The penultimate episode of The Bold Type season 2 involved a road trip, a family reunion and a few tough decisions. But the main theme was that essential, age-old question: can people really change? Read on below as Sutton tries to decide if she can start trusting her mom, while Jane faces a potential love triangle with Ben and the newly reformed Pinstripe.
We all know that Jane and Pinstripe used to be a "thing."
Pinstripe (aka Ryan) helped Jane loosen up, try new things and generally not take life too seriously. But their relationship couldn't last when Jane realized that she needed something, and someone, more stable.
This season, the pair have grown closer as drinking buddies and writing partners.
After Incite fired her, Pinstripe was the perfect person to help Jane get out of her freelancing funk. And he always made time for Jane when she needed him.
All along we've assumed that Pinstripe just wanted to be friends with Jane.
But after this episode, we're not so sure of his intentions.
He sensed that something was wrong with Jane almost immediately.
Which shows how much attention he pays to her. He really knows her.
By not pressuring her to offload all her problems, Pinstripe convinced Jane that he really understood her.
Making her question whether Ben was the right guy for her.
Kat and Sutton suspected Pinstripe had ulterior motives.
They even suggested that Jane just liked hanging out with him so that she didn't have to face her problems.
But at the very end of the episode, he said this:
What does this mean? That he wants Jane to take him more seriously as a friend, or as more than that?
And then he made this face.
Basically melting our hearts into a puddle on the floor. But did it have the same effect on Jane?
Meanwhile, Sutton was dealing with a complicated relationship of her own.
Sutton's relationship with her mother is complicated to say the least.
Everything we've heard about Babs has been negative.
We know that Sutton had a very difficult childhood with an alcoholic mother.
But when a trip to Paris was at stake, Sutton was forced to confront her past.
And take a road trip back to Pennsylvania.
At first, Sutton assumed that her mom would be the same person she always had been.
A troublemaker at the local bar.
But when Babs insisted she was a new woman, it seemed too good to be true.
The bar was the same. Billy was the same. Why would Babs be any different?
Kat and Jane convinced Sutton to at least hear her mother out.
This time, Sutton wouldn't have to do it alone. She had her friends there to support her.
Babs told Sutton she sought help for alcoholism after seeing one photo of Sutton on Instagram.
Turns out she'd been sober for a while.
Sutton was really brave to agree to try again.
But we understand why she has to take it one step at a time.
After so many disappointments growing up, Sutton has every right to be cautious. We hope this time Babs has really turned over a new leaf.
Do you think that people can really change? Can Babs commit to sobriety, and can Pinstripe commit to Jane?
Watch the latest episode and tell us your thoughts in the comments!