Switched at Birth “How Does a Girl Like You Get to Be a Girl Like You” Review (Season 4, Episode 12)

LUCAS GRABEEL, KATIE LECLERC

The ABC Family drama Switched at Birth has never really shied away from storylines where the Vasquez and Kennish families are concerned. After all, they’ve dealt with the following:

• Bay and Daphne being switched at birth
• Regina keeping that truth hidden
• Daphne’s deafness
• Daphne blackmailing that Senator
• Daphne vandalizing that construction site
• Bay taking the blame so Daphne can become a doctor
• Angelo’s untimely death
• Bay being victimized (albeit not deliberately) by Tank

Now, they will be tackling even bigger issues concerning an unplanned pregnancy that will greatly affect Lily and Toby’s lives and huge money issues for the Kennish family.

That financial crisis – John’s former business manager depreciated their holdings – is obviously going to hit home greatly for the Kennish family given that Daphne has lost her scholarship; Katheryn wants to produce (i.e. fund) the musical based on her book herself; John’s fancy car is in dire need of replacement and Katheryn made a HUGE donation to the college’s deaf program. The reveal of Lily’s pregnancy is just going to put the Kennish family over the top – that is once John makes a reveal of his own, coming clean to the family about what is really happening.

Where that whole storyline is concerned, I can see why John would want to keep it quiet, but he really should have told Katheryn the truth from the beginning. His keeping things secretive is only going to make things ten times worse.

Things for Bay aren’t much better, as she is still getting over her break-up with Emmett while thinking that everyone at school is talking about what happened to her, especially in light of the forced sexual harassment seminar that is being held on campus. I give her credit for not backing down (even though she over-reacted a bit), trying to get on with her life and even offering to talk to a girl who lives in Mary Beth’s hall, who experienced a similar situation as her. Perhaps this will help in Bay’s process to heal.

Viewers also learned a startling truth about Travis. He told Bay that he understands what she is going through; and Bay was convinced that there was no way he could. Except he can! Shockingly, Travis revealed he was molested by a family friend back when he was 12 years old, and has kept that secret from everyone – even his former girlfriend Mary Beth. I just hope this isn’t a plot device that won’t ever be discussed again, as it will add layers to the Travis character and could prove to be a catalyst for both of them in the future.

The one good thing out of tonight’s episode came from – of all characters – Mingo. That’s not to say that Mingo is a bad character or anything, but he hasn’t exactly shown that he is much more than a pretty face (and a great body) until now. When he asked Josh, Daphne’s interpreter, to help him learn ASL (which he kept confusing for ALS – “rookie mistake” according to Daphne) it showed that there is more than meets the eye behind this kid. Daphne certainly seemed to be moved by his attempt; and maybe this will be the turning factor in his character’s development.

What did you think of the episode? What do you think will happen with the Kennish family in light of their financial troubles? Do you think that Mingo will stick with learning ASL? Do you think he and Daphne have any kind of future together? What are your thoughts on Lily and Toby where their unplanned pregnancy is concerned? Please share your thoughts below.

The next new episode of the fourth season of ‘Switched at Birth’ will air on ABC Family on Monday, September 7 at 8/7c.

Cast:
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
B.K. Cannon as Mary Beth Tucker
Ryan Lane as Travis Barnes
Terrell Tilford as Eric Bishop
Rachel Shenton as Lily Summers
Adam Hagenbuch as Mingo
Austin Caldwell as Josh Padden
Arnell Powell as Marty