The Bold Type: Season 3, Episode 3 “Stroke of Genius” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Sutton, Jane, and Kat working out.
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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.


Network
FreeForm
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

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From Vanilla To Candle Wax/ I Dreamed A Dream: Ryan, Jane, Sutton, Richard, Oliver

Jane learns Ryan’s porn habits include some tame BDSM, and that leads her to wonder why hasn’t she been approached about this? They’ve been dating for a while, have sex, so why is she just learning he likes things a little aggressive, with whips and what have you? The answer, Jane comes off vanilla.

Which is an understandable opinion since as much as Jane may talk like she is liberal and open, she isn’t. If it doesn’t benefit her directly, and her point of view, she is hesitant if not antagonistic. Remember Sutton’s gun? What about affirmative action when she was unemployed? Exactly. But, after her eggs get harvested, she gets herself a whip, some tight clothes, and has some fun.

Sutton considering designing.
Sutton: I haven’t really thought about it until now

As for Sutton? Naturally, she guides Jane to getting in touch with her inner freak. And as she does that, she realizes she’d like a career shift. Not one as major as going from the business side to the creative team, but going from Oliver’s assistant in planning the fashion, shoots, and handling egos, to being a designer. An idea she approaches Richard about first, and he supports her since she is young and he thinks that’s the best time to take risks.

Now, as for Oliver? Well, while he is no Jacqueline, he is on her level with a different style. One which not only speaks of supporting her verbally but also putting a word in. Though with a reminder Vera Wang took many years working at Vogue before she branched out. So don’t jump ship just because you got an idea in your head.

Councilwoman Kat Edison?: Kat, Tia, Linda, Sutton

With Wild Rose being shut down due to Councilman Reynolds, and Kat still reeling over Adena, she decides to support Councilman Reynolds primary opponent: Linda Zephyr. Someone who has long been a progressive advocate for the city but has a litany of issues. One being she doesn’t dress in such a way to grab people’s attention, which leads to Kat sending Sutton in. However, the big issue is that, while tough on policy, and good with individuals, Linda isn’t inspirational to crowds.

Tia (Alexis Floyd) noting that she believes Kat should run.
Tia (Alexis Floyd)

That was why Tia, who works on the campaign, was brought in and wanted Kat to help with the social media aspect. But, in time, and with Kat outdoing Linda during a rally, this killed Linda’s confidence. Yet, with having such a good showing, partly due to inviting those who used to frequent the Wild Rose, Tia mentions the idea of Kat running for office.

Alex Faces #MeToo: Alex, Kristen, Sutton, Jane, Kat, Jacqueline, Patrick

Alex faces a situation similar to Aziz Ansari. To summarize the story, Aziz and a young woman, who is named “Grace” for her own protection, met up, had a few drinks, ended up alone and Aziz got sexually aggressive. Leading to him becoming entangled in the #MeToo movement. As for Alex, the story between him and Kristen is that she had a crush on him throughout college because he was the nice guy then that we commonly see. Also, he would read her writing and was a valued member of her friend group. So, after ending up at her place, because of the weather, and making out, she felt he took things past the point she wanted to go. Which led to her writing an article about a “Jeff” person and, when Patrick assigned Alex to write about Kristen, since they were friends, he learns he is “Jeff.”

This leads to a lot of questions internally. The first being Alex questioning his account of what happened vs. Kristen. From there, he feels the need to go over his whole history, including with Sutton. Someone who reassures him he didn’t do anything wrong with her, but what he did with Kristen does happen and isn’t acceptable but sort of normalized. Leading to Alex, to hold himself accountable, and be an ally, writing about how he was Jeff and then questioning if he should allow it to be published?

Alex reading the comments after he published his article.

Probably because, first and foremost, cancellation culture is real and Scarlet may not go to bat for him. Plus, let’s be honest, all Patrick cares about is getting hits for the “Dotcom.” That is, unlike Jacqueline, who Alex speaks to, who actually cares about her writers and their growth. Which is a whole other subject, the fact Patrick is still coming for Jacqueline and undermining her authority. But more on that later – point is, Alex talks to Jane, and Kat, and ultimately publishes the article. Leading to backlash from many but a thanks from Kristen for owning up to what he did.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Considering Alex’s comment about Jane writing a man-hating piece, when Patrick mentioned passing his story to her, is that how he feels about Jane’s work?

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

“The small things add up, and we should fight for them.”
— Kat

Highlights

Alex Stepping Up And Him Being Faced With the Truth & Support

Alex fell off in season 2 – I think we can all agree about that. With his relationship with Sutton going nowhere, he backed down from everyone, outside of Kat a little bit, and licked his wounds. Which does make him returning for a #MeToo storyline suck, but this show doesn’t have a whole lot of male characters who can present how complicated that is and weather the storm. Olivier has a storyline with his soon to be daughter and while offering a gay #MeToo story could have been cool, you know they won’t give him the screentime. Also, they could flip it and have Jacqueline in one which presents a woman in the situation, but with her having her reveal in season 1, that wasn’t going to happen.

