The weather outside was frightful but, as always, the shenanigans of Scarlet were delightful. A whole lot went down on The Bold Type this week.
At this point in 2020, it’s easy to pick out a handful of tropes that you never want to see onscreen again. (Looking right at you, “fridging.”)
But if there’s one TV trope I don’t mind seeing — one I’ll never mind seeing — it’s the “trapped in an awkward situation thanks to a crazy snowstorm” trope. No one does it quite like Hallmark, but Freeform could certainly give them a run for their money.
This week’s episode of The Bold Type marked the second time Jane and Sutton have gotten stuck inside the walls of Scarlet, and on the whole, it was admittedly far less fun than the first time.
That said, there were certainly some clear highlights — like Richard!
He didn’t have a huge part to play in the episode, but honestly, it’s just nice having Sam Page back in person. FaceTime calls just weren’t enough.
It’s hard to pick which Richard was more fun to watch this week: Doting Dad-To-Be Richard or Allergy Drugged-Up Richard. In either case, he was the purest thing.
It’s not like we had any doubt before that he’d be the best dad, and the best husband to Sutton through and beyond a pregnancy, but there’s still a comfort in how quickly The Bold Type’s writers confirmed it.
What is surprising is how quickly it’s been confirmed that Sutton is indeed pregnant. Last week’s reveal was no cliffhanger; we’re officially getting a bold baby. And that bold baby is getting the best aunts — although, it’s true, Jane probably won’t be the fun one.
Naturally, Kat and Jane handled the news like any true 26-year-old best friends would: laughing at the idea of Sutton not drinking for nine months, confirming that happiness was the correct reaction, and then a giant group hug.
For as much as last week’s premiere seemed to try to age the ladies up, these moments at the IV place were a pleasant reminder that Jane, Kat and Sutton are still very young, still figuring out their careers, and still figuring out what they want. A baby could have just as easily been sobering news for Sutton.
When it comes to figuring out careers, Kat still has a ways to go. For now, she’s officially a bartender at The Belle, where RJ Safford’s daughter is also a member. Yes, this week’s blizzard left Kat trapped in a club with the daughter of the high-power media mogul she brought down. Seriously, snow storms are just the best TV trope.
“Enemies to lovers” would be a close second though, and it’s hard not to wonder if this is the way things may go with Kat and Ava.
Because, as it turns out, Ava doesn’t support conversion therapy like her father does. She’s conservative, yes, and she admits to being willing to defend “monsters,” but she’s a member of The Belle so that she can learn and participate in meaningful discourse. Ava wants to hear opinions from the other side.
There’s plenty of potential for a situation of opposites attracting here. We’ll have to keep a close eye on this one.
Meanwhile, Oliver’s ex has also entered the fray, and I hope we’ll get to see more of Jasper. He clearly loves Carly, and maybe even still loves Oliver. Watching them start to figure out this co-parenting thing as Jasper works through his addiction could be powerful.
It’s already given us one thing to love: Oliver and Jane in the fashion closet. Tell me how it’s taken four seasons to get an Oliver and Jane moment in the fashion closet? Season four of The Bold Type has excelled in making unexpected pairings and bringing other characters to the forefront, and we need more.
Perhaps the least unexpected pairing to come from the night, though, is that of Jane and Scott. Or, as he’s become known around Scarlet, ScottieTooHottie. (If we’re being honest, we’re here for this nickname, right? Cool).
Obviously, before any flirting can happen, Jane and Scott have to butt heads. And they do, via Scott’s writing. In an effort to make his writing less boring and stat-based, he takes an angle essentially blaming women for falling behind in a workplace.
Of course, Jane hates it, rewrites him, takes some advice from Jacqueline — who clearly has yet to discuss her trist with Miles with her husband — on why rewriting Scott was wrong, and in the end, Scott and Jane inevitably bond and share a drink.
Would it be nice for Jane to be allowed to have a strictly platonic relationship with a guy outside of Alex and Richard? Yes. Would it be nice to see her with someone who hopefully treats her better than Ryan did? Also yes.
At the moment, I’m very in the middle with Scott. He needs a bit more time to show who he really is.
And for the most part, that’s what this week’s episode of The Bold Type was all about — seeing things from another person’s perspective and respecting who they are.
Given the nature of things in the real world at the moment, it’s a timely thought, but the episode tiptoed around the idea a bit. But, knowing The Bold Type, the idea will be a through-line this season, not a throwaway. Especially if Ava is here to stay.
The Bold Type airs on Freeform on Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET.