Monday, September 3, 2012

Switched at Birth: Emmett and Bay Roadblock One - Daphne

Happy Labor Day! Apart from being the day on which we pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers, it's also a fantastic day for television marathons. And seeing as Switched at Birth returns tonight, ABCFamily has dedicated the day to this little gem of a show.

Sean Berdy and Katie Leclerc as Emmett Bledsoe and Daphne Vasquez on Switched at Birth Emmett and Daphne
Considering ALL THE OTHER TELEVISION has ended, I figured I would devote not only today - but every day this week to catching up on the Bay/Emmett saga. When last I left them, things were pretty fine and dandy. But now, finally, the angst gets going. Speed bump after speed bump derails this oh-so-adorable couple. And speed bump number one, thy name is Daphne.

Sean Berdy and Katie Leclerc as Emmett Bledsoe and Daphne Vasquez on Switched at Birth Emmett and Daphne
After a bazillion years of best-friend-itude, Daphne finally decides she likes likes Emmett. And her timing is pretty sucktastic. After a stolen kiss, Emmett rightly blows her off, declaring he's with Bay. But when Bay actually shows up, Emmett picks a fight with her. Now that he realizes Daphne might be an option for him, he's hung up on the communication difficulties he has with Bay. I really like this moment because Bay immediately understands what has actually happened. She knows Daphne must have told Emmett about her new found feelings. It's great that Bay calls him on it - and hopefully - it makes him feel like dirt.

Sean Berdy and Vanessa Marano as Emmett Bledsoe and Bay Kennish on Switched at Birth Emmett and Bay
Later in the episode is perhaps the sweetest Bay/Emmett moment to date. Emmett tells Bay that he's never seen her as hearing or deaf - to him, she's just Bay. And he uses his voice for the first time, telling Bay that he wants her just the way she is. Being picked is always lovelier when you're being picked over someone else.

Sean Berdy and Katie Leclerc as Emmett Bledsoe and Daphne Vasquez on Switched at Birth Emmett and Daphne
However, Daphne's not willing to just acquiesce. She tries, and fails, to get Emmett back. But it leads to more hearing/deaf angst between E and B. Bay doesn't know the rules. She hasn't yet learned to deal with the somewhat uncomfortable situations that arise when people don't know Emmett is deaf.

Sean Berdy and Vanessa Marano as Emmett Bledsoe and Bay Kennish on Switched at Birth Emmett and Bay
Unfortunately, Daphne is needed to translate Emmett's explanation about why Bay's attempts to help were embarrassing and belittling. Emmett and Bay both end up a bit unhappy that things can't just be easier.

Sean Berdy and Vanessa Marano as Emmett Bledsoe and Bay Kennish on Switched at Birth Emmett and Bay
Sean Berdy and Vanessa Marano as Emmett Bledsoe and Bay Kennish on Switched at Birth Emmett and Bay
As Daphne recedes into the background of the Emmett/Bay drama, another lady moves in front and center. And she's not playing around. Tomorrow is all about the mama drama.

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