Named for a famous song featured heavily in the episode, HBO's Treme second season finale is called "Do Watcha Wanna." It's been a long year, as the citizens of the once proud city continue to pick themselves up, even as federal aid disappoints, and help leaves. The nation turns its eyes away. Some parts of New Orleans begin to thrive again, while others continue to rot, both literally, and figuratively. There isn't much that can be done by most folks besides to persevere and hope for the best. Which is what the characters do, unable to abandon their homes. Some find accomplishment and satisfaction, while others are disappointed. But their love of the city ties them together and keeps them moving on.
Some characters find themselves in better places than when the season begins. Sonny (Michiel Huisman) is clean and sober. This is quite a journey for him. Sonny is a hero, who rescues children during Katrina's immediate aftermath. But struggling as a musician, and losing girlfriend, Annie (Lucia Micarello), Sonny goes to a very dark place, slipping further and further into illegal substance abuse, which certainly does not help his lack of income problem. Band mate Cornell Williams (a version of himself) likely saves Sonny's life, getting him back on the right track. It's a relief, because Sonny's story is potentially as tragic as it is touching. Sonny still has a ways to go, but he's on the right track, which is more than can said for everyone in New Orleans circa 2007.
Delmond (Rob Brown) moves back to New Orleans to help his father, Albert (Clarke Peters). While Delmond has not lived in New Orleans since before the series begins, Albert is one of the first to return. Albert plays by the rules when trying to rebuild his house, but is repeatedly let down by the system. Luckily, son Delmond tricks him into accepting money after they cut an album together, lying and saying the money came from advance sales. Albert is a proud man who will not willingly accept financial help, but thinking he earns it, Albert now has the funds needed to make his home liveable again. Not only is Delmond giving money, but he's providing labor, too, being the best son possible. Considering the issues this pair have, it's a supremely generous act.
After many bad choices, Sofia (India Ennenga) begins to get over her father's death. Sofia's mother, Toni (Melissa Leo), lies about how Sofia's dad committed suicide, and when Sofia learns this, she acts out in worse and worse ways. Finally, Toni, who pours most of her effort into her nearly thankless job, slams the hammer down. It's what the teenage girl needs, and it's enough to get Sofia back on track. When a man they both respect, city councilman Oliver Thomas (himself), has to resign after he takes bribes, they bond over the shared loss, and are able to connect when discussing him.