On All Saints' Day 2006, a young boy, Robert, is shooed away by his mother who is tired of hearing him practice the same notes on his trumpet.
Antoine Batiste plays at Danny Nelson's grave. Elsewhere, Albert Lambreaux lays a flower on his wife's headstone. LaDonna Batiste-Williams and her mother, Mrs. Brooks, visit the grave of Damon "Daymo" Brooks.
Antoinette "Toni" Bernette and her daughter enjoy some lemon ices at the newly re-opened Angelo Brocato's; Sofia tells her mother she wishes her father was with them. Outplayed by an ensemble of musicians nearby, Sonny dismisses them as poseurs.
In New York City, Janette Desautel hustles in a kitchen as the chef changes his menu on the fly. Her new colleague advises her not to make eye contact with Chef Enrico Brulard.
Sofia records a rant in the style of her father, calling herself Sofia B Real. She rails about how 14 months have now gone by without things getting fixed.
WWOZ Station Manager Darnell Nichols warns DJ Davis McAlary to start mixing up the music on his show so it's not just bounce.
Sonny discusses dress-up holidays with a French Quarter bar patron when two young black guys open fire on the crowd and run. Later, Lt. Terry Colson shares background information with a reporter from the New York Times about a shooting: Five people were shot, with one fatality. He complains to his sergeant Percy Bechet that the papers remain overly interested in the horrors of Zack and Addie. Bechet hands him information about the latest incident in the Quarter. The two discuss the forthcoming indictments regarding the Danziger Bridge shootings.
Arnie Reyes picks up his cousin Nelson Hidalgo at the airport, and brings him to a construction site where they meet Thad Riley. Riley marvels that the well-heeled Hidalgo is related to Reyes.
DeSautel's roommates in Brooklyn tease her for about her one-night stand. She refuses the joint they offer - in Brulard's kitchen, she needs to stay sharp.
Sonny wakes up to discover a drug deal going on in his living room.
Poke returns to his bar and is critical of the work Lambreaux has done. While Poke offers to let the Indians practice in his bar at any time, he evicts them all.
Desiree and Batiste salvage what they can from her family home, now that her mother has decided to give up the house. Desiree is concerned that collecting Road Home money will be difficult since a deed is required and the house was won in a card game generations ago. Tired of the long commute to work, she pressures Batiste to find a job so they can move into town. Toni brings her assistant up to speed about her caseload, including a suit against the city for charging second line permit fees. Bernette is also representing a family on the Danziger Bridge case, and given everything else that's going on, she has no plans to take on any new commitments.
After performing in a Manhattan jazz club, Delmond Lambreaux and his New York girlfriend Jill mingle with the crowd. Delmond at first basks in the praise, but is then offended when the other guests begin discussing how New Orleans will never be the same and how Delmond's playing "transcends" New Orleans. Furious, Delmond walks away from the group and complains to Jill the others have no idea what they're talking about. Jill points out he's made the same arguments himself, but Delmond pouts, "I get to say it. They don't."
After a successful performance at Tipitina's, Batiste asks Matt Perrine if he ever regrets the choices he made - what if they had picked up different instruments? Batiste ponders becoming a band leader himself, reviving the retro look of old time soul music.
McAlary races around his apartment, hiding dirty laundry and tossing dirty dishes. When Annie walks in, she is stunned and touched he cleaned for her.
Reyes drives Hidalgo downtown to meet with a kingmaker, real estate developer CJ Ligouri, who Hidalgo explains is a friend of a friend. The two discuss their shared Catholic background and their desire to fix New Orleans properly. "Never let a disaster go to waste," says Hidalgo.
Lambreaux and his Indians return to his house and find it in complete disarray. Going through his paperwork, Lambreaux stares at a $450 insurance check.
LaDonna and her husband spend the night alone in her mother's house. Although Larry Williams would rather see his wife return to Baton Rouge, LaDonna insists she has no plans to sell the bar, and changes the subject by re-engaging him in some love making.
The staff hustles around Brulard's kitchen, setting up plates for him to garnish before sending them out. Dissatisfied, Brulard sweeps all the plates on to the floor and orders everyone to start over.
Sonny watches as Annie sits in with John Boutté at The Spotted Cat. Later, he joins them on stage for another number. After the show, Davis greets Sonny and catches him up on Annie, who is just back from touring. "Sky's the limit," Davis says about Annie. He rejoins her and their friends, leaving Sonny feeling left out.
Toni watches Sofia's rant on YouTube.
Hidalgo returns to Reyes' work site in a newly leased Jaguar. In search of a lunch spot, he rejects his cousin's suggestion of a local burrito wagon. At Luizza's, Hidalgo can't stop talking about the Frenchaletta and chastises Reyes for not fully appreciating the city: "There's more to life than money."
Bernette has lunch with Lt. Colson. Besides discussing the Danziger Bridge incident, the two talk about their teenage children and how distant they've become. Bernette reminds Colson that as far as Sofia knows, her father's death was an accident.
Toni and Sofia eat supper silently. When Toni tries to start a conversation, Sofia rejects her efforts and tells her, "Everything's status quo."
Reyes takes Hidalgo to Gigi's in search of live music, but settles for the juke box, charming LaDonna with his dance moves.
McAlary takes Annie to a show at Tipitina's and suggests she try sitting in sometime to expand her possibilities as a musician.
Desautel spends her afterhours in an Irish bar. Sonny watches other musicians play in the Quarter. The young boy Robert continues to struggle with his trumpet, and a nearby man assures him "it'll get easier." Nearby, Lt. Colson inspects the scene of another homicide. Spotting Robert, he waves him off and warns him about the curfew in place.
As Albert Lambreaux works on the ceiling of a mansion, he listens to his son Delmond on the radio. In tribute to his father, Delmond performs the first song Albert ever taught him to play. Finished for the day, Albert leaves the job site, walking away from the radio.
New Orleans Police Department Lt. Terry Colson addresses his officers and compliments them on a job well done, but reminds them to "let Bourbon Street be Bourbon Street": Don't write up the small infractions that will only end up taking them off the streets where they're most needed. Colson talks to Sgt. Percillina "Percy" Bechet about the grand jury investigation of the Danziger Bridge situation. "We can't look back," says Colson. "We need to deal with the here and now."
Annie and Davis McAlary try to merge their CD collections. Davis confounds Annie with his convoluted classification system.
Vincent Abreu approaches Antoinette "Toni" Bernette about investigating his son's death during the aftermath of the federal levee failures. Abreu perseveres despite Bernette's misgivings. He was told his son Joey was killed by looters, but no one in the NOPD will give him the whole story.
Delmond looks for his father at Poke's and learns that everyone has decamped to Albert's house. Arriving there, he sees the house is in worse shape than Poke's. Albert shows Delmond the insurance check he received for "495 dollars and no cents."
