Quote Grendel: That was a different group of writers. If the writers planned to have Nick still in love with Sharon while he was with Phyllis, then he never would have lied about Summer. During that period we still had a couple of writers held over from the Bill Bell days. That is not the case now.
Yep, and this group of writers slammed the door on Phick pretty hard. They had Nick take a hard line with Phyllis on all her lying, cheating and manipulating and divorce her. They had him move on with Avery and Nick has made it clear he DOES NOT WANT Phyllis. If they change Summer's paternity, it's the final nail in that coffin.
As for Shick, these writers have taken these two characters to being completely opposed to each other to getting along. Nick was filled with nothing by animosity towards Sharon, telling her repeatedly he didn't know her, she wasn't the woman he loved, constantly on her about Adam. Now months later, that has passed. Even when Sharon was still seeing Adam, Nick didn't judge, he told her to be careful, because he cared what happened to her. They have open honest conversations and Nick shows honest concern for Sharon and her health.
The only time Nick gives a damn about what Phyllis is doing is when Summer acts out. Particularly the fact that Phyllis turns a blind eye to it.