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Hon­ey­moon­ing overseas, new­ly­weds Stitch and Abby are rev­el­ling in their bub­ble of love, fi­nally free from the dra­mas they left be­hind in Genoa City. How­ever, re­al­ity soon in­trudes when they’re ad­vised of Billy’s life-threat­en­ing in­juries, prompt­ing them to cut their get­away short and rush home. Ar­riv­ing back in town, the cou­ple has no idea that Billy’s cri­sis is just the start of some new-found prob­lems that will rock their new mar­riage.

As­sist­ing with Billy’s (Burgess Jenk­ins) treat­ment, Stitch (Sean Car­ri­gan) and Abby (Melissa Ord­way) are thun­der­struck to be sud­denly sum­moned to the po­lice sta­tion where they’re shocked to see Stitch’s young son Max (Jared Breeze), who’s sup­posed to be in Australia with his mother Jenna.

They’re fur­ther stunned when Max screams that Jenna is dead and that Abby killed her! It tran­spires that Jenna was killed in a car ac­ci­dent while on the phone with Abby ar­gu­ing over Jenna’s re­fusal to let Max visit Stitch in the US.

Rat­tled by the chain of events, Stitch coaxes Max to ad­mit he’s scared of what the fu­ture holds for him and sug­gests that he live with him and Abby in Genoa City. De­spite want­ing to be close to his fa­ther, Max hates the thought of as­so­ci­at­ing with Abby and he mys­te­ri­ously dis­ap­pears. He’s fi­nally found at Crim­son Lights where he tells Stitch that he doesn’t want to live with him. Af­ter gen­tly con­vinc­ing Max that Abby loves him and isn’t to blame for his mother’s death, Stitch gets his son to re­con­sider the liv­ing ar­range­ment.

Mean­while, Abby is shaken by Max’s open

ha­tred for her and, think­ing she’s failed as a step­mother, fears the con­se­quences for her mar­riage. Af­ter all, Stitch has told her to step back and let him han­dle Max on his own. Stitch’s sub­se­quent de­ci­sion to tem­po­rar­ily move in to the Ath­letic Club alone with Max ce­ments Abby’s be­lief that her mar­riage is al­ready over be­fore it’s even be­gun. How­ever, the phys­i­cal sep­a­ra­tion from Abby doesn’t im­prove Max’s mood and he re­mains bel­liger­ent and rude to her when­ever she reaches out to him. Stitch’s re­as­sur­ance that Max just needs time to ad­just to his new sit­u­a­tion is cold com­fort for a con­flicted Abby. The new Mrs Ray­burn clings to the hope that the sit­u­a­tion with Max will im­prove and is heart­ened when he ap­pears to thaw to­wards her. But once alone with Max, Abby soon re­alises he’s only be­ing nice to her for Stitch’s ben­e­fit when he an­grily makes it clear that he doesn’t need her to be his babysit­ter.

Des­per­ate to be Max’s friend, Abby in­tro­duces him to Ash­ley (Eileen David­son) and Si­mon (Michael E. Knight) and Max soon makes friends with Si­mon, who gets him in­ter­ested in his sci­en­tific re­search.

But Abby’s ef­forts to be the best mum she can be soon back­fire on her when Stitch ver­bally at­tacks her for her ac­tions. He rants that Abby shouldn’t be ex­pos­ing Max to Si­mon, who he says is to­tally un­trust­wor­thy and pos­si­bly com­mit­ting a crime with his un­ortho­dox and un­proven med­i­cal ex­per­i­ments.

Up­set by her hus­band’s tirade, Abby bursts into tears, ter­ri­bly afraid that un­less Max ac­cepts her as part of his life then her mar­riage to Stitch could suf­fer ir­repara­ble dam­age.

They’re shocked to see Stitch’s young son Max, who’s sup­posed to be in Australia with his mother Jenna.

Stitch is stunned to learn that Max’s mum has died. He soon wants Max to move in with him and Abby.

Stitch (Sean Car­ri­gan) and Abby (Melissa Ord­way) with young Max (Jared Breeze).

Abby is shaken by what seems to be Max’s ha­tred of her. She tries to be friendly but her ef­forts fail.

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