Switched at Birth Season 3 Review “Dance Me to the End of Love”

Switched at Birth Season 3 Episode 8 Dance Me to the End of Love (27)

Musical episodes of dramas like Switched at Birth can be a little strange. When they work, they can be silly and fun distractions from the normal running of things that still move the story forwards but, when they don’t, they can be a bit of an embarrassment. There’s no middle ground when it comes to episodes like “Dance Me to the End of Love” and, thankfully, more worked about the episode than didn’t. There were some awkward performances with actors who clearly didn’t want to be doing them but, when you couple that with the gloriously uplifting ending and sweet resolution to Travis’ storyline, that’s not so much of a problem.

Everyone got a go – Kathryn’s elaborate dream sequence tap number, Bay and Emmett’s walk down (someone else’s) memory lane and Toby’s Tom Cruise underwear dance might not have done anything to further the plot or any of their character development, but then they didn’t really have to. I’ll confess that I didn’t know what kind of episode this would be when I switched on and, with the element of surprise intact, there were only a handful of moments I actively disliked.

Last week I commented on the welcome insight into Travis and Mary Beth’s relationship, and lamented the fact that Travis isn’t a bigger part of the show, and that was continued in this episode. We saw them get together and understand that she’s making an effort to integrate herself into his world, but their storyline this week was so romantic and sweet. Travis’ frustration at not being able to take his girlfriend to the movies or dance with her at the formal are completely in keeping with his character – as was his rage at the fraternity prank a couple of weeks ago – and that made the gentle resolution all the more moving.

And then there was the final dance sequence – the grand gesture that may finally entice Kathryn back to her old life – which involved everyone (even Angelo) and really felt authentic and genuine. It could easily have been overly-cheesy and twee but, with the whole series seemingly working its way up to the fracturing of this family through John and Kathryn’s relationship breakdown, the gesture that he finally made had to be glorious. Suddenly the episode wasn’t just a self-indulgent chance to get their cast dressed up and dancing – it was working towards a big show that (at least temporarily) mended the family and set things to rights.

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