The Bold Type: Season 3, Episode 5 “Technical Difficulties” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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As Sutton meets Richard’s friends, Kat approaches Tia and Jane deals with Scarlet being hacked – and waits for the fallout.


Network
FreeForm
Director(s) Anna Mastro
Writer(s) Lijah J. Barasz, Celeste Vasquez
Air Date 5/7/2019

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Putting Yourself Out There: Tia, Kat

With Kat and Tia working so well together, and Tia being very complimentary, Kat feels like she is getting a vibe. One which apparently, per Tia, is all in Kat’s head since she is not queer nor curious. Seemingly, she is just friendly.

The Truth Is Often Scary & Has Grave Consequences: Jane, Jacqueline, Patrick, Richard

Jane’s investigation picks up steam as she speaks to the model who experienced abuse and Jacqueline comes along for support. However, with Scarlet and its parent company being hacked for millions of dollars, so comes the fear of the model’s information getting out and Jane’s e-mails complaining about Patrick. Someone who, thanks to Richard, gets invited to what was supposed to be a meeting of Sutton and Richard’s friends. However, for Jane, it becomes the night she told Patrick what she thought of him.

Jane revealing she drinks because of Patrick.

Which he surprisingly takes well? Honestly, it’s hard to say. You see, during the hack, Patrick took it upon himself to talk about it on social media and RJ, who we met in the last episode, wasn’t happy about that. So the man whose ear he formerly had, may no longer be as willing to listen to him. Pushing the idea that, as Oliver said, these new kids don’t often last.

Though, focusing on the Jane thing, it seems with someone calling Patrick out he might be willing to change some things. Not meditating at his desk, but perhaps toning down some of his antics. If just to have it where it isn’t the office against him, with the only thing keeping him from getting pushed out is him hitting the numbers for “the dot-com.”

Don’t Rain On My Parade: Sutton, Richard

There is about 14 years between Sutton and Richard, and that also means between Sutton and Richard’s friends there is not only an age difference, but they are at different points in their life. Richard’s friends are having and raising kids, buying houses, moving from the city since they want good public schools. Meanwhile, Richard has this girl who his friends think are going through a phase.

Sutton feeling offended by Richard's friend.

This presents another obstacle for Sutton since she isn’t ready for the stage Richard is clearly looking into. She doesn’t want kids yet, or to move out of the city. Sutton just got into that seminar, and while her life isn’t beginning, she is just really starting to live life to the fullest with little to no fear. Luckily, it seems Richard is willing to, not wait for her but recognize there isn’t a need to rush. After all, they just got back together, just moved in together, and it would be a bit much for him to ask her to move out of the city, the state even, considering where she is in life.

Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments

  • Sutton is 26, and Richard is 40.

Highlights

Ryan & Jane Not Fighting

With Jane, there always seems to be the possibility of drama since her character has rarely had anything else beyond squabbles. Yet, between this investigative piece and Ryan, it seems she has matured a bit. Case in point, despite Ryan not showing up to Richard’s party, getting home after her, and being around who knows who, Jane doesn’t make a big deal of it at all. She is excited about his possible book tour, they talk about her night, and they just seem like two professionals who get that their jobs and personal lives have a complicated schedule.

Patrick Being Told He’s Annoying

While Patrick can’t be forgiven for what he has said and done to, or around, Jacqueline, the attempt to humanize him isn’t lost on me. He is the new guy at a magazine with an established culture. Yes, he is not a basic straight white male, but he also isn’t someone who easily makes friends either. Never mind that, while he has the knowledge to be a boss, he currently lacks the social skills to be a good one.

Yet, there is the slightest bit of hope that with Jane laying it out there that he is making himself a social pariah, maybe he’ll adapt. Perhaps even take note of Jacqueline’s way of handling her employees rather than looking down on her all the time. Like some entitled idiot.

Richard’s Friends & The Reminder He Is At A Different Stage In Life

Of course, things can’t be simple for Sutton and Richard. If it isn’t fears of HR, what his co-workers may think, the idea he may leak something, Sutton fearing someone may think she is sleeping her way to the top, and etc., there is their age difference getting in the way. But despite the short-lived peace they always have, you have to appreciate them not letting these problems be swept under the rug. After all, older men and younger women are a regular thing, and usually they aren’t handled without there being a joke or some sort of shame to it. So seeing the real issues which can come from such an age gap is appealing to see.

Plus, it presents drama that isn’t over the top and keeps this couple interesting.

On The Fence

Kat Being Rejected

Tia implying Kat misinterpreted Tia's kindness.

On the one hand, I want Kat to be happy, healthy, flourishing personally and business-wise. Yet, I also don’t want it to be the show presenting the idea the lesbian community is small and everyone knowing each other to Kat somehow finding the single one who hasn’t swam in the fishbowl. Much less, a rehash of her story of being straight and Tia mostly dating guys until this charismatic person changes everything. We saw that already, it was cool, but it would mean less to see it again.

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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
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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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
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  • 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
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Director(s) James Travis
Writer(s) Celine Geiger
Air Date 6/19/18
Actors Introduced
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  • 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.
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Writer(s) Neel Shah
Air Date 6/26/2018
Actors Introduced
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  • 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
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Director(s) Marta Cunningham
Writer(s) Matt McGuinness
Air Date 7/17/2018
Actors Introduced
Gina Olivia Luccardi
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  • Team In Control: Sutton, Oliver, Brooke
  • Jane (Nearly) Always Gets Her Way:Jane, Sutton, Jacqueline
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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
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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
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  • Ryan Won: Ryan, Jane
  • Meet Patrick: Patrick, Jacqueline, Jane
  • #BeReal: Richard, Eli, Sutton, Patrick, Kat, Adena, Jacqueline, Jane, Alex
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Writer(s) Amanda Lasher, Matt McGuinness
Air Date 4/16/2019
Introduced This Episode
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Councilman  Reynolds Matthew Kabwe
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