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‘The Bold Type’ 3×07 recap: “Mixed Messages”

Miscommunication, thy name is drama

The Bold Type 3×07 recap, Season 3, Episode 7, “Mixed Messages” aired May 21st.

Another week goes by, which means a brand new episode of the Bold Type has graced our screens. You’re probably wondering — Adena??? Jamaican blueberry coffee??? What??? If you haven’t seen the episode, but never fear — here’s the latest on The Bold Type.

Jane

In need of some extra cash, Jane starts looking around for a new roommate — but the choices are, ah, far from great. However, it seems like all her problems might be fixed when she, Sutton, and Kat learn that Alex is currently homeless due to his roof collapsing. Sutton boldly suggests they move in together, and initially Alex and Jane skirt around the subject at first before seriously discussing it (if you consider taking quizzes seriously, which I do fyi).

THE BOLD TYPE – “Mixed Messages” – When Kat faces racial profiling while canvassing for office, she is tempted to call the woman out on social media in order to find justice. Sutton realizes that Richard is keeping something from her. Meanwhile, Jane and Jacqueline make headway on the workplace harassment investigation. This episode of “The Bold Type” airs Tuesday, May 21 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EDT) on Freeform. (Freeform/Jonathan Wenk)
AISHA DEE

Jane mentions this situation to Pinstripe who immediately tells her he doesn’t think that’s such a great idea, trying to conjure up a reason to justify why he’s against it but failing miserably, leaving us to wonder if someone’s dealing with a case of the green eyed monster.

In a turn of events that would have had me screaming in season one (I love janestripe, but I’ve been quietly shipping Jane & Alex since the pilot), Jane offers Alex a place to stay, regardless of how “compatible” they are.

Jane leaves Pinstripe a message to call her back so she can explain the situation, and heads back to the apartment with Alex to show him around. As they walk in, they’re ambushed with the very romantic scene of a store load of candles lit on every conceivable surface, a steaming hot plate of dinner, and even rose petals on the bed —

And a very, very upset Pinstripe once he realizes Jane isn’t alone.

Alex hides himself in his “room” as Jane and Pinstripe argue about the roommate situation, especially since it’s a temporary thing. Pinstripe storms out, leaving behind more questions than answers.

The next morning, Alex presents Jane with his special blend of Jamaican blueberry coffee (listen Sloan, Alex’s priorities are straight, he saved the good stuff) and asks Jane if she ever considered that Pinstripe may have wanted to move in with her.

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Jane is thrown, and tells Alex that she didn’t consider that because she felt it was too soon. Alex kindly tells her that just because she thought it was, doesn’t mean Pinstripe shared the same idea.

Later, at the Satford building, Jane and Pinstripe meet over coffee. Jane confronts him on if he wanted to move in with her, to which he shyly admits that he did, despite it being so soon into their relationship.

Jane tells him she thinks she was subconsciously thinking of it too, and that’s why she chose Alex as a roommate, because it was a temporary thing. She also admits she’s been using their romantic life to ignore how much she’s going to miss Ryan on his impending bookstore.

Hurray! Miscommunication is over — oh wait —

Kat

Kat is on top of her game politically and romantically, enjoying evenings with new girlfriend Tia (our Katia shipper hearts rejoice!), and beginning the canvassing for her political campaign.

But things come to a grinding halt when she and Tia are racially profiled by a white woman, who believes they’re canvassing her apartment to break into for no other reason than the fact they’re two black women.

Tia begins to film the confrontation, and as Sutton and Jane appear, the woman swiftly changes tune and tries to act like a victim, believing they’ve swooped in to “rescue” her, and claims that Kat and Tia were harassing her. When Kat calls her out on her racism, the woman threatens to call the police. As soon as she starts dialing, the gang packs it up and scram.

