Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Switched at Birth: Emmett and Bay Roadblock Three - The MAN

Okay - so this one is actually pretty specifically Emmett angst. It has some fallout on his relationship with Bay, but for the most part, this is all about him.

Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe on Switched At Birth Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe on Switched At Birth Sean Berdy Emmett gets arrested
Emmett gets arrested for spray-painting the billboard for Bay's birthday. Switched at Birth does this clever little bit of business where one episode contains the arrest scene from Emmett's POV - silent, difficult to see, impossible to understand. The following episode contains the scene with the soundtrack. And we learn that Emmett's being arrested and the wrench in his hand is being perceived as a weapon. It's the first real poor Emmett moment. Where you want to jump through the screen and give him a hug.

Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe on Switched At Birth Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe on Switched At Birth Sean Berdy Emmett gets arrested
His mom shows up at the police station and Emmett's visibly shaken. And moms is visibly pissed off. There's no chance that Bay is getting that apology she was promised now.

Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe on Switched At Birth Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe on Switched At Birth Sean Berdy Emmett gets arrested
It's Daphne who provides the hugs and comfort that Emmett needs. She gets it, she's deaf. She can relate to the sensory depravation horrible-ness in a way Bay really couldn't. Plus, there's something less embarrassing about opening up to a friend than a girlfriend - at least when you're a teenager.

Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe on Switched At Birth Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe on Switched At Birth Sean Berdy Emmett gets arrested
It's an interesting component to the Emmett arc. The kid who started out totally confident, totally cool, totally okay with being deaf and uninterested in what hearing people thought or did is finding himself struggling with them constantly now. And in large part, it's because he's fallen for Bay.

Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe on Switched At Birth Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe on Switched At Birth Emmett and Daphne
Bay - in classic this-is-why-I-like-Bay fashion - brings Emmett out and displays her new method of legal-ish but definitely not permanent street art. She says she knows that she won't ever fully understand. But it'd be nice if Emmett could at least try to explain it to her. It kind of goes along with the whole relationship thing.

Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe on Switched At Birth Vanessa Marano as Bay Kennish Emmett and BayVanessa Marano Sean Berdy Bay and Emmett
Emmett says that sometimes he hates hearing people. And Bay basically says join the club. She hates everyone at times. And she can hate The Man just as well as the next guy.

Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe on Switched At Birth Vanessa Marano as Bay Kennish Emmett and Bay Vanessa Marano Sean Berdy Bay and Emmett
The episode has a pleasant resolution. But things between Emmet, his mom, and Bay only become more complicated. In a lot of ways, Melody, Bay and Emmett are the real triangle that screws up things for E and B. Tomorrow; Irresponsible Daddy Drama.

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