Monday, June 6, 2011

Treme 2.7: "One-Murder Mardis Gras"

Lt. Colson's tireless efforts to reduce the surging crime in New Orleans are at least bearing some fruit on Mardi Gras day in Treme 2.7, which bore just one murder - off-camera, at that - and led Colson to characterize the happy day as a "one-murder mardis gras".

It was certainly one of the happiest episodes we've seen so far.  The colorfully adorned various bands of revelers reminded me of "We Sing in Sillyville, which I used to watch with my kids years ago, and, come to think of it, may be derived from the Mardi Gras celebrations.   Nelson gets a good kiss and a phone number.   Albert's dancing - a little more subdued than last year, I thought - with his New Orleans Indians.   And Sonny gets a second chance in Antoine's band.

But, as is always the case in Treme and in all of David Simon's productions, all's never as well as it seems to be.   LaDonna can't bring herself to Mardis Gras at all.  And Sofia passes out drunk - fortunately with Davis already taking her home to safety.   So far, this season has been quieter but no less riveting than last season, and it may (or may not) be heading for an all-the-more explosive ending.

The music was customarily diverse and excellent, but my favorite was seen not heard - that is, the name of the performer was seen, but he didn't perform, because he died in July 2001.  Ernie K-Doe's "Mother-in-Law" was a #1 hit in the 1961, and has always been much beloved by me.   He held forth in his lounge in later years, and after his death, his wife Antoinette kept the place going, replete with a life-sized replica of Mr. K-Doe.   She herself would die on Mardi Gras day in 2009, or a few years after we see her in the Mother-In-Law Lounge in this episode.

And here are a few bars of Ernie K-Doe's' Mother-In-Law ...

See also Treme Is Back! ... Treme 2.2: Bounce and Jazz ... Treme 2.3: Crime and Music ... Treme 2.4: Angry Albert ... Treme 2.5: "Today I'm Gonna Write a Song" ... Treme 2.6: "Phil Ochs Said"

And also Treme! ... Treme 1.2: "If you ain't been to heaven" ... Treme 1.3: Fine Sweet and Sour ... Treme 1.4: New Orleans, New York, Nashville ... Treme 1.5: Delicious! ... Treme 1.8: Passions and Dreams ... Treme 1.9: Creighton ... Treme Season One Finale: Happy Sad Life

And: My Favorite Moment in Treme (Season One)



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