In Switched at Birth 5×06, Bay made a bad choice, Regina made a wise decision, Daphne encountered a face from her past, and Mingo was The Worst. Read on for five things we learned during Switched at Birth 5×06, “Four Ages in Life.”
1. Regina’s building her empire.
Regina’s ready to start the process of opening a second coffee house, creatively named Another Cracked Mug, and Luca says he happens to know an investor (who’s actually Luca himself – surprise!). Cut to his father, Manuel, showing up at The Cracked Mug… and flirting with Regina. Turns Luca never revealed that he and Regina were dating. Manuel thinks Another Cracked Mug would be a solid investment, but he doesn’t have the same faith in Regina and Luca’s relationship. Ultimately, Regina stands by her man but rejects his financial offer in favor of standing on her own two feet.
“Every time I’ve gone into business, I did it with someone else’s help. This time around, I think I need to do it by myself.”
2. Mingo is the worst.
In Switched at Birth 5×06, Mingo’s doing some kind of traditional competitive UMKC bar crawl. The good news is that he’s not dressed up as Lil Wayne anymore. The bad news is that he’s now an awkward amalgamation of Australian stereotypes, which is still appropriation, just saying.
Even dislocating his arm and being ordered to rest doesn’t faze him, and when Daphne finally catches up to him, he’s at the top of a hill with a bike. Daphne has a feeling he’s trying to build himself a new reputation, and sure enough, he’s emo that people on campus hate him. “I’ll always just be that racist guy who dressed up as Lil Wayne,” he complains. A single tear slides down my cheek. Daphne assures him that she doesn’t look at him that way, then he cements his status as The Actual Worst by sharing a kiss with her despite having a girlfriend. When Daphne reminds him of this inconvenient truth and asks if he’s going to break up with Anna, he can’t answer. Seriously? The worst.
3. Bay can think on her feet.
Speaking of questionable choices, Bay’s definitely making some in Switched at Birth 5×06. At least her first decision of the episode is sound – shrewd, even. She uses Noelle’s plagiarism to negotiate a promotion for herself, maintaining, “If I’m good enough to steal from then I’m good enough to have my own chair.” Noelle acquiesces for the low, low cost of $300 a week. A desperate Bay purposely overlooks a fake ID to ink a gang tattoo onto a 15-year-old, and needless to say, the kid’s dad isn’t exactly overjoyed. However, Bay rises to the challenge by quickly figuring out a cover-up design. She expects Noelle to be furious, but instead, her boss compliments her quick-thinking. “You were in a jam,” Noelle acknowledges. “You needed a way out. It happens. Same deal when I borrowed your phoenix.” They reach an uneasy detente… but Bay still owes her $300.
4. Daphne confronts a ghost from her past…
So remember how Daphne kind of lost it after Angelo was killed back in season 3? She stole oxycodone from the clinic where she did her community service, and was promptly fired by the doctor in charge. Well, guess what? Dr. Jackson’s back! Specifically, he’s working at the UMKC student health clinic, where Daphne’s volunteering for credit. He’s not holding anything against her, though – or, at least, not until she calls out his prescription error and shaky hands. At this point in Switched at Birth 5×06, he angrily tells her she’s out of line. “I made one mistake – you of all people should understand that,” he says pointedly.
Because Toby needed to be in Switched at Birth 5×06 in some capacity, he offers Daphne a weird analogy about how he quit DJ-ing to be a stay-at-home dad but still has fun exploring music with Carlton. It obviously makes more sense to Daphne than it did to me, because she encourages Dr. Jackson to think about teaching at UMKC. Dr. Jackson is a man of color, and it just so happens that after last week’s Very Special Episode on race, the administration is looking to diversify the faculty.
5. …or two.
When a girl who sustained a minor injury from the kangaroo bar crawl nonsense comes to the clinic for stitches, Daphne doesn’t think much of it. It’s not until she returns later that Daphne realizes who she is: the recipient of Angelo’s donor heart.
Switched at Birth will be on hiatus next week before returning to Freeform for its 100th episode on Tuesday, March 21 at 9/8c.