“There are a couple really heartbreaking scenes for anyone who’s ever lost a parent or a spouse [like] Regina,” executive producer Lizzy Weiss told TVLine.com. “I can just imagine feeling them so present that you could see them and talk to them one last time. For people who’ve had a loss like that, it will be, yes, quite emotional.”
In “Memory the Heart,” a mysterious young woman has Bay (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne (Katie Lerlerc) flooded with memories of their deceased father Angelo, and they must decide if they should let her into their lives.
Toby is caught between his mother’s wishes to baptize his son Carlton and his wife’s feelings about faith.
Melody asks her sons to make amends so the family can be together for her birthday, but it might be too late.
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In the episode, a mysterious young woman has Bay (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne (Katie Leclerc) flooded with memories of their deceased father Angelo (Gilles Marini), and they must decide if they should let her into their lives.
The first scene has Daphne asking her mom, Regina, if she ever thinks about what happened to Angelo’s organs, which were donated; and the next is even more haunting.
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If your breath didn’t hitch in your throat just like Katie Leclerc‘s did during this scene, it definitely should have!
While there’s no new Switched at Birth this week, next week, the longtime series will air its’ 100th episode and it will remember Angelo, Bay and Daphne’s father.
When JJJ spoke to Vanessa Marano about the episode last year, they hadn’t started filming it yet.
“I don’t even know if it will be heartbreaking or not! I’m excited though for Gilles Marini to come back,” she told us.
Vanessa adds, “This entire season has a lot of returning story lines actually. We left a lot of loose ends open last season so now we’re tying everything together. There’s a lot of…it’s very much like a new year because so much time has passed and the girls are at these new places in their lives.”
Watch the heartbreaking scene below and get ready for the 100th episode!
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While Mingo and Daphne tried to figure out why dressing up like their favorite musician was racist and he can’t figure out why no one at the party had a problem with them but now it is a huge deal, most of their friends, including Iris (who pointed it out), aren’t taking to them.
“On the one hand she’s deaf. She’s Puerto Rican, or she thinks of herself as Puerto Rican even though her skin is white, but who has a bit of a blind spot or a different perspective on race,” creator Lizzy Weissopens up about the storyline.
“To really throw her into that so that she starts off confused by why something that happens is causing such a stir with her black friends. Then to really take her through a journey, but eventually we shift and we put our black characters at the forefront of the story.”
So, what’s ahead for the show and Daphne? “[She] really struggles to figure out both what she did wrong and truly understand that and then try to mend it.”
Lizzy adds, “As we shift and slowly start moving towards the perspective of our black characters, Iris in Episode 2 really grows in importance. We get to hear her voice and really hear from our black characters [about] what it feels like to walk around a campus in black skin. What are things that white students and white viewers don’t realize? Let’s really ask them.”
Who got the chance to watch the final season premiere of Switched At Birth this week?
What did you think? How were you feeling when you heard why Bay and Daphne packed up everything and headed straight home for their “family emergency”?
Showrunner Lizzy Weiss opened up about the premiere and what we’ll be seeing throughout the final season with THR, revealing that the end will come in the form of a 90-minute episode.
“We figured it out. I mean, the network was kind enough to offer me either a 90-minute or a two-hour finale. I chose the 90-minute; I felt like a two-hour would have been flabby and really strange,” she shared.
“Compared to a 44-minute episode, double that would have felt odd but I felt like that extra half-hour kind of gave us time to really give a sendoff to every important character,” Lizzy adds. (WHAT CHARACTER?!) “I think it worked out OK. We had a few weeks. It was a little faster than I had hoped but it wasn’t like we had to screech on the brakes and do a 180 or anything.”
Lizzy adds about a theme over the course of the final, and shortest season, ever for the series: “The race story is really front and center for the first half, and then we kind of move on from it.”
“But as I said, I do like to take on interesting things. But then, as I said, we moved on to the last five episodes of rounding the corner and giving everyone a sendoff so that’s the second path: Where are they going and how far have they come since we met them in the pilot five years ago?”
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