Jane has no idea that the reason John Barlow's apartment is suddenly vacant is because the guy got violently sucked into the bedroom wall. She peels back the wallpaper upon hearing some scratching noises. A blackbird darts out of the small opening. Then…WHOOSH! Hundreds more burst into the room. Jane hits the deck. The birds crash through the window. They circle the Drake as a steely-eyed Gavin Doran looks on from his window.
Henry forgoes buying an eight hundred dollar bottle of wine to purchase a 20 dollar bottle of merlot. He brings it as a gift to a super-fancy bash at the Doran place. Henry later catches sight of a scale model of a tall skyscraper in the study. Gavin is buying the construction project from a company called the Alpern Development Group for a song. And by a song, we mean a hundred million dollars.
After the party, Jane heads down to the basement to collect some clothes she left in the dryer. She sees a blackbird fluttering across the way. The mysterious door we first saw in the “Pilot” appears again. Jane steps through it to find a man sprawled out on the floor of an apartment in a pool of blood. The dead man's eyes open suddenly. Jane is terrified. Then she wakes suddenly in the comfort of her own bed. It was just a dream. Or was it? Jane looks over to see her laundry basket filled with clothes from the dryer.
Jane asks Tony if there's ever been a murder at the Drake. His answer is no. Later, Jane learns there are hundreds of starling birds living inside a shaft in the apartment building. The exterminator promises to kill them all. Jane also wants the guy to break down the basement wall where the mystery door of her dreams resides. Nona advises the exterminator to leave the birds alone before swiping the guy's lucky rabbit's foot. She then has a vision of the exterminator being attacked by a flock, or murmuration, of starlings. A short time later, the vision comes true and the exterminator ends up dead.
An envelope has been slipped under Jane's door. It holds an article detailing a murder that occurred at the Drake back in 1956. The victim is a dead ringer for the man in Jane's dream. The killer was never caught. Later, Jane preps for the dinner they're having with the Dorans. Henry lets her know that Gavin is about to lose a hundred million dollars on that skyscraper deal. He can't say anything because this is inside information. Guess they’ll just have to stick to awkward small talk come dinnertime.
Danielle is a resident of the Drake who hasn't had much luck when it comes to finding a man. She runs into Gavin at a fancy restaurant after having been stood up for a date. Danielle's disappointing evening takes a positive turn once she has a drink with Gavin's friend. His name is Frank Alpern. The two of them go on a date that ends up in the bedroom. Frank later lets Danielle know that he's married. She's crushed by this revelation.