Orphan Tad Gardner called out for his mother and sister Jenny as he rolled
into Pine Valley Hospital. The traumatized boy recounted his abuse and
abandonment at the hands of his evil father, Ray Gardner. Dr. Jeff Martin
and nurse Mary Kennicott took the young boy under their wings.
1974: Tad was assigned by the courts to become a ward
to the Martins. Jeff and Mary were now married and decided they were going
to adopt Tad. Jeff went on an exhaustive search to find his biological
parents so that they would waive their parental rights.
1975: Tad made his daily trip to Jeff and Mary’s
apartment when he witnessed a terrifying sight. Two gunmen bound Mary.
She pleaded with Tad to run to safety, Tad ran back to the Martin home
and called out for help. When the police arrived at the apartment, Mary
was dead. She had been shot. Jeff needed to leave town. Tad was unsure
where this put him. Joe assured Tad that everything was going to work
out in the end. He asked Tad if it was alright with hi if Joe and Ruth
adopted him instead. Already in love with the Martins, Tad agreed.
1977: Tad got word that his father, Ray Gardner, was
found to be living in Texarcana. All the Martins needed with his consent
to finally adopt Tad. But if Tad knew his father, this would prove to
be a lot easier said than done.
Tad was terrified to see his father in the Martin home. Ruth defended
her son and told Ray that the Martins would never succumb to his demands.
Ray took matters into his own hands and raped her. Tad was overcome with
guilt for Ruth’s condition. When she recovered from her coma, Joe
decided it was best that she recuperated away from the trial. Ruth took
Tad to assure him that none of this was his fault.
When they returned, Ray was already in prison. Joe and Ruth could now
formally adopt Tad.
1979: As the other Martins rejoiced in the announcement
of Ruth’s pregnancy, Tad was worried about what this meant for him.
So much pain had befallen on the Martins over the last few years because
of him. Ruth assured Tad that he had nothing to worry about. He was always
going to be loved by Joe and Ruth. That Christmas, he welcomed his baby
brother, Joey Martin.
1981: Tad began to smoking pot to rebel against his newfound
Martin upbringing. One day. Grandma Kate caught Tad stealing money from
her sugar bowl. Even her intervention could not save him. After his girlfriend
Suzanne broke up with him, Tad became more destructive. He crashed the
family station wagon. Realizing what he did, Tad ran away from home.
Ray killed himself after trying to set a bomb off in the Martin home.
Tad had just made his way back to Pine Valley. Tad was welcomed back into
the Martin home with open arms. But, his life on the Martin high life
was compromised by the presence of his biological mother, Opal Gardner,
who had recently made her way to Pine Valley. Opal wanted Tad to work
for what he got and stop freeloading off of his new family.
Tad recognized a face in The Bulletin. It was another con artist from
California, Connie Wilkes. Only, she was now going by Silver Kane. Tad
revealed her identity at Erica Kane’s trial for the murder of Kent
Bogard. This crucial fact exonerated Erica, and began their close friendship.
Tad had to attend Pine Valley University to prevent the Martins from cutting
him off. At least, he got to spend more time with his sister, Jenny Gardner.
One day, he unintentionally hurt Jenny by showing a pornographic film
that someone had superimposed Jenny’s face onto. Jenny moved to
New York and became a model full time. Tad followed his sister. His career
was booming until he was caught sleeping with another model in Erica’s
New York apartment.
Back in Pine Valley, Tad got extra spending money working at the Glamoramma.
There, he met Marian Colby, a neglected housewife looking for love. Marian
showered Tad with jewelry and expensive trips in exchange for his companionship.
The only issue was that Tad was also dating Marian’s daughter, Liza
Colby. Tad had seduced Liza to stop her from teasing Jenny all the time.
But, his animosity turned into true compassion. Tad knew that if Liza
ever knew the truth it would destroy her.
When Liza learned of Tad’s affair with Marian, she rejected both
her mother and boyfriend. Tad tried to keep the truth from Jenny, but
Liza was determined to make sure she knew the truth.
Tad watched helplessly as Jenny fell victim to a jet ski explosion while
they were on vacation on the lake. Tad tried to get a hold of his mother,
but she was lost somewhere in the Australian outback.
