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TV Review: 666 Park Avenue – “A Crowd of Demons”

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This week’s 666 Park Avenue is entitled “A Crowd of Demons.” It  has lots of high drama, a festive Halloween Party, ghost hauntings, and more speculation about Henry’s (David Annable) potential to pursue a political career. 

Henry gets more public attention for his heroism for stopping a crazed shooter in last week’s episode “Hero Complex,” saving  Commissioner Pike’s life, and Jane’s (Rachel Taylor), in his sudden forward thrust to stop the killer from mass murder.

The Drake’s past is re-enacted when the ghost images of a little girl keep coming back to Jane, as they had in the episode “The Dead Don’t Stay Dead.”  Her investigation of the little girl’s past reveals that her mother had been killed violently by the father, Peter Kramer. The murder happened on Halloween of 1929 in apartment 5f of The Drake.

This show opens as the crazed ghost of Peter Kramer chases his wife throughout apartment 5f of The Drake on Halloween night. Their little girl, who appears frequently as an apparition to Jane, hides nervously under the bed with hand clinched to a small doll. Finally, Kramer hacks his wife to near death with a huge hatchet.

She stumbles by the bed in the master bedroom and hands an elaborate brooch to her daughter before she collapses and dies; there’s blood everywhere. This scene is the most dramatic since the series premiered. It reminds this writer of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho with the fast-paced action, eerie music, and crazed killer.

The action quickly moves to the Halloween party where guests stream in while pop music blasts and psychedelic lights provide the background. During the party, media consultant Laurel Harris, suggests that Henry use his newly found image as a city hero to run for mayor. Henry opposes the idea of going into politics stating that “I’m not a hero I was just at the right place at the right time.”

This statement reinforces the modest unassuming persona of Henry in his practical approach to politics and the drama it brings; apparently, Henry is not attracted to that glitz and hoopla. Laurel is the second one to have suggested Henry run for office after Gavin (Terry O’ Quinn) did so in an earlier episode. But, Henry doesn’t seem interested.

Meanwhile, the mysterious little girl appears to Jane in a spooky apparition  during the party, saying “Daddy got out.” Jane goes to the basement and opens an old briefcase,  frightened by a prominent headline in a newspaper she finds, reporting that Peter Kramer killed his wife, yet his little daughter survived on Halloween (1929).

Finally, Jane establishes the connection between the little girl in the apparition and the horrific murder committed at The Drake decades earlier.  Intermittently, Jane begins to have hallucinations of Peter Kramer chasing her with a hatchet. This scene establishes the outright panic, yet another negation for Jane as she navigates the difficulties inherent with living and working at The Drake.

The closing scene shows Kramer’s hatchet disappearing into the floor woodwork. Now, Jane has closure for the violent Halloween murder committed at The Drake.  All of the mysteries surrounding the little girl finally make sense to her, while the audience gets a sharper view of Henry’s character and personality: basically shy and unassuming, as evidenced by his proclivity to avoid taking credit for his heroism in “The Dead Don’t Stay Dead.” Will Henry stay at The Drake or plunge into a future opportunity to run for high office? Stay tuned.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.