From Regina, Daphne and Travis all traveling out of state to Toby, Lily and the Kennishes continuing to deal with the reality of Lily’s unborn special needs baby, Switched at Birth 4×13 was packed with action and emotion. Read on for our list of five things we learned during this week’s episode.
1. Eric’s ex-wife is still up to her old tricks.
Eric – who’s been city-hopping since he kidnapped his son back in Georgia to escape from his alcoholic, drug-addicted ex-wife and her abusive boyfriend – now wants to put down roots, so he invites Regina to move in with him. Before Regina makes a decision, she wants to know whether Hope is still an addict or has turned her life around, so she books a ticket to Atlanta to see for herself, and Daphne goes along for the ride. Turns out Hope’s married, working at an auto shop, claims to be three years sober and desperately misses her son. There’s just one problem – she and her husband are actually selling drugs outside AA and NA meetings. Well, that’s a check mark in the negative column. “Will would be worse off with that woman,” Regina concludes, “but is it my place to decide?”
Hope may not have changed, but Emmett has – and you know it’s a major plot point if ABC Family made it into a hashtag. When Travis visits Emmett in Los Angeles, he witnesses the transformation for himself. First off, Emmett’s dating Skye now. Secondly, Emmett blows off an AFC Championship game to network at an industry event that features a chihuahua with sunglasses whose real-life owner is writer and producer Dayna Lynne North. Needless to say, Travis isn’t impressed.
Travis: You used to call your own shots. Now you’re letting some girl do it for you. How you dress, where you go… She’s turned you into a hipster Ken doll.
Emmett: Hey, Skye has nothing to do with this. These clothes, this party, those are my decisions. And you might think it’s stupid, but this is my future.
Travis: I guess that makes me your past.
Was anyone else secretly hoping Travis would throw Emmett off the Hollywood sign or was that just Noelle and me?
3. The Kennishes know about Lily’s pregnancy…
…And although the ever-supportive Kathryn is being, well, ever-supportive, John’s a lot more critical. He’s particularly focused on the monetary aspect of taking care of a child with Down Syndrome, which makes sense given his current precarious financial state. Kathryn finally finds out what’s happening with the family finances, and urges John to temporarily put their money problems aside to focus on their son. Meanwhile, Bay tries to help Toby weigh his options by taking him to tour a special needs school. Although Toby has a positive experience, Bay ends up revealing that she doesn’t think Lily should keep the baby.
4. Bay is pro-choice & Daphne’s pro-life.
Toby and Lily’s predicament leads Bay and Daphne to talk about a topic they’ve never discussed before: abortion. Each Switchter (or Swister – we got actress Katie Leclerc’s take on the Switchter/Swister debate in our recent interview) agrees with her birth mother and disagrees with the mother who raised her.
Bay: It’s Toby and Lily’s decision, and I just want him to be fully educated before he makes a decision that he has to live with forever.
Daphne: Well, we can both agree on that.
5. Toby & Lily are keeping the baby – & the Kennishes are on board.
After his visit to the special needs school, Toby sits down to talk with Lily. At first, it seems that Lily is still in favor of not keeping the baby, but once Toby says he wants to, she reveals she does too.
Toby: It’s always easy to say no, but there’s something inside me that’s telling me to say yes. This kid is not going to be a typical kid, but there’s no such thing as a typical kid. Every kid has something. My sisters were switched at birth.
Lily: I was thinking the same.
When Toby shares the news with the family, everyone’s supportive, including the initial detractors. The Kennishes even wear mismatched socks in support of Down Syndrome.
Bonus observation regarding Switched at Birth 4×13:
While the Kennishes profess their support for Toby and Lily’s decision, John tells him “We’re in this together,” which is pretty hilarious considering actor Lucas Grabeel’s High School Musical past.