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  03x21 - And Life Begins Right Away
 Posted: 08/19/14 06:55
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Previously on "Switched at Birth"...

I'm still really angry at you.

That's fine.

You must go to school with Travis.

Yeah, I go to Carlton.

You talk!

Wes: Two punks and this is the only frame that shows any identifying features.

It's from the entrance where they broke in, but there's nothing from the site.

How could you know and not tell me... unless you were with him.

She cost me hundreds of thousands of dollars.

This is your project, too!

I know.

Wes, if our partnership means anything to you, do not turn her in.

You should go to USC, and I should come with you.



So I have been giving a lot of thought to what I want to do after graduation.

I want to move to L.A. with Emmett.

Move to California?

Uh, let me see. That would be a "no."

I'm trying to have an adult discussion about this.

Following your boyfriend across the country like a puppy dog is not an adult move.


Emmett is gonna be busy with school.

What will you be doing?

I'm not sure yet, but I'll probably hang with Emmett...

In his dorm.

Just until I get the lay of the land, and I'll get a job right away.

And I've already started looking at art schools. I'll figure it out.

I think it's pretty clear that you haven't figured it out.

Yes, I have.

Really? So what about your airplane ticket?

And where are you gonna live after Emmett's R.A. kicks you out of his dorm?

And what about a car to get around that big old town in?

And how in God's name are you going to pay for it all?

Well, I don't know what you guys were planning on doing for my graduation gift.

Don't even finish that sentence.

For us to even consider this, you have to come up with a very realistic plan.

So you're saying if I come up with a realistic plan, I can go?




Okay, remember, everyone has to sign for their yearbook, and you don't get yours if you still have textbooks to turn in.

I think, like, 0% of this class is paying attention to you right now.

Yeah, it's seniors on their last day.

I might as well be herding cats. There we go.


How do you know? Who's told you?

Daphne: Hey, what's going on?

Carlton's closing... forever.

And Life Begins Right Away

There she is.

You're back.

Hi. How was Hawaii?

The Mahi Mahi, the Mai Tais, the view from the balcony, it was all fantastic.

Business wasn't bad either.

I can't wait to hear all about it.

Yes, you can.

Excuse me.

Well, I can smell polite shop talk from a mile away.

What you really want to know is what I'm gonna do about Daphne.

I've been worried sick.

Look, I'm sorry I got so upset before I left.

But being away was good, allowed me to clear my head and think about things.


No one will ever know she was involved.


Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

I love Hawaii Wes.


I... I can't.

I'm sorry.

It's just... too soon.

Right, of course.


That wasn't... you don't think that because you're doing something for Daphne that I...

What? No! No, God. No.

This wasn't some kind of...


I'm sorry. I just wanna keep this...

Professional. Right, right.

I got it.


Hey, those are so cool.

Graduation? Hell, yeah.

Do you have anyone else coming tomorrow?

Did you invite any of your family?

Not even your mom?

Because she's your mom.

And you only graduate from high school once.



My dad wasn't kidding.

Apartments in L.A. are expensive.

I found this small artist's loft. It's near downtown.

It's ten minutes from USC.

They need first and last, plus a security deposit.

That and my airfare, it's almost $5,000.

I'm going to need a job right away.

Oh! Maybe we could drive the thing out there to save on a plane ticket.

No, we're gonna make this work.

We just need to figure it out, that's all.

You and I are gonna be together.

I love Wes.

He said that you will not be implicated in any way.

Thank you so much.

I know it must have been hard for you to ask him for this.

Now look, we really dodged a bullet here.

You have to promise me...

That nothing like this will ever happen again.

You have my word.

Come on, let's go tell John and Kathryn.

They've been so worried since I told them about what I did.

Let's go.




What's going on?

This is Detective Markham.

Is something wrong?

She's here to arrest you.

John: Okay, so what exactly kind of trouble are we in here?

I don't have all the details yet, but they have physical evidence placing Daphne at the scene of the crime.

How did they find out?

I don't know yet.

I'll be getting all that information as a matter of discovery, but the big issue here is that Daphne is still under probation, which means that if she's convicted of these charges, it constitutes a second strike.

No, no, no, wait a second.

Okay, she was under 18 when the first strike happened...

I thought you said Wes worked this out. What happened?

Honestly, I don't know.

That plus the probation violation, Daphne will be looking at doing some time.

