The premiere episode of ABC’s “666 Park Avenue” begins with an orchestra playing while Terry O’Quinn and Vanessa Williams’ characters watch. A violinist starts to bleed from his fingers, and splatters blood all over himself and his sheet music as the piece goes on.
Later, he arrives in the rain at 999 Park Avenue, where he gathers his things and packs. He smashes his violin, and runs to the elevator. When he gets in the lobby, he finds he’s trapped, and a phone rings in the center of the hallway.
Gavin Doran (Terry O’Quinn): Hard to believe it’s been ten years, Mr. Hartwell.
Hartwell begs for another year, but Gavin won’t give it to him. Hartwell breaks out the front door and thanks God he’s free, but he hears a low roar from behind him and gets pulled back in. As the camera pans over, we see that when the light shines on “999 Park Avenue,” it shows as “666 Park Avenue” on the wall.
The next day, the applicants for building manager arrive, Henry Martin (Dave Annable) and Jane Van Veen (Rachael Taylor), and wait to see Mr. Doran. In their meeting, Doran finds out Henry works for the mayor while Jane is currently unemployed. When he tells them it’s probably not going to work out, Jane impresses him with her knowledge of architecture and history, and they get the job.
While getting the tour from doorman Tony (Erik Palladino), they meet playwright Brian (Robert Buckley). Tony leads them to apartment 3B, where they’ll live.
Henry: What happened to the previous manager?
Jane: Why would anybody ever want to leave this?
Tony: As I understand it, Mr. Hartwell moved someplace warmer…Arizona, I think.
In their office, Olivia Duran (Williams) talks to Gavin about using Jane to “get Henry.” Meanwhile, Brian’s wife Louise (Mercedes Masohn) tells him to pick up some things from the store when he goes out, but he tells her he’s working too, and sits down to write. However, he doesn’t write a word, but instead sees an attractive woman across the street in her apartment taking off her clothes.
When Henry and Jane move in, she meets another resident, John Barlow, who’s bleeding seriously from his hand. He goes to wash it off, but it won’t stop. We find out his wife died recently.
Jane goes to meet with the Durans, and they invite them to a symphony. Down in the laundry room, Jane notices that a lot of people have flyers up for lost items, all small but with great sentimental value. The laundry room lights are flickering, and we see what appears to be a dead woman getting closer and closer to Jane. She vanishes, though, and Jane notices a mosaic on the floor of what looks like a dragon.
Meanwhile, John is staring at a newspaper with a story about a murdered judge when his phone rings.
Gavin: How you doing, John?
John: It’s in all the papers. They’re looking for me. I did what you told me to do, you said you’d bring my wife back.
Gavin: We made a deal. You kept your end, I kept mine. Check the bedroom.
John goes to the bedroom and finds his wife Mary there, alive again.
Brian and Louise are having some fairly unsatisfying sex when she gets an email on her phone. Her assistant has quit just before a big photo shoot. Brian offers to help if she can’t find a quick replacement. She thanks him and he goes to write, but yet again doesn’t type a word, instead staring at the girl across the street who’s sleeping. She wakes up and notices him, and stares back.
Gavin and Henry are at a driving range when Daniel Stone comes up to talk to Gavin, who’s recently made a low offer on his waterfront property. He tells Gavin to back off, and Gavin says he’s heard the city isn’t backing down, and he’s in trouble.
Stone: I’d rather go bankrupt than sell to you.
Gavin: Suit yourself.
Stone warns Henry to keep better company as he leaves, and Henry realizes his office is in a legal dispute with Stone, and it’s highly improper for them to have any contact with each other.
(For part two of this article, please click here.)