Tonight’s episode of “Amish Mafia” is titled, “The Book of Levi: Social Reload.” This is a bonus episode of the series. Much of the information given during the episode has been previously aired, but interactive Twitter feeds are presented on the bottom of the screen along with information about the show and the Amish people and their customs.
Esther, the narrator gives an excellent interpretation of what Amish life is all about, as Discovery injects facts along with the Tweets. Information about the different sects and the members of Levi’s army is disbursed throughout the episode. Amish speaks in the Dutch language. Jolin is a member of Levi’s gang; he is a Mennonite, and can drive a car, and is someone who does much of the dirty work for Levi. John is Esther’s brother; he is Old Order Amish, like his sister, but he wants so much more. At the moment, he is using he scooter to get around. He wants to be have a vehicle, so he can do more for Levi, but has yet to prove himself to Levi.
When an English motorist hits an Amish buggy and keeps going, Jolin handles the consequences. A brand new buggy cost about $5,000 and a used one goes for about $2,500. When Jolin finds the car with the damage, he shoots a large hole in the windshield with his automatic weapon.
In 2006, a deranged person shot up an Amish school, killing several children and then himself. This incident has changed the Amish community forever. The Amish believes that God protects them and watches over them, but John feels that God needs a little help. Alvin is Levi’s right-hand man; he drives a new Mercedes. When people have personal matters, they want to discuss with Levi, they must go through Alvin first. They prefer to keep their business in the community, rather than go to the police.
Progressive Amish communities use automobiles and have phones in their home. Ultraconservative communities will not even use batteries. Amish men who have joined the church keep their hair one uniform length to signify that they are on the “straight and narrow.” Amish men grow beards to show that they are married, because they do not wear a wedding ring or any other jewelry. Once baptized, a person may marry only within the faith.
Amish chores are divided by gender; men work on the farm; women do the washing, cleaning, cooking and other chores. Amish religious practices are based on the rejection of pride, submission to Gods will and a strong sense of humility. Esther’s English taxi driver has told her that a high-ranking member of their community wants him to drive him to visit a hooker. The English man agrees to come to see Levi. He comes to see Levi and tells him that the man is now having sex without condoms and does not want it to affect his wives and children. Levi sent John and Jolin out to get a camera and take pictures of the man who is visiting prostitutes. They have to know for sure before confronting the man. They confront him and take pictures, and chase the prostitute away. John toys with the notion of holding back some photos from Levi. Before Levi came to power, John and Esther’s father held that power. He died before John was old enough to take over, but knows that he should hold the power and not Levi.
When Levi went in order to talk to the man, he would not let the cameras into this private confrontation. The man agreed to go away for help, Levi then will be taking over his businesses and taking care of his family. Levi will let him know when he can return, now the man is spared the wrath of the Amish church, thanks to Levi and the “Amish Mafia.”