Switched at Birth review: Jealousy rears its ugly head
Daphne learns that having a baby sister isn't all it's cracked up to be, Bay finds out the truth about Ty, John and Kathryn have an adventure and Toby finds a new purpose in "The Past (Forgotten-Swallowed)."
Now that John and Kathryn's marriage is back on track, so many other relationships fell apart in this episode of Switched at Birth.
In my review of the last episode, I talked about how all the dancing was a nice break from the drama. It's a good thing we got that break, because the angst was back with a vengeance in this one — at least for some of the characters.
- ICYMI last week...
- Everyone danced their hearts out in the mostly musical episode.
- John struggled to find out how to make things right with Kathryn, wanting to change anything but himself. In the end, he realized he needed to change to give Kathryn the adventure she wanted.
- Daphne decided she wanted to look at going to medical school, but then began to doubt herself. She also told Jorge that she had feelings for Campbell.
- Travis asked Mary Beth to a dance, and Toby, Angelo and Melody worked together to teach him to dance.
- Bay’s art teacher wouldn’t accept an injured hand as an excuse for shoddy work, forcing Bay to find a new way to express her art.
Bay has been living under the cloud of Ty's lie for a while now, so it was only a matter of time before she found out that he never cheated on her. It kind of sucked, though, that the truth came out because Mary Beth was mad and looking for a way to hurt Bay. That pretty much ruined the entire reason that Ty did it, though I suppose she would have been upset no matter when she found out. Does this mean she's going to dump Tank and end up back with Ty again? Because my neck is seriously starting to ache from all the bouncing back and forth.
Daphne also had to deal with one very difficult person in this episode — her 9-month-old baby sister. Every time she tried to talk to her parents about something important, it seemed that little usurper showed up and took all of the attention. I hate to break it to you, Daphne, but that's what babies do. Older siblings have been having that same issue since the beginning of time. Her mom gave her some good advice when she said that Daphne may not ever get over it but needed to make sure it didn't make her bitter. So it was good to see Daphne own up to her feelings and talk to Angelo about them. He said that he felt like a daughter yelling at him meant he was really a dad, and now he's been yelled at twice. Once Abby grows up, I'm sure she'll scream at him, too, so then he'll really feel like a father.
Toby kind of had a rough time in this one, much as he has all season, and heck, even last season. But I love how he's taking all of his energy and putting it into projects like coaching the team and now tutoring. He rocked at helping Sharee understand physics, so I hope this means he's going to maybe look into doing it full time or perhaps pursue teaching. It's awesome that Nikki has a vocation and a purpose that she enjoys, but if it's not Toby's, then maybe it's time he move on and find something he loves.
As if to make up for all of the sadness their story has brought recently, John and Kathryn's story was all fun in this one. When they realized what Donny and his wife had really come over for, I had to laugh. That was something I'm sure neither of them expected. I also thought it was great how John told Kathryn about his "triple" and let her put it in his book. It's nice to see them back together.
My favorite bits:
Campbell intercepting the keys from Daphne before Jorge could.
Mary Beth's fantasy physical therapist being named "Lars."
Toby's speech on the bus. I know the girls weren't enthused, but he sure had me going.
Tank surprising Bay in the bookshelf. Hilarious.
"Turns out my chakras were blocked."
"Glamour is always in style." — Loved Campbell in the tux.
"I can't believe you stuck a needle in your boss. Though sometimes I really want to stick one into Wes."
Toby using gummy bears to demonstrate physics. Brilliant.
Emmett standing up for Tank. So incredibly sweet.
Kathryn telling John that she sure hoped he "wrapped up his business" before moving on to the next encounter. Haha!
"Don't worry, the names have been changed to protect the slutty."