June 17th, 2010
09:36 AM ET
It doesn't look good for Creighton Bernette.
When "Treme" last left John Goodman's character, he seemed to have given up on his city. In this week's episode, Bernette has writer's block. "But the rain still came. It rained, one day into the next," he writes before banishing the thought to the blink of a cursor on a blank page.
We should be worried then, when on a spring morning in New Orleans, he puts a smile on his face and begins a day filled with his favorite things.
First stop, Liuzza's by the Track, a Mid-City haunt renowned for the gumbo. There are two Liuzza's in New Orleans, owned by different families. At Liuzza's by the Track, Bernette gets a bowl of gumbo along with the barbecued shrimp po’boy and an Abita Amber.
Then it's on to the French Quarter for a bag of Café du Monde beignets and a $20 tip for Annie. Finally, he boards the ferry to Algiers - where, after bumming a cigarette from a stranger - Bernette pulls a Spaulding Gray and disappears. All is silent on the Mississippi.
Bernette isn't the only one done with the Crescent City. Janette DeSautel, stymied by a thunderstorm, decides she's got to get out. The rain not only shuts down her rig, it also collapses her roof.
"The thunderstorm cleared things up for me," she tells Davis. "I am better than good [as a chef], but this town beat me. Much as I love it, I'm not trying to fight with it anymore."
The chef is headed to New York.
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