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Episode 19 (Season 1, Episode 19)
Everything is Everything
Everything is Everything (airdate: March 4, 1988). Catherine is on her way to work as she backs her car out of the space. She hears a child cry and she stops the car to see that she has hit a child with her bumper. He is lying on the ground begging for some money to go to a hospital. Catherine cries to the onlookers to call an ambulance and while she does this the boy steals her purse and runs off down the street. She tries to chase him but loses him in the alleys. Catherine notifies her creditors about her credit cards. Meanwhile, Tony, the little boy, tries to get past his Uncle Vic to see his grandfather. Vic tells Tony that in the gypsy world he is considered marame - dead. Tony then accuses Vic of being responsible for the fame-up that lead to his father's sentence. Victor just laughs at the boy. Tony then replies that he has a letter that will prove his father was innocent if only he can see his grandfather. But Vic chases Tony away. Catherine comes home an settles down to read. A knock at her door reveals Tony. He gives Catherine her wallet back and acts as if nothing has happened. She asks him why he stole from her and his reply is that he is alone. He has no one to turn to for money or help. He explains that he is a Gypsy and that his father has been banned from the Community after a Gypsy trial was held. He tells her that he has a letter that will prove his father's innocence but he needs to show it to his grandfather, the King of the Gypsies. Catherine then lets him stay the night. She is awakened later on by Tony rummaging through her jewellery box. He takes off with a handful of jewellery but she manages to grab a gold medallion from his neck. Catherine attends a violin recital with Vincent at Father's chamber. He notices her restlessness and she pours out her story to him. He knows of a Gypsy helper from above, Maria, who may be able to help her. Catherine goes to see Maria the next day. Maria tells her that the children in the Gypsy world have to suffer the wrongs of the parent. Catherine defends Tony and finally manages to get the grandfather's address from her.
That evening when Catherine comes home she finds Tony there again. She angrily demands her jewellery back and he tells her he hocked it. When he asks for his medallion back she gives him the same reply. Tony tells her that his father gave him that before he died and that it is his only remembrance. Catherine gives him the medallion back and he returns her jewellery. She lets him stay the night again and finds him looking at a book upside-down. Tony can not read stating that he has learned everything he needs to know from his family and friends. Catherine then reads him a story and after he is asleep, she goes outside to talk with Vincent who had been listening. She explains to Vincent how helpless she feels and he reassures her that she can help Tony. Catherine leaves for work the next day and makes him promise to stay in the apartment and not leave. After she leaves, he goes to his grandfather's automobile repair shop and tries to talk with him but is stopped again by Vic. Tony waves the latter in front of his face and threatens him with it. Tony tells Vic that the letter contains information that will prove that he, Vic was the one who stole the money and not his father. That afternoon, Catherine pretends that she has car trouble and while Vic checks out her car, she goes to use the phone. She sneaks upstairs and meets Tony's grandmother. She won't let Catherine see her husband and painfully tells her that she has no grandson. Catherine later tells Vincent about how the grandparents refused to hear about Tony. Vincent is amazed about how Gypsy justice works and becomes determined to convince the grandfather to listen. Late that night, Vincent appears in front of Tony's grandfather's bed. The old man begs for the evil spirit to leave. Vincent tells him that he must talk with Tony because a great injustice has occurred. The following morning, the grandmother tells Vic that a new trial will be held for Tony. Vic and his accomplice never expected this and plan to keep Tony away. If Tony does not appear at his trial though, he will lose. Maria calls Catherine at work and tells her about the new trial. She goes to get Tony but he is not there. Tony is at the repair shop again. Vic intercepts him and they lock him in the tool-shed. Catherine goes to the shop and climbs a face to be met by two pit-bulls. She hides in a car but the dogs break a window, then Vincent arrives. He calms the dogs down, and the two of them rescue Tony from the tool-shed. The crowd is almost ready to give up when he and Catherine arrive at the trial. Tony tells Vic that he stole the money from his father then framed his father for it. His motive was to eliminate his brother who was next in line so he would be the King of the Gypsies. Tony's word is not enough so he tells them that he has a letter to prove his uncle's guilt. The letter is hidden in Catherine's purse. She finds it then begins to read it for everyone, since Tony can't read. Vic's accomplice blurts out to Vic that he promised no one could prove anything. Tony's grandfather asks to see the letter. He studies it then, asks Vic to look at it. Vic looks at the letter that only contains lines, no words. Vic is declared marame and Tony will be welcomed back to his home.
Guest Cast: Josh Blake as Tony Ramos, Robert Pastorelli as Vick Ramos, Will Kuluva as Milo Ramos, Jennifer Balgobin as Maria, Renata Vanni as Eva Ramos, Paul Greco as Joe, Sam Ingraffia, Bob Maroff, and Barbara Pilavin as Gypsies.
Writer: Virginia Aldridge
Director: Victor Lobl