'666 Park Avenue' Recap: What's Behind Door Number One?
'666 Park Avenue' Recap: What's Behind Door Number One?
Jennifer Lind-Westbrook
Jennifer Lind-Westbrook
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Jane starts renovating the late Mr. Barlow's apartment and does a great Tippi Hedren impression in the process. The Drake has hundreds of unwanted visitors. Henry struggles with an ethical dilemma. Jane learns there was a murder in the building, and she finally gets to see what lies behind the mystery door. Or does she?

Maybe Hitchcock Lived There

Gavin instructs Jane to upgrade Mr. Barlow's apartment. Jane questions Tony about the circumstances of Mr. Barlow's hasty exit, confounded at how quickly it took place and her lack of involvement in the process. Tony offers a vague but believable story, making Mr. Barlow the second tenant to relocate to a "warmer climate." Jane hears a rustling in the walls and begins to peel back wallpaper and chip away old drywall. She is rewarded with the discovery of hundreds of birds that emerge from the very spot where Mr. Barlow was sucked in a week earlier.

Jane soon finds out that the birds are living in an air shaft original to the building. According to the exterminator, it's the largest murmuration (flock of birds called starlings) he's ever seen in a building. They must also be the tidiest birds, since there is a complete absence of feces.

The Artful Dodger

Jane runs into Nona Clark (Samantha Logan), a girl with a special gift who lives with her grandmother in The Drake. Nona previously warned Jane about a thief in the building; she just didn't tell Jane that it was her. Jane tells Nona she's missing a necklace, which turns out to be an irreplaceable family heirloom. After promising to look for the necklace, Nona warns Jane not to mess with the birds: "They're part of The Drake."

M is for Murder

An anonymous source slips an old newspaper article under Jane and Henry's door that reveals that a murder occurred at The Drake in 1956. The man, Edward Paxton (Karl Jacobs), appeared to Jane in a dream the previous night. When Henry and Jane tell Gavin, he claims to have no knowledge of the incident.

Knock, Knock, Knocking on the Devil's Door

out the air shaft ends behind the mystery door covered in concrete. Jane orders the exterminator to demolish the concrete. While he's working, Nona warns him that he's going to make the birds angry. Her premonition proves true.

Hell Hath No Fury

Henry finds out that a building Gavin plans to purchase for what he considers a song (to the tune of $100 million) is located next to the equivalent of a toxic waste dump. 
If Henry tells Gavin and anyone from his office finds out, he could lose his job. If he doesn't, he could make a very creepy guy angry. Gavin takes care of the problem himself, and he gets his revenge on the man selling the building. Frank Alpern (Mike Doyle) uses a lonely and desperate woman (Mili Avital) with a fragile psyche, who just also happens to be a tenant.

Tempted by the Fruit of Another

Louise is recuperating from her freak run-in with the elevator, but her primary concern is getting back to work. Brian Leonard deals with the constant presence of his fantasy girl from across the street, Alexis Blume (Helena Mattsson). Apparently, she is more than willing to play show and tell. Brian is trying to be a good husband and fight his urges, even though an unseen force keeps putting temptation in his path.

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Jane is drawn deeper and deeper into the history of The Drake's dark history, while Henry remains happily clueless. It is also becoming evident that some tenants have very short-term leases. More important, if Jane is going to continue sleepwalking, she should probably start wearing socks to bed.

Jennifer Lind-Westbrook
Contributing Writer

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