Departure Of Summer
Original Air Date: Aug 19, 2013
Karen Belgrad – Senior Editor
Weddings! Political scandal! Teen heartbreak! I’m guessing most of you only expected one of those three when you signed up for the summer season of Switched At Birth.
So as we bid adieu to the show until January (will it be season 3 or part 2-C?), let’s take a final look at the storylines that captivated us all summer long. And while I’ll say I wasn’t surprised by anything tonight, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a captivating hour of television!
Bay/Ty: Bay is surprised to learn that Ty’s redeployment is only three days away and vows to make the most of it. Ty has his own surprise when he learns he’ll actually be in the thick of the war in Afghanistan, convoys and ambushes included. Bay doesn’t know this, but she does know that in three months, he’s supposed to be restationed in Germany. Being the ever-impulsive girl she is, Bay decides to try and graduate in December and go to art school in Germany to be near her beau. John and Kathryn are surprised, but compared to what the other kids are up to (see below), this is pretty tame, and they agree to consider it. But when Bay broaches Ty with the idea, he balks, suggesting they more or less take a break from their coupling while he’s gone. Bay goes to his barracks to find out what that means and what is going on, but instead discovers a pair of women’s underwear (not hers) in his laundry. She naturally assumes he cheated with Aida, and Ty doesn’t deny it.
Now, we all knew it wasn’t true. Mostly because we saw his army buddy ask to borrow his room to hook up with his own girlfriend, but also because Ty is a really awkward liar! In fact, it takes a furious Mary Beth all of a minute to realize that Ty didn’t cheat on Bay, but he swears her to secrecy. Bay, meanwhile, is distraught and goes straight to Emmett. She queries him as to why guys cheat; asking what motivated him to cheat with Simone. She admits that she didn’t get it before, but now that she’s had sex she wonders why people don’t realize what a big deal it is. To Emmett’s credit, he covers his discomfort at the sex knowledge, and he chalks cheating up to stupidity and no good excuse, but offers up that Ty is going to be really sorry when he realizes what he lost. And with that sentiment, the exes embrace in a comforting hug, and #BEmmett fans rejoice at the possibility of a future.
Daphne: Senator Coto calls John on the carpet about his interns breaking into his office. He stuns John by revealing the blackmail, and even more so by assuming John put the girls up to it. John confronts Daphne, who is apologetic, but not entirely convinced it wasn’t deserved. John points out she could end up in jail for extortion, and makes it clear to Daphne how disappointed he is. John pledges to handle it from here, and even Regina is on board with the Kennish’s deep pockets handling the situation. Daphne goes to Coto to take responsibility, and he offers to make it go away if John strongly endorses his reelection campaign. John knows this means a payoff, probably around $50,000. But Daphne is feeling guilty about her current station in life and how it conflicts with her East Riverside roots. She publishes a confession on Jace’s Kansas Squealer blog. John is upset, but Daphne tells him that it’s about taking responsibility and exposing Senator Coto’s misdeeds. The fallout is pretty quick, with reporters (and his wife) hounding Coto, Jace being picked up by the police or INS, and Daphne meeting with the Kansas Attorney General to possibly face charges. We hear the content of her post, and it’s fairly powerful and straightforward. She admits she lost herself, hurt people for she believes are the right reasons, and needs to learn from her mistakes and face the consequences. We’re left to wonder if Daphne will (unlikely) spend her senior year of high school in prison.
Toby/Nikki: The wedding plans are in full force, peacocks and all. But at the rehearsal dinner, Toby overhears his father say that he will probably end up paying for a divorce in two years. Toby and Nikki confront their parents, all of whom finally admit that they think the wedding is a bad idea. Bay insists that people who love each other should be together, while Kathryn and Regina are on “the enjoy your youth” kick. Finally Jenice pipes in, saying that if the only reason they’re getting married is to have sex, they should just do it, they won’t go to hell. Nikki and Toby take off for a hotel room, where they opt to follow her mom’s advice and go to bed together. The next morning they wonder what they should do, and we cut to Kathryn getting a text to pack everything up, the wedding is off. But, of course, as the parents all take a deep breath, we see Toby and Nikki, freshly eloped, kissing on the courtroom steps. How long do you think it will be until John pays for the divorce?
Angelo: Angelo is in over his head with Abby, using Adriana as a baby nurse, and calling Leo (adoptive father) in to help when a soothing stuffed animal goes missing. He ponders how anyone does it alone, and Adriana is the voice of reason, pointing out that he needs to hire help. But Angelo wonders if he’s being selfish in raising her, but Adriana wonders if he’s just trying to prove he’s changed since the days he left Regina and Daphne. The words clearly resonate, as he calls Leo back over, and to his surprise, offers up an open adoption, with Leo and Victor having primary custody. Little Abby is going to have three fathers! And now that he isn’t raising a baby, does this reopen up the possibility of a future for Angelo and Regina?
Episode Title Art: Departure of Summer by Man Ray
And as the summer season comes to a close, share your wish list for what you’d like to see come January! Do you envision Daphne in jail or doing community service? Will Ty perish overseas? Will Bay and Emmett reunite? Will Angelo and Regina find their way back to one another? How will Toby and Nikki fare as newlyweds? And what should happen with the John and Kathryn? Any ideas?
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