Switched at Birth Preview: Fireworks, Drama and More Hunky Guys!

Nothing ratchets up family tensions like a social mixer with a very diverse guest list, so Kathryn’s (Lea Thompson) school fundraiser at the Kennish home on tonight’s Switched at Birth (ABC Family, 9/8c) proves to be the perfect recipe for disaster.

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“Everyone you can imagine shows up, and the fireworks definitely go off,” previews Katie LeClerc, who plays Kathryn’s biological daughter, Daphne. “There’s lots of drama. There’s lots of crazy excitement. There’s definitely some tears. And probably some laughter as well.”

Adds Vanessa Marano, who plays artsy, feisty Bay: “A huge fight breaks out between a few of the characters.” Could the girls’ complicated romantic entanglements – each is dating a guy from the other’s neighborhood – be the source of some of the fighting? Marano hints that the reveal will definitely cause trouble between Daphne and Bay, but adds, “I get her back. It’s cool.”

“More love interests will appear,” she continues. “There’s a new one for [Daphne]. There’s a new one for [Bay]. We have ADD when it comes to the masculine persuasion on our show.”

Even Daphne’s deaf pal, Emmett (Sean Berdy), will get in on the action. “Ooh, he gets a love interest!” exclaims Marano. “If I’m correct, he gets two.”

Emmett has “a nice little arc,” says LeClerc, adding, “I definitely think some of the choices that these characters make might surprise people.” Like, perhaps, Emmett developing more-than-friendly feelings for Daphne? “I think when you’re very intimately close with a friend, you can’t help but love them,” replies LeClerc. “I feel like they definitely love each other [as friends]. Over the course of the season, that definition might change a little bit.”

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Fireworks will also go off when Brothers & Sisters‘ hunky Gilles Marini guest stars in the season finale as Bay’s biological father, Angelo. As a musician, Angelo is “getting along great” with his artistic daughter, Bay, according to Marano. But Daphne will be less welcoming of the man she believed to be her father. “[He's] a big source of concern for Daphne,” says LeClerc. “She definitely feels abandoned. With that comes a lot of resentment.”

Meanwhile, “Bay’s just really trying to make everything work with intertwining the families,” says Marano, before adding with a smile, “I can’t say that that’s going well.”

Switched at Birth fans, are you excited for the fireworks to go off tonight? Who do you think catches Emmett’s eye?

Comments (34)

  • It will be revealed that Emmett is actually gay, and his love interest will be the older brother Toby (Lucas Grabeel). Please don’t tell me I’m the only one that saw this?

    Comment by Jess – June 27, 2011 02:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I completely agree with you. Having Emmett get with one of the girls would be cliche and playing on one theme way too much. I saw some chemistry between him and Toby when they first met, so I’ll be happy if THEY get together. Besides, poor Toby will be left out, otherwise, and Lucas Grabeel has played other roles that support the LGBT community. COME ON, ABC, DO IT! DON’T BORE US WITH YOUR HETERONORMATIVE MINDSET, ESPECIALLY SINCE BAY/TY AND DAPHNE/LIAM IS CUTE ENOUGH!!!

      Comment by Layla – June 27, 2011 05:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I think that would be a complete shock if Toby and Emmett became love interests, but wouldn’t that leave Bay out considering her current love interest is in the army and will be gone for like 3 years?

        Comment by Jaslyn – August 8, 2011 11:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I saw it in the first episode.

      Comment by frosty – June 28, 2011 04:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I thought the SAME THING!

      They were giving each other cruisy eyes!! And you don’t cast Lucas Gabreel as a recurring and not have him play a gay!

      Comment by Sammy – June 28, 2011 09:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Stop with the slash fiction! Nah, I totally see Emmett falling for Bay; he has that whole anti-hearing thing, and Bay has more chemistry with Emmett than with whats his face from the old neighborhood.

        Comment by Thespia – July 5, 2011 11:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I think that having Lucas Gabreel being not gay is fantastic. He doing such a good job being a straight bamf. My mom didn’t even relize he was “the gay kid” from HSM. I think him being gay in this would be redundent and stupid

        Comment by co2l – July 12, 2011 12:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think Bay is in to girls
      which is fine i just think thats what will happen

      Comment by shannon – February 14, 2013 02:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I was hoping so much for Emmet and Toby to get together. But its hopeless..

      Comment by Lais – August 27, 2013 05:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I kind of want Bay and Emmett together. i think they have similar outlook on life and it is only right now that Liam is trying with Daphne.

    Comment by Megan – June 27, 2011 03:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I do too

      Comment by Elle – July 1, 2011 03:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • they did he kissed her i cant wait to see what Dphne is going to do when she finds out Emmett kissed Bay :)

      Comment by Chaszmine – July 19, 2011 01:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bay and Emmett for sure. I saw that look

    Comment by terri – June 27, 2011 05:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i’m gay and I’d like to see more positive portrayals of gay kids on tv. i think abcfamily should go with the Toby/Emmett route for sure.

