The BEST Episodes of Switched at Birth

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 25, 2020

Network: Freeform

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.

Uprising

#1 - Uprising

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 4, 2013

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 8.41
269 votes
Directors: Steve Miner
Writers: Lizzy Weiss
And Life Begins Right Away

#2 - And Life Begins Right Away

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Aug 18, 2014

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 8.14
228 votes
Directors: Melanie Mayron
Writers: Lizzy Weiss, William H. Brown
Long Live Love

#3 - Long Live Love

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 11, 2017

In the emotional 90-minute series finale of the award-winning drama, Kathryn becomes nostalgic when she realizes that it’s been five years since the switch was discovered and the two families started living together. As she searches for memories, Kathryn discovers a long buried family secret – stretching all the way back to the switch – that changes everything. Daphne competes against Mingo for a six-week paid internship in sports medicine. Bay is celebrated for her tattoo work in a magazine spread, but her struggle to prove herself as an artist to John threatens to destroy their relationship. Toby meets Amelia (guest star Lauren Potter, “Glee”), a young woman with Down Syndrome who changes his perception about his son’s future. Melody, Emmett and Travis make some major decisions about their lives, and Regina takes a chance on love.

star 8.13
507 votes
Directors: Steve Miner
Writers: Lizzy Weiss & Linda Gase
And Always Searching for Beauty

#4 - And Always Searching for Beauty

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Oct 26, 2015

Bay is thrilled by the opportunity to showcase her newest work in her first art show. Daphne interviews for an internship abroad that would bring her closer to Quinn, causing friction with Mingo. Kathryn’s frustrations with John come to a head when he storms out of a deal negotiation. Meanwhile, John and Kathryn confront Regina over Eric’s secret.

star 8.11
266 votes
Directors: Melanie Mayron
Writers: Bekah Brunstetter, Lizzy Weiss
Memory (The Heart)

#5 - Memory (The Heart)

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 21, 2017

In the series 100th episode, a mysterious young woman has Bay and Daphne flooded with memories of their deceased father Angelo, and they must decide if they should let her into their lives. Toby is caught between his mother’s wishes to baptize his son Carlton and his wife’s feelings about faith. Melody asks her sons to make amends so the family can be together for her birthday, but it might be too late.

star 8.09
526 votes
Directors: Lea Thompson
Writers: Linda Gase
Pandora's Box

#6 - Pandora's Box

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 25, 2011

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 8.03
593 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Becky Hartman Edwards, Lizzy Weiss
Departure of Summer

#7 - Departure of Summer

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Aug 19, 2013

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 7.95
284 votes
Directors: Steve Miner
Writers: Becky Hartman Edwards, Lizzy Weiss
The Image Disappears

#8 - The Image Disappears

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Jul 14, 2014

The Kennish and Vasquez families rally to support a loved one who is in critical condition. Amid the emotion, blame is placed, decisions must be made and lives are forever changed.

star 7.95
184 votes
Directors: Wendey Stanzler
Writers: Linda Gase, Terrence Coli
As the Shadows Deepen

#9 - As the Shadows Deepen

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Jul 29, 2013

When business at Maui, Kansas starts to slow, Bay coordinates a Deaf Day and works with Emmett to organize a special screening of “Deafenstein.” Daphne is shocked at what she discovers when she runs into Chef Jeff and John brings some business to Regina. Meanwhile, Toby tries to help Nikki cope with a family tragedy from her past.

star 7.94
298 votes
Directors: Wendey Stanzler
Writers: Henry Robles, Joy Gregory
Street Noises Invade the House

#10 - Street Noises Invade the House

Season 1 - Episode 30 - Aired Oct 22, 2012

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 7.94
394 votes
Directors: Steve Miner
Writers: Lizzy Weiss
There is My Heart

#11 - There is My Heart

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 10, 2015

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 7.92
256 votes
Directors: Norman Buckley
Writers: Bekah Brunstetter, Lizzy Weiss
Four Ages in Life

#12 - Four Ages in Life

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 7, 2017

Daphne takes a volunteer job at a clinic for extra credit and comes face-to-face with her old mentor, Dr. Jackson. While eager to mend fences with him, she grows alarmed when it becomes obvious he’s having trouble properly treating his patients.

star 7.91
530 votes
The Stag Hunt

#13 - The Stag Hunt

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 18, 2011

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 7.88
578 votes
Directors: Michael Lange
Writers: Sean Reycraft
Occupy Truth

