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TV Review: 666 Park Avenue – “Murmurations”

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The October 7, 2012 episode of 666 Park Avenue concentrates on Jane’s (Rachel Taylor) discovery of a murder at The Drake.  This leads to a complex story surrounding the murder, as well as the potential involvement of other Drake residents.

For the first time, the audience gets to know more about Gavin (Terry O’Quinn). He is pictured as a very crafty business tycoon with a generous nature and a tendency to deceive people in his business transactions. This is the central inner conflict within Gavin, the good and the bad. Ultimately, the viewers will have to judge Gavin for themselves, after seeing all the evidence unfold.

The opening scenes center on  the discovery of a huge colony of birds nestled in the wall of a vacated apartment. The scene is reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.  Brian (Robert Buckley) and Louise (Mercedes Masohn) are pictured discussing her elevator accident which happened at The Drake during the opening of the show. 

The action quickly focuses on Jane and Henry (David Annable) in attendance at Olivia’s (Vanessa Williams) party. Jane introduces Henry to a building resident named Danielle. Gavin takes the center stage in his discussion of a $100 million dollar deal to secure The Alpern which is a large, 32-story building currently under construction. He reminds all who will listen  that finding love makes it worth the pain of waiting.

This scene introduces viewers to the grandiose business ventures that Gavin enjoys. This aspect of the show provides viewers with a glimpse into the high stakes atmosphere which surrounds Gavin in his business relationships.

The action moves to Jane doing laundry. Strange  doo-op music lures her out of the laundry room. Her inquisitiveness leads her into an apartment with a dead man bloodied from wounds and stretched out on the floor. This scene sets up more evidence of the impending presence of evil in the building.

Suddenly, she wakes up startled from a seemingly bad dream; whereupon, husband Henry scurries about readying to leave for a day’s work. The scene shifts briefly to an exterminator finishing his work to cover up the hole in the wall in order to seal the birds safely inside.

Later, the birds attack the exterminator for disturbing their peaceful abode. The audience ponders whether he will survive the coordinated attack from a large group of angry birds. The birds provide high drama, forceful orchestral music and an unreal atmosphere akin to Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, The Birds.

The action shifts to Jane, who is seen at a dinner with Gavin. She explains that through research and paper clippings, she has established that Ed Paxton was the resident killed at The Drake circa 1956. Ed, a resident of apartment 7G, appears in her dreams at random. The circumstances of Ed’s death set up another important unresolved issue at The Drake. The unresolved murder adds more high drama to the show.

The scene shifts briefly to Danielle having sex . Interestingly, Danielle is the new resident in apartment 7G. Apparently, Danielle killed the earlier resident in her apartment. The audience doesn’t know all of the circumstances with certainty. Due to Gavin’s evil powers, Danielle appears young, but is actually a very old woman or even a vampire in actuality. This scene introduces the possiibility of supernatural forces entering the picture.

The action quickly moves to a scene showing Gavin and Henry in conversation. Gavin explains that he closed the deal on “The Alpern” and simultaneously flipped the property to the Chinese at a tidy profit. Gavin mentions the arsenic contained on the property and praises Henry for not bothering him earlier with the details of the property’s shortcomings. At this point, Henry has enough evidence to consider quitting based upon Gavin’s willful deceit.

The scene sheds light on the character of Gavin for knowingly selling a property with significant undisclosed defects. In addition, the scene demonstrates that Gavin knows a lot about the commercial real estate market. In addition, his instincts are to secure a quick profit and get out.

Gavin remarks that he wants the birds to remain undisturbed because it’s their home too. This remark sets up his appreciation for the well being of nature’s creatures. He gives Louise a $300,000 check and asks Jane to clean up the basement.

And so, this segment ends with the audience finding out a lot more about The Drake and its principal owner, Gavin. He’s a smiling ruthless business tycoon who deceives people yet he’s generous with his money and respects animals. On the other hand, Gavin may realize that the birds kill off building rodents. This aspect may be the dispositive reason for keeping the birds in the building.

Ultimately, viewers will have a growing body of evidence about the character of Gavin. It will be interesting to see how Jane and Henry view him, as well as the other residents at The Drake and the viewers of 666 Place. 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.
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