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Switched at Birth Review: Get Your $6 Taco Here!

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Both Daphne and Bay found their new life decisions weren't all they were cracked up to be in "The Awakening Conscience, as everybody seemed to learn something about themselves. Let's find out what, shall we?

Bay's choice to go to Carlton turned out to be far less exciting than she imagined. She wasn't as good at signing as she thought and the deaf students were not welcoming. You'd think her relationship with Emmett, whom everybody loves, would have given her a leg up, but I think it was actually working against her.

The students were tightly knit and had a rhythm to their learning that was totally thrown off with the pilot program. 

Bay & Emmet

I thought I understood why, but it didn't really hit me until Natalie told Bay that the only place she didn't have to accommodate hearing people was at her school. I never thought of it like that. As a hearing person, I would think we accommodate for the deaf, but when in their own world they finally get to be free of our crap. I don't blame them for being upset. 

At least Bay met Teo, who was introduced on last week's Switched at Birth episode. It was hilarious seeing them struggle to understand the instructions from the teacher in their class, and even when they only caught every third word, they still created more work for the other students. It's going to be a cool story for show to examine and I'm glad they've decided to send Bay to Carlton.

I'm so disappointed that John is running for state senator. Why would anybody vote for John Kennish? He's a pompous ass. He has absolutely no desire to be a senator, but had no problem stealing Kathryn's thunder. The way he then strode in and tried to tell Daphne how to run her taco truck drove me crazy. 

Daphne has a really great plan in place with reasonable prices. John saw an opportunity for his favorite thing, money, and made changes without considering how it would make Daphne feel. She got her ingredients in her old neighborhood and learning how many businesses were going under due to financial stress really threw her. Travis not being able to afford one of her tacos was her tipping point. 

While it wasn't the most graceful way to stand up to John, she managed to do it so well that he not only agreed with her desire to sell inexpensive, quality tacos and give them away when she felt it was right, but he said he would accompany her to do it. The look on his face at her "pay what you can" sign was priceless. Sadly, Daphne's heart was in the right place but it backfired. She didn't think about what giving free food away would do for the restaurants in the area. 

Really, who would want to pay when you could get free food? So Daphne realized she didn't have any great answers, but wanted to find them, and in doing that actually (wait for it) inspired John. After his experience with her and the truck he showed genuine interest in giving back some of the blessings they have to those less fortunate. You could have knocked me over with a feather. Here's hoping it lasts.

Finally we had Toby and Nikki. I never realized their relationship had gotten so serious. They are very cute together, and Nikki is like a more mature and rational Grace from the Secret Life of the American Teenager after she had lost her virginity and found God again. Toby's confusion was understandable, but I had some of my own.

Was Nikki never going to do anything but kiss before she chose the man with whom she would spend the rest of her life, or was she just going to refrain from serious sex?

That's not a topic that comes up much, but there is a difference between fooling around and having sex. Sometimes I think entertainment forgets that in between stage. Nikki's speech about not apologizing for who she was because she was a different person now was kind of sobering. If only we could all be that strong. It was very admirable.

I had no idea Lea Thompson could sing so well, but she sounded great with Nikki. Toby was kind of embarrassed to have her singing with them until she pointed out how happy he should be that he didn't have a camera following him abound during the many times he screwed up over the years. Funny how when mom has great advice, the kind that can get you your girl back, having her around isn't so bad after all. 

Regina was also dealing with the Angelo news, but it was on a fairly small scale so I think we can expect that to blow up in a future episode. The shakeup from "Street Noises Invade the House" did a great job to set up the second half of Switched at Birth Season 2. ABC Family has raised the bar with the issues discussed on this show as well as how they are explored and resolved. 

As always, share your thoughts in the comments!

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I am sick of liberals politicizing these programs to push Obama's socialistic agenda. I refuse to watch any show that would attempt to manipulate/indoctrinate me into believing this crap about Obama's socialistic utopia which is supported by the hardworking taxpayers who still work. As for the handicapped person above.......READ THIS CAREFULLY!!! I seriously believe that the American taxpayers would not have a problem with increased taxes if they were 100% sure that these funds would go to take care of our elderly, vets, and truly disabled and handicapped rather than the able bodied professional entitlement frauds and illegal immigrants, etc. Enough, stop wasting or money on the able bodied lazy who have managed to outsmarts our inept government.

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Started watching again this week and was extremely offended when the reached the part where they start talking about this being a nation of immigrants. They should have said a nation of "legal immigrants." I am Hispanic and I am 100% against illegal immigration. (deport them all) Do these people realize that these criminals do more damage to Hispanic American citizens than to any other group because it is our surnames they seek in their identity theft schemes since it would be pretty difficult to pass themselves off with last names like Obama, Biden, Reid, Pelosi, etc. When confronted they speak of loyalty and shared heritage and yet these things don't come up as they seek to damage and steal from my family. I am sick of liberals politicizing these programs to push Obama's socialistic agenda. I refuse to watch any show that would attempt to manipulate/indoctrinate me into believing this crap about Obama's socialistic utopia which is supported by the hardworking taxpayers who still work. As for the handicapped person above.......READ THIS CAREFULLY!!! I seriously believe that the American taxpayers would not have a problem with increased taxes if they were 100% sure that these funds would go to take care of our elderly, vets, and truly disabled and handicapped rather than the able bodied professional entitlement frauds and illegal immigrants, etc. Enough, stop wasting or money on the able bodied lazy who have managed to outsmarts our inept government.

