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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You're right Kit. I feel the same way, only thing Id add is I can't stand Regina. She pissed me off when she took Daphnes credit card. Why does she get to be the one calling the shots? She gets a say in Bays life but Kathryn has no say. That's bull! And yea, I'm not gonna watch if it continues either. Who wants 2 see everyone drool ovefr Daph & ignore Bay.


Kit....have u watched this show from the beginning? Its bay who always wants the guy Daphne likes. Try and Daphne were friends with kinda feelings then bay stole him, Daphne was with Liam but broke it off because bay didn't want them together and then Daphne and emmit both had feelings and then bay started dating him....its bay not Daphne


I do not agree at all and I'm actually a Bay fan. She is always thinking everyone is down on her and that she can do whatever she wants. She didn't find a job so her dad had her work for him, understandable. Then when she did work for him instead of being mature and sucking it up she didn't even do her job, she just ignored it...that's ridiculous! Also she blames Daphne for everything and that is getting old! I'm sick of Bays 'wowe is me and I'm so unloved' attitude. She constantly is harsh and abrasive and pushes people away and then complains when no one wants to be around her....she did it with Emmit once they became friends again and she needed 'space' to do us on school bug then she started to dating a guy she didn't really like thus pushing Emmit away. She did if with Angelo to until he called her out and even Toby sees her doing it to Daphne


I agree with the Reviewer


At first Daphne was sweet and bright and unassuming. Then some legitimately crappy stuff got thrown her way and she was understandably upset and got a little bit of an attitude. But now it's just snowballing. Suddenly, she's got money and privilege and she's acting like a brat. It's like the writers are saying that this is how she would have turned out anyway if she'd been raised by the Kennishes. On the other hand, the money never impressed Bay. She appreciated being able to afford things, but she was always pretty grounded about it. But everyone labeled her as whiny or ungrateful. And since then, they've all just been pushing her away. And Daphne manipulates the situation further, screwing Bay over one second and then playing the "oh poor me" card when she's called on it, and everyone buys it. I don't get it. And seriously, Regina was spot on about the jobs. Nobody's going to be wowed by the fact that her dad handed her an internship.

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Best part of the episode was the Emmet/Kevin male bonding and Emmet's Mom's reaction. But then I'm not really into the estrogen drama.


I totally agree it's like no one in the family cares about Bay it's always about Daphne and it's getting old. Daphne always wants the guy Bay has and doesn't seem to care. If it keeps going like this I might stop watching.

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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.