Switched at Birth Season 2 Review “The Awakening Conscience”

Switched at Birth Season 2 Episode 2 The Awakening Conscience (4)

It looks like we might have finally seen the back of the Buckner school uniform in Switched at Birth, ‘The Awakening Conscience’, as Bay trades in private school for deaf school without thinking through all of the consequences. If she thought those privileged rich kids were bad, she knows nothing of students scorned once she invades their previously inviting land of Carlton Academy.

She’s not alone, though, as a fellow student joining on the program instantly attaches to her. Teo, who we met briefly last week, doesn’t really make an impression here, but I’m sure he’ll factor more into Bay’s life at some point. Maybe with her new school attacking them both for being somewhere she doesn’t fully belong, Bay and Teo will develop something more than friendship? Fans want to see Bay and Emmett together, of course, but what then? We all know that if a show’s star-crossed lovers ever actually reconcile, we may as well stop watching. Would people accept a new love interest for Bay?

Daphne, meanwhile, doesn’t have her mind on school. Contrary to my prediction last week, she’s actually making a go of a small business with the food truck Angelo gave her, inadvertently making an enemy of the people she used to call neighbors. Despite being advised to push the prices of her food up in order to make more money, she decides that the best thing for her to do would be reaching out to those less fortunate. It’s an admirable quest but, like Bay, people don’t take kindly to an outsider coming onto their territory. Blaming her truck for killing his father’s local business, one cynical customer sabotages her before she can do any good.

Running along in the background the whole time is Angelo’s confession to Regina. Most shows would have let this fester until they could reveal it as an episode cliffhanger, but here the secret explodes within the first ten minutes. That means that Regina spends an hour trying to process the news, with everyone else finding out gradually. It’s clear now that this is probably Angelo’s baby, the mama probably isn’t going to be a big villain, and Bay might be welcoming a half-sister by the end of the season. I don’t know what the show is going to do with this storyline, but I have to admit I’m intrigued.

I always forget to mention Toby, but that’s probably because his storyline hasn’t really crossed over with any of the others lately. This week he finds out that his uber-religious, abstinent girlfriend used to be a bit of a wild child, and it takes some not-so-gentle coaxing from his mother before he can get his head around it. We’re told of all these reckless things Toby has done in the past, so it’s a shame he never really does anything interesting on the show, and it’s a bit rich for him to be judging anyone else.

What did you think of the episode? Did the people against Daphne’s food truck have a point? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.