Treme, Episode 3, “Right Place, Wrong Time.” – review

Treme, Episode 3, “Right Place, Wrong Time.” Story by David Mills and David Simon, teleplay by David Mills, directed by Ernest Dickerson

Episode 3 of Treme, “Right Place, Wrong Time.” Was all about transitions, further character development and was also the first episode penned by  late co-executive producer and head writer of the series, the brilliant David Mills.

The episode opens with Antoine having sex with a waitress from the Bourbon street strip club he’s been recently playing at. These kinds of shenanigans are causing Antoine all kinds of problems on the home front, because his current squeeze, Destree, is suspicious that he’s screwing around. Things don’t get much better for Antoine as the episode progresses when he finds out he’s been left out of a benefit gig at Lincoln center and he decides to get drunk to sooth the apparent slight and accidentally bumps into an NOPD cruiser. The cops take offense, beat the shit out of him and arrest him.

Davis is also arrested by the National Guard for drinking in front of his house and volunteers to pay his legal fees to Toni by providing her daughter with piano lessons. Davis also begins more or less stalking a woman he believes is a stripper who is living in his neighborhood. The woman gets him so worked up that he decides to take Janette out with the earnings from his brief stint at the Inn on Bourbon.

Ladonna continues the search for her brother and attempts to reach out to her brother-in-law, who is civil judge, only to be blown off despite his promises that he’ll try to help.

Sonny and Annie (who were introduced briefly in a poignant scene in episode 2) two street musicians begin to take on a larger roll in the series. Sonny scrapes together enough cash to buy Annie a decent bottle of wine for her birthday, only to have their celebration postponed when pianist Tom Mcdermott invites her to play alongside him at a private party. Sonny tags along and spends the evening regaling party guests with stories when he was drifting around the city on a row boat during the flood helping recover both the living and the dead. Later, after many drinks, Sonny abandons Annie at the party, either because he’s angry that Annie is a far more talented musician than he is or that he has to share her with the rest of the world, and returns to their apartment to drink the bottle of wine on his own.

Of course, the biggest scenes of the episode are reserved for Albert, who goes in search of one of his band mates in a devastated house in the ninth ward only to discover his rotting corpse trapped beneath a mired rowboat. A wake is quickly assembled and interrupted when a hurricane Katrina tour bus pulls alongside the mourners so disaster tourists can snap a few pictures.

Anger is palatable in episode three, where it seems every grievance of the characters is brought fully to light. I’m fascinated by Sonny (Michael Huisman) and his love/hate relationship with Annie (Lucia Micarelli) and I’m looking forward to seeing how their relationship progresses. Episode three was strong, but as I mentioned at the beginning of the review, the episode mostly bridged story arcs and while the writing and performances were strong, wasn’t exactly essential viewing as a whole. Still worth watching, but in the terms of the entire series, the viewer could easily miss episode 3 without feeling they’d missed anything vital to the storyline

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Keith Rawson

Keith Rawson is a little-known pulp writer whose short fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and interviews have been widely published both online and in print. He is the author of the short story collection The Chaos We Know (SnubNose Press)and Co-Editor of the anthology Crime Factory: The First Shift.(New Pulp Press) He lives in Southern Arizona with his wife and daughter.

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About Keith Rawson

Keith Rawson is a little-known pulp writer whose short fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and interviews have been widely published both online and in print. He is the author of the short story collection The Chaos We Know (SnubNose Press)and Co-Editor of the anthology Crime Factory: The First Shift.(New Pulp Press) He lives in Southern Arizona with his wife and daughter.

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