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TV Review: 666 Park Avenue “The Dead Don’t Stay Dead” on ABC

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This week’s episode is clouded by mystery and more unresolved events at The Drake. The episode opens when Jane (Rachelle Taylor) repeatedly sees the spirit of a little girl who takes her to a room with a mysterious suitcase. These apparitions appear throughout the episode.

Henry (David Annable) and Jane are shown more often in the company of the Dorans. In these settings, Gavin (Terry O’Quinn) orchestrates a possible career change for Henry but why? Olivia (Vanessa Williams) shares a personal tragedy with Jane about daughter Sasha’s death a decade earlier. For the first time, the audience gets a glimpse into Olivia’s personality as Jane and Olivia draw into a closer personal relationship.

The episode opening has the spirit of a small child grasping at Jane’s legs with spooky music accompanying the scene. Henry interrupts the scene briefly and the young child vanishes. This part suggests that the incident is in Jane’s mind or is it?

Jane’s first meeting of the day is with Gavin. She explains the existence of a hidden storeroom and asks for the original building plans so she can go about refurbishing The Drake more realistically. Gavin agrees to search for the plans.

During the meeting, Gavin asks Jane to tend to Olivia who needs some attention. Jane agrees to do so and invites Olivia to lunch. Gavin smiles appreciatively. This scene brings out the human side of Gavin more significantly as a caring husband who is concerned about his wife’s psychological well being.

Later, Gavin and Henry play a rigorous game of racquetball, whereupon, Gavin explains to Henry that “you have to take what you want.” At lunch, Gavin explains that “you have to fight and claw.” He’s referring to the acquisition of a new job Gavin has in mind for Henry as chief of staff for Congressman Edwards.

Gavin tells Henry not to come back without the job, whereupon Henry approaches Congressman Edwards to introduce himself and attempt to secure the position. Edwards is impressed with Henry and agrees to hire him. The scene shifts briefly to Olivia driving Jane home after their lunch.

This scene has high drama because Olivia is clearly under the influence of alcohol. She handles the car recklessly and scares Jane to death. Miraculously, the auto brushes against a pole and safely stops with passengers intact.  

Olivia tells Jane that she reminds her of daughter Sasha. At this point she shares a secret about Sasha’s distance from her parents and her untimely death a decade earlier. This scene brings out sympathy for Olivia but also shows a reckless tendency coupled with a dangerous drinking habit. Gavin enters the scene and tells Olivia to stop blaming herself. At this point, Gavin gives Jane the building blueprints.

Next, Henry, Jane, Brian (Robert Buckley) and Louise (Mercedes Masohn) celebrate Henry’s new job by going out to dance for the night. The couples are seen partying heavily in a trendy nightclub. Henry commits to be with Jane forever.

The action shifts to Gavin meeting with Congressman Edwards in order to secure a piece of real estate. Gavin reminds Edwards that Henry will be a good boy

Edwards tells Gavin that he has hired Henry but he is reluctant to facilitate Gavin getting the property because an associate has a prior claim. While the two walk and talk, a man is pictured falling down an elevator shaft and the scene quickly shifts to Olivia burning a letter from her daughter.

The audience is left with an unresolved question as to whether or not Gavin pushed Edwards into an open elevator shaft to his untimely death. If Gavin did the dastardly deed, this sets up a high drama search for the congressman and a huge investigation to ascertain how and why he disappeared.

The scene depicting Olivia burning her daughter’s letter represents closure of Sasha’s death a decade earlier. This gut wrenching scene depicts a loving mother anguishing over a daughter she will never see again.

The action shifts to a meeting between Gavin and Henry; whereby, Gavin tries to dissuade Henry from taking the position with Congressman Edwards. He explains to Henry that you’ve got to dream big. Instead, Gavin suggests that Henry should be the congressman instead of just working for him. This scene provides more evidence of Gavin attempting to corrupt Henry and mold him into a clone.  Now, Henry has even more evidence to consider leaving The Drake.

For the first time, the audience is presented with the connection between the disappearance of Edwards and the suggestion that Henry take over his job. The motivation is clear. Gavin wants the piece of abandoned real estate and will stop at nothing in order to secure it! In addition, Gavin wants someone whom he can manipulate in the congressional seat. Quite obviously, Henry is his choice.

This episode leaves many things up in the air. The most prominent event is the resolution of whether or not Gavin pushed the congressman into the open elevator shaft. Maybe this event is just another illusion among many in this episode.  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.