Tad acted out more without Jenny to keep him grounded. He was hired by
Edna Thornton to date her daughter, Dottie Thornton. Tad was content to
keep Dottie satisfied until he met Hillary Wilson. Hillary was living
as Phoebe Wallingford’s guest in the English Estate. Phoebe disapproved
of Tad’s pursuit of Hillary because of his reputation as a womanizer.
When Dottie learned she was pregnant, Tad knew he had to do the right
thing. He entered into a loveless marriage.
Dottie miscarried, but continued to pretend to be pregnant so as to save
her marriage. When Tad learned the truth, he declared his love for Hillary.
But too many factors kept them apart again. Hillary was now engaged to
a terminally ill Bob Georgia.
Tad began an affair with a call girl named Mickey Barlowe. Mikey’s
roommate, Kristie planted a computer disk in Tad’s pocket that served
as the black book for a pimp named Barton Crane. Crane threatened to kill
Tad if he did not return it. Only, Tad could not find the disk. Joey had
taken it to play with and left it in his toy chest. The misunderstanding
almost cost Tad his life.
Alfred Vanderpoole discovered that Bob had recovered from his condition.
That was enough for Hillary to ask for a divorce. Tad and Hillary were
finally free to be together.
But in this happiest of times, a dark shadow soon descended on the Martin
home. Grandma Kate died peacefully in her sleep. Since his return, Tad
knew he could always turn to Kate with his problems. Tad was reunited
with all his siblings. They pulled each other through the trying time.
Tad thought he had won Phoebe over. She got him a job at the Pine Valley
Bank. Tad decided to work the morning he was to marry Hillary. It was
the same morning that robbers decided to target the bank. A quick thinking
Tad found refuge in the bank vault with fellow teller Robin McCall. Tad
knew Phoebe was probably talking Hillary out of the wedding now. Luckily,
Robin’s brother, Wade Mathews, went to bank after Robin did not
come home from work. Tad made his way to the Wallingford Estate, hoping
Hillary would still take him as her husband.
When he arrived, Tad was surprised to see Dottie and Hillary together.
Dottie had given Hillary a ride to the Estate after almost hitting her
with a car. Tad explained everything that happened that day. That night,
Hillary and Tad married in a small ceremony.
life proved to be very hard for the new Martins. Hillary was jealous of
Tad’s relationships with other women. Tad could not help that Robin
and new neighbor, Skye Chandler, all openly flirted with him in front
of his wife. Robin confided in Tad Wade’s plans to marry Phoebe
for her money. Tad did not know to what extent Wade would go to secure
this. When he realized Wade intended on killing her, Tad immediately called
Langley Wallingford to stop Wade. When Hillary learned Tad had known of
Wade’s plans all along, she left him.
The last few years paid its toll on Tad. He needed to get away from all
the reminders of his past. Tad made the difficult decision to leave Pine
1988: Upon returning to town, Tad realized how much Pine
Valley had changed. Many of his old friends were no longer around. Knowing
there was always a scandal to uncover, he opened his own Private Investigation
firm. His first case was trying to solve the mystery if Jesse Hubbard's
Brooke Chandler hired Tad to find out who was the father of Dixie Cooney’s
baby. Tad began following Dixie. When they finally came face to face in
The Boutique, Tad was overwhelmed with a sensation he had not felt in
a long time. He was in love. But Tad had to put his job first. He uncovered
a sordid web of lies. Adam Chandler was the baby’s father. He had
intended to adopt the baby with Brooke.
Dixie and Adam married, but Tad worried about her welfare. He teamed up
with Skye to get to the bottom of Adams plot. Adam was going to convince
Dixie she was going crazy. No one believed Tad. They all thought he was
jealous because Dixie had chosen Adam over him. When Dixie was carted
off to Laurel Hill, Tad knew he had to do something.
Along with the help of Cecily Davidson and Nico Kelly, Tad broke Dixie
out of Laurel Hill. They went on the run until Tad could prove Adam’s
guilt. When they returned for Pine Valley, Dixie successfully sued Adam
for custody of her son, Adam “Junior” Chandler, jr.
Tad arranged for a special dinner at Cortlandt Manor. In front of their
families, Tad proposed to Dixie in a chicken suit. Palmer threw them a
Tad knew his marriage to Dixie was not going to work as long as Palmer
had influence over Dixie. He made plans for them to move away from Pine
Valley. But, Dixie was not ready to be separated from her family. Tad
confided his growing marital insecurities in Brooke. He occupied most
of his time working with her at Tempo.
