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TV Review: 666 Park Avenue – “Diabolic”

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This week’s 666 Park Avenue episode “Diabolic” is appropriately named since the main characters are plagued by unfortunate happenstances and messy personal issues after last week’s Halloween party. Jane (Rachel Taylor) is in trauma over an imagined attack by Peter Kramer made worse by an investigation by detectives Jarvis and Cooper who doubt her story.

There are traces of chloroform in Olivia’s (Vanessa Williams)  blood, discovered by Dr. Evans and a new character. Victor Shaw makes an aggressive bid for control of The Drake. Will he prevail? Lastly, Henry (David Annable) continues to get overtures to run for the mayoralty. This is an interesting part of the show because the mayoralty could provide Henry and Jane with an escape from The Drake.

The show opens with Jane and Henry discussing the demons she combats. Jane’s predicament is made even more painful and difficult to deal with when Henry gently agrees with the assessment of the detectives after they visit briefly to discuss the details of her imagined attack. They conclude that Jane should consider getting psychological help.

For the first time, Jane expresses a strong desire to leave The Drake right away.  A rift develops between Henry and Jane with important consequences for the future of each at The Drake.

The situation cannot remain this way because Gavin (Terry O’Quinn) will certainly become involved at some point once Jane’s depression interferes with her duties at The Drake. Right now, he is consumed with other things like Olivia’s drinking problems, a potential scandal around an attempt to poison her with chloroform at the Halloween party and an aggressive bid by Shaw to take over The Drake.

The audience is left guessing whether or not Henry can repair the relationship while still remaining at The Drake. For this reason, Henry suggests getting the professional help for Jane in order to arrest her downward spiral emotionally and psychologically.

There is an outside chance that a man who just looks like Peter Kramer is chasing her around The Drake. In due time, this possibility may be resolved if other people see him surface at The Drake. The audience is left wondering whether or not Jane will overcome her emotional issues or sink into the abyss of a full scale depression.

Laurel Harris continues to press Henry to run for mayor with a lunch invitation to be attended by contributors. Harris indicates that Jane is a very sweet person; however, Henry shouldn’t allow her to interfere with a possible run for the mayoralty.

Although initially interested, Henry is torn between his position at The Drake, his wife and a newly developing consensus to have him run for the mayoralty. The audience does not have any indication as to how Henry will decide these issues.

Right now, Henry has to deal with Jane’s depression issues and a mayoral campaign is the last thing he needs. Besides, the mayoralty of a city is a position which requires a lot of prior thought, commitment and a specific program in place. Clearly, Henry hasn’t had the time to reflect on any of these things yet.

Gavin tries to deal with Olivia’s hangover from the aftermath of the Halloween party, as well as a thief at The Drake. Dr. Evans agrees to examine Olivia and takes tests that show she was poisoned slightly with traces of chloroform in the blood. These test results concern Gavin greatly because they raise continuing
and unresolved concerns in Olivia’s mind, as well as Gavin’s.

Gavin deals with the situation by offering to forgive part of Evans’ rent together with a $50,000 loan in exchange for Olivia’s test results to be kept out of public view. Clearly, Olivia’s problems could be very problematic for Gavin if they ever become public knowledge. Shortly, Olivia’s problems become very problematic.

A new character emerges by the name of Victor Shaw. He is a counterbalancing force to Gavin because he demands possession of The Drake and suggests that Olivia get a blood test by a different physician to prove that she may have been poisoned by Gavin at the Halloween party. Shaw seems to know a lot about
Gavin’s business and personal issues. But, where does he secure this data?  This is an important unresolved issue with viewers.

Gavin seethes in a cool rage at the prospect of Victor Shaw competing with him. He offers Shaw the opportunity to walk away now unscathed or risk losing everything in a continuing struggle for possession of The Drake. Clearly, these two men  each other intensely. The audience will be interested to know how this continuing struggle is resolved.

Until now, Gavin has been the governing force at The Drake. Shaw presents a strong and aggressive counterbalancing force to Gavin by challenging his exclusive status at home with his wife, as well as at The Drake. For sure, a huge fight is in the making.

The outcome of this fight could have major implications for both Henry and Jane at The Drake because Shaw does not seem to be a very sympathetic person. So far, he’s cold, calculating and highly manipulative.

Somehow, Shaw has secured a rare redwood chest which has significant value to Gavin. He seeks to parley this chest in exchange for control of The Drake. It’s not really clear whether or not Shaw acts alone or at the behest of other people who may be enemies of Gavin.

The audience will be anticipating the ultimate disposition of this struggle for power and control at The Drake. Both of these men cannot coexist together. One of them must prevail in the ultimate scheme of things. In addition, there is a continuing drama surrounding Jane and her inability to cope with the overall situation at The Drake, as well as the demands placed upon Henry to run for the mayoralty. 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.