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Welcome back to Ship Wars! This week, we’re diving into the relationship minutiae of ABC Family’s sister-swapping drama Switched at Birth.

Bay Kennish (Vanessa Marano) has seen her fair share of loves come and go, and her fair share of heartbreak to go with them. Are you Team Ty, even though he lied in order to jump-start a breakup just so Bay wouldn’t have to deal with a long-distance relationship while he was away? Or are you Team Emmett, even though he’s broken her heart more than once despite the fact that they have an electric, to-the-ends-of-the-earth kind of connection? Does she belong with either of them? Or are you like me: Team Bay Should Be Alone for a While Because She Is Perfectly Fine with No One?

Check out our battle royale over the state of Bay’s heart below, and sound off with who you think we should be shipping for on Switched at Birth! And be sure to tune in for Switched at Birth‘s season premiere on ABC Family on Monday, August 24, at 8/7C!

Brandi McCormick, Team Bay Should Do Bay for a While: It’s not that I don’t think everyone deserves love. They do! And Bay absolutely deserves someone to love her and care for her and support her, who won’t lie or cheat or let her down. But there’s something inherently off-putting to me to play the Ship Wars game and not acknowledge that sometimes it’s important that we ship for our main characters to just be alone for a while. I’m Team Bay, aka Team It’s Okay to Be Alone, aka Team You’ll Find the Right One, I Promise.

Bay’s explosive breakups with Emmett—both when Emmett cheated on her with Simone and when Emmett revealed that he couldn’t quite get over Bay’s sexual assault last season—have no doubt shattered her heart. That’s hard to come back from once, not to mention the multiple fractures in her love life that have come at the hands of Ty, Tank, and others. Bay is an incredible young woman with so much potential—I’d just like to see her focus on those efforts for a while. She hasn’t been with a guy yet who hasn’t broken her heart in some way or another, and I think it’s important for her to slow down and focus on Bay. Her own heart, her own desires, her own future, without the distraction and potential heartbreak of yet another relationship to crowd her life.

I think Emmett and Bay have an undeniably unique bond, and I think they both taught each other a lot. And hello, swoon-worthy gestures! The timeline mural, the billboard, Bay rescuing Emmett, the catfish debacle—those all speak to me wanting to be Team Emmett. But so much of the past four seasons have been about Bay’s (and Daphne’s, for that matter) relationships that it has seemed everything else took a backseat. After the tumultuous events of the past seasons, Bay deserves a reset.

She’ll either find the One and it will be glorious … or she won’t, and she’ll be just fine. Either way, Bay Kennish is going to be okay, so long as she is her own keeper for a while.

Zakiya Jamal, Team Emmett: Bay and Emmett have had some serious up and downs. I’m the first to admit that Emmett royally screwed up last season. Letting Bay go because she was sexually assaulted was the worst thing he could do.

However, I don’t think anyone has ever understood or loved Bay as hard as Emmett once did. Never forget the timeline of love he painted on the wall, or the billboard he put up so everyone could see her art. They have a shared passion for the arts, and their ability to overcome a huge language barrier proved how hard they’re willing to work to be together.

Has Emmett screwed up sometimes? Sure. But I also think that if Emmett is able to not only apologize to Bay for letting her go in the first place, but also prove how much she really means to him, they can make it work. They both truly love each other; at the end of the day, that’s what matters.

They’re both young, so I think for now, Bay does need to be on her own. She needs to remember why she’s so amazing on her own and to follow her true passion for art, instead of following her boyfriend to California. Plus, I think she really needs time to heal from what happened between her and Tank.

But once both Emmett and Bay have taken time for themselves and grow up as individuals, I think they belong together. Emmett doesn’t realize how good he had it with Bay, and truthfully, didn’t treat her the way she deserved. If he can man up and be the good boyfriend he has been in some previous moments, I think he and Bay will be okay. They make a great couple when they’re both working together and acting as a team; I hope one day, they can be together and stay together.


What do you think, shippers? Team Bay? Team Emmett? Team someone else? Sound off!

Switched at Birth airs Mondays at 8/7C on ABC Family.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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