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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: What Did You Think Of J.T. Having A Brain Tumor?

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On The Young and the Restless, the brief return of Thad Luckinbill (J.T.) put an end to the Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott), Sharon (Sharon Case), Victoria (Amelia Heinle) saga of being convicted, or part of, a murder conspiracy, when it never happened at all.  After J.T. held the women captive and turned up very much alive, and then was felled by a horrible headache, it set the stage for what many suspected … J.T. had a brain tumor.

As it turned out, J.T. was unaware, for possibly years ,that this tumor was growing which could be attributed to his behavior changes and thus causing him to be abusive towards Victoria, and everyone else around him.  Y&R towed the line in their approach when an out-of-surgery J.T. still is taking responsibility for his actions, and not whitewashing the hell he put Victoria, Victor (Eric Braeden), Nikki, and Sharon through.

On Thursday’s episode, after his son Reed (Tristan Lake Leabu) enters J.T.’s hospital room, J.T. apologizes saying that can’t make up for the pain he caused Reed, and his mom. Reed tells his father that he was a really good dad before the tumor, and sadly, when he lost his dad along the way, it felt like someone unplugged his life. J.T. says he hopes there’s a chance to plug it back in.  Reed smiles when J.T. talks about hanging with him and playing the guitar.

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J.T. thanks Victoria for bringing Reed to see him, but just then two cops enter to arrest J.T. for the attempted murder of Victor Newman and are taking him to the prison infirmary to recover from his surgery, and then to be put in prison for his crimes.   J.T. says he knows he has to do this and take responsibility for his actions.  He is whisked away in his wheelchair.

After Reed has harsh words for Victoria he runs out.  Victoria returns home and smashes belongings in her home and crumbles to the floor in tears.

So, what did you think of J.T. having a brain tumor that caused much of his behavior changes including his abusive side?  Was it the wrong move … or the right move … to get this story moving along and toward a resolution?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Kay
Kay

Best choice for a bad decision I still feel Paul and Christine should be held accountable for using him the way they did.

Kay
Kay

To clarify it was a bad decision to have JT be abusive I am glad that josh wrote in a tumor a lot of us remember him with faults but the romance with Colleen changed him I hated what MY did

Kevin C
Kevin C

Totally agree Kay…

Fanny
Fanny

Absolutely!!!

Karen
Karen

I loved having the brain tumor as the reason for JT’s violence. I have always loved the character of Jt even back when Colleen was alive. I wanted him rehabilitated. I hate that he had to leave again for prison but understand why. In that final episode, the best part for me was seeing Victoria finally dissolve at the end and hope she continues to come to terms with how she never even tried to find answers for why JT’s physical and mental health had deteriorated so much in the time he was gone. Although,at the time, it was easy to chalk it up to her insecurities and selfishness and neediness to please her father. Hopefully, Victoria can finally begin to grow up and not be so dependent on Daddy’s approval.(Probably wishful thinking,though).

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I am glad we have an answer as to why J.T. was so different. He was a hellraiser when he was younger but far from being someone physically violent towards women.

robert
robert

a tumor is lame. it feels like the new regime is trying to fix this mess Mal made. making JT an abuser never should have happened

Boop
Boop

I agree that J.T. should not have been written as an abuser; however, the brain tumor was a good choice since I know that it can happen; it happened to someone I know.

Bart
Bart

Look at it this way, Robert – this terrible year-long story-line is OVER!!!

I found it an easy out, but at least it’s over.

Margie
Margie

I agree, the tumor story was used on GH for Roger Howarth. Enough of the tumor excuse. Just get him off the show.

Bostonnc
Bostonnc

Predictable, unimaginative, lame.

Boop
Boop

Maybe predictable ; however, a good idea. What’s your choice?

