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Elaine has arrived in her room. We see a long poll with a gold hook on the end of it pull down on a small lever on the ventilation system that allows the vent to open. The poll is then hung back on the hook that it was taken from, in a little hallway, under the vent, across from a ceiling air return and next to a half-round pillistered column. As the camera pans back we notice that it was the porter that opens the vent. In a graceful, nonchalant manner, the porter sweeps across the room, passing around a bottle of champaigne on a little table. He goes to shut the double windows on the wall adjacent the staircase.

Musical Note:
As soon as the vent is opened, we can hear an older, turn-of-the-century, ragtime piano theme coming out of the hole. It is a quaint and pleasant tune. It would actually make a nice tune to play softly in the background of the hallways and corridors. While it would eventually get a little old to the staff, it would add a small bit of pleasant ambiance to the stay of visiting patrons.

Note:
Elaine is staying in room number 676. We eventually learn that the music is coming from 7 floors up above. It is obvious then, that any patron with an open vent, anywhere between these floors, are bound to hear this music... If anybody asks about it, they are probably told that they have no clue what it could be, because there isn't anything in the hotel that makes music like that... Maybe it's something that someone on an upper floor is watching on television, and the music just so happens to be coming through the ventilation system. It's a common occurance, right? But it might not be coincidence that Elaine is put into room 676 and not 666... the hotel might in fact lack one, as it recognizes the superstitious beliefs of its visiting patrons. However, in 676, 6+7+6=19 and 1+9=10 and 676-10=666...

Counting Corpses:
We will eventually learn that each time this ragtime piano theme is being played, it is being played in the background while someone is dying. This marks the first death (Death #1) at the hotel since Elaine has arrived, and marks (Death #9) on the hotel's current count...

On Closer Inspection...:
Rather than giving Elaine a view of the street in front of the hotel, she is given a room in the back of the hotel, overlooking the luscious gardens and quaint Garden Cafe. We assume this, because all of the windows on the front and sides of the hotel (the 6th floor in particular) contain single unit windows, and the window in Elaine's suite (the one closed by the porter) is a double window. The window treatments accentuate the look of the room, as do the rest of the room's quaint decorum. Elaine's room also possesses a staircase to a second floor bedroom. This is interesting to note when establishing blueprints for the hotel, as it shows that certain suites, like Elaine's, on the 6th floor, are large enough with their second floors, to also extend up onto, in this case, the 7th floor. It is unknown whether there is also a door on the 7th floor leading into the top part of Elaine's suite...

Note:
We can see that, as the hotel was expecting Elaine, they definitely wanted her to feel at home. There is a beautiful flower arrangement with pink orchids and a hand written card, welcoming her to the hotel, as well as a bottle of expensive and exquisite champaigne in an antique silver bucket of ice sitting on an antique silver serving platter, and sitting on a rich brown table containing another bouquet of fresh cut flowers.

Elaine comes down the stairs after having put her suitcases away in the second floor bedroom.

The porter closes the window and in a seemless and fluid motion, fixes back the decorative curtains. Porter stops as Elaine is coming down the stairs. Elaine heads for the flower arrangement, examines it, and picks up the card to read. Porter asks:

Porter: Miss Kalisher, you're all set. Is there anything
   else I can do for you?

Musical Note:
The room is filled with the hustle and bustle of the busy street below, even though the music is coming through the ventilation grating. When Porter closes the window, the sound of the street traffic immediately stops, making the ragtime piano music even more clear and defined.

About this time Elaine hears the music, and realizes that it's not supposed to be there. It only takes her a second to realize that there is indeed music coming out of the vent and that it's not just her imagination. She quits reading and points to the vent:

Elaine: What is that?

Porter: Ma'am?

The music stops abruptly.

Elaine: That music.

Porter: What music?

