Why Mariah’s Disappearing Act on Young & Restless Is Giving Us a Really, *Really* Bad Feeling
The superlative surrogate’s failure to communicate may signal a sinister twist in light of recent strange goings-on.
The residents of Young & Restless’ Chancellor manse were thrown into a tizzy when they began comparing notes on Mariah’s unscheduled departure and realized that things weren’t adding up. Although texts were sent from her phone indicating she’d had to leave for a last-minute business trip. The trouble was that when Tessa messaged her back to say good night, she didn’t respond. Not a big deal, right? Except she didn’t respond in the morning either.
Now firmly into “that’s not like her” territory, Tessa and Abby’s concerns grew, and even Nina put down her crossword puzzle and frowned when Tessa reported that Mariah hadn’t taken her overnight bag or her new maternity clothes.
Helicopter mom-in-training Abby was quick to get on the horn with Jack, hoping to get the deets on Mariah’s assignment and the particulars of her hotel — except Jack hadn’t heard anything about the business excursion. He promised to look into it, but we definitely got the feeling his next call will bring even more bad news… that there is no business trip.
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Call us paranoid if you must, but on the heels of other recent strange goings-on, we fear she’s been kidnapped.
First there was a shadowy figure looming over Abby while she slept in the Chancellor house — we never did find out who that was — and then, in what may or may not be a coincidence, her ex-husband, Ben ‘Stitch’ Rayburn showed up in town. Now, we love us some Stitch, but his behavior was off.
We could brush off the awkward interactions between Ben and Abby given their history, but no way to spin him lurking in the bushes, in the dark, outside the parlor window and watching a pregnant Mariah. That was just creepy.
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After the scene, theories abounded as to whether Stitch had turned stalker or whether he was acting out of concern for the estate’s inhabitants. Ben could be mooning over his lost love, Abby, and focused on the baby she’s about to have, given they lost their unborn child. Some even speculated that, as a doctor, Ben could have switched his sperm for Devon’s, meaning Mariah is carrying his and Abby’s baby. If he’s gone that far off the deep end, and has taken Mariah, then we’re in dangerous territory, folks.
Conversely, it could be Stitch’s son, Max, who is the threat. If he escaped the facility where he was going rapidly downhill and has fixated on Abby (let’s not forget he deliberately caused her miscarriage), Ben could have been keeping watch over her and her unborn child. If he was unsuccessful in his mission, then Mariah and the baby could be in Max’s clutches.
Here’s what we know — the last time Young & Restless viewers saw Mariah she was talking to Stitch in the park while taking a break from jogging, where he’d been weirdly hanging around after everyone thought he should have gone back to Iowa already. Things that make you go, “Hmm.”
Of course, Mariah could actually be on a business trip having cellphone issues, or be indisposed for other reasons, but where’s the drama in that, right?
Share your theories on Mariah’s disappearance after looking back on photos of the Tessa and Mariah’s love story in the photo gallery below.
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<p>Tessa and Mariah became friends and often hung out together at The Underground. Back then, Mariah was dating Devon and Tessa was dating Noah.</p>
<p>While on a trip with Devon and Noah to a San Francisco music festival, Mariah’s feelings for Tessa stirred. She kissed Tessa and awkwardness followed.</p>
<p>Tessa appeared on Mariah’s GC Buzz to play music more than once. At one point, Tessa had a crisis of confidence and lifted lyrics from Mariah’s journal, which caused trust issues between them.</p>
<p>Mariah and Tessa barbecued together at Devon’s rooftop party. Later, Kyle set up a movie night date for the girls on the same rooftop.</p>
<p>Mariah and Tessa toasted Valentine’s Day dressed in their best. They were at Rey and Mia’s vow renewal ceremony, which went horribly awry.</p>
<p>Tessa serenaded Mariah on the fire escape outside their apartment. The two moved in together and everything went well except for that matter of Tessa hiding a flashdrive in a teddy bear.</p>
<p>Mariah and Tessa got high when the punch was spiked at the Grand Phoenix’s grand opening bash. They had a fine time dancing until Sharon and Devon both took ill.</p>
<p>Mariah and Tessa dressed as Sonny and Cher for Halloween. They shared a kiss next to an ‘I love you’ jack o’lantern at Crimson Lights.</p>
<p>Tessa and Mariah said goodbye temporarily when Tessa left to go on tour. She came back to visit, but Mariah struggled when she found out about Sharon’s cancer and lost her job. She then hooked up with someone else.</p>
<p>It took several attempts, but Mariah was able to get Tessa to forgive her for cheating with Lindsay. They made up, and made love, on Tanner Watts’ private jet.</p>
<p>When Mariah decided she wanted to be a surrogate for Abby and Chance, Tessa stood by her and was supportive every step of the way. When Stitch kidnapped a pregnant Mariah and held her captive in a tiny room, it was Tessa that Mariah dreamed would come to free her so they could be reunited.</p>
<p>Tessa and Mariah went through a very difficult time in the aftermath of Dominic’s birth as the redhead struggled with her attachment to the baby she had bonded with while in captivity. For a while it looked like it might be curtains for “Teriah” when Tessa refused to give in to Mariah’s insistence that they have a baby of their own.</p>
<p>Once Tessa realized that Mariah had successfully overcome her attachment issues where Dominic was concerned, and had fully healed from her traumatic experience, she realized <em>she</em> was ready to start a family of their own after all. Mariah was stunned (in a good way!) when her girlfriend told her she was ready to discuss having a baby or undertaking an adoption. Family and friends were thrilled as they shared the news they’d decided to adopt a child.</p>
<p>Tessa pulled off a huge surprise when she lured Mariah to Society, where she had a private and romantic set up in place. Mariah realized Tessa was about to propose when she dropped to one knee and the women had heartfelt words for one another as Mariah accepted, Tessa put the ring on her finger, and they embraced and shared a kiss.</p>
<p>Tessa and Mariah are happily engaged after Tessa got down on one knee in a surprise proposal. Mariah asked Tessa to stand up with her and accepted as she expressed a desire for a “lifetime of us” and to share their love with future children. Mariah later popped the question to Tessa as well.</p>
<p>Mariah and Tessa exchanged heartfelt vows in front of all their family and friends. Tessa’s sister, Crystal, was even able to attend after Rey Rosales helped clear her legal issues. Kyle acted as officiant and Kevin was Mariah’s man of honor. The nuptials were 1970s themed, a concept that Noah came up with and the girls loved. Browse through <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/gallery/young-restless-mariah-tessa-wedding-photos/" target="_blank">“Teriah’s” wedding album here</a>.</p>
<p>After numerous disappointments — one in the form of a dream — Mariah and Tessa learned that a young woman named Delphine had chosen them to be the adoptive parents of her newborn. After a false labor scare, Mariah and Tessa finally took off to Delphine’s city to welcome their first child together.</p>
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