Arabella “Babe” Carey never really had a place to call home.
She and her mother, Krystal Carey, went from one town to another, up and
down the California coast looking for work. Babe never thought she would
find a place to call home until one fateful night in San Diego when she
met a shipman named JR Chandler. After a whirlwind romance, the couple
eloped. JR then revealed his true identity as heir to the Chandler Industries
fortune in Pine Valley, Pennsylvania.
Babe was nervous about meeting her new family. She made her way to the
shore to be alone. There, she met Jamie Martin. Jamie and Babe had a one-night
stand. She never meant to hurt JR. Babe was shocked to realize that Jamie
was her husband’s brother. Soon, she learned she was pregnant. She
admitted the affair to JR, and the couple anxiously awaited the results
of a paternity test.
But one more secret threatened Babe’s future with JR. JR’s
father, Adam Chandler, tracked down Babe’s first husband, Marine
helicopter pilot Paul Cramer. Only, Babe and Paul never officially divorced.
Babe needed someone she could trust. She called in the reinforcements:
her mother, Krystal Carey.
Babe was able to secure Paul’s silence and assistance with promises
of money and sex. Paul made sure that the paternity test read that JR
was the father of Babe’s baby.
Babe and new friend Bianca Montgomery were stranded in a storm when Bianca
went into labor. After successfully helping Bianca deliver a baby girl,
Babe’s own water broke. The only person she was able to get a hold
of was Paul. When Babe awoke at the hospital, JR revealed they had a healthy
baby girl, Elizabeth “Bess” Chandler. But, Bianca’s
baby, Miranda Montgomery, was lost in a helicopter crash on the way to
Unbeknownst to Babe, the child she thought to be hers was actually Bianca’s.
Krystal had suspected something was wrong and rigged a DNA test to learn
the truth about Bess. Babe realized it was her son who had died in the
plan crash. At the same time, JR just learned about her bigamy. Babe was
afraid to loose JR. She decided to keep the secret about Bess for the
sake of her marriage.
But JR was set on revenge. Though they would officially marry at Chandler
Mansion, JR began to gaslight Babe into thinking she was a bad mother.
Jamie tried to warn Babe, but she thought he was being overprotective.
After Babe nearly died of a drug overdose, Jamie went undercover to prove
that JR was behind the drugging.
Krystal’s role in the DNA switch was revealed by Dr. David Hayward.
Krystal told David he was Babe’s father to buy time so she could
leave town. Only, Krystal’s claim turned out to be true. A young
and dejected Krystal had a one-night stand with a David when he was a
Med-student at Stanford. David had just lost a child, and wanted another
chance to be a father. He decided to keep her secret.
Babe finally caught wind of JR’s plot to have her deemed an unfit
mother. By chance, Babe was stranded in Llanview. There, she met Kevin
Buchanan and his son, Asa “Ace” Buchanan, II. Babe had a strange
connection to Ace. When she learned Kevin was married to Paul’s
sister, Kelly Cramer, Babe knew Ace has to be her son. She had David covertly
run a DNA test that confirmed her suspicions. It also proved Ace was JR’s
Babe wanted to put everything back in order. She was going to kidnap Ace,
and tell Bianca and JR everything in letters. Jamie got wind of Babe’s
plan and agreed to help out. After stealing Ace, they went on the run.
Babe renamed Ace James Carey in Jamie’s honor. She hoped everything
would work out. Only, JR had burned Bianca’s letter. Babe needed
Bianca to know the truth.
Babe arranged for a secret meeting with Bianca. When Babe finally told
her the truth about Bess, Bianca lashed out at her former friend. Babe
and Jamie packed up James, and made their way to New Orleans.
Adam and JR’s goons were closing in on Babe, Jamie and James in
New Orleans. Their hero was none other than Liza Colby, who was hiding
from Adam too. She contacted Tad, who made arrangements for the young
couple to leave the country. But the Chandler goons caught up with them
again. Jamie and Babe were taken into custody.
