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'Switched at Birth' recap: Identity crisis averted

Season 3 | Episode 14 | “Oh, Future!” | Aired June 30, 2014

It’s a night full of big surprises in the Switched at Birth universe. After deciding pre-med is the path she wants to take after she graduates high school, Daphne sets out to figure out exactly how she’s going to make that plan happen. College alone is a struggle for most to afford, not to mention going pre-med.

She writes up a list of top pre-med colleges and their respective tuition costs to show Regina, opening up a whole can of worms in regards to how they’re going to pay for it. Daphne is presented with the two paths she can take. The first is simple: Apply for scholarships, save money and work hard to pay for it on her own with the help of Regina, the woman who raised her.

The second option is a little more controversial: Just take the money from John and Kathryn. This decision is a tough one, and one that requires Daphne to really examine who she is, what has made her and what she really feels like is the “right” choice.

Matters are complicated a bit further when John and Kathryn offer to pay for her school outright AND she interviews for a Latina scholarship. The interview for the scholarship drums up some serious questions about her identity when Daphne can’t seem to explain to the scholarship adviser a time when she was discriminated against for being Latina. Being deaf? Sure, she’s been discriminated against loads of times for that. But for being Latina? Not really. Daphne has a great line here in which she point-blank asks, “So I’m not Latina because I haven’t been a victim of that [discrimination]?” It’s a brutally honest question, and one that yields the answer Daphne feared upon walking into that interview: She’s not Latina by blood, so she’s not Latina enough to be considered for the scholarship, simply based on what other people view to be the definition of Latina—despite how she was raised.

It’s tough to watch Regina’s crestfallen face when Daphne essentially spells this out for her by saying, “I was raised a Vasquez, but by blood I’m a Kennish.” The “not Latina enough” argument does not fly with Regina; Daphne was raised a Vasquez, and that’s all that matters. But what do you think? This raises a serious question: How do you define your ethnicity? Is it as simple as basing it on your blood heritage? Or do factors like what happened to Daphne—being switched at birth and raised a Latina woman—count for anything?

Regina and Daphne eventually come to an agreement to let John and Kathryn help pay for Daphne’s education (which Daphne decides will be pre-med at Gallaudet), because after all, Regina’s feelings of inadequacy or resentment that the Kennishes can afford something she can’t shouldn’t keep Daphne from getting the education she deserves.

Fresh out of the woods from the entire Matthew/Catfish debacle, Bay and Emmett face another crisis, this time thinly veiled as a housewarming party for Emmett’s dad, Cameron (Anthony Natale), and his girlfriend, Debbie (Laura Brown). Emmett begrudgingly agrees to make an appearance when Bay insists after she overhears Melody talking with a prospective employer, who has a job opening for her in Madison, Wisconsin. Fearful of Emmett being taken away from her, Bay goes into to overdrive, insisting on telling everyone they are back together, and trying to make plans with Cameron and Debbie in the hopes that she can ground Emmett in their hometown and convince Melody to stay put. But those fears are almost immediately trumped when everyone at the housewarming party is treated to a surprise wedding from Cameron and Debbie. The most awkward? The fact that Melody is on her SECOND DATE with hottie interpreter Gabe when all of this is going down.

Marlee Matlin had this to say on Twitter about the awkwardpocalypse that was this episode.

But wait, there’s more! Just moments later, it’s revealed that not only are Cameron and Debbie celebrating newly wedded bliss, but they’re also celebrating the arrival of their unborn child. That’s right: Debbie is pregnant. Emmett and Melody are ambushed, not just by the wedding and the pregnancy news (which—whew!—that’s a lot to begin with), but the fact that in his toast, Cameron essentially calls out Melody and his first marriage as a total failure. And just how did you think your son was going to take that information, Cameron? Ouch.

The only silver lining to come out of this horrendous day for Team Bemmett? Melody tells Bay that she’s not taking the job in Wisconsin after all because she’s got too many reasons to stay. Hooray! Crisis averted. For now …

Oh, and by the way:

  • Gabe the Hottie Interpreter is back! I hope he sticks around for a while this time, because Melody really deserves some happiness and romance.
  • Oh yes, Kathryn’s book shenanigans are still going on with (her soon to be BFF?) Sarah Lazar (Jackie Debatin). Snooze.
  • I really enjoyed Travis and Mary Beth’s (B.K. Cannon) story this week. First of all, big applause for the return of Mary Beth! She’s so supportive of Travis and so loving, and they have a very open relationship, which I love to see. And, if I’m being truly honest here, I cried like a BABY when Travis met Derrick Coleman. The sheer joy on his face was electric. Kudos to Ryan Lane for that entire scene.
  • Was it just me, or had Sharee’s signing gotten, like, really good? We haven’t seen her in a while, but it seemed like her signing improved significantly since the last time we saw her. I also really enjoyed her brutally honest commentary on race and ethnicity: “If you [Daphne] walk into a store with a big coat and a hood, and a girl with dark skin and dark hair walks into a store with a big coat and a hood, you’re not going to have 10 salespeople follow you around.” Harsh, but all too frequently very true.
  • That one-second clip of Lucas Grabeel was not enough to satiate my hunger for more Toby! It looks like the scenes for next week’s episode show Toby returning to the fold, so there’s that to look forward to!

Switched at Birth, rated TV-14, airs Mondays at 8/7 C on ABC Family.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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