Palmer hired Loretta Rutherford to claim that she and Tad had an affair.
Dixie served Tad with divorce papers. That night, he turned to Brooke.
They slept together. The next morning, both agreed it was only a one-night
Billy Clyde Tuggle kidnapped Dixie. With Trevor Dillon and Derek Frye’s
help, they tracked Dixie down to Billy Clyde’s cabin in the woods.
After a police standoff, Tad slipped into the cabin and saved Dixie. Derek
took a bullet for Tad as he and Dixie got away. Dixie admitted she never
stopped loving Tad. They made plans to remarry that Christmas.
it was not all meant to be. On the day he was to marry Dixie, Billy Clyde
lured Tad to a bridge. If he was not to have Dixie, no one would. After
an altercation, Billy Clyde pulled a trigger that caused a nearby cabin
to explode. Tad and Billy Clyde fell into the river below. Billy Clyde’s
dead body was found on shore.
Tad’s body drifted down river. When Tad regained consciousness,
he had no idea who he was. Tad hitchhiked on a vineyard truck and made
his way out of Pine Valley.
1992: Tad returned to Pine Valley under the guise of
Ted Orsini, a wealthy Napa Valley Vineyard owner. For the last two years
he had assumed Ted’s identity after hitchhiking his way to California.
Suffering from amnesia, Tad arrived home with no memory of his past. Brooke
discovered him while he was closing a business deal with Dimitri Marick
Brooke confronted Tad who had no memories of his past. He wanted to hold
off any reunions until he was sure about Brooke’s claims. Different
pieces of his life in Pine Valley put together the fragments in his mind.
Upon seeing his parents, Tad’s memories became intact. His final
reunion was with Dixie. They shared a night of passion in the Napa Valley.
But a lot had changed in two years. Dixie had been married two times.
Tad was now a father to Brooke’s child. Tad wanted to give Jamie
a chance at a normal life. As much as it hurt him, he left Dixie to marry
Tad became jealous of Dixie’s relationship with the real Ted Orsini.
Ted invited Tad on a hunting vacation in Canada. Ted planned to use this
trip to rid himself of Tad. Ted was angry that his mother Nola Orsini
had left the vineyards to Tad. Dixie found Tad before Ted could execute
their plans. Together, they found their way out of the Canadian wilderness.
Tad could no longer deny his feelings for Dixie. They fell into an affair.
Tad worried about Brooke. She was pregnant with his child. When he learned
that Brooke was having an ecliptic pregnancy, she ran away, afraid that
Tad would make her abort the child. When Tad could not reason with Brooke,
he turned to Edmund Grey. Edmund found Brooke and convinced her to come
back to Pine Valley for treatment. Still, Brooke miscarried. Brooke realized
their marriage was over, and granted Tad a divorce.
Tad and Dixie were now free to marry. This time, Palmer opened his home
to Tad and Dixie. They married in a lavish garden wedding.
But their happiness was short lived. Tad worried about Dixie’s brother,
Del Henry. Del was in kidney failure, and needed Dixie’s kidney
to save his life. Tad knew that any chances of them having a baby would
be shot if she went through with the surgery.
But before a resolution could be found, a tornado made its way to Pine
Valley. At the Martin home, the tornado caused the ceiling to cave in
on Tad. As Tad’s body lay near death, his spirit went to another
Jenny and Nola Orsini greeted Tad’s spirit. Tad thought that he
must be dead. He wanted to be with his loved ones, but Jesse Hubbard’s
spirit made him see all that he would be leaving behind. It would be the
site of Ray Gardner that shocked Tad into consciousness. He slowly began
to recover with Dixie and his sons by his side.
Tad, Dixie, and Charlie planned a housewarming for the new Martin home.
Tad recognized his mother’s severe depression and hoped that her
old friends and families would help turn her mood around. To help his
mother cope, Tad had to come to grips with his own demons from the night
of the tornado first.
Dixie went through with the kidney transplant. Del made it out of the
ordeal unscathed, but Dixie experienced many complications. The doctors
told Dixie and Tad that they should no longer have children; less they
risk Dixie’s life.
This only contributed to the growing tensions in the Martin marriage.