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Am on on TVFanatic or Yahoo? It seems I cannot go anywhere now without people bashing the President. I have MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and because of this miserable disease I am not able to work, so my doctors told me that I needed to be on Social Security. I'd give anything to be healthy and able to work, but the Universe saw differently. Anyway, if the money I get from SS is considered a handout by you all, so be it. Now about this past week's show. I am not sure if I am on board with John running for Senator, but time will tell how the story plays out. I felt bad for both Bay, and hope that in time she is accepted at Carlton. I am still rooting for her and Emmett to get back together. Daphne really did mean well, but I guess she didn't realize the impact her giving away free food would have on the other restaurants. Maybe John was right when he said that he thought she should just stay at the car wash. Cannot wait for Monday's episode.

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Daphne was just giving back to her community. She wanted them to know just because she's apart a rich family now she didnt forget were she came from. I think Regina is a better parent than John and Katryn combined. Daphne was kind and repectful when we first saw her and Bay she was a spoiled brat. Daphne deserved that food truck she worked hard for it.

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I agree with the other Peggy above. I'm ready to stop watching myself. Not just because the socialist crap, but also Nikki's character...she dresses like a tramp and makes out with Toby as if that isn't going to rev him up...I absolutely cannot stand her character!

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I think you guys missed the point. John's an idiot, so ignore him. But Daphne's hand outs backfired. Just because they were from a poor neighborhood, doesn't mean they appreciated it. The businesses suffered more from her help than they gained from it. Not everyone who needs welfare sits on their asses and not all of them are unemployed either. Sometimes people just need a little bit of help but pity is not something they want or need. As Travis demonstrated. I think Daphne is feeling like she's losing part of her identity. She used to live where they were. She wanted to help. I don't think we should discourage awareness for those who are struggling just because we aren't sure how to fix it. Maybe you're Republican, maybe you're Democratic but the bottom line is that normal, hard working families are having a tough time. The stigma that you have to be a lazy, drug addicted, waste of skin in order to need some kind relief is a stigma that needs to end

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I think you guys missed the point. John's an idiot, so ignore him. But Daphne's hand outs backfired. Just because they were from a poor neighborhood, doesn't mean they appreciated it. The businesses suffered more from her help than they gained from it. Not everyone who needs welfare sits on their asses and not all of them are unemployed either. Sometimes people just need a little bit of help but pity is not something they want or need. As Travis demonstrated. I think Daphne is feeling like she's losing part of her identity. She used to live where they were. She wanted to help. I don't think we should discourage awareness for those who are struggling just because we aren't sure how to fix it. Maybe you're Republican, maybe you're Democratic but the bottom line is that normal, hard working families are having a tough time. The stigma that you have to be a lazy, drug addicted, waste of skin in order to need some kind relief is a stigma that needs to end. How we fund that relief, how we give it out are two very complicated questions but I don't think we should give up on figuring it out. No matter who you vote for.

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I told agree with you guys. Nothing is handed to people you have to work for it. I could take the easy way out and get money form the government because I a learning disable but I don't because that lazy.

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They have now politicized this show. Lucky to be born in the US?? Dumb luck that we have what we have???? Sorry but I was born into a family of 11 in a 2 bedroom duplex and extremely poor but never once felt that life wasn't fair and that the wealthy owed me and my family just because they had more. My parents taught me the value of hard work and personal responsiblity, not welfare, affirmative action, and taking from others just because they had more. Another show to stop watching. TV should be about entertainment, not a another avenue for Obama to push his socialist agenda!!! Liberals refuse to get a clue eventhough their liberal new stations, newspapers, magazines who continue to push Obama's agenda are failing. Obama is destroying the US from within. He speak of unity and participatory gov't and yet the only people participating are the 53% working/paying taxes to support the other 47% who sit with their hands out wating for another gov't handout. I am not speaking about the deserving elderly, vets, truly disabled and handicapped. I am talking about the millions of able bodied who refuse to work and outsmarted the gov't for lifetime disablity benefits. Enough is enough!

Switched at Birth Season 2 Episode 2 Quotes

Bay: Emmett, why didn't you tell me I'm such a bad signer?
Emmett: Because you're not.
Bay: Emmett. I'm pretty bad.
Emmett: I understand you.

I'm sorry. I feel like I've been apologizing for Angelo for a long time and I'm kind of getting tired of it.

Regina