Fans of The Young and the Restless’ Summer and Kyle Got What They’ve Been Missing, and Man, Did They Freak Out!
Sometimes, a kiss isn’t just a kiss.
For ages now, The Young and the Restless‘ Summer and Kyle have been keeping their distance. Not in their hearts, mind you, but physically, thanks to health and safety protocols which required the show to get creative when it came to love scenes.
That’s meant lots of longing glances and very little physical contact for most of our favorite pairings, with the notable exception of real-life couples like Mark Grossman (Adam) and Sharon Case (Sharon) or Brytni Sarpy (Elena) and Bryton James (Devon). But affection-starved viewers noticed recently that that lovin’ feeling is definitely returning to Genoa City.
It started a few weeks back, when Lily greeted Billy at the door of her Grand Phoenix hotel room and then, much to our collective shock, began making out with her beau. And on the episode which aired April 30, it was finally Summer and Kyle’s turn to crank up the heat.
To say fans were delighted would be an understatement along the lines of “Phyllis doesn’t much care for Sally.” The gif attached to the tweet Stacy Giannoutsos sent out seemed to sum things up nicely…
— Stacy Giannoutsos (@pghmum02) April 29, 2021
Shar, too, was pretty thrilled to see her favorites getting closer…
🥵 It’s been soooo long since #Skyle lit up my screen like that.
— Shar (@Shar_ForReal) April 30, 2021
… even if she did slightly exaggerate how long it had been since Kyle and Summer locked lips.
— Shar (@Shar_ForReal) April 30, 2021
Of course, because we soap fans have been starved for romance given everything going on in the world and how it is impacting our shows, it’s understandable that some of you wanted more. In particular, many admitted to hoping we’d soon get a much-discussed shower scene.
— Lene (@l3neee91) April 30, 2021
The big question now is whether Summer should be worried about that wistful look Kyle got while staring at pictures of his and Tara’s son, Harrison. Was that a sign of trouble to come for the happily-engaged couple? Heaven knows it wouldn’t be the first bump in the road Skyle have encountered, as evidenced by this gallery in which we trace their entire history.
<p>Summer Newman (then Samantha Bailey) and Kyle Abbott (then Garrett Ryan) spent time together growing up. Their history as kids was referenced in the present when Summer gave Kyle a framed photo of them ice-skating. </p>
<p>Troubled by her parents’ on-again, off-again relationship, teenage Summer (Hunter King) acted out, including bullying. When the older Kyle (then Blake Hood) arrived back in Genoa City, she developed a crush on him, but he told her she was too young.</p>
<p>Summer managed to make some headway with this version of Kyle (Hartley Sawyer), but after kissing Phyllis (Michelle Stafford), he cut things off with her daughter. For a time, it was believed that Summer was Jack’s (Peter Bergman’s) daughter, which also put a crimp in any “Skyle” romance.</p>
<p>After it was established that they weren’t brother and sister, and after Summer’s husband, Austin Travers (Matthew Atkinson) died, she and Kyle (then Lachlan Buchanan) finally got together and made love for the first time. Although they became lovers, Summer thought New York had changed Kyle, and the tension between their families was also an issue. Kyle eventually returned to New York.</p>
<p>Summer blew back into town with a stolen sports car and an attitude and was put on a project with Kyle (Michael Mealor) at work. Though Kyle clearly still found her attractive, he was put off by her interest in her mother’s boyfriend, Billy (Jason Thompson) and wouldn’t have sex with her after winning their bet because he wanted her to have real feelings for him.</p>
<p>Summer eventually set her sights back on Kyle, who had fallen for Lola Rosales (Sasha Calle). When Lola needed a liver transplant to save her life, Kyle agreed to marry Summer in return for her becoming a donor. Kyle was still hung up on Lola, however, and ended up married to her instead, breaking Summer’s heart.</p>
<p>Kyle got back together with Summer after realizing that he may have changed too much in order to be with Lola. He reconciled with Summer and the pair worked together at Jabot as top executives.</p>
<p>Summer and Kyle eventually remarried in Italy (offscreen) after weathering the reveal that Kyle had fathered a child with a married socialite in New York. The pair are raising his son Harrison together since the boy’s mother, Tara Locke, went to prison for embezzlement.</p>
<p>Kyle and Summer (now played by Allison Lanier) were drawn back to Genoa City from Milan when his mother, Diane, turned up alive. Kyle and Harrison flew back so Jack could break the shocking news about his mom and Summer followed, arriving just in time to attend Mariah and Tessa’s wedding, which Kyle officiated!</p>
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