline, Richard
  • Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places: Jane, Jacqueline, Ryan
  • Ending Things On a High: Sutton, Richard
Season 1/ Episode 8 “The End of the Beginning”With layoffs hitting Siemen, and possibly Scarlet, so comes the question of what life could be like if any of the ladies lost their jobs.
  • The One With The Most Options: Kat, Adena, Jane, Sutton
  • The Backup Plan: Alex, Jane
  • Don’t Let Someone Else Steal Your Shine: Cassie (Jess Salgueiro), Sutton, Jacqueline
Season 1/ Episode 9 “Before Tequila Sunrise”There are some twists and unexpected turns in The Bold Type’s season 1 penultimate episode. The kind which definitely will make the wait for season 2 difficult.
  • Does Alcohol Expose True Feelings or Just Leads You To Give Into Temptations?: Ryan, Sutton, Alex, Jane
  • Do I Stay or Should I Go?: Jane, Jacqueline
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go?: Kat, Adena
Season 1/ Episode 10 “Carry the Weight”The Bold Type ends its first season reminding fans, and those curious, what it is essentially about. Finding love, making mistakes, showing initiative, and realizing there is more to life than your 9 to 5 and parties. Whenever possible, find meaning in your work and life for that is what makes you the bold type.
  • Working Hard and Difficult Conversations: Sutton, Alex, Richard
  • 2 Million Means Nothing Without 1: Kat, Jane
  • I’ll Leave You With This: Jane, Jacqueline
Season 2, Episode 1 “Feminist Army”The Bold Type is back and though only two weeks have gone by in their world, it feels like so much has happened.
Director(s) Victor Nelli, Jr
Writer(s) Amanda Lasher
Air Date Hulu: 6/6/2018