In Brulard's kitchen, the saucier shows Janette Desautel a copy of Alan Richman's takedown of New Orleans restaurants in GQ magazine. She is furious.
LaDonna Batiste-Williams surveys her empty bar and debates bringing in live music to help drum up business.
A tag team of kids take Sonny's tip jar while he's performing. Eager to get off the street, he posts a flier looking for a stable guitar or piano gig.
Nelson Hidalgo and Arnie Reyes watch Kermit Ruffins perform at Bullet's. Congressmen Bill Jefferson campaigns among the crowd as Ruffins and Antoine Batiste joke about the bribery charge Jefferson is facing.
Batiste tells Desiree he's thinking of starting up his own band. He travels to the clubs around town, courting musicians to perform with him.
Toni Bernette meets with a police public information officer to talk about the Abreu case, asking him to get the detective in charge to give Vincent Abreu a call and put his mind at ease.
Larry Williams and LaDonna's boys eat at Gigi's. Larry is unhappy to hear LaDonna's idea of bringing live music to the bar.
When Hidalgo meets with a FEMA official and hands him C.J. Liguori's business card, the FEMA official steers $200,000 in demolition work his way. Reyes points out they don't know the first thing about demolition and debris removal. They also don't have the equipment for it. Hidalgo is nonplussed.
Desiree sits in on a Parent-Teacher Night event at her school, listening to a list of complaints. She whispers to a colleague that this was bound to happen when the city laid off all the teachers. Noting the unusually large turnout, two agree they have never seen parents so interested in what's happening in the schools.
Toni checks in on Sofia and finds her bed empty. At a bar with her friends, Sofia ignores her mother's calls.
Brulard glares at the food his staff is plating while the waiters worry about unhappy patrons leaving. Stopping at Janette's station, he tells her to honor her fish, and not to rush the process. Demonstrating, he meticulously readies the dish - but the table it's meant for has already left.
Annie tries to get Davis to agree to buy a deep fried turkey from Popeye's, but discovers he already has family plans that don't include her. Davis tries to explain it's not her, it's them.
Janette wakes to find a stranger in her bed and her roommates getting high watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade. When she's not looking, her one-night-stand lifts some money from her wallet.
Toni goes to Colson for help on the Abreu situation, explaining that the public information officer was no help. Colson places the call, but warns her that people are going to know he's doing it for her.
Enjoying himself with Liguori at the race track, Hidalgo recognizes Ruffins performing. Liguori is impressed he's learning the city. Hidalgo breaks the news that even with an ongoing federal investigation, Bill Jefferson still has a number of supporters. Ligouri tells him he likes Bobby Jindal for governor, and also points him to City Council President Oliver Thomas as a man worth meeting.
Davis is chastised again by his station manager for playing too much bounce.
On Thanksgiving Day, Sofia and her mother have a silent dinner at Commander's Palace. Antoine carves turkey for Desiree and their daughter, Honoreé. LaDonna and her family have their last Thanksgiving at her mother's house before Mrs. Brooks moves to Baton Rouge. Annie joins the McAlary clan at their home in the Garden District.
Albert prepares dinner in the driveway for his extended family. Davina realizes that Delmond's date is his "local" girlfriend, and Delmond warns her to keep quiet. The two worry about their dad - he hasn't begun sewing yet. Delmond suggests they hint he wants to mask too, as incentive.
Davis tries to cut short Annie's bonding with his mother by taking her to a bounce performance. When Annie refuses to leave, Aunt Mimi surprises everyone by offering to take her place, and impresses Davis when she is at ease at the club.
The next day, Hidalgo puts his team of haulers together and promises $25,000 each for clearing the site in three weeks. The four haulers, including Robinette, take the work but wonder how much Hidalgo is clearing.
Davis argues with his station manager... and packs his things again. Mrs. Brooks removes the last of her belongs from her house. Albert fails to show up for Indian practice at Poke's. Heading out, Antoine runs into a robbery victim. He commiserates with his fellow musicians about the increase in crime.
Sofia fakes sleep to avoid talking to her mother.
Nelson Hidalgo shows more enthusiasm for the old cartoons on television than for his semi-nude date. In New York, Janette Desautel hustles in Enrico Brulard's kitchen. Patrons at a gallery look at photos from Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath as Annie and pianist David Torkanowsky play in the background.
Outside of the shuttered Robideaux's supermarket, Antoinette "Toni" Bernette interviews Officer James Distel about Joey Abreu's death. She is increasingly surprised by what he tells her: He found the body decomposing inside the store. He filed a report-albeit on a paper plate-into evidence, along with the bullet casings he found on the scene.
Delmond Lambreaux joins his bandmates for breakfast and complains that, despite the positive reviews, sales of his new CD have been weak.
Annie takes in the photos at the gallery and spots one of Sonny rescuing Hurricane Katrina survivors, just as he claimed he had done.
Rushing to band rehearsal, Antoine Batiste has trouble finding a cab that will pick him up. When he finally arrives, he has trouble keeping his musicians in line.
Robinette and Albert Lambreaux haul debris to the dump and talk about how complaints from the Vietnamese community in eastern New Orleans forced the city to close another landfill. Waiting on a long line to access the dump, the two of them argue about the correct name of the Road Home program.
Toni follows up with Distel's 5th District captain and finds out the crime was referred to the First District, the district where the body was found.
LaDonna Batiste-Williams and her patrons talk about how traditional second line parades are in danger because the city has dramatically raised the parade fees it charges social aid and pleasure clubs to hold their annual events. Antoine Batiste arrives and chats up LaDonna about letting his band provide live music for Gigi's.
Davis McAlary goes to Desautel's to fetch her mail and discovers that her home has been robbed. After calling the police, Davis alerts Janette, who is at work. She works up the courage to ask Chef Brulard for time off to return to New Orleans, but gets an earful about her lack of commitment.
Toni and her colleague Andrea Cazayoux watch Sofia's latest rant on YouTube. Sensing Toni's concern, Andrea Cazayoux suggests she arrange for an internship so Sofia has a place to channel her energy.
Desiree gets Batiste a band instructor job interview at Theophile Jones Elie elementary school. He balks, claiming that steady work will impede his efforts to form his own band. But Desiree insists that gigging for cash isn't enough. He'll need a steady salary on paper if they want a home loan.
LaDonna closes up Gigi's for the night but gets suspicious of a young man who tries to come in and use the phone. LaDonna leaves the bar and is attacked by the young man and an accomplice.
Sonny goes to The Spotted Cat to hear music and asks guitarist John Rodli if he knows of any gigs. Heading home in frustration, he watches as the police raid his apartment and haul his roommates away for dealing drugs. Sonny returns to his wrecked apartment. His keyboard is in pieces and his guitar is missing.
