Switched at Birth Season 2 Review “Dressing for the Charade”

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This week’s Switched at Birth is full of families lying to each other and scheming, and the Kennish home isn’t even looking like the better option for a near-homeless Travis right now. For once, Toby is at the centre of things and organises a dinner so that Lana and Bay can meet. He’s right in saying that Lana’s unborn child is Bay’s half-sister but, with the Kennish’s freezing out Angelo, there’s certainly some reluctance at adding more problems to the mix. Awkward long-lost-family dinners have become almost normal for this clan.

Meanwhile, poor Travis’ home situation has reached a head, and Daphne notices that he’s been staying at the car wash more and more. We saw how awful his parents were towards him back in season one, and now Travis is threatening to move out amidst fights with his brother and dad. His mother’s reaction to Daphne (“right, the one who can talk”) goes some ways to demonstrating how hard it would be to be deaf and living with an unsympathetic family, and you can’t help but feel for the kid.

Bay calling Travis “deaf Matt Damon” was hilarious, and at least she brought Daphne’s feelings to the surface. It has been clear since the premiere that the show would be bringing us a Daphne/Travis romance, and their dynamic has been really sweet to watch so far. There was no Emmett this week, so I guess his and Bay’s fight stuck. A little romance on the show wouldn’t go amiss, and pairing Daphne and Travis would be a lot less fraught and complicated than a Bemmett reunion at this point. Their first kiss was adorable, and I can’t wait to see more.

Immigration might finally have wised up to Regina and Angelo’s sham marriage, as someone opposed to John’s campaign calls them around for a house visit. Thankfully, Travis and Daphne’s effort to make it look like she has moved out does the trick, and the crisis is almost avoided. I don’t think we’re going to get to the end of the season without at least a divorce, but I wouldn’t rule out Angelo being deported. His relationship with Bay has deteriorated since she found out about Lana and, as she says this week, Regina married him for her in the first place. Are we happy to see her hook up with her old, saxophone-playing, flame?

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