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Switched at Birth Review: Taking the Blame

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This week's Switched at Birth really belonged to Daphne. In "Self Portrait With A Bandaged Ear," she found out her best friend got arrested, she wasn't recruited for the basketball team for her talent and she finally confronted her father Angelo.

Let's start with the biggest revelation: Daphne and Angelo. I love that Toby immediately knew that Daphne was bothered by something far more important than just a crappy basketball coach. Call it sibling instinct?

Melody and Emmett

Finally after all of these years, Daphne was able to ask her father why he abandoned her. He insisted that it wasn't about her being deaf, but rather that he thought she wasn't his daughter. When he caved and said that being deaf did factor into it, Daphne must've been experiencing a million emotions. Surprisingly, one of them was probably relief that she finally got some answers.

On a sidenote, I'm glad that Bay brought up to Angelo the fact that he bailed on Daphne. Daphne and Bay might not see eye to eye, but at least they get the fundamentals right.

Probably the biggest thing Daphne and Bay don't agree on is Emmett. That arrest must have been so scary for him and it probably reinforced that he wants speech therapy. He couldn't yell out to the officers and explain he was deaf. I can only imagine how incredibly frustrating that must have been.

It doesn't look like Melody is going to ease up on Bay anytime soon. At least Daphne and Emmett are getting along. It was heartbreaking to see those two best friends on bad terms. Sometimes events happen that are bigger than all the petty fighting. This was one of those times.

I'm thinking Regina will finally soften to Kathryn's book; at least this is what I'm hoping. It would be a bestseller! Now how about what the fired lawyer said about Angelo? Do you guys trust him? Do you think that Regina is making a mistake getting involved with him? Sound off in the comments!

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Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (24 Votes)

Leigh Raines is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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This show isn't racist...I guess if you were looking really hard it could be...It's a reality that there are Latin neighborhoods that are struggling, as there are in any culture. But Regina is presented as a strong female while white Kathryn is shown as narrow minded and weak. I hardly think any of these characters are sterotypes. White or Latin, all of the characters have their good and bad moments. I don't say this a lot but I think you're being over sensitive, especially since there is a lot of interracial friendships throughout the entire show. Now, check out some of sit coms by Disney, there's where you'll find the sterotypes and racism. Seriously, sometimes I wonder how people are oblivious to it.

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@ Barb, I think I'm viewing the show with a different lens than you. I certainly don't come from the "ideal" white family, but I fail to see how the show is racist.

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I think the show is pretty racist and promotes many narrow minded stereotypes. I really want to support the actors, however each week I become more and more frustrated with the image that ABC is portraying of the ideal or "white" family while it continues to thicken the negative image of minorities. My teenage girls and I watched season 1 faithfully and I hoped season 2 would be different. However, after tonight's episode, they will not be allowed to watch this subliminally racist show.

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Last night’s episode was truly amazing! It pulled me through so many emotions I didn’t know whether to feel happy, sad or angry with everything going on! I actually work on behalf of the network and thoroughly enjoyed your review/recap. Any ideas what could happen in next week’s episode? I know I am curious about Angelo’s gap in his past…

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I don't trust Angelo people that pretty are usually hiding something, and the timing is too perfect. Of coarse Regina is wrong to get involed with him she is thinking with her lady parts not her head. Angelo is bad news wrapped in a pleasing package like a nuke falling with a big red ribbon. He will get in her pants and then everything will blow up probably drive her back to the bottle.
Bay and Emmett are so cute together I like them better than Emmett and Daphne.

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I didn't follow the show at first because I didn't think they could pull off something interesting...like switched at birth...AGAIN? how many times have we seen this! but this show becomes more and more interesting, because the caracters are beginning to get more facettes. I hope we get to see more of that...oh and I'm all Bemmett(ebay isnt working for me), I love their artsy projects!

Switched at Birth Season 1 Episode 13 Quotes

You really think everything is about you, don't you?

Daphne [to Bay]

You want to help Emmett? Then stay away.

Melody [to Bay]
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