A passerby spots LaDonna, beaten and unconscious inside her bar, and carries her to the hospital. Larry Williams rushes to his wife's bedside and is asked to wait outside her room, unaware that the doctor is talking to LaDonna about administering a rape exam.
Hidalgo drives to Robinette's work site, pleased to hear he's finished his debris removal job. He invites him to his hotel for a drink to discuss his next assignment.
Toni goes to Colson and asks for help with the Abreu case. She can't approach the 1st District captain herself because she sued him a few years back. Colson tries to follow up with Capt. Grayson, who criticizes Colson's friendship with Toni.
Larry stays by LaDonna's side, forcing her to send away a detective trying to investigate the case.
Janette arrives home in New Orleans to find that her things have been strewn all over the place by the burglars.
Batiste has trouble wrangling his band and they urge him to find a guitar player to fill out their sound.
Colson tells Toni that Distel's reports were never filed - neither the paper plate nor the casings made it to the First District, or to Homicide.
When Larry leaves the room to sign discharge papers for LaDonna, she is given a series of pills to prevent pregnancy and STDs. Det. LeRoy returns to begin her investigation.
Hidalgo puts Robinette in charge of the company's demolition work and offers to pay him 5 percent. Hidalgo readily informs Robinette his own share is 50 percent - he is bringing the rain after all.
Janette spends the night at Jacques' and catches up with her old friend.
Delmond performs in New York and senses the crowd's indifference. The club manager points out that Delmond needs an Internet presence - a website, Facebook, anything to market himself.
George Cotrell notices that Albert has yet to begin sewing his Indian suit even though it's already December and Carnival is around the corner.
Batiste emerges in the morning and spots the suit that Desiree has laid out for him - "You're going to get a job today," she says.
Janette goes to a Road Home office and finds she's just one of hundreds mired in the bureaucracy. She strikes up a conversation with Lambreaux, who is seated next to her, and marvels that she's trying to get an audience without a scheduled appointment.
Toni tells Vincent Abreu she's hit a dead-end and sends him home with the promise she'll stay on the case.
Hidalgo meets with City Council President Oliver Thomas, but Thomas advises him to make local connections if he wants to make headway.
Sofia shows up at Thomas' office to start as an intern. She and Alison Myers, her mom's intern, stumble upon a mayoral press conference to name a recovery czar.
Batiste shows up at the school, and overwhelmed by the unruly sea of kids running around, tells the cab driver to take him away.
Sonny canvasses music stores for his stolen guitar and finds a want ad for the Soul Apostles, Batiste's band.
Desautel gets nowhere at the Road Home office without an appointment, but Lambreaux advances to the next stage.
Delmond chews out his manager, James Woodrow, for not being up to date with modern marketing methods. He mounts a defense, then he gets fired fired.
Batiste's crew finally pulls together a song. He heads to Gigi's to celebrate, but finds it closed.
Hidalgo watches politics on the TV at his hotel bar. Sonny listens to Harley play on Frenchmen Street and manages to borrow an electronic guitar an amplifier from him so he can audition for Antoine's band.
Larry nurses LaDonna at home and tells her how scared he was when he couldn't locate her.
Antoine Batiste tries to talk his way out of a job at Theophile Jones Elie Elementary School by bringing up his busy schedule, his new band obligations and his criminal history. "Misdemeanors or felonies?" "Misdemeanors," Batiste admits. He's hired on the spot.
Davis McAlary works on a rap about how Teach For America's good intentions have displaced long-standing New Orleans teachers. His friend, "Simply," reminds him that the government, not Teach for America, fired the teachers. He also tries to dissuade Davis from performing his own raps.
Antoinette "Toni" Bernette talks to a witness who was at Robideaux's supermarket during the post-Katrina mayhem. He confirms that the cops were beating people and running them out of the store. When she presses for information about the officers involved, the witness says, "I'm not testifying," and cites a pre-Katrina incident in which a New Orleans Police Department officer kicked a Treme man to death and remained on the force, patrolling the neighborhood.
Albert Lambreaux meets with Dana Lyndsey, a documentary filmmaker, and shows off his beadwork. Lyndsey tries to talk him into letting her film him before he comes out on Mardi Gras. She wants to film the process of him making his suit. "The process don't matter without a result," argues Lambreaux, refusing to participate.
In his New York apartment, Delmond Lambreaux tries to get his girlfriend, Jill, to share his newly awakened passion for early jazz. He plays a recording of Jelly Roll Morton and Joe "King" Oliver playing "Tom Cat Blues." She's not hearing it. It reminds her of "brothers toting barges and lifting bales."
Over drinks, Davis chats up his aunt Mimi, trying to get her to back a new record label: The music he intends to produce will be like "Galactic has its way with the Hot 8's front line before sleeping around with Lil Wayne. . . . Funk, bounce, New Orleans hardcore nasty." Pleading insanity, Mimi agrees to invest $5,000.
Still shaken by her attack, LaDonna stares into space at Gigi's. Concerned, her bartender, John, escorts her to her car.
Shawn Colvin invites Annie Tee to join her on her song "I'm Gone" at a House of Blues performance. Then she introduces Annie to her manager, but Annie senses it's not her musical talent that interests him.
Sonny auditions for the Soul Apostles, which has already lost one member. Batiste is polite, but not overly impressed. Mimi and her lawyer present Davis with paperwork to launch their new label. Although he has questions about some of the fine print, Davis signs it.
At the Backstreet Cultural Museum, curator Sylvester Francis and Lambreaux explain to Dana Lyndsey that there is more to Indians than just sewing and suits. They allude to the work the Indians do in the community. Lambreaux agrees to let her film him on Mardi Gras day, certain he'll be the prettiest.
Nelson Hidalgo and C.J. Liguori meet at a Catholic church. Hidalgo says he's ready for more business and presents Liguori with a pearl rosary as a Christmas gift. When Liguori invites him to Midnight Mass, Hidalgo confesses he hasn't been involved in the church since he was a teenager. He says he's the first one in his family to go to college, the first one to vote Republican and "the last one up on Sunday morning."
Batiste brings Christmas presents for his sons to LaDonna at Gigi's. LaDonna promises that she's not letting the assault stop her, although John, her bartender, will be working nights.
Working the line in Enrico Brulard's kitchen, Janette Desautel finds out that food critic Alan Richman is in the dining room. The combination of Brulard's intimidating stares and Richman's scathing criticism of New Orleans restaurants in his GQ article leads her to abandon the line and toss a Sazerac at Richman.
As he sews a patch on his Indian suit, Delmond listens to the Library of Congress recordings of a Jelly Roll Morton oral history. On it, Morton talks about the Mardi Gras Indians.
