All My Children Tad vs. Adam: Who is Krystal’s True Love?
Or leave him for Adam? (Soaps.com)
Love is a fickle, fickle beast, especially when it comes to soap opera love. But every now and then a really great love story comes along that fans simply have to grab onto. We all know the supercouples: Jack and Erica, Edmund and Maria, Phoebe and Wallingford.
Recently, there have been two loves fighting for the heart of Krystal Carey: Adam Chandler and Tad Martin. It seems these two men have been fighting for years over everything from morning coffee to missing children. Both are fun to watch and both are loved by their fan bases but the real question now is who is the right man for Krystal?
When it comes to family, though, Tad takes the cake. He is the beloved, adopted son of Joe and Ruth Martin. Being the son of a doctor is nothing to sneeze at. He also has Opal, his biological mom, and Palmer, his one-time step-father, on his side. While Palmer isn’t in Tad’s daily life, he did help Tad when Krystal needed to sell of some of Adam’s jewelry to pay the bills after he kicked her out. So, while Tad may not have buckets of money sitting around, he does have a lot of family to lean on. This gives Tad one point. The score is tied!
We’ve received a lot of fan mail from viewers on both sides of the Krystal/Adam/Tad love triangle. Some say Tad is absolutely her best chance at love. Others say there is no denying the chemistry and heat between Adam and Krystal. We decided to delve into the relationships to see which man is the best catch. Here is what we discovered.
When it comes to money, Tad simply cannot beat Adam. As the CEO of Chandler Enterprises, Adam controls a lot of money. Money, as we all know, equals power in soapland. First, there is the Chandler Mansion, complete with tunnels and hidden rooms and very elegant furnishings. Krystal and Adam seemed very happy there for several months. Who wouldn’t be comfortable with live-in servants, lovely furniture and a rich man to pay all the bills? That gives Adam one point.
When it comes to kids already in the family, Tad and Adam are basically equal. Tad has Jamie, Kathy/Kate and baby Jenny. He's also played father for JR, his step-son, for years and has been there for many of Adam's other children when they needed a friend - or someone to run interference when Adam became too pushy. For this one, we'll give each man half a point.
So, the score so far is Adam 1.5 (for money and kids) and Tad 1.5 (for family and kids). Here is the clincher: capacity to love.
Tad clearly has this area down pat. Not only has he raised his own children, but he has also been around as a friend and confidant for JR, Amanda and even Hayley at one time or another. He's practically an uncle to Frankie and is quickly developing an attachment to Angie's daughter Cassandra. Adam. Well, Adam has the capacity to love - clearly shown while he and Krystal were in their heyday - but his tendency is to love until it hurts. And Adam's love regularly hurts, just ask any of his kids who have run away from him. That is one more point for Tad, who wins the competition - at least in our eyes! - with 2.5 points.
In our opinion, Tad is obviously the best catch for Krystal but that doesn't mean she is going to follow our advice. After all, the heart is a funny thing. Ever since Krystal left Adam, she has been trying to convince herself that she doesn't love him.
This week when she watched Adam with Kathy/Kate, though, it was clear that Krystal's feelings for Adam aren't in the past. They are simply buried for a while.
Who will she choose? We will have to wait and see. In the mean time, who is your choice for Krystal? Should she stay with Tad or risk her heart again with Adam? Drop us a line in the comments section or start your own thread in our Message Boards.