Switched at Birth “To Repel Ghosts” Review (Season 4, Episode 11 – Mid-Season Premiere)

To Repel Ghosts

Breaking up is hard to do, but getting over a break-up is even harder.

For Bay Kennish, in the ABC Family drama Switched at Birth, her break-up with on-again, off-again boyfriend Emmett Bledsoe is pretty heartbreaking. In fact, she is continually seeing Emmett everywhere she goes – whether she is at the gas station, reluctantly at a club for her brother’s latest gig or even in her own bathroom (where he is brushing his teeth). She cannot get him out of her mind let alone out of her heart.

As in any break-up she’s been mopping around, turning her room into a pigsty and basically wallowing. Even with her mother’s pep talk about just taking one step out of her room, it isn’t until her “sister” Daphne somehow convinces her to go to brother Toby’s gig at the local club that gets Bay out of the house.

Unfortunately, that outing turns rather disastrous for Bay because an image of Emmett making out with Skye (the girl he met in LA at Film School) spurs her to kiss a random guy who was unwilling to take no for an answer when he asked her to dance. Buddy Travis was at the club too – getting over his own break-up with former girlfriend Mary Beth – talked her into dancing with the random guy and then witnessed that unexpected kiss. Thankfully, being the good friend that he is, Travis was able to reason with her that she’s not going crazy (despite seeing Emmett everywhere) because he’s going through much the same after his break-up.

Thankfully, after paying a visit to Emmett’s mom Melody, where Bay full-on vented to her about Emmett, she came to an important realization. It wasn’t just Emmett’s fault that they broke up, it was both their faults and yet no one’s fault. What she needed to do was stop blaming Emmett, realize that they are both at fault and move on. It’s not going to be easy for sure, but she’s got to do what everyone has been telling her: move on.

For Daphne, she is dealing with ill feelings from both her roommate Iris and best buddy Travis about her new hook-up Mingo, the hunky guy from their dorm. Mingo and Daphne are clearly very different people; and for her friends they don’t think any kind of relationship with Mingo is going to last. And even though most people, especially Iris and Travis, think Mingo isn’t all that smart, he is quick to pick up on the tension from her friends. Daphne has had her fair share of relationships and it’s pretty obvious that Mingo isn’t “the one”, but he might be the one for right now. As the old adage says, “time will tell”.

Things aren’t much better for Regina, as she learns a truth about new boyfriend Eric Bishop that has her exceedingly concerned. After learning that Eric’s wife (who we learn is named Hope Paxton) isn’t really dead, Regina does some internet research, learning that Eric is actually Marcus Paxton; and, worst of all (spoiler alert if you haven’t watched the episode yet), he is wanted for kidnapping. Eric had a valid reason for taking his son – Hope was an addict with an abusive boyfriend, and Eric feared for his son’s safety – but Regina needed time to decide how she would proceed: turn him in or keep his secret. In the end, she decided to keep quiet, but how long with that last? The truth always has a way of coming out.

Lastly, John learns a troubling fact from his new tax guy Marty. His previous business manager did a real number of past years’ worth of taxes that is going to cost them dearly. How this will impact the family (both Kennish and Vasquez) could be astronomical. Oh, and Toby is going to have a big shock too (another spoiler alert!!), his former girlfriend Lily is pregnant (although he doesn’t know that yet) and the baby has Down’s syndrome just like her own brother. How this will all play out is anyone’s guess.

What did you think of the mid-season premiere? Please share your thoughts below. And remember, the next new episode of the fourth season of ‘Switched at Birth’ will air on ABC Family on Monday, August 31 at 8/7c.

Katie Leclerc as Daphne Vasquez
Vanessa Marano as Bay Kennish
Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe
Lucas Grabeel as Toby Kennish
Constance Marie as Regina Vasquez
Lea Thompson as Katheryn Kennish
D. W. Moffatt as John Kennish

Guest stars:
Marlee Matlin as Melody Bledsoe
Ryan Lane as Travis Barnes
Sharon Pierre-Louis as Iris Watkins
Terrell Tilford as Eric Bishop
Sayeed Shahidi as Will Bishop
Rachel Shenton as Lily Summers
Adam Hagenbuch as Mingo
Arnell Powell as Marty
Alice Lee as Skye