Hi guys! Sorry this recap is so late – I had a hectic holiday weekend, but I finally have the recap done! Also – thank you so much for all the comments last week. It is great getting everyone’s take on this show:)
Are you in the mood for teenage pregnancy, inappropriate clothing and rhinestones? It’s time for a Big, Fat, American Gypsy recap so grab your bejeweled bra and hot pants and let’s get started! I’m really excited about this week because it looks like there will finally be a wedding. I realize that there was a wedding last week, but I mean one where the bride doesn’t look like a scary drag queen. Who could forget Ammie?
Hell yeah, I do!
This episode, we are Murphy’s Village, South Carolina. This is a very secretive Irish Traveler community that is located in North Augusta. The Irish Traveler community is very different from the Romani Gypsies that we have seen up to now. Murphy’s Village is an Irish Traveler only zone. Rather than campers/trailers, they live in McMansions and marrying an outsider is frowned upon. Since that is frowned upon, we are of course going to be meeting Bill, an Irish Traveler, and his pregnant bride to be, Tamara. Both are 18 and Tamara is days away from giving birth. Tamara is relatively covered up and Bill’s hair is able to move freely, so I’m a little disappointed with how mundane this is. I could have tuned into a Baby Story if I wanted that.
No hair gel or rhinestones. Very disappointing.
We see Tamara in the delivery room with Bill by her side. Normally, Irish Traveler men are not present in the delivery room because it is woman’s work. Bill, however, wants to be in the delivery room. Now, before you go getting all emotional over his devotion, he spent his time sitting beside the bed on his cell phone. In his favor, though, he was on facebook letting everyone know the kid is almost there. Tamara seems fine with this during her eight hours of labor, which amazes me for two reasons: 1) how the hell did she only have eight hours of labor on a first child 2) When I was in labor with my kids, I would have shoved my husband’s cell phone someplace unpleasant if he had done that. After the birth, they are both looking at baby Jackson and Bill proclaims ‘I’m ready to be a dad’. He’s about nine months late for that statement, but I’ll give him props for putting his cell phone away.
Next is the rundown of what an Irish Traveler wedding entails. There are choreographed dances, original poetry and a stage. Is this open mic night or a wedding? It may come as a shock, but Tamara’s family is struggling with the Traveler ways. They aren’t familiar with them, so she is on her own as far as planning the wedding. She goes to Bill’s neighbor for help on dress ideas. She tells the neighbor that everything has to be perfect. Well, if you need a perfect Gypsy wedding dress, who better to call?
That’s right, bitches, you call me.
We get to go to Boston to see our favorite dress-maker Sondra Celli! Sondra tells us that Irish Traveler dresses are not about bling, but the dress has to be perfect. If Tamara goes out in a dress that’s not up to par, the women will be cruel and shun her from the village. It also seems that two of Sondra’s seamstresses have finally given in to attaching their names to this show. We meet Farrah and Jess, who are also stressing how perfect the dress has to be.
As we go to the commercial break – it looks we will be catching up with our favorite wayward Gypsy, Mellie! For those of you that don’t remember her:
And here’s my vagina
Tamara has finally arrived at Sondra’s shop and is very nervous to see the dress. If it isn’t perfect, she will just die. Just make sure you die before you put the dress on – that would probably be a bitch to be buried in. Sondra walks Tamara over to the dress while covering her eyes. There is a woman with Tamara that seems to be both disgusted and disinterested. Tamara is super excited over her dress and Sondra shows her the extra bling – a giant letter ‘M’ on the train in Swarovski crystals. Sondra claims the ‘M’ is for Bill’s last name – I think if they threw a giant ‘H’ in front of the ‘M’, it could have stood for ‘Hot Mess’. Tamara also tries on her dress/ice capades outfit for the talent portion of the ceremony. Not to be mean, but the baby was already born out of wedlock. Maybe wait until you lose the baby weight for the wedding. Just saying.