DRAMA cen­tral!

Will Sharon man­age to make Nick sec­ond- guess his new liv­ing ar­range­ment with Phyl­lis?

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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.

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