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Switched at Birth Review: Families Unite

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"Mother and Child Divided" showed what an enormous strain Regina going to rehab put on the relationships between all of the kids and Kathryn and John. Instead of helping matters, things seemed to have become even more tension filled.

Kathryn wanted both girls to herself, but seemed happier with Daphne - and upon her return Regina wanted Daphne to herself. Somehow in the battle between the sisters, Bay always comes out on the shoddy end of the stick.

Bay Looks Thrilled

Even the photographic memory coffee kid fell for Daphne when John forced Bay to take an unwanted position at his senatorial office. Frankly, I'm sick of it. Daphne's a pain in the ass. She's entitled and always thinks she's right. As the seasons have progressed, they've made the chasm between the girls who were switched at birth even more disparate. Bay may have been raised with the silver spoon, but all of her silver is now tarnished and Daphne is draped in it. Why is that? Daphne isn't even nice.

To top it off, nobody was happy to have Regina back, especially not early. Leaving rehab before your treatment is finished is never a good sign to begin with and Daphne seemed to have gotten very comfortable with her life at the Kennish house. Regina made her feeling clear in big ways, including taking away the credit card Daphne was given for sundries. After everything they've all been through, they're falling apart.

It's hard to believe that Bay's car breaking down and her running into Ty at a local carnival so she could get a new job away from the stress of her overbearing family was what got Bay some respect from Regina. Even though John was beside himself at the thought of working at a carnival, it's definitely a job far more appropriate to Bay's personality. It was really cruel that Ty's friends played a joke on Bay by calling her to his place, but he stood up for her.

Considering The Lying Game wasn't picked up yet, I expect he'll be the next guy Bay and Daphne are fighting over.

Just to give everyone a little something else to argue about and show how deeply divided they are, Nikki wanted to have a sweet, family-oriented dinner with extra funds going to charity and Kathryn was actually offended. It turned into another family dinner smack down that went even farther astray when John suggested Regina's addiction wasn't a disease. Whether that's what he believes or not, he shouldn't have brought it up during a family dinner.

Regina's decision to move out and stay with Angelo was a good idea. She needs space from the craziness they've become. Her not sharing it with Bay was true to form and very disappointing. Once again, the shiny daughter got the attention and even pushed Bay's birth mom out of her life, while stealing the woman who raised her. 

I was so happy that Bay went to Angelo's to confront Regina about not spending time with her, pointing out that Daphne and Kathryn have made a deep connection and it hadn't escaped her that something was missing between her and Regina. Regina said it was because of guilt at not going to get her all those years ago and that she had to pretend she didn't exist, so it was hard to reconcile that when they finally met.

I sure hope that's the case because I can't take Bay getting pummeled every week any longer. She deserves much better and that nobody in the family can see it is getting very old. I mean, even the coffee dude? Come on. With the two quasi sisters living apart and the birth families living together, might their finally be some redemption in their futures? 

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The most annoying and saddest thing about this show is that the two main characters are so unlikeable. Bay is literally the most annoying person I have ever watched. The way she talks when she's speaking in sign makes me want to punch the TV. Daphne is entitled and arrogant and can do no wrong which is equally as annoying. I wish this show was good, I wish it was hitting the mark, I wish it was intelligent because honestly there needs to be more shows out there that are deaf friendly but its just so stupid and it treats its audience like imbeciles.

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... I guess you can call them the one percenters. However, there are a lot of 99 percenters who would love to have their father give them a cushy internship because that would impress the colleges, not a carnival position. We forget we have to deal in reality and it pays to network. As a 99 percenter myself, I don't hold the Kinnishes views against them because it is just their opinion and their money isn't intimidating. As a matter of fact John and Kathryn seem more nouveau riche than old money, even though they are. The point of the show is to reveal what happens when two worlds collide, the good and the bad with two points of view with faults on both sides, just keep watching.

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First, Ill say I'm glad the show is back so early did not expect it till fall. Second, people taking sides on who is more bratty Daphne or Bay. News flash, you all lose. They are 16 going on 17, so both will annoy at one point and then you will love them at another. They are teenagers they are supposed to be annoying this is what they do. It's called growing pains. These will be summer episodes, so no deaf school for now, I will miss that. The Ty story line is unnecessary and unwarranted. Bay has absolutely nothing in common with a kid that served in Afghanistan and is slowly meshing back into society. However, you all know that Bay likes projects. At last, Bay addressed the issue of Regina's hesitation in accepting her, as the Kinnishes accepted Daphne. This has been long overdue and I thank the writers for this complicated plot. It gives us something to watch. They can't make everything simple. Finally, the Kinnishes, everyone seems to beat up on them for being who they are, I guess you can call them the one percenters. However, there are a lot of 99 percenters who would love to have their father give them a cushy internship because that would impress the colleges, not a carnival position. We forget we have to deal in reality and it pays to network. As a 99 percenter myself, I don't hold the Kinnishes views against them because it is just their opinion and their money isn't intimidating. As a matter of fact John and Kathryn seem more nouveau riche than old money, even though they are. The point of the show is to reveal what happens when two worlds collide, the good and the bad with two points of view with faults on both sides, just keep watching.