Tad was consumed with his work as producer and host of “ The Cutting
Edge.” He retired from Orsini Vineyards in hopes of increasing his
time at home. While taking the boys on a camping trip, Tad lost track
of Jamie. Jamie was swimming in the lake and began to drown. Before Tad
could reach him, another person brought him out of the water. It was none
other than Janet Green. Janet had been gas lighting Dixie by hiring an
actor to impersonate her late brother, Will Cortlandt. Tad had unknowingly
hired Janet as an accountant at Orsini while she went under the alias
Tad hope his work on “The Cutting Edge” would give him an
edge for the Station Manager job at WRCW. Tad was furious when he was
passed up for the promotion. He was even more surprised to meet the woman
who was hired. Liza was back, and now she was his boss. Though Tad was
over Liza, it was apparent Liza was not over Tad. Before the year’s
end, they shared a kiss.
Tad and Liza were driven to by The Cutting Edge’s increasing ratings.
Tad invited Laurel Banning and Michael to the show to talk about homophobia
in Pine Valley. Unknown to Tad, Jason Sheffield was in the rafters with
a gun intent on killing Michael. He missed, instead fatally shooting Laurel.
Dixie blamed Tad for the whole ordeal. Dixie accused Tad of turning the
show into tabloid journalism for the sake of the ratings. Dixie kicked
Tad out of the house.
Tad found his way to Liza’s apartment. Liza saw it as the opportune
moment to reveal her feelings to Tad. In a moment of weakness, Tad slept
Dixie wanted to give their marriage another go; but, too much damage was
done. Marian played a tape to Dixie of Tad and Liza talking about their
affair. Dixie confronted Tad with the truth. Tad admitted he was wrong
for lying to Dixie. Dixie wanted Tad to promise that he would never hurt
her again. When Tad could not make that promise, Dixie left him again.
This time, she took Junior and left for Pigeon’s Hallow.
Tad left The Cutting Edge and pushed Liza away. He found comfort in Gloria’s
arms. Gloria was the only person in Pine Valley that Dixie was still talking
Tad thought he had found love again in Gloria. But, she was hesitant to
start a relationship based on his past reputation. Gloria also became
intimately close with Dimitri. Tad believed that Dimitri’s intentions
for Gloria were less than honorable. The breaking point came when Liza
found out she was pregnant. Gloria wrongly assumed that Tad was the baby’s
father and broke up with him. Gloria embarked in an impromptu marriage
Edmund needed Tad’s help after Skye revealed that he was Madelyn
Grey’s biological father. Dimitri was on the run in Hungary. Tad
and Edmund were forced to infiltrate the country dressed as women. Upon
arriving in Vadzel, Tad appealed to Gloria for help. Gloria read the court
papers that proved Madelyn was Edmund’s child. She convinced Dimitri
to turn over Madelyn to Edmund.
Gloria left Pine Valley after her marriage to Dimitri crumbled. Tad met
Camille Hawkins, another Pigeon Hallow native. Camille claimed that Adam
had killed her mother, Joy Hawkins. Tad investigated the story, and learned
that Joy was in fact in hiding from Camille’s abusive father, Lee
Hawkins. Camille learned that Lee had a greater plan for all the Chandlers.
He was going to kill them in an explosion at Hayley Vaughan’s restaurant,
Holidays. Camille was able to warn everybody to get out in time. She tried
to disarm the device, but it still went off, killing her in the process.
As Tad tried to help the survivors out of the ruble, he was greeted by
a vision from his past. It was Dixie. She was back in Pine Valley.
had temporary custody of Junior, now going by JR, after the threats Lee
made on his family. Dixie had tried to avoid see Tad. After a while, it
seemed like no time had passed between them. They spent most of their
time trying to track down Palmer, who was on the run with Nazi artifacts.
In New York, they were forced to come to terms with their residual feelings
for each other. If they wanted to be together again, they would meet at
the top of the Empire State Building at midnight. Tad arrived on time,
but Dixie was nowhere to be found.
As a child, Tad remembered a time when Opal was able to escape Ray. They
had gone to live with a man named Fred Dawson. Ray kidnapped Tad and used
him to lure Opal back. Unknown to Tad, Opal had a son with Fred. His new
brother, Adrian Sword, was the spy hired to find Palmer’s Nazi artifacts.
