Dr. Benjamin Rayburn, M.D., nicknamed Stitch, was first introduced to “The Young and the Restless” in 2013. Actor Sean Carrigan (also Coach Rafferty on “American Vandal”) portrayed Stitch for roughly four years before leaving in 2017. A recent storyline, however, which began in June 2021, reintroduced Stitch as a recurring character once again. On the surface, Stitch appears to be a friendly presence in the series’ central Genoa City location, but some unusual events in his past suggest he his return might be driven by ulterior motives.
As noted in a recap of Mariah’s kidnapping by daytime soap opera blog Soap Opera Spy, Stitch was the last person to see Mariah prior to her disappearance, which is always one of the first questions in such crises. Furthermore, Stitch has been present each time Mariah’s friends Abby Newman (Melissa Ordway) and Tessa Porter (Cait Fairbanks) have received texts from Mariah seemingly claiming that she was okay and on a vacation of sorts. At the very least, then, Stitch’s presence is inextricably linked to Mariah’s kidnapping.
Fans on Twitter have likewise taken note of Stitch’s suspicious return, characterizing him as the prevailing suspect in Mariah’s disappearance. User @chertex, for example, wrote, “kind of worried for Mariah in Cray Cray Dr’s hands, if it is Stitch that has her. I think it is. They promised twists in this one.”
Whether Mariah’s kidnapper turns out to be Stitch, or these clues amount to a misdirect, will likely be revealed in the near future, as “The Young and the Restless” continues.