Choosing to have Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) commit various crimes after J.T. (Thad Luckinbill) was killed on The Young and the Restless didn’t feel right. That choice moved Scott’s character from a heroic defender of her daughter Victoria (Amelia Heinle) to common criminal status. But a restoration of Nikki may be developing and it’s become possible that this ten-month storyline can also be salvaged.
Can Y&R Save The JT Storyline?
Y&R has the opportunity to generally save a storyline that has dragged on for months past what seemed to be its prime. Having Victor (Eric Braeden) falsely accused of J.T.’s murder might have made sense last summer. But seeing that occur into the new year feels like a forced plot vehicle designed to stretch the arc.
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As hardcore soap fans know, executive producer and head writer Mal Young recently departed the Young and the Restless. His final written work is still playing out, but Tony Morina has become executive producer and Josh Griffith has once again taken over as head writer. Both men were part of the back office team and accepted promotions to their new slots, which should enable a revival of Nikki’s solid character.
Nikki Is A Front Burner Character Again
Young is given credit for crafting a mystery that has proved compelling. Surely, overseeing a long arc as complex as this one took skill and guts. A number of solid performances have been delivered as a result, the addition of a strong lead character, in Rey (via the inclusion of a solid soap veteran, Jordi Vilasuso), and presenting the main topic Vickie was confronting is important.
It’s unabashedly nit-picky to say that Nikki shouldn’t have been written down while she was dealing with the after-effects of the accidental crime she committed, as it’s easy to second guess anyone in that pressured position. But critiquing the time span of this storyline is certainly fair.
Here’s hoping that Nikki’s bold defense of her husband also helps her to avoid any real jail time. While the coverup crew’s burial of Mr. Hellstrom wasn’t right, whoever has been tormenting them can be used in the arc’s finale, whenever that happens, to shift the legal burden and exonerate, or at least neutralize all that Nikki and her accomplices did after the fact. This would be a reasonable way to save the J.T. storyline.
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