Treme, “Right Place, Wrong Time”: We get s**t done to us.

There’s a scene at the end of last week’s Treme that illustrates one of the bigger themes of the show, and that is, for those of us who are not native sons and daughters of New Orleans, there are things we will never understand about the city. Of course, living through something like Hurricane Katrina only compounds that. So we’re all left on the outside to look in, our faces pressed up against the glass, or for those of us watching the show, our television sets.

And we’re not the only ones. Sonny found himself watching Annie this week at an upscale party she had been invited to perform at with Tom McDermott. While it might be easy to write-off Sonny’s attitude toward Tom and the party to being overprotective of his girlfriend, it goes much deeper than that. Annie is clearly the more gifted musician, and if she wanted to she could probably go a lot further than Sonny. Coming to terms with that is probably going to be a long and painful process for him.

Albert and his friends found themselves being watched during the service for Wild Man Jesse by a Katrina Tour bus, tourists being taken around to visit devastated parts of the city. The bus driver seemed just about as crude as you could get with his, “What’s this all about?” but he came to his senses pretty quickly and the apology he gave before driving away was sincere. Still, it’s a feeling our characters are going to have to get used to, as they’re going to be under the magnifying glass for a long time.Speaking of which, that feeling seemed to be summed up perfectly by LaDonna, after finding out that her roof guy had cut out early. “We get shit done to us.” Both literally and figuratively, that’s for sure.

Finding themselves on display like that isn’t the only thing they’ll have to get used to. On the outside, it still looks like much of city is living under marshal law, with the cops and National Guard out in force. Antoine finds out just how on-edge they are after drunkenly bumping into one of their cars and scraping it with his trombone. He hadn’t gotten more than a few words out of his mouth before he was thrown on the ground and beaten. Toni’s able to get him out of jail (along with Davis earlier in the episode), but she’s so overloaded I don’t think there’s a whole lot of chance of him getting any sort of recompense. Because he lost his trombone in the middle of the whole thing, that could mean trouble. Alan Sepinwall seems to think that might be BIG trouble, but I can’t help but think that Antoine’s so well-connected with other musicians in the city that he’ll have no trouble finding a replacement. Well, minimal trouble. But that’s all, right? He defineitely egged them on, but Davis found himself in jail after pissing of some Guard boys. As Toni’s getting him out, he presses his head against the wall and says, “I just want my city back.” I can understand the sentiment, although the line felt just a little heavy-handed.

The show’s characters seem to be crossing each others’ paths with more frequency now, which I really like. With no cash to pay Toni, Davis offers to teach her daughter piano lessons, which made for some good back and forth between him and Creighton. Antoine gets into his scuff-up with the cops after singing a tune with Sonny and Annie after one of his gigs on Bourbon Street. Toni’s still trying to help LaDonna find Daymo. While there’s something to be said about keeping certain characters separate, I think bringing them together makes the show’s cast feel much more like an ensemble. But maybe that’s just me.

Stuff I liked:

  • “It’s called YouTube.”
  • What a great look on Antoine’s face when he realizes that, no, he’s got nothing left.
  • Not sure who I’m rooting for in the Creighton/Davis match-up. I love Creighton’s attitude, but Davis is only trying to do Toni a solid and doesn’t seem like he’s trying to do anything crazy with their daughter. I think Creighton can afford to ease up a bit.
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