American Gypsies: Ritual Slaughter

Flush with money- and more than a hint of ego- from the success of his newly opened psychic shop, Chris sees a new and unconventional route to even greater success when he finds a broken down food truck in his brother-in-law’s scrap yard. He quickly recruits Val and Sean into his scheme despite the decrepit condition of the truck and an utter lack of cooking skill. The three boys open their business on the streets of New York, albeit in a No Parking zone. Though customers are slow to appear at first, after giving out samples and some creative promoting business begins to pick up.

In the meantime, Tina convinces Nicky to take a live lamb into his house so that it can be prepared to be slaughtered in an ancient gypsy ritual known as a slava, a ceremony intended to restore health to ailing patriarch Bob Sr. But Nicky runs into trouble when his wife, Christine, returns home ahead of schedule and finds Justin alone with “Lamb Chop.” Bobby is distracted from his family’s antics as he desperately attempts to find his parents a new apartment after Tina is evicted for her bad behavior, ultimately finding a solution through a surprisingly helpful Romani realtor, Steve Juice.

At the same time, Val and Chris return from a brief break to find their food truck being towed away after Sean leaves the vehicle unattended. They manage to stop it from being towed, but only by bribing the officials with all of the profits they made that day. The next morning, the whole family then gathers to move Tina and Bob Sr. to their new apartment, which Tina is delighted with. Nicky, in the meantime, has grown quite close to Lamb Chop. But on the fourth day of watching his new pet, he and Tina take the lamb to a nearby butcher where it is killed and prepared for the slava. That night, they all gather in celebration for the slava dinner and their family traditions.


Tune in to American Gypsies: Ritual Slaughter, tonight August 21st at 8P et/pt.


  1. Shirley Mike
    January 6, 2013, 1:56 am

    This is a culture so rich in tradition and family orientation that their very existence must seem defiant and threatening to governments bent on a one world order or an eventual communist dictatorship . These are Christians who live a way of life that has for the most part values and morals and they are God fearing. They do not conform to the whim of the day. They have seen all of this before and they have been tried in
    the fire. They are survivors. God bless and protect you all in the times to come

  2. Walt
    January 18, 2013, 5:26 am

    @Shirley, being a God fearing christian myself, I take a bit of an offense at a mooching, bribing, adultering, misogynistic, xenophobic and just plain chauvinistic group of people like the Johns being called God fearing.

  3. carol hedd
    February 15, 2013, 2:28 am

    I do hope this show wil be back on for 2013 !!