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Switched at Birth Review: Life Goes On

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Doing blow is fun!

The first day of the rest of Daphne's life consisted of scoring some cocaine and corrupting a med student at Northwestern. She almost killed a few people while Med (I never did catch the poor guy's name) felt like he was having a heart attack and worried Daphne would smash his computer with all of his coursework on it.

Yes, Switched at Birth Season 3 Episode 17 took it's toll on Daphne, but she wasn't alone.

Both Daphne and Bay had been having a rough time in the two weeks since Angelo died. Unfortunately, this was another program that decided to forego the funeral or memorial or whatever they decided to have for Angelo. It concerns me that this part of death is so often skipped in our entertainment, to be honest.

There are a lot of young people who don't experience death and the idea of a viewing or funeral frightens them. Apparently, it frightens pretty much everybody else, too, because it's never examined. I'll keep hoping.

John wants the girls to open up and start living again and is willing to do just about anything to achieve that goal. By pushing so hard for normalcy, everyone is missing warning signs in Daphne. She's not talking to anyone, especially not Regina and that closed line of communication caused her to lose the lemon cake she made with Angelo. 

Regina didn't know what the lemon cake meant to Daphne, because Daphne closed her out. Why wouldn't she throw it out? Even when Bay tried to explain to Daphne why Angelo died, being armed with a lot more information after her visit with her cousin, it meant nothing to Daphne. She's going to be in a world of hurt for a long time. Will she kill her opportunity to get into med school? Possibly.

Bay visited her cousin, Sebastian and learned that he didn't care much for Angelo. The entire situation was really rough and kind of embarrassing. Sebastian was a grown man and the way he treated Bay and John was unacceptable. At least his rotten behavior forced Bay to melt down and from that she learned that aneurysms run in the family; her aunt died of one at Bay's age.

That's a hell of a blow to Bay. She chose not to discuss it with John as of the end of the hour and I wonder how that will affect her. She could choose to get an MRI and see if they can find it, or choose to do nothing. Either option would be awfully frightening for an 18-year-old girl, and now she has Abby to worry about, as well. Keeping the information private wouldn't be fair to Angelo's other daughter.

It was really odd timing for Leo to bring Abby to visit Regina, so soon after Angelo died. It was a great plot device for Kathryn and brought Renzo back into our lives ("Oh! I spilled the beans..." so funny!) but the timing could have been better. It's wonderful that Kathryn wants to be there for both Leo and Abby, reminding him that they'll always have family.

Toby had his first DJ gig, met the new Carlton teacher from Britain who lives upstairs (I love the actress, Rachel Shenton, who played on my favorite Brit soap opera, Hollyoaks) named Lily and got a new roommate -- Tank! Well, Tank is trying to turn over a new leaf after Bay, so maybe he'll be Miles from now on.

The biggest concern is Daphne's inability to absolve Regina for arguing with Angelo. That's going take her down a very dark path and since she grew up with an addict, it will be easy for her to turn to drugs and alcohol for help. The possibility of Bay having an aneurysm is the second. I hope they both find themselves able to talk to their parents about their issues sooner rather than later.

I know one thing for sure, nothing about Daphne's trip with cocaine looked in the least bit appealing to me. I can't think of any reason to want to feel jittery and anxious. Yuck.

You can watch Switched at Birth online any time via TV Fanatic. Thanks for reading. I won't bother asking you to comment, because I know it's a moot point. Just know I miss you all.

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Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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Carissa, I love reading your reviews. Just because people don't comment doesn't mean they don't watch or enjoy the show. Switched At Birth writers assume that by killing off a favorite character it will bring more storylines and drama. Both the viewers and the characters weren't prepared for this shock. Angelo's sudden death affects each character particularly Daphne who is furious now and blames Regina for his death. I hope this cocaine thing was just a moment of impulsive insanity. Regina and Daphne have to begin to communicate with each other again and give each other support like they did in the past. Bay, on the other hand, is now more concerned about whether she and her half-sister Abby have the hereditary gene for brain aneurysm and of the 2 girls seems to be the most stable one emotionally.
Let's hope that Regina won't go back to drinking as a mechanism to escape from her problems, and that Daphne will get back on track and realize that Angelo would want her to do something with her life and become a doctor.

