Switched at Birth “Borrowing Your Enemy’s Arrows” Review (Season 4, Episode 16)

D.W. MOFFETT, LEA THOMPSON

It may be too early, but it seemed it was time to meet the parents on Switched at Birth. Sure, Mingo and Daphne are just dating, but John and Katheryn asked her to bring Mingo over for dinner and that turned into a really bad version of meeting the would-be in-laws.

As it turned out, Mingo’s dad Larry was John and Katheryn’s former business manager, the very person who got them into the horrible financial situation for which they find themselves. But there was one big problem: John knew more about what took place with their tax returns than he led on. In fact, he pushed Larry to work in the gray areas of the rules, thinking that it wasn’t breaking the rules to do so.

Ugh! How frustrating was that for both families. Mingo’s parents were resentful for losing clients because John basically bad mouthed Larry’s business practices [but Larry let the situation stand for all those years without pushing back and making his sentiments known] and John and Katheryn are clearly facing financial ruin (or at least pretty damn close to that) because both men allowed this to happen.

And, what a way for Daphne to find out the truth that her biological parents had been hiding: by lip-reading the argument between Larry and John. The backlash is going to be extreme for sure once Toby and Bay find out the truth too. Speaking of that, how do you think Toby and Bay are going to react?

Also, how about Daphne coming clean with Mingo about that kiss with Chris in Mexico? Mingo may have said he believed her when she said it meant nothing and she will (more than likely) never see him again. But, if you didn’t see the doubt in his face, you really missed a lot!! This could be the very thing to eventually bring their relationship to halt. What are your thoughts?

On the other spectrum, after seeing a “hot” guy at The Cracked Mug – a buddy of Travis no less – it would seem that Bay is ready to get back to dating. The “hot” guy is Garrett, someone Daphne also knows from school. Despite Daphne telling Bay that Garrett is a “player”, Bay goes out of her way to land a date with him. Honestly, it was rather slick how she got Garrett to ask her out for dinner, but how the dinner ended was another story. In an unexpected turn, Tank was their waiter. Talk about awkward!!

Part of me respected Bay’s restraint in not freaking out more over seeing Tank for the first time in a long time; and also, after talking to him, feeling a certain amount of guilt for what he is going through. There are plenty of arguments on both sides for their situation: who is to blame, who is innocent, who is guilty? But in the end, they are both forever changed by what happened that night; and perhaps it is best that they both stay as far away from each other as possible. Let’s just hope that is how it stays, though. Do you see Bay putting this behind her? Do you want to see Tank back again?

Lastly, I guess we should extend a congratulations to Melody and Gabe on their engagement, but I have to wonder how well Melody is really going to adapt to adopting. Regardless of the pep talk from Toby, I don’t think she is quite as ready to be a mother again as she might think. I also don’t think that Gabe’s overwhelming excitement will be enough to sustain her. What do you think?

The next new episode of the fourth season of ‘Switched at Birth’ will air on ABC Family on Monday, October 5 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:
John Michael Higgins as Mingo’s Dad Larry
Max Adler as Tank
Adam Hagenbuch as Mingo
Ryan Lane as Travis Barnes
Sean McGowan as Gabe
Paula Marshall as Mingo’s Mom Nancy
Nyle DiMarco as Garrett
Marlee Matlin as Melody Bledsoe