Bostonnc
Bostonnc

I’m not getting millions of dollars to write these storylines so I don’t have all the answers. However, I do know that it feels like a lack of creativity when they pull out the old “I did it because I have a brain tumor” storyline….. which is also something that has been done before. Surprise us. Dig deeper. Have the character’s behavior be the result of a mental breakdown triggered by a repressed memory from childhood. Some twist that would have more depth to it than simply blaming the whole thing on a tumor.

rose
rose

Bostonnc…Totally agree with you. At least on GH they are mentioning another cause of possible bad behavior for Dante like ptsd. Seems both Y&R and GH have “borrowed” from each other re: brain tumors and alzheimers disease.

Damien
Damien

The ol JT s back!!!
Even a half ass explanation such as this is will take, anything to undo the henous misjustice that was the character assination of genoa city bad boy turned hero!
The writings much better, the background musics picked up and theres actual plots miving full steam ahead!
Now I just want Arturo to stay, more Mia and her plotting, Shick reunited, Nick out of his suit and the corporate world( doesnt suit him) .
Where is Fenn btw?. I was enjoying the ‘ young’ from young and restless scene. Hope he sticks around. Him and Anna have potential.

Lisa
Lisa

I thought it was a predictable conclusion.
Nothing new or dramatic.
I’ve watched the brain tumor story play out on another soap.

Pjc
Pjc

World’s smallest tumor creates the world’s largest diaster! Thats what i think of the plot.

Not only does it give no credence to domestic abuse that the show promoted but his bandage and coifed hair did nothing to make it believable! Come on, makeup, give him a bald cap or a bandage wrapped around his head!!!

And his escape from a watery grave was a storm drain? So JT dug down from inside a rolled up carpet instead of digging up? So dumb! And the ground RIGHT WHERE HE WAS didnt cave in?

And then Reed shows up weeks after his mom was arrested and went to trial only to ONCE AGAIN blame her for everydhing while cry he just got his murderous and abusive daddy back? And then he ran away? Who writes this crap? Victor needs to slap this kid into respect!!! His father just admitted to abusing his mother and step mother, attempted twice to kill his grandfather and the end of your scenes is “yeah daddy i want to hang out and learn how to be a man and father from you” while he screams and whines that his mother “abandoned him” (she lost custody cause of his grandfather and his father’s manipulations) and that she lied abt his disappearance?!!!

Seriously, bring Deliah back and have Reed run over by a car! Besides needing a comb, the character is nails on a chalkboard annoying.

Michael Teale
Michael Teale

This was just a “Franco” redux! Y&R took the easy way out of this storyline and could have done much more with the ending of the story than what we were served up.

Michael
Michael

Mixed feelings. Glad this tortured and tortuous story is wrapped up. So trite, though, that it was a brain tumor. Just like Stitch’s son. And who did/how was he saved once out of the river. And the heart condition. And access to Phyllis’ storage locker. So many unanswered questions #frustrating

Cindy Broenner
Cindy Broenner

Well.
Years ago when Victoria and JT got together..I liked him..but she has a habit of treating almost every man as second class citizen..they can be strong cute and a bread winner. but she is so attached to the victor syndrome..the men get bored..except for Billy.

Lew S.
Lew S.

I guess they had to find some way to rewrite what was done to the character. I am just happy the story is over! However, Victoria TOTALLY gets on my nerves!! What does this woman want?? Who does she want?? From next weeks preview, it appears she is partying with a group of young people and Billy asks, what is she doing in Vegas? Please don’t let this be a split personality storyline. PLEASE allow this woman to become her own person and not seek the approval of others! I know that is a tall order, but one can hope!

Fanny
Fanny

Great way to keep JT on Y&R… which they should truly consider. Get rid of Cain, what a dud.

Karen Carlson
Karen Carlson

Lame.My father had a brain tumour with no personality changes.

Boop
Boop

I know a person who had one with personality changes; plus, all brain tumors aren’t the same because I knew someone who had one without changes. However, both people died.