Freeform: 6/12/2018

Actors Introduced
Mitzi Katherine King
Emma Cox Brittany LeBorgne
  • Don’t Wanna Bring Other Women Down: Jane, Victoria, Jacqueline, Emma
  • Sleeping Your Way To The Top: Sutton, Alex, Richard, Mitzi
  • You Never Eat Me Out: Adena, Kat, Jacqueline
Season 2/ Episode 2 “Rose Colored Glasses”What’s in a reputation or a label and how much should one alter it considering their environment? Those are the questions posed.
Director(s) Victor Nelli, Jr.
Writer(s) Wendy Straker Hauser
Air Date 6/12/2018
Actors Introduced
Dr. Marcus Edison Curtiss Cook
Dr. Susan Edison Fiona Highet
  • It Just Isn’t A Good Fit: Jane, Victoria
  • Check Yourself But Don’t Wreck Yourself: Sutton, Mitzi, Oliver, Jacqueline
  • What’s In A Label?: Adena, Kat, Marcus, Susan, Alex
Season 2/ Episode 3 “The Scarlet Letter”Networking and doing what you love, even when it is just a gig, is the focus of a multi-layered lesson episode. Which also includes learning from failure.
Director(s) James Travis
Writer(s) Celine Geiger
Air Date 6/19/18
Actors Introduced
Cleo Siobhan Murphy
  • The Importance of Networking: Adena, Kat, Sutton, Jane, Ben
  • Working With Friends: Sutton, Oliver, Adena, Kat, Jane
  • Navigating Failure & Learning From It: Jaqueline, Cleo, Jane
Season 2/ Episode 4 “OMG”Jealousy is a major issue as relationships and career progress are compared and contrast amongst the ladies.
Director(s) Jamie Travis
Writer(s) Neel Shah
Air Date 6/26/2018
Actors Introduced
Brooke Alexandra Turshen
  • Ryan (Pinstripe) vs. Ben (The Doctor):Ryan, Ben, Jane
  • What’s Your Body Count?: Kat, Adena
  • Put It On The Card: Sutton, Kat, Brooke, Jane
Season 2/ Episode 5 “Stride of Pride”As Kat fights the lack of diversity at Scarlett, Jane deals with another magazine’s push for diversity keeping her unemployed. All while Sutton deals with being part of an affair.
Director(s) Anna Mastro
Writer(s) Michelle A. Badillo, Caroline Levich
Air Date 7/4/2018
Actors Introduced
Angie Shyrley Rodriguez
Dillon Kevin McGarry
Leila Katerina Tannenbaum
Allison Caitlyn Sponheimer
  • I Didn’t Mean To Be The Other Woman:Sutton, Allison, Richard, Dillon
  • Check Your Privilege: Jane, Ryan, Kat
  • Professionally a Boss, Personally a Mess: Angie, Kat, Jane, Leila
Season 2/ Episode 6 “The Domino Effect”Things switch up in this episode of The Bold Type as Jane rebounds from all her struggles while Kat and Sutton are dealing with serious relationship woes.
Director(s) Anna Mastro
Writer(s) Amy-Jo Perry
Air Date 7/10/2018
Actors Introduced
Elena Victoria Sanchez
Jessica Tattiawna Jones
  • The One That Got Away: Sutton, Jessica, Brooke
  • Tempted By The Lips of Another: Kat, Adena
  • Everything Is Coming Up Jane: Jane, Jacqueline, Elena
Season 2/ Episode 7 “Betsy”Open relationships, gun violence, and gun ownership get featured and only as The Bold Type knows how.
Director(s) Marta Cunningham
Writer(s) Matt McGuinness
Air Date 7/17/2018
Actors Introduced
Gina Olivia Luccardi
  • An Open Relationship: Adena, Gina, Kat
  • Team In Control: Sutton, Oliver, Brooke
  • Jane (Nearly) Always Gets Her Way:Jane, Sutton, Jacqueline
Season 2/ Episode 8 “Plan B”As Jane’s BRCA diagnosis comes back to haunt her, Sutton is put into a boss position and Kat into an awkward one thanks to Cleo.
Director(s) Marta Cunningham
Writer(s) Becky Hartman Edwards
Air Date 7/24/2018
  • Do Your Research & Read the Fine Print: Kat, Cleo, Jacqueline
  • By Any Means Necessary: Sutton, Oliver
  • Plan B: Ben, Jane, Kat
Season 2/ Episode 9 “Trippin'”We finally meet Sutton’s mom, Barbara, and Kat finds herself going toe to toe with Jacqueline as Jane toils over Ben, Ryan, and having BRCA.
Director(s) Victor Nelli, Jr
Writer(s) Céline Geiger, Neel Shah
Air Date 7/31/2018
Actors Introduced
Barbara Rya Kihlstedt
  • A Time To Be Young and Dumb: Ryan, Jane, Ben
  • Communication is Necessary:Jacqueline, Richard, Kat, Adena
  • Mommie Dearest: Sutton, Barbara, Jane
Season 2/ Episode 10 “We’ll Always Have Paris”While one of the ladies gets their happy ending, when it comes to the rest we adore, it seems they are at a crossroad, or end, of their relationships.
Director(s) Tara Nicole Weyr
Writer(s) Annie Weisman
Air Date 8/7/2018
  • My Own Knight In Shining Armor: Ben, Ryan, Jane, Jacqueline
  • Some People Wait A Lifetime For A Moment Like This: Richard, Oliver, Sutton, Jessica
  • Some Endings Call For Tears & Others A Celebration: Kat, Adena, Coco, Jacqueline
Season 3, Episode 1 “The New Normal”One of the greatest shows dedicated to being a young professional returns, and it’s as dramatic, emotional, and life-affirming as ever.
Director(s) Victor Nelli, Jr.
Writer(s) Wendy Straker Hauser
Air Date 4/9/2019
Introduced This Episode
Eli Randy Thomas
Patrick Peter Vack
  • Ryan Won: Ryan, Jane
  • Meet Patrick: Patrick, Jacqueline, Jane
  • #BeReal: Richard, Eli, Sutton, Patrick, Kat, Adena, Jacqueline, Jane, Alex
Season 3, Episode 2 “Plus It Up”Oliver has a secret which is affecting his job, Jane pushes Ryan away, and someone decides to get on Kat’s bad side. Oh, and Patrick is low-key trash.
Director(s) Ellen S. Pressman
Writer(s) Amanda Lasher, Matt McGuinness
Air Date 4/16/2019
Introduced This Episode
Themselves Sasha Velour
Carly Kiara Alondra Groulx
Councilman  Reynolds Matthew Kabwe
  • We Need To Talk About Oliver: Oliver, Carly, Sutton, Richard
  • Lines Are Being Crossed Here: Patrick, Ryan, Richard, Sutton, Jane
  • I’m Not One To Underestimate:Jacqueline, Councilman Reynolds, Sasha Velour, Patrick, Kat

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