In this day and age, a character return isn’t as surprising as it used to be. With the internet and social media, things get leaked out pretty fast in the land of soap operas, and many times shows reveal the comeback news in an effort to win some viewers back to their soap. This doesn’t mean character returns can’t be incredible, and anyone can point to the real Jason returning on General Hospital (GH), as well as Will Horton’s return on Days of Our Lives (DOOL), as returns that truly rocked daytime drama fans. Sadly, as good as the two examples above are, there are times where character returns aren’t so epic. Below are some soap opera character returns that totally disappointed fans:
Y&R: J.T. Hellstrom
The J.T. murder “cover-up” was a pretty interesting storyline from 2018 to 2019. Was he alive? Wasn’t he? Were the ladies going to come forward? Who was going to be the first to crack? Turned out, it was Phyllis, and then when Hellstrom ended up alive, returning to the little town in 2019, everyone (including fans) was taken aback. He kidnapped the ladies on their way to prison, was exposed for having mental health issues, and his domestic abuse turned out to be one big misunderstanding! Of course it was! It’s the land of soaps! But after a hiatus of about a year, J.T. came back (to finish off the storyline), and then skipped town again within a blink of an eye. Then the entire thing was simply swept under the rug. After what all these women went through, it just seems odd that they all moved on so quickly! Including J.T.!