Switched at Birth “Fog and Storm and Rain” Review (Season 4 Episode 7)

SEAN BERDY

And so that Switched at Birth two-parter has turned into a three-partner, and its clear that the show isn’t going to brush the consequences of Bay’s experience under the carpet anytime soon. That’s a wonderful thing, even if it makes for uncomfortable viewing at points, and I guess Emmett is a character whose reaction to the news deserved an entire episode to itself.

And so he has returned to Bay’s side, armed with Daphne’s version of events and a sense of excruciating awkwardness that lands between them almost immediately. Bay wants to talk about what happened, Emmett really doesn’t and, because one option is much easier than the other, the two sit in silence.

But Bay can’t move to LA with him – the plans they had before their worlds imploded – without him first understanding the full story. It’s so heartbreaking to see Bay’s continuing shame about the situation, especially when she’s talking to John but, though her initial assumption that Emmett couldn’t handle the very not-black and white truth about her and Tank turned out to be correct, it wouldn’t have been right to have him make his own assumptions.

And from the moment we see him again, it’s clear that Emmett knows full well that he doesn’t have all of the information, and he’s choosing to bury his head in the sand rather than deal with mess. It’s wonderfully, horribly in-character for him, and one of those times when he acts dreadfully with completely understandable motives. The only unforgivable thing is his willingness to blame Bay, contributing to her trauma even more.

Daphne’s storyline involved someone bailing her out of trouble again, conversely, and that’s where we know that Switched at Birth has returned to the normal running of things. As much as it irked me, though, Eric really is a great addition to this season. I usually hate Regina’s love interests, but he has something about him that’s immediately compelling. Eric can stay.

I also liked how the show touched on the ramifications of an alzheimer’s diagnosis on the family, with Kathryn having to come to terms with her mother’s illness after the point at which she could do anything help.

It’s so like the Kennish’s to try and fix the problem with money and doctors, so I appreciated that, but also loved how the episode led us to believe that the big secret was actually her revealing a new relationship with her female best friend, only to find out that it was actually both. Nothing was explicit, and that made it weirdly perfect.

What was billed as Switched at Birth‘s two-week exploration of the conversation surrounding campus rape is now over, but I’m grateful that Bay’s struggle is nowhere near done. This show is at its best when its characters’ flaws are showing through and so, as much as I frequently want to throttle Emmett for his attitude, this episode deserved a place in that line-up.

What did you think of the episode? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.