American Gypsies: The Gloves Come Off

On this episode of American Gypsies, Bobby clashes with his brother Nicky while finding a location for a new psychic shop for his son, Chris. Nicky doesn’t believe in expanding the family business with their father Bob, Sr. so sick, while Bobby thinks it’s necessary for his son to start taking on more responsibility. To find the perfect building Bobby sets up an appointment with a gadje, or non-Gypsy, realtor. When they discover the empty space she shows them is across the street from a cemetery — a big no, no in Gypsy culture — Nicky is convinced Bobby is relying too heavily on the American world rather than staying true to his Gypsy heritage.

Later, when Chris’s wife Sam goes into premature labor, the pressure’s really on Bobby to secure a spot, but Tina has other ideas— she demands that Bobby drive her and two other female family members to the fabric store to find the perfect color fabric for the new baby’s red dress ceremony. According to Gypsy culture, any new Gypsy baby should be fitted with a hand-made red dress within three days of their birth for good luck. The red dress must be made by three women of the family and a man must have no part of its making.

Meanwhile, Bobby continues to support his youngest daughters’ interests by taking them to get headshots taken in advance of a meeting with a casting director.  But Amanda and Vivian take so long getting ready that they’ve endangered their own dreams by being over an hour late for their appointment. Bobby is risking a lot by going against his family, and wants to see more commitment from the girls if they’re going to continue down this path.

With the opening of the Chris’ new psychic shop and the arrival of his child, can the Johns family come together to support each other? Or will family feuding tear them further apart?


Tune in to American Gypsies: The Gloves Come off tonight, Tuesday July 24th at 9P et/pt.


  1. Brandy
    Saint Marys, Ohio 45885
    July 24, 2012, 7:18 pm

    First of all, I would like to say my family and I, love the show. My husband and I dated for 4 years and have been married for 21 years. We have 4 very big boys and one little girl. My husband and myself also come with 4 siblings on each side, so we are all about family. My boys, fight like Bobby and Nicky, so I also know how hard it is to keep a big family all together. We have raised ours to know, friends come and go, but family is for life. They may not like it but there is a pecking order and when someone towards the bottom, tries to rearange the pecking order, they themselves are already disrespecting the traditions, and the elders. Nicky has no business barking orders, when he is in no position to enforce anything. If he is so much about the traditions, maybe he should follow them himself and by doing so, he would see whats going on under his own roof. He is so worried about how his brother is raising his kids, his own son which is of the age of marriage, is and has been seeing not only one girl outside the gypsy traditions, he is trying to pick up other girls at the same time. Maybe, Nikky needs to get parenting advise from Bobby because, so far both his older children, has followed the traditions to a tee. You cant ask of others, that you are not willing to do yourself.

  2. Joseph
    Los Angeles,CA
    July 24, 2012, 7:37 pm

    Like the show but the men act like a pack of wild animals

  3. Sandy Costello
    Queens, New York
    July 24, 2012, 8:35 pm

    Absolutely accurate glimpse into the gypsy culture. My father was gypsy and married a jewish woman. My brother and I were raised “american” but our childhood included all of our gypsy relatives and we were taught to respect our fathers culture. Very difficult for all.

  4. MadG180
    Las Vegas
    July 28, 2012, 9:31 pm

    ok so now Bobby is single? He and his wife are no longer together? That make no sense at all. He doesn’t want his wife face on camera there is a reason for that someone should ask why. This is by far a terrible untrue show. It is full of bad actors and need to be pulled off the air

  5. Lisa
    July 29, 2012, 9:58 am

    I understand keeping traditions and culture, although not to the extreme of this family. They don’t seem to care for anyone outside their gypsy culture, unless of course, they need medical care. They are hypocrites!

  6. john perrone
    July 29, 2012, 4:24 pm

    Italians are just the same its all about family.

  7. john perrone
    July 29, 2012, 4:25 pm

    My and I fright just like them but in the end we love each other

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  9. Tiffiney
    July 31, 2012, 4:43 pm

    Tradition is wonderful. I would give anything to be born in this family. I know it sounds strict but when you start breaking tradition eventually it falls apart. But there are alot of non romi people who would embrace the gypsy tradition if given the opportunity. You children are lucky and should learn your traditions happily.

  10. Lady Mysterious
    July 31, 2012, 5:13 pm

    Nicky have some nerve to call Bobby “fat”,Nicky is no damn near skinny so Nicky,please sit down somewhere and let Bobby and his kids be.Bobby is sweet,humble and a caring father and grandfather. #teambobby

  11. Creepy uncle Pete
    Riverside, ca/ las vegas,NV
    August 5, 2012, 9:59 pm

    Ok this show is hella scripted right? This actors should do NAT GEO a favor and not try so god damn hard, this is a cheap van truck, Busch league sopranos! These filthy people go on and on bitching about “respect” if you ask me the golden rule in life is, if you want respect you earn it. You also treat people the way you want to be treated, so I guess these animals deserve to have people treat them like savages because that’s just what there putting out. Fake jersey shore wanna be soprano- Italian knock off. This sucked almost as bad as “THE DEVILS RIDE” also a fake show about criminal underworld.

  12. Reality Buff
    September 23, 2012, 12:17 am

    love, love the show. when is the next season? Can’t wait!!!