"What Is New Orleans?"
Season 2, Episode 9
What Is New Orleans?
Air date June 19, 2011
US viewers 0.57 million
Written by David Simon &
George Pelecanos (story)
George Pelecanos (teleplay)
Directed by Adam Davidson
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"What Is New Orleans?" is the ninth episode of the second season. It is the nineteenth episode of the series overall. It was first broadcast on HBO on June 19, 2011 and drew 0.57 million viewers.[1] The teleplay was written by George Pelecanos from a story he co-wrote with Executive Producer David Simon. It was directed by Adam Davidson.

Lil Calliope upstages Davis' 58 Mercury Monterrey records promotion at WWOZ with his own club dance track which is aired later that day. Sofia is snotty during her consultation with a third party lawyer. Annie meets Harley's English friend, Jim Lynch. Annie and Harley make plans to play the square later after dark where they later have a profitable set. TJE school band plays a reasonably good "FEVER" and starts raising their expectations. Lt. Colson is transferred to the Homicide unit under Captain Guidry. Chief Lambreaux is particular about the bass, the New York studio, and the rest of D. LaDonna learns that her case is on the vanguard for prosecuting her assailants. Janette is enjoying working for David Chang in New York. Antoine steals Kermit's audience from the Boom Boom Room and leads them to the Blue Nile like the pied piper and sneaks his student, Robert, telling the bouncer he is his son. Kermit seeks his revenge a set later. Lt. Colson takes Toni out for a drink but learns she is still hurting about her husband's death. Toni's witnesses clam up for fear of police retaliation. Anne and Harley are held up on their walk back and Harley is shot dead.





  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
  11. David Morse as Terry Colson
  12. Jon Seda as Nelson Hidalgo


  1. Brassy Knoll - "Road Home": Davis & Calliope on WWOZ.
  2. Harley & Slim Jim - Come Out Ye Black & Tans": Harley plays at Sound Cafe.
  3. Theophile Jones Marching Band - "Fever": Batiste in band class.
  4. Dr John, Donald Harrison et al - "Hu Ta Nay": Lambreaux is not happy with the recording.
  5. Egg Yolk Jubilee - "Requiem for an Asshole": Soul Apostles after gig at Donna's.
  6. Linni Zaorski - "Just One Of Those Things": McAlary & Calliope drive and listen to radio.
  7. Lil Calliope - "The True": McAlary & Calliope drive and listen to radio.
  8. Kemit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers - "What Is New Orleans": Kermit at Ray's Boom Boom Room.
  9. Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers - "Let's Stay Together": Batiste sits in with Kermit at Ray's Boom Boom Room.
  10. Soul Apostles - "Mr. Big Stuff": Soul Apostles play Blue Nile.
  11. Ingrid Lucia - "Stars Fell On Alabama": Colson & Bernette at The Columns.
  12. Ingrid Lucia - "A Place In The Sun": Bernette & Colson outside hotel.
  13. Jewel King - "Don't Marry Too Soon": McAlary & Annie talk at home.
  14. Miss T - "Beat That Pu**y": John the bartender pulls up at Gigi's.
  15. Mannie Fresh - "Buck Jump Time": Bernette & King talk with a witness.
  16. Gang of Four - "Natural's Not In It": Desautel works at Lucky Peach.
  17. Brassy Knoll - "The True": Crowd likes Calliope more than Davis.
  18. The New Orleans Nightcrawlers - "Imperial March (of The Nightcrawlers)": Harley & Annie walk in quarter.
  19. Allen Toussaint - "Tipitina and Me": End titles.


  1. Yanan, Travis (June 21, 2011). Sunday's Cable Ratings: "Falling Skies" Reigns for TNT. The Futon Critic.

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