The third season of HBO's series Treme has a small but loyal audience, staying fairly consistent at about half a million viewers an episode. Common consensus of critics seems to be that the series will receive the attention and applause it deserves after its fourth and final season is completed. It's a quiet, character-driven series, and one that probably works better when watched all at once.
Season 3 will be coming to a close next month. On Thursday, HBO released the synopses for the last four episodes slated to air next month: "Promised Land," "Don't You Leave Me Here," "Poor Man's Paradise," and "Tipitina." Here they are:
Episode #28: “Promised Land” (November 4)
It’s Carnival time: Toni (Melissa Leo) finds Judge Gatling (Tim Reid) dispensing judicial orders and potables at Galatoire’s. Janette (Kim Dickens) seeks counsel from Emeril Lagasse and deconstructs crawfish etouffée with Al Roker. Sonny (Michiel Huisman) falls on the wagon. As Nelson (Jon Seda) schmoozes, Annie (Lucia Micarelli) sits in with the Neville Brothers at the Washington, D.C. Mardi Gras Ball.
Story by David Simon & Chris Rose; teleplay by Chris Rose & Micah Kibodeaux; directed by Tim Robbins.
Episode #29: “Don’t You Leave Me Here” (November 11)
Desautel’s on the Avenue opens softly. Sonny pawns instruments to buy jewelry. LaDonna (Khandi Alexander) gets threats from a stranger and support from Albert (Clarke Peters). Sofia (India Ennenga) gets evicted for her own protection. Terry (David Morse) finds a case collapsing and his popularity declining. Desirée (Phyllis Montana LeBlanc) confronts Robinette (Davi Jay).
Story by Eric Overmyer; teleplay by Tom Piazza; directed by Ernest Dickerson.
Episode #30: “Poor Man’s Paradise” (November 18)
Janette gets attacked by crawfish ravioli. Terry survives an assault; his position at the NOPD is “untenable,” but his position with Toni is improving. LaDonna learns the meaning of those threatening gestures.
Story by George Pelecanos & Jordan Hirsch; teleplay by George Pelecanos; directed by Roxann Dawson.
Episode #31: “Tipitina” (November 25)
Davis (Steve Zahn) and Cheeky Blakk go “full ghetto” on Davis’ goodbye to the musician’s life. Tim Feeny (Sam Robards) reveals himself and his intentions to Janette when he finds out that she’s throwing an unauthorized benefit for Gigi’s. Delmond parts ways with the powers that be. Toni sees hope that Joey Abreu’s killer may be prosecuted.
Story by David Simon & Anthony Bourdain; teleplay by David Simon & Eric Overmyer; directed by Anthony Hemingway.
What do you think? Are you one of Treme's few but loyal audience members? Will you be tuning in? The next episode of Treme, "I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say," airs Sunday, October 21 on HBO.