Three weeks in, this season of Switched at Birth has so far surpassed the quality of the first by quite a way. Last year gave us the usual relationship drama and family strife to the backdrop of a world many viewers were completely unfamiliar with but, now that audiences have become acquainted with that world, the show can delve into some meatier storylines. In this week’s episode, ‘Duel of Two Women’, you get the sense that these are the stories they’ve always wanted to tell, and there is an innate honesty that comes along with that tough subject matter.
With Natalie still hating on Bay for her presence at Carlton, Melody organizes a tolerance retreat in order to iron out the problem. No one is happy about this, of course, but Bay, Natalie, Daphne, Emmett and new hearing student Noah all head off into the wilderness to learn about teamwork and acceptance. Natalie is always going to be a nasty person, but bullies with a half-valid point are the hardest to chastise. She and Bay manage to sort out their differences by realizing how similar they actually are, and it looks as if the rivalry at school will now die down.