Jerry Douglas and Christian LeBlanc, The Young and the Restless
In today's episode of The Young and the Restless, John Abbott gets a seven-year prison sentence for shooting the vile Tom Fisher (Roscoe Born). Daytime vet Jerry Douglas last airs on March 1, when the Abbott patriarch heads off to the slammer. Is this the bitter end for John? Not necessarily. Here, TVGuide.com gets the soap dish from the man himself.

TVGuide.com: You've had more airtime in this tale than you've had in years! I prefer to watch a pro like you over the teen rookies any day.
Jerry Douglas:
Thank you. Even if I die tomorrow, I have had one of the greatest story lines an actor can ask for. I don't need more. If there's more coming, that's great. I think the work we've done will make them write more for John Abbott. I really want you to watch what happens in the days after John's sentencing. I'm really proud of the work of the Abbotts because it was painful stuff they have to go through to say goodbye to John.

TVGuide.com: It's distressing whenever John has a stroke or loses his memory. Years ago, Y&R made him "forget" his risky romance with Mamie the housekeeper.
Douglas:
It bugs me just as much as you when they do it as a cop-out. The one time I thought the loss of memory was totally organic to the story line was this time. When you are a normal human being who's brought up with good values, it's shocking to shoot a gun at someone. So John was upset and he drove his car, got into an accident and had amnesia about what happened. I bought it this time. It also gave Eileen Davidson (Ashley) and Judith Chapman (Gloria) a great story of protecting John.

TVGuide.com: Indeed! It's all playing out unusually quickly for a classically slow-paced show.
Douglas:
I am thrilled with our new writer, Lynn Marie Latham, who wrote for Ted Shackelford's (Will) old series, Knots Landing. She's a very bright woman. With Lynn, the show will move at a faster pace; she doesn't like to drag it out. In 30 days we took John from remembering [Tom's] shooting to his sentencing. All the pain and passion and twists and turns really juiced me up as an actor. I loved it.

TVGuide.com: It was a hoot to see John watching over Lauren and Michael's wedding with a gun in his belt.
Douglas:
Eileen Davidson said to me, "You love walking around with that gun! You can play your old hoods again." They all remember my career before Y&R. In the '70s, I guest-starred as tough guys and killers on a lot of cop shows.

TVGuide.com: Well, John looked like quite the tough guy!
Douglas:
I asked if I could add a line after Paul (Doug Davidson) gives me the gun and says, "Be careful, John." They forget the backstory that Paul's father and I were Marines together! So I say, "Paul, I was a Marine, remember?" And Paul says, "Sorry, John." That way, the audience knows John is a tough dude. He can handle himself because he is a self-made man who came from the streets.

TVGuide.com: It'd be fun to see you behind bars in an orange jumpsuit, scrapping with the other inmates.
Douglas:
They've talked about showing John Abbott in prison. I don't know what the hell they're going to do. If they bring me back to do prison scenes, I need advance notice so I can have four or five days' beard growth and look edgy!