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Season 4 | Episode 9 | “The Player’s Choice” | Aired Mar 3, 2015

With no mention of Bay’s recent trauma, or Kathryn’s mom’s illness, or East Riverside drama, “The Player’s Choice” starts off nice and easy. But what once first appeared as a relatively lighthearted romp in the Switched at Birth universe quickly devolves into quiet and surprisingly heartbreaking episode.

One of my favorite TV couples, Mary Beth and Travis, gets ample airtime this week. This bodes well for those of us that ship them super hard, seeing as how this is the last week for the #MaryBethandTravis hashtag.

Due to Travis’ rising popularity from being on the baseball team, Mary Beth is quick to notice he isn’t devoting the same attention to his relationship. The baseball groupies make her anxious, and Travis’ offhanded remarks implying she is the last person he wants to be hanging out with cut deep. In the end, Mary Beth decides the relationship isn’t working for her and ends it. It’s a sneaky little bummer they stuck in there, a real downer I didn’t see coming.

I love Mary Beth and I love Travis, and together I thought they represented a strong union in the face of murky times for Emmett and Bay and Daphne’s recent foray into the fun life of a single college student. I wish the dissolution of their relationship could have been developed more deeply over more than just this one episode, but I’m sure—because I trust the Switched at Birth team unconditionally—this happened for a reason that can only mean bigger and better things on the horizon for both Travis and Mary Beth. I just hope this doesn’t mean Mary Beth is going to disappear, because she’s such a gem!

Speaking of dissolution, Daphne sees her (very recent and spur of the moment) dream of joining a sorority fade away right before her very eyes. When her roommate Iris suggests they both rush, Daphne is at first skeptical. But when she accompanies Iris to check out the campus sororities during rush week, she quickly becomes entrenched in the lifestyle and the ideals that the one sorority that caught her eye seems to uphold.

She and Iris both do a “suicide pledge,” only listing one sorority they want to join; it’s their top choice or no choice at all. Iris is lucky and gets into Lambda just like she wanted, but Daphne is hit hard when she is rejected by the Thetas—the only sorority she even remotely wanted to join. Seeing as how this idea came on so quickly, I was a little surprised to see Daphne so emotional after being rejected. I know rejection is hard no matter what, but like the Travis and Mary Beth storyline, I think this one could have used a little more development for the emotional ending to stick.

Back in Bemmet land, Bay and Emmett are still not speaking (ugh). They both say they are not broken up, insisting their lack of communication in the wake of Bay’s rape is just about giving each other space.

Emmett moves on and lands a coveted spot on a very short list of first-year student film directors for a showcase at UCLA (thanks to some help from Skye, of course), and Bay joins the ranks of the UMKC baseball team to help out John while she figures out exactly what to do next now that her community service and home arrest are up. While Bay is begrudgingly working on the baseball field, she finds herself a project: trying to save Mary Beth and Travis’ failing relationship by serving as the messenger between the two during their last hurdle.

It’s clear Bay is projecting her inner feelings and urge to fight for her own relationship onto theirs, and when push comes to shove it is easier for her to fight for these two people she thinks are destined to be together forever than to face the fact that even if she fights that hard for her and Emmett’s relationship, they might not stay together either. In the end, Mary Beth and Travis are over and Bay has a breakthrough: She’s tired of waiting around and not talking to the man she loves, so she’s just going to go to L.A. and deal with it all head on.

Next week is the spring finale, which takes Bay to L.A. and could quite possibly give us the end of Bemmett as we know it. Be sure to tune in!

Oh, and by the way:

  • I’m really, really, really glad Daphne did not end up in a sorority. I just don’t think I could have gotten behind all of the catty storylines that could have come out of that.
  • Kathryn and Toby are really coming along with her musical! I hope when the show returns this summer we get a deep look inside Batter Up: The Musical. I need more Kathryn Kennish singing and dancing!
  • Travis tries to make things right by showing up to watch Mary Beth’s ukulele circle: Aww! Travis doesn’t see how his actions are hurtful to Mary Beth and, incidentally, also to the baseball team, which gets him benched for the biggest game of the season. Bummer.
  • Daphne is told she wasn’t accepted into the Thetas because her interviewer said she was trying way too hard. I know I’m not the only who thought that interview was excruciating to watch. I know Daphne was trying, but I don’t think she was trying too hard, given the fact I think she was honestly just trying to get a reaction—any reaction—from the robotic interviewer. (She was trying pretty hard though, right? Oh well.)
  • Daphne is clearly hung up on Mingo (because of course she is), and as such, really did not like seeing another girl come out of his room after hooking up the previous night. Too bad that same girl gives Daphne one of the best burns in Switched at Birth history when Daphne gets up in her face about being rejected from her sorority: “If you’re looking for a catty superficial girl, I suggest you look in the mirror.”
  • Watching Toby’s face go from elated and eager to absolutely crestfallen was heart-wrenching. He asks Lily to move in, and she tells him she has feelings for someone else (Fargo‘s Russell Harvard!). Yikes. I’m not sure where they’ll go from here, but if Russell Harvard is here to stay for a bit, things could get interesting (read: sad for Toby).

Switched at Birth airs Tuesdays at 9/8C 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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