Thursday, September 6, 2012

Switched at Birth: Emmett and Bay Roadblock Four - Daddy Drama

Next up on the Emmet-Bay Angst Hit Parade is Emmett's Daddy Dearest. After Mama makes Emmett sell his motorcycle to help pay the bills associated with getting arrested, Emmett is pretty pissed off. His best course of retaliation is to tell his mom that he's out. So - he moves in with his dad.

Sean Berdy and Vanessa Marano as Emmett Bledsoe and Bay Kennish on Switched at Birth Emmett and Bay Bemmett
It's like Emmett visits Pinocchio's Pleasure Island. There's alcohol, drugs, sex, and it's only a matter of time before Emmett turns into a donkey.

Sean Berdy and Vanessa Marano as Emmett Bledsoe and Bay Kennish on Switched at Birth Emmett and Bay Bemmett
Okay, as angsty as becoming a donkey might be, that doesn't actually happen. It really boils down to a lack of parental guidance. Emmett's dad doesn't make sure he goes to school, doesn't make sure he eats, and seems to leave Emmett and Bay alone with his free-spirited-not-remotely-a-mom-type girlfriend who seems to think Emmett and Bay are 19 rather than 16.

Sean Berdy and Vanessa Marano as Emmett Bledsoe and Bay Kennish on Switched at Birth Emmett and Bay Bemmett
At the same time, the nastiness of his parents' divorce is really getting to Emmett. What I'm about to say sounds incredibly corny but you'll just have to forgive me. Emmett looses his faith in love. Watching his parents fall out of love makes him worry that one day he and Bay will fall out of love. And... you know. They're teenagers. So it's not like his fear is totally unfounded.

Sean Berdy and Vanessa Marano as Emmett Bledsoe and Bay Kennish on Switched at Birth Emmett and Bay Bemmett
To which Bay adorably responds - does that mean we're currently in love? They are! I love yous are exchanged and an audience goes, "awwwwwww!"

Sean Berdy and Vanessa Marano as Emmett Bledsoe and Bay Kennish on Switched at Birth Emmett and Bay Bemmett
But the acid that comes from a war between parents has a way of trickling down onto every relationship it touches. It isn't long before Bay is legitimately worried about Emmett's wellbeing. When he starts talking about dropping out of school, Bay makes the difficult decision to butt in and talk to his mother. Such a decision can only lead to drama. If only Bay had had the foresight to talk to Regina instead. Then Regina could have been the one to blab to Melody and at least Bay would have had the cushion of telling Emmett that Regina had promised not to tell. But alas. That wouldn't have made for as much conflict and television is all about conflict.

Sean Berdy and Vanessa Marano as Emmett Bledsoe and Bay Kennish on Switched at Birth Emmett and Bay Bemmett
Of course in the heat of an argument, Melody reveals in front of Emmett that she knows that he's thinking about dropping out. Emmett is rightfully pissed off that his girlfriend betrayed his trust. Don't get me wrong - I think Bay did essentially the right thing - but it was still a betrayal, even if it was for Emmett's own good.

Sean Berdy and Vanessa Marano as Emmett Bledsoe and Bay Kennish on Switched at Birth Emmett and Bay Bemmett
Now there is a fissure in their relationship and sadly, things never really get all the way healed before Emmet's GIANT DOUCHE MOVE at the end of the season. More on that tomorrow.

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