Will Sharon manage to make Nick second- guess his new living arrangement with Phyllis?
THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Nick and Phyllis waited like… oh, a nanosecond after their previous relationships with Sharon and Billy imploded before they moved in together. Yet this week, the couple may be forced to question just how wise their hasty decision was when Sharon’s unexpected arrival puts Nick on the spot!
Seems Like Old Times
Nick has something to be thankful for when he spends Turkey Day at Victoria’s — that invited guest Billy doesn’t stick a knife between his ribs after he reveals that Phyllis has moved into his new digs! “Nick tells Billy because Billy is trying to get under his skin by jabbing him about Sharon. It’s probably not the most mature way for Nick to handle the situation!” admits his portrayer, Joshua
Morrow. “He knows [the announcement] will be looked at with one eyebrow raised, like, ‘What are you doing?’”
Let’s face it: Nick’s family members aren’t the only ones with that reaction — plenty of viewers are wondering the same thing! While Nick and Phyllis’ instant relationship brings up the word “rebound,” Morrow doesn’t believe that is exactly what’s happening. “I don’t think for one second that they are head over heels, madly in love with each other at this point. But they know each other very well. They totally get each other. In Nick’s journey (continues)
to become essentially the ruler of the universe to show his dad how it should be done, Phyllis is the only one who supported him,” he points out with a laugh. “The whole world fell apart with Nick and Sharon, and Billy and Phyllis. But because of Nick and Phyllis’ history together, they kind of fell into this very comfortable, very easy, very fun relationship. They are giving what each other needs. It’s a relationship that doesn’t have a lot of hassle and drama.”
Sharon Gets A Shock!
Well, not until the doorbell rings, and Sharon arrives! “She comes over to talk about Faith and realizes Phyllis is living there,” previews Morrow. “Nick is not happy that is how Sharon learns about it. He wanted to find a more acceptable way of telling her, maybe something more personal and not so in-your-face!”
Unfortunately, Nick never gave Phyllis the memo, and the feisty redhead gets in Sharon’s face immediately, wondering why the blonde stunner should have a problem with the living arrangement since Sharon dumped Nick at the altar! Covering her hurt, Sharon insists that she has no problem with the couple’s increased coziness, and makes a fast exit. “It kind of creates a little tension between Nick and Phyllis,” admits Morrow. “Phyllis is like,
‘Look, this is what we’re doing, it doesn’t matter how she found out — she knows now!’ But Nick says, ‘I wanted to tell her in my own way!’
“It’s a baby crack, if you will, in Nick and Phyllis’ relationship,” he continues, “because Phyllis becomes concerned that Nick is not completely all in on this. And maybe he’s not!”
Ready To Bail?
“It’s never going to be completely over for Nick and Sharon.”
Of course, if Nick still had any hopes of reuniting with Sharon, his decision to shack up with her worst rival might not have been the best decision! But “his new attitude is, ‘I’m not losing anymore! I’m going to do what I’m going to do, and everyone needs to accept it or beat it!’” reminds the actor. “If Sharon is not willing to forgive him, I think he’s brushing his hands together and moving on. I’m not agreeing with Nick here, but right now, Phyllis is all the support he needs. She’s backing him, saying all the right things. But by being with her, Nick is definitely blowing [his chances of having] any relationship with Sharon in the near future. But who’s to say what might happen two months from now?
“Nick and Sharon are each other’s Romeo and Juliet,” he adds. “It’s never going to be completely over for them. But Nick going down this path is definitely sacrificing [their relationship] for now.”
Ah, but could his ambivalence end up costing him his current liaison with Phyllis? “She and Nick are probably wondering how committed they are, and initial cracks are beginning to show,” teases Morrow. “It’s going to be a question of whether those cracks become insurmountable, and Phyllis skedaddles because Nick can’t commit to her fully!”
“I don’t know if I would call it a rebound,” says Morrow of Phyllis and Nick’s relationship. “It’s more a comfortable convenience.”
Below: “Nick tried to reach out to Sharon,” the actor notes, “multiple times.” And was rebuffed!
Nick and Phyllis shacked up so fast, Billy and Sharon hardly had time to decide whether their relationships with them were, y’know, over- over.