Tight Rope Walker is the 8th episode of the second season of Switched at Birth.
Discord breaks out at Carlton when the deaf students oppose the pilot program for hearing students, leaving Daphne feeling trapped in the middle. Meanwhile, Bay finds Regina's behavior puzzling, Daphne is cast in a play and Toby bonds with Elisa.
While Toby bonds with Elisa, discord breaks out at Carlton when the deaf students oppose the pilot program for hearing students, leaving Daphne feeling trapped in the middle. After she talks to the school board, she tells Kathryn that they decided to close Carlton. Meanwhile, Bay tells Regina's old boyfriend Zane about Regina's alcohol abuse and Zane tells Regina what Bay told him. Regina confronts Bay about telling Zane about her being an alcoholic and angrily scolds her for it. Bay, severely hurt, forgives Regina for her outburst after she comes to her room to apologize. The two then decide to keep it secret and Regina promises to go back to her classes and get help. However, she goes back on her word when she leaves a voicemail for her sponsor and then deletes the message instead of sending it.
- D.W. Moffett as John Kennish
- Lea Thompson as Kathryn Kennish
- Lucas Grabeel as Toby Kennish
- Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe
- Katie Leclerc as Daphne Vasquez
- Vanessa Marano as Bay Kennish
- Constance Marie as Regina Vasquez
- Giles Marini as Angelo Sorrento
- Max Lloyd-Jones as Noah
- Ryan Lane as Travis Barnes
- Zoey Deutch as Elisa
- Marlee Matlin as Melody Bledsoe
- Todd Williams as Zane
- Stephanie Nogueras as Natalie Pierce
- Danielle Rayne as Patricia Sawyer
- Cassi Thomson as Nikki Papagus
- Brittany Belt as Jill
- Jerry Ferris as Coach Lubin
- Brian Gutierrez as Cody
- Karla Gutierrez as Amy
- Cass Kroener as Jane
- Yolanda Snowball as Board Chair
- Title reference: From the 1885 painting, Tight-Rope Walker, by Jean-Louis Forain.