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TV Review: 666 Park Avenue “Downward Spiral”

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This week’s 666 Park Avenue show is entitled “Downward Spiral.” The title of the show describes accurately the journey Jane is about to make by the end of this week’s episode. The show opens with Henry (David Annable) being honored at City Hall.

Henry’s political career continues to rise when the mayor presents him with a Bronze Medal for bravery and courage for stopping a mass murderer at The Drake. Gavin needles Henry by calling him Mayor Martin, an apparent reference to his potential for a political career.

Up until now, Henry continues to resist the suggestions that he pursue the mayoralty. After all, he realizes that the driving force to pursue the mayoralty is external to him. This is not a goal that Henry has internalized voluntarily through deep reflection, prior planning, goal setting and a firm personal commitment to public service at the present time.

Henry’s exuberance is tempered by Jane’s (Rachel Taylor) insistence upon leaving The Drake, where she feels unsafe and ill at ease. This scene only reinforces Henry’s dilemma. He must deal with the public accolades, as well as Jane’s constant reminders that she would like to go back to Indiana.

Jane expresses her wish to go back to Indiana to Olivia (Vanessa Williams) who suggests that she stay in the place where opportunity beckons. In addition, Jane delivers a resignation letter to the front desk where it is accepted with reluctance.

Henry discusses Jane’s depression with Gavin (Terry O’Quinn). Surprisingly, Gavin’s idea of a cure for Jane’s depression is to marry Henry. Gavin reinforces Olivia’s advice to Jane which is to stay at The Drake where there are opportunities for Henry and her right now.

Henry is inclined to take Gavin’s marriage advice and goes with Olivia to search for an engagement ring. Both Henry and Olivia settle upon a few good choices for diamond rings displayed at a local jewelry store.

Henry could be wasting time searching for an engagement ring. He really needs to deal forthrightly with Jane’s continuing emotional dilemmas made worse by her inability to cope with the rough and tumble atmospherics at The Drake.

Finally, Jane and Nona (Samantha Logan)  discover one of The Drake’s ultimate secrets as they look for Nona’s grandmother, Lottie – a secret that will alter Jane’s life forever. Jane and Nona stumble upon a picture of Jane at The Drake in 1992 at age 8. Jane identifies the picture of herself readily; however, she simply cannot recall being at The Drake in that time frame.

While scurrying around the basement of The Drake, Jane stumbles upon an exotic amulet. In fact, it’s very much like the one worn by the little girl who appears to Jane in various apparitions. Jane finds an exact fit for the amulet in a floorpiece at The Drake.

Upon fitting the amulet onto the floor section, a huge amount of shaking occurs. The floors literally open up to a descending spiral staircase; whereupon, Jane steps in to investigate. Shortly afterward, she disappears and the episode concludes leaving viewers with a question as to where Jane disappeared in the labyrinth of a never-ending staircase into obscurity.

Stay tuned for the next 666 Park Avenue November 25, 9:00 p.m. on ABC.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

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.