Switched at Birth Season 3 Review “Drowing Girl”

Switched at Birth Season 3 Episode 1 Drowning Girl (14)

The season premiere of Switched at Birth ‘Drowning Girl’ may have ended on a simple scene involving Bay, Daphne and Toby, but it was indicative of something that has been missing from the show for a while. I don’t know about you, but I was expecting Bay to call Emmett or Ty in her heartbroken state but, instead, she decided to rely on her family just as Daphne had gone to Toby for advice earlier in the episode. And god knows, these people need a bit of support right now. The consequences of last year’s events are being felt by everyone in the family, and now it’s time to sort through their issues and find their way back to each other again.

Daphne is dealing with the distance between her and John after her behaviour last season, and her genius plan to get him back coaching the basketball team at Carlton results in Toby coaching the field hockey team instead. Things might be looking up for her, however, as meeting a potential new love interest at community service could help take her mind off of the less than ideal situation at home. I’m glad she shared her worries with Toby, who is himself at a bit of a loss while Nicky is away, as this brother/sister relationship has never really been explored as much as it could of in the past.

Bay, meanwhile, has her own troubles to deal with, and it becomes clear over the hour that she hasn’t gotten over Ty’s apparent betrayal as much as she would have liked to. And anyone hoping for a Bemmett reunion this season will have to wait a while due to a new guy entering the frame. Acting as her knight in shining armour at the frat party he leads her to, and obviously sharing her enthusiasm for art, this new guy could be the one to introduce Bay to the full college experience. So far, I like him, but I’m probably always going to want her to be with Ty over any other guy.

Carlton has gone through some changes over the summer as well, and hearing kids have now descended upon our characters’ safe haven with as much ignorance and disregard as they feared. The transition isn’t helped much by the self-proclaimed lost causes that have been dumped there, and Daphne’s rivalry with the loudest of the new students is clearly going to get worse before it gets better. The issues wrapped up in the school have always been a strong part of the show, so I’m glad this thread didn’t end with last season’s magnificent protest episode.

With so many characters struggling, we’ve been thrown into the world of Switched at Birth at a time when most shows start heading towards their finales. One of the best things about this show is how it doesn’t let it’s characters of the hook or forget about past mistakes and triumphs. I’m glad to see that continue and, more than anything, I’m glad to have it back for another few weeks.

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