Switched at Birth Recap Season 4 Episodes 7-8

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Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to recap last weeks episode so this will be a combined recap of last week’s and tonight’s episode. Get ready for a lot of Switched at Birth.

Last week Mission Hills and East Riverside got hit with a massive storm, keeping everyone in doors. Meanwhile, the Kennish household got a lot of guests including Emmett, Grandma Kennish (Bonnie), and her lady friend, Lucille. At the same time, Daphne and Regina were trapped at the coffee shop with Eric and Nacho.

Emmett returned to comfort Bay after learning she was sexually assaulted and doesn’t want to listen to Bay’s side of things. Although at first Bay wants to just agree with Emmett and blame everything that happened on Tank she knows it’s wrong to do so.

Finally, having enough Bay tells Emmett she has to be honest and tell him the truth about what happened that night. Emmett gets upset because he feels like she’s defending Tank but Bay is just trying to be clear about what happened, even though she’s not really sure what that even is. Emmett gets upset and leaves the house, telling Bay he’s not sure he can be okay with what happened between her and Tank. Hopefully, these two can figure out a way to make this work.

During the Bemmett drama, John suggests to Kathryn that Bonnie’s “friend”, Lucille, is more than just a friend. Kathryn denies it at first, not believing that her mother could be gay. Well Kathryn is in for an even bigger surprise when her mother tells her that she has Alzheimer’s and has known for a year. And she’s also gay.

Talk about a surprise. Kathryn decides that her mother has to move in with the Kennish’s and let them take care of her but Bonnie refuses. She and Lucille plan to go to Europe and follow theirs dreams. Kathryn becomes upset, not wanting her mother so far while she is ill, but eventually relents. It would’ve been interesting to see Bonnie and Lucille living with the Kennish’s, though. It sounds like the plot for a new sitcom.

Moving on, Daphne and Regina were surprised to see Nacho at the coffee shop. Apparently, he lives in the same building as Eric and was hired to do some handy work. When Nacho starts asking questions about how Daphne got off after their acts of vandalism Daphne foolishly tells him what Bay did for her.

 

Of course, this was a terrible mistake. Even though Daphne told Nacho he’s off the hook and could go live his life that wasn’t good enough and instead he decided to black mail Regina and Daphne to get some money for himself and his daughter.

Thankfully, Eric realizes something is going on and asks Regina to tell him the truth. Although she doesn’t tell him everything she tells him Nacho is blackmailing them. Eric then goes into hero mode and shows Nacho his gang tattoo, warning him not to mess with the Vasquez’s ever again.

Then being the great guy he is, he gives Nacho some money for his daughter.

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This week Bay was finally freed from her community service and probation. After saving her community service boss(?) from choking he decides to pay it forward by recommending Bay for early release. Bay is finally free! She can go to L.A. Too bad her boyfriend (maybe?) is not speaking to her at the moment. Talk about terrible timing.

Now with so much free time on her hands, Bay is looking for something to do. Daphne suggests going back to the woman who was going to put her in that art showcase but the woman says they have no openings. Instead she suggests Bay finds a way to make her own art and to be proactive.

Taking her up on her suggestion, Bay goes back to the community service spot and talks with Tess. In typical Tess fashion, she’s not really open to being friendly with Bay, mostly because she’s dealing with her own issues. Tess calls Bay out on not really knowing anything about Tess at all and Bay, realizing Tess is right, asks Tess about her life.

Tess explains her son, Sam, has a bad heart valve making him sick and difficult for him to breath. Tess had to bring Sam to work the day before and was fired because of it. Now Tess has to struggle to find a way to pay for Sam’s medicine.

Bay decides she wants to help Tess in some way but she’s not sure how. After talking to Kathryn, Bay decides to find a way to show Tess how great of a mom she is. Using her artistic skill, Bay starts an “Everyday Heroes” campaign on park benches, showing Tess with Sam. Bay, you’re my hero. Bay will continue to paint more park benches of different everyday heroes to fill up her free time. And it’s totally legal. Go, Bay!

While Bay is saving the world, Daphne is trying to get her love life in order. Bad boy Mingo asked her out and although he’s very hot, she’s not sure if she’s ready for the hook up lifestyle. Listening to Vilma, Daphne decides to give it a try.

Unfortunately for Daphne, her hook up with Mingo didn’t go as well as she wanted to, at least not afterwards. Not being able to locate the condom they go to the student health center to have Daphne checked out. While there Daphne and Mingo have a fun time talking and Daphne realizes she actually likes him. Too bad for Daphne, Mingo isn’t looking for a relationship. After getting out of a three year relationship with his high school girlfriend, Mingo is just looking for something casual. Realizing she wants something more Daphne ends it.

Other Highlights:

  • Travis struggles in his English class and Kathryn helps him out. Despite Kathryn’s help, Travis thinks about handing in a plagiarized paper that he later tells John he got from Coach Walsh. John and Kathryn motivate Travis to keep trying in school and John tells Coach Walsh to confess about what he did leading Walsh to be fired and John made head coach.
  • Eric’s keeping a secret about his deceased wife but after Regina tells him she can’t be with someone who keeps secrets he agrees he’ll tell her one day, when he’s ready. Also, Eric, Regina, and Will make a really cute family. Just saying.

My Thoughts

I’m so glad the writers finally let Bay have a good episode. She’s finally free from community service and probation and she gets to join Emmett in L.A. when they’re ready. I’m so excited. Also, I really hope Daphne and Mingo work out. I like him. Then again Daphne doesn’t need another boyfriend but let’s face it we all know she’ll get one eventually. It might as well be him.

Check out the preview for the next episode. We’re so close to the mid-season finale and I’m not ready for it end. 😦

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