Mimi is having too good a time at the recording session with Katey Red, Sissy Nobby and Big Freedia. When Davis tries to restore order and return to work, Katey's reaction inspires a fresh song. Hidalgo gives Councilmember Thomas a Christmas gift of tickets to a Saints playoff game.
Dining out with Sofia, Toni encounters Officer Charlie Cantone who tells her to move on from the allegations of police misconduct during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. But she learns from Cantone that shots were fired at an officer's car at Robideaux's and the cops were responding to that chaos.
Antoine and his Soul Apostles debut with vocal accompaniment from Wanda Rouzan and June Yamagishi on guitar. When Yamagishi is unavailable for the Christmas Eve gig, the band decides to hire Sonny to replace him. Then Sonny shows up late for rehearsal.
Toni meets with Officer O'Dell about the shots fired, dropping Cantone's name to get him talking. He tells her that when his fellow officers saw the bullet holes in his car, they went to Robideaux's. Recognizing some of the people in the store from the Iberville housing projects, some of the officers headed there next. O'Dell insists he can't remember specific names.
Desautel finds out she's a legend online for the Richman incident.
Delmond, dressed in a Saints jersey, watches the Saints-Giants playoff game at a bar with his re-hired manger, James Woodrow, who is wearing a Giants jersey. Delmond tries to explain what he wants to do: Reach back to the roots of New Orleans jazz and put the old music into a modern context.
Wrapping gifts with her mother, Sofia gets a text message that one of her teachers has committed suicide. She surprises Toni when she appears unaffected by the news.
Delmond runs into Desautel and remembers they met each other in the JetBlue terminal. Delmond invites her to his New Year's Eve gig.
Sonny joins the Soul Apostles and things are going well on the bandstand. But when Batiste sees him leave the bar, apparently to cop some dope, he sends bassist Cornell Williams out to follow. Cornell tells Sonny that he's at risk of blowing this gig, and many others to come.
Batiste's sons open gifts in Baton Rouge. He's done a better job of selecting gifts for the boys than he did last year. Annie, clad in a bow, gifts Davis with a piece by Mendelssohn. Desiree is disappointed when the jewelry box she opens from Batiste contains, not a ring, but a necklace.
Lambreaux and Delmond have a tense Christmas dinner at Dickie Brennan's Steak House. Concerned that his father is edgy and seems to find fault with everything, Delmond suggests to Lambreaux that he might be depressed. Furious and fed up, Lambreaux leaves the table and goes home.
With a half-naked woman next to him in bed, Sonny contemplates his life. Colson spends Christmas alone in his FEMA trailer. Desautel dines with her friends from Brulard's and re-enacts her now-famous Sazerac toss. Sofia sneaks out to party with some friends.
Batiste learns Dinerral Shavers, the snare drummer from the Hot 8 Brass band, has been shot dead.
Smoking a joint and a sharing laugh, Delmond apologizes to his father for implying that he was crazy.
Mourners gather for the funeral of Dinerral Shavers. His sister, Nakita, breaks down remembering how he and his band surprised her with a second line parade at her high school graduation. Antoine Batiste, Davis McAlary and Annie are among the many who gather to pay their respects. The musicians in attendance lift their instruments in salute to their fallen friend.
Sofia Bernette attends an assembly about the recent suicide of a teacher at her school. She is surprised when a faculty member pulls her aside to offer special assistance.
In his band class, Batiste finds out that one of his students was hospitalized after a shooting. The other kids seem nonchalant about it.
Lt. Terry Colson watches the news as the "Danziger 7" turn themselves in after being indicted for allegedly shooting several people on the Danziger Bridge in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Antoinette ‘Toni' Bernette watches on TV from her office; she represents one of the victim's families in a civil case. With so much going on and no fresh leads in the Abreu case, she decides to pass the case on to the Loyola Law Clinic.
Albert Lambreaux gets a surprise visit from a city inspector and finds out he's missing permits for the work he's been doing: He'll need a licensed plumber with a permit to redo the work. The inspector threatens to shut down the water over Lambreaux's protests.
Desautel apologizes to Tom Colicchio for the Alan Richman incident, as it was Colicchio who had recommended her for the job at Restaurant Brulard. The chef suggests she talk to Eric Ripert: Not only is Ripert a genius chef, he's also ate at Desautel's restaurant in New Orleans.
Davis, Aunt Mimi and Don Bartholomew sit in the recording studio debating the right balance of new and established artists for their project. With Mystikal unavailable, Aunt Mimi suggests asking Mannie Fresh.
Annie tells Harley Watt that she felt a sense of community with her fellow musicians at the funeral that morning. When she recounts what happened with Shawn Colvin's manager friend, Harley tells her it's not enough for her to sing - she'll also need to write her own music.
C.J. Liguori and Nelson Hidalgo have dinner at Mosca's. Liguori points out what makes New Orleans so great - its devotion to its past - is also what's stopping its progress. The two of them talk about the logical next step - planning - and how Hidalgo's newcomer status will come in handy.
Sofia spends the afternoon riding the ferry. When she returns home after dark, she is grilled by Toni. She protests, telling her mother she didn't do anything she shouldn't.
Colson arrives at a murder scene - the year's first in his district, the fourth city wide. He goes to another location where a break-in has occurred. The mother was shot and killed instantly when she opened the door late at night. Her husband, protecting his infant son with body, survived three shots. When the investigating detective suspects the husband is the shooter, Colson is incredulous.
The live music at Gigi's has drawn a crowd, but LaDonna gets unnerved serving drinks in her packed bar. A patron startles her and she vomits in the bathroom. John, the bartender, escorts her to her car and she puts him in charge of closing.
Colson researches the stats and connects the shooting of the couple to a robbery a few blocks away. But the investigators on the case still feel the husband is responsible.
Toni sends Vincent Abreu a bill for the time she put in on his son's case but waives the fee. She just wants him to know what it would cost to pursue the case. Feeling financial pressure, she instructs her assistant not to take any more walk-ins.
Desautel goes to Le Bernardin where chef Eric Ripert offers her work, but she'll have to start at the bottom, as is the custom at the restaurant.
Mimi and Davis have a phone meeting with Mannie Fresh. When Davis strikes out with his pitch, Mimi steps up and quotes Mannie's verse back to him. Impressed that Davis' Garden District "teedie" has such chutzpah, Mannie agrees to participate.
Mrs. Brooks is worried when LaDonna refuses to get out of bed and opts to stay in Baton Rouge on Saturday.
Councilman Oliver Thomas takes Sofia to court to see her mother argue the case against the city's increased permit fees for second line parades. Sofia leaves before her mother is finished. When Sofia asks Thomas why he's hesitating about publicly sharing his opinion about the fees, he gives her a lesson in politics.
