Switched at Birth Season 4 Review “And It Cannot Be Changed”

Switched at Birth And It Cannot Be Changed Season 4 Premiere

What Bay did at the end of Switched at Birth’s third season was pretty divisive among the show’s fans. On the one hand, we got to see Bay doing something nice for her sister after a bad time for the entire family but, on the other hand, Daphne is a character that has proven to be pretty problematic over the years, and avoiding jail time for her actions may not have been the best thing for her.

That’s in terms of immediate character development, however, and ‘And It Cannot Be Changed’ proves that having her extended family turn against her for the apparent inaction of letting Bay take the fall for her little bout of vandalism last year may be the only thing that snaps Daphne out of burying her head in the sand.

And for viewers who’ve had problems with Daphne’s character, the fallout this season is incredibly satisfying. While Bay is initially pretty calm about the whole thing, and John hilariously positive, both Toby and Emmett – two incredibly important figures in Daphne’s universe – are fuming.

Both have good reason, and Emmett doesn’t really explode until the last minute, but if there was ever a character who needed to be taken to task on some of her bullshit, it was Daphne.

It’s not hard to get a read on her state of mind, either, even if we hadn’t gotten the wonderful reminder of how people tend to treat Daphne from Emmett. Everyone treats Daphne like she’s a “fragile” princess who needs to be protected from the world, often at the expense of Bay, but now she’s having to face up to her problems – real world problems with scary decisions – and she’s absolutely terrified.

That doesn’t mean her decision to attend college closer to home, notably a place where the support network of people like Travis and Melody also resides, is a bad one. Her reasoning is solid, and she’s done her homework, so the only real problem is is going to be making amends with Bay and Toby as she attempts to move on with her life.

Bay’s slow descent into resentment was beautifully handled, too. She starts off in the place where we left her, feeling good about a selfless decision that benefits her entire family, but that soon turns into frustration and, finally, anger that her once-promising life in LA has been scuppered by a split-second choice she clearly hadn’t thought all the way through.

That decision may now define her, not to mention her relationship with Emmett (who never does well with inconvenience), and she only now realizes the full extent of its consequences. If we’re honest, though, Daphne’s kind of powerless in the whole mess at this point.

Some of Switched at Birth’s usual problems are still around in spite of the brand new setting – I don’t care for Josh, and worry that he’ll quickly just become Daphne’s latest conquest – but then there are splendid scenes such as the one between Kathryn and Regina, and you’re reminded of how much you miss this family when they’re gone.

There’s so much potential for Daphne to develop into a more likable character this season, and I really hope that’s where things end up going, but I’m also excited to see Bay struggle with her aimless adulthood and Toby have some familial conflict of his own for once. Also, Max Adler’s coming back, but that’s a discussion for another week.

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