In Switched at Birth season 5 episode 5, The Black Student Union takes a stand against the university administration until their demands are heard. For a refresher on what happened last week, read my recap of episode 4.
Switched at Birth season 5 episode 5 opens on Sharee Gifford in the Dean’s office. Dean Richard Peterson and Associate Dean Marello tell her that she’s no in trouble this time.
Afterwards, Iris Watkins and Daphne Vasquez ask her if she needs to stop being involved with the protests for any reason. Sharee tells them, “Whatever you’re doing, count me in.”
Later, Iris leads a meaning to decide on demands. A student named Sean says they should change the name of a building named after a slave owner. Iris and Sharee worry about having too many demands, but they decide to add the building name change to the list.
When the BSU meets again their petition is just short of the signatures they need. Sharee runs in at the last minute and tells them that she was able to get 300 signatures by working at it all night.
Iris tells Daphne that she got a campus blogger to meet with her about her hunger strike. At the interview, Daphne explains to the blogger that sometimes drastic measures are needed for real change.
The blogger writes that Iris has a white dad, grew up in a wealthy neighborhood and went to an exclusive private school. So, Sean suggests that he take over as the face of the movement. Iris, who hasn’t eaten in three days because of her hunger strike, faints.
Daphne and Sharee visit her in her dorm and try to get her to eat. She says, “I’m not eating until the kids who put out the cotton balls are expelled.”
Later, Sean jumps in front of Dean Marello’s car to attempt to get her to listen to him. Sharee gets Sean to move out of the way. She tells him, “This isn’t the way.” Out of frustration, he asks her, “Then, what is?” She tells him, “I don’t know.”
John Kennish tells Chris Walker he’s doing a great job at practice. He tells him, “Kid, your life is about to change.”
That night Chris tries to get his bike off the bike rack, but the key breaks inside the lock. A police officer arrives and forces him on the ground, kicking him in the back, then tries to arrest him for bike theft. The officer only stops when Bay Kennish arrives and points out the broken key.
Sean brings Iris flowers. She acknowledges that Sean had it harder than her because she never struggled with money. She tells him that she’s still trying to figure out who she is because she grew up without a community of black people.
At the game, Chris tells John that he’s sitting out the game to protest the administration not doing anything about the racial incidents on campus. John tells Travis Barnes that he’s pitching now. Travis refuses and says that he stands with Chris. They’re joined by other teammates.
The team gets a two minute warning to take the field. Chris’ teammates wonder if they’re really going to call the administration and not let the team forefeit. John asks Chris if he’s sure about this. Chris tells him he is.
When they call Dean Peterson, he says he’s “not going to be bullied by students.” The team forfeits.
At the end of the episode, the BSU finds out that all the other sports teams are sitting out in solidarity with the baseball team. Dean Peterson calls to say that he’s expelling the cotton ball vandals and he’s going to meet with them to talk about other issues.