Note:
Could it be a possibility that Elaine might be crazy or going crazy? Probably not as she is a well known travel reviewer. Perhaps it was just a long flight. While the 2,332 mile trip will take approximately five and a half hours to complete, assuming the flight was non-stop, that means that if Elaine was to leave at 9:00 am, her time, she would arrive in Los Angeles five hours later (about 2:30 pm, her time). But because there is a three hour difference (as Ft. Lauderdale is three hours ahead of Los Angeles), that means it would be 11:30 am in Los Angeles (as Los Angeles is three hours behind Ft. Lauderdale). This may produced jetlag. Jetlag and fatigue have been proven to induce hallucinations and similar occurances, so maybe there wasn't any music and Elaine is just imagining it, right?

Elaine seems a tad bit confused...


Elaine: Hm, it's gone now.

Porter: Will that be all?

Elaine: Yes, thank you.

The porter sweeps around Elaine and there is a knock on the door.

Elaine: Come on in!

The lovely Judith Teller comes sweeping past the porter as he in on his way out.

Note:
We can see the little hallway contains at least two doors. Assuming the bedroom is on the top floor, is's more than likely that the bathroom is, as well. The door on the left appears to lead into a small linen closet while the door leading straight from the hallway is more than likely a passthrough door, connecting Elaine's room to its adjacent counterpart.

The reason for the ceiling build-down is simple. The ceiling is lowered so that when you come through, looking at the ceiling, and then come upon the main room, and the ceiling height goes back to regular height, your mind perceives this as a sign on eloquence and grandiloquialism. Psychologically, it makes the room seem more impressive. This particular build-down, however, might also have something to do with concealing the staircase behind it.


Judith: Miss Kalisher?

Elaine: Yeah?

Judith: I'm Judith Teller, the concierge.

Elaine: Oh yes. We spoke on the phone.

The two shake hands.

On Closer Inspection...:
Judith's name tag reads:
WESSEX HOTEL
JUDITH TELLER
Concierge

As name tags were created for all of the characters, it is highly likely that the first and last names for all characters working at the Wessex are revealed. If I can acquire the original prop name tags used, I will post pictures and update information accordingly.

Note:
The hotel is very happy Elaine is there to write a favorable article on the hotel. They need all the good publicity they can get. And Judith is willing to do anything she can to make Elaine's visit the absolute best it can be. In fact, all of the employees were probably told to be on their best behavior when they found out a writer was coming. Elaine is going to be in for the best pampering and relaxing that a five star hotel can offer...

Judith: I can't tell you how happy we are that you're here.

Elaine: Thank you.

Elaine looks around, impressed.

Elaine: You didn't have to give me a whole suite though.

Judith: Well of course we did. We want to impress you.
   We want a good write up!

Quote:
Judith: "We want to impress you." -- For some reason, Judith's line about wanting to impress Elaine seems very pushed. Almost to the point of sounding fake. This is why she quickly responds to this by saying "We want a good write up!" It adds a slight bit of believability back into the dialogue. If Elaine isn't impressed, obviously a bad write up would be horrible for the hotel.

The lovely concierge sweeps around to stop at a table with a telephone and a small notepad. She straightens the notepad and then turns around (remembering the stage turn) almost in a "now it's perfect" type gesture. She smiles as she notices everything in the room is now perfect. Judith herself looks stunning in her black blazer and matching skirt. Six gold buttons, spaced perfectly, and placed vertically, three on each side, along the right and left sides of her jacket, as well as the three buttons on her cuffs provide decorative flair. The nametag on her left and white handkerchief sticking up out of her right pocket add the final touch.

On Closer Inspection...:
There is decorative artwork adorning the room as well as a fine collection of books and knickknacks in the built-in bookcase. There is a fairly stylish television (for a bought-in-bulk, plenty of spares in the backroom, hotel television) with a bouquet of red flowers in a decorative vase on top, stylish reading lamps atop decorative tables, and other symbolances of eloquence more than likely hand chosen by the lovely concierge. Most of the items, especially the antique looking items, more than likely are carried down from the ages and were passed down with the hotel.

