So we’re in season 3 of The Bold Type, and surprise, surprise, Jane (Katie Stevens) chose her OG crush Pinstripe (Dan Jeannotte) over Dr. Ben (Luca James Lee). This was objectively the wrong choice, but the heart wants what the heart wants. Too bad Pinstripe (real name Ryan) proved he’s even more obnoxious than originally thought in season 3, episode 2, “Plus It Up.” Spoilers beyond this point, obvi.
To quickly recap: Jane has a gene mutation called BRCA, which indicates she’s at a higher risk of breast or ovarian cancer (which her mother passed away from). Now, at only 23 years old, she has to decide whether she plans on having kids. She decides to freeze her eggs and breaks up with the gorgeous Dr. Ben to get back with fuckboi writer Ryan after her BRCA status made things too real with the medical professional.
It’s time for Jane to begin her fertility treatment before freezing her eggs, but she’s told by her new boss, Patrick (Peter Vack), that she needs a fresh angle to write about the experience. Despite the fact that he’s way out of line in doing so, Patrick assigns her to cowrite the piece with her boyfriend...who she planned on keeping out of the entire equation. Awkward.
This would have been a good time for Pinstripe to bow out politely, especially considering he doesn’t work for Patrick and wouldn’t face any repercussions. It’s extremely clear, when Jane blatantly says no and again when she says “I hope that this isn’t happening,” that she’s not interested in exploring this deeply personal matter with her newly official boyfriend. Maybe that’s just me....
But no, Ryan decides to force his way in to her mental and physical space (I cringed when he showed up in the ladies’ sacred fashion closet to look for her). Even when Jane told him straight-up she didn’t want him involved, he attempts to guilt her into including him and keeping him up to date on her doctor visits.
It was ultimately disappointing when his behavior was made out to seem sweet and supportive. After an argument where Jane basically tells him to step way back, he shows up at her doorstep because he wanted to be there for her in case she needed help with her injections. Literally, the same thing she told him that day she didn’t want him to do. Instead of frustration, Jane seems sorry for “pushing him away” and even calls her own awkward feelings “dumb” while he smiles and nods.
Personally, I feel Jane was gaslighted into forgiving his intrusion. By the end of the episode, she allows Ryan to administer her fertility shot and is all smiles as they proceed to write their coauthored story. His persistence, which stripped Jane of her own body autonomy, is presented as #BoyfriendGoals as opposed to what it really is: extremely out of bounds, controlling, and completely unacceptable.
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