"You can't just leave! United we stand. Divided we suck."
James Tiberius "J.T." Yorke (c. 1990-2006) was a senior (Grade 12) at Degrassi Community School at the time of his death. Throughout his years of attending Degrassi, he was ultimately known as the class clown, due to his great sense of humor. He was the kind of kid everyone knew and loved, and he could light up a room with his presence. Despite his comedic ways, J.T. had to undergo numerous obstacles such as dealing drugs and putting his baby up for adoption.
J.T. was best friends with Toby Isaacs and Danny Van Zandt. He was also good friends with Emma Nelson, Manny Santos, Liberty Van Zandt, Sean Cameron, Derek Haig, and Paige Michalchuk. He had conflicts with Spinner Mason and Jay Hogart, but was on good terms with both of them at the time of his death. He was in love with Liberty Van Zandt. His life was cut short at only seventeen years old, as he was stabbed and killed outside of Emma's house during Liberty's 17th birthday party by Drake Lempkey, a very drunk Lakehurst Secondary School student. He was portrayed by Ryan Cooley.
- 1 Character History
- 2 Mentions and Legacy
- 3 Appearances
- 4 Style
- 5 Quotes
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Relationships
- 8 Interaction
J.T. was born in Toronto where he was raised by his mother. However, his grandmother began raising him after Season 1. His father abandoned the family and his mother was not able to support him on her own. In Don't Believe the Hype, he mentioned that his mother was a seamstress. It is hinted that his parents had him during high school. It is unclear where J.T.'s mother is at this point in his life, as only his grandmother makes on-screen appearances.
In Mother and Child Reunion (1), J.T. is introduced when he helps Spike carry boxes of reunion memorabilia into Degrassi with Emma and Manny. Despite claiming he is strong enough, he falls while carrying boxes and the three look back at old photos of the alumnus. As the trio walk around the school, they stumble across Toby whom J.T. runs up to perform a handshake with. It is revealed that they were friends at summer camp, and both are told to stand guard as Emma and Manny check Emma's e-mails. Later on, he and his friends hang out at the park and discuss about Emma meeting Jordan. J.T. makes jokes about Jordan but Emma shuts him up.
In Mother and Child Reunion (2), J.T. is hanging out at Toby's house when Manny runs in and expresses her concern that Emma might've gone to see Jordan. The three try to hack into Emma's e-mail to find the name of the hotel that she went to. After a couple tries, they hack into her e-mail and discover that Jordan had been hacking into Emma's e-mail to provide things to talk about. After finding the name of the hotel, the three run to the reunion to warn Spike about Emma's whereabouts.
When school started, Toby asked J.T. to run against his stepsister, Ashley, for class president to annoy her. Ashley pays J.T. eighty dollars to step down and he does.
During all of this, Liberty Van Zandt developed a crush on J.T. and bugged. J.T. pretended to be gay like Ashley's dad, but he eventually came clean. Liberty was hurt, but promised she wouldn't bug him.
J.T. also tries to win a million dollars through a Pringles contest, along with Spinner, Toby, and Liberty, but their plans fail. J.T. thought he had both of the Pringles (can) symbols needed to win, but he had two of the same symbols. However, he does come to an understanding with Liberty.
In the season finale, J.T. brings ecstasy to Ashley's end of the year party to share with Toby and Sean. Sean takes the ecstasy tablet downstairs. In Ashley's kitchen, Sean replaces it with a vitamin tablet. J.T. and Toby did not realize that Sean had replaced it with a vitamin tablet, and so they still thought that it was ecstasy.
In the first episode, Toby tells J.T. he is suited to Terri but he has a crush on Paige. J.T. asks Paige out and she is paid to do so.
Paige enjoys their date but is teased for flirting with him. After giving J.T. his first kiss, Paige asks him if they can be friends for now. J.T. is happy and agrees.
J.T. and Toby also begin to share a locker but this does not go down well. Raditch sorts the pairs troubles out when Toby evicts J.T. from their locker. Liberty then decides to do a project in Media Immersion on J.T. and he calls her boring. Liberty gets back at J.T. by decorating his locker and J.T. is almost expelled for vandalism. In the end, Liberty owns up and gives a funny yet slightly embarrassing (on J.T.'s part) presentation. They soon make up.
Liberty also discovers that J.T. is excellent at sewing. J.T. lets Liberty switch sewing projects because Liberty's project wasn't the best and J.T. doesn't care if he gets a bad grade on it. After the project that Liberty hands in, the teacher assigns Liberty to make a skirt. Knowing that she isn't the best at sewing, Liberty asks J.T. if he could make the skirt for her. J.T. finally lets in on making the skirt after Liberty threatens to tell all the boys that he is the next 'Martha Stewart'.
Liberty tells J.T. that he should be proud of his sewing talent. She, by the request of J.T. (who was afraid of his reputation being ruined by his sewing talent) takes the credit for his work but eventually tells people about J.T.'s talent. Toby teases J.T., but when Emma, Kendra and Manny ask if he could make them some clothes, this stops.
