On this episode of American Gypsies, Bobby, Nicky, Jack and Eric visit an underground Gypsy gambling ring to help Nicky make some quick money after falling on rough times. Upon arriving, however, they encounter Tommy Gigolo, a Gypsy from a rival family whose grudge against the Johns family goes back generations. Over a game of poker, Tommy degrades Nicky’s honor as a Gypsy by viciously tearing into his financial situation. Nicky remains unusually quiet and unresponsive to the attacks, however, and when Bobby and Jack call Tommy out Nicky calmly asks them to leave it be, simply telling Tommy to tell his wife he said hello. Bobby is surprised, but even more so when he later walks by Chris’s psychic shop and finds a brick thrown through the window. He calls his brothers claiming Tommy must be behind it, but they refuse to jump to conclusions so early. Soon after, Jack is arrested on false charges of aggravated assault, a tactic frequently employed by rival Gypsy families. During all this time, Nicky is mysteriously absent, refusing to tell either his brothers or his wife, Christine of his whereabouts or activities. Bobby immediately becomes suspicious, even more so when he is notified that Tommy has levied a kris against their family in Gypsy court.
In the meantime, Bobby admits to becoming increasingly worried about his own health as he watches his father rapidly deteriorate. Hoping to avoid such a fate, he visits a gaje doctor – a rare practice in Gypsy culture – and submits himself to a series of tests. Upon reviewing the results, the doctor gives Bobby the disturbing news that at 70 pounds overweight and skyrocketing cholesterol levels, his current lifestyle is so unhealthy that he may even be worse off than his father in the future. Alarmed, Bobby resolves himself to a healthier way of life, beginning with a grueling training session with an assertive female personal trainer.
All the while, Val continues his relationship with his gaje girlfriend, Katie. While on a date at a bowling alley, Katie once again confronts Val about his hesitation to introduce her to the family and the potential consequences that has to their future. Despite the reservations of his wife, Sam, Chris insists that he take Val on a trip to Miami to help get Katie out of his system. When they arrive in Florida, however, it is Chris, not Val, who has a wild time with the Miami women, ultimately leading to a one-night stand with a gaje girl he meets at the club. Back in New York, Sam discusses the misogyny of Gypsy culture with Sable and Jon, particularly with regard to how acceptable it is for Gypsy men to cheat on their wives. When they return, Sam is obviously suspicious of what kind of fun he had.
What caused Tommy Gigolo to call a kris against the Johnses? Does Bobby succeed in turning his unhealthy lifestyle around? And will Val and Katie stay together, despite the differences between gaje and Gypsy? Tune in to find out!
Don’t miss American Gypsies: Sex, Lies and Audiotape tonight, July 31st at 9P et/pt.