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I dont see Daphne making an effort to know Anglo better. She didnt even think him for the truck. Anglo is her father to. Daphne is turing into a selfish brat just like Bay. She was out of line for talking to Regina the way she did. I agree with Julie. The Kennish's are arrogant jerks. I like the of Bay living with Anglo & Regina. That way she cane know them both better.

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I used to love this show. Uprising was amazing. I hate how they would cut off the signing a lot of the time, but that's a different issue. This episode just was downright awful. What happened? Daphne used to be sweet and lovable, now I don't even like her. Bay used to be cool and independent, now she's a sad sack. Her and Emmett need to rekindle their love, Emmett is hot and brought out the art in her. Daphne needs to take her pills. Regina needs to get her act together. And the back talking grandma needs to add some Latina flavor back into this white bread American home.

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Bay is no picnic, and I say that as a Bay fan, but she really does always get the short end of the stick. I'm hopeful that maybe now she and regina can bond because they haven't really since the beginning. It's so unfortunate because she desperately seeks out a connection with someone and always feels like an outsider. I don't like the Kennishes. I really don't. I've tried to but they're snooty and entitled, judgmental, arrogant, and so much more. I'm not a huge Regina fan but at least she's more tolerable. Daphne has become just like them which sucks. I love Emmett. Love Travis and their bromance. The new Brit guy was hilarious. I really loved Ty being back. I smell a PTSD storyline. I look forward to him being on. Ugh Kathryn has 2 girls to harass, the wedding is about the bride, not the groom. The nerve of her to get all huffy.

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I totally agree with the reviewer. I am so tired of the treatment Bay gets. I hope Regina is now serious about spending time with Bay. She never makes an effort with her and is all about Daphne who has been real disrespectful of late to her if you ask me. I think its a good idea that Regina moved out. I think it was a good season premiere.

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I am glad Ty is back. I really liked Emmitt and Bay but I like Ty and Bay better. I have to agree with the reviewer and others Bay seems to get the short end of the stick and Daphne likes to boss her around too much. Daphne should have stood up for Bay at the deaf school because she is family and all Daphne cared about was herself. I use to like Daphne but she is a spoiled now. Angelo with all his faults does pay better attention to Bay than anyone. Angelo even tried to make friends with Daphne but she doesn't want too. I saw where Bay/Angelo and Regina end up staying together. This should be interesting.

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I have to agree with the review. Kathryn embraced Daphne so fully that she squeezed out Bay to some degree. Regina has only shown interest in Daphne, never seeming to care about the child she gave birth to. Everyone wants Daphne the most. Bay taken it far better than I would have. Like when Kathryn's mother came to visit and all but discarded Bay from the family. How Bay could feel loved in this mess is beyond me. Daphne was the shiny new but now I find her tiresome. The pitiful explanation Regina gave of why she's seemed uninterested in Bay was too weak to believe. I'm excited by the trailer for next week that looks like Bay moves out. I hope she leaves the whole sorry lot of them.

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I am so sure that now, just because Ty is back and into Bay, Daphne will develop some feelings for him! They were purely friends in the past, but something tells me that there'll be some change because Daphne wants, and will always want, what Bay has. The girl is so darn entitled!! I hate how uncaring and oblivious Regina is to Bay as opposed to the kind affection that the Kennish's always shower on Daphne. She has made no effort to reconcile with her daughter, ever, and I can't help but feel as though maybe Regina never pursued custody of Bay in the past because she preferred Daphne better. Regina always wants to do things with Daphne and couldn't give a penny about Bay. I'm so sick of this, the poor girl should be discovering her long-lost roots and connecting with her birth mother, but that certainly isn't possible when her mother is distant, closed off and making zero effort. Furthermore, Daphne is just annoying as hell now, "oh I'm so innocent and perfect," it's almost as though she thinks she deserves the wealth, love and attention. Daphne isn't sweet, she is a very selfish character and if this season continues with her getting everything and Bay being left in the sidelines, I'm not watching.

Switched at Birth Season 2 Episode 11 Quotes

Kathryn: There are a lot of ways to build character, suffering is not the only one.
Regina: I don't consider a high school junior not having a credit card suffering.

I know I shouldn't be saying this, but it's been so nice having the two of them to ourselves the past six weeks.

Kathryn