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Switched at Birth Review: Bad Decisions Have Consequences

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People make a lot of bad decisions in life, but it's only in setting them right that they can turn them around.

There were a lot of poor choices on Switched at Birth Season 3 Episode 13 - and while we didn't have conclusions to any of them, it was interesting to see how and why people made them.

Because Daphne asked Dr. Jackson about a paid job without talking to Campbell, she lost him. As she does with a lot of things, not only did she get the job without sharing her intentions with her boyfriend, but she also went overboard on her first day and sort of lorded things over Campbell. It didn't turn out well.

After taking her advice to talk with Dr. Jackson instead of holding it against her, Campbell was referred to another clinic for a paying job. But it wasn't only about the job, it was the way Daphne went about getting, never really thinking others at the clinic might have been awaiting such an opportunity. He won't have time for her with his new job.

Kathryn's sexy photo shoot for her book cover was fun. John's been really calm lately and his reaction to it was that they shouldn't be using male models when they have the real thing, and he excused himself to go work out. Kathryn learned there was an injunction about the character she created after the reporter who did the other switched at birth book.

She had second thoughts about ruining her life (as the reporter called it), but Kathryn's editor is pretty sure any publicity is good publicity. Something tells me that's not going to end well.

The Kathryn and John reacted to Bay's need for the morning after pill was very tasteful, followed by a very sweet discussion between father and daughter when she admitted he had taken Tank to task for no reason. She was the bad guy, cheating on Tank with Emmett. John just counseled her about choices having consequences and reminded her how much she was loved. 

Bay and Emmett tried to solve Emmett's problem of sending photos of his junk to Mandy and only discovered Matthew is gay. Honestly, I think it's complete and utter BS to let him get away with what he did to Emmett because of his hidden sexuality issues and I'm a bit disappointed in Switched at Birth for going that route. It's not OK to bully kids for their sexual orientation, but it's OK to plaster photos of a guy and his texts all over campus if you're in the closet. I don't think so.

Part of me wondered, as Emmett sulked away after his discussion with Matthew if they might not have thought about Emmett being a gay character, as well. I'm not sure they'd do that to Bemmett fans, but it crossed my mind. The whole Tank/Bay/Emmett/Matthew~Mandy plot feels very unfocused.

I loved seeing Angelo and Regina grow closer, but she's lying to her husband and when her boss and a gun are involved I can only imagine she's going to kill Angelo by accident. If not Angelo, someone is going to be laid to waste because of Regina's tight-lipped behavior. It's not cool to keep that kind of thing to yourself and it's a relationship killer, whether with your husband, daughter or family.

It doesn't seem the poor decisions are going to stop any time soon, and it's kind of funny that the two people making the best decisions were once unreliable -- John and Angelo. Here's hoping the ladies in their lives find it in themselves to stop keeping secrets and making decisions as if they are living in a vacuum.

Are you happy with the direction of Matthew's story?

 

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"Bay and Emmett tried to solve Emmett's problem of sending photos of his junk to Mandy and only discovered Matthew is gay. Honestly, I think it's complete and utter BS to let him get away with what he did to Emmett because of his hidden sexuality issues and I'm a bit disappointed in Switched at Birth for going that route. It's not OK to bully kids for their sexual orientation, but it's OK to plaster photos of a guy and his texts all over campus if you're in the closet. I don't think so." I understand where you're going with this, and I agree that his actions were not excusable. However, (here comes the opposition) *drum roll*, because of the growing tolerance and acceptance of the LGBT community, more and more people are coming out, but yet to some (as portrayed in this episode) it can still be a delicate topic and situation, and I think ABC Family was trying to show how careful you need to be when dealing with this situation. No, I am not saying that because Mathew was closeted, that he should get away with his actions. I am sure there will be consequences (at the appropriate time), but like Bay and Natalie said (respectively), things might escalate for the worst (if Emmett doesn't handle this the 'right' way), and that you need to give him time. While yes, I am all for justice, but I'm also trying to see how things can go in a more productive manner. Emmett's motive to turn Mathew in was for all the humiliation he's been through (wrong way). It wasn't until Bay/Natalie's advice does Emmett realize where this has the potential to go, and what Mathew might go through with this 'revenge' humiliation that he has absolutely no idea how to handle. Emmett can turn him in, and justice is served, but along with justice, Emmett is simply getting sweet revenge (2 wrongs don't make a ....oh you get it). This would end up ruining the relationship. Emmett might try to be there as a friend, someone to talk to (regardless of what Mathew put him through), and show the audience how being a good person can change someone for the better. (but yes, I agree that there should be some level of consequence) Well, that's just the way I see it, and how I interpreted the message in that episode. :)

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Campbell got transferred for a paying job. I think you wrote nonpaying.

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Good catch. My first incarnation of the paragraph said he was transferred from a nonpaying job and I didn't catch the non when editing. Whoops! Thanks E.

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I've been a fan of Bay/Emmett since the beginning so the whole Emmett and Matthew thing is not something I want to explore. Personally I wouldn't have minded if Emmett was bi (there's a dearth of bi guys represented on TV) but not when he and Bay have finally gotten back together! I don't think I actually ever thought they would get back together, not for real, so now that it's happened, I don't want them to break up again.

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@ Sherry

Regardless of the issue of sexuality, do you really think Bemmett will stay together? This show likes to explore new relationships and with only Daphne on the canvas to do it (since Toby is gone), I'm betting Bay and Emmett will have another falling out. I hope I'm wrong because I don't like the will they won't they style of storytelling. If they choose yes or no, stick with it!

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Truthfully, no, I doubt they'll stay together. They're teenagers -- it always feels like true love when you're teenagers but so much growing up happens from that time to the time you become a stable adult that I doubt many couples make it through. I personally like the will they/won't they, but not when they've already gotten together. Unresolved sexual tension, yes, that can be fun. But off again relationships? No, they get tedious fast.

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@ Sherry

I agree about the delight of sexual tension. It is great to watch when done well. But seeing people swing back and forth into and out of a relationship isn't nearly as joyous. Getting back together one time is it. More than that and it's a joke. I don't want to see that here.

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Switched at Birth Season 3 Episode 13 Quotes

Oh. It was a tasteful junk shot. I did not know I would ever have to learn the sign for junk shot.

Bay

Fine. If we get into any trouble we can fend them off with our intimidating wallpaper samples.

Wes