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'Switched At Birth' Winter Premiere Recap: Bay & Daphne Keep Fighting Over Emmett

Tue, January 3, 2012 9:05pm EDT by Andy Swift 2 Comments

Are you Team Bay or Team Daphne? Who do YOU think Emmett should be with?

Tensions between the Kenish and Vasquez families were still running high on the Jan. 3 winter premiere of ABC Family’s Switched At Birth — and it seemed like all of their feuds could be traced back to everyone’s favorite deadbeat dad, Angelo (Gilles Marini)!

Regina (Constance Marie) tried to convince John (D.W. Moffett) to let Bay (Vanessa Marano) spend time with Angelo alone, but her plan backfired when John suggested that she tag along instead. Needless to say, this caused some tension between Regina and Daphne (Katie Leclerc), who’s still furious with Angelo for walking out on her when she was little.

If you predicted that Regina, Bay and Angelo’s night out at the jazz club would be super awkward, then feel free to pat yourself on the back. Because it was super awkward. Not only did Bay confess to dating Emmett, but Regina also butted heads with Angelo over her drinking problems.

Meanwhile, Kathryn (Lea Thompson) tried to bond with Daphne over scary movies, but Daphne decided she’d rather go see Emmett’s (Sean Berdy) band make their big music festival debut instead. She tried to have a private chat with Emmett, but her plans hit a snag when Toby (Lucas Grabeel) caught her leaving Emmett’s tent at 7 in the morning. Much freaking out ensued.

Daphne had a heart-to-heart with Wilke (Austin Butler) after the concert in which she pretty much declared her hatred for everyone — Angelo, her parents, Bay. Everybody. Well, everybody except for Emmett, who she’s obviously still crazy about. Wilke pushed her in the water to make her feel better — which was weird — but then he stripped down to join her — which was pretty spectacular.

Seriously, I can’t be the only one who wants Daphne and Wilke to hook up. Right?

Bay and Emmett had a brief scuffle of their own after she defended him against a stranger by using the not-so-smart line of “Leave him alone, he’s deaf!” And when their argument escalated and required a translator, Daphne came to the couple’s rescue — and made things kind of uncomfortable.

The girls had a luke-warm chat at the end of the episode, hinting that they might be on the way to rebuilding their friendship, but I wouldn’t expect them to be having any slumber parties anytime soon.

— Andy Swift

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