When we rejoin the Kennish and Vasquez families on ABC Family’s Switched at Birth this summer, the sit-in at Carlton may be far behind them, but the fallout from it is still hanging over characters’ heads as they struggle to find their new places yet again. But it is summer time in the story, too, so there are a few months before they have to worry too much about facing the drama at school, left instead to focus on issues at home and with summer jobs. Daphne (Katie Leclerc) is firmly under the Kennish wing while Regina (Constance Marie) is in rehab, and she takes to it nicely, interning for her father and hanging out at the club. Bay (Vanessa Marano) on the other hand, is asserting her independence, as we have come to expect, but also trying to reign in her own sense of family and support system after feeling like she was just burned yet again.
“She’s very stuck on being angry with Daphne. What gets revealed is it really isn’t about Noah; it’s about the fact that she didn’t stick up for her at Carlton, and that’s what’s really difficult for her,” Marano said to LA TV Insider Examiner of where the return episode, “Mother and Child Divided”, finds Bay.
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It also isn’t easy to have her birth mother pulled away from her just as they were really starting to make some ground on bonding, as well as having her birth father chasing his newborn around the world. Normally, Bay would lead on her brother Toby (Lucas Grabeel), but he is distracted planning his wedding, which Marano admitted Bay “isn’t ready for.” Luckily for her, though, Regina leaves rehab early, and rather than worry about whether or not that’s good for her long-term sobriety, Bay uses it as an opportunity to reach out and try to really kick-start their relationship.
“Bay, believe it or not, is actually an optimist. She seems so dark and heavy and whatever, but if you look at every situation that she’s ever been in, she’s like ‘Let’s have Regina move into the guest house; what could possibly go wrong!? Let’s find Angelo Sorrento; what could possibly go wrong!? Let me go to a deaf school; what could possibly go wrong!? I’ll do illegal street art on the street; what could possibly go wrong!?’ She goes into these situations not thinking of the negative outcome, and actually, I think that’s a little bit of the Kennish in her. That just does go to show that nurture does have something to do with it; Kathryn’s such an optimist, and Bay does actually get a little bit of that from her, it’s just shown a different way,” Marano said.
Adding that “Bay’s going to have a relationship with Regina whether Regina’s ready for it or not,” Marano previewed that Bay will move in with Regina– who moves in with Angelo (Gilles Marini), platonically, of course.
“They all kind of have this idea that this is going to be a picture perfect way that things are supposed to be, and it doesn’t exactly turn out that way,” Marano said.
But Bay isn’t relying solely on her biological family to distract herself without Carlton to dive into. She gets a job where she ends up reunited with an old boyfriend, Ty (Blair Redford).
“Bay gets a job at this amusement park called Maui Kansas. That’s pretty much where the season begins, but it also begins with a return from an old love interest: her boyfriend, Ty…She’s very involved at the workplace, and she’s very excited about it,” Marano said.
“She’s overwhelmed to have him back. She’s so happy he’s alive; she’s so happy to see him and when she hugs him in that first episode, she’s just overwhelmed with bliss.”
Just returned from war, though, Ty is already a little bit different from the guy Bay remembers, so they won’t be able to pick things up immediately from where they last left off.
“The whole thing with Switched at Birth is that it is about identity, and the core of the show is obviously nature versus nurture, would you be the same person if your environment is different, if what’s in your blood would still make you the person that you are? Ty’s coming back from a situation where he’s changed; he’s been through a different world; his environment was different; and it’s really an exploration of does that make him different? Does that make him not him anymore? Bay and Ty will explore that together,” Marano said.
“He’s very scared because he doesn’t want her to see the change that he believes has happened in him. He wants her to be protected and not to unload everything he’s feeling on her. [But] she has an opportunity that she’s never had before to be the person in a romantic relationship that’s leaned upon; she wants Ty to lean on her. She just wants to feel close to him and let him know that she is there for him. Really and truly there have only been a few people in her life who have been there for her, and Ty was one of them.”
Of course, many Switched at Birth fans would argue that Emmett (Sean Berdy) was another– at least at times. But Marano shared that Bay and Emmett really don’t cross paths this summer, as they left things on such bad terms, and their lives are pulling them in such different directions.
The fact that their characters are getting distance from each other doesn’t mean the audience won’t get a little taste of them together, though. Switched at Birth is doing a very special “What if?” episode later this summer that does include an alternate narrative for the young couple.
“The ‘What If?’ episode is really cool and different, and that’s kind of the way we see Bay and Emmett this season,” Marano said.
“It’s not only a ‘What If?’ between Bay and Daphne, and the Kennishes and the girls; it’s a ‘What if?’ between Bay and Emmett, [too] like what if they hadn’t met the way that they met? That’s really all I can say for now, but it’s going to be really fun.”
Switched at Birth returns to ABC Family on June 10 2013.
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