|Switched at Birth Season 4|
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Country of origin
No. of episodes
January 6, 2015 – October 26, 2015
DVD release date
The season is produced by ABC Family, Pirates' Cove Entertainment, and Suzy B Productions, with Paul Stupin and series creator Lizzy Weiss serving as executive producers.
The one-hour scripted drama revolves around two young women who discover they were switched at birth and grew up in very different environments.
While balancing school, jobs, and their unconventional family, the girls, along with their friends and family, experience deaf culture, relationships, class differences, racism, audism, and other social issues.
- This season has three longest titles: How Does a Girl Like You get to be a Girl Like You (13 words), Instead of Damning the Darkness, It's Better to Light a Little Lantern (12 words), and We Were So Close That Nothing Used to Stand Between Us (11 words).
- This season features a few important messages: consent and rape, Down's symonse and pregnancy, and "good" single dads often get no help to protect their kids from general unsafe situations.
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|74||401||And It Cannot Be Changed||01/06/2015||1.29|
|The season picks up right after graduation with the family and Emmett discovering Bay's impulsive decision — and no one is happy about it. Meanwhile, Daphne is determined to prove herself worthy of her switchster's sacrifice while also dealing with the challenges of a whole new world of college.
Title reference: Taken from the plate, Y no hay remedio, of The Disasters of War series by Francisco Goya, 1863.
|75||402||Bracing The Waves||01/13/2015||1.15|
|Bay struggles with a stubborn girl who appears at community service who appears to hate her, but there's more to her than meets the eye. Meanwhile, Daphne struggles with Josh taking interpreting too far, Regina is still hated by the East Riverside people, and Kathryn's book plans to become a movie.
Title reference: From the 1890 painting, Bracing The Waves, by Ivan Aivazovsky
|76||403||I Lock the Door Upon Myself||01/20/2015||1.21|
|Daphne and Mingo, a hearing student on her floor, organize a dorm triathlon to compete for control over the best bathroom. Bay and Toby try to hide that Bay is a convicted felon in the hopes of getting her art accepted into a showcase.
Title reference: From the 1891 painting, I Lock the Door Upon Myself, by Fernand Khnopff.
|77||404||We Were So Close That Nothing Used to Stand Between Us||01/27/2015||1.30|
|Emmett pays an unexpected visit, but things don't go as planned. Daphne stresses about a D on a test. And by the end Bay makes a mistake.
Title reference: From the 1961 painting, We Were So Close That Nothing Used to Stand Between Us, by Vasile Dobrian.
|78||405||At First Clear Word||02/03/2015||1.24|
|After a night of intense partying, Bay wakes up in bed with Tank with no recollection of what exactly happened between them. She tries to piece the truth together, but realizes that the truth itself might not be so clear. Daphne is invited over to Professor Marillo's house for a chemistry project and once again clashes with Vimla. Meanwhile, John, Kathryn, and Lily are worried about Toby's lack of life direction.
Title reference: From the 1923 painting, At the First Clear Word, by Max Ernst.
|79||406||Black and Gray||02/10/2015||1.34|
|Bay's private actions at the party are exposed by Toby's girlfriend from listening to something Toby had told her in confidence. Because of this, everyone is telling Bay how to feel and it leads to an investigation by the university. Bay tried to tell Emmett but he just got upset. Daphne flew out to talk to Emmett.
Title reference: From the 1871 painting, Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1, by James McNeill Whistler.
|80||407||Fog and Storm and Rain||02/17/2015||1.25|
|Kathryn's mom comes to visit as the investigation heats up, something that Emmett doesn't want to talk about. Daphne finds something surprising at the coffeehouse.
Title reference: From the 1996 painting, Fog and Storm and Rain, by Eyvind Earle.
|81||408||Art Like Love is Dedication||02/24/2015||0.95|
|Bay wants to resume her art career while Kathryn volunteers to help Travis. Regina invites people to be houseguests and Daphne and Mingo spend time together.
Title reference: From the 1965 painting, Art Like Love is Dedication, by Hans Hofmann.
|82||409||The Player's Choice||03/03/2015||0.96|
|To keep her mind off of Emmett, who is avoiding her, Bay agrees to be a baseball assistant to John and also tries to help Tank and Mary Beth get over a rough patch in their relationship. Meanwhile, Daphne gets caught up in sorority rush when she decides that she needs to branch out. Also, Kathryn catches Lily getting close to one of her co-workers, which leads to Lily complicating things with Toby right after he asks her to move in with him.
Title reference: From the painting, The Player's Choice, by Gaetano Bellei.
|83||410||There is My Heart||03/10/2015||1.06|
|Daphne finds out that she received a D in chemistry and starts to wonder if her dream of becoming a doctor is out of reach. A later incident with her friends at the hospital and a talk with Mingo change her mind. Regina accidentally tells Eric she loves him, only to have him tell her that he's considering selling the coffee shop. Toby gets mad at Kathryn for talking to Lily about her feelings, but must put everything aside to perform their "Batter Up" showcase for a Broadway reviewer. Meanwhile, Bay has flown in to surprise Emmett and put plans together for them in L.A., but finds out that the short film that he pitched included personal details about their relationship and the incident with Tank. Emmett suggests that they break it off for a while so that he can focus on school, saying they've been heading in separate directions. Bay says if they go forward with a break-up, it'll be forever and they end up parting ways.
