Prudence, Avarice, Lust, Justice, Anger
Original Air Date: Jul 22, 2013
Karen Belgrad – Senior Editor
Some episodes of Switched At Birth are all about character development. The subtle meanings, the quiet moments, etc… have all been used to advance the plot without excessive story moments. This hour was different that it was very plot heavy, but not one plot was tied up with a pretty bow.
If you were wondering why there was so little John and Kathryn in tonight’s episode, fear not, the parental units are not being phased out of the show. In fact, tonight was Lea Thompson’s directorial debut for the show. So congrats Lea, you did a wonderful job!
Daphne/Jace: Daphne makes good on her promise to teach Jace to swim, but they are distracted when they see Senator Coto poolside hitting on all of the country club regulars. I suppose it should be surprising that he is so brazen, but he did cheat with an intern. Speaking of said intern, Parker is back and crying, confiding to Daphne that she’s pregnant. Daphne tries to keep it from Jace, but he guesses pretty quickly and she has an awful poker face. She gets Jace to keep it off his blog by confiding in him about her relationship with Chef Jeff, empathizing with Parker. She tries to reach out to Parker, but Parker informs her that the pregnancy was a false positive. Daphne isn’t sure if she’s telling the truth or had an abortion. As a lark, Jace and Daphne anonymously text Coto that they know what he did, but are surprised when he asks what they want for their silence. So, in turn, they ask him to drop his support for the abstinence only portion of the education bill. When he does just that, John and Kathryn congratulate Daphne, thinking her tireless campaigning swayed the senator. With her lousy poker face, I’m guessing this secret may not stay hidden.
Melody/Emmett: With a lull in her social life, Melody opts to try online dating. Travis and Emmett stumble across her online profile, and after Emmett’s initial grossed out reaction, they actually start screening prospective matches on her behalf. They decide that Brian, a deaf college history professor would be perfect, and after Melody gets past her son viewing her profile, she even agrees. But the date doesn’t go well, since they having nothing but being deaf in common. Melody picks a fight with Emmett, since he’s spending his days playing video games and blowing off plans with his father. Emmett wonders why he has to be nice to his dad if she’s not. Melody has a growing moment, and goes to visit Cameron. She apologizes for souring his relationship with his son, and queries him about his Cochlear plans. When he lets her know that he’s opted against it, to keep things stable for Emmett, Melody schools him that loving your child doesn’t mean letting them make your decisions. She offers her support if he decides to go through with it, and he nicely lets her know that she’ll find someone special.
Bay/Angelo/Ty: Ty and Bay are enjoying their newly sexual relationship, apparently quite often. Meanwhile, Angelo is ready to head off to St Louis to find his daughter (who was adopted by a gay couple) and bring her home. Regina, who is barely hiding her rekindled infatuation with Angelo, opts not to go and suggests Bay goes instead. But since Ty bought her concert tickets, Bay declines. But when she tells Ty, he points out that this could be her only chance to meet the baby if Angelo can’t get her back. She and Ty drive out to meet up with Angelo, who deftly books Bay her own hotel room, while keeping an eye on Ty in his. At the adoptive parents’ house, it doesn’t go as Angelo hoped. One of the father’s is adamant that they are Abby’s (the baby’s name) parents now and that Angelo will never get her back. He even says that if they go to court, they will show that Angelo is unfit based on his abandoning Daphne. Bay spends time with the other father, noting how comfortable Abby is with him. Based on her personal experiences of being raised by the Kennishes, she is sympathetic to the adoptive parents, much to Angelo’s chagrin. He’s livid that Bay may not have his side, where she’s simply conflicted. Angelo vows to fight for his daughter.
Toby/Nikki: Toby is surprised to see Simone at the carwash, but it’s not a bad moment as she’s complimentary of his music and genuinely congratulatory about his engagement. But what he doesn’t do is tell Nikki about it and she is concerned when she sees a text from Simone confirming plans to meet at a bar. She queries Daphne about their break-up and isn’t comforted to learn about Simone’s cheating past. But at the bar, it’s clear that Simone is simply in the amends steps of her recovery. It turns out her uncle owns the bar and she got Toby a gig there. He’s clearly back in his element, being back on stage, but is surprised by Nikki, and has to admit that he doesn’t think music is important to her anymore. And the break-up clock is clearly ticking…
Episode Title Art: Prudence, Avarice, Lust, Anger, Justice by Jack Beal
And that’s it for tonight’s hour! You’ve got my TwoCents, now share your TwoCents, comments, and feedback below!