You mean prison?

That can't happen.

Normal sentencing guidelines would dictate a three-year prison sentence.

Three years?

She'd never have to do the full three.

More likely a year and a half.


Oh, my God.

No, absolutely not.

What about this kid Nacho? Where the hell is he in all of this?

They have a warrant out for his arrest, but presently they have no leads.

Essentially he's vanished, but that's of little relevance for Daphne's case.

Why not?

Because the D.A. is more interested in a high-profile conviction of a state senator's daughter.

And they'll be looking for someone to pay restitution for damages.

And that someone is Daphne.

We're gonna fight this.

We'll pay the damages.

We're gonna go to trial. We're gonna fight this all the way.

Okay, that's an option, and we'll assess the merits of a trial once I get the full discovery, but what you have to remember is that if Daphne loses, and I firmly believe that she could very well lose, she'd be looking at the full three years in prison.

I understand you're all upset right now, and there are no great options on the table, but I have a solid relationship with this D.A., and I could get Daphne a plea deal.

If you pay restitution and plead no contest, I could get her six months.

With good behavior, she'd be back home in 90 days.

Ninety days.

Now, she'd still have a record.

That is not going to work. I'm sorry.

We're gonna get a different lawyer.

I'm gonna do whatever it takes.

That's certainly your prerogative, but what I want you all to understand is this... no matter what you do, Daphne will do some time.

So let me get this straight.

Because I don't sleep with you, you turn my daughter in?

What are you talking about?

I just finished bailing Daphne out of jail, and now they're bringing her up on charges.

It looks like she's going to prison.

Thank you!

Well, I swear. I didn't do anything.

Really? Because you are the only one who knew about her involvement in this.

Look, anyone could have found out what happened.

Just because...

Save it.

You gave me your word, and that meant something to me, but obviously I was an idiot, because you will always be the Wes Gable that puts yourself, your money and your business first.



(Knock on door)

What took you so long?

Tank's gonna be here in an hour, so...

Can I get a rain check? Being that I just got sacked, I'm not really in that kind of mood.


Sorry, I wasn't thinking.

So have you given any thought to what's next for you?

Not really, but I like being back home.

I think I'll try and make a go of it.

That doesn't have anything to do with me, right?

I mean, do we need to talk about what this is?

Like a state of the union?

We fight and then we bonk.

Not necessarily in that order.

That is our union fully stated.

I'm not staying here because of you. I like it here.

Good. You know, 'cause I just got out of this complicated marriage and...

Toby, I like it just the way it is.

Friends with the occasional bonking.

The bonking is good.


Well, it's been a pretty crap day.

So I think I'll push off.

I'll see you tomorrow at graduation then, as friends.

See you there.

So apparently the police were able to lift Daphne's fingerprints from the damaged tractor.

And because of her previous arrest, the fingerprints were on file.

What's next then?

We're gonna fight this, right?


It wasn't even Daphne's idea.

All she did was spray some paint.

I know, but the lawyer doesn't like our chances at trial.

And the arraignment is scheduled for the day after tomorrow, so she needs an answer soon.

We've gotta do something.

I can make more calls. I can call in a favor.

It's just one lawyer, get another.

Kathryn: We need to find a better lawyer.

What are you talking about?

Find another lawyer. We can't just let her go to prison.

John: We have the best lawyer...

Just stop.

I appreciate everyone trying to help. I really do.

And maybe if I had listened to some of you and not been so stubborn, we wouldn't all be here right now, but I can't change that now.

I've made a decision.

I'm gonna take the plea deal.

This isn't like when you blackmailed Chip Coto.

You have a record. You'll go to prison.

I need to face up to what I've done, whatever the consequences.

I want us all to enjoy graduation, like we're supposed to.

Can we do that?

I just want one last day with you guys before everything changes.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a graduation speech to finish.

(Door opens)

Hey, shouldn't you be getting ready for your big day?

I need to talk to you about something.

Of course.

Okay, I don't want to seem insensitive with everything that's happening with Daphne right now.

It's all right.

We're not gonna ignore you. What's going on?

Emmett's going to USC in the fall, and I want to go with him.

And I asked my parents and my dad was really against it.

I can see why he's concerned.

L.A. is a long way away.

That's what he said, but he also said that if I put together a good plan, they'd be okay with me going.

And did you?

I lined up a job bussing cafeteria tables at l.A.C.M.A.

