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 ABCPowered by Sidelines