Batiste sets up at Gigi's and is annoyed that some of his guys have sent subs.
Liguori and Hidalgo work out some details of their deal, but Liguori still doesn't explain why they're investing in that part of town.
Davis uses Aunt Mimi's credit card to send a box of Sazerac ingredients to Desautel in New York. Annie performs her new composition for Davis and Simply. Neither of them mentions she has inadvertently ripped off Bob Dylan. When she performs it for Harley, he tells her.
Desautel reports for work at Le Bernardin.
Toni goes to the Loyola Law Clinic offices and reluctantly hands off the Abreu case.
Cotrell delivers mail to Lambreaux who learns his Road Home application was rejected for not having his wife's signature. But, as he already told them on the application, she died in 2003.
Colson talks to the deputy chief of operations about the possible connection between the break-in and the murder, and the overall poor quality of the police work in the case. The deputy chief agrees to talk to the captain.
At the Blue Note, Delmond plays Jelly Roll Morton's "Milenberg Joys," but the only audience member to really appreciate it is Desautel. Afterward, she joins Delmond and Jill for drinks.
Davis and Simply check out Lil Calliope, a young rapper. Davis is impressed.
Cotrell calls Delmond to express his concern - Lambreaux is fed up and packing for Houston.
Thousands of citizens, black and white, converge on City Hall from various parts of the city to protest the violence overtaking New Orleans. LaDonna watches the news from Baton Rouge; Hidalgo watches from a bar stool.
Antoinette 'Toni' Bernette finds Creighton Bernette sitting in the dining room. He chastises her for not telling Sofia about the "thingamahoogie" and she assures him she's been waiting for the right time. Sofia enters dressed as a mermaid and the three of them head out to join the parade. Toni wakes and realizes it was just a dream.
Nelson Hidalgo drives to a site and finds a wrecked neighborhood. "The glory that was Rome," he sighs.
As Albert and Delmond Lambreaux prepare to leave Davina's house in Houston, Albert works on a suit for Ronnie but says he's not going to Mardi Gras. Insisting he's been sewing, Delmond invites his father to New York to help with his suit.
Desiree approaches the principal at Plessy Charter School to see if he can make room for her cousin's kid, currently enrolled at John Mack, a school plagued with security problems. Although sympathetic, Dr. Frasor says there's simply no room.
Antoine Batiste and Darren LaCoeur address a room filled with disappointed band students: They won't be marching in the parade. LaCoeur says even with instruments, they aren't ready; Baptiste schools the kids about the soul of jazz music.
Sofia realizes everyone knew about her father's suicide but her. A friend reveals they all thought she already knew. When Toni arrives to pick her up, Sofia refers to her as "mama liar."
Harley Watt tries to encourage Annie as she struggles with a new song.
Sonny performs with the Soul Apostles but gets docked half his pay for arriving late. Henry Butler invites Batiste to think about joining him on his world tour.
Davis gives Lil Calliope CDs to help him channel the attitude and the anger of Guthrie, the Clash and Public Enemy. Although Annie is skeptical, Davis believes Calliope is the man to deliver their message.
Lt. Terry Colson encounters Capt. John Guidry who is angry that Colson went over his head with his opinions about the murder investigation. Colson says it's not about departments or districts - the city is on its knees.
Mrs. Brooks tells LaDonna she's found an apartment and plans to sell the house in New Orleans.
Annie accompanies Tom McDermott and discusses songwriting techniques with him.
Hidalgo and C.J. Ligouri discuss the blighted property on North White Street. Hidalgo notes he was congratulated on his successful bid - but the auction has yet to happen. Ligouri suggests that $1.1 million seems a fair price for the lot.
Desautel and Delmond eat together in Chinatown and trade stories about following their dreams.
Davis drops in on Donald and Allan next door and presents them with a fine Bordeaux to smooth the way for the rehearsals set to take place at his house.
Albert arrives in New York and is shocked at how small Delmond's apartment is. The two head to the bead store for supplies and Albert is amused that after Delmond's bragging about the inventory, the shop needs to special order what Delmond wants.
At breakfast, Colson complains to Toni about Homicide. Majeeda Snead of the Law Clinic tells Toni she has updates on the Abreu investigation. Toni invites Colson to join the Pigeon Town steppers second line with her.
In her room, Sofia records her latest profanity-laced rant while Toni eavesdrops outside.
Eric Ripert, recognizing the bond of chef and sous-chef, gives Janette Desautel time off so she can take care of a situation with Jacques who has been arrested.
LaDonna tells Larry she plans to return to New Orleans after Mardi Gras. At Gigi's, Batiste finds out LaDonna hasn't been coming in. Upset with Sonny's continued lateness, Batiste fires him from the band and gives Richard control of logistics so he can concentrate on artistic decisions. Richard agrees to play straw boss, and then immediately fines Batiste who can't make it to the next gig.
Annie seeks refuge with Donald and Allan while McAlary's band practices next door.
Hidalgo wins his auction and approaches Thomas with a proposal to supply computer cable at discount prices. In exchange for considering, Thomas asks for help with a favor.
Bernette goes to the Law Clinic where she learns about a body found in the Iberville Projects. An eyewitness saw Leon Seals being chased into the building. When law student Robert Turner returned to the site, he found shell casings matching the ones from the Abreu murder.
Desautel visits Jacques in jail and promises to get an immigration lawyer on his side.
Hidalgo hands over $2000 to the head of the Pigeon Town Steppers so they can pay the fee and perform on Sunday.
Annie and Harley take in John Hiatt at the House of Blues. Moved by "Feels Like Rain," she is surprised to find out that it predates Katrina, and learns how a great song can transcend time.
Antoine performs with Henry Butler at the Howlin' Wolf. Sofia defiantly arrives home past curfew.
Hidalgo tells his new date that he's realized New Orleans is really a village disguised as a city. He makes plans with her to go to see the second line.
Larry prepares Mrs. Brooks' house for sale. Desautel drives past her old restaurant and finds a new one in its place.
Delmond confesses he won't be ready but shows his father what he's managed to accomplish so far. "Someone taught you how to sew at least," Albert says begrudgingly. Delmond reveals that the Indian on the bib is Albert; it's his to wear on Mardi Gras.
The detective on LaDonna's case visits with a photo array - they arrested some men for the same crime the week before. LaDonna recognizes her attackers instantly.
The crowd gathers in Pigeon Town to watch the Steppers. Colson joins Bernette and his fellow officers kid him about it. Granted a reprieve, Sofia enjoys the second line with friends.
