More thoughts, recaps, and analysis of the episode of ABC’s “666 Park Avenue,” “Murmurations.”
(For part one of this article, please click here.)
At the dinner party, the Dorans complement Jane and Henry on the meal. Jane tells them about the murder she’s found.
Gavin: Fascinating! I love a murder mystery.
Meanwhile, Danielle takes Halpern back to her apartment, which is the same one the murder from the newspaper occurred in. After sex, he goes to leave and get home to his wife. She says he wasn’t wearing a wedding ring earlier, and he says he never took it off.
Jane sleeps and dreams of the door again, and when she enters the apartment, she sees a fifties-version of Danielle killing the murder victim from the newspaper.
At that point, Gavin shows up in Danielle’s apartment, where she’s stabbed Halpern to death. He tells her he doesn’t blame her after what Halpern did to her, and how he was also screwing Gavin in their real estate deal. He begins to run down a list of her lovers over the years, all of whom we see being killed in that apartment by an eternally-young Danielle. When Danielle sees herself in the mirror, she sees herself as an old woman. Gavin comforts her.
Gavin: Shh. I’ll take care of the mess, and when you wake up in the morning, I promise you…you’ll feel like a brand new woman.
The next day, Gavin tells Henry about their deal, and how he knows about the toxic dump. He approves of Henry not telling him, because he knows Henry was a man of honor who wouldn’t abuse his position.
Gavin: No hard feelings, I flipped the property this morning to a Chinese investor before the news broke, I cleared twenty million.
Henry: You had an ace up your sleeve?
Gavin: I always do.
Olivia tells Gavin he was right, and Henry passed his little test. Gavin tells her Henry is going to be a hero.
Brian brings Louise home and while she’s going through the bills, he opens the blinds to look at Alexis across the street. She smiles at him, and puts a finger to her lips to tell him to keep their secret. Louise opens a letter from Gavin containing a check for three hundred thousand dollars.
Gavin tells Jane not to worry about the birds, they won’t be a problem. He does tell her to take care of the mess in the basement, though. Jane runs into Danielle, who tells her that her date from last night cancelled.
Down in the basement, Jane finds the hole in the wall from the exterminator, and opens the secret door. As she goes through, the door slams behind her.
Some thoughts on the ABC “666 Park Avenue” episode “Murmurations.”
First the bad news, the first episode of the show didn’t come with outstanding ratings. The show’s premiere drew 6.9 million viewers, down more than 2.8 million from its lead-in, “Revenge.” That’s certainly not a good start for ABC on a Sunday night.
All that said, though, I really like the pace of this show. Everyone who lives at the Drake is going through some kind of turmoil. It looks like some will take multiple episodes, and each week, we’ll see one from start to finish. It’s got some “Twilight Zone” to it, but enough long-term questions to keep us coming back, hopefully.
Terry O’Quinn is just fantastic when he’s playing a character with a bit of mystery. Just as when he was John Locke on Lost, O’Quinn leaves just enough of his portrayal hanging out there that you wonder what else is going on.
As for the rest of the characters, it seems like the residents of the Drake are still trying to find their place. Nona is there for foreshadowing purposes, and the love triangle with Brian and Louise and Alexis promises to get slow-burn weirder as the season goes on.
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As for Tony the doorman, I’m convinced he’s an angel. I’ll tell you why next week.
Rating: Seven out of a possible ten steamy showers.
— Reid Kerr thinks there’s not much job security for exterminators, since no one notices when they run into traffic. Follow Reid on Twitter or subscribe to him on Facebook and yell at him.