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Sizzlin’ Summer Preview: ‘The Young and the Restless’ Gets Hot, Hot, Hot!

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Sean Smith/JPI Studios
Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Forget about the sun, BBQ flames and bikini-clad bodies: The one thing that will be heating up the most this summer is CBS’ “.” From shocking secrets, babydaddy drama, rip-roaring returns and more, the CBS sudser is pulling out all of the stops in the weeks to come — and Soap Opera Network spoke with several cast members to get the exciting scoop!

Perhaps one of the most anticipated bouts of excitement is the return of Phyllis, who wakes from a coma with a new portrayer, , on Monday, August 11. “It’s a lot of drama,” teases (Kelly Andrews) of the mess that ensues when Jack’s ex wakes up to find that he’s been getting hot and heavy with the town’s new blonde. “It’s heavy catastrophe!”

McClain is hoping for at least one good cat fight, though we imagine there will be many more! “We have to roll in the mud,” the actress says with a laugh. “That would be a blast.”

And speaking of fighting, there will be plenty of it even before Phyllis wakes up, seeing as how Summer () isn’t too keen on the fact that her dad, Jack () has been snuggling up to Kelly. “Summer’s been causing lots of trouble, for sure,” McClain says. “What’s happening is that Kelly is just trying desperately to get on the good side of the family, which sometimes works and sometimes does not. It just looks like the sucking up that it is!”

Despite the fact that his daughter isn’t too fond of his new gal, Jack will continue to get closer to her. “Jack is falling farther and farther for Kelly,” Bergman teases. “But the day [that Phyllis awakes] is coming! Tick tock….”

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Sean Smith/JPI Studios

But of course, that’s not the only explosion primed to hit Genoa City. Stitch’s () secret is on the verge of finally coming out, which the actor teases could leave the doc’s life in destruction. “It’s going to harm a lot of personal relationships that he has with a lot of different people,” he previews. “It’s going to be hard for him to deal with.”

And to top it all off, he may just find out that Victoria () is pregnant with his child! “He doesn’t know now, but when he finds out, he’ll definitely want the baby to be his [rather than Billy’s],” Carrigan states. “He loves Victoria. So he’ll definitely want the baby to be his.”

But, as Heinle teases, there’s always a chance that the baby is actually Billy’s (Burgess Jenkins). “They’re telling me who it is, but I keep wondering if they’re going to change their mind,” she says of the paternity secret. “You never know. I think maybe they told me to trick me, you know? And then I’ll tell people and then I’ll be wrong!”

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If it is Billy’s, then it could create a lot of tension for Chelsea (), who’s connecting to her friend on a deeper level every day. “There will be a lot of Chelsea/Billy stuff coming in the near future,” teases Egan. “We’ve been working really closely together, and I don’t want to give too much away, but there’s been a lot of flirtation between the characters, and we’ve been working together almost every day. So you never know what could happen next!”

Speaking of babydaddy drama, (Nikki Newman) previews that the reveal that Paul () is Dylan’s () father leaves everyone in a long-running tailspin. “It creates a chain of events that are completely unexpected,” the actress teases. “It’s been really hard work — exhausting! But so much fun.”

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Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Adds (Avery Clark): “Summer is very high stakes; it’s emotional for a lot of the characters, certainly myself and Nikki and Dylan and Christine [] and Paul. I’ve spent a lot of time as the character being upset. It’s pretty intense!”

But why have just two babydaddy storylines when you can have three?! That’s the way “Y&R” rolls, as it won’t be long until the secret comes out that Sharon () switched Summer’s paternity test results, meaning everyone will find out that the girl is Nick’s () daughter rather than Jack’s! “Nick badly, even to this day, wants Summer to be his daughter; he feels like she is, and there’s a piece of his heart that knows that she is, even though the paper says it’s not,” Morrow reveals. “So it’s going to be a huge moment for him when he finds out the truth, and I’m looking forward to that.”

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Howard Wise/JPI Studios

However, the bit of good news will come with bad: Sharon’s big secret is that she was the one who switched the paternity test results. And Morrow isn’t so sure if his alter ego will take the news too kindly. “I truly don’t know what’s going to happen… but obviously, it’s going to go one of two ways: Nick is either going to understand that she was ill and not in her right mind and help her through this, or he’s going to bail. I don’t know!” the actor says. “Nick has a big heart, but he acts impulsively in times like this. I’m looking forward to seeing which way they’ll take it.”

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Sean Smith/JPI Studios

One thing he seems to know for sure: No matter what happens in the aftermath of the reveal, he’s almost positive that Jack and Nick will stand together when it comes to parenting Summer — who’s soon headed down a very rocky road of her own with Austin ()! “Nick and Jack have seemed to have taken a pretty mature stance on this; they both have been very understanding about each other’s feelings toward Summer,” he previews. “If I had to bet money, I’d say Jack and Nick will say ‘Let’s just raise this young woman and help her through anything. We have to make this about her, not us.’”

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Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Meanwhile, teases that summer won’t be a smooth ride for her alter ego, either! “A big secret is going to be let out very soon, and it’s going to make Lily really mad,” the actress previews, adding that the big reveal could be something that blows her family apart. “It will definitely be interesting!”

But will the secret be big enough to cause waves between Cane () and Lily? Khalil says you’ll just have to keep watching to find out! “It can be kind of tough for the writers to figure out what to do with us, because they want to create drama, and the best way to create drama is to split us up,” she teases. “But then, the fans go crazy, so they’re stuck between a rock and hard place! So we’ll have to see…”

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