Attorney Paul Martin voluntarily entered the draft to defend his country
in Vietnam. No sooner did he arrive was her presumed missing in action.
It took a year for him to be discovered. Returning home to Pine Valley,
he was reunited with his mother, Kate Martin, and brother, Dr. Joe Martin.
Setting down roots, Paul opened his own law firm.
1971: Phoebe Tyler approached Paul with a proposition
to date her daughter, Anne Tyler. Paul was intrigued by Anne and was more
than willing to comply. He knew he had competition, as Anne was still
seeing Nick Davis.
1972: Paul’s love for Anne was left unrequited
when she decided to marry Nick. He was convinced they would remain friends,
but he always wanted more.
Anne turned to Paul when Nick made it clear he wanted a divorce. Paul
became her lawyer, but their time together was leading to something more.
Anne learned she was pregnant with Nick’s child. Nick had wanted
nothing to do with Anne, very well their child. Paul proposed that he
would raise the child as his own. Anne accepted his proposal, and made
plans to become the newest Mrs. Martin.
Paul and Anne’s marriage was actually working out. Paul could tell
that as time went by, Anne was actually falling in love with him. Their
happiness was short lived when Anne miscarried. She told Nick the truth
about his child and their marriage. Though Nick and Anne were spending
more time together again, Paul was not worried. Nick was now married to
Kitty Shea, and they were expecting their own child.
Anne abruptly left Pine Valley for New York. Paul was called by the hospital:
Anne was in an accident. Paul and Phoebe arrived and saw Nick keeping
vigil over Anne’s comatose body. Paul demanded to know what had
happened. Anne had gone to New York to make her final decision about Nick.
That was all Paul needed to hear. Paul thought Anne had chosen Nick. He
kicked Nick out of the hospital and waited for Anne. As long as he was
her husband, he was going to keep his promise and stay by her bedside.
When Anne awoke, Paul was despondent. He told her they were getting a
divorce. Anne walked out of the hospital alone, and made her way out of
Paul swamped himself in his work so as to avoid thinking about Anne. His
nephew Jeff Martin was his priority now. He was up for the murder of Jason
Maxwell, his wife’s lover. While looking through his affairs, the
name Margo Flax constantly came up. She was Jason’s former lover.
Margo helped Paul to get to the bottom of his affairs. Their long hours
together sparked a romance.
Anne returned to Pine Valley after recovering in Seattle. She wanted to
explain herself to Paul, but he was still unwilling to listen. Margo romanced
his broken heart. Before he knew it, they were set to be married.
1975: Paul’s marriage to Margo was crumbling. He
turned to Anne for guidance. He realized that he could not just be Anne’s
friend. They began an affair. After a torrid weekend of love making, Paul
decided he was going to break up with Margo.
When he arrived home, Margo had shocking news. She was pregnant with Paul’s
son. Paul was now trapped in his marriage. He broke the news to Anne who
agreed he needed to be there for his child.
Paul found out that Margo had planned to adopt a child and pass it off
as her own child. Paul rejected Margo. He turned to Anne once again. One
night, Margo tried to poison Anne at The Boutique by causing a carbon
monoxide leak. Paul saved her. Nick revealed that she was pregnant with
child, Paul’s child.
Paul and Anne decided to marry again. On their honeymoon, Anne fell ill
with toxoplasmosis. Dr. Chris Karras revealed that Anne’s child
would be born severely mentally handicapped. Chris encouraged a therapeutic
abortion. Anne refused. She was not going to loose another child.
The Martin’s greatest fear was realized when Beth Martin was born.
Paul wanted Beth to be institutionalized, but Anne would have none of
it. She fired all of the nanny’s, and barricaded herself at home
to care for Beth.
Paul struggled to keep Anne sane. She refused to let Beth out of her sight
for a minute. Paul finally got Anne to attend a meeting for parents with
disabled children. But as soon as the meeting was over, she stormed her
way home to be with Beth. Beth had died of SIDS. The trauma of the situation
proved to be too much for Anne. She had a break from reality, cradling
a photo Beth as if she was still alive. Phoebe and Paul were forced to
1978: Without Anne, Paul threw himself into his work.
His main priority was to see Ray Gardner thrown into prison for raping
Ruth. After succeeding at that, he petitioned for Tad to be formally adopted
by Ruth and Joe. With his father in prison, Tad’s adoption was approved
Paul found a supportive shoulder in Ellen Shepard, a childhood friend
and the new owner of Anne's old business The Boutique. Ellen confided
in Paul her apprehensions about her relationship with Mark Dalton, a man
ten years her junior. Paul was Ellen’s age, and they had a lot in
common. As time went by, they began to see more of each other.
Paul and Ellen’s relationship continued to blossom. Paul decided
to begin divorce proceedings from Anne. But, Phoebe got wind and confronted
him. She blamed Ellen for Paul’s change of heart, but it had nothing
to do with her. Paul believed all hope was lost for Anne’s recovery.
The doctors at Oak Haven contacted Paul with good news. Anne was showing
signs of recovery. Paul held off his divorce proceedings for the time
1980: Anne finally made clear signs of recovery. Her
doctors allowed her to move back home, but she insisted in moving in with
Phoebe first. Paul wanted to save his marriage and tried his best to rekindle
Anne agreed to move back in with Paul. He began his run for state office.
But his competitors were cut throat. One day, Anne’s car was blocked
in and she decided to use Paul’s car to go see her mother. When
she started the ignition, the car exploded with her inside. The bomb was
meant for Paul.
Filled with grief and guilt, Paul tried to come to terms with Anne’s
death. He decided Pine Valley had nothing left to offer him and left to
build his life anew.
1985: Kate passed away peacefully in her sleep. All of
the Martins returned to say farewell to their beloved grandmother.
1995: Paul returned to Pine Valley for the Martin family
housewarming party. While looking back at his life in Pine Valley, Paul
could not forget to remember the love he shared with Anne.