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That whole cocaine thing was terrifying and I'm worried for Daphne in general because she regularly does impulsive things when she feels a loss of control of other issues in her life. I feel like it's not going to end there by a long shot. I think Bay is going to handle this a little better, mostly because she has an incredibly strong support system all around, including her parents, brother and Emmett. Of course Daphne has the Kennishes as well, but the way I've always seen it, the parents each of them grew up with are still the most critical caregivers in their lives - Regina needs her daughter right now as much as she needs to be there for her daughter. I'm surprised no one's really mentioned how fragile and lost Regina seemed in this episode. She's actually the one I was the most worried about (until Daphne did the coke, that is!). I thought it was sweet of Katherine to look out for her and basically host Leo and the baby so that Regina could grieve in private. I really hope Daphne finds her way back to her mom soon because they need each other. Side notes: Travis and Mary Beth are precious even when seen fleetingly in the background! And I'm irritated that they are making Tank Toby's roommate. It seems weird to me, especially with Toby and Emmett being so tight. I guess I just don't feel like I have much use for Tank - unless the writers take him back to who he was before he and Bay dated.

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@ michelle

I liked the friendship between Kathryn and Regina being highlighted. I wasn't worried for Regina because she mentioned going to a meeting. If she's still doing that, she should stay on course. Daphne, however, is a real worry. She skipped the gateway drug! Right to the hard stuff. I hope that's the end of the drugs, at least.

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i commented last week and i will again this week. I love this show and i feel for all the characters, especially in death. i havent lost a parent thankfully but it will be hard, and i can see how Daphne is angry at Regina still but it seems a lil forced for her to continue to be angry. Theres no changing the fact Angelo is dead, so she will have to come to terms with it, and obviously it will b laer rather than sooner.
Love how John handled the situation too.

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@ sweetstarshine1

Losing a parent is hard, but I imagine even harder when you're very young. I sometimes wonder if they should explore Daphne being bipolar. She's always either really sweet or downright nasty. Her mood swings could be indicative of a disorder. It seems like John was affected by Angelo's death in the best way possible. I hope it continues, unlike his temporary change after his own health scare.

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I don't know why others won't comment, my reason is I'm to tired by the time I watch the show so the last thing I want to do is write, but I really enjoy reading your review of this show, even though I may not always agree. It's nice to see someone elses perception and theories. Tonight's show was terribly bad and yet had the heart of switched at birth: adressing daily life drama and joy. What I could'nt take seriously was Daphne's cocaine trip, not because it was cocaine what she did, but how it was performed had the feeling of fakeness and therefore pointless contribution to Daphne's drama queen moment, making her character feel really hard to feel simpathy for, if that was the intention of the writers. I agree with the show avoiding the hardest part of death for the ones left behind, dealing with it when it hurts the most, then I would have thought Daphne's anger more justified it. Not to mention the absence of Regina's transition into a time bomb for addiction to kick the door again. Daphne seems oblivious to the fact she could loose her too. I think Bay took it really well for what she had to dealth with rude Sebastian. John as renovated as he still remains, was delightful. Also thought Leo's timing was terrible and Kathryn's. After a bad recovery the least you want is to have another relationship, specially for how busy he looks with Abby's care. She is adorable!And Renzo too!glad to see him well and a sweetheart as always. Didn't catched the med student's name either. Poor dude. Tank!... posibly a bromance on the brewing or a big disaster. I may not write again, but thank you for reviewing this series and know I enjoy reading you. I don't think I'm the only one. English is not my first language, so yeah I know there must be a grammar mistake or more :p

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Why wont people comment? I basically quit watching and keep up with it through the reviews. Good review by the way. Sorry Angelo died. I would have tuned in for the funeral. Tv skips that part too often or turns it into a freak show. So Sad

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@ MickeyG123

I don't know why people don't comment anymore. We had thousands of people drop by last week, but it was like a desert. I miss chatting about it. I think seeing Daphne and Bay at the funeral might have made Daphne's current behavior more understandable.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

Carissa, I love reading your reviews. Just because people don't comment doesn't mean they don't watch or enjoy the show. Switched At Birth writers assume that by killing off a favorite character it will bring more storylines and drama. Both the viewers and the characters weren't prepared for this shock. Angelo's sudden death affects each character particularly Daphne who is furious now and blames Regina for his death..Bay, on the other hand, is now more concerned about whether she and her half-sister Abby have the hereditary gene for brain aneurysm

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Ronald-simkins

Don't ask us to comment - however you should really learn the difference between effect and affect.

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@ isoron

May all of your mistakes in life reach up and bite you in the ass as kindly as you just did me.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

Perhaps this classy response is a reason people have not been commenting?

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@ K.A.

Pointing out an error is different than rudely addressing it as if I don't know what I'm doing. One gets a classy response. One doesn't. I'm only human.

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