TJ sweated through the spotlight as the first openly gay offspring of a standing U.S. president, and now is struggling to keep a drug problem at bay — all while twin brother Douglas (played by James Wolk) appears to lead a perfect life. But even so, this problem child may not be Elaine’s biggest liability. “He’s definitely a problem, and he’s a problem to himself, but he wears all of that on his sleeve,” says Stan. “Whereas with everyone else, there’s a constant suppressing of feelings, prolonging what could become a traumatic outburst.” As for obvious comparisons to his Kings role (as the son of a monarch), Stan notes, “Jack Benjamin had a very specific sense of self identity, where TJ doesn’t. And as damaged or defected as TJ is, he’s very open about that.
TEACHER: You know, the glow of your father’s wealth and celebrity may be enough to sustain you through high school, Mr. Echolls. But do you know what it will get you in the real world?
LOGAN: Please say high school English teacher, please say high school English teacher.
MR. CARPENTER: Now, we’re gonna be going over a little bit of Shakespeare today.