JR came to Tad’s home, distraught over something. Before Tad could
find out what was wrong, Dixie arrived to take JR home. Liza found out
that JR had viewed Dixie’s living will, a tape where she confessed
that she was suffering from a chronic heart condition. The heart condition
was what kept them apart in New York. Tad confronted Dixie with the truth.
They admitted their feelings for each other and finally became a couple
Tad and Dixie remarried at the Valley Inn. JR’s closeness to Tad
made Adam weary. He attempted to send JR to boarding school, but Dixie
intervened. Adam retaliated by selling WRCW from under Tad. He was out
of a job.
Liza turned to Tad after Marian imprisoned Adam in his safe room. Liza
saw it as an opportune moment to make Adam pay by taking over Chandler
Liza blackmailed Adam into giving her power of attorney after learning
he was responsible for hiring a gigolo to sleep with Marian. Liza and
Tad took over Chandler Industries. Liza sent Adam to Oak Haven to think
about what he had done. JR became distraught over thinking about his dad
being trapped in a sanitarium. Dixie begged Tad to stop he plot for revenge
after seeing what it did to JR.
Dr. David Hayward had fallen in love with Dixie. He recognized that Tad
and Dixie’s love was unwavering. David teamed up with attorney Leslie
Coulson to break them up. Leslie secretly had a crush on Tad since high
school. David drugged Tad, along with all of the other guests at the IncredibleDreams.com
launch party, with a drug named Libidizone. In a drug induced haze, Tad
slept with Leslie. Realizing what he did, Tad made Leslie promise to never
Tad did not realize that Leslie was mentally unstable until it was too
late. Leslie began to stalk Tad. She even took out a room at the Valley
Inn in their name.
Leslie revealed Tad’s infidelity to Dixie. She began her own affair
with David. Tad tried to make Leslie admit to David’s part in the
Libidizone drugging. When Tad spurned her advances too many times, Leslie
kidnapped Dixie. She tried to force Dixie off the ledge of Tad’s
office at Chandler Industries by threatening to hurt JR. Leslie was admitted
to Oak Haven. With Jake’s help, Tad got his hand on a tape that
caught David drugging the guests in Fidelity.
JR and Dixie reunited to deal with JR’s growing drug problem. Tad
uncovered that JR was one of the victims of crime lord Proteus’
growing drug ring. When JR’s provider Sweeney was found dead, Tad
was afraid JR had killed him. Tad went to Derek and took the fall for
Sweeney’s death. Before he could be taken into custody, he went
on the run. Tad received guidance from Jesse’s spirit who told him
not to give up on his marriage and family.
Tad wanted David out of his family’s life. He signed Leslie’s
release letter from Oak Haven if she agreed to admit to David’s
role in breaking up his marriage. Instead, Leslie threatened to kill Tad
if he did not leave Dixie. After Leslie was taken back into custody, Dixie
told Tad they were over. She could not believe Tad chose his hate for
David or his love for her.
Dixie petitioned Tad for a quick divorce. They flew the Caribbean, but
their weekend quickly became a romantic getaway. Tad could not understand
why Dixie would divorce him if they still had feelings for each other.
Dixie then left town and broke all contact with Tad. Tad worried about
his ex-wife and began a fruitless search.
Dixie finally told Tad what was going on. She was pregnant with his daughter.
Afraid that he would make her abort the child, Dixie turned to David to
find her a clinic. She was living in Switzerland and successfully made
it to her third trimester. She wanted Tad to join her for the birth of
their baby: Kate Martin. Tad got on the first flight. But before her arrived,
Dixie lost control of her car and drove it off a cliff in the Alps. Dixie
and Kate were dead.
Tad sunk into a deep depression that not even the boys could lift. Tad
began to lean on Brooke. Edmund was concerned that Brooke was going to
leave him for Tad again.
Tad pushed everyone away as he tried to deal with Dixie’s death.
JR and Jamie had a falling out over Laurie Lewis. JR decided to leave
town. The family Tad had created was falling apart.
Erica and Tad teamed up to blackmail Mary Smythe. Mary had just revealed
that Greenlee duPres was Jackson Montgomery’s daughter. Tad uncovered
that Mary was on the run for an affair she had in France with a teenager.
Tad found some solace in the arms of Simone Torres. Simone made Tad smile
again. But Liza wanted Tad back. She finally divorced Adam, this time
for the last time. Tad tried to juggle the two women, but Simone was not
going to be second fiddle to anyone.