In the episode "How Soon Is Now? he notices Paige acting strange around Dean. She runs outside and he follows after her and tells her Dean's a stupid guy and she shouldn't let him make her feel weird, without knowing of the rape. Paige confesses that Dean raped her. J.T., who was Paige's friend and liked her a lot, runs inside and attacks Dean on the court, yelling that Dean's a rapist. J.T. gets Dean suspended. Later, Paige tells Dean she's pressing charges for the rape.
On the eve of Snake and Spike's wedding, J.T. and Toby persuade Craig to call a stripper for Joey, and they view the action from outside using a web camera. Joey catches him and Toby and they get grounded for a long time.
He's also being particularly disruptive in science class with Ms. Hatzilakos (whom the boys call Ms. Hot Sauce) so she puts him on detention. His friends tease him about being teacher's pet and boring. J.T. then offends and mocks Ms. Hatzilakos by shoving balloons under his shirt and onto his chest pretending he's Ms. Hatzilakos. She happens to walk in while J.T. is mocking her, and ignores J.T. for the rest of the day and the next day. However, J.T. still helps her with Isabella (pregnant guinea pig) out of the toxin-infested vents, and she says that he is a smart boy.
Liberty still has a crush on J.T. so she forces him to go to the Hawaiian themed dance in exchange for her help in finals. He had a good time, but stated that Liberty was his friend, and that's how he wanted things to stay.
When Manny changes her image, J.T. forgets about Paige and falls for her. In U Got The Look J.T. asked Manny to go to the movies but she says no because she wanted to date Sully. Emma sides with J.T. and tells Manny off for hurting him.
When J.T. tries to get into the 'In Crowd' with Paige, Spinner and other popular students he ends up ditching Toby to achieve this. J.T. teases Toby to look cool, and Toby is hurt. J.T. continues to insult and use Toby, but Toby still stands by him as his friend. When J.T. gets a wet dream about Liberty, Toby finds out about it and he blackmails J.T. When J.T. ditches him again, Toby announces his secret to the 'In Crowd' lunch table.
J.T. then appears in a commercial for French fries in order to impress Manny. When he throws a huge party to show everyone, J.T. is teased, and Manny pities him. J.T. then thinks of asking Manny to the dance, but when he sees her with Craig, he jumps to the wrong conclusion. Manny tells J.T. that Craig was just checking up on her, and they become a couple.
J.T. is still with Manny, but is feeling like Manny is not accepting him anymore. He sees Craig naked in the locker room and discovers that he has a large penis, thus making J.T. think this is the reason why Manny is not treating him the same. Danny buys J.T. a penis pump to try to solve his problem with Manny. At first, J.T. is timid about putting his penis in a pump, but reconsiders doing it for Manny. He invites her to his house one afternoon to presumably have sex, and gets caught by Manny using his pump. The next day, however, she breaks up with him because of his immaturity, and not because of the size of his manhood.
Strangely, even though Manny did not break up with J.T. because of his size, he was still insecure about it. For example, in season six, Mia Jones told J.T. that PJ J.T. is a lot of letters for such a little guy. J.T. immediately asked her what had she heard around the school, thinking by little she was referring to the size of his penis.
In the aftermath of the shooting, Danny and J.T. shun Toby for being friends with Rick. Manny soon convinces J.T. that Toby has always been there for him and he just thought Rick deserved a chance—making J.T. feel regretful of how he had treated Toby. Danny, J.T. and Toby reconciled.
J.T. and Liberty then write a play to liven up the school and Mr. Raditch doesn't like some of the content. Liberty stands up to him and gets detention with J.T. In detention, J.T. tells Liberty that what she did took guts and they kiss. From here on, they are a couple. Danny is not happy with their relationship and feels as though Liberty is too good for J.T. Danny realizes that J.T. makes his sister happy so he doesn't cause any more trouble until season 5.
J.T. and Liberty get very close over the summer, and as J.T. said to Toby, they had sexual intercourse "dozens of times." Liberty is angry that J.T. tells Toby about their sex life, as she heard him making jokes such as how handy Liberty is with his "stick shift". Upon hearing this, Liberty gets angry and tells J.T. off. She then embarrasses him by pouring ice tea down his pants in front of Toby, Emma and Manny to teach him a lesson.
Later, he apologized to Liberty for humiliating her. After hearing him apologize, Liberty felt pressured and privately revealed to him that she was pregnant. J.T. is shocked and puzzled at how this is possible, crashing his car in the process. Liberty reminds him that when they had sex during the summer, his condom accidentally slipped off his penis, thus impregnating her. J.T.
begins to feel stressed and confused and eventually breaks up with Liberty for being too controlling, although he still wants to help out with the baby and promises he would never abandon her.
