The penultimate episode of seaon 2 of “Treme” saw a lot of conflicts growing between characters, with a few minor resolutions for others. Of course, it delivers viewers with a solid hour of tremendously enjoyable television, but we get the sense that for some of these people, things are going to get a lot worse before they get better. Read on…

The Players:

  • Director: Agnieszka Holland
  • Writer: Eric Overmyer
  • Cast: Wendell Pierce, David Morse, Melissa Leo, Lucia Micarelli, Steve Zahn, India Ennenga, Michiel Huisman, Kim Dickens, Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Jon Seda

Episode Title: “That’s What Lovers Do”

Ladonna struggles with her marriage and family life, unable to decide whether or not she truly wants to sell the bar. Harley’s death is nearly overlooked by the police department, but his friends are sure to give him a proper memorial. Albert becomes very enthusiastic about working on Delmond’s album when the band takes the recording sessions to New Orleans. Janette gets the opportunity to show off some New Orleans cooking in New York. Davis, sadly, is slowly edged out of his band.

The Good:

  • Ladonna: Khandia Alexander can act, and while her character certainly had a lot to deal with last season, this season has been even more dramatic for her. Thankfully, Alexander can handle it all with impeccable skill, selling the performance convincingly and sympathetically. It is a little unclear as to where her character will go from here, but that’s not exactly a bad thing; predictability is no good.
  • Sofia: Sure, she’s had an excuse, but Sofia has been an insufferably miserable teenager this season. However, she’s starting to make some progress, and even though “Treme” is a David Simon show, and therefore has a very anti-prohibition stance when it comes to drugs, her decision not to get high with a group of local musicians is some sort of step in the right direction.
  • Albert: Speaking of people who are insufferably miserable, well, Albert’s stubborness has always been a source of comic relief in this series, but it was a real treat to see the character let loose and enjoy himself during the recording sessions. Hopefully he can learn to cheer up a little permanently.

The So-So:

  • Janette: As one of the few main characters no longer residing in New Orleans, Janette has always been making slow progress, and we almost get the sense that the writers don’t know what to do with her. Now it seems that she may serve as a cultural ambassador for New Orleans, introducing New Yorkers to some of her signature cuisine. It’s a subplot that has potential, for sure, but it didn’t get a tremmendous amount of attention in this episode.
  • Harley’s memorial: With such a likeable character gone from the show, viewers could be forgiven for wanting a little more fanfare, even if that is entirely out of synch with the kind of character he was. There was nothing particularly wrong with the memorial, but his death seemed to fall a little flat. Fans are angry that we was taken away, and we want the characters to be equally angry.


As per usual, “Treme” defies our conventional review format by not allowing us to include a section on “The Bad.” That’s because it is a brilliant series that is never, ever bad. Thank goodness for David Simon, the savior of dramatic television.

Rating: 8/10

“Treme” airs every Sunday night on HBO!

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