ARABELLA "BABE" CAREY CHANDLER
PLAYED BY: Alexa Havins (2003 - October 8, 2007)
Amanda Baker (October 8, 2007 -
Arabella Carey, also known as "Babe", is the
daughter of David Hayward and Krystal Carey. JR
Chandler is her current, although soon to be former,
husband. She initially married JR only weeks after
meeting him while she was still married to Paul Kramer, a
bad apple from the OLTL cast. She also slept with JR's
half-brother, Jamie, the night before JR announced their
marriage to his
family. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it
comes to Babe's bad behavior. The problem is that Babe has a
heart and despite all her wayward behavior, we actually
like her. She is a good-hearted person with horrendously bad
judgment. As Bianca Montgomery once said of Babe, "She does
the wrong thing for the right reason."
Babe can rationalize almost any lie to herself. After
lying to JR about sleeping with Jamie and then finally
admitting it, she lied about the date of conception in order
to confirm that the
baby is JR's beyond a doubt. Once JR found out that Babe
lied about the time of conception and realized that Jamie
might be the father, he demanded a paternity test.
Babe then had Paul Kramer
fix the test. Babe believed that she was in the right to lie
in order to prevent hurting JR and also to avoid losing
Around Babe's due date, she was stuck in the middle of
nowhere with Bianca, who was also pregnant. Paul Kramer came
to the rescue and staged a chopper crash, stealing Babe's
child and giving Bianca's to Babe. Paul then told everyone
that Bianca's child was the one that died. Paul initially
told Babe that it was her child that was lost and only
changed the story when the family threatened him if anything
should happen to Babe's child. Babe, however, had no
recollection of the events since she was groggy at the time.
Later she remembered what had happened and realized that
Bess was actually Miranda but couldn't bear to break JR's
heart by telling him that his child was dead and, instead,
let Bianca continue to think it was her child who had died.
It was not out of malice that she hurt Bianca but her love
for JR and her fear of losing him.
To Babe's credit, she has the ability to forgive what no
one else can. After JR poisoned her, she still forgave him.
Then when he pushed some construction materials on top of
Kendall, thinking that it was Babe and nearly killing her,
again Babe forgave him for trying to kill her. She passed it
off as alcoholism and pushed him to get help.
Babe also has the wonderful quality of being extremely
open and loving. She sees the best in others, sometimes even
when the good she sees is questionable, as it often is with
JR. In other cases, she sees the good that is actually
there, the good others are unable to see because of their
closed-mindedness. Take Zarf/ Zoe as an example: it was no
surprise that one of the few people in Pine Valley to accept
Zoe, a woman born with a man's body, was Babe. Babe was able
to see Zoe's humanity and was the first person to
continually refer to her as Zoe, her chosen female name,
rather than her male name of Zarf.
Proofread by Laura on 2/15/11
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