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'Treme' - 'I'll Fly Away' Recap (Season Finale)

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Jun 21st 2010 6:20AM
Treme season finale (S01E10) The season finale of 'Treme' certainly had a good bit of "daddy" issues infused into it, so it's fitting that it aired on Father's Day.

As with 'The Wire,' David Simon finished the season with a fantastic episode that wrapped up continuing story lines and started entirely new ones. I laughed (at Davis and Antoine), I cried (for Toni and LaDonna), and I heard some amazing music from the New Orleans greats we've met during the past nine episodes.

I know a few of you wondered whether Creighton really died after his mysterious "now you see him, now you don't" moment on the ferry. But now we know for sure, and what an emotional, well-executed scene it was when the detectives tell Toni his body was found in the river. The way we hear Sofia's screams as the detectives leave the Bernette house is heartbreaking and raw, and provides a perfect contrast to Toni's controlled, understated response.

I was surprised there wasn't more to the Creighton aftermath. It seemed anti-climactic the way Davis and Janette briefly discussed his death after spotting the Times-Picayune obit. But then Toni had two scenes that truly showed her pain -- the one where the police chief basically allowed her to tamper with evidence by checking Creighton's parked S.U.V., and the one where she lashed out about his will and his "funeral play list" to her associate.

Finally, Chief Lambreaux and his crew parades on St. Joseph's Night. Those costumes were spectacular, and it was such a relief that nothing went horribly wrong with the police. Delmond, who was such a jerk in the early episodes, redeemed himself by having his father's back and even playing with him.

Davis rocked this episode. His one perfect day with Janette to convince her not to go to New York City was sweet, albeit unsuccessful, and for once, their chemistry was spot on. I wonder how they'll handle Janette next season if she's in Manhattan.

Antoine's high-end gig for Allen Toussaint was fantastic for the music and hilarious for the poker playing. It's a good thing he doesn't tell Desiree why he ends up with so little cash; we all know she would've unleashed an all-consuming wrath had he come clean.

That surprise pre-Katrina flashback was mind-blowingly good. It took half-a-second for me to realize the phone ringing had triggered the flashback. There was Daymo, for once not just a corpse or a photo, getting the fateful call from Jacques. The close-up of a locked-up Daymo's face toward the end of the montage was one of those shots that stay with you -- him in his prison orange, his face a mix of anger and resignation, his head half aglow, half in shadow. It gave me the chills.

And in the end we finish just as we began -- with a funeral's second-line. "Play for that f--kin' money," Antoine says one more time. Lovely LaDonna sports a bittersweet smile as she dances for her baby brother. Toni looks like a shell of herself as she second-lines for someone other than her husband. And that last moment with Antoine? He's talking to the cab driver he owed money to from the first episode. Brilliant.

So what did you faithful followers or more casual fans think of this first season? What were your favorite episodes and favorite musical performances? Will you be sticking with the show, which has already been picked up for a second season? I will, and I hope to watch it with you again next year.

Favorite lines of the episode:

"That much cash coming out of his pocket? That boy's dealing drugs." - Melba to Davis's mother

"Antoine Batiste is strictly a cooked-fish-eating motherf--ker ... You gotta roll that s--t in some batter and drop it in some grease before you talk to me, bro." - Antoine to sushi-eating Trombone Shorty

"Christ, Davis. That was the moment when you were supposed to say you love me, that you can't live without me, that if I stay we'll live happily ever after." - Janette to Davis

"Po' boys aren't sandwiches, they're a way of life!" - Davis

"Can't dance for him when he quit." - Toni, about disregarding Cray's wish for a second-line

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Laswad

... "The Bunk is strictly a suit and tie motherf--ker" ... I love Wendell Pierce

June 22 2010 at 12:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Kelly38

Actually, John Goodman is a St. Louis native, he is from Affton, MO. He does have a home there and if you have ever been to New Orleans, you know that it will leave you in a trace, infecting you with a constant yearning to go back. While I am not from New Orleans, I have found myself there year after year, having some of the best and worst experiences of my life. My favorite line in the series is fron Janette. "This town beat me. As much as I love it, I'm not tryin to fight with it anymore". While I relate well to those words, I find myself hearing Davis' comment in my head... "There are so many beautiful moments here". And I know I'll be back!

June 27 2010 at 2:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
segsig

I'd tivoed the whole series and finally started watching last weekend. I caught up this weekend and now I'm so mad I did this! I don't want to wait for more episodes.

I can't believe they killed off John Goodman! I love seeing Troy Andrews!

June 21 2010 at 5:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Franklin

I'm surprised Creighton really was killed off. I thought he might have just decided to go missing for a while, and his whereabouts would have been the first season cliffhanger. I figured John Goodman would have wanted to stay with this series for a while, as he's a NO native.

June 22 2010 at 1:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Will

What a great episode! I had trouble sleeping last night after watching it and I've been thinking about it this morning. My favorite moment was LaDonna dancing for her brother.

I will definitely be watching next season. Great characters. Great writing. Great music. Really makes me miss New Orleans.

June 21 2010 at 9:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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