'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 9 - Ladonna, A Difficult Woman

There's another aspect to the Ladonna story which began last week and continues through the end of the season. [Spoilers below] Ladonna – a “difficult” woman if there ever was one – is hardly someone who can be seen as pure victim. (Although in this episode – teleplay by George Pelecanos; story by Pelecanos & Jordan Hirsch – she is victimized twice, once when her bar burns and again when her rapist is freed.) But "Treme"’s writers have leavened her sorrows with a beautifully handled flirtation between her and Albert. Last week, with Mardi Gras over, Albert finally started chemo. He’s in no position to enter into an affair. And while Ladonna’s marriage may be strained, she is still shown (in an earlier episode) as someone sexually interested in her husband. The attraction between her and Albert simply happens. Neither is looking. Neither is pushing. But when a threat happens in...

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