Pure speculation. That's what this feature about 'The Young and the Restless' entails.
'Summer Newman Abbot', was asked by her real grandmother 'Nikki Newman', to stand and shout out her anger this week. Hunter King took Melody Thomas Scott's cue and proceeded to address her unseen assailant while looking directly into the camera.
Writing staffs often mine real-life drama in order to enable actors to work through real-life situations. That's what Eric Braeden and Peter Bergman have done on countless occasions through the years.
Ray Wise is aptly portraying a character from 'Nikki' and 'Paul Williams' distant past. He's embodying the incarnation of 'Ian Ward' in modern day Genoa City whose current target just happened to be his former interest's kin.
Following his sudden departure from YR, Michael Muhney responded to an ongoing barrage of incendiary public remarks that had been made about him. At one point he quoted Ben Franklin by saying, “Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see.” He also advised everyone to be kind to everyone who was connected to this mysterious situation.
Some employees who are connected to the CBS' steamer offered carefully parsed remarks about the matter, which only added to understandable speculation among the show's fan base.
Was there a not-so-hidden message woven into this week's storyline as a form of response to all that has taken place? Because each episode is filmed many weeks in advance, there was plenty of time for management to review and approve of the exact script that was played out.
Everyone could choose to believe that the resolution to 'Summer's' storyline simply provided a way for her and 'Nikki' to come to terms with a common demon. But, the obvious subjectivity of that scene was plain for all to see.