Tonight is the fall premiere of ABC’s Award Winning series Switched At Birth. If you have not watched the show yet it tells the story of two teenage girls who discover they were accidentally switched as newborns in the hospital. Bay Kennish grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother.
Meanwhile, Daphne Vasquez, who contracted meningitis and became deaf at an early age, grew up with a single mother in a working-class neighborhood. Things come to a dramatic head when the families meet and struggle to learn how to live together for the sake of the girls.
On tonight’s show called “This Is The Color Of My Dreams” Bay returns from her summer trip with a new boyfriend. Kathryn juggles her duties as a wife and mom with her new career as an author. Daphne gets a new job. The kids return to school.
In advance of the premiere, Hyperion released a Switched At Birth book (now available at online retailers) divulging the contents of a memoir authored by the character Kathryn Kennish (played by Lea Thompson) in the series.
Tonight is going to be another fun episode that you won’t want to miss, so be sure to tune in for our live coverage of ABC Family’s “Switched At Birth” tonight at 8 PM EST! Meanwhile, while you wait for our recap hit the comments and let us know what you think of season 1 of “Switched At Birth”, so far!
Tonight’s Recap: Bay has returned home from a summer trip and is having a welcome home party. She has brought her new boyfriend, Alex, to spend time with her family and friends. She has an awkward moment with Daphne who has pretty clearly hooked up with Bay’s first love, Emmett. Bay tries to play it off like it’s fine with her but there is that pause that hangs in the air, which means otherwise. Daphne later tells Emmett that Bay now has a boyfriend
Bay’s mom attempts to talk to her about everything in general but it’s the typical mother/teen daughter relationship meaning Kathryntalks while Bay rolls her eyes. Bay also admits that she has never read her mothers book. She tells her it was nice to NOT be the girl that was switched at birth, at least for a few weeks.
Kathryn gets one of her first book reviews and it’s a four star rating which elicits cheers from the family. Daphne takes a moment to suck it up and ask Kathryn to help her get a job in a kitchen. She explains how badly she wants the job but keeps hitting walls because of being deaf. Just like that, because this is television- Daphne has not just a job, but a chef’s position in a ritzy kitchen.
Bay runs into Emmetts’ hook up at school and tells her quite simply to leave. Transfer, get out, go home and tell her mother that she wants to leave.
Daphne may have been handed the kitchen job but it turns to disaster pretty quickly. She knocks some things over and is thrown out of the kitchen by her new boss that resents her from the get go. She asks him to look at her when he speaks so that she can read his lips and he tells her straight out no way. Not everyone can do everything and if she can’t cut it in the kitchen being treated like everyone else then she can leave. He tells her to go and do the dishes because she can’t do much harm there.
Daphne later confides in Toby and tells him how afraid she is that she’ll never be given a real chance because of being deaf. She’ll always be stuck in the kitchen as a dishwasher because people will be afraid to give her a real chance.
Kathryn shows up at the restaurant ready to do battle on Daphne’s behalf but Daphne sends her packing. She wants to prove that she can hold her own in that rough kitchen without any special favors.
Meanwhile Bay decides to meet up with Emmett after breaking up with Alex, who could see that her heart was elsewhere. Emmett pleads that they were bigger than his one mistake but Bay isn’t budging. She tells him that she needs to get over him and he disagrees. He informs her that he’ll wait for her.
Daphne talks to Kathryn and tells her that she has been through discriminatory behavior her whole life and after getting upset, then she simply deals with things and she intends to deal with this too. She will prove herself and earn her spot in the kitchen doing something other than washing dishes.
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