Finding a new passion and reestablishing an old one
On The Bold Type, Jane (Katie Stevens) is trying out every friend and connection that she has in the city. She is determined to get a new job in the least amount of time as possible. When she finally scores an interview, she gets turned away for the position because the editor remembers her from Incite. She eventually gets him to let her do a freelance piece on healthcare. She interviews a doctor from Sutton’s (Meghann Fahy) photoshoot and finds a love for writing about “healthcare”.
Meanwhile, Jacqueline (Melora Hardin) is running into some tension while dealing with the new board member, Cleo Williams (Siobhan Murphy). She decides to begin writing Letters from the Editor again, to get back in touch with her readers. This causes more tension between the two.
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When Sutton gets a new assignment to shoot products– like accessories for a body positive issue, she runs into some problems deciding on a photographer. After finding one from Instagram, Kat (Aisha Dee) suggests Adena (Nikohl Boosheri) for the shoot. Even though Sutton isn’t one hundred percent sure she trusts Adena with the shoot, she hires her anyway. But when the shoot starts to teeter away from Oliver’s (Stephen Conrad Moore) vision, Sutton and Kat get into an argument – which gets overheard by Adena. Back on track to the original plan, Sutton and Adena both decide that this shoot is a fail. They come up with a new idea for the body positive shoot. The shoot ends up being a success and it puts Adena on the radar as a photographer to watch!
Kat and Sutton got into a little argument his week, but these girls can’t stay mad at each other for long. Discussing Jane’s new endeavors and that little spat, is our The Bold Type roundtable:
Emily (@waverlyleigh) – Broadway enthusiast, watches too many TV shows, and dances for a living.
Kailee (@ALESSIASHAIR) – New Yorker learning the true New York way through the girls from the fashion closet.
Alex (@AlexxHerreraaa) – Dog mom, I stan Kadena, and Director/Producer in the making.
Sarah (@livinqhere) – Bubbly vegan with a love for music and New York City.
Maria (@maggiessalexx) – Kadena supremacist first, The Bold Type enthusiast to follow
1. Jane’s struggling to get another job after losing her position at Incite. Have you ever been in Jane’s position and found it hard to get a new job?
Emily (@waverlyleigh): I’m finding it hard to get a job right now! I’ve applied to 4 different places and have not heard back yet. It sucks because I know I’m good enough for a job, but no one is acknowledging that.
Kailee (@ALESSIASHAIR): As anyone who is new to an industry, it’s inevitable that it’s hard to find work. I am a photographer/videographer in the NYC area so the competition is always so strong that it can be hard to find work when you are surrounded by your competitors. If there is anything I have learned from this though, is that it only makes you work harder and get better at whatever you are doing.
Alex (@AlexxHerreraaa): I’ve always been in Jane’s position. Especially, because I’m in college and living on my own– finding a different job is really hard.
Sarah (@livinqhere): I personally have not had that struggle but I know that one day I probably will struggle with it. This is an important topic because a lot of people struggle with getting jobs. It is nice to be able to relate to people who seem to have it all worked out like Jane and then have it all come crashing down.
Maria (@maggiessalexx): Oh, definitely! It was hard for me to get a new job. It’s not easy, that’s for sure, but those are all the things that happen in life. We must navigate through them the best way we know how.
2. Sutton wanted to help her friend’s girlfriend, but she also wanted to make sure she made the right choice without any pressure. Have you ever been in a tough position like Sutton?
Emily: I think we have all been in Sutton’s position before– I definitely have. While people normally taking the route they are most comfortable with, I think being risky is the way to go. That’s usually what I do, and I’m glad Sutton did that as well.
Kailee: Whenever I am put in this situation, I usually trust my gut and do what feels right. If I am feeling a little boujee, I will pull a Jane and make a pro/con list but I always keep in mind both sides of the situation.
Alex: Every time, it’s better safe than sorry. But sometimes, we can give people another chance just to prove that you made the right decision.
Sarah: Yes. Unfortunately, situations like this do bring a lot of stress and anxiety to all parties involved because it’s more than a job offer, it’s a test of friendship.
Maria: Unfortunately, yes. It’s never easy to be torn between wanting to help your best friend’s girlfriend/boyfriend and not feel pressure about it.
3. Jacqueline’s writing Letters from the Editor again. Do you think she’ll eventually start to write more of her own original pieces like in her early magazine days?
Emily: I think she will! You can clearly tell how much she loves writing and putting her own work out there. She always has amazing advice and opinions, she should put it out there again.
Kailee: I sure hope so! Jacqueline is such a strong character and role model to look up to. Throughout the past episodes, we have learned so much about her character but I am always looking forward to getting to know more about her and for her to be able to express that through her writing would be amazing.
Alex: I hope she does. I know that being in charge and letting the person see what they’ve done is the best part of being in charge, but letting other people know the boss’ perspective is great as well.
Sarah: Yes, I think this rekindled her love for writing– which will be exciting to see because not only will she be pushing herself to new heights, but also pushing the rest of the staff as well. We will definitely get exciting and unique pieces from Jacqueline!
Maria: OMG, I really hope so! I can’t wait to see what’s next in store for Jacqueline!
4. Kat pushed to have Adena do the photoshoot for Scarlet, which caused an argument between her and Sutton. Have you or anyone you’ve known let their romantic relationship come between a friendship?
Emily: A relationship once came in between me and one of my best friends. I let that person pull us apart and we argued about it all for god knows how long. Now we both see how stupid we are, and that is way in the past.
