Switched at Birth Season 3 Review “Memory is Your Image of Perfection”

Switched at Birth Season 3 Episode 4 It Hurts To Wait With Love If Love Is Somewhere Else (9)

Even if he is the most unpleasant character to watch on Switched at Birth, the extent to which the show sticks to its guns with John Kennish really is a marvel. In this episode, ‘Memory is Your Image of Perfection’, for example, the reveal of his indiscretion with Jennice isn’t played as some kind of revelation for him to be a better man and husband – heck, neither was his extended coma dream after his heart attack last season – but just yet another thing that he’s done for which he can pass the blame onto someone else. That someone else is Kathryn who, despite trying to make her husband hear her every week in recent memory, has simply made him unhappy with all her talk of unhappiness.

John is a brilliantly realized figure in his stubborn simplicity, and I honestly have no idea how the show is planning to move on from this point. Do they divorce? If so, with Travis leaving for college and Toby doing the whole marriage thing with Nicky eliminating the car wash, where does John fit into the show? Maybe I’m selling him short, and he’ll realize his mistakes before it’s too late but, with Daphne also alienated over the blackmail scandal, he’s burning his bridges pretty fast. Kathryn, meanwhile, is embracing the chance to change and grow without her husband, and that sadly leaves Bay and Toby on the sidelines.

I enjoyed the focus on Emmett, Melody and Travis this week, as well as a glimpse at the very sweet relationship between Travis and Mary Beth, and seeing him grapple with his fear about leaving for college reminded me of how much I missed these guys. As much as I enjoy spending time with the Kennish and Vasquez clan, something Switched at Birth has always had going for it is its willingness to have scenes featuring an entirely non-verbal, deaf family just talking about life. They’re not talking about being deaf – it’s just everyday stuff about college and leaving home.

I was less crazy about Daphne’s storyline, though I did enjoy the doctor’s zinger about her treating the clinic like a dating show. He’s pretty great and, if he hadn’t been there just to get stabbed by Sharee’s mother, I would be requesting to keep him. It may be my harsh, inpatient side coming out, but I just can’t invest in a storyline that’s taking a main character away from the group. It’s a worthwhile story to tell, as so many on this show are, but it’s something I definitely won’t remember when it comes to looking back on the series. That said, it’s nice to see Daphne making a female friend, seeing as I’m pretty confident she won’t try to date her in the coming weeks.

What did you think of the episode? Has Bay really lost her ability to paint? Or sign for the matter? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.