Lisa
Lisa

Well I liked him being back but the brain tumor part was not okay because sometimes abusers are really abusers and anything like brain tumors are not the cause who knows he may go back to being a abuser

Boop
Boop

I think that the brain tumor is good because J.T. and Victoria were smoking hot together. Even though they were divorcing in reality, their on screen chemistry was obvious. Plus, I hate that Mal changed J.T.’s personality so dramatically. I know that a brain tumor can change a person’s behavior because I know someone to whom it happened. I’m glad that Josh chose this route, since I like J.T.

aria
aria

I don’t watch y&r but it sounds like they either have someone from GH writing team now working over there or someone from Y&r watches/watched GH and is using one of their infamous storyline “Franco/ the tumor made me do it. looks like this j.t character is getting a reprieve.

Carolyn Niemiec
Carolyn Niemiec

Soaps always use a brain tumor for bad behavior.

Emma
Emma

With the brain tumor, they can use it to justify his behavior and find him not guilty and Victoria will take him back and they will live happily for 6 months.

mfarris70
mfarris70

What a cop out. Washing everything clean so that the abusive husband is not responsible for his actions instead of exploring a story that viewers could relate to. An insult to abused women.

Lilacslg
Lilacslg

I think this is not the case in real life. Abusers are grown. They learn from a young age how to treat their victims.For public service the story could have returned to JT’s up bringing and target the generational tragedy that emotional and physical abuse is. Only in a soap it is erased with a brain tumor leaving the victim victimized yet again.

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

As a preface, I’ll echo what other posters have said: It was a terrible idea to bring an “abusive” JT back to the show as it did not fit with the history of the character and remedying that mistake is welcome. That being said, the sudden “shifts” in the plots by a change in writers is destroying Y&R.

Y&R had one head writer (Bill Bell) for over 25 years, who was succeed for nearly a decade by his protege (Kay Alden). Y&R had 35 years of continuity in its writing. Conversely, in the past four years, there have been four different head writers. Each one of these recent writers has tried to put their “imprint” on the show — new backstories; changes in personalities of established characters; and the introduction of new characters. This has created utter chaos for the show. The place has turned into a revolving door of characters who enter and exit just as frequently as the head writers are hired and fired. The personalities of established characters change just as jarringly. (Did anyone really think Ashley could be as underhanded and scheming to her beloved relatives as Mal Young recently portrayed her?).

I welcome the “fix” of JT in this particular situation. However, it is an example of the erratic writing that is destroying Y&R. I frankly stopped watching the show as much when Paul disappeared (who, under a DIFFERENT writer, suddenly has returned with NO explanation of his nearly year long absence) and the Rosales family seemed to take over.

With the exception of the mere 10-month regime of Sally Sussman, NONE of the head writers over the past decade have been very good. The owners and network clearly realize this at some point because none last very long. They seriously need to find a good, solid writer who knows this show, can produce compelling plots, and then leave them the hell alone to write for the show. This constant change of writers is killing Y&R.

Bart
Bart

I found it to be an easy out for a horribly-paced, terribly written and drawn out story-line. The damage Mal Young did to “Y & R” is beyond belief!!

su000
su000

What do I think?

I think; Brain Tumors’ have become a Soap Opera Fad..

Brain Tumor is the new way of turning a bad person good and a good person bad- with a Brain Tumor.

Oscar and JT (both having Brain Tumor simultaneously) tells me that Brain Tumors are the new ”in thing”

As-
Y&R Dina- Alzheimers
GH Michael- Alzheimers

Y&R Lola- transplant
GH Jordan- transplant

Y&R JT brain tumor
GH Oliver Brain tumor

ALL ^^^^ running at the same time LOL crazy stuff..

OK-
list the Brain Tumor peoples and then go WOW! (lots of ’em)

rose
rose

su000…Do you think the Y&R and GH writers or whoever tap each other’s phones? And now GH borrowed Michelle/Nina is going back home to be Phyllis again. Wonder who will be Adam? Griffin?

rose
rose

su000…Whoops, read further,,,Y&R got another Adam.

Pat
Pat

Hope they keep JT.

rose
rose

Enough of the brain tumors. Had enough of them on GH from Franco to Oscar.

sammie jo
sammie jo

I thought the brain tumor was a pretty lame way to exit the story. Seems like brain tumors in soapland are as common as a cold.
The writers could have and should have come up with something more inventive.

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