Jun. 06, 2011
60 min.

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Switched at Birth

Two teenage girls discover they were accidentally switched as newborns in the hospital. Bay Kennish grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother, while Daphne Vasquez, who lost her hearing at an early age due to meningitis, grew up with a single mother in a poor neighborhood. Things come to a dramatic head when both families meet and struggle to learn how to live together.

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Bay Madeline Kennish

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Bay Madeline Kennish is the artistic, headstrong legal daughter of John and Kathyrn Kennish. She is the biological daughter of Regina Vasquez and Angelo Sorrento. She is a talented graffiti artist and has a wild streak.

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In the first episode, she is arrested for attempting to buy a beer with a fake ID. She questions her whole upbringing, as she tries to integrate herself into the life she would've had with Regina. She becomes attracted to Ty, an old friend of Daphne and Regina's, and they start a relationship. She often clashes with Daphne, especially when it comes to Daphne's relationship with Liam (her ex-boyfriend). She is described as a drama queen, and isn't afraid to use whatever she has to get what she wants and is not afraid to say what ever she wants. She is curious about her biological father, and tries to find out who he is. They are reunited and Bay is eager to get to know him, against the wishes of her parents and Regina.Bay gets caught sneaking around with Ty, which leads to her parents inviting him over for dinner. He reveals that he enlisted in the army, much to Bay's unhappiness. Bay gives him a painting of her trademark "Axe Girl" in an army helmet. The two almost end up sleeping together, but Bay refuses, insisting that she just came to say goodbye, and leaves the house in tears.

Later, she begins a relationship with Daphne's best friend, Emmett. The two have a turbulent relationship due to their differences, but, they are committed and make it work. Unfortunately Bay breaks up with Emmett after she finds out that he made love to her ex-best friend Simone, who was also Toby's girlfriend at the time of the fling.

Bay comes home from her trip during her summer with a new boyfriend named Alex and seems to be genuinely happily. However, things do not last long between them after it becomes clear that Bay is still not over Emmett. Her feelings become more complicated when she sees a mural Emmett painted of their relationship - with hopes of eventually making up - and this leads to her breaking it off with Alex. Bay and Emmett eventually meet up and Emmett tells Bay he is deeply sorry about what happened between him and Simone, and that it meant nothing to either of them. Despite his sincere and heart felt apology, Bay doesn't think they will ever be the same, although Emmett has still clearly not lost all hope.

Bay gets a call from her new friend Zarra, a street artist, during a dinner with Alex's parents. Zarra asks Bay to bail her out of jail. Bay then drags Alex along with her as she tries to put together the $1,500 needed. She ends up stealing money from her father's safe in an act of desperation. She soon finds out that Zarra lied to her and got her to pay for her friend's bail out as well - without telling her that was why the money was so high - and walks off supposedly promising to pay her back the money (although it is implied she does not mean it). Thus leaving Bay to pay back the money she stole from her father on her own.

Bay tries to return the cash she stole from John's business safe. By the end of the episode Bay moves out of the house and goes to live with Zarra after a fight with John and Kathryn.

Bay runs into Emmett right before she leaves the house and he picks up on her intentions. Emmett asks to go with John to find Bay. Emmett finds Bay sleeping in the back of her car at an abandoned parking lot. Bay and Emmett share a moment in which Bay realizes that Emmett really cares about her. They almost kiss, until John drives away and Emmett asks Bay if he could ride back with her.
Bay is accused of cheating on her French exam when she has simply been studying all summer but she decides to attend Carlton. She is the first to discover Angelo's secret: he got a woman pregnant.

Bay tells Zain that Regina is an alcoholic, Regina confronts Bay about telling Zain about her being an alcoholic and angrily scolds her for it. Bay, severely hurt, forgives Regina for her outburst after she comes to her room to apologize, the two then decide to keep it secret and Regina promises to go back to her classes and get help. Bay reveals her true feelings to Noah and they share an intense kiss which starts off their new and exhilarating relationship as boyfriend and girlfriend at Carlton. She breaks up with him when he confesses he has feelings for Daphne.

In the latter half of season two, Bay and Ty meet by coincidence, in an Amusement park Bay then gets a job there and the two begin to 'hang-out' as friends, and Bay expresses her concern for Ty's mental well-being. Bay's feelings for Ty slowly begin to rekindle, though she does not allow herself to fall for Ty right away. Eventually the heat rises on there relationship and she decides she's ready for sex. Ty thinks he's getting deployed on an easy training mission but it changes last minute and he discovers his life will be threatened all day every day. Fearing he will not return he decides to break Bay's heart and let's her think he cheated on her instead of telling her the truth, even though he loves her. She runs to Emmets house and asks why he cheated on her desperate for closure.

Bay moves in with Regina and Angelo for the summer, and they form a strong family bond as she gets to know her biological parents, and begin to behave as a real family, much to Kathryn and Daphne's dismay.

Episode Screenshots

01x18 - The Art Of Painting
Season 1, Episode 18
03x13 - Like a Snowball Down a Mountain
Season 3, Episode 13
01x27 - The Declaration of Independence
Season 1, Episode 27
01x02 - American Gothic
Season 1, Episode 02
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