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THE BOLD TYPE – “Mixed Messages” – When Kat faces racial profiling while canvassing for office, she is tempted to call the woman out on social media in order to find justice. Sutton realizes that Richard is keeping something from her. Meanwhile, Jane and Jacqueline make headway on the workplace harassment investigation. This episode of “The Bold Type” airs Tuesday, May 21 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EDT) on Freeform. (Freeform/Jonathan Wenk)
ALEXIS FLOYD, AISHA DEE, HOLLY GAUTHIER-FRANKEL

Still stunned, Kat decides she has to use her platform to shine light on racial profiling — Tia is hesitant, but Kat goes through it anyway, posting to social media a quick video explaining what happened to them.

Soon enough, comments on the video start asking who the woman was. And so begins the ongoing push and pull between Tia and Kat: Kat tries to get Tia to send her the video Tia shot of the confrontation, but Tia doesn’t think they should post it, believing it would take the focus off of them and off Kat’s campaign.

But Kat’s confident it won’t, so in a final argument over lunch at Scarlet, Tia relents and sends her the video, telling Kat if she wants to derail her own campaign, that was her decision. Later, Kat shows Patrick (ugh) the video, who seems to be on the same page at first, but it quickly becomes clear he wants it to become an overnight sensation, drumming up nicknames for the woman.

And thus, Kat realizes what Tia was trying to warn her: all focus would be shifted from them, Kat’s campaign, and merely turned into a digital witch hunt and mockery fest toward the woman who attacked them.

Kat goes back to Tia and apologizes, and the two share a tender moment that turns into a makeout fest into something more —

And the camera pans away, toward Kat’s nightstand, her phone buzzing with the notification of a text going through: Adena is back in New York for a gallery opening! Can we panic now?

Sutton

Miscommunication is the theme of this episode, and Suttard is no exception to it. Sutton grows increasingly concerned about Richard, when he begins to act reclusive, blowing her off in the mornings for jogs or for work. Goodbye, Laid-back Richard. Hello Stressed AF Richard, it’s been awhile.

Sutton eventually decides that to get him out of his funk, she’ll throw him the best birthday party ever. But Richard is exasperated when she announces her idea, and tells her he doesn’t want a party, and asks she uninvite everyone.

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THE BOLD TYPE – “Mixed Messages” – When Kat faces racial profiling while canvassing for office, she is tempted to call the woman out on social media in order to find justice. Sutton realizes that Richard is keeping something from her. Meanwhile, Jane and Jacqueline make headway on the workplace harassment investigation. This episode of “The Bold Type” airs Tuesday, May 21 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EDT) on Freeform. (Freeform/Jonathan Wenk)
ALEXIS FLOYD, AISHA DEE, MEGHANN FAHY, KATIE STEVENS

Sutton eventually confides in Mama Jackie about her concerns for Richard, and how she’s worried that this all stems from the death of his father — which he hasn’t seemed to work through. Jacqueline suggests she try to join him doing something he loves to get him to open up.

Sutton accompanies him on his next jog, and discovers he’s changed his route (and even stopped running with his friends) to avoid running past the duck pond his father took him to as a kid. She gently confronts him, asking if he’s even processed his father’s death, or if he’s just ran from it to avoid his grief.

They share a tender moment by the duck pond as Richard remembers childhood memories about his father with Sutton, eventually asking her about her’s. We learn that Sutton never knew her father, but he occasionally wrote her growing up, promising to come back when she was thirteen (a promise unfulfilled).

Later, Sutton and Richard return home from a quiet dinner to discover that Sutton forgot to cancel the cake. Richard suggests they invite their closest friends over later to eat it, but for now…a romantic evening in.

Other Thoughts:

  • I can’t help but wonder if Sutton’s father will be an arc to come into play later on
  • This episode took a quick break from the Pamala Dolan storyline, but it looks to be back next week.
  • Kat & Tia are super adorable! I really hope things stay smooth between them even when Adena returns
  • I hope we see more of Jane and Alex’s friendship, and that they’re still roomies next week.

The Bold Type airs Tuesdays on Freeform

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Tegan Hall

I've had a lifelong adoration of fiction, stemming from family movie nights, piles of books to consume, and comic book store trips. In the intervening years, I've fallen deep into the well of fandom with no expectation or wish to leave it. I have a profound love for gothic and spooky tales, and that one movie franchise with the laser swords, dunno if you've heard of it.

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