I found a safe, cheap apartment.

Emmett is gonna sell his motorcycle so we can buy a small car to share, and I even signed up for some extension courses at Cal arts, which is this amazing art school.

Sounds like you've done your homework.

What's stopping you?

I'm gonna need some money to get started.

First and last month's rent and some travel expenses.

It's a little under $5,000.

I was wondering if I could use some of the money that Angelo left me to cover that.

I'm proud of you.

I think Angelo would be too.

Is... is that a "yes?"

It is.

Thank you. Oh, thank you.

Thank you for trusting me.


For you.

What is this?

My realistic plan. My budget, travel expenses, housing, transportation, and my work income, all the details.

Wait a second. You have a job?

At the L.A. County Museum of Art.

What about the...

Start-up expenses?

You'll find all those details in column "b."

How are you gonna pay for the start-up expenses?

Regina is letting me have some of the money that Angelo left me.

So I'm all set.

Well, it seems your daughter is intent on revisiting her notion of moving to L.A.

Why do I have a bill for you from Dr. Larkin for an MRI?

Okay, don't freak out.

It turns out, like Angelo, I have the genetic disposition towards developing an aneurysm.

Oh, my God.

What? You have an aneurysm?

How did you find out? Why didn't you tell us?

Do you have any idea how dangerous that could be?

Okay, hold on. Just let me explain.

I don't have an aneurysm.

But that doesn't mean I won't develop one later on.

I found out when we went to Chicago to meet my cousin.

It turns out Angelo had a sister who died of an aneurysm, too, which is why I got tested by Dr. Larkin.

And I'm gonna continue to get tested regularly, but right now, that's all I can do.

And I've made my peace with it.

You could have had an aneurysm and you didn't even tell us.

I didn't tell you because I knew you would worry and that's not gonna change anything.

I didn't wanna put you guys through that.

Keeping us out of the loop shows immaturity, which is why you are not ready to go to L.A.

You're not going.

I wanted your blessing, but I'm 18 now, and I really don't need it.

I am going.

Who would've thought that we would end up graduating from the same school?

Three years ago, I didn't even know you existed.

And I had never heard of Carlton.

Do you remember that day? The day we first met?

I was so jealous of you back then.

Now you're the one with the perfect boyfriend.

The perfect life next year in L.A.


No, it's true.

You handled everything so well after Angelo died.

Daphne, I...

Thank you.



I've ruined my whole life.

Don't say that.

No, look, I know that it seems bad right now, but it is only three months.

And when you get out, you'll get back on track.

You will go to Gallaudet and then med school.

Med school?

I will be a convicted felon.

Convicted felons don't go to med school. That's over.

I had no idea.

All my plans, everything that I worked so hard for, will be gone the minute I walk into that police station.

("Graduation march" playing)

We have to go in.

I can't do it.

I can't stand up there and give this speech.

I can't.

You can do this. Come on.

I would like to welcome everyone to the 2014 Carlton School graduation.

It is with great pleasure and pride that I welcome our student speaker.

She was been voted overwhelmingly by her class to represent them today.

A young woman I have known for more than a decade, Ms. Daphne Vasquez.

Good afternoon, parents, siblings, teachers, and my fellow graduates.

Until I was eight years old, I went to a hearing school.

There I struggled to read lips, to follow what was happening around me.

Struggled to make friends.

Nobody liked to sit next to the weird, deaf girl.

But I was incredibly lucky.

Because one day, an eight year old boy walking by my playground on his way home saw me.

He took me by the hand and led me back to his house.

Introduced me to his mom.

Introduced me to sign language.

Introduced me to Carlton.

And I've been here ever since.

When they threatened to close down our school, we fought valiantly for something that we truly believed in... deaf education.

While Carlton didn't stay fully deaf, it did stay open one more year so that we all could graduate together today, and for that, I am so thankful and so proud.

I'll admit that like many of us, I was nervous about hearing students invading our campus, but I was wrong to be nervous.

The truth is one of those hearing "invaders"

became one of the best friends that I've ever had.

We weren't able to save our school this time.


But we graduate today the final class of Carlton... diverse, unified, and most of all optimistic about our future.


The last thing I'd like to say today is thank you.

A huge thank you to all of our families, but especially our siblings.

No matter how we got them.

And to our parents.

Who have been there for us, through everything.

