Well, My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding fans, like the ads are promising, this is the episode we’ve been waiting for. At long last, we’ll get the story behind the infamous chick fight in the series’ opening credits.
And — of course — it involves everybody’s favorite gypsy wild child Mellie Stanley.
This time around, it’s her 20-year-old nephew Heath — eldest son of Mellie’s sister Nettie — who is planning the wedding, an event with which everyone in the clan is delighted. At first.
Then Nettie gets wind that her live-in daughter-in-law-to-be, 18-year-old single mom Alyssa, may be spreading rumors about her fidelity — a grievous no-no in Romanichal culture. Nettie packs up Alyssa’s things and kicks her and Heath to the curb.
With Alyssa’s parents already refusing to be part of the event because of Heath’s brushes with the cops (that’s “muskers” in gypsy speak), and now Heath’s family bowed out, too, it’s up to the pair to pull off the wedding of their dreams. Which, for both, entails a big, fat gypsy wedding dress and matching crown from Boston’s Sondra Celli.
Unfortunately for the duo, recent major purchases and the need to live in a hotel have sucked up the rest of their funds, so it’s off to the courthouse to tie the knot — where Mellie has taken a front-row seat with big plans for the “does anyone object?” part.
And Alyssa’s cousin Diamond has big plans for Mellie.
Will Alyssa and Heath make it to the altar unscathed? Will Mellie leave Diamond in the rough? And who the heck are Nookie and Pookie?!
Find out when My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding: “Showdown at the Altar” premieres, Sunday, June 3 at 10/9CT on TLC.