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Switched at Birth Recap: ‘The Shock of Being Seen’



This week Bay and Daphne began to set themselves up for big falls in the future, Kathryn discovered another secret Angelo is hiding, and someone had a jaw dropping one night stand! 

Well, Bay is in serious trouble and unaware that she’s digging a deeper hole for herself with every step she takes. She’s on academic probation and she’s managed to join a group of local taggers, the kind of people who are likely to get Bay into trouble. I’m not just saying that to stereotype, but when you have a big, careless, loud group of people spray painting property, they’re just likely to get caught. By the way, who knew the last name of Vasquez could get a girl some street cred?

The most frustrating part about this is that Bay’s acting… like a spoiled, entitled brat to put it nicely. This is where I have to remind myself that’s she a teenage girl and still has a lot to learn. Angelo, however, is not a teenager girl. He’s an adult, who needs to make good fatherly decisions if he wants to be a part of her life and truly cares about her wellbeing. Instead, he allows Bay to manipulate him into covering for her, so she can go tagging. This is not going to end well.

Meanwhile, Daphne is digging a hole of her own, except hers involves a tall, dark, and handsome chef. Thanks to a cupcake fiasco, Daphne was forced to stay late at work with her boss. Together, they rushed to frost a new batch of cupcakes and Chef Jeff admired her frosting skills. The two bantered – quite adorably if I may say so – about vegetarianism and being satisfied and other intelligent things that left me slightly turned on and impressed and not caring about how old Jeff is. Daphne just needs to get a lil’ lovin’ from her boss and she sure is trying.

After a cute, little brunette came into the kitchen and let everyone sample her strawberries – everything is so dirty when it involves food – and left Daphne’s cauliflower-gratin on the counter, she was jealous. Clearly, Chef Jeff would rather have strawberries of the other girl, which is just like every girl’s problem when it comes to boys.

Daphne tries to sex herself up to get Jeff’s attention by borrowing some of Bay’s clothes. He double takes at work, but is more concerned about her spreading some crème-fraiche on the pear tarts. Yes, I can keep this up all night. It’s not my fault that this stuff just writes itself.

Also at the restaurant are Daphne’s mothers and Melody. Kathryn is drinking herself silly after doing a live interview with Regina, where she was painted as the absentee, wealthy, and uninvolved mother. Regina was portrayed as poorer, hands-on, and more involved. Meanwhile, Melody flirted with Chef Jeff when he served their table. Daphne would not approve this.

While Daphne is traipsing around at work, Bay has disappeared, forcing Angelo to come clean. John gives him an impassioned speech about being a father first, not her friend, realizing that he has to share Bay with another man. Let this be a first lesson in fatherhood to Angelo: when your daughter is missing at night, you sit, worry, and wait for her to come home, none of which is easy. When your daughter gets home, you deliver a single line that makes her feel extremely guilty. John’s was that Angelo deserved to be treated better than alibi. Boom. Nothing is more cutting than a few stern words from your parents.

Regina is prepared to drive a drunken Kathryn home from the restaurant, but her drunken confession prompted a walk down memory lane. Kathryn confessed she is upset that because when Bay was placed in her arms she had no idea she wasn’t hers. Regina took her to the hospital nursery to coo over babies. Have you ever done that? It really does make things better.

Back at the restaurant, Jeff cooked Daphne some salmon and they ate off the same plate. He upgrades her from dishwasher to salad maker and Daphne dances around the kitchen. He mentions wine and she thinks he’s going to pour her a glass, but it is clear when he comes out it’s probably for the lady with the strawberries. Daphne goes to mourn her love loss on a park bench until Emmett arrives. Eventually these two will probably end up together, right? They’ve got a lot of history to revisit, but the timing will have to be perfect, like really, really perfect for me to approve.

Anyway, Daphne talks to Emmett about how Jeff is so hot and cold. Emmett’s conclusion is that he’s an ass, which prompts Daphne to question why Jeff doesn’t want her. Again, what every girl does when they feel rejected. It’s never the guy’s fault. It’s always ours. And unfortunately, Daphne uses this to dig into her and Emmett’s past, which is never okay. Don’t let him be your fall back guy. Don’t want him because someone else doesn’t want you.

The next morning, John gets a call about an incident at the car wash, which ends up being Bay’s handy tagging work from the night before. She’s officially in with the tagging crew now. Angelo has breakfast with Regina. Kathryn looks through a box of photos and realizes the nurse she saw at the hospital nursery when she was with Regina used to date Angelo. Major freaking twist, you guys! 

As if that wasn’t enough, Jeff comes out of Emmett’s house after spending the morning with his mother. So that’s who the wine was for. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. And of course, Emmett sees it. How long until Jeff makes a move on Daphne? And how long until Emmett meets Jeff and puts two and two together? If it’s not next week, it won’t be soon enough. Until next time, guys! 

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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