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Switched at Birth Review: Nothing to Worry About

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"The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living" sounds like a strange title, but it's something I've thought about a lot.

Not just in my own life, but in terms of losing others. It's that hope we, as human beings, have even when we know someone is going to die. It's impossible to imagine, right up to their last breath.

On Switched at Birth this week, John was home from the hospital acting as if nothing happened - but everything he was doing made it clear this man is in complete denial of what had happened.

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After last week's intense episode, it's difficult to imagine that nothing John dreamed about during his heart attack had any effect on him - and even more that nobody in the family is privy to what his thoughts were had he done things differently.

It seemed everyone was fighting for him to see what he could lose, but John was trying to hang on to what he knew, or thought he knew. Even Kathryn pointed out how much their lives had changed in the last few years. Their reality had been altered in so many ways already, was it worth losing his life to avoid a few more?

We did learn that Daphne has been having sex for some time, as Bay went to her for advice. It was nice to see their relationship seems to be on the same keel it was before the heart attack and that they're becoming friends. 

Bay was prepping herself to have sex for the first time when she learned he had been with a medic while they were at war together. He had a great point: she wrote to him and told him she was with Emmett, but she didn't hear him bringing it up all the time. That's when she admitted she was still a virgin. 

I know people aren't on the Ty wagon, but he's treating Bay with great respect and there's really little else someone could ask for when wishing for someone to fall in love. There's no doubt that she and Emmett have a connection, but you can't argue against what is happening with Ty, either.

Admittedly I have a thing for British boys, but Jace is amazing. At first, I was wondering if he was hiding something, but the only thing he seems to be hiding is a soft, yet brilliant intellect that he fights for everyday. He has his own family that is nowhere near him and whom he worries about all day every day, but it doesn't stop him from living his life and wanting to get to know a special girl named Daphne. He expects the same from her.

Meanwhile, Toby learned that Travis wanted the job he has at the car was and it changes everything he thought about having it himself. He realized he never wanted the job as he watched his friends move toward college and saw how much it would have meant to Travis to get it, especially considering how good he is with the other employees. 

John dashed his hopes of skipping out of it when he told Toby that he wouldn't be able to concentrate on healing if he didn't know Toby was carrying the car wash for him. Toby needs to stop making such rash decisions, but he does tend to take after his father, doesn't he?

As for the girls, Daphne mended fences with Jace and Ty asked Bay for a do over. He followed through with amazing grace. His room was all decked out in candles and it wasn't all romance and flowers, but they enjoyed stumbling through their night with giggles. Ty told her she didn't have to do anything, but when he blew out the candle and told her to be quiet, there was no doubt Bay was going to lose something that night.

After last week, the episode as a whole was a bit of a letdown, but there were some great stand alone moments. Angelo and Regina are still in the game, and he got word on his daughter. Will that change things going forward? I hope not. You can tell they love each other despite their many differences. I just hope her boss never realizes who Angelo is married to, or she's in for another job search.

What did you think of the episode? Were you hoping for a more profound change in John and do you still have hope it will come about gradually, as it started in this hour?

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I felt like they retconned Bay a little bit with the nervous-virgin bit. Not that she shouldn't be nervous, but that she seemed to know what to do/how things were gonna be when she and Ty first almost hooked up. Now its like she'd never had a boyfriend before (when shes had five through the course of the show!) let alone almost have sex with one! Also, the playful and talkative before-sex bit seemed odd. It took two rewatches for me to realize it's because Bay's never really like that with Ty - she's always trying to seem more mature and get in his head to be on his level. It could be she's more relaxed with him now, but imo it felt like an EmmettBay scene with Ty in Em's place. That said, I love Ty for what he did to prepare for the moment. Throughout the season, he's been a really good boyfriend (except that one 'do this to prove you trust me' ep). I just think he's a little too mature for Bay.

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.......I don't have much to say about Bay and Daphne's relationships. One Ty is enlisted if you haven't noticed the uniform and the base. He will eventually leave. Last week's episode shouted loud and clear that Bay and Emmitt are destined but like any good love story they need time apart to recover from betrayal. Two Daphne's boyfriend is British and a crusader, I'm sure his parents will want him back eventually. On a side note, portraying Ty as some worldly, war torn, beer drinking adult is a misnomer. Ty left a year and half ago from high school. I don't believe he is even 21 and so are many of the personnel in the armed forces, doesn't mean they don't, but we could have done without it.

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The main reason why I love this show, is the strong story lines about the parents. They would completely lose me if it was only about the teenagers. Plus, they have some of the strongest actors working on a YA show, so it is good that they use them wisely. Regina and Angelo, Angelo and Regina. I'm starting to think they are the true love story in this show, or rather they are the epic love story. They are constantly worrying about keeping the other, when everyone knows they already have each other, baggage and all. The hardest part of a relationship is to let someone see you at your most vulnerable and raw. They have already done that with jail , court, the Feds, other women, other men, substance abuse and abandoned children. what seems to be the hardest course for them is to actually build a life together from the ashes. I don't have much to say about Bay and Daphne's relationships. One Ty is enlisted if you haven't noticed the uniform and the base. He will eventually leave. Last week's episode shouted loud and clear that Bay and Emmitt are destined but like any good love story they need time apart to recover from betrayal. Two Daphne's boyfriend is British and a crusader, I'm sure his parents will want him back eventually. On a side note, portraying Ty as some worldly, war torn, beer drinking adult is a misnomer. Ty left a year and half ago from high school. I don't believe he is even 21 and so are many of the personnel in the armed forces, doesn't mean they don't, but we could have done without it.

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Ty is negative because nobody cares about him. Melanie and Emmitt along with John who is a big surprise are the only people who have seemed to give a dang about Travis. He is different when he is around people who show him love. Toby needs to grow up and stop letting everyone come done on Nikki. Nikki is not the problem Toby is. Nikki is too mature and to focused for Toby. Toby doesn't have the courage to let Nikki go but I know she will in the end. I like Toby but he has been nothing but a jerk to Nikki. I like Emmitt and Bay together but I feel Ty great boyfriend for Bay. He will help Bay to mature because he is such a great mature guy. In the end they will put Bay and Emmitt together but Ty is a great first real boyfriend for Bay. Not a fan of the every teenager is having sex and if you are not you are a baby like Bay and a religious nut like Nikki. The only cool teenager is one having sex but don't get pregnant!

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I do like Ty but I want Bay with Emmett, I don't want Nikki and Toby to get married not that hes young but that I don't think they are ready to get married . I liking Jace and Daphne but it would be fun to watch if Wilke came back. I like Travis I think him and Toby should both be mangers of the car wash

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I am so happy about Bay and Ty!!! I ship then so hard! I think that they are perfect for each other, yes her and E did have a connection but he ruined it by cheating on her in my opinion. I don't think Ty would ever hurt Bay, whether Bay is going to hurt Ty is the real mystery in my opinion. In the end tho I hope they end up together and I hope that Bay lost her V-Card to Ty!!!!

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Love, love, loved this episode! Totally psyched about Bay & Ty! Thought it was crazy for Regina to not tell her boss that Angelo is her husband?! I hope Toby comes to his senses and stays single- he's too young!
I wish they'd bring Wilke back. I like Jace a lot but Wilke was fun to watch - complex, even. I'm not crazy about Travis' character. I just don't believe everybody would go so out of their way to be so nice to such a negative guy.

Switched at Birth Season 2 Episode 16 Quotes

Bay: What if my body is what he's expecting?
Daphne: Guys don't really care about that stuff. Not like we do. They're just happy to be there.

The only way this bill is going to kill me is if I die from boredom.

John
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