Zach Young
General Information
Former Student
Mary Alice Young – Foster Mother
Paul Young – Foster Father
Deirdre Taylor – Mother
Mike Delfino – Father
Series Information
S1, S2, S3
First appearance:
Last appearance:
Thank you, Zach, you've just made this really easy for me. You are now forbidden from seeing or talking to my daughter ever again! And if you come within ten feet of her, I will call the police and I will have you arrested! Now get out!
Susan Mayer

Zachary "Zach" Young, formerly Dana Taylor, is the most troubled of the teens on Wisteria Lane - not that he doesn't have competition. Brooding, moody and mysterious, he is the shy kid who radiates strangeness and insecurity. He wears a side part and wire-rimmed glasses and rarely smiles. But it's easy to be sympathetic to him for two good reasons: He has a strange dad, and he lost his mother at a very young age.

Storyline (Seasons 1-3) Edit


Born Dana Taylor in Bountiful, Utah (Zachary Young) was the child of Deirdre Taylor and Mike Delfino. Mike left Deirdre pregnant with his son Dana (Zach) when he went to prison for 5 and a half years. Deirdre did not want her son to be raised by her father Noah so she fled to Utah just to have the baby. She gave birth at Dorothy Drake Rehabilitation Center in June of 1989 in Utah. Dana (Zach) is believed to be greatly affected by the black tar heroin his mother's addiction subjected him to for 9 months in utero because he has a chemical imbalance today resulting in his emotional violent outbursts. Deirdre gave up her son to support her drug addiction, selling him to Angela for all the money she had in her house. Shortly thereafter, Angela and her husband moved to Fairview and changed their names to Mary Alice and Paul. Three years later, Deirdre (now clean and sober) attempts to take Dana back. But when Mary Alice and Paul refuse to give Dana to her she attacks Paul and hits him over the head with a large fireplace poker and tells Mary Alice she will give Dana a good home she goes for Mary Alice but Mary Alice grabs for a knife nearby and stabs Deirdre who then falls to floor and dies. Mary Alice goes upstairs and takes Dana's toychest which wakes the young boy up she takes it downstairs and tells Paul they need to fit her in the chest and put her in the box at that moment Dana comes downstairs and sees his mother lying there dead.

Season OneEdit

He found love in the form of Julie Mayer who befriended him. Zach eventually got her to agree to let him stay in her bedroom after he had escaped from a juvenile rehabilitation center. This innocent infatuation turned into a strong obsession, and he was dumped by Julie. Early in the show's first season, Zach was disturbed with visions of killing his younger sister, Dana. However, later it was discovered that Zach's original name was "Dana".

Season TwoEdit

Zach had been missing ever since he held Susan hostage until she saw him in a park. She bought him lunch and told him that she wanted to help him, until he said he hoped he and Julie would reconcile. Susan, visibly shaken by this, suggested he go to Utah and find Paul who Zach felt was his father. Susan also gave him money to get there. Months later, after Felicia Tilman framed Paul Young for her sisters murder, Paul begged Zach to ask Noah Taylor for money to pay a lawyer, claiming it was for a car. Noah doesn't believe him and told Zach that he would not inherit his fortune because of Zach's supposed lack of bravery. Wanting to prove him wrong, Zach turned off Noah's respirator, and found that he had inherited a vast fortune and no longer wanted anything to do with Paul Young. Zach moved to his grandfather Noah Taylor's mansion.

Season ThreeEdit

Zach went unseen for the first ten episodes of Season Three, but appeared in Not While I'm Around, as Gabrielle's secret admirer. Zach had been semi-stalking Gabrielle Solis. He sends her flowers, a dress, then an expensive bracelet, and reveals himself to Gabrielle when she meets him at a restaurant. Zach tries to impress Gabrielle with luxurious gifts and by mentioning his new wealth, including a chateau in Switzerland, but is unsuccessful.

Later, Zach orchestrated a situation where Gabrielle would be upset enough to drink heavily. She woke up the next morning to find Zach in bed with her, and he claimed that they had had sex; Gabrielle had been too drunk to recall the evening's events. Zach proceeded to use this as an excuse to presume an escalation of their nonexistent romantic relationship. Gabrielle asked her ex-husband Carlos to scare Zach off, but Carlos instead ended up discovering that Zach is so well-endowed that Gabrielle could not possibly have forgotten having had sexual intercourse with him; she never had sex with Zach. Gabrielle lectured Zach about how not to behave towards his friends, and she told him to leave her alone after he proposes to her at the Pizzeria and says they can't even be friends anymore and that she will never love him. Zach goes off in a strop and tells Gabrielle that when she's middle aged and alone, the only person she can blame is herself for her loneliness.

Trivia Edit

  • It is not known whether Zach Young will make another appareance on the show although it is possible if his father and Felicia Tilman are.

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The Housewives

Susan Mayer · Lynette Scavo · Bree Van de Kamp · Gabrielle Solis · Katherine Mayfair · Edie Britt · Renée Perry · Mary Alice Young

Current Main Supporting Characters

Carlos Solis · Tom Scavo · Orson Hodge · Angie Bolen · Ana Solis · Mike Delfino · Julie Mayer · Karen McCluskey · Nick Bolen · Danny Bolen · Porter Scavo · Parker Scavo · Penny Scavo · Juanita Solis · M.J. Delfino · Celia Solis · Lee McDermott · Bob Hunter · Karl Mayer · Andrew Van de Kamp · Preston Scavo

Former Supporting Main Characters

Rex Van de Kamp · John Rowland · Dave Williams · George Williams · Jackson Braddock · Matthew Applewhite · Caleb Applewhite · Betty Applewhite · Paul Young · Zach Young · Austin McCann · Kayla Scavo · Dylan Mayfair · Danielle Katz

Supporting Characters

Adam Mayfair · Victor Lang · Ida Greenberg · Stella Wingfield · Ian Hainsworth · Nora Huntington · Alma Hodge · Alex Cominis · Phyllis Van de Kamp · Gloria Hodge · Xiao-Mei · Martha Huber · Felicia Tilman · Bradley Scott · Maria Scott · Ed Ferrara · Roy Bender · Justin · Millicent Tilman

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