However, they soon resume their relationship as they are still in love. Jay shows up at J.T.'s job at the pharmacy and tells him if he needs "real money", talk to him. J.T. reluctantly does and Jay tells him if he steals oxycodone from his job and sells it, it will be worth hundreds of dollars, enough to support him, Liberty, and the baby. Liberty is afraid to tell her parents of her pregnancy, as she fears they'll kick her out.
J.T. buys an apartment for them and Liberty tells her parents she's moving in with him and that she's pregnant. She moves in with him against their wishes. However, the landlord needs first and last month's rent upfront, and J.T. doesn't have the money and doesn't want to steal again. Liberty finds out how J.T. got the money and is furious with him.
Depressed and confused, J.T. gets more drugs and gives them to the dealer, and then overdoses on them due to his stress of losing Liberty, his job, Toby, and his family. He passes out, and Jay rushes him to the hospital. He awakens in a hospital bed and is put on suicide watch. Liberty is there with him and talks to him, eventually breaking up with him. She reveals that she is going to put the baby up for adoption when it is born.
J.T. and Liberty aren't on speaking terms, but they are both friends with Toby. J.T. frequently asks Toby to check up on Liberty and make sure that she and the baby are okay, and report back. When Liberty is too stressed, J.T. tells Ms. Hatzilakos this and she doesn't allow Liberty to do all of her student council president duties. When Liberty's water breaks, J.T. is seen at the hospital too. He does not hold his newborn son, but does get a chance to see him. Liberty spends a little while with her baby before he is given to the adoptive parents.
Toward the end of the year, during exam time, Liberty hears from her parents that the baby's adoptive parents are moving to Seattle, Washington. She and J.T. put together a "treasure box" of sorts of things that are important to them to give to the baby so that he will have something to remember them by. Liberty and J.T. also insist that Toby, Danny and Derek contribute items to it, so the baby can see all the wonderful people that were thinking of him. It is shown that the former couple are getting closer as friends once again after not speaking to one another for many months. Liberty even calls him a "good person" and they share meaningful smiles. It is proven that all the drama of the past times in his life has matured J.T. over the years, especially since grade 7 and 8.
In his senior year, J.T. met a new student named Mia Jones, who had a daughter named Isabella. They soon dated, and he became close with both of them. He got his job back as "PJ J.T." During a school girl's basketball game against Lakehurst High School, the Spirit Squad started fighting after Nic insulted Mia. J.T. hit Nic in the face with his mascot head, and was given a few weeks worth of detention. Nic told J.T. and Toby to sleep with one eye open. Later, when J.T. dated Mia, Liberty got jealous and realized she still had feelings for him.
J.T. continued to date Mia, and later found out that she had dated Nic. Nic declared "war" on Degrassi, and J.T. declared war back. J.T., along with Danny and Derek, tried to recruit people to fight them, but nobody wanted to. Toby told them to just drop it, and that if it continued, it would just get worse. The guys didn't liste, and insisted on fighting. At the request of Mia, the guys didn't fight them. However, the Lakehurst guys found Toby in the Degrassi courtyard, and beat him up, even breaking his arm.
In Rock This Town, Liberty's birthday comes up and Emma's parents are going out of town. Manny really wants to throw a party while Snake and Spike are out, but Emma mentions there's nothing to party for. J.T. gives the great but soon sober idea of throwing a birthday party for Liberty while Mia's out of town. That night J.T. is shown flirting with Liberty,, as if he wanted to get back together with her, but when she makes a move, he quickly remembers that he is with Mia.
When Liberty leaves the party, upset. J.T. talks to Toby about the situation and what he should do. Toby says that she has always been there for him and that she is reliable and that he is probably going to get bored of Mia. J.T. heads out to find Liberty and tell her that he loves her.
J.T. finds two Lakehurst boys, Johnny DiMarco and Drake Lempkey, standing by his car. Johnny appears to be urinating on J.T.'s car. J.T. then says "I get it, my car sucks. You guys slay me with your humor," sarcastically, which makes Drake somewhat mad. Drake then pulls out a knife and says, "Oh, yeah, mascot boy? Laugh at this" and stabs J.T. in his aorta. As he collapsed, Johnny is shocked and horrified at what Drake had just done. The two boys run, and Liberty finds J.T. lying motionless beside his car. She calls for help and J.T. is quickly rushed to the hospital.
At the hospital, Sean, Emma, Manny, Toby, Liberty, and a fellow Lakehurst student, Damian, wait. One of the doctors needed a family member; Emma tells her that his grandmother is coming but she won't be there for a few hours. Then, Toby tells the doctor that he was J.T.'s brother. The doctor tells Toby that J.T.'s aorta was punctured- it's a main artery and that they couldn't repair the damage and he didn't make it. Sean reacts by punching the wall, and Liberty hears it. She comes over and asks Toby if he is "ok" and asks what the doctor said stating "Tell me!". Toby doesn't answer and hugs her. Manny breaks out crying. Toby, Manny, Emma, and Sean hug Liberty. Liberty is in shock and does not say anything.