A decade ago, the Krewe of Muses added a twist to Mardi Gras-shoes, specially decorated Muses shoes. The feminine equivalent to the prized Zulu coconut throw. While Davis McAlary and Toni Bernette compete for shoes at their respective locations on the parade route, Annie and Sofia get the much sought after prizes with little effort.
Lt. Terry Colson is monitoring Muses in a neighboring district. It's frivolous and dangerous work: One girl flashes the all-female krewe. Colson tells her that such nudity is not acceptable in the family-oriented parts of the city. Colson also arrests a kid for carrying a gun, nipping some potential violence in the bud.
There are parallel Carnival celebrations in Cajun Country. Annie wants to experience Cajun Carnival. Davis is not convinced. His Mardi Gras appears doomed until his mother unwittingly provides him with an excuse.
At the Theophile Jones Elie school, Antoine Batiste's students want to form a marching band. But their ambitions outstrip their abilities. Instead they agree to meet on Mardi Gras to hear other bands perform.
While New Orleans celebrates, Janette Desautel plates salmon at Le Bernardin. Sensing she's homesick, Chef Eric Ripert gives her Mardi Gras night off and even allows her to dine at the restaurant, violating the usual prohibition against employees in fine dining establishments eating where they work. As if to make the celebration complete, Janette receives the gift of a king cake in the mail.
Cornell Williams successfully lobbies Batiste to give Sonny another chance. Then Cornell convinces Sonny to enter into a homemade two-step program. First step: Cornell holds Sonny's earnings for safe keeping. Second step: Sonny works in Plaquemines Parish with Cornell's cousin, harvesting oysters.
Nelson Hidalgo presents a computer cable deal to city council president Oliver Thomas that could save the city a lot of money. Thomas tells him he needs some "home cooking," local connections, to help move his proposal through. The best place to make such connections? The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club.
Mardi Gras notwithstanding, Sofia and LaDonna Batiste-Williams are depressed. Both of them opt to go it alone on Mardi Gras. LaDonna stays home in Baton Rouge. Sofia quietly slips away before Toni spreads some of Creighton's ashes in the Mississippi River. Later, Sofia finds an unlikely savior in Davis.
Despite his threat to retire as big chief, Albert Lambreaux masks. Beneath the Claiborne Street overpass, Delmond hears the juxtaposition of traditional Mardi Gras Indian music and Benny Golson's tune, "Killer Joe."
At Cajun Country Carnival, Yankees are defined as "anybody north of Ville Platte," and Annie and Harley are outsiders but, ultimately, welcome ones. In New Orleans, Batiste has to abandon his plans with some female admirers and spend "daddy time" with his sons. Watching the St. Augustine Marching 100, Batiste realizes he made a mistake in not insisting that his kids learn to play music.
Ultimately, Carnival ends quietly: crime free for Colson; drug free for Sonny; heroically for Davis and carnally for Hidalgo.
This is the way it's supposed to work: the catharsis of Mardi Gras leads to the reflection and renewal of Lent, which leads to new beginnings. That's pretty much what's happening this week on ‘Treme.' If only all new beginnings were happy ones . . .
LaDonna Batiste-Williams gets the welcome news that even though she was raped by two assailants, her tests for sexually transmitted diseases have all come back negative. It seems that she'll be able to keep the details of her attack from her husband. But later, Larry Williams insists upon accompanying her to see the assistant district attorney in charge of prosecuting her attackers. In that meeting, he learns the complete story of what happened.
D.J. Davis and the Brassy Knoll make their world debut at the Hi-Ho Lounge with the boast that "we are definitely part of the problem." They open with "Road Home," a satire about the federally-financed program that was supposed to help Louisiana citizens repair their flood-ravaged homes and lives. They continue with "Not One Word," in dishonor of George W. Bush. The president failed to even mention Hurricane Katrina in his 2007 State of the Union address though it had only been 18 months since the failure of the federal levees destroyed New Orleans.
Sonny seems to have gotten used to life as an oysterman. When bass player Cornell Williams comes to check on him, he's upbeat and happy. He gets even happier when he meets Linh, the beautiful daughter of a Vietnamese shrimper.
Delmond Lambreaux is finally able to articulate the sound that has been eluding him. He wants to create a fusion of modern jazz and traditional Mardi Gras Indian music. He recruits Donald Harrison, Jr. and Dr. John to play on the CD he plans to record. That's the easy part. Convincing his father to participate is the challenge. Of course, Albert Lambreaux might not have agreed if he knew the whole story--that Delmond and Davina are using the record deal as a money laundering operation. Since their father won't accept any money from them to fix his house, they plan to give him money from their own savings and tell him that it is part of an advance from the record company.
Toni Bernette hires Anthony King, a sharp investigator who is able to get information about the Joey Abreu killing that has eluded her: King learns that George Cotrell, a member of Lambreaux's Mardi Gras Indian tribe, discovered the body of Leon Seals in the Iberville public housing development. Seals may have been killed by the same police officers who shot Joey Abreu in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
But things at home are not as good for Toni. Sofia gets arrested in Jefferson Parish, joyriding with her friend Jocelyn and two boys they don't even know. The heroin in the car does not belong to Sofia. The marijuana, however, does. When Toni confronts Sofia about her drug use, Sofia confronts her mother about Creighton's suicide.
Annie has written a new song. She and Harley Watt have practiced it almost to death and, in the process, have driven Davis to insist that they play it in public. Susan Cowsill invites her to play the song at a club, with her band. Annie the busker ultimately decides to debut it in the venue where she's most comfortable-on the street.
It's taken some doing, but Nelson Hidalgo has finally gotten his nose into the tent of the New Orleans politics business. His proposal to sell computer cable to the city has been partially accepted. He gives City Council president Oliver Thomas a thank you envelope for helping him get the contract.
In the latest twist in the saga of Antoine Batiste and his Soul Apostles the drummer, Herman Jackson, shows up to a gig without his drums. "Can I Change My Mind," is the song Batiste sings, and it may also be the thought he thinks. If there's a bright spot in Batiste's life it emanates from where he least expects it-his bourgeoning career as a teacher. Robert, the young trumpet player, shows enough enthusiasm and promise to whet Batiste's appetite for teaching.
Janette Desautel is trying not to show it, but Chef Eric Ripert sees that she is not enthusiastic about her work at Le Bernardin. He recommends her for a job at Lucky Peach where wunderkind David Chang runs a different kind of kitchen.
What more could you ask for? D.J. Davis McAlary is back on the air at WWOZ, although he's promoting his new record rather than hosting a show. He's brought along Lil Calliope, the rhyming phenom he discovered and features on the CD.
Well, if you wanted to get picky, you might ask that Darnell, the station manager, not get so livid at the mere sight of Davis in the studio. You might also ask that Lil Calliope not use the appearance as an opportunity to give D.J. Jeffy Jeff a copy of the track he recorded without Davis' blessing or participation.
