And you thought Bay’s romantic life on Switched at Birth was complicated before…
When the ABC Family series returns for Season 2B on Monday (at 8/7c), the brunette will run into an unexpected, but familiar, face: her ex-boyfriend Ty (The Lying Game‘s Blair Redford)!
But that’s not all Bay’s got shakin’. Below, portrayer Vanessa Marano previews her character’s new living situation, her damaged relationship with Daphne and an “amazing” “What If?” episode.
TVLINE | What’s different in Bay’s life when the new season starts?
Oh, a lot of things are different. We’re picking up in the summer. We’ve never gotten a chance to see the girls outside of school. So she is working a summer job at an amusement park called Maui, Kansas, which involves a lot of Hawaii-themed wardrobe, let me tell you. And this season, we get to see Daphne living with the Kennishes and Bay living with Regina and Angelo. So we’re getting a glimpse at what life would have been like had they all been living together, and it’s not exactly the happy, picture-perfect image that they had all expected.
TVLINE | What drives her to go live with Regina and Angelo?
Regina’s returned from rehab, so a lot of things have changed. The relationship between Regina and Daphne is very damaged at this point, and that’s a very new thing because that was the strongest bond in our show. So Daphne’s been leaning a little bit more on the Kennishes, which is a little bit weird because they’re so not the mentality that she was raised with. So Bay is finally at a point where [she's thinking], “OK, if Daphne is literally living with us and getting all of your free time, then why doesn’t my real mom want to get to know me?” And she finally confronts Regina, which has been a long time coming… And Angelo’s over the moon because he thinks that finally everything’s coming up roses, and it’s the way that it’s supposed to be. He’s filled with all this excitement about trying to find his other daughter. So it’s kind of a new beginning for them. But it can’t really be a fresh start when so much has happened already, you know? Like, as much as you want it to be a clean beginning, so much has happened.
TVLINE | I find it really interesting that the girls are kind of switching places, because there’s a “What If?” episode coming up, too.
[It] is a really awesome episode. I was a little freaked out when I heard about it. I was like, “Oh, I wonder how that’s going to go,” and it was amazing. It was terrifically written by two of our writers, Chad [Fiveash] and James [Patrick Stoteraux], and David Paymer directed it. It’s really awesome. I’m super excited for everybody to see it. Basically, the episode is, what if Regina hadn’t kept the secret about the switch and everybody had found out when the girls were 3 years old? How different would life have been?
TVLINE | Most of last season, Bay and Daphne were in a really good place. But then, of course, the Noah drama happened. Is their relationship now in a worse place than ever?
It’s pretty rough [at] the beginning of the season… but Ty returns, and he was like a brother figure to Daphne. So though they’re in a really tough place, he’s come back from war and he’s in a really bad place. There’s only one person that Bay can really lean on to help her out in that situation when it comes to a boy.
TVLINE | How long is he around for?
He’s in this season quite a bit. And it’s a refreshing change because with all the new guys that we have coming into the show — and we do have a love interest for Daphne, who’s pretty awesome, coming in — this is the first one that we’ve had return. It’s really cool to play that because it brings us back to a place of where we started. And the little moments of all that first season excitement where we were establishing our characters is reignited with the return of a character.
TVLINE | Do Ty and Bay pick up where they left off? Or is it more of a, “Let’s just focus on being friends for now” situation?
They want to pick up where they left off, but he is coming back from war, so that’s a little tough. And she’s coming back from Emmett and like three other boyfriends after that and going to the deaf school and Zarra and almost running away to Mexico. A lot has changed for both of them. So it’s a big question of, is a relationship strong enough to withstand all that change and still be exactly the way that it felt when you first met?
TVLINE | Since you brought up Emmett, what does Ty’s return mean for her relationship with Emmett?
It left off pretty badly last season with the whole Noah-and-Daphne-are-together [situation], and Bay being in denial about that and Emmett not really having a right to say anything because he cheated on Bay, too. [Laughs] Worse, he even slept with a girl. They just can’t seem to get a guy to not cheat on her. [Laughs] So she will just be happy if Ty doesn’t have another lady around the corner. [Laughs] So they left off in a rough place.
