Switched at Birth Review: Consequences

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There were a lot of big decisions made during "Departure of Summer," as the Switched at Birth episode set things up nicely for a brand new season this winter.

There aren't a lot of answers left dangling, but rather new beginnings to think about. People made tough, life-altering choices that put the thoughts of others before themselves. It was an inspiring episode.

SaB Summer Scene

We got an ending to the Toby and Nikki wedding saga; Genise got her wish when they went off, had sex and didn't go to hell; and and Nikki got to wear her dress when she and Toby married at the courthouse. Emmett was right at the rehearsal dinner: If they truly loved each other and wanted to be together, they couldn't let that moment pass and risk losing each other. They also couldn't stand in front of their family and friends if they didn't share in their excitement of their marriage. So they did it their own way.

I imagine they will face obstacles, but as they've faced so many hurdles together, they'll manage to jump them together and get through. Not every young marriage makes it, but not every one fails either. I'd like to have faith that this one will work.

Will seeing Ty walk out the door be the last we see of his character? He certainly did what he could to drive away Bay. I don't know if it was admirable that he cut her loose due to her young age or cowardly to let her believe he cheated on her and not tell her the truth like a man in love with a young woman should have done. I can see both sides of the issue and I really can't decide. 

The way it is now leaves the door open for many things: his return, his death, the truth to come out when either of those happen, her reuniting with Emmett and having to deal with any of the three prior thoughts and a tainted friendship with Marybeth. Bay throws herself into things with her whole heart and soul and Ty knew that. Maybe he did pick the easiest way to let her go, knowing she had her friends there to support her.

I'm saddened that Angelo was unable to make it work with his daughter, but happy he decided on the Three Men and a Baby scenario. He'll get to know his daughter and she'll have three loving fathers. Yes, it's a little strange, but this is a new world and there are lot of women in Angelo's life that are sure to make some hell out of that little girl's along the way. 

Finally, I never imagined that Senator Coto would think John was the mastermind behind the break-in into his office. It really showed just how blind he was to the affairs he was having. Not just of the heart, but in all matters of his life. Coto was completely ignorant that anyone would truly find him despicable enough to just want him to stop being an ass and that the agenda had to be a big conspiracy. As his phone rang off the hook at the end, I'm sure he was double thinking overlooking the little pieces of his world and jumping to the big guns.

We'll roll into Switched at Birth Season 3 with fresh story lines, a new school year, a young marriage in progress and who knows what else. What did you think of the Switched at Birth Season 2 finale? 


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I want Ty and Bay back together. I hope nothing happens to him though. Bay and Ty forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Switched at Birth is my favourite ABC family drama, season 1 and season 2 are totally fantastic can't wait for season 3


I hate the way things ended with Bay and Ty. I hope we see them back together next season. I also wouldn't mind to see daphne back with the chef and her perusing that again. Marriage for Toby will probably be a lil rocky like all marriages but I think they will work out.


I hope Toby and Nikki make it but they have to talk to each other more and have more fun and everyone stop making her think something is wrong with her because she is a christian. Even her on mother...really!?! Glad everyone in the family knows Dalphne is not miss perfect anymore and she should get introuble for what she did but Coto really needs to get into trouble. I will miss English, I thought him and Dalphne made a good couple. I think Angelo did the right thing. Boy three dads who is going to want to date that girl? She is one lucky little girl. Please don't bring the mom back! I think they will put Emmitt and Bay back together. Hate the way they had Ty push Bay away. That was not cool writers and to have Bay fall for it so quickly! I wonder if they will keep Travis and MaryBeth together when season 3 starts? Also is there only 10 epi(s) of this show on dvd?


....Last I wish Toby and Nikki the best in their marriage, truly I do. See you next season. Switched at Birth did not disappoint.


I think this episode should be titled raising children is HARD, but raising adults is HARDER. Daphne coming forth is about the truth is very noble but the reality is something like this can haunt her forever. That's the difference between being the adult and child. The adults see the big picture. The way Ty ended things was wrong, very Nicholas Sparks. He should have been absolutely honest with Bay about his deployment and about her plan to follow him. By ending things the way he did, he treated her almost like a child. Emmett at least had the guts to admit the truth. Speaking of which, I was absolutely shocked when she showed up at his door. I had no idea that she had not forgiven Emmett for his betrayal until now. Her latent feelings for Emmett and her love for Ty shows you how easily it is to love really good people. Angelo giving up his daughter was right but wrong. Parenting is phenomenally hard. I wanted him to actually do it for once in his life and not take the easy road. Last I wish Toby and Nikki the best in his marriage, truly I do.


I never understood how Coto thought he could threaten Daphne at all. Sure, he could press charges and she would get in trouble. But after he played that chip there was nothing keeping her from going to the press. Once Daphne made his dirty laundry public his career is ruined; and his world turned upside down.

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Switched at Birth Season 2 Episode 21 Quotes

There's nothing about the Wash. U. waitlist....on the upside, Toby doesn't have Chlamydia.


You have done enough. I'm taking over from here. I never saw this coming. Not from you.