Hazel “Krystal” Carey prided herself on teaching her daughter,
Babe Carey, self-reliance. But Babe never needed her more than when she
married boy billionaire JR Chandler. Babe had made the mistake of sleeping
with JR’s brother, Jamie Martin. Babe had one more secret: she was
still married to her first husband, Paul Cramer. Afraid of that the news
would break Babe's already fragile marriage, Krystal promised to deal
with Paul. She also did her best to point the boy’s fathers, Tad
Martin and Adam Chandler, in the wrong direction when looking into Babe’s
Tad made it a point to learn the truth about Babe to protect his sons.
Krystal worked to get Babe’s marriage to Paul annulled and keep
Tad from looking into the paternity of Babe’s child. But their loveless
sex romps soon became something more. Krystal realized she was falling
in love with Tad.
Krystal had the scare of her life when Babe went missing in a storm. Paul
rescued her. While stranded in the mountain, she and Bianca Montgomery
went into labor. Though Babe and her new daughter, Bess Chandler, were
safe, Bianca lost her daughter, Miranda Montgomery. Krystal had bad feelings
about the incident. She knew Babe was expecting a baby boy. Krystal secretly
ran and DNA test that revealed Bess was not Babe’s child, but rather,
Bianca. Knowing the truth would ruin Babe’s marriage; Krystal kept
the secret and mourned the loss of her grandson quietly.
Dr. David Hayward caught on to Krystal’s lie. He was going to tell
Bianca everything. Krystal told David he was Babe’s father to buy
herself time to leave town. David would run another DNA test and surprisingly
proved Krystal’s claim. David had slept with Krystal as a Med-student
at Stanford. Krystal had just broken up with David’s classmate,
Ron Fitzgerald. David had just lost his baby daughter, Leora, and wanted
a second chance to be a father. He decided to keep Krystal’s secret
to be a part of Babe's life.
Babe found her son alive in Llanview with Paul’s sister, Kelly Buchanan.
Babe and Jamie planned to kidnap her son, Ace Buchanan, and go on the
run. Krystal and David were going to insure that Bianca learned the truth
about Bess being Miranda. Krystal and Tad shared the pain of having to
see their children go, with no knowledge of what lay in their future.
Both were afraid of what the Chandlers would do to Jamie and Babe in retaliation.
When Bianca and Miranda were finally reunited, David and Krystal’s
part in the coverup was revealed. Bianca’s mother, Erica Kane, demanded
David and Krystal be arrested for kidnapping.
The authorities tracked Jamie, Babe and James down. They were all facing
charges for kidnapping. Krystal struck a deal with the district attorney,
taking the fall for everyone involved. Still, Babe lost custody of James,
who JR renamed Adam Chandler, III. Tad and Krystal spent one last night
together, before she went to prison.
In prison, she met another convict named Di Kirby. Di was very protective
of Krystal. Tad and Krystal continued their romance. He even proposed
to her. Krystal learned the proposal may have been a result of Tad learning
his ex-wife and JR's mother, Dixie Cooney, was alive. But when Krystal
saw a picture of the new Dixie, she realized it was Di. Adam agreed to
use his influence to get Krystal out of prison, if she exposed Di’s
Things were not as they seemed when Di successfully passed a DNA test.
Krystal and Adam were still not convinced. They went to Crow’s Hallow,
the town where Di grew up, to learn more about Di's past. She turned out
to be Dixie’s sister, explaining the similarities in DNA.
Adam and Krystal had too much fun in Crow’s Hallow. After a night
of moonshine, Krystal and Adam eloped. Adam wanted to annul the marriage,
but Krystal was not about to let him go so easily. She would only agree
to a divorce if Adam promised Babe more visitation of her son, and half
of all he owned.
Krystal refused to admit that she had fallen in love with Adam. When Janet
Dillon kidnapped Babe, Krystal was distraught. Adam comforted her through
the ordeal. JR and Babe announced their plans to remarry. Adam asked Krystal
if she wanted to renew their vows on the same day. He even gave her half
his shares of Chandler Industries.
