Switched at Birth Review: Crash and Burn

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Not a lot of good was happening on "Drive in the Knife." 

Regina, in particular, is losing her footing and the person who pretended to live in her room for a moment, Travis, is in about the same boat. Overall, it was a sobering episode, even if it ended with a drunk Regina.

While I was proud of Regina for not taking up the offer of a drink to celebrate her new job, it still concerned me that she's not admitting she's an alcoholic to Zane. That meant she was still drinking. Drinking and sleeping in her dress and waking up late for her new job. A job she was damn lucky to get considering she spent the last however many years cutting hair, regardless of her artistic background. It was horrible to see her put it in jeopardy, but she deserved to be fired.

Her boss was kind not to tell her she smelled booze on her breath.

Noah & Bay

What's even worse was that Regina lied to Daphne about lying to her, and then promised never to lie about the lying. The web was so tangled by that point she could have said just about anything and it wouldn't have mattered. It was like when I used to go to Catholic confession as a kid, failing to confess my sins, ending the experience with "and I lied," figuring it wiped the slate clean. You can rationalize yourself into any corner you want, but that doesn't make it right.

Now we will need to see just how far Regina will spiral before she hits rock bottom again and realizes she needs to get herself under control. From what I understand, when an addict starts down that road, they need to hit bottom again before they'll climb back up. It's not going to be pretty.

That left Daphne to lean on Kathryn when the police found one of the guys responsible in the food truck robbery. Daphne told the police that the guy who attacked her was the one in the red flannel, but the guy she identified was the instigator, not the attacker. While he was most definitely complicit, it wasn't the same guy. He bought tacos, but Travis could very well have seen a the other guy. It caused Daphne and Travis to fight over it, but I couldn't imagine Travis being the vindictive sort to stop the guy from being cuffed. It turned out that's exactly what he was doing.

By trying his own brand of vigilante justice, Travis put Daphne into the exact situation Kathryn told her not to let him. He made sure Daphne felt as if he was her responsibility. What a shame. He's been a bit of a wild card, but I was hoping his home problems stemmed more from misunderstandings than his bad attitude. The kids needs an intervention, and quick.

Toby sure didn't let the loss of Nikki stop him for long. He was wrapped all wrapped up in Elisa, the little campaign worker, in no time. I'm wondering how big the truck was that carried the signs they were pounding into the Mission Hills neighborhood every six feet. I'd go crazy if that kind of campaigning infiltrated my neighborhood. 

I spotted her as a plant, but as the daughter of the opposition? Zowie! It would appear that John Kennish's campaign was being attacked from all directions.

One of the other attacks came from Bay. It wasn't anything malicious, by any means, but for a straight-laced guy like John, it was risky. He asked Bay to design a billboard for him and she, true to style, came up with a graffiti-style graphic that was unrepresentative of Kennish, to say the least. To his credit and against the advice of his campaign manager, Ivan, he decided to go for it.

When Bay overheard Ivan say her artwork would add the flames to John's bad campaign, and didn't turn in her camera ready art thinking it was the right thing to do. That's when she learned her dad genuinely liked her artwork and was looking forward to using it to back up his campaign fight. Right on John!

Don't worry, I'm not letting anyone go without mentioning that Emmett hasn't given up on Bay. He saw her and Noah together and planted one on her to ask if she was sure she was ready to move on. Written strategically into the script was that kiss, because it's also the first time that Noah seemed a bit of a dud. He was a bit whiny, and Bay doesn't need that. Of course I think Emmett is groovy, but at least give us a worthy opponent to take up time until they get back on track!

Two more episodes in this part of Switched at Birth Season 2. What do you expect to see before we take a break?


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Worried for Regina. I actually really liked her :/. Toby's an idiot. He's such a horn-dog and she's a slut. Daphne was ok in this episode, usually she pisses me off bc she's so dramatic. Kennish was AWESOME in this episode. He really loves his daughter. Noah is irritating. Bay and him him are TOTALLY WRONG FOR EACH OTHER. Bay has too much baggage and Daphne and Noah are so right for each other. Emmett, well, that was just smooth. Kind of mean, but smooth. Overall, dramatic episode, but that's what draws people in :).


I was sayong.. I think Noah is the key for the next episodes....


Well apart from whatever is going to happen.. I really think the show is amazing. On Italian Tv there's nothing like that... The basic idea, the fact that the entire life of a person can simply be devastated by something so unimaginable, is what makes of it something unique. It's as though everything had to start again, so everyone needs to find a role in the play. Have you ever thought that one day all of this might happen to anyone of us????I just want ABC FAMILY on my channel list!!! The second season is supposed to be on air in Italy in October 2013.. But thanks to the Internet we can watch the episodes on streaming.


I like Bay and Emmett but I'm enjoying Noah too. Especially his predicament with his hearing. I loved the subtle bits thrown in, his hearing is continuing to decline, which was hinted at when she tried talking to him in the hallway and he still is too scared to tell more than just Bay the truth. Its interesting to watch.
Travis is troubled, yes, but the rejection that kid faces is disheartening. I was more distraught over the fact that Daphne was using him to prove to herself that she can date deaf guys. I've never cared for how she treated him and that was the equivalent of kicking a battered dog while its down. I agree that Travis needs help, but even with these people who think they care about him, he's still getting screwed and he knows it and he's angry. He has a right to be. Regina needs to get her crap together and seen that Toby thing a mile away.


I so hate to see Regina going down this path. I don't understand why Regina just can't be honest with Zane. There was an opportunity for her to have a nice moment between her and Bay but she was drunk and couldn't. I like Bay with Noah but I do like her with Emmett too. Daphne and Noah also have great chemistry but I hope the show doesn't go there. It was a good show to me last night but not great.


I love this show. It is one of my favorite shows. I would like to see Bay and Emmitt back together but he did cheat on her with her brother's girlfrind. They just need to be friends. Also I would like to see more of Emmitt and less of Travis. Travis is a jerk who is mad at the world. I like Bay and Noah together but I did not like the way he was whinning this week when Bay is supporting him he is all great but when he has to support her he leaves! I like that the dad went with Bay's artwork even though he really did not like it. I know he told Bay he did but I don't think he really did. He needs a younger view and Bay can give him that. Regina is really falling apart. I don't see why she can't say I can't drink. Her "boyfriend" should understand and the bartender too. Big woo you can't drink... it is not that big of a deal, tell people! I was really upset at Toby. He had no problem letting Nikki go because she was a "good girl" and had no problems making out with a girl you just met hours ago in a hot tub naked. Yeah Nikki is the loser and Toby is the cool one...not!


Umm judging from next weeks sneak peeks I am really hoping daphane isn't starting to like Noah. Please don't do that story line again!!!


sally sue ...I though I was the only one who doesn't like Emmett. I totally agree with everything you said!!!


I like Noah a lot. I don't understand the love for Emmett. I don't like him at all. He was controlling and whiny with Bay. Plus he cheated on her with her brothers girlfriend and her former friend. I hope they never get back together. He is no prize! As for the episode, it was boring. Nothing much happened. There's a problem with the show when the only interesting scenes involve John. Loved his conversation with Bay and Travis. I'm getting a little tired of Travis drama. He needs to be backburnered for a bit.


arghhh I hate all the Emmett pumping, he is such a boring character. I hope the reviewer is wrong and that Bay/Emmett isn't the end game. What great epic love is everyone talking about? He cheated on her, once a cheater always a cheater!!!

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Switched at Birth Season 2 Episode 7 Quotes

I'll be your poster child dad. Better yet, I'll be your child who makes you a poster.


Are you sure you're ready to move on?