Delmond Lambreaux's glass is similarly half full. He has assembled an all-star cast to record his new music including Dr. John on piano, Donald Harrison, Jr. on alto sax, Carl Allen on drums, and the legendary Ron Carter on bass. But Delmond's father Albert isn't happy with the sound. He even goes so far as to take the bass out of Ron Carter's hands and instruct him in the fine art of playing the instrument.
These days LaDonna Batiste-Williams does little but sit around the house and drink. Her husband, Larry Williams, is tired of it. He demands that she pull it together and sell the bar. On the legal side, the stakes get higher when LaDonna is told that the other victim has declined to testify against the rapists. That leaves her as the only witness.
Her arrest for joyriding and possession of drugs has done little to improve Sofia's attitude. But lectures from her no nonsense lawyer and her mentor, City Council president Oliver Thomas, may have more impact.
Toni Bernette is not the only one with kid problems. Lt. Terry Colson has his sons for the weekend. Desperate for a respite, he drops them off at the movies and meets Toni at the Columns Hotel bar for a drink. He tells her that he's been re-assigned to the homicide division, the very police unit he has criticized. Capt. John Guidry, the commander he has been criticizing, is still in charge of the unit.
Lil Calliope's star seems to be steadily rising. "The True," the song he recorded without Davis, is being played on Q-93, the hip-hop station. When D.J. Davis and the Brassy Knoll take the stage, the crowd screams for the song. Davis tries to be happy for him.
Janette Desautel is loving life at Lucky Peach, David Chang's restaurant. She watches in amazement as the master performs culinary magic with a soft-boiled egg. Nelson Hidalgo's fortunes are rising as he and his cousin, Arnie Reyes, look for more willing sellers in the lower Mid-City neighborhood C.J. Liguori has directed them to.
Sonny maneuvers to see Linh, the shrimper's daughter, again. Is he making progress? Antoine Batiste and the Soul Apostles are clearly not making progress. The club is almost empty when they play the Blue Nile. But Batiste has an idea. He'll steal the crowd from Kermit Ruffins' gig down the street. Kermit is not amused. Robert, Batiste's trumpet playing student from Theophile Jones Elie school, has snuck out of the house to hear his teacher perform.
Anthony King, the investigator, accompanies Toni as she tracks down a witness who had been reluctant to testify about the post-Katrina police shootings. This time the witness is more forthcoming. He says he had actually told the authorities about the shooting shortly after it happened. But a police officer with a French name, (Prioleau perhaps?) had made it clear that if he testified against the cops he and his family might have troubles of their own.
Harley Watt's friend "Slim Jim" Lynch is visiting from London. He plays his penny whistle with Annie and Harley on what turns out to be their last gig together on the street.
Even simple truths prove elusive.
A memorial for Harley Watt brings together Davis McAlary, James "Slim Jim" Lynch Coco Robicheaux, the Rev. Goat Carson and Susan Cowsill. "None of us really knew much about him," Annie says. "Where he came from, who his family was, if he had a family."
Did anything of note happen at the Robideaux's supermarket in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina? No, a New Orleans police officer tells Toni Bernette. Is there a connection - a police connection - between the shooting of Joey Abreu and the shooting of Leon Seals in the Iberville public housing development? No, says Lt. Terry Colson, and he should know: He's been looking through the files himself, after hours, when no other officers are around. In his new job in the homicide division, Colson realizes that the detectives focus more on their private security jobs than on their police work. That there is so little evidence in the files on these two cases suggests that no one has even attempted a serious investigation.
Antoine Batiste is doing right by the young people. He catches up on his child support payments and he recruits one of the trumpet players from his band, Mario Abney, to give lessons to Robert, the promising student at Theophile Jones Elie Elementary School. It's a shame adults aren't so easy to get along with. Wanda Rouzan storms off stage, mid-gig, tired of Batiste's antics. LaDonna Batiste-Williams isn't impressed that Batiste has paid up his child support. But then again, she's easy to anger and difficult to love these days, as her mother, children and husband can attest. It doesn't help that she's put the bar on the market. Alison Myers is revealed to be dating bass man Cornell Williams. At his suggestion, she steps in as Wanda's temporary replacement.
D.J. Davis is still the leader of The Brassy Knoll and an equal partner in '58 Mercury Monterey Records, but his fellow band members think Alex McMurray is a better guitar player. And Aunt Mimi and Don B. think one of Davis' tracks should be removed from the record label's debut CD in order to make room for 'The True,' by Lil Calliope.
Bluesman Chris Thomas King plays a homeowner who knows it's foolish not to sell his house to Nelson Hidalgo. Something's up, but what? Hidalgo gets a sense of what's to come at a Rosie Ledet performance. There he learns from C.J. Liguori that the City of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana are going to be the "end users" of the properties they have been buying.
There will be no royalties realized on the jazz-Mardi Gras Indian fusion record that Delmond and Albert Lambreaux are recording. So says Delmond's manager, James Woodrow. Delmond then asks Woodrow to loan him some money. The money will go straight to Albert, who will be told that it's a royalty payment. That way, the elder Lambreaux will have some money to fix his house. If all goes well, he'll think it's royalties from the record, not charity from his son. Speaking of the record, after moving the recording session from New York to New Orleans they finally get the sound that the big chief has been looking for.
Sonny is moving forward on all fronts: He's bought his own musical equipment and seems to have impressed Linh, the fisherman's daughter with whom he's smitten. Now he needs to get the fisherman to agree to let them date. When Sonny returns the equipment he borrowed from Harley, Annie mentions the picture she saw at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art of him rescuing a child during the post-Katrina flooding.
Janette Desautel (Kim Dickens) has found her groove at Lucky Peach. Chef David Chang is so impressed with the rice waffles and fried chicken she made for the staff, he invites her to cook special, after-hours meals at the restaurant. Chef Donald Link, visiting from New Orleans, is also impressed.
Dooky Chase is serving gumbo z'herbes at the refurbished restaurant for the first time since the federal levee failures. But the talk over lunch is of federal investigations into corruption in the administration of former mayor Marc Morial. Toni is relieved to learn that City Council President Oliver Thomas is not considered a target. As per her lawyer's suggestion, Sofia Bernette has started working at a coffee shop in Faubourg Marigny. She likes it and even tells her mother so in one of the few civil moments they've had lately. But can she resist the many temptations there?
This is how the bands end: the Brassy Knoll with a bang, the Soul Apostles with a whimper.
Antoine Batiste listens to phone messages from his Soul Apostles. Those that don’t have an excuse, have a complaint. At the gig that night, so few of the musicians show, Batiste not only cancels the show, he disbands the band.
