This week, Switched at Birth continued to settle into the Monday night time slot recently vacated by The Fosters with the second episode of the fall portion of season 4. Here are five things we learned during Switched at Birth 4×12:
1. Bay’s continuing to deal with the after-effects of the assault.
Before she potentially takes a summer art course in Mexico City, Bay wants to “habla all the Español.” She signs up for a Spanish course, but to her dismay, her classmates already know who she is because of the assault investigation – and then Travis almost gets into a fight trying to defend her at a UMKC game. After she skips her class, Kathryn gives her some advice:
I don’t think you should hide. I don’t think you should let this keep you from taking the class. Let them talk. You know who you are. You may not understand what this experience means to you right now, but it is your experience and no one else’s to label.
2. Travis has a secret.
Travis has being super-protective and defensive of Bay since the assault. Kathryn thinks he’s just being a good friend, but he ultimately reveals to Bay that he was sexually assaulted by a family friend when he was 12. He never told anyone about what happened – not even Mary Beth – and Bay’s situation “brought up some stuff [he] hadn’t thought about in a long time.”
3. Toby knows Lily’s pregnant…
…BUT Daphne’s the one to tell him that the baby has Down syndrome. When Daphne confides in Mingo, they argue about what Toby and Lily should do and whether Daphne’s life is harder than hearing people’s. Toby and Lily decide they’re not equipped to have a baby with special needs, which upsets Daphne.
Toby: This will ruin my life.
Daphne: It will change your life, but it doesn’t mean it would ruin it. I think it would expand it.
4. Melody might be getting fired.
The parents of the kids in the deaf program are looking for someone to blame for Bay’s assault, which happened in the deaf dorm, and Melody’s it. Kathryn decides to meet with a mother who’s pulling her kid from the program, reasoning “It can’t hurt, right?” Needless to say, it does: When Kathryn reveals it was her daughter who got raped, the other mother proceeds to judge Bay’s behavior.
5. The perennially wealthy Kennishes are having money issues.
In last week’s episode, we found out the Kennishes’ old business manager basically sucked. In Switched at Birth 4×12, John’s new accountant is trying to help him turn things around by filing a form… amendment… thingy… that requires him to, as he puts it, “liquidate everything [he has] to liquidate.” The worst could be over – unless the IRS decides to conduct an audit, in which case his problems have only just begun. In several cases of impeccable timing, Daphne loses her scholarship, John’s car breaks down, and Kathryn – who has no idea about what’s going on with the family finances – donates $50,000 to help sustain the deaf program at UMKC.
Bonus quote from Switched at Birth 4×12:
Mingo: Daphne, of course it’s harder [to be deaf].
Daphne: No, it isn’t – you just adjust, and then it’s not a big deal. It really isn’t.
Tune in to ABC Family on Monday nights at 8/7c for more Switched at Birth.