Kristen (Alli Chung) calling Alex out on his actions.
Kristen (Alli Chung): You kind of knew what you were doing.

So, it’s only natural for Alex to take that mantle since he has been presented as likable and could rebound from such a storyline. Plus, he hasn’t had one really in a long time. Making him taking on this storyline unfortunate but necessary. Also, it follows up on the #MeToo conversation which began last season.

Getting to the point though, you have to appreciate how it addressed Alex in terms of him showing how oblivious he is to what dating is, yet also showed him hold himself accountable. Also, it presented one of the few times, in recent memory, we got to see him get something out of the friendships he has with the ladies of The Bold Type. For more often than not, he is the guy best friend who gives his two cents and support, while he says nothing about himself or presents anything about himself.

Making him comfortable enough to tell Sutton, Jane, and Kat about being the Jeff in Kristen’s story, listening to what Sutton thought about the situation, and Alex’s interpretation of dating, a type of vulnerability we don’t usually see. Especially in regards of going beyond someone dying, heartbreak, or anything like that. Alex had enough faith in his relationships with the ladies to present something which could destroy how they see him. Yet, rather than make a snap judgement, which even Jane didn’t do, they heard him out and acknowledged he wasn’t innocent in the situation but wasn’t a rapist either.

Alex speaking to Jacqueline on whether he should publish his article.
Alex: I’m questioning whether I should publish it.

But perhaps one of the biggest things was Alex and Jacqueline having a moment. Mostly because Alex has been one of the more senior writers at Scarlet so we’ve seen him pitch, do his work, and show he earns his check behind the scenes. So having him speak with Jacqueline and have the kind of scene which was formerly a Jane exclusive makes it so you can only hope this means Alex has fully returned to some kind of prominent role. Especially considering the backlash from publishing the article.

Kat Stepping Into Politics

Since we met Kat, we’ve known her to be about that action. She went up against the board multiple times, and others higher up on the totem pole, and not often for herself. More so it was for others, and she hasn’t really failed yet. So with her stepping up at Linda’s rally and Tia pushing her to run, this could be something major for Kat. Particularly since her storyline has primarily been rooted in her relationships, be it with Jane or Sutton, if not her relationship with Adena. Making it so, outside of Alex challenging her to own her Blackness, we haven’t seen something which solely focuses on her.

But this is all assuming she decides to step up. She could very well just work with Tia to find someone else and throw her weight behind them. After all, she currently only has a single issue she is focused on so expanding that enough to be a politician, a viable one, might be a bit much.

Sutton Finally Being In A Place To Dream

When it comes to Sutton, you have to recognize the long term growth. Each season whether it is growing at Scarlet, her relationship with Richard, or Oliver presenting challenges for her, she has shown herself to be more than capable. Not just in the eyes of others, but what she thinks is possible for herself. Lest we forget, she was on the practical route for a long time so she could make money since she didn’t have a safety net. Yet, thanks to Sutton and Kat, she decided to work for Oliver, negotiate her salary and the possibility of a raise and proved herself an asset.

Thus allowing her a certain level of privilege Jane, Kat, and Richard long have had. So her reaching that point where it’s not about survival but thriving has to get you a little teary-eyed.

The Possibility of Tia and Kat

While I support the idea of Kadena and characters being single, I must admit Tia could easily be someone I ship Kat with. Maybe it is because I like the idea of Black lesbian visibility? Perhaps since Tia seems more in line with Kat since she isn’t artsy but is trying to make a change like Kat is, but in a different industry? Either way, whether they develop a friendship or relationship, I’m hoping Kat and Tia grow closer to one another.

Kat processing the idea of running for office.

On The Fence

Jane’s Storyline Seems Meek Compared To The Others

Sutton is growing in her career, Kat may get into politics and while Jane freezing her eggs isn’t anything to huff at it just doesn’t feel as big of a thing. Even if you add Ryan’s part into her life and that situation, she just doesn’t bring the same oomph to the show. Which sort of makes me upset since Jane, and her actress, are pushed to the forefront and gets to do solo press. Yet, consider this me just lowkey hating.

Trying To See Patrick As Complicated As Jane

I came to realize this episode Patrick and Jane were put together because of their similarities. Both claim progressive values and yet contradict themselves in so many ways. We mentioned Jane’s above and with Patrick, it is him seeming like a radical feminist and yet undermining Jacqueline’s authority. Repeatedly making comments which clearly deal with Jacqueline’s age and you seeing how, like Jane, he is hypocritical to the point of being annoying.

However, unlike Jane, we haven’t gotten a sob story or moment which balances the scale so he just seems like straight up trash right now. Like the most annoying form of a millennial one could imagine.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
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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