Sunset on Louisianne – L.P. Everett returns to New Orleans for more investigative work, but an unlikely welcoming party rolls out the red carpet for him. Meanwhile, Albert insists that Delmond carry on a family tradition after he’s gone; Antoine pulls an all-nighter trying to get back in the swing of things; Annie discusses her future with the band; and Davis turns 40.
This City – Lambreaux learns his cancer has spread; Delmond plays with Terence Blanchard in New York; Annie wins song of the year for “This City”; violence strikes one of Batiste’s students.
Yes We Can Can – The fourth season opens with New Orleans’ optimism following the election of Barack Obama as president in November 2008, but Nelson is ready to give up on the city after the economy starts to go south. Meanwhile, Janette prepares to open a new restaurant; Antoine finds himself being more than just a music teacher; LaDonna gets busy rebuilding Gigi’s; Annie clashes with Marvin over the direction of her music; and Davis is blown away by a new sound.
Tipitina – In the Season 3 finale, Janette clashes with Tim over an unauthorized benefit for a local institution. Meanwhile, Davis orchestrates his exit from the music business, but not before one more gig with an old friend; Delmond reconsiders his participation in the jazz center’s plans; Terry vents his frustration over his colleagues’ ostracism; Toni sees a chance for justice in an important case; and Annie’s album gets released.
Poor Man’s Paradise – Janette’s restaurant is the talk of the town, but the popularity of a signature dish has her chefs feeling the heat in the kitchen. Meanwhile, Colson’s strained relationship with the rest of the police department comes with a personal risk; Desiree confronts Nelson about his demolition contracts; Annie begins to tire of Davis’ sulky attitude; Albert meets the jazz center’s benefactors; and LaDonna finally finds out what’s behind all the threats she’s been getting.
Don’t You Leave Me Here – LaDonna gets spooked by anonymous threats as a hearing related to her 2006 assault approaches, but she gets support from Albert, who is about to begin his chemotherapy. Meanwhile, Janette’s restaurant prepares to open; Sonny pawns his instruments to buy jewelry; Nelson uses his Washington, D.C., connections to open doors in New Orleans; Antoine is frustrated by his trombone playing; Toni looks out for Sofia’s safety; and Desiree confronts Robinette about a demolition project.
Promised Land – As the city prepares for Mardi Gras in 2008, Toni tracks down a judge at a restaurant to let him know about a big case that’s coming up. Meanwhile, Janette gets advice from Emeril Lagasse and appears on the “Today” show with Al Roker; Sonny tries to stay sober; and Nelson makes contacts in Washington, D.C., where Annie plays a Mardi Gras gig with the Neville Brothers.
Careless Love – Encouraged by Aunt Mimi to find a big name for his opera project, Davis finds a way to pitch his idea to Fats Domino. Meanwhile, Toni and L.P. finally make some progress in their respective cases on a visit to a forensic pathologist in Virginia; Cornell tries to talk sense into Sonny before he spirals out of control; Janette is exposed to the corporate side of the restaurant business; and Antoine goes to bat for a promising musician with a learning disability.
I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say – A visit from Annie’s parents at Christmas coincides with news of her record deal, but it takes more than that to sell her mother on her new musical direction. Meanwhile, a protest of the proposed demolition of public housing erupts in violence, but Desiree is helpless in the face of a personal loss; run-ins with the police are becoming increasingly frequent for the Bernettes; and Albert’s condition is finally revealed to the rest of his family.
The Greatest Love – Antoine does a good deed, and a homeowner suspects Nelson’s deeds may not be so good. Davis fails to sign “Sugar Boy” Crawford for his opera, but Delmond gets his father to sign up for assistance from New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic. L.P. learns that his headless skeleton wasn’t always so.