Congratulations to all of us.

Carlton forever.

(Rock music playing Stand by me)

Travis Barnes.

Principal Rose: Emmett Bledsoe.

Sharee Gifford.

Bay Kennish.

Natalie Pierce.

Daphne Vasquez.

I present the graduating class of 2014!

Thank you for everything that you've done.

I'm Karen.


I'm Mary Beth.

Nice to meet you.

Yeah, it's really nice to meet you, too.

Your signing is really good.

I have this app.

I learn a sign a day.

That's awesome.

Thank you. I'm trying.


And here come the waterworks.

I can't believe it. My God. Look at you.

My baby graduating from high school.

You are such an incredible talented young woman.

I thought you were upset at me for moving to L.A.?

Well, I am a bit nervous.

But you're right.

You're old enough to make up your own mind.




Okay, enough tears.

How's it going, high school graduate?

Back atcha.

Hey, so kick some ass at St. Louis U. next year.

Will do. You do the same at Gallaudet.


Hey, lady.

So I'm gonna go.

But I'll see you guys at grad night, right?


Okay, see you.

You promised that we would have one more normal day.

I can't. I can't go off to some party and pretend like my whole life isn't over in a few hours.

I'm gonna sneak out of here and go to the police station and turn myself in.

Have fun for both of us.

Okay, I'm coming with you.

What? No, I don't want you to miss the...

You're not doing this alone.

Let's go.


(Engine turns over)

I'm here about the noise.

What noise?

There isn't any. It's too quiet.

Are you okay? You seemed a little down today.

Yeah, I just have a few things on my mind.

Anything you want to talk about?

My ex-wife left me a message today.

She wants an annulment.


Clean slate in the eyes of the church, I guess.

Nikki's pretty religious.

This doesn't mean that she's forgotten about you or that it didn't mean anything or even that she isn't still hurting.

I know.

I've been saying the same things to myself for the last two hours.

Thank you.

You have your music and your family and a million friends.

I do. I do.

The thing is... there's a million people to do something with, but there's just nobody to do nothing with.

That's what I miss the most.

I better... actually, I was thinking about going upstairs and doing nothing.

Do you want to come?

Yeah, I'd love that.

I know it wasn't you who pressed charges against her.

Who was it?

The owner of the construction site.

I spoke to my attorney.

I'm sorry. I shouldn't have...

It's okay.

Been a hell of a year.

I know.

I pulled out of East Riverside.

No. No, no, no.

It wasn't you or your daughter, any of this.

It was just everything.

Wasn't meant to be.

Come with me to Hawaii.


Well, your girls are out of the house.

You need something new, a fresh start.

Plus it's Hawaii.


I need you.


I'll get you your own place so there's no pressure.

It'll be great to work on something without any angry locals.

Wes, with everything that's going on with Daphne.

I know. It's bad timing.

But what are you gonna do, just sit around and be miserable?

Don't you deserve your own life?

Please just say "yes."



How did this happen?


Oh, sweetheart.

I mean, it feels like we just got her.

She's just a kid.

She's not a kid anymore.

I think we're gonna have to try to accept that.

I just cannot believe that I can't do anything more to help her.

There's nothing anybody can do.

What is going to happen to her?

I'll tell you what's going to happen to her.

She's gonna live through this.

And so are we.

Does your attorney know that you're here? I can call her.

I just want to get this over with.

You're entitled to an interpreter. I can...

No, I'm fine.

All right, go ahead.

A couple of weeks ago... I vandalized the construction site.

Excuse me.

It was me, not her.

You found Daphne's fingerprints on the tractor because she was there to stop me.

But I wouldn't listen.


Don't try to take the blame anymore.

I can't watch you do that.

Bay what...?

What's going on?

It was my biological father who died, not hers.

She barely knew him.

I was angry at my mom.

They got into a big fight before he died and I wanted to get back at her.

Hold on a second.

And the the black spray paint that was used at the site, that's mine.

I have a bunch of it in my art studio at home.

I've been doing street art for a long time now.

I can show you some of the places that I've tagged around town.

All right, stay right here.

Don't move.

I just spoke to the D.A. and if you're lying...

I'm not. It's true. I was there to stop her.

I jumped the fence at Green Street.

That's why I'm not on the ATM camera.

Okay, then. You need to come with me.

I'll need a formal statement. You can call your attorney.

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