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Will the truth crash Nick and Sharon’s wedding?
Almost four years ago to the day, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Sharon was walking down the aisle to remarry Nick when their wedding imploded, thanks to Phyllis’ return. This week, Phyllis once again may have a huge impact on the couple’s nuptials, if Mariah decides to tell her mom about Nick’s one-night stand with his ex! Will history repeat itself in the worst possible way?
Eyes Wide Open
As the week begins, Sharon is the beaming bride-to-be, having managed to put aside her doubts over Nick’s transformation into a more ruthless — and, dare we say, Victor-like — businessman and person. “Sharon always imagined that one day she and Nick would get back together and get remarried, but she imagined they would be like they were before,” reveals Sharon Case (Sharon). “I think it was a process for her to go through to realize that they are not that way anymore, that people don’t stay the same. So she’s putting that behind her and is fine with [the new Nick]. She’s moving forward with her life, the wedding and her marriage to Nick.”
In fact, the only small
hitch in the duo’s happiness is Faith, who is approaching their upcoming marriage with more cautiousness than contentment. “Nick and Sharon are well aware how skeptical Faith is, and they feel really badly about that,” sighs the Emmy winner. “But they also know there is nothing they can do. They can’t go back and fix the past for Faith. What they can do is be better this time. And they believe that they will! They think that whatever Faith is feeling will completely go away once she sees that they are a happy, married family again!”
Ah, but what Sharon doesn’t know — that Nick spent a night in bed with Phyllis — could definitely hurt her and shatter her dream of a happily ever after! Will the blonde stunner learn the truth? Earlier, Mariah discovered the devastating secret when Summer blurted it out to her, but she isn’t racing to destroy her mom’s blissful state of mind. “At first, Mariah is just trying to make heads or tails of the truth of the matter,” previews Camryn Grimes (Mariah). “This [news] is coming from Summer, who is someone Mariah finds to be unreliable. But then Kyle confirms it, and she is forced to really wrestle with this.
“She doesn’t have any proof — just two people confirming a story,” continues the actress. “But it does kind of fall in line with the timeline, and so she’s just trying to process it and figure out the best course of action.”
And as far as Mariah is concerned, that might not be blabbing to her mom — ever! “Does she keep it from Sharon because it was just one night, and maybe it didn’t mean anything?” muses Grimes. “She’s trying to gather all the information she can and make an informed decision rather than a purely emotional one.”
A Lose/lose Scenario
Grimes admits that if her alter ego had learned about Nick’s infidelity a couple of weeks ago, when Sharon was having her own doubts about the hunk, it would have been a heck of a lot easier to reveal the secret! But seeing her mother so happy in recent days is a huge part of her dilemma. “Mariah has seen Sharon come so far in her personal journey,” she says. “Sharon’s graduated college and worked really hard to root herself and stabilize herself. And now she’s back with this man who is changing and evolving in his own right. Mariah has a love for her mom, for Nick, for her whole family, and she really wants to see this relationship work!
“Mariah also sees how Sharon keeps going back to Nick,” adds her portrayer. “There’s got to be something there! I don’t think Mariah wants to see this crash down. But what do you do when you are given this kind of information? The wedding is upon everyone, and she has to figure out what she’s going to do! She’s weighing both sides — keeping the secret or telling Sharon the truth — and trying to figure out which one will be worse!”
“Consequences” To Come!
Of course, if Mariah decides that she’d rather throw rice at the bride than the truth… Shick fans might only be getting a temporary reprieve. After all, if there is one absolute in Genoa City, it is that the truth eventually surfaces! Whether it’s today or tomorrow or years in the future, Grimes warns the audience to brace themselves for the shockwaves that will be coming. “I think there will be consequences for a long time — not just having to do with this one-time [fling]. When the secret [does come] out, it will end up setting off a chain of events that will interlink a lot of Genoa City together!”
“Mariah is weighing both sides — keeping the secret and telling the truth — and trying to figure out which one will be worse.”
Nick and Phyllis both stand to lose their significant others.
Seems like old times!
Thanks to Summer’s big mouth, Mariah’s faced with a big decision.
If this picture doesn’t prove that ignorance is bliss, nothing will!