TVLINE | Is Emmett giving Bay her space? He’s not really pursuing her as strongly as he was before?
Yes… They did have a moment where it was like, “You need to give me my space,” and he’s actually listening now.
For Switched at Birth‘s Regina Vasquez, readjusting to life after rehab will prove to be more than difficult.
“When Regina comes back, there’s an adjustment period,” Katie LeClerc tells TVGuide.com. “We’re used to not being a cohesive family, but it’s especially hard on [everyone].”
Adjustment is a major theme for all the characters this season after the winter finale left many of them at a crossroads: Regina (Constance Marie) accepted that she had relapsed into alcoholism; Lana (Annie Ilonzeh) ran off with Angelo’s (Gilles Marini) baby; John (D.W. Moffett) won the Senate election; Bay (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne (LeClerc) argued over a guy — again — and Toby (Lucas Grabeel) announced his engagement to Nikki (Cassi Thompson). When the series picks up Monday (8/7c, ABC Family), Regina will come home to find that life in the Kennesh and Vasquez household had moved on without her.
Check out what to expect from Regina’s recovery, an impending wedding, old and new love interests, and more from the cast and creator below.
Regina has a tough road ahead
Staying sober is difficult enough, but when Regina’s welcome home isn’t so welcomed, she’ll face a tougher reality than she imagined. “Daphne really took that opportunity with Regina being in rehab to get close to the Kennish’s and spend lost time with them,” LeClerc says. Adds Lea Thompson: “It’s really hard for Regina to adjust because she’s fragile and we think we know everything.”
A new Vasquez family
With Regina feeling like an outsider, she decides to stay with Angelo. And soon someone else is knocking on their door. “You get to see what the Sorrento family would’ve been like,” LeClerc says. But Bay joining the household doesn’t necessarily sit well with Daphne. “It’s actually Daphne’s turn to be jealous of Bay being with Regina,” Marie says. “She gets to see what it’s like for someone to come into your house and take over your mother for a little while.”
Poolside fun and bikinis galore!
Since the season takes place in the summer for the first time, “we’re excited for a fun change with bikinis, no more uniforms, no more school — just 10 episodes of what the Kennish and Vasquez Sorrento family does in the summer months,” creator Lizzy Weiss says. “Gilles is topless!” Marie adds.
A health scare
Could John’s new job be too much pressure? “For John … there’s a stress level introduced that has ramifications on what happens in Episodes 4 and 5,” Moffett says, hinting at a heart attack. “Let’s just say John doesn’t deal with the stress very well.” As for Kathryn, Thompson says she’s frustrated now that she’s back to being a housewife after the excitement of publishing of her memoir.
An It’s a Wonderful Life episode
Get ready for a “what if?” scenario, which will show viewers what life would’ve been like had Regina revealed that she had known about the switch early on. “The episode [shows] how it would have radically changed our universe,” Marie says. In addition to seeing Bay, Daphne and Toby as babies, we’ll also see major physical changes for Bay, a personality change for Daphne and a relationship change for John and Kathryn. Jokes Thompson, “I’m the expert having done Back to the Future, where I played a million aspects of the same person, so they had to come to me [for advice].”
A possible wedding
“Toby and Nikki are still engaged and in these next 10 episodes planning the wedding is a huge [arc] for my character,” Grabeel says. “But the question of the marriage actually happening is up in the air.” John and Kathryn, though, hope it doesn’t happen. “As a parent, John never thought the marriage was a good idea and he’s praying he comes to his senses.”
Bay and Daphne are at odds again
The girls are on the outs yet again when the season picks up. “The struggle with Daphne and Bay is that they want to be close and then the jealousy sets in. Their relationship gets pretty rocky,” Marano says. “But then they find a way to bond towards the end over boys again. [Bay's ex] Ty (Blair Redford) is back and Daphne gets a fabulous new love interest who is British.”