From Lily and Toby to Eric and Hammer Girl, “goodbye” seemed to be the unofficial theme of Switched at Birth 4×17. Check out five things we learned during this episode:
1. Hammer Girl is now Hammered Girl.
Remember the Hammer Girl design that Bay incorporated into her street art in season 1? She’s baaack – well, kind of. Hammer Girl 2.0 is holding a beer instead of a diploma, and she’s featured on a T-shirt that has the words “No” means “Ask me after two more beers” printed on it. Well, that’s… questionable. Needless to say, Bay is livid. Turns out the creator of the site that sells the shirts is a student at UMKC, but when Bay tries to get him to stop using her creation, he cites Fair Use. Refusing to let him win, Bay invites his mother to campus to get a firsthand look at the slogans on the shirts, then records him in the middle of saying he’s “making a buck off [girls’] stupidity.” He ends up taking down his site, but Bay’s still upset – only now, it’s for a different reason.
Hammer Girl is officially dead. She doesn’t belong to me anymore. She had a great run: She was our symbol during the Carlton protest, I sent her to Afghanistan with Ty, I leaned on her a lot over the years, and I think now it’s time to say goodbye.
2. Emmett’s done with his short film about his & Bay’s relationship.
…And now he wants to submit it to a short-film festival. When he FaceTimes Bay to ask her permission, she isn’t thrilled but agrees to think about it. Later, after she reflects upon the Hammer(ed) Girl debacle, she gives him her blessing, telling him, “You made it, you should have control over it.”
3. Daphne still has Mexico on her mind.
Daphne’s spring break trip to do charity work in Mexico made a big impression on her – and so did Quinn, the cute charity worker she kissed while she was there. Apparently, the two of them have stayed in contact, and he’s keeping her updated on the Mexican Sign Language classes she helped set up. The class is up to 12 students, but the number could double if more people had the money to take the bus, so Daphne hatches a plan to raise $600 for the cause. Cut to the Kennishes, Regina, and Eric having fun line-dancing at a local club while Mingo and Daphne try – and fail – to win $500 by riding a mechanical bull. Ultimately, Daphne manages to exceed her goal, but there’s just one problem: Mingo’s upset she’s still talking to Quinn. Although she’s able to smooth things over for now, who knows how long that will last?
4. Eric & Regina are… over?
The beginning of Switched at Birth 4×17 sees Eric moving in with Regina, but he’s barely done bringing everything inside when Regina throws a wrench in the works by admitting she told Daphne about his past life. Things go from bad to worse after Eric slips his phone into Regina’s jacket for safekeeping. When he goes to retrieve it, he discovers a receipt from her trip to Georgia to meet his ex-wife, and before you know it, he’s giving back his key.
5. Lily wants to move back to London.
It’s not a terrible idea given that her parents already have experience raising a special needs child (Lily’s brother), but London and Kansas City are six hours and 4,341 miles apart (thanks, Google). John and Kathryn try to show her that she doesn’t need to move back home to have a great support system, but Kathryn’s still able to put aside her own position enough to give Lily some advice.
Kathryn: You do what you think is best for your baby. The rest of us will fall in line.
Lily: I want to be with my family. I want to go home.
At one point in Switched at Birth 4×17, it looks like Toby’s jealousy over Lily’s former crush will end up pushing her away to London, but once the two of them sit down and talk, Lily admits she’s never been happier than she is with Toby. By the end of the episode, Toby wants to move to London too.
Catch the next episode of Switched at Birth next Monday at 8/7c on ABC Family – or should we say Freeform?