'The Bold Type' Season 4 Episode 13 Review: Touching portrayal of female grief stings you in the heart
Episode 13 chronicles the grief of its women in a sharp narrative
Spoilers for 'The Bold Type' Season 4 Episode 13 'Lost'
Each of the three protagonists on 'The Bold Type' is grieving the loss of something — the loss of identity, of memories, of a future. Episode 13 of Season 4 chronicles the grief of its women in a sharp narrative that stings you in the heart — the worst of all, Sutton.
Sutton Brady (Meghann Fahy, in a very touching performance) has miscarried. Fans had long predicted that following her marriage to long-time boyfriend Richard Hunter (Sam Page), she will have a failed pregnancy. And while numerous tweets and comments online begged the makers to not take that route, it seems like it was unanimously decided to make this her next step. Juggling her recent promotion and a nascent pregnancy, Sutton tries to make her way through her future. When the doctors reveal that she will be miscarrying, grief doesn't hit her immediately. She feels numb for the longest time and cannot place her feelings anywhere. It is when she interacts with a child when all her feelings hit her like a truck, and the bleeding begins too.
Jane Sloan (Katie Stevens) is lost too. Her recent double mastectomy has left her losing a sense of her identity. Although she is trying to regain that sense of self, the task is daunting. When she ventures out into the dating world, she is confronted with this very mess. Stevens delivers a sharp performance as a young woman trying to retrieve her own identity. Soon Jane realises that the only way to resolve the dilemmas in her mind is to speak to women who have gone through the same. Meanwhile, it is Kat Edison (Aisha Dee) who is losing her past. Being compelled to move out of her house by her parents, she might be working as a bartender but that isn't enough money. She moves in with Jane and then makes the difficult decision of selling most of her belongings in order to get some cash. With the possibility of her own podcast for Belle in the works, she invests the money is equipment.
Watching this episode as a woman was particularly difficult. It is not possible to not take the narrative personally. Losing the past and the future and being lost in the labyrinth of the present, each brings with it a different form of grief that 'The Bold Type' showcases with a touching episode. Episode 13 also redeems the show from previous episode's damage. While we are at it, the show should also avoid taking a romantic route for Jane and her employee Scott Coleman (Mat Vairo) — that will be a hard undo.
'The Bold Type' airs Thursdays at 10 PM ET/PT on Freeform.