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Switched at Birth Review: Hold Nothing Back

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Remember the old Real World slogan "when people stop being polite and start getting real?" Well... damn, it seems like the latest episode of Switched at Birth was going by that mantra!

In "The Trial" everyone was forced to be truly honest about everything - and I'm not just talking about in court.

The Trial Begins

Because the trial was probably the least riveting part of the episode, I'll just give Angelo MVP right now. His speech were perfection. Of course, actions speak louder than words, so let's keep up the good changes, Angelo. 

Somebody who has always been a parent to Daphne, whether she's asked for it or not, is Melody. I don't think Melody was in any way trying to be catty when she was warning Daphne about dating her older boss. Yes, she dated Jeff for less than a month and Daphne has been like a daughter to her for 17 years; it's clear which one of these people she truly cares about. Daphne may be too immature to realize that Melody isn't necessarily jealous, so much as actually concerned.

Melody might be a little jealous, Jeff is pretty hot, but I stand by my belief that she was genuinely trying to give good advice. But as it often the case with giving people advice who don't really want it, they're going to do what they want anyway. That includes Daphne showing up at Jeff's house after they both acknowledged that them dating wasn't the smartest idea. 

Anyway, Daphne knows what she wants and she went after it. Were you surprised that Daphne wasn't a virgin and Bay was? I feel like they've given us a lot of hints about this, but I can still see it being pretty surprising to the audience. In Bay's words:

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Fair enough that Bay might not give off a virginal vibe, but right now she's giving off a really troubled vibe. It took a few weeks of an iffy street art/new friendship storyline with Zarra for Bay to be real with Kathryn about why she cares so much about that friendship. Bay thinks she could have turned out like Zarra if their lives weren't switched. Sure, maybe their backgrounds would've been the same, but Bay is forgetting one key ingredient: Regina.

Regina is a compassionate and strong mother. She raised a great daughter, something many of us have agreed on. Maybe Daphne's not making the best choices right now but as far as rebellious teens go, Bay is definitely the troublemaker. Bay grew up with both parents, on the wealthy side of town, and had a great education. The environment doesn't necessarily make the child. 

After John's intense scolding at the end of the episode, it's clear that relations are going to stay strained between Bay and her parents. I honestly can't believe the way he spoke to her. I was truly shocked by that. I was not, however, shocked that she ran away to stay with Zarra. 

The girls are both struggling to find themselves, which is normal for every teenager. Hey, maybe they need some advice from Emmett, it seemed to work for Toby!

What did you all think of this week's Switched at Birth? Did Daphne and Jeff have sex? Do you think Bay deserved that scolding? What do you predict for next week's fall finale?

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I agree with all of you from the start it's really been about Daphne and how she's dealing with this. The only parent I feel that has tryed with Bay is Angelo, Regina does seem to care. I feel bad for Bay and think she was right. She needs to become friends with Emmett again he was at less someone she could talk to.

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LelaRose and Elizabeth L I agree with both you about Bay I think she feels unwanted by her parents and that why she acting out, and what she did was wrong but her heart was in the right place. I feel bad for Bay.

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Bay has been the outsider since the beginning. It was unfair that Toby's gambling was swept under the rug and treated with a small lecture, but Bay was scolded by her actions. Bay did wrong by stealing that money for her friend, but she also has a big spirit and a lot of love in her heart. Her friend was in trouble and Bay was frightened for her safety. In return none of that was recognized. How can a child learn to become their own, if everything they do is puked on? The treatment her parents gave her was unspeakable. Bay had all the best intentions, but her actions were misguided. It is heartbreaking that Bay suffered that kind of humiliation. She has a desire for art and her parents treated her as though she were indifferent. Worse yet, they don't even realize how horribly they treated her. Mainly because they just don't understand Bay. How is it Daphne learns more from Regina and Bay has no real parent to turn too? Truly awful.

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Daphne isn't a virgin? That did come as a surprise to me because I thought there was a scene where her and Wilkie were talking about going too far physically, or I may just be remembering wrong. Regardless, it does make sense for her character, she doesn't seem intimidated by sex. I really felt bad for Kathryn, all these mothers knew instinctively that they didn't have the right daughters but she didn't. I actually felt a lot of sympathy for her in the episode. I kind of feel that Kathryn has so much love that she loved the baby that was placed in her arm to the point where she didn't pick up anything.

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Speaking of Regina, what's up with her lately? I guess her love life has been so overwhelming that she's forgetting about her daughters. She's completely out of sync with both of them. With Daphne she usually knows when she's hiding something, now its Melody doing the parenting. As for Regina and Bay, I've always felt that relationship was underdeveloped. Now would be a good time for Regina to pull some of that super-bad-ass mom stuff on Bay I know a lot of viewers think that Bay is being bratty but think about this; She's never felt acceptance from her family, she's always known something was off and then Daphne comes in and she's the "perfect" daughter they've always wanted. Just because Bay and Daphne have bonded, doesn't mean Bay still doesn't feel like her parents wouldn't rather the switch didn't happen.

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I can't believe that either, John was way off the line, but I am also surprised she stood there and silently listened to everything he had to say, if I were her I'd let him have it too. By the way, Katherine wasn't better than John, I expected more from her. As for John, I never liked his character, I probably don't like him because he as an actor doesn't fit for the role. In my honest opinion.