Joseph “Jake” Martin, jr. was born on Christmas ever of 1979.
Joe and Ruth worried about his health because of Ruth’s advanced
age. A new procedure called amniocentesis confirmed that Jake was in good
health. He was nicknamed "Joey" for his childhood life.
1982: Joey had found his mother’s gun, and was
playing with it in the living room when his grandmother Kate Martin came
in to check on him. He pulled the trigger; not knowing the gun was real.
Kate was injured, but survived.
Ray Gardner managed an early parole and immediately set his sites on revenge.
At a party in the Cortlandt Manor, Ray tried to kidnap Joey. His plot
was foiled when Chuck Tyler was almost killed by an unidentified sniper.
At the end of the year, the Martins were all almost killed by Ray when
he planted a bomb under the Martin home. He would run away with the device
after learning his daughter, Jenny Gardner was staying at the there. The
device went off in Rays arms, killing him instantly.
1985: Joey had found a floppy disk in Tad’s jacket
pocket. Joey took the disk, and his it in his toy chest for later play.
Little did he know, the disk was a pimp, Barton Crane’s, black book.
Kate died peacefully in her sleep. All of Joey’s siblings returned
to mourn the loss of their beloved grandmother.
Joey was dating Emily Ann Sago. Emily Ann was devastated when she learned
the truth about her parentage. Her biological father, Billy Clyde Tuggle
revealed that her real mother was a prostitute. Emily Ann turned to Joey
for comfort. They eloped so that Emily Ann could leave her family.
Joey quickly realized the mistake he had made. Joey was going to file
annulment papers until Emily Ann revealed she was pregnant. The teenagers
tried to make the best of their marriage. Emily Ann’s continued
trauma caused her to miscarry.
At the end of the year, Joey lost his best friend and brother Tad. Billy
Clyde had lured him to a bridge rigged to explode. Joey and the other
Martins did their best to let go of Tad in spite of the fact that no body
was ever found.
Joey and Emily Ann’s marriage went sour. He had reservations about
breaking off his marriage because of the ordeal Emily Ann had gone through
in the last year. She became fixated on his relationship with Katie Kennicott.
Emily Ann was sure that they were having an affair. She took Katie hostage
at gunpoint. Joey pleaded with his wife to let Katie go. Emily Ann’s
break from reality was too much for Joey. He was forced to institutionalize
her at Oak Haven Sanitarium.
Joey left Pine Valley to find himself.
1994: Joey returned for Tad and Dixie’s second
marriage. He was the best man again.
1995: Joey returned to Pine Valley for the Martin family
housewarming party. Along with Tad and Charlie, they pulled together some
old photos to present as a gift to their parents.
1996: Joey, no going by Jake, returned to Pine Valley
a doctor. On the way to Pine Valley, he met a woman at motel and had a
one-night-stand. That woman turned out to be none other than Tad’s
former lover, Liza Colby.
Jake began working as the new medical consultant at WRCW. Unbeknownst
to him, Adam Chandler had hired him in hopes that he would seduce his
new wife, Liza. Jake admitted his feelings to Liza. Liza agreed to divorce
Adam. But, happiness was not to be when Liza learned she was pregnant
with Adam’s daughter.
Jake began dating Dr. Allie Doyle, his brother Jeff Martin’s star
intern. Joe suffered a heart attack that left him sidelined. He put most
of his duties as Chief of Staff on Jake and Allie. Dr. David Hayward was
invited to Pine Valley to help pick up the slack. David left Jake uneasy.
Jake could not ignore that David had a similar affect on Allie.
Jake was accused of trying to kill Adam while he was being treated for
his stroke. David had concocted the charges to break up Allie and Jake.
It turned out that David was Allie’s ex-fiancée. Jake broke
up with Allie because of her deception.
Liza came to Jake was peculiar favor. She had wanted desperately to have
a child. Now that her marriage to Adam had failed, she was looking into
sperm donors. Jake agreed to help Liza.
Jake began dating hospital volunteer Gillian Andrassy. Gillian was fresh
off a marriage with local conman Ryan Lavery. Jake was Gillian’s
listening ear through her complicated divorce. Gillian longed for a stable
home, something any Martin could provide.
Jake found out Liza was going to marry Adam again. Jake did not want his
child to be raised under Adam’s watch. Jake told Liza he was going
to claim his parental rights. He began to put together a custody case
with attorney Leslie Coulson.
Gillian got in a car accident. She was suffering from aphasia and could
not speak. Jake treated her for the condition. It was then that Jake realized
that he was in love with her. At the Crystal Ball, Jake proposed to Gillian.
Jake wanted to marry Gillian before the custody hearing to better his
position with the courts. It was clear that Adam’s reputation in
the community made him a questionable influence on Colby’s life.
Just as the judge was to announce her verdict, Liza broke her silence.
She revealed Adam and Allie had switched Jake’s samples at the sperm
bank. Colby was Adam’s child, not Jake’s. Jake realized he
was only one in the room who did not know the truth. Gillian tried to
reach out to him, but he needed time alone.