Liberty had thought that J.T. only loved Mia but she was wrong. Toby thought of telling Liberty what J.T. had told him before he died, but Manny convinced him not to.
Mia, Liberty, and Toby go to clean out his locker, Mia takes everything, and calls Liberty a "walking talking computer". Toby gets it all back and states they're not ready. Toby told Liberty to relax, and they kissed. A day later, J.T.'s funeral was held. A big memorial at Degrassi was held in remembrance, and Jimmy made t-shirts, with the proceeds going to the Yorke family. Mr. Simpson hosted the event, and many were in attendance. A respectful slide show was put together by Spinner and Peter. Toby couldn't take it and told Mia that J.T. told him he still loved Liberty right before he was murdered. Liberty overheard, and decided to let Mia show the tape of just her, J.T., and Isabella. Liberty breaks down and cries knowing J.T. loved her, and he was no longer alive.
At the end of the episode, The Bitterest Pill, Mia, Liberty and Toby open J.T.'s locker and go through all his belongings. A few days later, there were several protests against Lakehurst by Degrassi students, telling them to "go home", in honor of J.T.'s death. During the Graduation of the Degrassi class of 2007 (J.T.'s class), Liberty walks to the bulletin board to see the old pictures of J.T. In the end of graduation Liberty, Toby, Manny, and Emma (who were all close friends of J.T. since the beginning) took a cap & went to the J.T. Yorke Memorial Garden, put a cap by his picture, & put the string on the other side considering him part of the graduating class. In Jane Says Part 2, it is shown that J.T.'s memorial is still there.
In a Degrassi mini, Six Months, Liberty walks to the place where J.T. was stabbed. It's been 6 months since he was killed and she is crying silently. Toby comes and finds her, telling her how he can't wait for the day that he doesn't have to wake up and realize that his best friend is gone. In a few seconds, they are joined by Danny, Derek, Mia, Manny, and Emma. Manny tells her that they remember the death of J.T. Yorke. Paige shows up and says how he was part of her childhood. They all walk away sadly, remembering their forever gone friend. However, Danny walks back and puts the "penis pump" from Season 4 on the death place, before he leaves. The camera zooms into the candle that Liberty left and the flowers that mark their friend's death place.
Mentions and Legacy
In Don't You Want Me? (2), while dancing, Toby and Liberty talk about J.T. would have never let Toby live it down that he won Ice King at the dance. J.T. is mentioned a lot throughout season 7, especially in the premiere episodes since Lakehurst is coming to Degrassi. Toby isn't okay with this, but Liberty tells him he has to face the fact that J.T. is dead, and the whole school isn't responsible for his murder.
In Standing In The Dark (1), Toby visits J.T.'s grave and talks to him about the new Lakehurst students at Degrassi.
In Bust A Move (1), Johnny DiMarco tells the Red Pine Ascent Program for Troubled Teens group he's with that ever since his friend stabbed "that kid," he's been off the rails. He says he then thought why he has to be such a jerk before trailing off and giving up his sharing.
In We Built This City, Toby asks if Liberty has a moment for the rededication of the memorial and she excitedly asks if Ms. H approved it. He says yes and she says she'll always have time for J.T.'s memory. After graduating, Manny, Emma, Liberty, and Toby go to the J.T. Yorke memorial in the Degrassi Zen Garden, and they all smile and put a graduation hat on his memorial. Liberty flips the tassel, symbolically graduating J.T.
In Uptown Girl (2), the memorial can be seen behind Mia as she arrives to class late.
In Didn't We Almost Have It All, Liberty mentions that she had a boyfriend who was murdered (referring to J.T.), and he was the father of the baby that she gave up for adoption. The memorial can also be seen as Mia and Holly J. exit class together.
In Heart Like Mine (2), the memorial can be seen next to Fiona behind Declan has he spreads the word about the casting of his musical. Declan mentions that Fiona has "all these lunches in the Zen Garden" and her life "is starting to look like a Sofia Coppola movie."
In Why Can't This Be Love? (1), the memorial tree can be seen behind Sav and Anya while they're in biology class.
In Why Can't This Be Love (2), the memorial can be seen as Sav walks into his class to break up with Anya.
In the episode I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (1), Eli, Adam, and Sav are seen gathered at J.T.'s memorial thinking of a way to get Sav's parents out of his house so they could all attend a concert. The memorial can be seen a second time through a window behind Jenna and K.C. as they talk about K.C. giving her some pants to wear after her accident.
In Tears Dry On Their Own (2), the memorial can be seen as Alli and Jenna go over their genetics assignment.
In Still Fighting It (1), the tree that was planted in the memorial can be seen in a window behind Wesley and his uncle as they talk to Drew. It is also seen as Riley and Zane walk down the hallway towards Riley’s locker when he finds “homo” written on it.
