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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.

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
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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
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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
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Kevin C

Totally agree Kay…

Fanny
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Fanny

Absolutely!!!

Karen
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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… Read more »

James R. Poissant
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Bostonnc

Predictable, unimaginative, lame.

Boop
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Boop

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

Bostonnc
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Michael Teale
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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Fanny

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

Karen Carlson
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Karen Carlson

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

Boop
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Carolyn Niemiec

Soaps always use a brain tumor for bad behavior.

Emma
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Bart
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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
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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
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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
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rose

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

Pat
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Pat

Hope they keep JT.

rose
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rose

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

sammie jo
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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.

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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THIS IS US: Goodbyes and Connections; Rebecca Passes Away in Penultimate Episode

Tuesday night’s penultimate episode of This Is Us, brought the long-anticipated moment in the lives of the Pearson family, when their mother, Rebecca (Mandy Moore, the matriarch, the heart and soul of the family, dies due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.  And, if come Emmy time, after all of the performances she gave this season, Mandy Moore, does not take home the Lead Actress in a Drama Series prize, something is amiss in the awards system.

That said, here we go.  I hope those who followed the Pearsons journey over six seasons had the hankies nearby for this.  In story, the focus was Rebecca’s passing, while meeting a new family, and then as viewers trying to figure out how this interconnects throughout the episode; something the show has stayed true to throughout its run; with a payoff of how they tell a themed-story when the sum of its parts is revealed.

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As Rebecca takes her final turn on this earth, everyone is notified the end is near and to say their goodbyes. While Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Kevin  (Justin Hartley) were present, Kate (Chrissy Metz) was in London trying to get back to her mom.  She then receives a devastating call from her brothers that Rebecca is running out of time.

When Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) goes to say her goodbye to Rebecca, in tears, she tells Rebecca that she does not have to worry.  She will take good care of her son, Randall.  While the family is gathered and trying to just hang and be with each other through tragedy, when all the noise stops and everyone leaves for the night, it’s just brothers Kevin and Randall who go sit with their mother in heartbreaking and realistic scenes for anyone who has gone through the death of a loved one due to this horrific disease.

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To illustrate what is going on in the mind of Rebecca in her final hours, a younger version of herself is on a train, which brings into play how she loved train rides with her own father years ago. Taking her to the afterlife, Rebecca is guided through the cars by none other than William (Ron Cephas Jones).  She also spends time having a drink with the bartender, who turns out to be the doctor (Gerald McRaney) who saved her life and delivered her children. He recounted that fateful night, when Rebecca lost one of her triplets.  As Rebecca and William get to the caboose, back in the present, it’s morning.

Now, Rebecca is still alive but waiting for someone, which, of course, is her daughter, Kate.  As Randall and Kevin look on, an emotional Kate arrives and runs to her mother’s bedside, and holding Rebecca’s hand, tells her how much she loves her.  Cutting back to Rebecca’s journey on the train, she says to William, “This is quite sad, isn’t it, the end?” Willam replies: “That’s not the way I see it, if something makes you sad when it ends, it must have been pretty wonderful when it was happening. You will see that the end is not sad, Rebecca, it’s just the start of the next incredibly wonderful thing.”

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It’s then, that Rebecca lets go and passes away with the Big Three all at her bedside.  Back to the train, Rebecca goes to the caboose lays down on a bed, and is met, in bed, by her beloved Jack (Milo Ventimiglia). In the present, Randall had whispered to his mom shortly before his death, “You tell him, hey”, and so when Rebecca lays down next to Jack, she says “hey”.

The other element to the episode was the new family we had never met before.  After a car accident, one of the sons, Marcus. is taken to the hospital in critical condition.  In the present, we think Marcus is the grown-up boyfriend of Deja, especially after she reveals to Randall that she is pregnant.

In the flashback, Marcus’ father, Kenny played by Dulé Hill, bumps into Jack at a vending machine at the hospital and we realize we are back in time when Jack went to the hospital following the Pearson family home fire.  Turns out, that Jack and Marcus were being treated by the same doctor, Dr. Spencer (Bill Irwin).  While Marcus survived after flatlining, that is when Jack suddenly didn’t, and died.  We later learn Malik turns out to be Deja’s baby daddy and boyfriend, and Marcus grows up to become a top researcher in Alzheimer’s disease and wins an award for his accomplishments.  The person who handed him the award was none other than This Is Us director and executive producer, Ken Olin.

So, what did you think of the penultimate episode of This Is Us? Did you reach for the hankies? Comment below.

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Ciara Saves Baby Bo with Assist from Heavenly Bo; Tripp Shifts Into Satan & Crashes Through Window

May Sweeps are in full bloom, and on Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the supernatural was front and center, and what Salemites hope will now and forever, put Satan behind them once and for all.

In story, Ciara (Victoria Konefal) is one tough mama. She and Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) track down AllDevil (Lindsay Arnold) and her dastardly partner in crime, Charlie Dale (another guest return of Emmy-winner Mike Manning), as the devil starts the Ceremony of Transference to make their baby a mini-Satan. However, AllDevil has a plan to keep Cin at bay. She uses a protective pentagram wall, and electrocutes Ben from penetrating it.  Then, when Ciara has to save her baby, a white light comes upon her, and she is able to push through the barrier, push out Satan, and regain her baby boy in her arms.

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Tripp (Lucas Adams) arrives on the scene and clunks Charlie over the head with a baseball bat before he tries to kill Ben. When Ben comes to and meets his young son, “Bo”, Ciara tells Tripp that AllDevil is headed to St. Luke’s where he and Johnny (Carson Boatman), who was also at the scene, head off to find her.

At University Hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) is going to get Baby “Bo” checked out as Ben and Ciara spend time with their little one in the hospital room. All of a sudden, a white light appears and Ciara’s dad, Bo Brady (the return of Peter Reckell) comes through the light. Both Ben and Ciara see the iconic Bo, and Ciara tells her dad to meet his grandson, and thanks him for saving the day at the cemetery.

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Inside the church, while upstairs, AllDevil flashes back to when Satan was inhabiting Marlena (Deidre Hall) and set fire to the place of worship 25 years ago, and fans get the actual clip of the classic moment in DAYS history. Just then, Tripp and Johnny find Satan upstairs ready to torch the place. Johnny gets a good ole’ toss across the room, leaving Tripp to fend off the devil.

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But helps is on the way as Father Eric (Greg Vaughan), John and Marlena (Deidre Hall) are there to save the day; as they begin an exorcism, of sorts. In defiance, we see AllDevil begin to crack Allie’s neck as everyone looks on in horror. Tripp admitting his love for Allie, tells the devil to come into him and let Allie go.  The shift happens as Tripp is now the devil, and in order to fight off hurting Allie or anyone, selflessly jumps out the church window and looks in dire straits.

So, what did you think of this climatic episode of Days of our Lives, with more to come with the return of Bo Brady this week? Comment below.

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