The Best Episodes of Switched at Birth

Switched at Birth, a one-hour scripted drama, tells the story of two teenage girls who discover they were accidentally switched as newborns in the hospital. Bay Kennish grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother, while Daphne Vasquez, who lost her hearing at an early age due to a case of meningitis, grew up with a single mother in a working-class neighborhood. Things come to a dramatic head when both families meet and struggle to learn how to live together for the sake of the girls.


#1 - Uprising

Season 2 - Episode 9

When news of the school's closing spreads throughout campus, Daphne leads the students of Carlton School for the Deaf in arranging a demonstration to take place on the eve of the "Romeo and Juliet" play, in which Daphne has the lead role. Meanwhile, as one of a handful of hearing students in the school, Bay's attempt to be part of the campaign is challenged.

star 8.39
140 votes
Directors: Steve Miner
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The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters

#2 - The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters

Season 1 - Episode 21

Daphne and Bay plan the perfect birthday for Emmett - an ASL zombie movie shoot with their friends and family. While Emmett is excited about the event, he's also torn up inside about what happened with Simone and how it will hurt Bay. Simone wants to keep what happened between her and Emmett a secret, but someone finds out and threatens to expose their secret. Meanwhile, Kathyrn is devastated to find out that John has been revealing some secrets of their own and Regina has second thoughts about contributing to Kathyrn's book.

star 8.18
147 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
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Pandora's Box

#3 - Pandora's Box

Season 1 - Episode 8

As Bay and Emmett's relationship continues to get more serious she become conscious about his apparent love for Daphne. Meanwhile, Daphne is upset with Regina after learning the truth and spends the day hanging out with Wilke in her old neighborhood. During the Deposition, Kathyrn and John are blind-sided by what they learn and, later everyone confronts Regina over her lies and she comes clean about knowing all about the switch for the past 12 years and how. With no one but Toby willing to give her a chance she packs a few things and leaves.

star 8.12
188 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
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Ecce Mono

#4 - Ecce Mono

Season 2 - Episode 15

What if Regina had told the hospital about the switch when she discovered it years ago? And what if both girls had been raised in the privileged Kennish household from age three? In "Ecce Mono," this alternate reality is revealed: Daphne has a cochlear implant, and doesn't know American Sign Language. Having been spoiled by her parents to make up for the switch, she's manipulative and not the best student. Bay, on the other hand, is a straight-A student, often trying to compensate for being the Kennishes' non-biological daughter. In addition, Kathryn is a successful author of bodice-ripping novels and, while still married to State Senator John Kennish, their marriage is far from perfect.

star 8.09
169 votes
Directors: David Paymer
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The Stag Hunt

#5 - The Stag Hunt

Season 1 - Episode 7

After the Kennish's learn of his involvement with the stolen exam and a talk with Regina, Toby decides to turn himself in and not let Wilke take all the blame. Meanwhile, Bay and Emmett continue to bond in her hunt for her biological father and, Daphne learns of a life changing secret that Regina has been keeping from her.

star 8.04
195 votes
Directors: Michael Lange
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This Is the Color of My Dreams

#6 - This Is the Color of My Dreams

Season 1 - Episode 23

Bay returns from a trip abroad with a new boyfriend, but she must face issues from her past concerning Emmett and Angelo. Meanwhile, Daphne seeks employment help from Kathryn; and Regina impulsively makes a big decision.

star 8.01
158 votes
Directors: Steve Miner
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Street Noises invade the House

#7 - Street Noises invade the House

Season 1 - Episode 30

The Kennish and Vasquez families are starting to fall apart. Daphne and Jeff's relationship is exposed, causing them major problems. Bay and Zarra take off without telling anyone. Meanwhile, the trial reaches a shocking conclusion.

star 8.00
155 votes
Directors: Steve Miner
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And Life Begins Right Away

