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TV Review: 666 Park Avenue “Hypnos” December 2, 2012

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This week’s 666 Park Avenue opens with Jane (Rachel Taylor) consulting with Maris Elder (Whoppi Goldberg) , a psychologist. Maris tries to hypnotize Jane in order to establish once and for all the relationship she has to The Drake. This scene is the high point of the show because it deals conclusively with psychological closure issues which have plagued Jane since the inception of the show.

Maris induces hypnotism by having Jane focus on a clock adjacent to where they are sitting. She goes back in time to December 28, 1927 where Jane takes on the persona of Libby Griffith with quaint oldie music in the background. There, Jane meets Jocelyn who is the little girl in her visions. In reality, Libby is Jane’s grandmother who was born on January 22, 1903 and died on December 28, 1927. This is a significant date because Peter Kramer murdered his wife on this date.

Maris explains to Jane that her family has a dark legacy at The Drake. The legacy ties Jane’s past and present to these events. Jane isn’t the only one interested in past events at The Drake. Gavin (Terry O’Quinn) probes the significance of the spiral staircase at length in a private conversation with Maris. After discussing the specifics of Jane’s experiences with the spiral staircase, Maris agrees to report back to Gavin the results of her ongoing investigation with Jane.

The plot thickens when Detective Cooper and Jane go into the basement at The Drake. They locate a wall which Jane believes to hold the secrets of her past. After breaking down a significant portion of the wall, Jane finds a journal maintained by Peter Kramer during the ’20s. She looks through the journal and realizes that only Maris can explain the significance of the symbols contained therein.

The audience can see readily that Jane has progressed from a stupor in the previous episode to active engagement with life in this segment. Apparently, the meetings she is having with Maris help Jane to establish the all-important closure for the random visions she has had in the past.

This is the best kind of therapy because Jane is resolving the source of anxieties herself instead of letting them fester within. This is the highest point of coping with life which patients must achieve in order to arrive at closure for prior unfortunate happenstances. Closure is a condition precedent for moving on with life. This episode has lessons in how to cope with life for the whole audience.

Essentially, coping is a process of self discovery which is best achieved by personal exploration and resolution. A psychologist can facilitate this process; however, the patient must be the agent to sort out the past and get closure before moving on with life.

Jane isn’t the only one to get closure for past events. Surprisingly, Gavin also gets closure when he stumbles upon his long lost daughter, Sasha in a local bar
at the close of this week’s show.

Stay tuned for the next episode of 666 Park Avenue on December 9, 2012 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.
  • Jon

    This is wrong — little Jocelyn is her grandmother, not Libby.

  • http://www.lunch.com/JSMaresca-Reviews-1-1.html Dr. Joseph S. Maresca

    The little girl is no more than 5. The woman murdered the night of December 28, 1927 was 24 years old because she was born in 1903. I hope that this issue can be resolved before the end of the show. That’s why I had the same problem as you.