#14 - Occupy Truth

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 28, 2017

With tensions running at an all-time high, the Black Student Union takes a stand against the school administration until their demands are heard.

star 7.88
513 votes
Fog and Storm and Rain

#15 - Fog and Storm and Rain

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 17, 2015

As a severe storm warning forces everyone to hunker down indoors, Kathryn's mom Bonnie comes for a visit, bringing her friend Lucille and delivers some unexpected news to Kathryn. Bay finds that Emmett is avoiding any discussion of what triggered the UMKC investigation. Meanwhile, Daphne goes to see Regina at the coffee house where several shocks await her, including one that will put her freedom at risk.

star 7.83
208 votes
Directors: Lea Thompson
Writers: William H. Brown
Memory is Your Image of Perfection

#16 - Memory is Your Image of Perfection

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 24, 2014

Daphne tries to convince Sharee that she needs to find help for her mother. Bay and Toby hatch a plan to get their parents on the same page. Adrianna is at odds with Regina over her new project. Meanwhile, Melody is confused by Travis’s behavior.

star 7.83
280 votes
Directors: Lee Rose
Writers: Terrence Coli
The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters

#17 - The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 13, 2012

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 7.82
442 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Henry Robles, Joy Gregory
Surprise

#18 - Surprise

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 14, 2017

Returning from London for a visit, Toby and Lily reveal their plans to get married in the Kennish backyard. But a fight before the wedding may tear them apart before they can say “I do.” Regina must decide whether to reveal her relationship with Luca to the family. When she least expects it, Bay runs into Tank again.

star 7.82
560 votes
Directors: Stephen Tolkin
Writers: Terrence Coli & Colin Waite
Ecce Mono

#19 - Ecce Mono

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 8, 2013

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 7.82
349 votes
Directors: David Paymer
Writers: Chad Fiveash, James Stoteraux
And We Bring the Light

#20 - And We Bring the Light

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 7, 2014

Back from a soul-searching trip to Iceland after his failed marriage, Toby returns with a new perspective on life and a surprising new aspiration for his career. Bay’s college dreams are knocked for a loop when she doesn’t get the news she expected. Angelo helps Daphne redirect her senior year stresses with a baking challenge. Meanwhile, Regina’s participation in the East Riverside project brings her to yet another moral crossroad.

star 7.81
207 votes
Directors: Jim Hayman
Writers: Alexander Georgakis, Joy Gregory
Dressing for the Charade

#21 - Dressing for the Charade

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 28, 2013

Looking to give Bay an opportunity to meet the mother of her soon-to-be-born half-sister, Toby invites Lana to dinner at the Kennish house. Meanwhile, Daphne tries to help Travis (guest star Ryan Lane) with his problems at home.

star 7.81
325 votes
Directors: Melanie Mayron
Writers: Chad Fiveash, James Stoteraux
The Wolf is Waiting

#22 - The Wolf is Waiting

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 4, 2017

Travis and Bay have dinner with his birth mom, but the reunion dredges up painful memories of his childhood assault. Daphne contemplates helping Chris cheat on a test. Regina gets paid an unexpected visit.

star 7.80
514 votes
Writers: Terrence Coli & William H. Brown
Love Seduces Innocence, Pleasure Entraps, and Remorse Follows

#23 - Love Seduces Innocence, Pleasure Entraps, and Remorse Follows

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 24, 2014

Bay sets out to find out The Real Story behind Emmett's girlfriend. Daphne questions her ability to volunteer at the clinic when she runs into someone from her past. Feeling guilty about her actions, Regina takes a chance at work. Meanwhile, Kathryn is shocked to discover that her book has been leaked ahead of publication.

star 7.78
236 votes
Directors: Steve Miner
Writers: Linda Gase, Lizzy Weiss
What Goes Up Must Come Down

#24 - What Goes Up Must Come Down

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Aug 5, 2013

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 7.78
337 votes
Directors: Joanna Kerns
Writers: Bekah Brunstetter, Lizzy Weiss
Black and Gray

#25 - Black and Gray

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 10, 2015

Bay's very personal matter goes public when the UMKC administration gets wind of the situation, and an investigation is launched. Now the unwitting participants must face the strong opinions of others, and face their own beliefs about what really happened.

star 7.77
202 votes
Directors: Ron Lagomarsino
Writers: Darla Lansu, Henry Robles