Back in Pine Valley, Krystal took the fall for the kidnapping. Babe lost
custody of her son, who JR renamed Adam Chandler, III. Jamie did her best
to keep Babe’s mind off of loosing her family. Their happy life
together was challenged when Jamie’s great-aunt Phoebe Wallingford,
died. She left her entire estate to Jamie on the condition that he leave
Babe. Jamie responded by proposing to Babe, compromising his future and
But Babe was not about to let Jamie give up on his dream of becoming a
doctor for her. With the help of new friend Dr. Josh Madden, Babe made
it look like she was having an affair. Jamie walked in on Babe and Josh
in bed. Though they were now broken up, Babe still worried about Jamie;
especially, when it came to his relationship with seductress Amanda Dillon.
softened his strict control over Little Adam’s life when he thought
his mother, Dixie Cooney, was alive in the form of new nanny, Di Kirby.
But Babe knew something was awry. Di was Krystal’s cellmate from
prison. She turned to Adam with the information. She would help him expose
Di and protect JR, if he used his influence to get Krystal’s sentence
When the truth about Di came out, JR sunk into alcoholism. Babe climbed
in his car after he threatened to leave the country with Little Adam for
good. Drunk, JR struck down Amanda. Knowing JR’s past with controlled
substances, Babe told the police she was driving.
Greenlee Lavery gave Babe her shares of FUSION to tick off her former
partner, Kendall Slater, Bianca’s sister. Kendall still held a grudge
against Babe for keeping Miranda away from Bianca. Nonetheless, Babe began
working at the cosmetics company.
Babe and Krystal gained upper hand when it came to custody of Little Adam
when Adam drunkenly eloped with Krystal after a night of moonshine in
Crow's Hallow while investigating Di' past.
Little Adam was kidnapped around Christmas time. The ordeal brought JR
and Babe closer together. Babe began to see why she had fallen in love
with JR in the first place.
Babe and JR were on the brink of reconciliation when Janet Dillon kidnapped
her and Little Adam. JR wrongfully thought Babe went on the run again.
When the authorities found them, he was relieved to have them back in
his arms. He proposed to Babe again, and they remarried.
Babe reached out to Amanda. She offered her a job at FUSION. Simone demanded
Amanda be let go because Janet was responsible for her fiancé's,
Ethan Ramsey, death. Babe was willing to look past what Janet and Amanda
had done in the past, and give her a fresh start.
JR became distraught after learning Dixie was alive. JR became deranged
and thought Babe was going to kidnap his son again. He laid a trap for
her at FUSION. But, he mistook a pregnant Kendall for her and threw a
scaffold on her. Though JR apologized, Babe implored her husband to seek
treatment for his rage.
As JR and Babe became more distant, Babe turned to Josh. Josh still harbored
his feelings for Babe. One night, she gave in a slept with him. Regretting
what she had done, she wanted Josh to leave her alone. Only, Colby Chandler
had heard her confession to Josh about what had happened. Colby accused
Josh of molesting her the night he slept with Babe. The only to exonerate
Josh was for Babe to come clean. When JR found out, he began to drank
heavily again. He even threw himself out a window, leaving him paralyzed.
Babe successfully got eccentric pop star Zarf to sign up for the new FUSION
campaign. Zarf became very good friends with Babe. At the same time, Bianca
moved back to Pine Valley. She began working at FUSION, only adding to
the tension at the office.
Dixie ate poisoned pancakes that were meant for Babe. Dixie was the next
victim of the Satin Slayer. Everyone thought that Zoe, Zarf's new name,
was the murderer, but Babe was quick to defend her new friend. The real
killer was Alexander Cambias, sr.
