Monday’s Switched at Birth finale (ABC Family, 8/7c) is a game-changing hour for the entire Kennish-Vasquez squad, but as usual, it’s Bay who faces the brunt of the emotional trauma.
“Bay is told that Travis has feelings for her,” Vanessa Marano tells TVLine. “This is the first episode where she’s actually aware of it; she’s, somehow, the only person who didn’t know. So we’ll see her figure out how she actually feels about that. Honestly, I don’t think she’s ever thought of him in that way, then all of a sudden it’s thrown in her face, and she has to make a decision.”
Below, Marano previews more of the hour’s biggest moments, including the birth of Toby’s baby, the fallout with the Regina/Eric situation and, of course, the ending that made Marano ask, “What. Just. Happened?”
TVLINE | At this juncture, do you have any personal feelings about who Bay should be with?
I actually love the idea of Bay and Travis together, just because it came out of nowhere. Both of these characters were not likable when they started — she was a spoiled brat and he was really jerky — and we’ve seen them both grow into such lovely, loyal characters. That’s one thing Bay is lacking from every relationship she’s had since Emmett, because of her insecurities after being being cheated on and dumped. She’s missing that loyalty from somebody.
TVLINE | I think it’s funny how Bay, more so than Daphne, always dates deaf guys.
She’s really into deaf guys. Some people like blondes, others like brunettes — Bay likes deaf guys.
TVLINE | On a happier note, Toby has his baby this week. How was filming that scene?
It’s always really tough to shoot a baby scene, because babies are unpredictable. When you already have a scene with a lot of people, plus a baby who’s making the decision to cry — when it could just not cry — that’s really fun. … But I love babies, so I’m the only person excited when we have those scenes. I’m like, “Oh my God, there’s a baby on the set!” And everybody else is like, “Oh, God, there’s a baby on set…”
TVLINE | And what about the Regina/Eric drama? Does Bay get sucked into that, too?
She gets pretty heavily involved in that, mostly because she’s the one who let everybody know what was going on. But I feel bad for Bay, because she did the right thing. Regina was making terrible, terrible choices!
TVLINE | I’m glad you were picked up for a fifth season. Can we expect a cliffhanger?
It seems like everything’s going to wrap up in a nice, pretty little bow — and then the last five minutes happen, and you’re going to be like, “What. Just. Happened? How did we get here?!”
TVLINE | What was your reaction when you found out what was happening?
My reaction was just so many questions: “What is that? How is that? I can’t even…” just so many questions. I’d heard about what we were doing ahead of time, and I was like, “You have got to be kidding me.”
Switched fans, are you pulling for Bay to choose Travis or Emmett? What else are you looking forward to seeing Monday? Drop a comment with your every thought below.