Davis McAlary arrives at a Brassy Knoll gig and finds Alex McMurray holding down his guitar chair. He goes through the motions of playing the show, but he’s clearly uncomfortable. Then Aunt Mimi tells him that she’s sold Lil Calliope’s contract to Cash Money Records. It all looks pretty bleak until Davis,in his final performance with the band, channels James Brown to the amusement and amazement of all.
Janette Desautel arrives back in New Orleans and discovers that the St. Charles streetcar line is operating again. After a delightful ride, she and Susan Spicer attend an immigration hearing for sous chef/grill man Jacques Jhoni. Jacques is released and he and Janette dance the night away to the sounds of the Rebirth Brass Band at the Maple Leaf. They wake up in bed together, having broken one of the cardinal rules of professional kitchen etiquette.
Toni Bernette has reached an impasse in her investigations into the killings of Joey Abreu and Leon Seals. She finds out she’s losing an ally when Andrea Cazayoux tells Toni that she can’t take the crime in New Orleans anymore. Andrea and her husband are moving to Birmingham.
Toni does get some advice from Judge Prieur, a friend, mentor and former judge who is doing time in federal prison. Prieur tells her that City Council President Oliver Thomas, in whose office Sofia has been working, is the target of a federal investigation. Stan “Pampy” Barre, has implicated Thomas in a scandal in the hope of getting a reduced sentence for himself. Prieur recommends that she try to get the F.B.I. involved in the investigation. Later, she does. But for now, she reluctantly gives in to a demand by Terry Colson that she turn over the spent bullet casings that were recovered from the Leon Seals crime scene.
Colson is having his own problems over at the homicide unit of NOPD, but he has a plan: He sends the two bullet casings he got from Toni to the ballistics lab and asks to have them compared. He tells Homicide Captain John Guidry that the casings are from the Abreu and Seals shootings -- one from each crime. He also says there are witnesses who claim that the police were the shooters in both instances. When he calls the lab for the results, he finds only one bullet casing was sent to the lab; other has “disappeared.” Truth is, they were both from the Seals scene.
Separately, Colson also approaches the F.B.I. He turns over files on those two cases and several others the NOPD has barely investigated, including that of the Danziger Bridge killings.
On the water, oyster boat captain, Uncle Don "trades Sonny to a shrimp boat captain. The captain is the father of Linh, the girl with whom Sonny is so smitten. While shrimping out in Gulf of Mexico, Sonny learns something about the impact of oil drilling on Louisiana's fisheries. The captain tells him that oil is constantly leaking from abandoned wells. When everyone keeps calling him "vô dá»¥ng" (pronounced yo-yung), Sonny learns his nickname means "useless." After all the hard work and this little indignity, Sonny gets tacit permission to spend time with Linh.
A potential buyer checks out Gigi’s, but LaDonna is not an enthusiastic seller. Still she goes to another bar and offers to sell her equipment to the owner. On the way out, she sees one of the men who beat and raped her. She calls the cops and they quickly re-arrest the man, but not before LaDonna’s fury reaches the boiling point. She unloads on Assistant District Attorney Brigitte Baron, not only for the “clerical mistake” that allowed the man to walk free, but for many of the other failures of government that have made it so difficult for New Orleanians to rebuild their city and their lives. In the tirade, Larry sees a glimpse of the feisty woman he married. “I tell you one thing,” he says, “We ain’t selling that damn bar. Look at you. This is who I married… And we ain’t staying in Baton Rouge neither.”
The Lambreaux siblings meet with James Woodrow to hand over the personal checks that will constitute the “royalty” payments they are going to give their father to help him rebuild his house. When Albert Lambreaux gets his check for $20,000, he exclaims, “We gotta cut another record.” Delmond Lambreaux has hatched a plan to pay his share of the “royalty” payments: He’s going to pack up his New York apartment, leave most of his stuff with Jill, his New York girlfriend, and spend most of his time in New Orleans helping his father rebuild. Jill’s not going for it. She thinks Delmond wants a long-term storage space, not a long-term relationship, and walks.
Nelson Hidalgo is surprised to learn that his debris removal contract is not being automatically renewed. C.J. Liguori tells him why: Hidalgo’s relationship to Oliver Thomas could draw unwanted attention to the business deals that Hidalgo and Liguori have been working on. Drunk and depressed, Hidalgo tells his cousin Arnie Reyes that he could even end up doing jail time.
Word is spreading about the quality of the food Janette is cooking in David Chang’s kitchen. An investor approaches her about returning to New Orleans and opening a restaurant. She flies home again to check out the possibility.
At Jazz Fest, Delmond and Albert join Donald Harrison on stage to perform a song from their Indian album. Janette and Jacques check out the Iguanas and Davis and Annie check out Lucinda Williams.
Sofia and Toni have reconciled. Sofia takes the blue streak out of her hair and they enjoy their own night of Rebirth at the Maple Leaf.
Davis stops in the WWOZ studios during Jeffy Jeff’s late set. He speculates about getting his old job back, then spins a few tunes while Jeff grabs a few winks on the lobby couch.
Batiste and Desiree move from the suburbs to a new apartment in town. Annie continues to write songs. LaDonna returns to Gigi’s with Larry. Colson and Toni run into each other at a coffee shop, but they don’t give each other the time of day. Lambreaux and Delmond hang sheetrock in the family home.
Straight outa the Sixth Ward, pure Treme trombonist Antoine Batiste totes his horn from gig to gig. He has mouths to feed. His ex-wife LaDonna is taking care of their sons with her current husband, Larry, but his girlfriend Desiree and baby daughter Honorée depend on him.
LaDonna grew up in New Orleans, lovingly watching her father work in Gigi's Place, the tavern she now owns. Katrina scattered her family; her sons Alcide and Randall Batiste and husband Larry Williams are in Baton Rouge while her mother and ex-husband Antoine Batiste remain in town. Weekly travel on I10 has become part of her routine.
Janette Desautel is one of New Orleans up-and-coming chefs in a city known for its restaurants. Her Uptown neighborhood restaurant, Desautel's, survived Katrina but keeping it staffed and stocked since has been a challenge...as is rebuilding her flood-damaged home in Mid-City.
Delmond has gigs -- in New York, in Boston, in cities far from his native New Orleans. An accomplished trumpet player, he prefers Dizzy, Miles, and Bird to brass band music, and living in New York. Albert Lambreaux's post-storm return to New Orleans is forcing Delmond, his only son, to reconnect to his roots.
A shift lieutenant in the NOPD and good friend to Toni Bernette, Terry Colson is good police. He recognizes the additional trauma Katrina and the subsequent flooding of New Orleans have brought upon his already troubled department, but he won't let that be an excuse for shoddy police work.