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'Treme' explained: 'That's What Lovers Do'
by Dave Walker
June 26, 2011
The Times-Picayune
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Sunday (June 26) episode of HBO's "Treme" is titled "That's What Lovers Do," which John Mooney performs under the closing credits.

The episode was written by Eric Overmyer and directed by Agnieszkga Holland.

The spoilers start here.

The episode opens with Annie visiting a makeshift memorial to Harley on the spot near Washington Square Park where he was killed in episode nine. She then participates in a musical remembrance.

Slim Jim Lynch, played by Peter "Spider" Stacy, notes that they used to call Snooks Eaglin the human jukebox. "The digits on Mr. Eaglin's right hand flailed at seemingly impossible angles as he finger-picked and strummed a guitar's strings," wrote the Times-Picayune's Keith Spera in Eaglin's 2009 obituary. "A set by the so-called 'Human Jukebox' could range from Beethoven's 'Fur Elise' to Bad Company's 'Ready for Love.'"

Coco Robicheaux, who sacrificed a chicken on the radio in a season one episode, remembers that he first met Harley on the banquette, or sidewalk, outside the Apple Barrel, and that Harley's yodeling sounded like a loup garou, a mythical werewolf of Louisiana folklore. Rev. D.L. "Goat" Carson, who blessed Davis and Annie on Mardi Gras 2006, invites Annie to come forward.

Susan Cowsill, who performed in this season's episode eight, begins "Will the Circle Be Unbroken." Others in the circle: Russ Broussard, hand drum; Lawrence Ketchens, tuba; Doreen Ketchens (who played Antoine's airport gigs in season one), clarinet; David Leonard, harmonica; Roselyn Lionhart; Wilson Savoy (who hosted Harley and Annie at Cajun Mardi Gras in season two), accordion; Ingrid Lucia (who sang at The Columns Hotel for Toni and Colson in episode nine), vocals; Washboard Chaz; Jamie "J. the Savage" Bernstein (who busked with Harley in season two's third episode); Mike Voelker, bass drum; and Alynda Segarra, Michael Magro, Ryan Baer, Scotty Swears and Yosi Perlstein of The Loose Marbles, seen later in the episode playing on the banquette outside Sofia's barista job-job. Segarra and Perlstein also perform in Hurray for the Riff Raff.

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