Season 3 begins in the fall of 2007, as the neighborhood is shocked by police officers' response to a brass-band procession for a fallen musician. Meanwhile, Delmond and Albert experience different reactions to their new album; Toni finds a new ally in her ongoing crusade for justice; LaDonna is uncomfortable in her temporary lodgings; and in New York, Janette is reunited with Enrico Brulard.
Antoine's students show interest and Annie's demo hits the mark; Sonny and Linh show interest, but no marks are hit; L.P. Everett's new case has smoke and fire; heat at the in-laws' house forces LaDonna to move; Hidalgo discovers a new angle; Janette's resistance slips; Albert learns he has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Janette, Aunt Mimi and Annie commit to new deals, with varying degrees of enthusiasm. Toni may have found the hugger she seeks, but Terry is still looking for his; L.P. meets his victim's family; Antoine plays his bone in Texas; Sonny plays his music closer to home.
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.
Antoine does the "Cupid Shuffle", as Desiree's mother's house collapses. Annie's visiting parents learn about her record deal. Albert's kids learn about his lymphoma. Toni learns about Sofia's boyfriend. Sofia gets stopped by Officer Billy Wilson, prompting Toni to appeal to NOPD captain Marcus Grayson. Janette has a reunion.
Sonny rushes, but still misses the boat. Fats Domino tickles Davis' fancy and a few of the ivories. Antoine seeks reading help for Jennifer. Janette endures corporate hell. Toni and L.P. get a witness. Desiree gets a new ally.
It's Carnival time: Toni finds Judge Gatling dispensing judicial orders and potables at Galatoire's. Janette seeks counsel from Emeril Lagasse and deconstructs crawfish etouffée with Al Roker. Sonny falls on the wagon. As Nelson schmoozes, Annie sits in with the Neville Brothers at the Washington, D.C. Mardi Gras Ball.
Desautel's on the Avenue opens softly. Sonny pawns instruments to buy jewelry. LaDonna gets threats from a stranger and support from Albert. Sofia gets evicted for her own protection. Terry finds a case collapsing and his popularity declining. Desirée confronts Robinette.
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.
Davis and Cheeky Blakk go "full ghetto" on Davis' goodbye to the musician's life. Tim Feeny reveals himself and his intentions to Janette when he finds out that she's throwing an unauthorized benefit for Gigi's. Delmond parts ways with the powers that be. Toni sees hope that Joey Abreu's hugger may be prosecuted.