In Don't Let Me Get Me, the memorial is seen behind Alli as she joins her science bowl team who ask her if the rumors are true about the Boiler Room and later when Connor and Wesley talk about an email from Bianca.
In Hide and Seek (1), Johnny tries to convince Alli to not go to Vancouver and to return home. Alli doesn't want to listen, but Johnny tells her that he stood next to a dude (referring to his friend Drake Lempkey) who stabbed a guy that everyone loved (referring to J.T.) and that he later on had to attend that guy's school (Degrassi) and after all of that, it was hell with his parents but they worked through it. He tells her that if he could get through all of that, then Alli could get through her family issues. The memorial is also seen multiple times in the episode when Wesley practices for his pogo stick world record in the biology classroom.
In Idioteque, Drew and Bianca were talking by the J.T. Yorke Memorial about Drew's anxiety about Vince and that they should break up.
In Lose Yourself (1), J.T.'s memorial is seen when Jenna and Alli are talking near a window.
In Mr. Brightside (2), the memorial can be seen as Julien and Owen walk into class and ice out Drew. Katie is seen sitting by the J.T. Yorke Memorial when Drew comes up to talk to her. The memorial is seen again when Alli and Clare walk into class.
In Drop It Like It's Hot (2), the memorial can be seen briefly when Alli and Jenna walk down the hallway and discuss Alli's poker playing.
In Underneath It All, the memorial tree can be seen behind Fiona as Imogen asks how her summer was, when Fiona orders sushi, and when Fiona asks Katie and Marisol if Imogen should be on their guest list. The memorial can also be seen through a window as Clare and Jake discuss taking the next step in their relationship.
In Need You Now (1), Imogen takes pictures of the tree in the atrium as Eli walks in to talk to her. The memorial space looks to be newly renovated, with the original cement revised to be a circular bench surrounding a small tree. More wooden benches line the walls of the atrium. The atrium and the tree can be seen as Tori, Maya, and Zig walk down the hall, discussing her unsuccessful Power Squad tryout.
In Need You Now (2), the atrium and tree can be seen as Connor and K.C. enter chemistry class. It is seen again behind Tori and Maya as Tori complains about being the mascot. The third time it is seen is when K.C. apologizes to Jenna the next day at the end of class. The fourth time is when K.C. joins the Science Olympics team.
In In the Cold, Cold Night (1), the plaque can be seen as Imogen and Fiona decorate the hallway for the Frostival. A plaque can be seen on the top right corner on the wall that shows the words "Memorial Garden." This is the first episode to hint at the newly renovated J.T. Yorke Memorial Garden. The second episode is the first to show the full renovation.
In In the Cold, Cold Night (2), Eli and Clare have lunch on a bench inside the atrium.
Post-vomiting in Come As You Are (2), Drew walks down the hall and the J.T. memorial plaque can be seen behind him on the wall of the atrium.
In Gives You Hell (2) (also known as Walking On Broken Glass), the memorial can be seen behind Drew and Bianca when Drew tries to apologize for his behavior and later the atrium can be seen when Clare dances for Eli in the hallway.
In Sabotage (1), the memorial plaque can be seen behind Eli when he asks Clare what Dallas means when he asks if she would like people to air her dirty laundry in public and if Eli would like to know hers.
In Doll Parts (2), the memorial can be seen through a window behind Zig and Maya as she propositions him to play lead guitar while she performs a song for the Miss Millennial Pageant. It is briefly in the shot again when Cam tries to convince Maya to take him back.
In Ray of Light (1), the memorial plaque can be seen right behind Jenna as she passes out anti-bulling buttons in the hallway outside the atrium.
In Karma Police (2), Eli's zombie short film is shot in the memorial garden and the plaque can be seen on Eli's camera feed monitor.
In You Got Me, the memorial can be seen as Drew and Mr. Simpson almost run into each other in the hallway as Drew carries decorations for the beach bash he is throwing with student council.
In Unbelievable, the memorial is briefly seen behind Imogen and Becky as they are walking in the hallway, keeping an eye on a pair of basketball players.
In Thunderstruck, the memorial can be seen behind Grace as she watches Maya ask Zig to go to the end of term dance since she now considers him her best friend. At the of the end of this episode, much of Degrassi is destroyed in a storm. It appears as though the atrium was destroyed or reconstructed and turned into more of a gardening area since the greenhouse Jake Martin built was also destroyed. The center tree is gone, as well as the cement bench that surrounded it. It is unknown if J.T.'s plaque has been taken down from the wall and placed elsewhere.
As of Degrassi: Next Class, J.T. Yorke's Memorial is no longer at Degrassi in any shape or form.
In a Degrassi Mini called Six Months, many of J.T.'s old friends gather at the site where he was killed. Liberty arrives first and places flowers by his grave. Toby comes next and unintentionally scares Liberty from behind. She tells him that she thought everyone else had forgotten about this night. Emma, Manny and Mia soon show up and mark the time as it was six months ago when Liberty found him dead - 11:47 pm. Next, Danny and Derek show up, as well as Paige. Notably, Paige apologizes for not attending the funeral due to her busy university schedule. They all have a moment of silence and soon leave. Lastly, Danny runs back and puts the penis pump by the site.