Jake rashly enlisted with doctors without borders. After a few weeks in
Chechnya, Jake was presumed missing in action.
Ryan and Adrian Sword teamed up to rescue Jake, using money they had siphoned
out of IncredibleDreams.com. Jake was not ready to go home and confront
his issues. Gillian had stowed away in the rescue plane and pleaded with
him. Armed militants took aim at Gillian and Ryan. Jake jumped in front
and took the bullet.
The injury Jake sustained left him impotent. He began looking into a drug
name Libidizone to cure his ailment. Traces of the drug turned up on the
Fidelity yacht on the night of the IncredibleDreams.com launch party.
He had successfully made love to Gillian that night. Jake learned David
had been researching the drug too. He turned to his father with his findings.
Gillian admitted to Jake that she was still in love with Ryan. She wanted
to end their marriage.
Jake treated Gillian after she collapsed. Jake learned she was pregnant.
A paternity test revealed he was the child’s father. Gillian would
get in a car accident and miscarry. Jake and Gillian mourned the loss
of her child. Jake granted Gillian her divorce. Not soon after marrying
Ryan, Gillian was killed by an assassin aiming for Anna Devane.
Jake started dating Greenlee Smythe. They became roommates after he rented
her loft. Jake confided in Greenlee his suspicions about David. He made
it his personal mission to take David down. He wrongfully suspected David
of trying to hurt his father. In
actuality, David was treating Joe for his heart condition. Tad wanted
to take David down too but thought Jake was taking his mission too far.
That was until they stumbled across a tape of David drugging the punch
Greenlee left Jake for her first love Leo duPres. Jake attended the Crystal
Ball with Mia Saunders, Liza’s sister, hoping to make Greenlee jealous.
Instead, Jake found himself attracted to Mia. At Christmas Eve, they shared
a passionate kiss.
Jake and Mia’s relationship took a back seat to his concerns for
Greenlee. Jake found Mia a job at the hospital as a physical therapist.
Seeing each other everyday reminded Jake about their romantic night together.
Mia confided in Jake about the child she had given up for adoption. The
baby’s father was Jake’s colleague, Dr. Frank Hubbard. Jake
helped Mia find the courage to tell Frank.
David tried to pressure the Hospital Board to force Joe to retire because
of his health problems. Joe decided to resign, and named Jake his successor
as Chief of Staff.
Jake proposed to Mia at the Venetian Ball. Liza had been gas lighted by
Adam into thinking that Mia was trying to replace her as Colby’s
mother. Liza pushed Mia out of the Chandler attic window. Jake wanted
to see Liza punished for hurting Mia, but Tad did not think she deserved
prison time. Mia forgave Liza and wanted Jake to do the same. Ruth made
Tad and Jake forgive each other before Christmas dinner.
Jake and Mia were estranged by her late hours at FUSION Cosmetics. Jake
took on more hours at the hospital. There, he met an intern named Allison.
They began an affair. Simone Torres found them in a compromising position.
Jake could not sum up the courage to tell Mia. Instead, he left town to
rejoin Doctors Without Borders in Kenya.
Jake returned to Pine Valley in the summer to tie up loose ends. He was
now engaged to a fellow doctor, Dr. Carolyn Finn. Mia thought that he
had come back for her. Jake still blamed Mia for their breakup. He was
only home to introduce Carolyn to his family. They were leaving for Kenya
the very same night.
Jake was lost in the conflict of Darfur. Tad sent his investigations partner
Aidan Devane to Sudan to save Jake. Jake was reluctant to come home. He
was afraid of all the questions his family had of him. Carolyn had left
him for a trucker. He was a changed man after seeing the devastation in
If not for Jake, Tad would have died the night Robert Gardner’s
shooting tirade at the Hubbard wedding. He decided to stay on staff at
Pine Valley Hospital. Time seemed to go in reverse when Jake found himself
living with Greenlee again.
Jake began seeing Amanda Dillon. But, it was Frank’s former army
mate Taylor Thompson that caught his eye. Taylor wanted to go back to
Iraq. Jake did not support the conflict there. Their antagonistic relationship
hid their true feelings for each other.
night a tornado crashed through Pine Valley, Jake was among the support
staff at the hospital that had to manage the large amount of casualties.
Among them was Kendall Slater, who was admitted with severe head trauma.
Jake operated on Kendall, even after a blackout. Joe tried to cover for
Jake, but the operation left the hospital open to litigation. Jake had
to watch his back, David had just rejoined the staff and was out for Martin
Taylor fell down the hospital stairs while Jake and Zach got in a fight
over Kendall's operation. The accident left Taylor paralyzed. Jake paid
special attention to Taylor. Amanda decided to break things off with Jake
after he chose the treat Taylor's injuries over her own.
Taylor and Jake's blossoming romance came to an end when her supposedly
dead fiancé, Brot Monroe, appeared in Pine Valley. Jake lied to
the authorities when they tried to track Brot down. David used the information
to blackmail Joe into stepping down as Chief-of-Staff and naming he as
his successor. David’s first action was to fire Jake.