A photo of Daphne Vasquez and Mingo dressed up at a party goes viral in Switched at Birth season 5 episode 2. For a refresher on what happened last week, read my recap of the premiere.
Switched at Birth season 5 episode 2 opens with Daphne waking up in Mingo’s dorm room. However, he slept on the floor like a gentleman.
Then they check their phones and see people talking about Daphne’s Instagram photo all over a site called Chat Bandit, calling Mingo’s Lil Wayne costume racist. After Daphne reads the comments, she says, “People hate us.”
At the Kennish household, John Kennish tells Kathryn Kennish he has his eye on a pitcher named Chris Walker who’s talking to other schools. So, Kathryn says they can have him over for dinner.
Daphne talks to Iris about the photo. Iris explains that she’s not the only person angry that Mingo “turned ghetto black person into a costume for the dorm’s entertainment.”
Bay Kennish does stenciling work at a tattoo parlor where she hopes to get a job. Even after her stenciling, the woman who runs the studio tells her that she’s not hiring. But, the woman does offer her an apprentice job answering phones and cleaning.
Amother student on campus asks Daphne to sign a petition to remove Mingo as an RA. She tells him that she doesn’t see the problem with his costume.
Daphne shows Bay an op-ed she drafted explaining the importance of freedom of expression. Bay asks if she’s sure she wants to step into the spotlight.
When Daphne sits in class, she witnesses a heated argument about the situation. Some people agree with her that this is about freedom of expression. But, others say that black students should not have to live with Mingo as their RA.
Daphne gets coffee with Mingo. He says that everywhere he went, people were looking at him like he’s “some kind of serial killer.”
Kathryn talks to Chris, who says that other schools are offering him a car. She tells him that she can offer him a future, which is more important. But, he tells her that’s easy for her to say since she has a comfortable life. Then he says, “I gotta get paid.”
Bay talks to Travis Barnes. She tells him that she got fired and asks him, “Can we just get out of here?” But, he says that he has baseball practice.
Bay returns to the tattoo parlor to get her portfolio back. While she’s there, she hears some men talking in Mandarin. She speaks back at them in Mandarin and gets them to leave. Then she explains to the owner that they were talking about robbing her.
At the end of the episode, Daphne finds Iris, who’s moving out. Iris explains that she doesn’t feel safe in a dorm where an RA mocks black people, then black students aren’t even consulted about a race issue. It finally sinks in for Daphne that this issue is about Iris’ safety.