In the Degrassi Mini I Won't Forget, J.T.'s ghost is seen at Liberty's house. He asks her how her book was and she gives him the full report. He replies, "I asked you how the book was not for a book report." She tells him that it's just hard not to get passionate about something. He then replies with a compliment saying, "You're one thing that's passionate." She says that's one thing they share in common. He tells her that he can't wait to do this every night (meaning talk to each other), Liberty tells him that it will not happen because he died. "I'm lying right next to you," he replies. "It's not real, only my memories. That's all I have left now." They finish their conversation and J.T. fades away, and Liberty turns around and closes her eyes. His last (mini) line was "You know I love you." Liberty replies "I know, J.T."
Ghost of Degrassi Past
In the Degrassi Mini, Ghost of Degrassi Past, Holly J. is losing her Christmas spirit. J.T. appears out of nowhere and tells her to enjoy life and to be nice. He explains to Holly
J. that by being nasty, nothing will be better, and everything will be wrong in her life. Holly J. questions him on his identity, but he tells her to trust him, and that they are her friends. Stating they aren't her friends, Holly J. tells him that anyone of them would stab her in the back, and he replies, "Ooh been there, not pretty." He tells her that "These people need you. He (Sav) needs you! I don't even know who this guy is!" Telling her to lighten up, he loses his trend of thought for a moment when he spots Danny. J.T. compares their he
ight, saying, "Danny, wow he's gotten tall." Regaining his composure, J.T. tells Holly J. that high school is the beginning of all things and to enjoy it. He then takes a cupcake, licks it, and gives it to Holly J. But before she knows it, J.T. is gone. In the end, Holly J. regains her holiday spirit, taking J.T.'s advice. She thanks him, after finally remembering who he is, and takes a bite of the cupcake. However, she spits it out when she remembers J.T. licked it. The mini ends, and that is J.T.'s last appearance on Degrassi.
In Season 1, J.T. usually had a trademark of wearing his cap backwards. He had a short and spiky hair style and wore a ring on his middle finger. He often rode his scooter.
In Season 2, J.T.'s style was similar to Season 1.
In Season 3, J.T.'s style changed. He got rid of his cap and often wore flannel and had a Hawaiian look. His hair was longer, had a messy curly hair style, and he got bangs. He often wore necklaces. He traded his scooter with a skateboard.
In Season 4, J.T. got taller and had the same hairstyle as season 3 but a little bit shorter and neater.
In Season 5, He often wore collar shirts over long sleeves, sweater vests, and jeans.
In Season 6, he traded his skateboard for a car. He often wore plaid and tucked in his shirt. His hair was straighter than season 3.
- "Don't you think we'll be seeing enough of it over the next year?" (First Line) - Mother and Child Reunion (1)
- "I get it, my car sucks. You guys slay me with your humor." (Last words/Last Line) - Rock This Town
- "Hey, Liberty Girlfriend!" - Secrets and Lies
- "Welcome to the Issacs zone of infinite love and harmony." - Jagged Little Pill
- (about his science fair project) "It's an all natural replacement for silicone in breast implants." - Weird Science
- "If elected, I, J.T. Yorke, will do what a real politician would do: absolutely nothing. And, like a true politician, I will accept bribes." - Family Politics
- (To Liberty) J.T.: "Liberty, I'm not gay, okay?"
Liberty (To J.T.): "You lied?"
(to Liberty) J.T.: "Yes, cause you just wouldn't take a hint."
Liberty (To J.T.): "Am I really that horrible?" - Secrets and Lies
- "Actually, I gave Liberty a really good driving lesson. She's uh, she's pretty handy with the ole' stick shift." - Foolin'
- Liberty: "I've crushed on you for 4 years..."
J.T.: "Well, I guess my stomach hurts a little..." - Voices Carry (2)
- "I'm gonna go get me a big bowl of Liberty!...Oatmeal..." - Rock This Town
- (To Liberty) "What I'm saying is I'm happy. And that makes you burn. Why?" - What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost? (1)
- (To Liberty) "Look, I have a right to be happy. So stop trying to make me as miserable as you are," - What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost? (1)
- (to Liberty) "Forgive me, Libby Tibby, my ickle knobby wobby pumpkin head! Pwease!" - Secret (1)
- Mia: "That's a lot of letters for a little guy."
