Original Air Date: Feb 11, 2013
Karen Belgrad – Senior Editor
Back in the first season, we dealt with the Kennish family acclimating to Daphne being deaf. Cochlear implants and signing were addressed. Then everyone learned sign language, to differing degrees, and seemingly became one big happy family.
But this show is more than your typical ABC Family teen-angst melodrama. Steeped in the relationship and baby dramas is a real education and platform for helping the hearing world to learn more about the deaf community from several vantage points. And it’s doing a spectacular job.
Daphne: Daphne has been trying to keep the robbery a secret from her family, and is doing a fair job, but upon sight of her deep bruise, Kathryn becomes concerned about what secret Daphne is keeping. Daphne tries to go about her normal routine, but it’s clear the assault has left her with a jaded sense of the world. Melody gives an impassioned lecture about how it’s not about hearing loss, it’s about deaf gain, of a language, a community, and a culture. Having taken sign language in college with a deaf instructor, I know that the deaf community is a proud one, one that does not want to be viewed or seen as impaired. And Daphne is trying hard to hold it together, but a random customer at the foodtruck sets her on edge, and she calls Melody, confiding what happened. But being a parent, Melody does the right thing and takes her to the police.
At the police station, Regina arrives and is floored that Daphne didn’t tell her about what happened. But she goes into Mama Bear mode when a police officer questions why deaf kids were out at night alone. Daphne, clearly too exhausted to fight, just wants to go home. And then comes the barrage of hearing family members, wondering why she didn’t tell them and if she is OK. And she the divide she feels is evident. When Kathryn asks her to send more check-in texts, Daphne agrees, but the look on her face says that she wonders if the same request is made of Toby or Bay.
Regina/John/Kathryn: First off, no mention is made or shown of Regina’s alcohol slip from last episode. So we’re left to wonder if it was a one-time thing or if it will play out further down the road. Kathryn and John are upset that she didn’t call them to come to the police station, since they have connections. Regina is furious, feeling like it’s once again the Kennish family throwing their money around. She rants to Audrina, who points out that maybe the focus should be on Daphne over pride. Kathryn is aligned with John, until he sells the food truck without consulting her or Regina. I have to admit, John came across as pretty chauvinistic this hour. But not to worry, he saw the err of his ways and bought the food truck back to appease the two moms and have a mutual discussion. And they both admit, they want to sell it as well. I just have to wonder why they don’t think Daphne should be part of the decision.
Toby: Toby and Nikki prepare for Valentine’s Day by celebrating their three month anniversary. She also blurts out that she loves him, but immediately back pedals. But not to fear, he tells it back the next time he sees her. She gives him a leather cuff as a gift, but notices him pull his sleeve over the cross emblazoned on it. Nikki tells Toby that she believes in G-d with her whole self, but knows he doesn’t. He admits as much, but respects her beliefs. But it’s not enough for Nikki, who declares it best to end things. It’s a slippery slope to share opinions about religion, so I’ll ask you viewers to share your thoughts.
Angelo: Angelo is still trying to make himself look like a better guy, apparently with everyone but Regina. He and Lana constantly bicker over her choice of adoption, so Bay suggests that he just hang out with her, get to know her, and avoid the baby subject a bit. In return, he lets Bay host an anti-Valentine’s day party at his apartment. At the party, Angelo explains to Lana that he doesn’t want to lose his second chance at being a father, and asks to be able to raise the baby. As much as I respect it being Lana’s choice, I do see where Angelo is coming from in not wanting to sign his rights away.
Bay: Bay and her new bestie Natalie are bemoaning their single status. Natalie admits she has her eye on a girl, and it’s such a non-event, that I thought it had to be mentioned how cool it was the SAB introduced a LGBT character without it being an after school special. Bay clearly has eyes for Noah, but is still awkward around Emmett since he decided that it was all or nothing. She decides to throw a singles gathering at Angelo’s, but attendance is fairly sparse and four of the attendees (Daphne, Travis, Nikki, Toby) are actually couples. But to her delight Noah does attend, but he’s having hearing issues with his Ménière’s disease, which only she still knows about.
Noah lashes out, insisting the loud music (for the deaf party goers) be turned down. But he goes about it from a hostile angle, baiting Travis and mocking his speaking voice. It goes from heated to fisticuffs pretty quickly, with Angelo breaking the boys apart. Although provoked, Daphne now seems leery of being involved with Travis, given his angry disposition. Emmett gently tells her she doesn’t need to date Travis just to prove she can date a hearing guy. I’m guessing Daphne and Travis aren’t long for the couple world. And Bay finally asks Noah if he’s into her, and he admits to not wanting to be the rebound from her and Emmett. (And the couple name wasn’t EBay, it was BEmmett!) She assures him that’s not the case, and the two finally lock lips.
Episode Title Art: Human/Need/Desire by Bruce Nauman
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