Even though Davina wants him to continue with the chemotherapy, Albert decided to refrain from any further treatment and focus on the things that are important to him – his family, his loved ones, and Mardi Gras. Rather than live for additional years while being in pain/not himself, he wants to make the most of the time he has remaining and try to live a life that means something to him, a life as the man he’s been and the man he knows. He may not want to leave, but if Albert is forced to, he wants to leave on his own terms and in his own way. But it’s one thing to enjoy the finer things in life while you’re here and it’s another to do things that worsen your condition, which might happen when he begins working on the costume for what could be his final Mardi Gras.
On the next episode of Treme, Albert’s costume making isn’t doing his health any favors, yet for the time being, LaDonna is trying to comfort him and respect his Indian heritage.. While she knows how important his Indian heritage is to him, he might as well have continued the chemo at this rate, since making the costume has left him even more physically exhausted than usual. It was already a process that had been wearing on him in recent years, given the fact that he’s not as young as he once was, but with his weakened state, he’s gotten more tired more quickly and seems to be driving himself into the ground over something that could leave him unable to enjoy anything else in his remaining time on Earth. LaDonna doesn’t want him to look back on the final months of his life and regret not spending it with his family and loved ones, so even if he doesn’t look quite as pretty as he could on Mardi Gras, she’s going to do her damndest to make him look up and realize just how much against the clock he’s working right now.
Elsewhere on Treme, Janette and Davis spend New Year’s Eve together, while Antoine picks up another job and NOPD retaliates when Terry gets called to testify.
Treme airs Sundays at 9:00 on HBO.
Will Albert’s health allow him to complete his costume? Are Janette and Davis going to make things official and define their relationship status soon? How will Terry handle being on the bad side of NOPD?