Switched at Birth Season 3 Review “Like a Snowball Down a Mountain”

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Last week I complained about some of the storylines brought over from the first half of Switched at Birth’s third season feeling a little stale and boring, and this episode ‘Like a Snowball Down a Mountain’ was no different in that respect. And that’s a shame too, because the strong storylines are the show at its very best, and it feels as though Daphne’s work life and Regina’s problems with East Riverside are sucking the energy out of otherwise solid episodes.

Starting with those things I’m not sure are working, then, we spend a lot of tonight with Regina as she continues to get hassled by disgruntled former neighbours. Angelo moving in has made no difference to her resolve to ignore the problem until it goes away on its own, and her decision to protect herself with a firearm is only going to end badly. That’s the main reason this storyline bothers me so much – characters acting stupid for no reason than to drive the plot forwards is a cliché that needs to die.

But it has brought Angelo to the house, which is great. Having a family unit surround Daphne outside of the Kennish’s has breathed new life into that guest house and if it wasn’t for the complete emotional vacuum that is her relationship with Campbell, I’d be quite enjoying her arc this year. Switched at Birth has always been a show about family and, aside from the constant that is Bay and Emmett, the romantic subplots rarely work as well. Good for Daphne for getting that promotion – as if I’d feel any other way.

Speaking of Bemmett, the Matthew storylines grew into something much more than your average catfishing this week. This kind of touchy storyline that other shows wouldn’t dare approach is what makes SaB kinda special, so I’m glad the matter of Matthew’s outing has been handled sensitively. It’s an interesting thing to look at, especially with teenage characters, and is made all the more complex because of how villainous he has been painted thus far. In fact, it kind of reminds me of Max Adler’s character on Glee, which is no bad thing.

But Bay’s secret was revealed to Tank this week, and it’s thankfully another thing that’s being given the attention it deserves. Bay’s guilt over doing to Tank what has been done to her is a big deal for a show that broke their central couple up for over two seasons because of a cheating scandal, and that scene between John and Bay was pretty wonderful. I do hope the writers use her feelings on the matter as an obstacle to Bemmett over something more contrived, though.

What did you think of the episode? Are you finding Regina’s storyline as frustrating as I am? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.