When we left Jane, she decided to have a double mastectomy. I had no idea how invasive the surgery was or how long the recovery was. It took her three months to recover, and the writers created a beautiful montage of that recovery process.
For any young woman who is facing this decision, this can be an excellent way for them to see the process and the road to recovery.
Katie Stevens made you feel every emotion she was going through. It was beautiful and sad to watch, but Jane made it to the other side with the help of her friends. But it wasn’t just Sutton (Meghann Fahy) and Kat (Aisha Dee) that was there by her side, Alex (Matt Ward) stayed to take care of her too. His apartment was fixed but decided not to move out in Jane’s time of need.
The way the characters are there for each other is one of the reasons I love The Bold Type so much. While I do love shows like Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars, this show is about lifting people up. There’s a fresh air of positivity that only Younger and Katy Keene can relate to. These are the shows that we need right now. Not that we won’t love re-watching Gossip Girl and PLL or never watch shows like that again, but it’s nice to feel inspired when you watch a series.
Another way we get inspired by these young ladies is by watching them navigate their careers. They are far from perfect but learn from their mistakes.
Jane was having difficulty getting back to work. She has her own vertical and office now, but she couldn’t enjoy it because she wasn’t feeling like herself. It broke my heart, watching her not being able to enjoy her success. Still, it was also great to have the writers delve into how she is adjusting to her new body, and it’s going to take more than physically recovering from the operation to get back to normal.
That led to some awkward interactions when she was interviewing her top candidates. She was so off her game, in the second one, she lied and said she was a member of the exclusive club The Belle.
Then it was Kat to the rescue and putting her skills to great use by getting her in for an interview.
Another thing The Bold Type does so well is teaching women to lean into their authentic selves. Once again, it was Jane being honest that led to her success and a membership to the club.
Not that any of them find it easy, to be honest with themselves and who they are. Kat was struggling a bit in this episode. While it’s incredible that she’s out there getting her voice heard on causes she cares about, her parents were right, what is she doing next? Kat ran for the city council, and when that didn’t pan out, the social media savvy woman she is, used her platform at Scarlet to make a difference. Making a difference is who she is, but she still needs to pay the bills.
I was happy to see her turn down a job that would not allow her to be an activist and let her parents rent out the loft. I’m hoping to see a significant transformation in Kat while we watch her on her new journey.
We are also getting to see Sutton tackle her new role as Junior Stylist at Scarlet. While Sutton wasn’t struggling as much as Jane or Kat in this episode, she did feel ashamed of herself for judging the young actress. I loved that she stood up for the girl and gave her a second chance, but the thing I loved the most was the way she views her job. It’s not to style the models but to make her subjects feel empowered in the clothes that they wear. This is why I’m becoming a stylist too. Fashion can be such a confidence-boosting tool and can help us lead to successful careers.
I love the constant message of empowerment and confidence in this show. In this time of uncertainly, we need this inspiration. We need to keep fighting for our dreams and the change our world needs.