JR returned to Pine Valley with a surprise: he was married. When JR introduced
his family to his new wife, Babe Chandler, Jamie was shocked to see the
women he had just slept with the night before. The affair continued the
boys’ estrangement. Tad was more suspicious of Babe. Tad began an
investigation into Babe’s past. But, Tad was soon distracted by
the sudden arrival of Babe’s mother, Krystal Carey.
Tad stayed close to Krystal so as to learn more about Babe’s past.
But the closeness actually turned into romance.
Babe and Bianca Montgomery were rescued after giving labor through one
of Pine Valley’s worst storms. Though Babe and her new daughter,
Bess Chandler, were safe, the same could not be said for Bianca’s
daughter, Miranda Montgomery. Miranda had died in the helicopter rescue.
Tad had suspicions about Babe after seeing her reaction to learning she
was having a baby girl. Tad asked Joe to run a DNA test to see whose child
Bess really was. The results were inconclusive, but Tad was not going
to give up.
The feud between Jamie and JR escalated when JR began to act more like
Adam. JR’s transformation frightened Liza so much, she begged Tad
to help her runaway so that Colby would not suffer the same fate. Jamie
went undercover to incriminate JR’s drug provider, Seth, after Babe
was found nearly overdosed on drugs. When Seth realized Jamie was wired,
he stabbed him. Tad and Brooke needed to stop the sibling feud but did
not know how.
Jamie and Babe turned to Tad in their mission to run away together. Tad’s
suspicions were right all along, Bess was Bianca’s daughter Miranda.
Babe had found her and JR’s baby alive in Llanview, being raised
by Lieutenant Governor Kevin Buchanan. Jamie and Babe had kidnapped Ace
Buchanan, and were now calling him James. Jamie begged Tad not to tell
JR about James. If JR knew his son was alive, he and Babe could never
get away. Tad painfully chose the welfare of one son over the other.
Tad wanted to tell Bianca the truth, but Krystal and David, who turned
out to be Babe’s father, begged him not to. Bianca lay in a coma
after an altercation with JR. Erica knew that being reunited with Miranda
was the only way save Bianca. She, Tad, and Adam confronted JR with the
truth. After Tad took Miranda from JR’s arms, JR told Tad that he
no longer had a father.
Liza contacted Tad after she found Jamie and Babe hiding in New Orleans.
Adam and JR’s thugs were closing in. Juan Pablo offered to help
Tad get the couple out of the country. But, they were too late. The authorities
took the young couple into custody.
Tad was facing accessory charges for the kidnapping of Adam Chandler,
III. Krystal made a plea-bargain and took full responsibility of the crimes.
Tad and Krystal spent her last night before prison together.
After Edmund was murdered, his son, Sam Grey, began acting out. Sam was
biologically Tad’s grandnephew. Sam wanted to learn more about his
biological family, so he moved in with the Martins. At the same time,
Tad discovered Julia Keefer hiding in Wildwind. She had escaped Witness
Protection to confront the crime lord who killed her husband. Julia and
Sam reunited in Tad’s attic.
Tad was in for the shock of his life when Di Kirby, the Chandler nanny,
was revealed to be Dixie. Di told Tad she did not want to come back to
Pine Valley because she lost Kate and was not sure if she wanted to reunite
with Tad. Tad turned to Krystal. He proposed to her, but it was clear
he had feelings for Di.
somehow reunited Tad’s broken family. At a memorial service for
Kate, Krystal came with shocking news. Di was not Dixie, rather an inmate
she had met in prison. Di maintained her identity, even taking a DNA test.
Tad continued to believe Di, ending his engagement with Krystal.
Di was somehow linked to the crime lord, The Dragon, who wanted Julia
dead. Di left Stuart a note to be given to JR only if she did not come
back. Tad convinced Stuart to give him the letter. Tad found Di and Julia
standing over The Dragon, Garret William’s, dead body. After making
sure Di was safe, Tad revealed he knew the truth: Di was not Dixie, but
her younger sister. Di’s deception further estranged JR and Tad.
Erica turned to Tad with her suspicions about Dr. Greg Madden. Greg was
the doctor who performed her abortion. Only, he had taken the fetus and
implanted in his own wife. Josh Madden was Erica and Jeff’s son.