J.T.: "Little? What have you heard?!?" - Eyes Without A Face (1)
- (To Liberty) "The children need me!" - Eyes Without A Face (1)
- "You can't just leave! United we stand. Divided we suck." - Voices Carry (2)
- "Ace of spades...ace of clubs...they're so similar..." - Wannabe
- "Listen Tobes, you can cry if you want, but I'm not gonna give you a hug." - Mirror in the Bathroom
- (To Toby) "Still think you're invisible, Tobes?" - Mirror in the Bathroom
- "Ooh been there, not pretty!" - Ghost of Degrassi Past
- "These people need you, look at this guy, this guy needs you. I don't even know who this is!" - Ghost of Degrassi Past
- "Wow! Danny! He's gotten tall!" - Ghost of Degrassi Past
- "I bet he's 40 and drools." - Mother and Child Reunion (1)
- "Lakehurst is not gonna hurt anybody. I'm gonna handle it." - What It Feels Like to Be a Ghost? (2)
- "You know I love you." - I Won't Forget
- "Oh, Toby...little virgin Toby."
- "Wait a minute. Did you just talk to me without saying 'midget'," 'twerp', or 'dweeb'?" - How Soon Is Now?
- "Is it too much to ask for SILENCE in the peanut gallery?" - Secret (2)
- "Girls too sexy for me? I doubt it!" - Eye of the Beholder
- "Boobage, here we come!" - Eye of the Beholder
- "They're real something!" - Eye of the Beholder
- "Kate, and Jeff came home, and made us look at sites with them. Guys, too." - Eye of the Beholder
- "Oh! The Force is strong with you!" - Dressed in Black
- "Respect me, Liberty, and then maybe we can make a decision together for once." - Foolin'
- "Fine, then I can't deal with you. That's it, Liberty. I'm done." - Foolin'
- (To Liberty) "If there's something I can do for you--anything at all--I'll do it." - Weddings, Parties, Anything
- (To Liberty) "Do you realize what having a kid means? I mean, for your future.. and it's just not logical" - Turned Out (1)
- "Your hot stepsizzle dumped his ass-izzle." - Accidents Will Happen (1)
- "Liberty hold up! You're starting to show." - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
- "I run Degrassi, you have no choices." - Voices Carry (1)
- (To Liberty) "Just relax and eat a muffin! Your director said so!" - Voices Carry (1)
- "We'll be rebels." - Voices Carry (1)
- "What's your problem?" - Can't Hardly Wait
- (To Liberty) "Well, luckily for you, there are 364 non-birthdays. Good days. Days worth remembering." - Rock This Town
- "Yeah minimum wage, I'm a real tycoon." J.T. to Jay. - Turned Out (1)
- "I have something done on time for once, and we run out of time. Typical." - Shout (2)
- J.T: "I lost my girl, I lost my best friend, I lost my job, and my...my family. And now I'm probably going to jail."
Jay: "Bummer times. At least there's a party." - Turned Out (2)
- Toby: "That is not oatmeal."
J.T.: "That is a homemade meatball sub with extra cheese and spicy sauce." - Eyes Without a Face (1)
- J.T. died on Liberty's 17th birthday.
- J.T. Stuttering and not knowing what to say when talking to girls is a running gag in seasons 3, 4 (When talking to Manny) season 6 (when talking to Mia and Liberty)
- J.T. is one of four characters to appear in a mini-episode during a season in which they didn't appear. The other three are Sean Cameron, Ashley Kerwin and Paige Michalchuk.
- He, along with Spinner, appeared in 20 episodes in Season 2, more than any other character in that season.
- J.T. is of Irish descent, as revealed in Turned Out (1).
- He is one of many present and former Degrassi students who don't go by their full name. The others being:
- Toby (Tobias)
- Jimmy (James)
- Spinner (Gavin)
- Ellie (Eleanor)
- Jay (Jason)
- Alex (Alexandra)
- Rick (Richard)
- Danny (Daniel)
- Johnny (Jonathan)
- Holly J. (Holly Jeanette)
- Sav (Savtaj)
- K.C. (Kirk Cameron)
- Alli Bhandari (Allia)
- Blue (Bradley)
- Dave (David)
- Fitz (Mark)
- Drew (Andrew)
- Eli (Elijah)
- Jake (Jacob)
- Mo (Mohammed)
- Zig (Zigmund)
- Becky (Rebecca)
- Cam (Campbell)
- Dallas (Michael)
- Frankie (Francesca)
- Tiny (Deon)
- Jack (Jacqueline)
- Joey (Joseph)
- Snake (Archie)
- Wheels (Derek)
- Spike (Christine)
- L.D. (Lorraine)
- B.L.T. (Bryant Lester Thomas)
- Scooter (Scott)
- Bronco (Basil)
- Tabi (Tabitha)
- Nick (Nicholas)
- Manny (Manuela)
- All the girls J.T. has dated have been pregnant at some point, but he was only the father of Liberty's baby.
- J.T. stands for James Tiberius.
- J.T. was looking for Liberty the night he died.
- Both J.T. and Jimmy Brooks have the same birth name, James, but they both go by other names.
- J.T. went to camp with his best friend Toby during the summer of 2001 (right before Mother and Child Reunion (1))
- He was the second guy to have a wet dream in the Degrassi Franchise. The first was Arthur, and the third was Wesley.
