Switched at Birth Season 3 Review “Girl with Death Mask (She Plays Alone)”

Switched at Birth Season 3 Episode 17 Girl With Death Mask (She Plays Alone) (2)

Last week’s Switched at Birth was pretty upsetting stuff, and the aftermath of such a profound loss on a show with so many unique and fragile relationships and familial connections was always going to be messy. The focus of ‘Girl with Death Mask’, as expected, was firmly on Bay and Daphne, as they were pushed down entirely different paths by John and Kathryn, one self-destructing and the other finding comfort and fear in new information.

Daphne has never been my favorite character, even if she is just as interesting as the rest of the family when pushed, and her choice to channel her grief into blaming Regina seems very in-keeping with what we’ve seen from her before. Daphne is all about Daphne, with her immediate experience trumping the pain and distress of others – she got high to escape, but she told Regina about it for revenge.

I’m sure their fractured mother-daughter relationship will be mended once Bay comes clean about the aneurism, but her destructive reaction is one I’m sure will develop in the next few weeks. And for a show on ABC Family, I’m shocked that no one died after taking cocaine – they didn’t exactly glamorize the experience, but the consequences were mild (this time, anyway).

Bay’s story was much more interesting to me, as the meeting with her cousin turned out not to be the life-affirming experience she was looking for. The Sorrento family appear to be bad news (except for Grandma, presumably), with the guy first dismissing her and then trying to con her for money, but it was something she needed to do in the wake of her biological father’s death.

It might even have been depressing, given that she also found out that the aneurism that led to Angelo’s death is something that runs in the family, if not more that adorable final scene between Bay and Abby. I was wondering where she would fit in all of last week and, with her reintroduction to the family even without Angelo there, the whole adoption storyline finally felt like it had a purpose all along.

For a show so focused on self-made family, having Abby and Leo become a part of the Kennish-Vasquez household feels right. And that seems to be Bay’s thing right now – seeking family just as someone close to her has died – and stands in direct contrast to Daphne’s mission to isolate herself.

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