The Bold Type: Pilot & O Hell No Recaps

Synopsis of 01×01: Jane becomes unsettled after being asked to write a story about why her ex broke up with her; Kat’s strong connection to an outspoken photographer confuses her; Sutton tries not to feel left behind as she toils in the assistant ranks. 

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Synopsis of 01×02: Kat finds herself questioning her identity as she continues to spend time with Adena; Jane is horrified when she is tasked with writing Scarlet’s sex column; Sutton is given an opportunity to advance at Scarlet but questions if it’s the right move. 

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The Bold Type is a new television series on Freeform that was inspired by Joanna Coles, former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine. Coles serves as a producer on the show providing an authentic inside look into the world of women’s magazine publishing.

The Bold Type follows three women in their mid-twenties as they climb the career ladder at a feminist magazine called Scarlet. The show kicked off with a two-hour premiere introducing us to Jane, who just got promoted to writer and is actively trying to find her voice. Kat, the social media director who is brave, a feisty feminist, and outspoken, and Sutton, the only assistant in the group, who is trying to figure out her next career move while staying true to herself.

In the beginning of the pilot episode, Jane is working on her first writing assignment for the magazine. Everything she pitches to the editor-in-chief gets denied. So it’s back to the drawing board for her. Sutton has a secret relationship with a board member. Kat persuades Adena, a Muslim artist to let Scarlet run an interview with her. In the process of convincing Adena, Kat starts to question her sexuality.

Sutton gets caught coming out of Richard’s house (who serves as a board member on Scarlet) by Jane and Kat. She tells the girls she really likes him. They believe her, but they also don’t want her to get hurt and tell her to be careful because his job won’t be in jeopardy, hers will. After seriously thinking about what it is that she wants, Sutton decides to call things off with Richard during the anniversary party for Scarlet, claiming she deserves to be taken seriously and taken on actual dates.

The editor-in-chief, Jacqueline, sets up a meeting with Jane and together Jane comes up with her first article that’s approved: How to Stalk Your Unstalkable Ex. Jane is excited, but also mortified because writing the article calls for her to track down her ex (who has zero social media presence and actually might be unstalkable), and it will unravel her emotionally. Jane takes a swing at writing something more meaningful, How to Get Over it When The Guy You Love Leaves You Standing in a Train Station and the editor-in-chief loves it.

The pilot establishes the friendship dynamic between the three characters and does a great job of showcasing what it’s like to work at a magazine.

In episode two, ‘O Hell No,’ Jane finds herself working on another article, this time for the sex column. But she’s never had an orgasm and when she’s tasked with writing on the subject, she relies on her girl circle to help figure things out.

Kat has been trying to reach Adena since the article came out but with no luck, until Adena randomly shows up at Scarlet; Kat is so happy her face lights up like a kid on Christmas. During their meeting Kat confirms a follow-up article with Adena and gets invited to her gallery show. The more time Kat spends around Adena the more she seriously can’t tell if she’s attracted to her or if it’s something else.

Meanwhile, Sutton really wants to pursue the next step in her career and decides to ask her boss about moving up at Scarlet. She lands an informational interview with Richard (the guy she’s dating), which leads to an interview with the ad sales team. When Sutton asks her friends if it’s the right move, they basically don’t have her back at first, but are willing to support her if its what she really wants to do. Sutton gets the ad sales job, but decides to be true to herself and pursue fashion.

Jane’s on a mission to experience an orgasm so she can write the sex column and tries using a yoni egg, but it gets stuck and Kat helps rescue the egg out of her vag! I don’t think you can be any closer to a friend after doing something like that! Out of time, Jane writes a piece based mostly on facts and Jacqueline does not approve, so she allows Jane to write the article anonymously as long as she promises to put herself out there. And she does, she writes an article that blows Jacqueline away, and she even puts her name on the article for all the world to see.

The Bold Type is a fun, fresh new series that empowers young women. I’ve already fallen in love with each of the characters because I see a bit of myself in each of them. We’ve all been there, starting from the bottom and trying to make it to the top. I’m excited to see what the rest of the season will bring and how these young women will shape the fictional magazine Scarlet.