Note:
Judith is a textbook example of a hotel concierge who goes above and beyond. She will do anything she can to guarantee a person's stay at the Wessex is the absolute best it can be. And she sure doesn't want anything bad to be said about the hotel in Elaine's article, so she is more than happy to make sure her visit is the absolute best that she could possibly achieve. While this doesn't necessarily reflect on the service given to everyone, we are to assume so, just as in the exchange between Mrs. Beecher and the desk clerk. We are to assume everyone receives the greatest service possible, even if they don't...

Judith: Now listen, if there's anything you need, anything at all,
   you just give me a call, and I'll take care of it personally.

...Forget the rest of the staff. Judith will guarantee personally that Elaine only receives the best.

Spotlight On...:

Judith Teller


Judith - Judith may come from Latin or Hebrew; In Hebrew it translates to "woman of Judea" or "jewess", while in Latin it means "praised". It is the masculine form of Judah, which translates to "Let Yah Be Praised". While it is unknown if Judith is of Jewish descent, she can definitely be praised, for she retains a graceful air of professionalism and eloquence, while always striving for perfection, in every room of the hotel.

Teller - Judith's last name originates as an occupational name deriving from the French "telier" or "linen-weaver". It is a German variant of Tell. Teller could also be used in the sense of say, a bank teller, as in providing friendly, professional and prompt service, similar to the job she performs within the hotel.

From the Cinema:
Judith's name is also an homage to the 1978 slasher-film, "Halloween". Judith Myers was sister to Michael Myers, antagonist of the film. The sweet engineer we will meet later in the film, Gale Myers, also receives her surname from the movie "Halloween". Ironically enough, "Nightmare on the 13th Floor" was released on Halloween, while in the movie "Halloween", Judith was murdered ...on Halloween

Note:
Right now it is approximately one o'clock in the afternoon, and we see an older gentleman, clad in a beige colored suit and top hat pushing along a wheelbarrowish-type cart full of various types of colored flowers. He is vaguely reminiscent of a market-street-type vendor from the old days. There is a possibility he works for the hotel as this scene takes place behind the hotel. As the camera pans to the right, the gentleman exits offscreen and we focus on Moselle Beecher and Elaine coming around the corner, obviously having met up together to chat and catch up. Maybe to talk more about Silo, Minnesota and those pies... Maybe to talk about the service she is receiving at the hotel. That would be important information for Elaine's article.

Location, Location, Location:
The shots throughout this segment were filmed in the courtyard on the West side of the Sheraton Town House. This is directly behind the East side entrance, which was the one used for the front exterior shots of the Wessex.

Note:
We can see many hotel patrols walking along in the garden area. The camera pans back, focusing on a tree whose trunk resembles the capital letter "V". It is a peaceful setting, full of chirping birds, lush greenery, colorful flowers, and well-manicured bushes. It adds a resort-type feel to the list of extra perks offered by the hotel. This part of the hotel, obviously in the back or the building's side never seen on camera, creates a 90° angle. The gentleman pushing the cart full of flowers is now in the bottom left of the screen. We see Elaine and Mrs. Beecher in the middle right of the screen, approximately 6 feet to the left of the sidewalk. The following conversation takes place as they are walking towards the bottom of the screen, following the direction of the sidewalk.

Note:
Moselle must have taken off the hat she was wearing earlier... Don't worry, we will see it again later...

Moselle: Trouble with life is, you just don't know what's going
   to happen tomorrow...

Foreshadowing the Future:
Moselle has no clue just how right she is...

Moselle: ...The way I look at it, is if you did, you might save
   yourself a lot of grief!

Foreshadowing the Future:
If only Mrs. Beecher was a fortune teller...

Elaine: I can't argue with that! ...and you think that crystals
   help?

Moselle: Oh, wouldn't be here if I didn't. They have
   properties, you know.

Moselle says this as if it is a matter of fact.

