The Bold Type 3×04, Season 3 Episode 4 (spoiler-free review), airs April 30th, 2019.
This season of The Bold Type has been unafraid to focus more on the cast that rounds out Scarlet Magazine, rather it be Oliver as he tries to adopt the daughter of an old boyfriend, or Alex as he struggles with guilt and confusion over being the subject of a #MeToo story. This week’s episode is no different, as the spotlight turns to the Matriarch of Scarlet herself: Jacqueline Carlisle.
Jane Sloan goes full Lois Lane
Jane steps her toes into investigative reporting for the first time, when a pitch from Patrick leads her to the scoop of a lifetime, but her focus is soon distracted with concern for Jacqueline.
Jacqueline’s arc in this episode – and how it overlaps with Jane’s (and Kat and Sutton’s, but to a lesser extent) really sheds a light on how important female friendships/mentorships are, how they shape us and inspire us. While that is the backbone of the show, I think it’s really illuminated here in “The Deep End.”
Jane’s characterization this season has been a highlight for me, and I think this episode shows us Jane at her best: eager to find the truth, no matter the consequences to herself, and to be there for her friends in the most supportive ways.
Woman of the Hour, Jacqueline Carlisle
As I mentioned above, the thing I loved most was the focus on Jacqueline, as everyone prepares themselves for her ten year anniversary gala. Jacqueline and Patrick’s antagonism has been simmering under the surface for the past three episodes, and finally we get some actual scenes of Jacqueline voicing her concerns about Patrick joining Scarlet.
And it’s heartbreaking. We watch Jacqueline with as much concern as Jane, as she tries to find her footing again amongst this power struggle. There is so much I want to discuss, to analyze Jacqueline’s characterization in this episode (cos it’s in top form) but alas. Spoilers.
I will say that the final moments of the episode are every bit as inspiring and meaningful as we’d come to expect from The Bold Type. Broken record, I know.
Brass Buttons & Politics Galore
Sutton works hard on designing a dress that will be worthy to get approved for her “design boot camp,” but it doesn’t take long for things to go awry.
I found Sutton’s storyline to be the most relatable, as she struggles to find the confidence to carry on after a bump in the road. As someone who, ahem, thrives on approval and gets discouraged easily, Sutton remains perhaps the most relatable of the three ladies for me.
Meanwhile, Kat prepares to run for City Council, but is quickly discouraged when she discovers that a lot of her past will come out (and be used against her) during the run.
Kat struggles to find the confidence to continue – an ongoing theme in this episode, I’m now realizing – at the prospect of backlash for her past decisions. Kat’s arc has been another standout this season, and I’m having a blast watching her make strides in politics. I can’t recall a serious storyline of a (female) character running for a position, nor can I recall one that actually digs into the technicalities and the opposition one faces to do so.
As always, the Bold Type remains relevant, fresh, and provides a cast of well-rounded, well written and acted female characters that inspires the audience as much as they inspire themselves.
Watch the Bold Type Tuesdays on Freeform.