"Pandora's Box"[title 1] is the eighth episode of ABC Family's Switched at Birth Season One and the series overall. It was written by Lizzy Weiss and Becky Hartman Edwards, and it was directed by Elodie Keene. It was originally aired on July 25th, 2011.


Daphne discovers Regina’s guitar case full of pictures of Bay. Regina admits to Daphne that she knew about the switch since Daphne was three years old. Daphne turns to Wilke to escape this new turn of events. Meanwhile Bay and Emmett’s relationship gets even more serious. But just when Bay thinks her relationship with Emmett is great he goes to rescue Daphne from Wilke. Later, Daphne tells Emmett that Regina knew about the switch.

The Kennish’s lawyer prepares John and Kathryn for their trial by dredging up old family secrets. Elsewhere, Regina tries to contact her private investigator to find out who he told about the switch. Regina tries to get rid of the guitar case but can’t part with it. Later, during the legal meetings there is evidence that Regina knew about the switch for awhile.

Regina reveals to the Kennish family and Daphne that she found out about the switch right after Angelo left her and Daphne. Everyone is in shock, no one more so than Daphne who doesn't know who to trust anymore. Bay is just as hurt knowing her biological mom never fought for her. Bay turns to Emmett for comfort, and Regina leaves the Kennish house.

ABC Family's Official Summary


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Daphne discovers a collection of pictures and files on Bay in Regina's guitar case and angrily confronts her. Regina is shocked that Daphne found out and confesses that she knows that they were switched at birth. She hired private investigators to find Bay. Daphne doesn't get much information out of Regina before they are interrupted by Kathryn.

Daphne does not know what to do with the information she just learned and she just wants to get away. She decides to cut school and get drunk with Wilke (who although suspended was getting schoolbooks out his locker). They start hooking up then Wilke brings up the switch again that Daphne had momentarily forgotten about. Wilke's car is taken away because of an unpaid parking ticket so Daphne calls Emmett for a ride home.

Bay goes to see Emmett and asks why he kissed her; she launches into a rant, wondering if it meant anything to him, or if he's just using her to get to Daphne, and ends by telling him she's annoyed. He asks her if she's finished; when she says that she is, he kisses her again. Later, they're in the park together making out, and Bay asks Emmett if he ever speaks with his voice. He says he doesn't need to, and she reminds him that she's still leaning to sign and asks if there's any way her could speak to her, at least while she's still learning. Emmett is clearly uncomfortable with the conversation, so Bay asks him if they could go back to kissing, because they're really good at that.

Bay gets mad when he sees that Emmett's room is filled with photos of Daphne, but Emmett assures her that he and Daphne are just friends. Bay seems skeptical, but is willing to let it go until later when Emmett's phone keeps vibrating because Daphne is calling asking for a ride. She reminds him to bring his camera to take more pictures for his "Daphne shrine" before running out of the room.

Regina thinks about getting rid of her guitar case but changes her mind. During the deposition, Kathryn and John are blind-sided when they find out that Regina's known about the switch for twelve years. Bay's family, except for Toby, confront Regina about how she knows. She says that Angelo has always suspected Regina of having an affair because of how Daphne looks. When she got sick and lost her hearing, he secretly took a paternity test and found out Daphne was indeed not his child. Bay, thinking that Regina didn't want her turned to Emmett for support. But, when trying to explain the situation, he couldn't understand her due to the fact that she was talking fast, Bay tries to break up with Emmett. But, just as she's about to leave, Emmett pulls Bay back to him and comforts her as she sobs. With no one but Toby willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, Regina drives off to stay a couple days at Melody's place.

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The CastEdit




  • Oliver Muirhead as Geraldo
  • Brian Gutierrez as Schoolmate #2

Music FeaturedEdit

Song Artist Notes Link
Stranger Katie Costello
Umbrellas Nikki Kummerow
Human After All Sierra Noble
Parallel Lives Azizah Rowen


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Title ReferenceEdit

  1. From the 1884 sketch, Pandora (also known as "Pandora's Box"), by Frederick Stuart Church.


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