Title reference: From the 1999 painting, There Is My Heart, by George Stefanescu.
|84||411||To Repel Ghosts||08/24/2015||0.98|
|Bay is still grieving the end of her relationship with Emmett and finds it hard to move on when she sees him everywhere. Daphne notices that her friends don't approve of Mingo. She also finds out that Lily is pregnant with Toby's baby and tries to get the two of them back on speaking terms to no avail. Meanwhile, John is told that the family might be in serious financial trouble.
Title reference: From the 1986 painting, To Repel Ghosts, by Jean-Michel Basquiat.
|85||412||How Does a Girl Like You get to be a Girl Like You||08/31/2015||0.87|
|Bay enrolls in a Spanish course at UMKC just as the sexual assault incident is brought back to light on campus. She becomes paranoid about the rumors that people are spreading about her, while Kathryn tries to save Melody's job by volunteering to talk with a parent who pulled their student out of the deaf program because of the incident. John is keeping the financial troubles a secret from the family, which might prove to be very costly as family expenses start piling up. Meanwhile, Toby and Lily consider their options on what to do about their situation and Toby doesn't appreciate Daphne's input.
Title reference: From the 1991 painting, How Does a Girl Like You Get to Be a Girl Like You?
|86||413||Between Hope and Fear||09/07/2015||0.99|
|Toby's news rocks the family as both sisters have opposing sides. Meanwhile Regina learns more about Eric and his ex-wife and Travis visits Emmett in Los Angeles.
Title reference: From the 1876 painting, Between Hope and Fear, by Lawrence Alma-Tadema.
|87||414||We Mourn, We Weep, We Love Again||09/14/2015||1.00|
|Tensions arise as Angelo's birthday shows up. In between Regina moves out as Kathryn and John have financial trouble and Daphne decided to try becoming her dorm's safety captain.
Title reference: From the 1995 mixed media on paper, We Mourn, We Weep, We Love Again, by Marjorie Strider.
|88||415||Instead of Damning the Darkness, It's Better to Light a Little Lantern||09/21/2015||0.70|
|Daphne, Bay and Travis celebrate spring break with a volunteer trip to rural Mexico with Melody to distribute hearing aids to underprivileged locals. However, lines are crossed when Daphne makes an unexpected connection with a fellow volunteer and Bay’s passionate anger toward Emmett gets the better of her. Meanwhile, Melody’s boyfriend surprises her with a life-changing idea.
Title reference: From the painting, Instead of Damning the Darkness, It's Better to Light a Little Lantern, by Hassan Massoudy.
|89||416||Borrowing Your Enemy's Arrows||09/28/2015||0.76|
|Daphne invites Mingo and his parents to a Kennish family grill night. Things go awry when it's revealed that Mingo's father Larry was the business manager that John held responsible for sending the family into financial ruin. Bay decides that it's time to move on and sets her eyes on Garrett, one of Travis' deaf friends. While out to dinner, Bay runs into Tank, who's been having a hard time since he got expelled.
Title reference: From the 1998 sculpture, Borrowing Your Enemy's Arrows, by Cai Guo-Qiang.
|90||417||To the Victor Belong the Spoils||10/05/2015||0.79|
|Daphne seeks to raise $600 to help out the deaf community she served in Mexico and gets help from Mingo. Mingo has also been trying to overlook her kiss with Quinn, but it proves to be hard when he finds out that those two have been keeping in constant contact. Bay finds out that a boy on campus is using her "Hammer Girl" art to sell degrading t-shirts. Meanwhile, Toby and Lily have to decide whether to move to London to raise their baby with Lily's parents' help or to stay in Kansas City with the Kennishes. Also, Eric walks out on Regina after finding out that she had lied about visiting Hope.
Title reference: From the 1901 painting, To the Victor Belong the Spoils, by Charles Marion Russell.
|91||418||The Accommodations of Desire||10/12/2015||0.75|
|Bay thinks that she's ready to jump into the hookup game with Garrett, but quickly realizes that it's not for her. When he later approaches her about the Tank incident holding her back, she ends up confronting Travis for telling Garrett her secret. Daphne thinks that Josh has feelings for her after he tells her that his relationship problems with Vimla are because of feelings for someone else. Mingo offers to talk to Josh for her, but things take an awkward turn when it's revealed that Josh actually has a crush on him. Meanwhile, Eric tells John of a unique investment opportunity and Lily is stressed out over her impending motherhood. Also, Bay comes across a woman interested in an art commission, who unbeknownst to her is Hope Paxton.
Title reference: From the 1929 painting, The Accommodations of Desire, by Salvador Dali.
|92||419||A Mad Tea Party||10/19/2015||0.95|
|Regina is hosting a baby shower for Lily, but the duties fall onto Bay when Hope kidnaps Will and Regina and Eric are blackmailed. Bay gets mad when she finds out that everyone has been keeping secrets from her. Lily has some uncomfortable conversations with some of Kathryn's friends regarding her child's disability. Meanwhile, after Professor Marillo tells her that won't make it as a doctor, Daphne digs deeper and helps a friend keep pursuing her potential as well. Bay ends up spilling Eric's secret to her parents.
Title reference: From the 1969 color heliogravure on japon nacre paper, A Mad Tea Party, by Salvador Dali.
|93||420||And Always Searching for Beauty||10/26/2015||0.83|
|Bay is thrilled by the opportunity to showcase her newest work in her first art show. Daphne interviews for an internship abroad that would bring her closer to Quinn, causing friction with Mingo. Kathryn’s frustrations with John come to a head when he storms out of a deal negotiation. Meanwhile, John and Kathryn confront Regina over Eric’s secret.
Title reference: From the 2001 oil, acrylic, paper mache, herbs on linen abstract And Always Searching for Beauty, by Joan Snyder.
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