After telling Erica, Tad told his family that Josh was a Martin.
Tad tried to push Di away for all the pain she caused, but he could not.
He had fallen in love with Di too. They made plans to marry. Their romance
came to a halt when Tad came face to face with a very much alive Dixie
at David’s cabin. Tad was overjoyed to see the woman he loved, alive.
Di admitted she had known Dixie was alive the entire time. For Tad, that
was Di’s last chance.
Dixie told Tad that Kate was alive. Thinking she was dying after the accident,
she signed Kate away to Greg believing Tad did not want to be a father.
Tad rejected Dixie for her selfish decision. Dejected, Tad turned to Krystal.
They slept together.
Tad began the search for his lost daughter. David falsified medical documents
making it appear that Emma McDermott was Kate. Tad knew he had to get
to the source of the problem. He kidnapped Greg and buried him alive.
He was going to dig him after he revealed the location of his daughter.
But Greg never broke. He died when his coffin caved in.
Dixie and Zach Slater went to trial for Greg’s murder. On the witness
stand, Tad tried to incriminate Dixie. In front of his sons, he berated
their mother for abandoning them. Dixie was shocked to see Tad’s
true feelings come out. Livia was able to discredit his testimony and
there was a mistrial. Tad revealed to Dixie it was all his ploy to stop
the investigation into Greg’s murder because he had committed the
Tad and Dixie began to repair their broken relationship for JR and Jamie.
Tad even asked Dixie out on a first date. But before they could truly
reconcile, Dixie fell victim to the Satin Slayer. There would be no miracle
this time. Tad watched helplessly as Dixie died in the hospital.
Tad grew close to Julia Keefer’s adopted daughter, Kathy Mershon.
Julia was uncomfortable when Kathy asked Tad to be her new father. Kathy
helped Tad cope with his loss.
Krystal revealed the child she was pregnant with was Tad’s and not
Adam’s. Adam reacted by kicking his wife out of Chandler Mansion.
Krystal and Tad’s baby was named Jenny Colby Martin, after Tad’s
late sister. Days after Jenny’s birth, Janet kidnapped her from
the neonatal ward. It was revealed Adam had influenced Janet to escape
the mental ward. Adam intended on selling Jenny on the black market. Luckily,
Janet came to her senses and returned Jenny to her parents.
Adam refused to relent in his influence over Krystal’s life. Wanting
to protect Jenny from Adam, Tad asked her marry him. They entered a marriage
Different faces from Tad’s past came back to Pine Valley. Joe asked
Dr. Angie Hubbard to come back and consult with him on a case. Jesse and
Angie’s son Frank Hubbard had become ill after ingesting a toxin
in the Pine Valley woods. The ordeal brought someone surprising out of
hiding: Jesse. Jesse had never died. A crime-lord called the Papel had
threatened to hurt his family wrongfully thinking Jesse was in the possession
of a rare uncut diamond. Krystal staged it so Angie and Jesse would see
each other again. Seeing Angie caused Jesse to let down his guard and
let Tad help him.
Robert Gardner came to town. Robert was Ray’s brother and Tad's
uncle. Tad wanted nothing to do with Robert. He somehow charmed his way
with Opal and Krystal. Robert was in fact the Papel. He showed his true
colors at Jesse and Angie’s wedding. He shot and killed Julia. Tad
was also got caught in the line of fire. He fell into a coma and was visited
by Dixie's spirit. Dixie and Tad lived their lives together as if her
accident in Switzerland never happened. Tad wanted to stay with Dixie
in heaven, but she implored him to wake up. Someone in Pine Valley needed
Adam revealed Kathy was actually Kate. Tad gave up on his of danger, leaving
his PI firm to focus on his new relationship with the daughter he had
longed for so long. Kathy had a hard time adjusting to life with the Martins,
especially with Krystal.
When another tornado blew through Pine Valley, Tad was haunted by the
occurrences of his past. David made his way back to town the same night.
Babe had suffered fatal injuries in the disaster. David blamed Babe’s
death on JR’s family.
Tad was told Jamie and Jeff were reported missing in the Congo. Tad decided
to go and investigate the situation himself. What he did not know was
that the news was part of David’s plot to break up the Martins.
While Tad was away, David drugged and seduced Krystal.