Switched at Birth “Instead of Damning the Darkness, It’s Better to Light a Little Lantern” Review (Season 4, Episode 15)

In Mexico

It’s time for Spring Break on Switched at Birth!

Bay, Daphne and Travis travel to Mexico with Melody Bledsoe to join her boyfriend Gabe at the charity organization where free hearing aids are being given out to those in need. As viewers know, Daphne decided to join the cause because of her previous drive-along experience with local EMTs. Bay was primarily there to interview with the folks at the Frida Kahlo Museum for that summer programming that she hopes to land. And Travis is there to earn extra credit in school.

They are all surprised, though, when Emmett shows up. Mama Bledsoe was happy to see her son, but of course, Bay was less than enthused nor was former best friend Travis. Daphne, on the other hand, was more concerned for Bay’s feelings given all that has happened between Bay and Emmett.

It is clear from the start that Bay is, to say the least, pissed at Emmett for their break-up, she’s upset with Travis for his not telling her the truth about Emmett and his new girlfriend Skye and she is still very obsessed with Emmett. In fact, her jealousy gets the better of her, which causes Travis and Emmett to get into a fight.

The one surprise moment out of the entire episode was Emmett going to Travis to apologize for the fight only to learn that Travis actually has a “thing” for Bay. When did that happen? I mean, sure, he broke up with girlfriend Mary Beth, but there haven’t been any indicators that Travis now has feelings for Bay. Needless to say, that was a change to the storyline that was expected.

Elsewhere, Daphne became attached to Patty, a 15-year-old girl who is profoundly deaf and was unable to be fitted with a hearing aid. Luckily a short time later Daphne met another patient who knew sign language and was willing to teach Patty. The problem was getting to Patty and her mother in their small village that was an hour away; and more importantly, convincing the mother. For once, things didn’t work out as Daphne hoped because the mother and Patty never showed up for the free lessons and it was time for all of them to leave.

The one problematic scene in the episode, however, was the fact that yet another guy who meets Daphne felt compelled to kiss her. What is with that? Just once let’s have a guy meet her and just want to be her friend or – wait for it – maybe not like her at all. She can’t possibly be that irresistible, right?

Lastly, there was the storyline between Melody and her boyfriend Gabe, who wants to be a dad especially after spending so much time in Mexico with all those needy kids. Melody seemed to be on board at the end of the episode, but I have to wonder if they’re setting themselves up for more than they really want or need in their lives at this point. But I guess we shall see.

What are your thoughts on the episode? Were you surprised to see Emmett in Mexico? Did you blame Bay for her reactions toward Emmett? Did you see signs of Travis starting to fall for Bay? Are you tired of every guy seemingly falling for Daphne? What are your thoughts on Gabe and Melody adopting a deaf girl together?

The next new episode of the fourth season of ‘Switched at Birth’ will air on ABC Family on Monday, September 28 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:
Sean McGowan as Gabe
Dan J. Johnson as Chris
Ryan Lane as Travis Barnes
Christina Avila as Woman at Frida Kahlo’s Museum
Marlee Matlin as Melody Bledsoe