The Bold Type: Season 3, Episode 6 “TBT” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Title Card for The Bold Type featuring Jane dropping her coffee.
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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.


Network
FreeForm
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 TBD

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Minor Fallout: Jacqueline, Andrew, Oliver, Jane, Bobby

With Jane telling a strangely absent Patrick (He is dealing with IT stuff) about her e-mails in the last episode, it seems the girls are pretty clear from any worry about the leaked e-mails. However, who isn’t is Oliver, for his comments on people’s brands and collections, as well as Andrew, who reportedly has bad breath. As for Jacqueline? Well, her big issue is that, a major ad buyer named Bobby, she joked about him dying after a meeting not being so terrible. Which, naturally, makes it seem like she’s in a lot of trouble. However, we learn why things are a bit more complicated than they appear.

The Way We Were: Sutton, Richard, Jane, Jacqueline, Lauren, Kat, Bobby

Sutton, Jane and Kat in 2014

One of the triggers for heading into the past is mention of Bobby who is part of the reason the ladies are so close. You see, back in 2014, Kat was fairly new and working for someone who clearly wasn’t ahead of the curve when it came to social media and marketing. But, with Kat promising her dad not to rock the boat, she was just glad for a job which didn’t require the usual hassles. As for Jane, it was her first day as an intern and Lauren, Sutton’s former boss who we haven’t seen since, I wanna say season 1, yeah – she makes Jane cry.

This leads to, Kat taking her into what would become their group’s sanctuary, which already has Sutton there since it was her last day and that was devastating for her. But, with talking, making each other feel better, we see what led to this group becoming the bold type: Sutton. Yeah, while Kat had the ability, and Jane as well, it is Sutton’s encouragement that got them to be who they are. Also, it is the group as a whole which led to ideas flying about which led to Sutton doing some research and learning Lauren was the only junior editor without an assistant. Thus, thanks to doing her homework, Sutton getting a job!

However, we can’t bypass what sealed the deal for this friendship to be beyond just the workplace. What truly bonded the girls is almost killing Bobby. You see, Bobby and Jacqueline had a meeting planned and the girls, thinking the food left was up for grabs, ate the sandwiches. But, thanks to Sutton being a temp and knowing where all the food usually is, she finds a conference room with sandwiches to replace them and happens to run into Richard. Someone who notes the day he met her, he was instantly smitten.

Back to the Bobby thing, the sandwiches Sutton got to save the day apparently had peanuts in them, and that almost killed Bobby. Which leads to the girls confessing what they did and Jacqueline respecting their honesty. Making that perhaps the reason, in 2019, she adores those girls so much. For on top of ambition, they have integrity, and that might not be a norm.

A Drink To Progress: Kat, Tia, Jacqueline, Bobby, Sutton, Richard, Jane, Ryan

Bobby (Peter Francis James) taking to Jacqueline about their shared past.
Bobby (Peter Francis James)

In the long run, everything ends up being fine. Yes, some have their feelings hurt, but very few we’ve ever met. And, when it comes to Bobby, he plays it off since apparently him and Jacqueline were an item that didn’t work. So, with an established friendship, he lets it go over a drink and with us left to wonder what went wrong between them.

As for the rest? Well, Sutton reveals her dreams for a sewing machine were dashed by her mom, Babs, needing money, and her revealing to Richard her mom’s money issues will be a consistent thing in their relationship. Ryan, during the drama, reveals reviews for his book, pre-release, are quite good, and while Jane is struggling with her Pamela piece, she reminds him that her work troubles don’t mean his accomplishment can’t and won’t get praised.

Leaving Kat and Tia. Well, to begin, Kat was right about there being something there, but Tia wasn’t forthcoming on her rejection. For reasons not revealed, Tia isn’t comfortable with her sexuality, and while she has previously explored it, something is holding her back from accepting and loving that aspect of herself. Yet, with making out with Kat, and agreeing to stay on as her campaign manager (I forgot to mention she quit), it seems she is taking steps towards being comfortable in her own skin.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. So with Tia and Kat possibly a thing, does that mean Adena is going to show up and be shocked or is she just gone – period?
  2. Are we going to see more of Sutton’s mom or she just popped up to remind us Sutton got issues back home?
  3. Who broke Andrew and made him from someone who smiled every now and then to a snarky dude who grimaces all the time?
  4. What did happen to Lauren? I get with Sutton not working for her she is less required to be seen, but she was quite a force of nature before. Even butting heads with Kat in many a meeting.

Highlights

How Consistent This Show Is On Giving Us Engaging, Yet Drama Free, Relationships

You’ll be hard pressed to find as many healthy, drama free, relationships as The Bold Type, especially in terms of the relationship not being good for just a scene or episode, but nearly an entire season. For whether it is Jane letting Ryan know that just because she got stuff going on, it doesn’t mean she won’t celebrate him, Sutton and Richard still going strong, or Kat being understanding when it comes to Tia, the drama is always outside forces which don’t break what’s going on between two people.

Heck, even when talking about the ladies, while Kat every now and then bumps heads with one of the girls, and Jane can get annoying, we don’t see them act petty for long before getting over themselves and the situation. Which makes the fact it was announced today there will be a 4th season amazing! Particularly since when they renewed the show, after the first season, for two seasons, that made it seem they were planning the end early.

A Lauren Sighting

With seeing Lauren again for the first time since, maybe season 1, I realized I missed her. Unlike Jacqueline, who is maternal in her management style, Lauren was tough but fair, and the ladies could use a presence like that. Jane, in particular, since it seems the only boss she shows any respect to is Jacqueline. Everyone else she gives her ass to kiss or undermined.

Finally seeing Pamela

While they didn’t even put the actresses name in the beginning or end credits, at least we got a face and voice to the woman Jane is trying to take down.

Tia’s Sexuality Being Complicated

We don’t know if Tia is bi, maybe comes from a religious background, or has homophobic parents, but her sexuality being complicated gives a good sense of realness. Not to say Kat didn’t have a little bit of difficulty with Adena, but with so much support in her life, she had a paved way to who she is now. With Tia, we may get the flip side of finding that comfort in one person, but not in a larger community and within you friend and family group. Which could give some queer folk, especially Black women, the kind of visibility which isn’t too often given on a show like this.

Kat and Tia making out.

A Reminder Of How Far The Ladies Have Come

Though this walk down memory lane came out of nowhere, it makes you appreciate how in 5 years everyone changed their life around. Sutton went from only having $100 in her pocket to being able to afford a $500+ sewing machine to invest in herself. Jane went from a guy like Eric to Ryan, became a writer who is trusted with taking on a noted fashion photographer, and found not only a maternal figure in Jacqueline but also two best friends. Then with Kat, not only did she prove herself to be qualified beyond her father’s connections, she is a boss and has experienced genuine love once, and maybe on the second time.

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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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