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Switched at Birth Recap: "The Intruder"



Regina told everyone in the family she married Angelo and sent each of them reeling over the newfound intruder in their lives. Will Bay and Daphne survive this change? Or will it be the final battle line drawn between them? 

Regina and Angelo wasted no time telling the family they got the necessary documentation for Angelo to stay in the country… a marriage certificate. Gasps and shocked reactions spread throughout the room, creating an instant divide between Daphne and Bay. Upset and hurt, Daphne chose to swallow her feelings and offered to help her mother with their immigration interview while Bay practically jumped up and down and began picking out wallpaper for Angelo’s new apartment.

Not everyone was as happy as Bay or as willing to pretend to be okay as Daphne. Katherine wasn’t quite as happy as her daughter, but John didn’t seem to mind. This was only because he was so distracted that another baseball player was encroaching upon his most doubles in a season record. What will John be without his former claim to fame? Especially considering his wife’s book has made her quite popular?

Patrick was equally unhappy, which Regina didn’t quite understand. Sorry, darling, but there isn’t a single boyfriend alive who would be okay with you marrying your former lover and father of your daughter to keep in the country. The history is too messy and complicated for it to be completely innocent. Regina’s mother had similar feelings, rightfully so. She lived through the heartbreak of Angelo before and she doesn’t want to do it again.

And Toby was quick to point out the fighting it caused between their parents. As if that wasn’t enough, he was also dealing with guys at school ripping into Simone for “giving it up” too frequently. They posted her picture on a website that gave her a Slut Score. She’s at the top of the list. Way to keep it classy private school boys. Simone thanked him for defending her and tried to explain her side of what happened, but Toby wasn’t having it. For some reason, I almost felt sorry for her. I’m blaming my current state of exhaustion.

Meanwhile, Emmett convinced Daphne they should enter their deaf zombie movie in a horror fest contest in St. Louis. They needed to submit a trailer, which meant Emmett would have to come over to work on it. Daphne asked Bay first, like she always does when it comes to doing anything that upsets her, and Bay said it was fine. The two then proceeded to make awkward Regina-Angelo-Marriage jokes while it was clear that Daphne has a lot of mixed feelings she’s hiding. Poor Daphne, always being selfless and holding in how she really feels.

Daphne has also attracted the eye of a fellow coworker, a sweet guy, who helped bandage her cut finger. Unfortunately for him, Daphne is going to end up having eyes for her boss and he’ll be thrown to the wayside. This saddens me… but then again, have you seen how hot Daphne’s boss is? Get it, girl. I won’t judge you, even if it’s insanely inappropriate.

Regina and Angelo didn’t have to wait long for their immigration interviews. They were asked silly questions about sleeping arrangements, shampoo brands, and how Angelo proposed. Their story revealed that Angelo actually proposed to Regina on their fifth date, seventeen years ago at EurekaFalls. It was painfully obvious from the looks on their faces that they are going to bang and really complicate things. Who else can’t wait for that? Especially now that they’ll have to live under the same roof after their interviewer pointed out the address discrepancy – I mean, like really, so disappointed in them not thinking ahead on this one – and that they will be referred to the fraud department, who’ll prove they’re actually living together. Uhfreakingoh.

When Regina explained what happened to John and Katherine, they were understandably upset. This led to lots of yelling and arguing and Daphne finally lost it and told everyone to stop fighting. What’s done is done and that means letting Angelo move in. BOOM.

Later, Emmett came over to edit their movie for a trailer and Daphne realized they made the movie after the basketball tournament. He explained that he was trying not to think about it and he didn’t want to tell Daphne because she’s perfect and would never do anything like this. I’ll take this as a giant anvil for the upcoming storyline with her boss. In case you hadn’t realized by now, I approve this story. I approve it very much.

I also kind of approve Toby knocking Emmett down when he saw him at the house. Toby has remained pretty quiet about his feelings in regards to Emmett sleeping with Simone and hurting his sister. Emmett kind of deserved that much, don’t you think?

Daphne’s emotions finally got the better of her at work, leading to an emotional breakdown in the storage room. Her boss was kind and comforting and even gave her permission to use his actual name. Meet Chef Jeff, you guys, sweet and understanding at the appropriate moments. I’ll be shipping this all season and judging myself every step of the way.

As things wound down in the episode, Regina ran into Simone at AA, Bay met another tagger who added on to a piece of her work on the side of a bus, and Daphne admitted she wasn’t okay with Angelo living with them. Surprisingly, Bay understood and said she wished there was a better way. The two put their heads together and went to their parents with the suggestion that Angelo move into the main house. Not the best solution considering how John and Katherine feel, but it’ll work for now. Always the most mature, Daphne admitted she had to give Bay the chance to know her biological father. 

And judging from next week’s previews, getting to know Angelo is going to lead to even further drama for Bay. Meanwhile, Daphne will be pursuing her boss. Did I mention I’m totally on board for that? See you guys here next week! 

Amber Cunigan
Amber Cunigan is a sarcastic mid-twenties undergrad, extreme book hoarder, Netflix addict, and reality TV aficionado. She enjoys excessive amounts of chocolate and caffeine, tweeting, and all things Ezra Fitz and Ryan Gosling. When it comes to TV, she expects to be thoroughly entertained and when not, she will slam and mock you, but still tune in next week. She's a glutton for punishment. Basically, she's awesome.

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