Natalie Pierce, Switched at Birth
Natalie Pierce (Stephanie Nogueras)
Natalie Pierce was introduced in season 2 episode 2 “The Awakening Conscience” as a rebellious Carlton student who initially did not like one of the lead characters, Bay, but eventually became her friend. She was deaf, and the show had multiple deaf and hard-of-hearing characters and scenes shot entirely in American Sign Language.
In season 2 episode 6 “Human/Need/Desire”, Natalie revealed that she was interested in girls. In season 3 she had a girlfriend, Hilary, who got kicked out from prom because she wanted to wear a tuxedo instead of a dress. Hilary only had a brief 2 episode guest appearance in Season 3, and did not appear in season 4.
Natalie did not appear in season 5, which was the show’s final season.
- 21 episodes. (credited for 22)
Female love interests:
- Hilary (Abby Walla, lesbian, guest, 2 episodes)
Relationship story arc with a woman: No
No male love interests
Relationship story arc with a man: No
Male love interest after being identified as a lesbian? No
Filter Relationship Arc:
Storyline during sweeps? No
 A relationship story arc is defined as explicit, developed on screen, and lasting more than 3 episodes. It is listed as questionable or subtext if romance is only implied, mentioned instead of shown on screen, part of a dream sequence, or otherwise not explicit for the viewer.
 Sweeps episodes air in February, May, July and November, the periods when advertising rates are set. A character is marked as "sweeps" when there is a very limited number of episodes that address their sexuality, all air during sweeps period, and the storyline is otherwise ignore/dropped.