"Shallow Water, Oh Mama"
Season 1, Episode 6
Air date May 16, 2010
Written by David Simon &
Eric Overmyer and
Tom Piazza (story)
Tom Piazza (teleplay)
Directed by Brad Anderson
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"Shallow Water, Oh Mama" is the sixth episode of the first season. It is the sixth episode of the series overall. It was first broadcast on HBO on May 16, 2010. The teleplay was written by Tom Piazza from a story he co-wrote with David Simon & Eric Overmyer. It was directed by Brad Anderson.

Toni seeks help from a former cop in helping her figure out Daymo. Albert is angry about the lack of lodging, while Davis raises his profile with a television appearance.


Creighton’s agent comes to New Orleans to tell Creighton that his publisher still wants the novel about the 1927 flood, but she asks if he can include content about Katrina as well; he says he’ll deliver the originally planned manuscript. Davis’ political campaign continues in full swing, as he sells CDs of his campaign song and appears on a local TV station’s candidates forum. As the suppliers for Janette’s restaurant become more demanding, she makes the hard decision to suspend operations indefinitely. LaDonna’s mother is hospitalized for breathing problems. In the midst of arguing about whether Annie should accept a solo gig, Sonny strikes her and she flees their home; they later reconcile despite Annie’s misgivings about his drug use. An aide from Councilman Singleton’s office comes to see Albert, but instead of bringing news about reopening the projects, all he has to offer is a single FEMA trailer, prompting Albert to throw him out. Toni tracks down the former NOPD officer who arrested Daymo for an outstanding warrant on the day Katrina hit; in his abandoned police car, she is thrilled to find the citation that proves Daymo was arrested that day. However, when she meets with the Assistant District Attorney to request a joint motion for an emergency hearing to locate Daymo in the prison system, the ADA tells her they have a new policy against filing joint motions on emergency hearings; a disillusioned Toni joins her husband and daughter in marching, dressed as sperm, in the riotously anti-government Krewe du Vieux parade.




  1. Khandi Alexander as LaDonna Batiste-Williams
  2. Rob Brown as Delmond Lambreaux
  3. Kim Dickens as Janette Desautel
  4. India Ennenga as Sofia Bernette
  5. Michiel Huisman as Sonny
  6. Melissa Leo as Antoinette Bernette
  7. Lucia Micarelli as Annie
  8. Clarke Peters as Albert Lambreux
  9. Wendell Pierce as Antoine Batiste
  10. Steve Zahn as Davis McAlary


  1. Steve Zahn (Davis McAlary) & Strippers "Davis For Council": Campaign float.
  2. John Boutte "The Treme Song": Main titles.
  3. Beausoleil "La Danse de la Vie": Toni Bernette's car.
  4. Nat King Cole "I Was a Little Too Lonely": Poke's Tarvern.
  5. Lucia Micarelli (Annie) & Michiel Huisman (Sonny) "Basin Street Blues": Royal Street.
  6. Don Vappie "Salee Dames": Ocotillo Nightclub, Phoenix.
  7. Michael White "Down By The Riverside": Danny Nelson's FEMA trailer.
  8. Original Royal Playes Brass Band "Over in The Gloryland": Louis Armstrong Airport
  9. Guitar Slim "The Things That I Used To Do": Desautel's restaurant.
  10. Jon Cleary "Got To Be More Careful": Annie & Sonny's apartment.
  11. Rob Brown (Delmond Lambreaux) & Donald Harrison "Yard Bird Delight": Fathead's nightclub, Houston.
  12. Rob Brown (Delmond Lambreaux) & Donald Harrison "Iko Iko": Fathead's nightclub, Houston.
  13. Coco Robicheaux "St. John's Eve": Apple Barrel.
  14. Walter "Wolfman" Washington "One Way Or Another": Gigi's Place.
  15. Little Richard "Nuki Suki": Apple Barrel.
  16. Rob Brown (Delmond Lambreaux) & Donald Harrison "Quantum Time": Snug Harbor.
  17. Ellis Marsalis "12's It": Snug Harbor.
  18. Beau Jocque & The Zydeco High Rollers "Alle Parti Pour Voi Beau Jocque": Cafe Du Monde.
  19. Danny Nelson "A Closer Walk With Thee": Danny Nelson's FEMA trailer.
  20. Stan Getz "Intoit": Poke's Tavern.
  21. Jazz Band & Wendell Pierce (Antoine Batiste) "Fly Me to The Moon": Mardi Gras Ball.
  22. Mardi Gras Indians "Shallow Water": Poke's Tavern.
  23. Jazz Band & Wendell Pierce (Antoine Batiste) "Take The A Train": Mardi Gras Ball
  24. Panorama Brass Band "Horo": Krewe du Vieux parade.
  25. Stooges Brass Band "Stooges Party": Krewe du Vieux parade.
  26. Bobby Charles "Party Town": End titles.

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