The Bold Type 3×06, Season 3 Episode 6 (spoiler-free review), airs May 14th, 2019
“Welcome to hell,” Sage tells Jane, Sutton and Kat as they enter the Scarlet Bullpen — revealing to them and the audience that, no, Statford did not pay the ransom of bitcoins, meaning that every email ever sent on the Statford network is now public for the world to read.
Despite my urge to tear my hair out at the leak (seriously, has any of these people heard of text messages? Am I the only person who isn’t chatty in emails?) “#TBT” was an absolute blast from the past, and honored the past three seasons in a show that felt right, and not forced.
Apologies to Manhattan
In present day, tensions rise among the backing cast of Scarlet Magazine as their secrets, petty barbs, and grievances are exposed to the world (and worse, their colleagues) to see. But none so worse than an old email of Jacqueline’s that hits the tabloids — which, sorry, spoilers sweetie!
Despite the huge breach of security, our favorite trio of ladies deal with affairs elsewhere — Sutton prepares for her fashion seminar, and struggles to open up about any obstacles, determined to face them on her own. As always, the episode is lightened tremendously by her and Richard’s relationship.
The Bold Type isn’t afraid to show and highlight genuinely healthy relationships that hinge on mutual respect and understanding of each other, and it shines this season — with every episode, I wait with baited breath for the penny to drop, for unnecessary drama to unfold and tear apart these wonderfully developed ‘ships, and every time, the writers blow me away with their nuanced, real approach to relationships.
Most of the drama in this episode is work related, no more so than for Jane, who finds herself in the fun predicament of continuing her investigation into the sadistic Pamela Dolan and her abuse of models. Jane, of all the ladies, continuously struggles with her perception of things and doing the right thing — and this episode is no exception as she’s torn about how to continue.
The Bold Type tends to pull story threads together either literally or thematically, and Kat bears the weight of that this week as she handles the fallout of her confession with Tia from last week. It’s curious to see where this path leads for both her and Tia (hopefully it’ll be blue skies, but who knows?), but as Kat’s stories usually do — it’s sure to tug some heart strings.
Not that long ago, in a fashion closet not so far away…
The year is 2015, a year full of pop culture landmarks and other such events, and the world as we know it is about to change, because Jane Sloan, Sutton Brady, and Kat Edison are about to meet.
Like it says on the tin, this week is a Flashback Tuesday, full of music I actually recognize, Jane’s kinda-sorta hipster look, Kat’s pink stripes, and all the shenanigans we’ve come to expect from these three.
There’s so much I want to talk about with the flashbacks, but firstly I’ll start with the fact that I thrive off episodes like these, especially when they’re done right, and this one doesn’t disappoint.
In a lot of ways, “#TBT” feels like a love letter to the show, the characters, and the audience. It’s pure, uplifting riotous fun, and had me grinning like a hyena for the entire ride.
Most importantly, it also felt like a love letter to the fans in a much different way — it felt as if the writers gave us a glimpse at Jane, Kat and Sutton at the start of the respective paths, to urge everyone watching that these phenomenal, successful, powerful woman started somewhere too: Jane stumbles her way through her first day at Scarlet, Sutton tries to find a way to secure her future, and Kat fights to find the courage to speak up on her ideas.
Every episode of the Bold Type leaves me wanting to do something, to break down doors (or pull out my laptop) and speak, to let the world hear me roar. Watching the ladies find their footings, and be inspired by Scarlet and Jacqueline to stand up, felt like a pep talk from the show – you can do it, too this episode seems to urge, they did and so will you.
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