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Switched at Birth Review: Decisions, Decisions

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How do you find a happy medium when stuck between two parents who are extremely different? "The Art of Painting" posed this question to viewers, as fans were caught between Emmett's lackadaisical father Cameron and his uptight mother Melody.

I've stated in the past that I wasn't a fan of Melody, but I think tonight's episode of Switched at Birth might have changed my tune. At first I thought it was great Emmett was moving in with his father, whose laid back attitude was refreshing. Then, we saw the kind of influence Cameron and his girlfriend Olivia have been.

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Who encourages a teenager to take a shot of whiskey so he can relax? I get that Olivia's intention was to help Emmett loosen up so he could work on his speech therapy more easily, but that was just so off.

That doesn't even make any sense. Nobody would pound booze to study and, besides, have you heard a slobbering drunk person speak?!? Alcohol definitely doesn't help in the speech department. I will say that I really like what the writers did here, though. 

While other shows discourage underage drinking by being corny and shoving the message down our throats, this was a subtle yet effective way of sending that same message. Emmett was going off the rails a little bit while under his father's roof. He was throwing away his education and getting encouragement about the wrong things.

Nothing bad directly happened from Emmett taking two shots. But a lot of things happened as a result of a domino effect and that's what led to the end result. Emmett felt relaxed and maybe buzzed so he got his dad to take him to the show, Melody then smelled the booze, confronted the father and they got into a huge fight in the middle of the gallery.

Basically his crappy choice led to a bunch of other stuff that upset the people he loved. Besides, if he was going to take advice from anyone, it shouldn't be from a woman as immature as Olivia. Did you see the look she gave to Melody when she walked in? I'm pretty sure she has no reason to hate her boyfriend's ex-wife; in fact it should probably be the other way around.

I'm glad Bay went to Melody with her concerns. I'm also glad Bay came around and went to Regina's show. Feeling rejected isn't easy at any age, but especially when you're 16 years old. That said, it is so important that was there for Regina and it showed that she was willing to be an adult about things for a change.

Daphne may have done wrong by Buckner, but in the end she did right by herself. She went back to a team that had more to offer than snotty girls like Simone. Sure, her chances of getting recruited to a college team are probably greater if she stayed with a school that has the reputation of Buckner, but they were using her and she wasn't happy. 

Just as Bay said about Emmett, the move to his dad's was meant to make him happy but all it did was make him miserable. Daphne joining Buckner's team was supposed to make her happy too, but it ended up being a letdown.

What did you all think? Did Bay and Daphne make the right choices? Will Emmett and Bay ever stop fighting? Should Regina forgive Patrick? Will the money Kathryn gave to the nurse come back to haunt her?

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

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I love Wilkie! Hope to c more of Him

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Although I warmed up to Melody a bit in this episode, I was annoyed that she went after her ex at the expense of her friend's show and the well being of her son. Yes what Cameron's doing is wrong on so many levels but yelling at him in public is not going to help your son feel better. Olivia bugs me. I know plenty of alternative thinking people that never would have poured whiskey for an upset 16 year old. That's just asking for trouble. As for Bay and Emmett, their love seems to have so many hurdles :( I think Bay perhaps should have gone to Regina instead. Maybe give a buffer between her and Melody so that Emmett would have been a little less mad. Going straight to his mother may have been the responsible thing to do but it certainly isn't going to do much for their trust issues.

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I agree with vik on the Katharine situation. While it was smarter of her to sell the car instead of just pulling out cash, it was very, very dumb to give her that money in public. That nurse would have gotten a lot more money in the long run if she just waited out for the settlement. She could send her kids to college so they don't have to worry about working for corrupted hospitals. Although, I know its easier said than done.

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I like hearing Emmett talk. I dont like Emmett's dad's girlfriend.

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Is it just me or is any one else waiting for regina and bay to hug. I think its werid

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I think that Bay and Emmett will work things out they are both just going through so much. But Bay loves him and he loves her, things will work out. They just have to. These are my two new fav couple. Step aside Bella and Edward it's time to make room for Bay and Emmett.

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I loved this episode. the developpements feel really thought trough and realistic...unlike other shows...and you see how one thing leads to another. I also like how we've seen Bay change. As of the hospital storyline, it kind of annoys me, it's like they hold is so long to have something to do with the Kennishes on screen. And come on, giving that money to that nurse in public in a white enveloppe, how stupid can she get...I'm already waiting for photos of a private detective of the hospital to show up...how about hide this in a book? or in box of chocolat?

Switched at Birth Season 1 Episode 18 Quotes

That still sound so strange, "daughters."

Regina

One shot of that, you're in the zone. You can't learn if you're too tense right?

Oliva [to Emmett]
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