#8 - And Life Begins Right Away

Season 3 - Episode 21

Everyone is looking forward to commencement until shocking news about Carlton threatens to overshadow their special day. Daphne fears her future is in jeopardy when her past catches up with her. John and Kathryn are not happy when they learn about Bay’s non-traditional post-graduation plans. Meanwhile, Mary Beth is pleased when Travis’s wish comes true.

star 7.99
157 votes
Directors: Melanie Mayron
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Las Dos Fridas

#9 - Las Dos Fridas

Season 1 - Episode 16

We meet Monica, a teenage Latina who Daphne knew from her old neighborhood. She's on a track team that practices at Buckner Hall. Monica and Simone clash when Simone suspects Monica stole her watch.

star 7.98
150 votes
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The Persistence of Memory

#10 - The Persistence of Memory

Season 1 - Episode 6

Daphne struggles to fit in at her new school as she becomes the subject of gossip at Buckner Hall after an incident in cooking class. Elsewhere, Bay and Emmett grow close while doing some research into her father together. Also, Toby finds himself in serious trouble as he struggles to pay Wilke back the money he owes him which, leads him to do something that could get him in even more trouble. Kathryn takes steps towards getting to know Daphne more after a quite heated conversation with Regina by beginning to learn ASL. And the Kennish's learn that the hospital has withdrawn it's settlement offer and wants to take the case to trial.

star 7.97
196 votes
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The Art of Painting

#11 - The Art of Painting

Season 1 - Episode 18

Regina has a display at an art gallery. Daphne and Wilke lead a tour at Buckner Hall for several boosters. She's supposed to be talking up the school, but her focus goes elsewhere.

star 7.95
159 votes
Directors: Norman Buckley
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Introducing the Miracle

#12 - Introducing the Miracle

Season 2 - Episode 10

Daphne and the students of Carlton School for the Deaf find out if their protest will keep the school open, and deaf. Lana goes into labor, Toby makes a surprise announcement, and John's campaign for office ends unexpectedly. Meanwhile, an intoxicated Regina shows up at Angelo's. And, will Emmett tell Bay about the kiss between Daphne and Noah?

star 7.95
147 votes
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The Homecoming

#13 - The Homecoming

Season 1 - Episode 10

As Bay holds her art-show an unexpected guest makes an appearance and, Daphne opens up to Emmett about the feelings she has for him.

star 7.95
185 votes
Directors: David Paymer
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Expulsion From the Garden of Eden

#14 - Expulsion From the Garden of Eden

Season 1 - Episode 15

Angelo attends a dinner at the Kennishs' home; Emmett goes to live with his father where a nervous Bay prepares to meet Emmett's father and is high on nerves due to her disastrous relationship with Melody. Meanwhile, Wilke has some shocking news for Daphne and a woman who has a history with John shows up. Also during one of the aired commercials it is shown that Bay and Emmett might take their relationship to the physical level. It shows Emmett asking if Bay wants to quote "stay over, stay over."

star 7.94
160 votes
Directors: Steve Miner
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Protect Me From What I Want

#15 - Protect Me From What I Want

Season 1 - Episode 17

One of Regina's clients owns an art gallery and Regina gets him to look at Emmett's photos.

star 7.93
149 votes
Directors: David Paymer
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Game On

#16 - Game On

Season 1 - Episode 20

Bay becomes involved with Emmet's custody battle. Elsewhere, Daphne's two schools play each other in a basketball game

star 7.93
156 votes
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Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time

#17 - Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time

Season 1 - Episode 22

In the winter finale, the Carlton prom gets underway, and Travis tags along with Daphne and Wilke, while Emmett feels the weight of the secret he's keeping from Bay. Elsewhere, Angelo resurfaces; and Kathryn and John's lawyer crosses a line.

star 7.90
153 votes
Directors: Michael Lange
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Yuletide Fortune Tellers

#18 - Yuletide Fortune Tellers

Season 3 - Episode 22

As the holidays approach, Bay bristles at Kathryn’s festive holiday spirit, complete with homemade peanut brittle and Christmas karaoke, while Daphne is frustrated with Regina’s usual tradition of movies and Chinese food for Christmas. Then, after a joint family dinner including “magical” garlic knots, they wake to discover that the switch never happened. In this alternate life, Bay is an Olympic hopeful and Daphne is a successful artist with an upcoming exhibit. Is it the Christmas miracle they’ve always wanted? Could they even get back if they tried?