Tad turned to Krystal after learning Dixie was really alive. Dixie had
stayed away from Pine Valley purposefully. In a moment of weakness, Krystal
slept with Tad. When she learned she was pregnant, she told Adam the child
was his to protect her marriage.
Krystal’s world came apart when the Satin Slayer killed Dixie and
Babe within weeks of each other. Krystal finally admitted to Tad and Adam
the truth about her baby. But, Krystal was not ready for the fallout.
Adam kicked her and Babe out of Chandler Mansion. She still loved Adam
and wanted to save their marriage.
That all changed when Krystal went into labor at Chandler Mansion. Adam
heartlessly turned his back on her. If not for Colby Chandler’s
intervention, Krystal would have given birth alone. Krystal and Tad named
their daughter Jenny Colby Martin, after Tad’s late sister.
Krystal and Babe were reunited when her death was revealed to be a ruse
to protect her from the Satin Slayer, Alexander Cambias. But no sooner
was shes reunited with Babe that Jenny went missing. Adam had psycho Janet
kidnap Jenny after convincing her Tad and Krystal were bad parents. After
Janet agreed to return Jenny, Krystal realized the depths of Adam’s
hate and wrote him out of her life by selling off all her assets and gifts
related to their union. Her primary customer was Palmer Cortlandt, Adam's
long time rival.
knew it was time for a new beginning. She bought the Roadside Bar with
money she got selling the jewelry Adam had given her, and renamed it The
Comeback. She even entertained a mild flirtation with Derek Frye. All
the while, Adam was spying on Krystal as Stuart. Though Krystal was upset
with Adam’s continued influence in her life, she still had feelings
for the man she once called her husband.
Tad and Krystal struggled to come to terms with the nature of their relationship.
They agreed it was best for Jenny if they tried to offer her a stable
life. They surprised everyone by marrying at Christmas time.
Krystal befriended Tad’s old friend, Dr. Angie Hubbard. Angie had
avoided coming back to Pine Valley for years because her husband Jesse
Hubbard had died in the line of duty there. Neither woman knew that Jesse
had made his way back to Pine Valley and was hiding out with Tad. Jesse
revealed he had been on the run to protect his family from a crime lord,
the Papel. Krystal staged it so that Angie would catch Jesse before he
Robert Gardner showed up at Krystal’s door looking for Tad. He was
Tad’s biological paternal uncle. Krystal had heard the tales of
the devilish Ray Gardner from Tad and Opal. Tad was weary to trust Robert.
At Jesse and Angie’s wedding, Robert revealed his true colors as
the Papel, the crime lord who had kept Jesse hidden for the last two decades.
He shot at the crowd, fatally injuring Julia Keefer and severely injuring
As Tad lay in a coma, Adam came to the hospital with news. He knew where
Kate Martin, Tad and Dixie’s lost child, was. Adam revealed he had
known all along that Kathy Mershon Keefer, Julia’s foster daughter,
was Kate. Adam’s admission to Tad brought him out of his coma. But
for Krystal, it was the final straw. She wanted Adam out of her and her
family’s life forever.
and Krystal had a difficult start as mother daughter. Babe moved with
JR and Little Adam to start a life together in San Diego. Adam had subpoenaed
them to come back to Pine Valley to testify in a class action suit. That
night, a tornado tore threw Pine Valley. Babe was crushed under the Comeback’s
ceiling trying to protect Little Adam. She died in JR’s arms at
That same night, David revealed he was back in Pine Valley. David’s
continued feud with the Martins and Chandlers put Krystal in a peculiar
place. He was going to petition for custody of Little Adam from the Chandlers.
Krystal tried to appeal in David. All the while, he was secretly drugging
Krystal. Tad left Pine Valley after Jamie and Jeff Martin were reported
missing in Congo. It was all David’s plan to leave Krystal vulnerable
to his seduction. Krystal began sending her little girls to spend the
night at Opal’s house as she began an affair with Babe’s father.