Switched at Birth Season 3 Review “The Scream”

Switched at Birth Season 3 Episode 6 The Scream (11)

Following on from the surprising events last week, Switched at Birth opted to focus again on the older generation of characters in episode six, ‘The Scream’. With John and Jennice hiding a guilty secret and Kathryn herself concealing the real subject of her new book from John, it was only a matter of time before things collided and the beans were spilled. The resentment and distance between John and Kathryn has been building for years – a surprising amount of groundwork for a show like this to put in – and it’s now make or break for the couple, and poor Toby is well and truly stuck in the middle.

Despite the game-changer of John temporarily moving out of the family home, ‘The Scream’ was probably the weakest episode of the season so far. With the central marriage on the show, the point around which the rest of the Kennish/Vasquez family revolve, now in jeopardy, the storylines between Daphne and Campbell and Bay and Tank felt needlessly unimportant. Bay might have had a legitimate concern about her potential new boyfriend when she discovered his fraternity’s cruel plan for Mary Beth, but the storyline itself was one of those rare instances when Switched at Birth feels forced.

The problem I have with Tank is the same one I had with Ty – I like them as characters too much to have them simply be disposable love interests. Although Emmett has been missing more often that he’s been around of late, he was still an established part of the show in a way that neither of Bay’s other boyfriends have been. When the writers decided to break Bay and Ty up last season, it also meant that we lost him as a character, and I would really like it if Tank stayed around. Do Bay and Daphne have to date every guy that comes into the picture, or can we just re-establish that wonderful friendship group we had in the first season?

Daphne’s new love triangle with Jorge and Campbell is also a strange one, in that it’s simply repeating Daphne’s strange form of self-destruction through boys, just in a slightly different way. While a show in which half of the cast are deaf and many of the storylines are concerned with this, I understand that bringing in other life difficulties plays into their unique selling point, but that doesn’t always have to mean taking the established characters away from the rest of the cast. As nice as both guys are, and as admirable as it is for the show to highlight these issues, Daphne is always more likeable when she’s interacting with the rest of the family.

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