star 7.89
145 votes
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Les Soeurs d'Estrees

#19 - Les Soeurs d'Estrees

Season 1 - Episode 14

John and Kathryn meet with several new possible lawyers concerning their legal issues with the hospital. Also, Kathryn's writing a memoir about her experiences.

star 7.89
162 votes
Directors: Arlene Sanford
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There Is My Heart

#20 - There Is My Heart

Season 4 - Episode 10

Intent on making their relationship work, Bay surprises Emmett with a visit to Los Angeles while he’s shooting his first big class project. Daphne is distraught with her performance in school and the idea of letting Bay and her family down. Kathryn and Toby get the chance to have their musical produced. Meanwhile, Regina is shocked by Eric’s reaction to a buyout offer on the coffeeshop.

star 7.88
213 votes
Directors: Norman Buckley
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Paradise Lost

#21 - Paradise Lost

Season 1 - Episode 9

it is Bay and Daphne’s birthday, and the Kennishes have decided to buy each daughter a car. While Bay is excited, Daphne is apprehensive about allowing them to shower her with a gift she knows her mother, Regina, could never afford. After Regina’s been hiding out at Melody’s house for a few days, she hopes to return home to celebrate the girls’ birthdays together with the Kennishes. Meanwhile, Bay and Emmett’s relationship is blossoming, but like most things, has been kept a secret.

star 7.88
186 votes
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Departure of Summer

#22 - Departure of Summer

Season 2 - Episode 21

John and Kathryn contemplate telling Toby their true feelings about his decision to marry. Daphne must own up to her mistakes while Bay works on a plan to continue her relationship with Ty while he is overseas. Meanwhile, Angelo finds himself in over his head.

star 7.87
161 votes
Directors: Steve Miner
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American Gothic

#23 - American Gothic

Season 1 - Episode 2

The Kennish family invites Regina, Daphne and Adrianna over to breakfast, but since they’re in the middle of unpacking their new home, only Daphne goes. She is quickly overwhelmed with how fast they speak and has difficulty understanding. Meanwhile, Kathryn suggests Daphne and her family come to their weekly grill night, but she and John are secretly upset when Daphne gets a ride to school on Emmett’s motorcycle. John and Kathryn see their attorney about filing a lawsuit against the hospital. And Regina tells Bay about her time in AA and that alcoholism runs in their family. Kathryn and John talk to Regina about joining the lawsuit and also how they don’t like Daphne riding on a motorcycle. The three adults all get into a big fight about their parenting styles at grill night. Later, Kathryn, John and Regina all agree they can’t control each other’s parenting styles. Then Regina tells the Kennishes she’s not interested in pursuing a lawsuit. Bay escapes the madness to hang out with Ty, while Daphne escapes to hang out with Liam. While together, Liam and Daphne run into Liam’s friends who make fun of Daphne’s disability – and Liam does not stick up for her.

star 7.86
236 votes
Directors: Steve Miner
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What Goes Up Must Come Down

#24 - What Goes Up Must Come Down

Season 2 - Episode 19

Daphne’s frustration with Jace comes to a head when Parker shares some upsetting news. Nikki confronts her mom about her dad’s history. Meanwhile, John continues to find ways to pay back Regina for saving his life, and Ty and Bay go camping.

star 7.85
157 votes
Directors: Joanna Kerns
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Distorted House

#25 - Distorted House

Season 2 - Episode 12

Just as Bay and Ty begin to reconnect, Bay learns some shocking news about Ty's experiences in Afghanistan and after he returned home. John is torn when both Toby and Travis approach him about a manager position at the car wash. Meanwhile, Kathryn and Daphne have a hard time coming to terms with Bay's request to stay with Regina.

star 7.85
146 votes
Directors: Fred Gerber
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