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.
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A Book & A Photo: Alex, Jane, Adena, Jacqueline
While Jane is more than aware of Ryan’s past, him writing a book about foursomes and debauchery bothers her a bit. Especially since Alex, out of jealousy he admits, is pushing the issue. Which he backs down from, as he sees he is getting under Jane’s skin, but Ryan not being able to elaborate is getting to her as well. Which makes the traction with the Pamela Dolan story a great distraction.
However, between a timeline getting pushed up, and hiring Adena for a photographer, while Jane could use something to take her mind off Ryan, this could be a bit much. Yet, with Jacqueline guiding her, she should be just fine.
Accepting Help When Offered: Sutton, Richard
Sutton is making headway in her design career, but with her so used to doing things on her own, she is hitting the same issue she did before. That is, when she was ready to give up since Oliver wasn’t going to pay her enough and figured the accounting route would be safer. This time, the problem is she has old equipment, and while she can make it work, she seems more willing to struggle and do things the hard way than let Richard invest in her.
Why? Well, while secure in her relationship, she doesn’t want to become dependent on it to thrive. Bringing up her dad again, he was inconsistent with child support payments, and she saw how her mother struggled due to that. So be it a sewing machine, bills, what have you, Sutton doesn’t want to get adjusted to someone using their money for things she needs. For while Richard may not dangle that over her head, it makes the possibility of losing him, one way or another, a bigger issue.
The Troubles Of A First Love: Kat, Tia, Adena, Jane, Sutton
With Jane hiring Adena for her Pamela Dolan story, alongside Tia arranging Kat to be interviewed at Scarlet, they end up coming face to face for a nice odd conversation. One that Jane has to apologize for and messes with Kat’s head a bit. For while she is spending a lot of time with Tia, including her sleeping over, things with Adena didn’t end gracefully. What also doesn’t help is Jane getting involved and finding out Adena does feel she made a mistake in what she did and relaying this to Kat. Which leads Kat to talk to her girls and wonder if Adena is her Richard.
This snowballs and leads Tia to feel insecure, but Kat eventually comes to two decisions. The first is to not hideaway from Adena and have a conversation. For while it was nice Jane pushed for clarity, second-hand information is not what Kat is about. Like with her social media, she likes being as direct as possible. The second thing is her reflecting on her current and past relationship and realizing that just because it is easy with Tia, don’t make it bad. And while, yes, struggling might be part of relationships, “struggle” shouldn’t define the relationship. Which was a serious issue with Adena not just because of her immigration status, but so many other problems.
Leading to Tia, also being direct, saying that if Adena isn’t a constituent, she doesn’t want to talk about her.
The Maturity Of It All
It is still shocking to me that this show doesn’t have any of its characters overreact, and instead they talk things out. Take Tia being called a campaign manager, rather than girlfriend, when introduced to Adena. That didn’t cause any issues. It pushed Tia to want some clarity, but once she laid down how she felt that was it.
Same goes with Jane and Ryan. Yes, things are a bit complicated die to distance, and Alex planting seeds, but she isn’t suddenly blowing up his phone. She knows who he once was, and also has seem him evolve away from that perspective she once had of him. So while she may want to ask a few questions, she isn’t trying to fly to where he is, call his manager, and do the most.
Heck, even Sutton, someone who is always about taking the initiative and figuring a way out of no way, when she talked to Richard about the sewing machine he bought, it didn’t lead to an argument. A discussion yes, which had Richard bring a P&L sheet, which was hilarious, but no arguing. Instead, they talked it out, he listened, and while he wasn’t rushing to return the machine, he got it.
This is far from the norm, and I must admit, as the season goes on, it bothers me. For while shows like Andi Mack have some semblance of this, largely the worst-case scenario is pursued on shows featuring young adults. Such as, Kat probably cheating on Tia, Sutton going off on Richard and calling him privileged and making him trying to feel bad about being rich. Then with Jane, between Ryan and Alex, her going off on one or both for stressing her out. Alex for stirring stuff and Ryan for not getting back to her to answer her questions.
Yet, that doesn’t exist, and it brings about, for me, a feeling of peace. I liken it to someone who is conservative or republican watching a show which doesn’t question and attack their beliefs episode to episode.
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Season Recaps: Season 1 | Season 2
|Season/ Episode||Synopsis||Episode Information||Topics & 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.|
|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.|
|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.|| |
|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.
|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.|| |
|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.
|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.|| |
|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.|| |
|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.|| |
|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.|| |
|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.|| |
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Season 2/ Episode 4 “OMG”||Jealousy is a major issue as relationships and career progress are compared and contrast amongst the ladies.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Season 2/ Episode 7 “Betsy”||Open relationships, gun violence, and gun ownership get featured and only as The Bold Type knows how.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|