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'Switched at Birth' recap: Revenge, revelations and a spicy new relationship

Season 3 | Episode 18 | “It Isn’t What You Think” | Aired July 28, 2014

There must be something in the air on Switched at Birth, because tonight’s episode, “It Isn’t What You Think,” features some very peculiar behavior from our favorite Kansas City residents.

If the idea of Bay’s ex-boyfriend moving in with Toby didn’t seem weird enough, Bay deciding to go to dinner with Tank because he’s afraid of telling his father he de-pledged his fraternity sure took care of that.

After picking her jaw up off the floor when Tank unexpectedly opened the door at Toby’s apartment, Bay calls a truce. Sure, Tank is busy being a real pill about everything that went down, refusing to let die the notion that he de-pledged for Bay, her cheating and subsequent dumping of him. But it seems like their post-relationship friendship is taking a turn for the better. Bay accompanies Tank on a dinner with his father so Tank can admit he has de-pledged with a support system, and it’s good he does, as his father (played by Parks and Recreation‘s Jim O’Heir) predictably flies off the handle. Tank also breaks the news that he and Bay are no longer together, only adding fuel to his father’s rage flame. “No girl and no fraternity. That’s rich,” his father seethes. Here’s hoping Bay and Tank can actually be cordial friends instead of sullen enemies, given this show of support and the fact that Tank is the only person so far whom Bay has told about the hereditary aneurysm that runs in the Sorrento family.

Daphne’s bad-girl saga continues when she insists on accompanying her old Riverside pal Nacho (Rene Moran) on a dangerous vandalism spree at the groundbreaking site for the East Riverside project Regina is heading up. As is custom with Daphne’s extreme ventures into the world of rebellion, this outing goes farther than she anticipated, culminating in smashed windows and her nearly getting it on with Nacho right there at the project site under the moonlight. First cocaine, then this. Baby steps, Daphne! It’s a long road to destruction, and it makes me sad to see you barreling down it so fast.

Daphne, full of a renewed mission to reconnect with Regina after a heart-to-heart with Melody, quickly backtracks, angrier than ever, when she sees Regina with Chip Coto. (I knew that dastardly Chip Coto would return!) Thanks to Daphne’s little stunt with Nacho, Wes and Regina have no choice but to go to Coto’s company if they want their project to come to fruition. Because of course. The Regina Is the Worst show continues. And just when Melody—in her brilliant, beautiful Melody way—is able to get though to Daphne in a time of crisis, everything comes screeching to a halt.

SWITCHED AT BIRTH - "It Isn't What You Think"

Toby and my new favorite character, Ms. Summers, got on quicker than I thought! Though Toby’s quest to get Sharee (Bianca Bethune) a second chance was a bit inappropriate—compassionate and touching, but inappropriate—it only really served to get him and Ms. Summers together in bed. And it played out so organically! The classic I-Hate-You-but-Really-I-Want-to-Jump-Your-Bones trope! Ugh.

Oh, and by the way:

  • Toby: “He hasn’t told him he de-pledged lambda panda or whatever.”
  • Keeping score for the high school seniors on Switched at Birth: Accepted to Gallaudet, 2 (Emmet and Daphne). Not accepted to Gallaudet, 1 (Travis). This makes me very sad. Travis deserves a win!
  • Lots of Melody tonight! Please, let’s just make her a series regular already. Every scene she’s in is beautiful. Maybe with her satellite Gallaudet idea, we’ll be seeing plenty more of her.
  • Daphne jumping Nacho in public as a means of karmic revenge, powered by her Regina rage, is regrettable.

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

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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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