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Zach's Father Did It!

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Soap Opera Weekly

by Carolyn Hinsey, Published February 27, 2007

Yup, Alexander Cambias Sr. is alive and well and picking off all the women Zach loves. But why? Thorsten Kaye (Zach) gives the blow-by-blow of this week’s action.

WEEKLY: First thing’s first. How’s your new baby daughter?
THORSTEN KAYE: Great! We just walked in.
WEEKLY: You just walked in from the hospital with the baby and you’re calling us for a news story? Thanks! I’ll make this fast: This week starts out with the reveal that Zach, Kendall, and Josh saved Babe by whisking her away to a room at the casino to keep her alive.
KAYE: Zach’s always had a thing for Babe.
WEEKLY: Seriously.
KAYE: Okay. Zach knows a little bit about how to disappear and how to stage your own death, the same way that Alexander Cambias Jr. died 20 years before. So, Zach and Josh let her “die.” Everyone was very upset.
WEEKLY: So Babe is alive, and Zach, Josh, Jack, and Jeff were in on it. Then, Zach tries to jog his memory to connect his mother’s death to the Fusion murders by questioning Ryan about Alex Sr. (because Ryan was with him when he died).
KAYE: Yes. Now here is where it gets complicated for me. Alex Sr. gave all h is money to Ryan because he felt there was no Cambias heir. But now it turns out that Alex knew there was an heir because he knew that Zach existed. Does that mean that the money goes to me?
WEEKLY: Of course.
KAYE: I think so, too. Cameron’s [Mathison, Ryan] going to have to move. He can’t afford his living arrangements anymore once I take the company away from him.
WEEKLY: You’re getting a little ahead of yourself. So after grilling Ryan, Zach and Kendall travel to Las Vegas to get more information on Alexander Sr.’s death.
KAYE: Yes. He died in Vegas. I remember exactly where I was…
WEEKLY: Kendall and Zach disguise themselves and question Alex Sr.’s attending nurse?
KAYE: Yes. They put pressure on the little cutie and she crumbles and says, “Here’s what happened.” But unfortunately, the doctor that was there at the time is dead. I don’t know if he got killed or what. So, there are a lot of questions not being answered by anybody.
WEEKLY: And then Zach figures out that the Satin Slayer is really Alexander Cambias Sr.?
KAYE: Yes.
WEEKLY: I though he was dead.
KAYE: I’m more concerned about him being French than being dead. Dead I understand. But French?
WEEKLY: What do you mean?
KAYE: He’s got a French accent. I want to know what part of France Zach is from.
WEEKLY: (laughs) Also this week, Zoe goes to Babe’s “grave” and is attacked by the killer and left for dead. In the struggle, Zoe rips a button off the killer’s coat which turns out to be the Cambias crest.

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KAYE: Here’s somebody coming out of hiding after years of being “dead,” and he still wears his crest on his jacket?
KAYE: See, that’s what happens when people get too attached to their clothing.
WEEKLY: Zach and Kendall go to Alexander’s grave (which also has the crest on it) and Zach gives a big emotional speech about all the abuse he suffered at his father’s hands. Then what does he do?
KAYE: You get to a certain point in the story where you just have to start digging. And that’s what happens here. I think there were so many questions and flashbacks and trying to remember things that happened to him as a kid, that he tried to block them all out. But there are a lot of triggers in this story, and looking at the grave is one of them. Somehow Zach starts to think, “Maybe the old codger isn’t in there.” So, he starts digging.
WEEKLY: What does he find?
KAYE: A note that says, “Don’t bet the Bears.” I could’ve used that the week before.
WEEKLY: You’re killing me.
KAYE: “Go with the Colts.” That’s what it said.
WEEKLY: So, that’s when Zach realized Alex Sr. faked his death and is the Satin Slayer? How does he make that leap?
KAYE: Obviously, whoever killed all these women had a direct connection to Zach and his mom. And then the note, which I’m not going to give away, because it’s wonderful, indicates that Alexander Sr. is the guy.
WEEKLY: Can you explain the finale of this mystery without giving too much away?
KAYE: I’ll try. Between the rapist son (Michael, who raped Bianca) and the dead son (Zach, real name Alexander Cambias Jr.), Cambias was looking for a way to pull the Cambias name out of the dirt. So he figured, “What if I give all this to somebody else [Ryan], and then disappear? Then I will sit back and make my son pay once he finds what he’s really looking for,” which was Kendall.
WEEKLY: Why did Alex Sr. hate his son so much?
KAYE: Alexander wants to get back at Zach since he took his firstborn away [by faking his death]. He’s lived with that for 20 years. Wait a minute – Zach killed himself at 18, I’m 31. You do the math. I just had a baby. I’m tired!