What Happened To Stitch On The Young And The Restless?

In 2021, the name Ben 'Stitch' Rayburn once again became well-known in "The Young and the Restless" fictional town of Genoa City. Stitch first appeared on the scene back in 2013 as a new doctor in town who had been friends with Nikki Newman's (Melody Thomas Scott) long-lost son, Dylan McAvoy (Steve Burton), while the two were still in the service together. He romanced several women through the years and even managed to marry one of them, but ultimately, left town under dramatic and sad circumstances (via Soaps In Depth).

When he returned to town last year (via TV Insider), it seemed to come out of nowhere and serve no purpose at first, but eventually, fans began to realize that Stitch was up to something nefarious, which later became apparent to his ex-wife, Abby Newman (Melissa Ordway). Stitch ended up leaving town again under just as mysterious circumstances as he came. That means his story might not be over, but how did it begin.

Stitch dates sister Abby and Victoria

Although "The Young and the Restless" Abby Newman tried to set Stitch Rayburn up with her mother, Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson), he ended up falling for Abby's half-sister, Victoria Newman (Amelia Heinle), when she treated her young son, Johnny. With Victoria on the outs with her husband Billy Abbott (then played by Burgess Jenkins), she decided to date Stitch but was surprised to learn she was pregnant. Ultimately, the little girl that Victoria named Katie turned out to be Billy's and she and Stitch called it quits.

When a saddened Stitch got drunk one night, it was Ashley who took care of him and got him sober. The two then ended up having a one-night stand, but he also grew close to Ashley's daughter, Abby, and the two started to officially date (via Soaps In Depth).

Unfortunately, Stitch found himself torn between mother and daughter, despite having proposed to Abby. Even Ashley would watch them with jealousy and told her daughter she might have been rushing into things way too fast (via CBS.com).

Stitch marries Abby, takes in his son

Despite being torn between mother and daughter Ashley Abbott and Abby Newman on "The Young and the Restless," Stitch Rayburn finally chose Abby and married her. However, the honeymoon was cut short when Stitch's ex-wife suddenly died in a car crash and he brought his young son, Max (Jared Breeze), to Genoa City to live with him and Abby (via Soaps In Depth).

Unfortunately, Stitch didn't realize there was something very wrong with his son. He was highly resentful of his new stepmother and when Abby was pregnant, Max created a trap that caused Abby to fall down the stairs at her baby shower and lose the baby, according to Daytime Confidential. Stitch and Abby's marriage never recovered from that loss, even after they learned Max's behavior was caused by an illness. Abby soon told Stitch their marriage was over and she wanted a divorce (via Soap Hub). In 2017, Stitch left town with Max to place him in a long-term case facility.

Stitch returns to town at an odd time

In the summer of 2021, Abby Newman was married to Chance Chancellor (Conner Floyd) and was getting ready to become a mom, but not in the traditional way. She learned that the miscarriage caused by Max made her unable to carry a child to term, but she made a baby anyway using her egg, Devon Hamilton's (Bryton James) sperm, and Mariah Copeland's (Camryn Grimes) uterus while Chance was off on a secret government mission (via Soaps In Depth).

Towards the end of the pregnancy, Mariah went missing, and eventually, Abby and her family started to worry. Stitch Rayburn had returned to town allegedly to interview for a job at the local hospital, but Abby soon learned that was a lie and deduced that Stitch had kidnapped Mariah and was holding her hostage in a remote cabin, hoping if he swooped in and rescued Mariah, then Abby would take him back. Stitch tearfully confessed and led Abby and Devon to Mariah as she was about to give birth to baby Dominic, but then he ran off, not to be seen again (via Soaps.com).