All My Children

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Joe Martin has been a presence in Pine Valley since All My Children's first episode. He'sa widower with two children who moved to here after the death of his wife. Joe, Tara and Jeff lived with Joe's mother Kate, while Joe went to work at Pine Valley Hospital.

It was there he met Ruth Brent, a kind nurse with whom he felt an immediate connection. Under normal circumstances, Joe and Ruth might have started dating, but Ruth was married to alcoholic Ted Brent. Joe and Ruth developed a strong friendship, with Joe often being a shoulder to cry on during Ruth's problems with Ted. But when Ted was killed in an accident, Joe and Ruth began a relationship. They eventually married...

Wife: Ruth Martin
Children
: Tara Martin (with Helen Martin), Jeff Martin (with Helen Martin), Jake Martin (with Ruth Martin), Tad Martin (adoptive) Grandchildren: Jamie Martin (adoptive), Kelsey Jefferson, Charlie Brent, Josh Madden, Kate Martin (adoptive) Great-Grandchildren: Sam Grey (adopted by Edmund and Maria Grey)
Mother: Kate Martin (deceased)
Siblings
: Paul Martin
Niece
: Beth Martin (deceased)
Daughter-in-law
: Carolyn Martin
Sister-in-law
: Amy Tyler
Significant Romantic Relationships
: Helen Martin (1st wife/deceased), Ruth Martin (2nd wife)

All My Children Quotes

[to Myrtle about Erica] Somebody give me a stick so I can beat the stupid out of her.

Opal

Maggie Stone: I wonder if it's the number of nights that really matter. I mean, love, it's more than just the physical part. It's whether or not you connect. You can't plan who you fall in love with.
Jamie Martin: Well, how do you even know if it's real? I mean, so many people fall in love and go through the motions, but it's not even close.
Maggie Stone: Maybe some people don't even get to have it.
Jamie Martin: Or they don't recognize it when it comes along.
Maggie Stone: Or when you do finally get it so deep it's a part of you, only to have it taken away. You know, when I - when we couldn't find Bianca, I experienced an emptiness I've never felt before, I mean, like what it would be like if Bianca had never surfaced again. I had to put that out of my mind. I had to forget it.
Jamie Martin: It's complicated - love. It's so unique every time, with every person. And when the real thing comes along, I guess we just have to hope we see it.
Maggie Stone: Or hold onto it.