"Duel of Two Women"[title 1] is the third episode of the ABC Family's Switched at Birth Season Two, and it is the thirty-third episode of the series overall. It was written by Anne Kenney, and it was directed by John Behring. It was originally aired on January 21st, 2013.


Melody finds out about the divide between the deaf and hearing students and forces everyone to go on a weekend retreat. Regina finds out from her doctor that she can never sign or cut hair again at the risk of losing all feeling in her hand. Toby runs into Lana at the mechanic and has to take her to the hospital when she starts having Braxton-Hicks contractions. Toby learns Lana plans on putting the baby up for adoption.

Noah, Bay's new hearing friend at Carlton, confides in Bay that he has Meniere’s Disease and when Emmett sees them bonding during the retreat, he’s visibly upset. Kathryn talks politics during a radio interview, which has negative repercussions on John and his campaign. Regina tells a very hurt Daphne that she can never sign again, and Melody calls Regina out for faking her injury. Bay and Natalie come to a truce during the retreat. Bay tells Emmett she needs him as a friend right now, but Emmett doesn’t want to be just friends.

ABC Family's Official Summary


Regina tells Adrianna and Daphne about Angelo and Lana's baby-to-be. Daphne takes it in stride and is supportive of Regina, suggesting a spa weekend just for the two of them, paid for from her food truck profits. Bay finds herself on the wrong end of Natalie's wrath, forcing Melody to take everyone on a Tolerance Retreat to help bridge the divide between them. Bay bonds with Noah, who confides to her that he has Meniere's Disease, has already lost 60% of the hearing in his right ear, and is in the Pilot Program at Carlton so that he can learn to sign before he loses the rest of his hearing. Regina finds out from her new doctor that she has osteonecrosis in her right hand and can never sign, paint or be a hairdresser ever again, which leads to a falling-out with Melody, who thinks Regina is faking to get sympathy.

Daphne tells Noah how upset she feels about her mom not being able to sign with her anymore, and asks him can he imagine losing the ability to communicate with someone, but Noah passes on the opportunity to tell Daphne that he has Meniere's Disease. However, he helps her understand her mother's point of view and stop being angry at her. After the retreat when they are back at school, Bay and Natalie declare a truce. Also, Emmett is jealous of Bay's friendship with Noah and says he can't be friends with Bay anymore because it hurts too much to not be with her romantically.

Meanwhile, Kathryn possibly hurts John's campaign during a radio interview by mentioning John's views on (legal) immigration, which John's political enemies use against him by claiming he is for illegal immigration. John believes he can win by staying away from specific issues and keeping it very general before the election, and tells Kathryn to keep quiet about political issues from now on. Toby bonds with Lana and finds out that she is planning to give up her and Angelo's baby for adoption, as she is in medical school and has no local family (they're all in Boston). Toby points out that she does have local family, his sister, Bay, who is also the baby's sister.

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The Cast




  • Robert Curtis Brown as Ivan Ronan
  • Ann Hu as Sonia
  • Cass Kroener as Jane
  • Sean Kathryn O'Connor as Darla Walker
  • Shelley Robertson as Dr. Speyer
  • Steven Lee Allen as Mechanic

Music Featured

Song Artist Notes Link
Little Numbers BOY
I Turn On Slam Donahue
Nothing Is Wrong Zach Berkman
Alive (Remix Nate Fowler
Illusory Light Sarah Blasko


Emmett: I don't want to be your friend. I thought I did, but it hurts too much to be with you but not be with you.
Regina: You are not in my body. You do not know how I feel. And if you really think I am not trying hard enough, then you really are not my friend.

Natalie: That's the whole problem, hearies calling the shots.
Bay: Um, okay, I'll start. Natalie Pierce is a bully.

Natalie: Bay Kennish is a poser.
Noah: [to Bay about Natalie] Where's a volleyball when you need one, huh?


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Title Reference

  1. From the 1636 painting, Duel of Two Women, by Jusepe de Ribera.


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