Elaine: Oh, what kind?

Moselle: Well I've lost my reading glasses, and then right
   after I got my first crystal, I had a dream. I saw them right
   behind the pillow on the sofa. Next morning I got up and
   looked.

Elaine: And there they were?

Moselle: ...No...

Both ladies laugh.

Moselle's buildup makes it seem like it was certain that the glasses would have been where she dreamed that they would be. Moselle hasn't seemed to have had any luck with anything her crystals have told her. Maybe she shouldn't listen to them... either that or she just needs to do the opposite...

Moselle: ...But I'll tell you what did happen. Betty James,
   she's my travel agent, when she called with four hotels for
   this visit and when she said "Wessex", somthing told me
   that was the one.

Elaine: And is it?

Moselle: Well, sure! Can't you feel it?

Mrs. Beecher takes Elaine's hand and places it on the crystal around her neck.

Elaine: Feel what?

On Closer Inspection...:
Elaine is wearing a silver ring on the ring finger of her right hand. She also has long fingernails, approximately 5/16 of an inch long.

Moselle: An - vibration. A kind of "aura".

Elaine: No i I don't think I do.

Moselle: Oh you do, you just don't understand it.

Mrs. Beecher is slightly adamant. Elaine does have the ability to understand the power, she just doesn't know how yet. It's slight foreshadowing to show that Elaine will be forced to draw several conclusions based on information she just doesn't yet understand.

Spotlight On...:

Moselle Beecher


Moselle - Moselle is Hebrew for "taken from the water" and is the female form of Moses. As did the story of Moses possess animals and water, it is possible this could relate to the animals and crops she helped care for on her farm in Silo, Minnesota, as both would require water and attention.

Beecher - Beecher - Possessing another reference to water, Moselle's surname is localized Americanized English meaning "living near a stream, beach, or beech tree". Ironically enough, an overabundance of water will kill a Beech tree.

Moselle: Now you go over to the convention tomorrow. They'll
   open your eyes - to lots of things.

Mrs. Beecher seems like perfect companionship for Elaine, and will help her from feeling so lonely at the hotel...

Elaine: Sounds like fun... I mean, I'll go if you'll go with me.

Moselle is ecstatic! This will help her from feeling so lonely while she is at the the hotel...

Moselle: Okay! We'll meet for breakfast! How does that
   sound?

Elaine: Great!

There is no way Mrs. Beecher will miss this one! A new friend and companion in which she can talk about crystals to. It's a perfect match, as they already get along great, and even having had a central focal point in which to base their friendship - their opening icebreaker and the topic of one of Elaine's former articles - Moselle's hometown of Silo, Minnesota.

Moselle: ...And then we'll go over together!?

Elaine: Great, looking forward to it.

The two ladies walk off, smiling, and looking very content that their plans are set in stone.

Foreshadowing the Future:
We see Letti Gordon, the hardworking Service Manager for the Wessex, cutting colorful flowers obviously to be used in a decorative floral arrangement she is working on, more than likely the event in the 16th floor Ballroom, scheduled for tonight. She waits until the two ladies walk by before stopping to glance their way. This is foreshadowing the future, and untimely, breakup in Elaine and Moselle's relationship. So far, Moselle and Elaine's growing bond has been witnessed by two other members of the Wessex staff - Abram, our soft spoken desk clerk, as well as the hotel Porter - and now by another, the Service Manager, Letti. As the Wessex has bigger plans for Moselle, and in that sense, Elaine too, as they want a compelling article written about the hotel, the staff of the hotel surely doesn't want neither Moselle nor Elaine to converse with one another.

Note:
Watch the older gentleman and the younger woman on the right hand side of the screen. They walk behind the back row of shrubbery. When the camera pans in on Letti, we expect them to come from behind the back row of shrubbery. But they must have crossed over in front of this row, as they enter back on screen directly behind Letti, in front of the first row of shrubs.

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