"Shame, Shame, Shame"
Season 1, Episode 5
164578 treme
Air date May 9, 2010
US viewers 0.57 million
Written by David Simon &
Eric Overmyer and
Lolis Eric Elie (story)
Lolis Eric Elie (teleplay)
Directed by Christine Moore
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"Shame, Shame, Shame" is the fifth episode of the first season. It is the fifth episode of the series overall. It was first broadcast on HBO on May 9, 2010 and drew 0.57 million viewers.[1] The teleplay was written by Lolis Eric Elie from a story he co-wrote with David Simon & Eric Overmyer. It was directed by Christine Moore.

As the city celebrates the return of many displaced residents with another second line parade, Albert presses a Councilman to reopen housing projects and Davis recruits some local musicians to put out a campaign CD.


The roadhouse bouncer, Arnie, is staying with Annie and Sonny, and confirms Annie's suspicions that Sonny bought drugs while in Houston. Still searching for Antoine's trombone, Toni gives him a connection to a group of Japanese jazz fans seeking to help New Orleans musicians. One of these fans comes to meet Antoine, buying him a brand-new trombone and giving him a wad of cash. Antoine then discovers his own instrument in a pawn shop. When Toni confronts the police lieutenant about his officers pawning Antoine’s trombone, he tells her about the huge issues he's facing with officer morale and says he can’t get upset about a trombone. Albert presses a city council member, Ron Singleton, about why the projects have been closed since Katrina despite incurring no serious damage, but Singleton says that reopening the projects isn't up to him. Davis enlists an all-star roster of local musicians to play for free on a recording of his anti-government anthem, "Shame, Shame, Shame." Creighton records another angry YouTube rant, but brushes off a query from Toni about getting back to work on his novel, saying he has to focus on planning the upcoming Krewe du Vieux parade for Carnival. Working to prove to the courts that Daymo was in police custody during the storm, Toni discovers that he had been working at Janette's restaurant, Desautel's. Janette tells her that she talked to Daymo the morning Katrina hit but hasn’t heard from him since. A group of celebrity chefs pay an unannounced visit to Desautel's, and are much impressed by what Janette offers them. In the midst of another joyful second line, shots ring out, and Arnie grabs Annie and shepherds her to safety, leaving Sonny behind; Sonny later ejects Arnie from their home.




  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. John Boutte - "The Treme Song": Main titles.
  2. Ethan Simon - "Saint James Infirmary": Davis McAlary makes pitch to musicians.
  3. Bumps Blackwell - "Sumpi' Jumpin'": Davis McAlary makes pitch to musicians.
  4. Silk 'n' Satin - "Sonny Rollins": Poke's tavern.
  5. The Meters - "People Say": Gigi's place.
  6. Lucia Micarelli (Annie) - "Bach Violin Tortita 2": Annie and Sonny's apartment.
  7. Michiel Huisman (Sonny) - "Junco Partner": Annie and Sonny's apartment.
  8. Davis McAlary - "Shame, Shame, Shame": Including Jimbo Walsh, Davis Rogan, Derrick Freeman, Ben Ellman, Aurora Nealand, Kermit Ruffins, Tyrus Chapman, Pfister Sisters at the Word of Mouth Recording Studio.
  9. Leigh "Li'l Queenie" Harris - "Whatever You Had": Desautel's restaurant.
  10. Walter "Wolfman" Washington - "Peepin": Gigi's place.
  11. Don Vappie - "Creole Blues": Desautel's restaurant.
  12. Wendell Pierce (Antoine Batiste) - "Struttin' With Some Barbecue": Parking lot of Batiste's apartment.
  13. Davell Crawford - "Gumbo Piano": Desautel's restaurant.
  14. Free Agent Brass Band - "We Made It Through The Water": Second line parade.
  15. Rebirth Brass Band - "Rebirth Got Fire": Second line parade.
  16. Rebirth Brass Band - "You and I": Second line parade.
  17. Rebirth Brass Band - "Do It Fluid": Second line parade.
  18. Dekany String Quartet Music - "Haydn String Quartet #24": Donald & Alan's house.
  19. Germaine Bazzle - "Route 66": Pawn shop.
  20. Irma Thomas - "It's Raining": End titles.


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