Kailee: I have definitely been put in the situation where a friend has chosen sides, either choosing to spend all their time with their significant other or their friends, which is never the right answer. It is all about balance which will be learned as the relationship grows.
Alex: Not that I remember. To be honest, I’m guilty of doing this at some point, but sometimes I need to remember that my partner has to go first.
Sarah: No, I have not but I know it is a common occurrence amongst friends.
Maria: I think having that kind of situation is a real-life issue. It happens all the time. I was in that kind of situation numerous times, unfortunately. It’s never easy. It can get tricky, messy, unpleasant. But if your friends really care about you and your happiness, then they should make an effort, just like your partner has to. It’s all about compromises after all.
5. The body positivity shoot was a really special standout moment of the episode. How did that scene make you feel?
Emily: That scene made me so happy. I’ve struggled with body image and body dysphoria for almost my entire life. It’s hard going out into public sometimes because of how much I hate myself. That scene meant the world to me, it showed me that I shouldn’t be ashamed of who I am and my flaws.
Kailee: This one brought out the waterworks for me. This scene was so special and important for people to see. I am so proud to be living in this generation that is becoming so accepting of people all around and although everything can always be improved, scenes like this are what pushes it in the right direction. Seeing the ladies that we all look up to strip down to themselves, no makeup or touch-ups shows how everyone has their own struggles. After seeing this show, it made me love the characters even more because of their vulnerability.
Alex: It made me feel like I’m really not the only one who has a body like my own. I tried really hard about love my body but in the end, I just need confidence.
Sarah: I loved it! It was really empowering to see and I’m hoping it will inspire others to embrace their bodies because most media paints a very strict picture of what they believe a body should look like.
Maria: OMG! That scene was so POWERFUL! And it resonated with me on a personal level! As someone who has stretch marks on my thighs, it was really important to see this kind of scene that shows that our bodies are our own temple, and they are beautiful just the way they are. We don’t need to be ashamed to embrace all the flaws we have, cause that can only make us confident. Makes us stronger. Makes us hella SEXY! Yes, I said it. Girls, embrace your flaws, don’t be embarrassed to work that body of yours, cause IT’S BEAUTIFUL.
6. What future conflicts do you foresee coming up with Jacqueline and the new board member, Cleo?
Emily: They will definitely have conflicts about what stories and topics to cover. I can see Jacqueline having a topic she wants to write about, and Cleo dismissing it, thinking it’s not good enough to cover.
Kailee: These are two characters that are both strong women. I think we are going to see them butt heads but at the end of the day, they are on the same team so they are going to have to have each other’s backs. Jacqueline has always been a personal favorite of mine so what can I say, #TeamJacqueline all the way.
Alex: Cleo’s mind is more like a millennial type of production but when it comes to Jacqueline’s perspective she still believes in the old school way.
Sarah: I don’t think that Cleo will like Jacqueline’s push the envelope way of thinking. Cleo seems to have a mindset of more mainstream content while J really wants to open up her readers’ minds to new things.
Maria: Oh gosh, I have so many negative feelings towards Cleo. Can she just go away? I have no idea what’s her story, what are her intentions. But it sure is nothing good.
7. Do you think it was the right decision for Jacqueline to turn Jane away?
Emily: While I do wish Jacqueline took Jane back, I do see why she did it and it will be better for Jane. Jane is taking the easy route, and not everything will be handled for her. She needs to learn how to figure her own way out of this and to not give up so easily.
Kailee: As hard as it is for me to say, yes. I still hope that at the end of the day, Jane finds her way back to Scarlet, but I think that she will find that when she needs it most. After writing some freelance pieces and maybe going to a few other magazines, she will find her voice more and then have so much to offer at Scarlet. I trust Jacqueline to do what is right and that she would not hurt Jane, only help her.
Alex: At first, I was like, “YES TAKE JANE BACK TO SCARLET!!!” But then, we I heard Jacqueline’s opinion on Jane coming back to Scarlet it actually made a point. People do need to grow especially when they’re in a field where it already has its own demons.
Sarah: I’m kind of on the fence with Jacqueline’s Decision. I understand her thought process on not rehiring her but my heart wants all the girls at Scarlet because I love the badass girl boss vibe that they all put out when they work together.
Maria: Oh, absolutely! Even though I felt really sad for Jane. (I mean, poor girl. She doesn’t know how to be unemployed) I think what Jacqueline told Jane was life-changing for her. She might not see that right now, but deep down I think she knows Jacqueline was right. Gotta receive some tough love, right? It’s so hard to get a writing job. The reality is you can’t just get what you want whenever you want. Jane has some growing up to do, that’s for sure. I am excited to see how she will handle this rejection and what’s her next step.
Even when the girls aren’t on the same page, they always find a way to make it work
The beginning of this season has been nothing short of fantastic! The girls are finding new things that intrigue them, while also still keeping their passions for the old ones. It’s great watching these characters grow each week. We loved the body positive shoot. It was definitely the highlight of the episode. The concept used to showcase the jewelry but also bring a deeper meaning to the photos was brilliant! This storyline was well put together and we’re glad it gave Sutton and Adena a chance to have solo scenes together.
Jane’s determination is something that is always inspiring. We love that she continues to never give up on her craft. It was so great seeing her interview with the doctor. Healthcare is a different avenue for Jane and we love seeing her get experience in different areas. Maybe something more will come of this freelance article.
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We’re really enjoying season two. It continues to bring out relatable storylines and hit on hard topics. Seeing the different perspectives and these three best friends work through their issues are the kind of healthy friendships we love to watch. We can’t wait to see what these girls are up to next. Looks like Kat and Adena may be running into some relationship drama. We shall see!