Switched at Birth Boss Previews New Loves for Bay, Emmett and Daphne, Plus Family Troubles

Switched at BirthABC Family’s Switched at Birth returns for the last leg of its freshman season on Monday at 8/7c, and there’s drama brewing. After cheating on Bay, Emmett has a lot of groveling ahead of him. Will he be able to earn her forgiveness? Meanwhile, Bay’s got a dangerous passion, and single Daphne has entered a new, high-pressure environment.

Below, executive producer Lizzy Weiss and star Vanessa Marano (photo, on left) preview Season 1C’s old loves, new romances and family troubles.

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EMMETT & BAY | The adorable couple ended its relationship on a sour note (he cheated with her ex-best friend), so their first meeting upon Bay’s return from an educational trip abroad won’t be rosy. It’s “just heartbreaking [and] fulfilling in a way,” says Weiss. “I think the viewers all felt as shocked and let down as Bay was, and her response to it and the way that she really gives it to him is an array of emotions that are all true at once.” While she’s plenty angry at her ex, Bay’s also “sad and confused and wants to get over him, but love doesn’t end overnight.” And Emmett doesn’t give up quite so easily. “He’s a romantic guy, and he likes big gestures,” adds Weiss. “In the premiere, he does something pretty big.” Adds Marano: “There is a gift that he gives to her that when I read the script, I was like, ‘Whoa. That’s pretty beautiful.'”

EMMETT | “It’s not just Bay he has to make up with; it’s the whole Kennish family,” says Weiss. Not to mention, he has to somehow reconcile himself with the horrible thing he did. “He really went off the rails in the last [season]. He has to figure out who he is away from Bay, as well.” And that includes making a new friend – and possibly something more? – in real life deaf motorcross racer Ashley Fiolek. “She’s deaf, into motorcycles and gorgeous,” describes Weiss. “We thought that would be a really interesting friendship for Emmett.”

Switched at BirthBAY | While her ex is trying to figure himself out, Bay will move on with a new guy – “He’s a different energy for Bay,” notes Weiss – and return to an old passion. “She turns to street art again, which she hasn’t been doing in a very long time,” reveals Marano. “Angry street art. She kind of falls in with the wrong crowd by doing that. And illegal activity leads to bad things.” Meanwhile, Bay’s new artist friend, played by Lost‘s Tania Raymonde, “pulls her away from the family,” adds Weiss, which makes the Kennishes “very nervous.”

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DAPHNE | She’ll get a gig in a restaurant kitchen, but the wannabe chef will have it tough in a world of non-signers. “The restaurant is a challenge for Daphne,” especially when it comes to her less-than-understanding boss (Ringer‘s Justin Bruening), previews Weiss. “This is her first time in an environment day-to-day where she’s totally on her own, and she has to fend for herself.” And what of her love life, which suffered a blow when Austin Butler, who played her boyfriend Wilke, left to join The CW’s The Carrie Diaries? “Do not worry about Daphne. Daphne will find someone to crush on,” Weiss replies with a laugh.

THE FAMILY | Although Gilles Marini is competing on Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars, Weiss assures us that the actor will remain a big part of the series. “Angelo is the fourth piece of the parent puzzle,” she says. “Whether he’s around or somewhere else, he’s always going to be part of the story. You never can forget your dad, no matter how angry you are at him or how much of a mystery he is.” But just how much of a presence he’ll have will be greatly influenced by Regina’s decision in the premiere. “Whatever move she makes, one of her girls is going to be upset at her,” says Weiss. Adding to that pressure cooker is her boyfriend Patrick, who “is yet another reason why the choice is so hard for Regina. She really could see herself with him.” (Additional reporting by Matt Mitovich)

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  1. VCI says:

    I love, love, love this show.

    and is it bad that i’m still rooting for emmett and bay. I never root for cheaters, but they were so perfect together and made each other so happy.

    • Lauren says:

      I absolutely loved Bay and Emmett, but I think the cheating may have ruined them for me. I’m waiting to see how Emmett is in the new season. I can’t blame you for rooting for them though, they were so adorable when they were together.

      • Ari says:

        Agreed! I loved Emmett and Bay! I was so disappointed that him cheating was the obstacle the writers decided to put in their way. Cheating is a definite no no for me. I am worried about how they move forward with Emmett’s story line. It really kind of changed how I viewed his character. I am looking forward to the new episodes though!

  2. Emma says:

    Mat Vairo is going to be fantastic as a new love interest for Bay. Have you heard the boy sing? Wow.

  3. Marcie says:

    Very surprised this show is still on, yet Jane by Design gets cancelled. We can’t even bring ourselves to watch all the episodes on Netflix. So boring.

    • ggny says:

      If i remember right SAB is ABC Family highest rated show. And even though i loved JBD it was ABC Family lowest

      • Brandy says:

        PLL is the highest rated show,then S@B/Secret Life for two & three( not sure the order), I expect Switched ratings to be low cause of the long hiatus& cause ,soon it’ll have a lot of competition when regular tv season starts for broadcast networks.

    • You think SAB is boring, and Jane By Design is interesting? I like both shows, but the main problem with Jane By Design is that it just kept recycling story lines, and you could see story lines coming from a mile away.

      • Ari says:

        I was just about to post the exact same thing! I loved Jane by Design but there wasn’t much forward motion. I think it could have gotten better if they’d gotten picked up.

  4. ziyal says:

    can’t believe it’s still season 1 for this show, but am so excited that it’s coming back!!

  5. mia says:

    I was shocked at how addictive and wonderful this show was when I started watching. Its just a really fantastic, well done show. Plus the ableist narratives are awesome.
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Bay/Emmett; they were so wonderful together. But I could never forgive someone for cheating on me and so I don’t want to see Bay forgive Emmett. He crossed a line and he ruined the relationship.
    I just hope Bay doesn’t make too many bad decisions as a result of her anger.

    • What made his cheating worse was that it was with Bay’s ex-best friend, a person she’s warned both Daphne and Toby about. Can’t remember if Bay told Emmett about Simone but I have a feeling that he was so angry about things at the time that he wouldn’t have cared. Really stupid on his part, IMO

  6. Spike2705 says:

    I’m disappointed to hear that Wilke won’t be back as the actor has gone to another show. I loved Wilke and Daphne together, they were fun and sarcastic and played well off each other. Wilke brought out the non-perfect side of Daphne. Bring Wilke back for Daphne!!!!

  7. Lisa (@KittyKay3) says:

    Great Premiere of Switched at Birth. It is a great series to watch as a family. My teen daughters and I love it equally.