[quote]Quote Starlight77: Well, I' must confess, I'm not much of a ratings watcher.. So I don't know if any one storyline is the cause to make ratings go up or down , but either way, seems to me that Mariah isn't going any where, and it's quite possible that she will indeed be connected to Shick. With that being said, because Summers Paternity isn't iron clad, and Sharon not sure what she may or May not have done, they will have to get another paternity test to settle it who Summers Father is. IF Summer ends up remaining Jacks child, and Mariah some how really being Cassie, (I know, I know, we all watched Cassie die,) but the writers are making a point to show that Sharon is naturally inclined to have a connection with her and all this talk about family. That would then set up a host of drama between Summer and Cassie/Mariah, which they already hinted at, as well as Phyllis still reminding Nick that he is the father that raised Summer..yada yada, yada, as well as Sharon pushing Nick to bond with Mariah/Cassie ,which we've already seen, but if she turns out to be Sharon's blood, then Sharon will be even more determined to see them bond, and keep her family together.
It could all be very interesting. [/quote
FL Senior has a theory which would fit in with yours ...
Mariah is a half sister of Cassie, daughter of Frank Burritt
and a different mother ... It would explain the likeness ...
if it goes that way Sharon and Nick have no blood connection
with Mariah but decided to take her under their care and treat her like family ...
Summer being Jack's can you just imagine the feud between
them and Phyllis vs Sharon for Nicks attention ...