It's very unexpected to see Thomas play himself in this fictional series. Thomas hasn't ridden to success, but instead, loses his position. Yet, he agrees to come on Treme and portray the events he'd gone through in real life. Thomas, despite his flaws, is treated with respect as a character. He comes across as a decent man who makes a mistake, and not everyone loses all faith in him for it. It's a complex character, and one welcome on a great series like Treme, especially with the authenticity that Thomas lends.
Some characters find themselves in a holding pattern. Davis (Steve Zahn) is back to being a DJ. He has his share of developments as he builds a band, a record label, and a new musical style, much of it with the help of his Aunt Mimi (Elizabeth Ashley). But it isn't long before it all disappears, and he is forced to return to employment he is fired from on numerous occasions, working for a boss who does not understand him at all.
Davis is used to disappointments, but he seems to weather the latest bouts better than previously. This may have something to do with his successful romantic relationship with Annie, who, despite her own grief after a close friend is murdered, is happy to be with Davis, and surely deserves credit for his happiness. The couple provide a realistic look at how some people are built to overcome many a trial, and stay optimistic. So even as Davis goes back to where he was, he is still looking for the next thing to try again to better his life. Davis and Annie provide some heartening stories when things get bad for others.
After a stint as a chef in New York City, Janette (Kim Dickens) considers returning to New Orleans and once more running her own restaurant. Janette really struggles, bouncing through a few different eateries in the Big Apple, after losing her place down south. But, in fact, she shows little signs of home sickness, even enjoying her latest gig, until, during a visit to New Orleans, she sleeps with her sous chef, Jacques (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine). While this is pretty much forbidden in Janette's field, their pairing is as sweet as it is unexpected. It makes sense for Janette to go back home now, as the series follows her even while she's away, and it's good that such happy news may be the reason she returns.