More than a year has passed since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, but residents are finding it harder than ever to rebuild their lives. HBO presents Season Two of this drama series that focuses on a diverse group of residents trying to get by.
Antoine contemplates a move, while LaDonna resists one; Davis moves in new directions, personally and professionally; Toni worries about Sofia’s emotional distance; Colson contends with the return of crime to New Orleans; Annie returns from a national tour. In New York, Delmond debuts his new album, while Janette holds her tongue in the kitchen of a demanding boss. Juvenile sits in with Galactic and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Written by Eric Overmyer; directed by Anthony Hemingway.
Antoine (Wendell Pierce) decides to form a band; Vincent Abreu (Ned Bellamy) drops a suspicious death case on Toni (Melissa Leo); Hidalgo (Jon Seda) makes lucrative connections; Sonny (Michiel Huisman) realizes playing music on the street is a dead end.
LaDonna (Khandi Alexander) confronts the return of the crime problem; Sofia (India Ennenga) channels her father’s YouTube rants; Toni takes the Abreu case; Janette (Kim Dickens) and Albert (Clarke Peters) apply for Road Home money; Sonny barely escapes arrest.
Aunt Mimi (Elizabeth Ashley) and Davis (Steve Zahn) form a record company and sign rapper Katey Red; Janette makes her dramatic departure from Restaurant Brulard; Antoine reluctantly lands a teaching job.
Lt. Colson (David Morse) questions the quality of police investigations; Janette lands at Le Bernardin; Annie (Lucia Micarelli) tries composing; Aunt Mimi gets a track from rapper Mannie Fresh, while Davis discovers a new talent; Sofia lands an internship in Councilman Oliver Thomas’ office.
Hidalgo does a favor for Councilman Thomas; Antoine appoints a straw boss; Janette learns that Jacques (Ntare Mwine) is in trouble; Sofia has a realization; John Hiatt and Henry Butler perform.
As Carnival arrives in New Orleans, Albert (Clarke Peters) unveils his new plumage, and Delmond (Rob Brown) discovers a new sound; Annie (Lucia Micarelli) heads to a rural celebration with Harley (Steve Earle), while Davis (Steve Zahn) looks for an alibi to party in town; Hidalgo (Jon Seda) combines business with pleasure on a Zulu float; Toni (Melissa Leo) and Sofia (India Ennenga) struggle with their memories of Creighton; Antoine (Wendell Pierce) club-hops with his sons, while LaDonna (Khandi Alexander) avoids the fracas; and Cornell (Cornell Williams) offers Sonny (Michiel Huisman) a second chance away from all the revelry. In New York, Chef Ripert gives Janette (Kim Dickens) time off to attend to personal business and Fat Tuesday.
Delmond pitches his fusion project to Dr. John; Toni enlists a PI for the Abreu case; Davis debuts his band, while Annie resists debuting her song; LaDonna’s marriage is tested; Janette weighs a move to a more casual kitchen; Cornell continues to monitor Sonny’s rehab; Hidalgo strikes a sweetheart deal with the city; Sofia runs with the wrong crowd; and Susan Cowsill and Leroy Jones perform.
Davis is eclipsed by his protégé, Lil Calliope (Altonio Jackson); Albert’s quest for authenticity rankles Delmond; Antoine experiences the upside of teaching and downside of band-leading; Larry (Lance E. Nichols) forces LaDonna to make a choice; Colson (David Morse) lands in Homicide; Sofia is chastened; Hidalgo finds opportunity in frustration; Janette is transformed by her new job; Toni and King (Mahershalalhashbaz) probe witnesses to murder; and Annie experiences the highs and lows of New Orleans in a single night.
The community mourns a fallen artist; Toni asks Colson for inside help; Sonny is smitten at the docks; Janette earns a new nickname at the Lucky Peach; Sofia is tempted at her job; Antoine’s showboating costs him a singer; and Delmond and Albert head south to cut their record.
Jazz Fest takes center stage in New Orleans, giving Treme residents a welcome respite from a challenging year.