Strap on in because I have a lot to say about this one.
On The Bold Type Season 4 Episode 6, “To Peg or Not To Peg,” Sutton tries to find sponsors for her upcoming wedding while also trying to impress Richard’s mother, and Jane finds herself stuck with yeast infection at the worst possible time (Not that there’s ever a particularly great time). Meanwhile, Kat considers trying something new in the bedroom and learns something about herself in the process.
Before we get into it I just want to say that this episode is comedy gold. It’s easily one of the funniest of the season and even of the entire show in my opinion. And it’s not even just for one character either; everyone from Sutton, Jane, and Kat, to Jacqueline, Sage, and Alex have hilarious one-liners and conversations.
Jane gets asked to speak on a panel at a Women’s Wellness Seminar and makes the mistake of dabbling with vagina facials before the big day. This, unsurprisingly, doesn’t go over well and poor Tiny Jane ends up causing herself even more pain and problems in the process of trying to “fix” the original problem. The whole story is simultaneously hilarious and also…incredibly powerful? It reminds me a lot of the yoni egg in season 1 and how The Bold Type took something very taboo and even silly, and turned it into something empowering. By the end of the episode, this actually became one of my favorite story arcs for Jane that the show has done, and really showcases how much Jane has grown as a person. Also, hats off to Katie Stevens. She was incredible and really did the whole situation justice.
Miss Sutton Brady spends the majority of her time trying to impress Richard’s mother and she gets off to kind of a rocky start. At their lunch Sutton attempts to explain instagram influencing to her and it results in a bit of tension between them. His mom is, well, exactly how I expected she would be. Even though she’s a little preoccupied with that, she’s still very much apart of both Kat and Jane’s dilemmas this episode and didn’t hesitate to drop everything to go to a sex shop with them and go strap-on shopping. And apparently she’s a regular customer there.
Fortunately for us Alex and Sage also have a plot, and it’s actually mostly separate from the girls. As teased in the description of the episode, Alex goes on a date with a very successful, powerful (and ridiculously beautiful and amazing) woman that he meets at Scarlet. His conversation with Sutton in season 3 about financial imbalances between partners comes full circle when he realizes she’s very well-off and connected. Much like Kat’s story, he ends up struggling with what society has ingrained in him when it comes to gender roles and power. I can’t say how it turns out, but whether or not they end up in a relationship in the future, I hope she sticks around. As Sage so gracefully puts it in the episode, if Alex doesn’t date her, she will.
Now for the part I know you’ve all been waiting for: The Peg of it all. I truly don’t know where to start with this story because I am so conflicted in how I feel about it. On one hand, I think the storyline is really important and does a good job at deconstructing certain stereotypes, and, similar to Jane’s story, teaches a valuable lesson in a comedic way. Kat picking out a rainbow strap-on, figuring out what she’s comfortable with in the bedroom, and also confronting what it means to be masculine and feminine is all so important and so worth watching. In fact, as I was watching I was stunned by the fact that the episode where Kat is contemplating pegging a man might be my favorite of the season. However, as I was watching I also couldn’t help but feel like Kat’s first experience with a strap-on should’ve been with Adena, or at least with another woman.
(I’m not going to spoil anything, but if you want to go into the episode without having read my more in-depth opinion, stop reading now. And also keep in mind that this is just my personal thoughts, and other LGBT fans may actually love where this story ends up, so do your best to go into the episode with an open mind.)
The story itself is honestly really entertaining, I just feel like it could’ve gone to Jane or Sutton and we could’ve had a similar story like this for Kat but with a woman. My feelings on this really doubled down during the last scene of the episode, where Kat, after four seasons, labels herself, and it isn’t quite what I was hoping for. (Don’t get too concerned she doesn’t begin to question if she’s straight or anything like that, I just feel like the writers missed out on a great opportunity and what Kat discovers about her feelings doesn’t really align with the story they’ve been telling us up to this point.) Long story short: I enjoyed the story, but wasn’t the biggest fan of the outcome. Maybe if Adena wasn’t absent for the majority of season 3 and was returning before season 4, episode 7, I’d be a little bit more patient with this whole “let’s have our only series regular wlw character peg a man” idea, but considering Kadena hasn’t been together since season 2, and the payoff during the last scene wasn’t what I expected, I’m a little disappointed.
All that being said, with Adena set to return next week and her story lining up with Kat’s, I’m willing to just sit back and watch how this plays out. If Kadena gets back on track and LGBT viewers get to watch them fall in love all over again and finally be together before the end of the season, I’ll be happy and be able to look back on this episode and laugh. But, if they don’t reunite until the finale and the show gets cancelled, and we subsequently don’t even get to see the show’s only wlw pairing actively be a couple like we’ve seen the straight couples because Kat was pegging a man, I’m going to be upset. Basically, I liked the episode and I honestly think other fans will too because the stories are so good and so important, and I really don’t want fans to go into the episode dreading it. All I’m saying is to proceed with caution, enjoy the laughs, and let’s see what happens after Adena returns.
Lastly, I want to express to you how funny this episode is, and how apart from that one quarrel, I thoroughly enjoyed the episode. There’s so many scenes between Jane, Kat, Sutton, and also Jacqueline that really solidified why we all fell in love with the girls’ friendship in the first place. It’s also just so funny. Like, Alex walks in on the girls icing Jane’s vagina, and that’s not even the best part of the scene.)
No Context Quotes
(By the time the episode was finished I had like 20 different quotes written down and it was very difficult to narrow it down to just 3.)
- “It’s more of a boss in the boardroom, bottom in the bedroom kind of situation.”
- “Text Sutton. She’ll be pissed if she misses this.”
- “If you don’t ask her out I am going to.”
Are you excited for The Bold Type Season 4 Episode 6? Leave your thoughts in the comments down below!