    Comment by Bobby – June 27, 2011 05:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’d love to see Bay with Emmett, but Toby and Emmett works too; it’s chertainly a bigger case of opposites attracting. Toby is unabashedly spoiled, while Emmett is a total deaf advocate and very proud. Toby’s character is still not as fleshed out as the others. He’s very funny when he does get sceen time.

      Comment by Thespia – July 5, 2011 11:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • As entertaining and a plot twist as Toby/Emmett would be (i.e. seeing how they overcome the deaf barrier as well as dealing with fam and society) I think they have played up too much of Emmett’s love for Daphne(romantic or not)to dirvert from it.

      And I’m a Emmett/Daphe shipper all the way, so i may be a bit biased.

      Comment by Inky – July 8, 2011 10:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m all for Bay/Emmett or even Emmett/Toby. I just want Liam and Daphne to get together. They’re so cute

    Comment by Leah – June 27, 2011 06:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Liam is cute but their relationship doesn’t feel quite epic; Liam seems very bland like he’s not acted very much and isn’t able to convey passion on screen. Plus he didn’t defend Daphne when his friends picked on her; grrrr!

      Comment by Thespia – July 5, 2011 11:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • so i’m not the only one who sees the emmett/toby connection.

    Comment by frosty – June 28, 2011 04:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • look people i dont wanna sound mean but really a gay couple?? seriously we all know Emmett is in love with Daphne but is afraid to admit it i mean come on he said he wanted a girl who was funny hot smart and into motercycles…(Daphne duh!)

    Comment by owlcity – June 28, 2011 07:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. With the sudden influx of gay tv relationships in tvculture, it seem very cliche for them to suddenly come out and say “OH!btw, emmett was gay all along, and so was toby, but this was not intially established because…we…just…thought of it.” It’s a little late in the game, ya know? Add to that the D/E love connection(romantic or non) it would be tots awk.

      Comment by Inky – July 8, 2011 10:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • also he said SHE would HAVE to be DEAF ! ;)

    Comment by owl city – June 28, 2011 08:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s gonna be Bay. I read some episode summaries for upcoming episodes and they say ‘Bay and Emmett become closer’ & ‘Bay and Emmet become more serious about eachother’.. So obviously its Bay that cathes Emmett’s eye ;)

    Comment by just me – June 29, 2011 02:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m more of a fan of the whole Emmett and Daphne thing, but I know that it’s going to be Bay. The thing I wounder is do they start going out or does Emmett not know who he likes more?

    Comment by Becca – June 29, 2011 04:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m all for Bay/Emmett, but Daphne/Emmett is my second. I don’t see Emmett/Toby, considering Toby flirts with girls quite often, and Emmett described his perfect other as deaf, smart, and a girl. I’m not against gay relationships, I just don’t see it happening in this series.

    And Bay and Emmett, according to Wikipedia, will get together eventually. Even though Wikipedia articles could be written by anyone, It was confirmed by several other websites as well.

    As for clichés, this is ABC Family. Cliché is practically everywhere, especially in dramatic series (plural?). ABC Family is dramatic… very dramatic. ;)

    Comment by Cammie – July 4, 2011 01:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think the Emmett/Bay relationship will be used to bring to light Daphne’s love for him. She’s sorta oblivious. :/

      Comment by Inky – July 8, 2011 10:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show has quickly become a favorite; who hasn’t had the discussion about having to wear a tired old dress to a fancy party? I love that there is a show with lead deaf characters on TV, and both sets of moms and daughters are always full of drama, but with a sweet edge. Switched is a nice mash up of Gilmore Girls and Everwood; drama, tears and humor, always entertaining.

    Comment by Thespia – July 5, 2011 11:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Every Switched at Birth episode title is also the name of a famous work of art! I put together all the paintings with a description of each episode here http://bit.ly/SWITCHEDcode including the next 2! What do you think?

    Comment by Kevin Mulcahy Jr. – July 21, 2011 11:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ABCFam has done more than enough to celebrate pride if you ask me. Not EVERY SINGLE SHOW needs to have a gay character as a hook…it does get old. Just bc you want it ‘politically correct’ and therefore feel like someone has to be homosexual doesn’t mean everyone shares your sentiment.

    Comment by Omgitsme10 – July 27, 2011 09:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • any one else bothered by vanessa maranos speech patterns?
    soooo annoying…

    Comment by forkuu – July 27, 2011 10:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OMG I love this show and I think Emmett is really cute I can wat for January I think Emmett and Daphne should go out cosbi don’t trust Bay n I really don’t won’t him to broke Emmett heart

    Comment by lafy – October 26, 2011 06:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m kind of thinking Bay might be gay or become gay in the future. I mean there has been hints like Toby commenting on Zarra and her possibly being a thing and then again when Lana says she has a love interest and reassures Bay it isn’t her. In the beginning I was totally shipping Daphne/Wilkes but I guess that’s not playing out. Le sadface

    Comment by Alexis – June 26, 2013 03:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oopsie meant Natalie not Lana. That may have been a little weird haha.

      Comment by Alexis – June 26, 2013 03:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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