Switched at Birth Review: The Triple

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This show does like its themes - and Switched at Birth Season 3 Episode 9 fell into the rule of threes.

Bay was struggling with three issues: Mary Beth's continued concerns about Tank and what kind of man he is, the surgery on her hand and learning the truth about Ty. 

Daphne found herself at odds with three men -- two men (Jorge and Campbell) are in a full-fledged competition for her affections and Daphne wants to be the apple of Angelo's eye.

With Kathryn and John taking a new approach to their marriage and his willingness to help with her book, it's John's own past and his triple that helps Kathryn finish her proposal and brings sparks into their love life.

When Bay brought up the topic of Tank to Mary Beth, I thought for certain we were going to discover he was the person who had asked her to the dance. Mary Beth seems so strong and is in a loving relationship with Travis. Believing she's still hurt over an incident that really had nothing to do with Tank was a little difficult to swallow. 

I suppose I can buy that it was all due to the truth she has been hiding from Bay about Ty, but that ship sailed a while ago. Emmett -- again on hand only to provide advice -- pointed out that Tank is here, he likes Bay and he's trying. That says a lot about the man he is. 

Bay is always seeking perfection; or perhaps always thinking the grass is greener elsewhere because she's rarely satisfied with what she has. When she's trying to hash her emotions out with Tank they were interrupted by one of his frat brothers and she made a snide comment about the girls rising up and going all "dogfight" on them someday. Whoops!

Now Tank is going before the fraternity's executive board and could be blackballed. Is this what she wanted all along? Did she say it accidentally on purpose to push the issue?

Jorge and Campbell, meanwhile, have gotten over their qualms about competing for Daphne and are going head to head in an attempt to win her affections. Apparently she really is all that. Dr. Jackson also wants to introduce her to a doctor who may be able to help her move ahead with her plans to study medicine.

Daphne, however, is feeling jealousy over time Angelo spends with Abby. It was easy to see what she was feeling and for once she wasn't so busy burying her feelings that they were annoying. She was just a girl who wanted the love of her dad. Angelo has grown quite a bit and has plenty of love to go around. In his eyes he has three daughters.

My favorite bit was definitely watching Kathryn and John reconnect. John's about face is, well, unrealistic. But I don't care! It's so much better than the alternative and Kathryn deserves it. It's wonderful that he's supporting her decision to write the book and even better that he's giving his own sexcapades to her for use in the story -- the amazing triple. 

Sorry, if you didn't catch on to what it was, you probably shouldn't know. Someday you will. For now just know that there are things that people keep secret in their relationships long enough that when they're finally let out, if timed properly, ignite a fire inside the lovers instead of causing disagreements and that's what is happening with John and Kathryn. 

They're rediscovering each other and falling in love again.

It looks like the only person really outside of the loop is Toby. Do you think we'll ever see Nikki again? I don't. I think their marriage is over. She's found her calling. Ministry was always her wish and marriage was a fantasy. She's living her passion and Toby isn't interested.

He, however, may decide to head to college for a degree in education after how well things went with Sharee. Perhaps his own happiness isn't so far off after all.

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Will Bay ever be happy with a guy?


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I found this episode revealing the fact these girls are just seventeen. For them, some things are just black and white. Anyone who believes that Bay intentionally said "dogfight" is forgetting this. Teenagers say snide remarks all the time, especially girls to boys. What she said was very typical of a girl hating all men at the moment. If you are a girl then you know what I mean.
Mary Beth is a plus size girl and apparently she is one of those girls that tend to get you would be beautiful except....etc. Now apparently she is going into acting. A field which judges you solely on appearance first and talent last. The casting director even said "look at you." Mary Beth is not stupid. She is not upset about the party. She is upset about how the world sees her and maybe how she sees herself. A cute boyfriend doesn't cure her of this problem.
Daphne and Angelo's progress is slow going but realistic. She may never except him as her father but hopefully she will forgive him. People tend to forget that forgiveness is one of the hardest things a person may have to do. If it were easy, everyone would do it.


Its Jorge, not Jose in the clinic.

@ donna Powell

Thanks for the heads up. Corrected! What did you think of the episode?

@ Carissa Pavlica

It's ok. Whole show becoming predictable. I'm sure Bay will fall for Tank and then Ty will come home. Bay will not be able to draw any more and will have to find a new passion.
Angelo should cancel his deal with the woman starting the restaurant, that's going to drain his funds.
Toby will get divorced and decide to go to school to become a teacher.
Katherine's book will be published and the old players will sue her for the tell-all.


Can Mary Beth get over herself please? Yes it sucks that she was invited to a party like that but unless Tank was the guy who invited her, she has no reason to hold a grudge. She used to be a like able character for me but now seeing her have any screen time is annoying. And the way she acts when she talks about what guys have to go through before "going over there" you w

@ Tanya

*would think she was the one who has deployed before. Loved the episode. Can't wait for Bay and Emmett to get back together.

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Switched at Birth Season 3 Episode 9 Quotes

Kathryn: Too bad he dried out.
John: Yeah, tell me about it. Dry Hump Ale.

John Kennish and his harem what just the juice I needed. Don't worry. The names have been changed to protect the slutty.