- J.T. is represented in every season except Season 9 following his death.
- J.T. was one of eight characters to attempt suicide (Season 5, Turned Out (2)). The other seven were:
- Craig Manning (Season 2, When Doves Cry (2))
- Sean Cameron (Season 4, Back In Black)
- Darcy Edwards (Season 7, Standing In The Dark (2) and Live to Tell)
- Ellie Nash (Season 8, Degrassi Goes Hollywood)
- Mike Dallas (Season 12, Bitter Sweet Symphony (2)
- Zoë Rivas (Season 13, Believe (2))
- Maya Matlin (DNC Season 3, #ImSleep)
- J.T. reveals that he has one or two siblings in Family Politics, but they were never seen or mentioned again throughout the first six seasons.
- J.T. was on a children's television show as someone named PJ J.T.
- When he said he loved "oatmeal", he was talking about Liberty.
- After his death, two of J.T.'s ex-girlfriends had a romantic encounter with his two best friends; Liberty was briefly romantically involved with Toby and Mia was briefly romantically involved with Danny.
- J.T. lost his virginity to Liberty.
- J.T. was one of four teen fathers on the show. The other three are K.C., Lucas, and Dallas.
- Sean and Toby both made fun of J.T. when they found out he was good at sewing, but later became jealous of him after finding out that girls wanted him to measure their waists and make skirts for them.
- Toby told the doctor that J.T. was his brother after J.T. was stabbed.
- Drake had punctured J.T.'s aorta which could not be treated, so he ended up dying in the hospital.
- J.T., Mia and Owen share a line, "It's your party you can cry if you want to." J.T. said this to Liberty at her party in season 6. Mia said this to Peter at his party in Season 8. Owen said it to Anya at her party in Season 11.
- J.T. is embarrassed of his penis size, which was an running gag throughout his duration on the show.
- J.T. was one of seven characters to have a crush on a teacher. The other six were Melanie Brodie, Paige Michalchuk, Darcy Edwards, Dave Turner, Sav Bhandari and Tristan Milligan.
- In the first two seasons, he mentions his parents a lot, but in the later seasons, he's stated to live with his grandmother; additionally, his father is stated to have left the family. This was likely a retcon on the writers' part.
- J.T. has played with or taken care of two different Isabellas: Ms. Hatzilakos' guinea pig and Mia's daughter.
- J.T. was the first character to appear on a children's television show.
- J.T. only lives with his grandmother, because his mom could not raise him and his dad left the family.
- J.T. is the sixth character to die in the franchise. The others were John and Helen Wheeler, Anson, Cam, Paula, Adam, Claude, Dr. Manning and Rick.
- J.T. is the second regular to die in the franchise. The others were Claude, Cam, and Adam.
- He was the first regular to die in the Degrassi: The Next Generation era.
- J.T. is the first character to abuse oxycodone. The second was Katie.
- J.T. is the fifth guy to get a girl pregnant in Degrassi history, the others being: Shane and Christine (child kept), Erica and Jason (child aborted), Joey and Tessa (child aborted), Craig and Manny (child aborted), Lucas and Mia (child kept), K.C. and Jenna (child given up for adoption), Dallas and Vanessa (child kept), Eli and Clare (miscarriage), Miles and Lola (child aborted), and Jonah and an unnamed girl (child kept).
- J.T. is the third character to go by initials in their name (James Tiberius). The first was L.D. Delacorte (Lorraine Delacorte), the second was B.L.T. Thomas (Bryan Lester Thomas), the fourth was Holly J. Sinclair (Holly Jeanette), and the fifth was K.C. Guthrie (Kirk Cameron).
- J.T.'s death was not an original plot for his character.
- J.T. is named after Captain Kirk of the Star Trek franchise, of which executive producer Stephen Stohn is a fan. In addition to J.T.'s name, DTNG's title is a reference to Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- J.T. was the first character to be the mascot for the spirit squad. The others were Danny, Derek, Tori and Zig.
- Along with Emma, Manny and Toby, he is one of four characters to appear in all 15 episodes of Season 1.
- In The Bitterest Pill, his funeral was attended by his grandmother Mrs. Cooney, Emma, Manny, Toby, Liberty, Mia, Sean, Jimmy, Spinner, Darcy, Peter, Alex and Ms. Sauvé.
- Paige was J.T.'s first date in When Doves Cry (2).
- Manny was J.T.'s first girlfriend.
- J.T. shares similarities with former Degrassi student Yick Yu and with future Degrassi students K.C. Guthrie, Adam Torres, Mo Mashkour and Dave Turner.
- Main article: J.T.-Manny Relationship
- Manny Santos
- Main article: J.T.-Liberty Relationship
- Liberty Van Zandt
- First Relationship:
- Second Relationship:
- Main article: J.T.-Mia Relationship
- Mia Jones
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