Treme': Season 2, episode 4

The season's best episode yet


  • HBO
  • The Notorious BIG and Sleazy

"Treme's" characters, and the show itself for that matter, are getting some of their bounce back. And not just because Davis and Aunt Mimi founded "the big, sleazy reincarnation of Def Jam records" this week. Antoine, Janette, and Albert, in particular are starting to own their situations some, recognizing their realities and confronting them head on, whether it's with a sazerac in the face, a decent jam sesh, or some good old fashioned rage. Episode 4, titled "Santa Claus, Do You Ever Get the Blues?", was the season's richest yet, full of the kind of human complexity that makes you feel on top of the world one moment and in its armpit the next.