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Rivals at War

Photo: A Confrontation

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In the season premiere of American Gypsies, we meet the Johns, an extraordinary Romani, or Gypsy family, one of Manhattan's most prominent. Patriarch Bob Sr.'s health is failing, prompting rival brothers Nicky and Bobby to start battling for leadership. When a rival family encroaches on Nicky's psychic healing shop turf, he calls his four brothers into a violent confrontation, landing the whole family in Romani Court, a unique court system where disputes are settled.