Babe and JR’s marriage continued to be strained after JR learned
of Babe’s affair with Josh. Dixie had revealed that Krystal’s
baby was Tad’s and not Adam. JR was going to tell Adam if Babe did
not agree to sign over custody of Little Adam to him. But before the deal
could get through, the Satin Slayer struck again, strangling Babe in a
As Pine Valley mourned for Babe, Josh and Dr. Jeff Martin hid her away
until she recovered. Josh saw it as the only way to protect her from the
Slayer. As Babe lay in hiding, she contemplated running away with her
child again. That all changed when she saw the joy in JR’s eyes
when he found out she was alive. But Babe knew their marriage was broken.
Though she would divorce JR, she also could not see herself with Josh.
Babe and Bianca finally came to terms with their relationship. They finally
got to see their children share a birthday party. Bianca had forgiven
Babe welcomed a baby sister, Jenny Martin, into the world. Babe and Krystal
attempted to start their new lives without any Chandler men. Greenlee
returned to Pine Valley determined to reclaim her old life. She used an
out clause in her contract with Babe to regain ownership of FUSION. At
first, Greenlee made Babe’s life at FUSION so hard she was forced
to quit. But the other women made Greenlee realize what an asset Babe
had become, and forced her to make amends.
Babe continued to make up for the sins of her past. When Kendall went
into labor on their way to New York, Babe helped her through the labor
pains just as she did for Bianca. Babe and Jamie also flirted with a reunion
as he tutored her for the GED. Their brief romance was cut short with
his decision to join his doctor uncles in Africa.
Babe became smitten with the new bartender, Wes, at Krystal’s bar,
The Comeback. Wes turned out to be Richie Novak, Annie Lavery’s
estranged and allegedly sociopathic brother. Babe felt conflicted over
her growing feelings for Richie as Wes, and his alleged past. Richie maintained
he wanted to make amends because he was dying from leukemia.
Babe appealed to JR when he turned out to be a perfect bone marrow donor
match for Richie. JR was reluctant to help his ex-wife’s new boyfriend.
JR was taken into custody after he supposedly hit Zach Slater while driving
under the influence of alcohol. JR denied that he was drinking again.
Babe sensed JR was telling the truth. With Amanda’s help, she sought
to find the truth about what happened the night of the accident.
Babe caught a hooker and Richie in a private conversation about the night
JR went on a drunk bender. Babe turned to JR and the authorities with
what she saw. They determined Richie had framed JR for the crash and that
he paid off a doctor to drug and steal JR’s bone marrow. JR was
not drunk, he was sore from his under the table surgery. Richie was sent
to prison to await a hearing.
Richie blackmailed Annie to post his bail. Richie then kidnapped Babe
and took her back to the cabin where they once had a picnic. Babe quickly
saw Richie’s true colors. Richie admitted to framing JR for the
hit and run and stealing his bone marrow. If not for the timely intervention
of the FUSION women, Babe would have been Richie’s next victim.
Amanda and Babe launched a low-cost fragrance at FUSION called Bella.
Though initial reviews were good, it all changed when a few of the samples
were tainted with an irritant. The recall sunk FUSION stock and left Amanda,
the primary investor, penniless. The disaster was a plot by Adam to ruin
FUSION, and specifically Amanda and Babe.
The ordeal with Richie brought Babe and JR back together. They decided
they wanted to give their marriage a third chance for their son. JR and
Babe wanted to make a fresh start, and made plans to move back to San
Diego. Before leaving, Babe made arrangements for Annie to stay at Chandler
Mansion. Little did she know, Annie was Adam's mole to sabotage Bella.
and Babe were subpoenaed to return to Pine Valley and testify in the Bella
fragrance lawsuit. It part of Adam’s plot to keep his family in
Pine Valley. The same night a tornado came crashing through Pine Valley.
While at the Comeback, Babe was crushed by the falling roof while trying
to protect Little Adam. Babe was rushed to the hospital. She and JR made
their way to the hospital chapel, where in her dying breath, Babe said
her wedding vows.