You know we couldn’t end things without one last BFF group hug in the fashion closet.
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Aww, our favorite magazine girls are screaming into the abyss one last time. That’s right, The daring guy kicked off the series finale with best friends Jane, Kat, and Sutton holding hands, standing on a Brooklyn sidewalk and letting it all hang out, a reminder of their New York subway screaming into the pilot. Of course, this time they were living their truths out in the open for all to see (and hear) because, you know, the growth. The former and future ladies of Scarlet the magazine has done a lot of this over the show’s five seasons in an always fun, multiple times relatable, and sometimes confusing (see: so much of what Jane does) way. Although at times it seemed like the rules of the magazine publishing industry as well as space and time as it pertained to New York City were totally ignored, the series offered a magnificent look at female friendship in their twenties thanks to the undeniable chemistry among its three tracks.
So after all this best friend shenanigans, how Jane, Kat, Sutton and their Scarlet do cohorts leave things? here’s how The daring guy said goodbye to its main characters before one last BFF group hug in the fashion closet (come on, you knew the show would end there!).
Well, my friends, Jane did. She finally did it! She learned to make pad thai. Oh, sorry, it’s just on her to-do list above “becoming an editor of Scarlet,“So I thought that was important. Oh, Jane, ridiculous to the end. She trained to be the acting editor when Jacqueline takes a really long, well-deserved vacation with her husband because, sure that sounds like a good idea. But then, after about a week of this training, Jacqueline sees how awesome Jane is (sorry EICs, your job is so easy I guess!). Jane is honored, sure, but after an altercation with Pinstripe (!!), she realizes that she is a writer, not a manager, damn it. She refuses the job and suggests that Jacqueline give it to Kat. So what is Jane going to do now that Thinking back on all the dreams of her life? Inspired by a photo of her late mother in Paris, Jane decides it’s time to leave her comfort zone in Scarlet and go see the world. Tiny Jane is ready for great adventures.
What a turn for Kat Edison! A few days ago, she was a barmaid at Belle; now she is editor-in-chief of Scarlet magazine. What a world! Turning to Jacqueline for advice, Kat brings her pitch to make her social movement hashtag #DontTurnAway a digital platform and magazine before presenting it to investors, but Jacqueline loves it so much that she makes Kat an offer to put it under the Scarlet umbrella. Kat will have full creative control and a huge budget. Sure, she would join the big, bad company she fought against for so long (which got her fired from the magazine originally), but she’ll be able to do some good that way. Sounds good, doesn’t it? But there is more ! After Jane turns down the IEC job, Jacqueline realizes Kat is an innovator and also loves spreadsheets so, so good, so hello, the job should have belonged to one time. Scarlet social media maven all along. Kat applies her new mantra “I’m not afraid anymore” to both her career (she takes the job) and her personal life (she goes to look for her daughter, Adena). A real happy ending here.
Sutton has been working on herself this season. She is in therapy for the first time, she has recognized an alcohol problem, she corrects her course. But then Richard “I have a divorce beard and learned that hot turtleneck men are a thing” Hunter shows up and the estranged husband and wife can’t stop having sex the one with the other. They live in a dream where the only rule is to ignore this little problem of Richard who wants children and not Sutton and both know it. Eventually, Sutton realizes that she has to let Richard go. I mean, the man is in contact with an adoption agency! She reads him a cute reference letter she wrote about how he’s supposed to be a father, and she signs the divorce papers. But wait! Richard says, “Yes, I’ve always wanted children, but the point is, I want you more.” He can’t imagine his life without her. It’s very elusive in theory but maybe a little more murky in practice. Either way, Sutton and Richard reunite. We wish them the best.
As a farewell gift, Scarlet‘s One True Queen gives us one last lesson in life: she is courageous and imagines a new chapter, a post-Scarlet life. Jacqueline has been trying to find that coveted work-life balance for some time now, and with her marriage finally back in a good place, she is retiring. She and Ian can work together, as they always wanted to. She also decides that a person can bequeath the editor-in-chief role to whomever they choose, which she essentially does with Kat, but we’re going with it. All Jacqueline gets in return for her years of service is a real half-ass slideshow on her finale. Scarlet gone, but she looks cool with it all so who are we to judge? Unfortunately, she does not resume her routine for “Push It”.
Yes The daring guy Hadn’t given this man-angel the happy ending he deserved, so many streaming devices would have been launched into the sea. Fortunately, for our hearts and oceans, that didn’t happen. After all these years, and after some major prompting from Sutton, Oliver finally admits he’s in love with Jasper, his fashion designer ex-boyfriend with whom he shares custody of Jasper’s daughter while Jasper worked on his sobriety. (he is doing very well) . And then he asks her for a date. They look happy and gorgeous as they walk the red carpet at the Scarlet party in some of Jasper’s best. All is well with the world.
Alex’s big departure came in the middle of season five, but in case you missed it, know that he put his writing and podcasting skills to good use. Fine stripe in the hope of being challenged and continuing to grow. And he’s still dating this rich and sexy doctor. Although his leaving party was really bad (a last minute office basketball game full of people who don’t understand basketball?), His life looks pretty good right now.
Jacqueline’s assistant and biggest fan had his big time earlier in season five when he had a heart-to-heart discussion with his boss about how woefully underpaid he was. He also ends his feud with Jane after Kat finally points out to him that his problem with her is simply that they’re the same person (try them obsessed with Jacqueline). We don’t know what he thinks about the alpha and omega retirement from his world, but if I had to guess it would be every feeling imaginable.
Our sex and relationship writer never really got her on this show, did she? Ultimately, Sage loses her working husband when Alex moves on to more difficult pastures, but she gets her own vertical. Does she look good?
Remember that a season of The daring guy when everyone kept talking about “dot-com” and developing “dot-com” and saying I DON’T WRITE FOR DOT-COM? Well, I’m happy to report that ultimately dot-com is booming. Everyone receives a vertical flush with the money from the investors. Everyone’s writing for dot-com now. Dot-com is living its best damn life.