Toby’s (Lucas Grabeel) life is going to change forever. The aspiring DJ found out that he’s going to be a father on the “Switched at Birth” Season 4 summer premiere.
The announcement isn’t exactly happy. He and Lily (Rachel Shenton) broke up on bad terms and it’s already been proven that amateur DJing doesn’t really pay the bills. On top of that, Lily finds out that the baby has Down syndrome. And he can’t expect his parents to chip in much because the Kennishes are facing financial difficulties of their own thanks to a shady business manager.
What does this mean for the future? It means that Toby, and his sisters Bay (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne (Katie Leclerc) will have to grow up in the second half of this season.
Toby’s arc is the most obvious. He’s going to have to make sacrifices and reorganize his life if he wants to be any kind of ready for a kid. He can’t be as stubborn about talking to Lily. Even if the two don’t get back together he’ll have to learn to cooperate to co-parent.
Luckily, the two live close to each other so trading off responsibilities should be more convenient. However, if Toby blows off doctor’s appointments for DJ gigs, there’s going to be a lot of squabbling coming up for him.
“[Toby] is going to need the rallying and the support,” Marano explains to Zap2it.
That support means that Bay and Daphne have their own issues to work out. Bay is in the middle of tremendous heartbreak, but the premiere already showed hope of her getting her life back together.
Daphne is trying to make a relationship with Mingo (Adam Hagenbuch), despite all of her friends saying that they aren’t meant to be together. Boy trouble is going to have to take a backseat though if she really wants to be there for Toby.
As Marano explains, Season 4b will be a turbulent one for the adults of the show.
“This season, as far as the adult in the Vasquez-Kennish family, is going to be a really interesting season,” she says. “All of a sudden the roles are sort of reversed. Regina has her life together, financially and emotionally. The Kennishes are falling apart financially when we come back into this season.”
With the parents in limbo, the kids of “Switched at Birth” are going to really step up to the plate.