Switched At Birth – Recap & Review – The Merrymakers

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Switched At Birth
The Merrymakers

Original Air Date: Aug 12, 2013

Karen Belgrad – Senior Editor


With only one episode left until the summer finale, all of the storylines are coming to a boil. Will Toby and Nikki make it down the aisle? Will Ty leave for Afghanistan and what does it mean for his relationship with Bay? Will Daphne’s shady dealings regarding Senator Coto come to light?

So, fellow viewers, now is the time to share your TwoCents! What would you like to see happen next week or set up to happen for next season? Are you finally invested in Ty and Bay, or are you still waiting for a #BEmmett reunion? Be sure to share your feedback in the comments section!

Worst Bachelor Party Ever: Wilke sends Emmett supplies for Toby’s last night of bachelorhood festivities, including a charming blow up doll. But when it comes time for the party, he finds himself firmly disinvited for daring to tell Toby he thinks the wedding is a mistake. Toby asks Emmett to step in, but Emmett admits he’s not on board with the nuptials either. Toby’s night only gets worse when Simone calls, advising of a chlamydia diagnosis. So rather than hitting up the planned pool hall, Toby and Emmett both head to a clinic to get tested. Toby is snippy with Emmett, and a dejected Emmett admits he thought they’d moved past the cheating incident. Toby freaks out when he finds out the test results won’t be in for 7-10, directly conflicting with his wedding night plans. But Toby mans up and tells Nikki the truth, while Emmett watches the interaction from the rented limousine. After watching Nikki calmly accept the news and hug Toby, Emmett changes his mind and is onboard for best man duties.

Worst Bachelorette Party Ever: There were two separate stories within the girls’ night out, so for now let’s concentrate on the bride. Nikki is down in the dumps after fighting over wedding plans with her mother (more in a bit), so Daphne and Bay opt to throw her a bachelorette party with Mary Beth in tow. Nikki’s less than enthused about festivities, but Daphne (and some pilfered booze) helps Nikki to let her hair down. After some table dancing and truth or dare moments, the two future sister-in-laws are left alone to talk. Nikki talks about her father, and to even the playing field, Daphne admits to blackmailing Coto into changing his abstinence-only education vote. Nikki is morally (and drunkenly) outraged and insists on confronting Coto. Daphne makes her promise to keep it a secret, but as soon as her back is turned, Nikki leaves Coto a scathing voicemail. Daphne rightly freaks, as Coto had once again threated retaliation earlier (under the guise of a conversation about the Cuban Missile Crisis). The two hightail it to the Senate offices, and with the help of a janitor and easily retrieved voicemail password, erase the scandalizing message. Nikki even realizes her anger was mostly with her father and calms down considerably. All seems to be relaxed, until we see Coto watching security footage of the two girls in his office.

Travis/Mary Beth: The two have gone on three dates, but Travis still hasn’t found his special moment to kiss his new girlfriend. Emmett advises him to just go for it… or practice on the aforementioned blow up doll. Mary Beth is similarly anxious, venting about the non-bussing to Bay. During the bachelorette party, Bay suggests the two surprise Travis and Mary Beth just lay one on him. Unfortunately, the two arrive as Travis is dancing with the party’s stripper, in an effort to keep her from leaving before the guest of honor arrives. Mary Beth invokes Occam’s Razor, assuming that Travis doesn’t want to kiss her because of her size. Bay confronts Travis, and when he admits to waiting for the special moment, Bay tells him the kiss should be the moment. Travis visits Mary Beth at Maui, Kansas, surprising her by returning her brother’s dog tags that she lost several episodes ago. The gesture is truly special for Mary Beth, who pulls her beau into a heartfelt kiss.

Bay/Ty: Bay is back at the Kennish house and her first order of business is to ask John to help Ty get out of his redeployment. John isn’t on board, so Bay lashes out in old-school Bay ways, accusing John of just wanting to keep them apart. Kathryn points out to John that this relationship is very important to Bay, calmly alluding to the fact that they are most likely having sex. Keeping his daughter happy actually motivates John, who pays Ty a visit. But John is stunned to learn that Ty would prefer to keep his military commitment, but is going along with Bay’s plan to make her happy. John takes the hit for Ty, telling Bay he couldn’t pull enough strings to get Ty out of his platoon. Bay takes the news with a surprising maturity.

Regina/Angelo: In a quick turn of events, and with the help of a good lawyer, Angelo is awarded custody of his daughter. He and Regina calm the fussy infant, using a vacuum like they did when Daphne was little. The close quarters take effect, and before the hour is out, the two have gotten horizontal on the living room couch (which luckily Bay no longer sleeps on). But in a surprise turn of events, Regina admits she doesn’t want a do-over on raising a baby with Angelo.

Kathryn/Jennice: The mothers come to together to plan their kids’ wedding, but Jennice is all over the place with big ideas. Everything she suggests seems to come with a hefty price tag and Kathryn balks at some of the lavish ideas. Jennice gets offended, thinking Kathryn is looking down at her. But she really was being unrealistic with her costly ideals. But Regina puts it in perspective, telling John and Kathryn about Nikki’s dad. It turns out Jennice was trying to make it up to Nikki by giving her the wedding she dreamed of as a child. After a little more conversation, the mothers admit that neither is on board for the nuptials and wonder what they should do.

Episode Title Art: Merrymakers at Shrovetide by Frans Hals

And there you have my TwoCents! Share your TwoCents, comments, and feedback below!


About Karen Belgrad

Number cruncher by day, Karen spends way too many hours watching television and reading/writing about what she just watched. When not glued to the television, Karen sings karaoke, checks out live music, and roots for the Chicago Blackhawks and Cubs. Pop culture trivia and the Kevin Bacon game are her useless special talents. Managing Editor for TwoCentsTV.com [twitter:karenb0716]
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4 Responses to Switched At Birth – Recap & Review – The Merrymakers

  1. Its not Mary Ellen it’s Marybeth that works with Bay.

  2. Maja says:

    I love this show for some reason but…….Does anyone else feel like 1. The situations that these, literary, kids, are in are like way too old for teens? Its like 16 going on 26???? And 2. In this particular episode when it started seemed like you missed an episode?????

    • karenb says:

      I didn’t feel like anything was missing, except maybe the court battle for Abby. But since we already had one that affected so many characters, maybe that’s why they chose to play it offscreen.

      Yes, the situations are mature beyond high school years. But aren’t they all for ABC Family, and most teen shows in general? Historically, I think My So Called Life was one of the only shows to really capture the high school experience. Most others do put them in more adult scenarios.

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