After 'Sunset'

Reza and his father' emotional reunion evoked waterworks from Bravotv.com's Senior Editor.

Apr 8, 20120

Reza's cousins seem to embrace him, whispering things into his ear as he hugs them. My relatives do this to but since I don't speak fluent Farsi I always just assume they're asking me why I don't have babies yet. Even Reza's dad gives him a big hug, but Reza is a little standoffish. Finally, Reza asks to speak to his father outside and they have it out about everything. Reza's father admits that his mother is to blame for his abandonment of his family. And while his grandmother isn't the stereotypical doting type, his father made decisions. I know it's hard to resist an old Persian lady, but it's possible. His father made the decision to convert to Islam and then turned his back on Reza. I'm happy to see Reza take it all in stride, though, and want to move forward with his father. His grandmother? Maybe some day.  

I'd love to end this on a light note, so I just want to point out two small moments that had me smiling. One, is obviously Reza hollering at twinks on the streets of NYC. Unacceptable, Reza! You're going to cause an accident! Equally as amusing was Asa declaring at Girls' Night surrounded by garlic-y goodness that if a man doesn't like some garlic on your breath, he's no good. Well, that just left a bad taste in my mouth, and I love garlic!

Can you believe next week is the season finale already?  

 

56 comments
Beth Heiser
Beth Heiser

Reza!! Your words to the camera were riviting. No matter what you are inside, no matter how you were raised, feel the love between your brothers and sisters. Open your eyes!! We're all human beings!! I watched this episode twice because it was so heartwrenching to see the interaction between Reza and his father and then the love and true friendship between Reza and MJ. Reza, keep working at this relationship! Remember our parents were from another generation and he's trying. Int he beginning I was thinking, What the heck is Bravo bringing us now with this show??!! Now I know - It's just a very interesting look into another family of another culture. I like it!! See you all next season! And one more thing - GG, all your books may tell you what, how, when, where but it's up to you. Mature yourself, treat people nicely, don't be rude. Go with the flow and don't let the little things disappoint you.

SweetJayne
SweetJayne

Raza, I so love your one liners. I love to watch Shahs, especially to see you, because no one can make me bust a laugh like you do. The show with your dad had me in tears. I can't imagine what this has been like for you. But I have no tolerance for racism/prejuice of any kind. I say let people love who they choose to love. My husband and I are American's, I am an American-Hispanic and my husband is an American-Jew, his parents had passed on before we ever met, and my parents only care that my husband is kind to me. Reza, don't let your dad give up on you, stay in his face, he owes his love to his children. I will pray for your grandmother, she needs a lot of prayer.

NilByProcess
NilByProcess

OMG..where have I been all these episodes ? I, like a few others, did not tune into the show cause the trailer commercials did not look interesting...Today, with nothing on I watched reruns on Bravo all day and fell in LUV with Reza.. what a sweetheart..we are all a work in progress but this guy is simply adorable and I really hope he can find a sweet guy to finally have a relationship with. That episode with his dad and cousins, well all I can say was there were tears in my eyes...Congrats Reza for doing what you needed to do for you.. I swear to never miss another episode..Shabbot Shalom....Reza Rocks!!!!!

BRENDA BYERS
BRENDA BYERS

Love the Shah's of Sunset...please,please have a season two from a 62 yo white broad lol

Sickened
Sickened

I hope that Reza's father's side of the family does not influence non-persian jews on the persian jewish community. I am persian jewish and I would NEVER disown or think less of a person that is not the same race or religion as me, nor was I raised to be that way. However, I must say that this show was casted horribly. The average persian woman, regardless of religion, is much more beautiful, inside AND out, than the ones on this show.

bravofan360
bravofan360

This was actually the first episode I watched of this show and it really hit home with me. I think that Reza and MJ bring to light the issue of divorce and what it does to children of divorce, no matter what age.

Tina V.
Tina V.

I love the show...I lived in California in my early 20s and had many Persian friends from Westwood. I miss them...this brings me back. Part of my happy days, I hope the show stays on, and I think Sammy is a total cutie...He reminds me of a close friend I knew then...great show!

pookeyw
pookeyw

reza, I just want you to know that i am your biggest fan. I am so glad that you and your father put aside your differences and reconciled.

Doesitmatter
Doesitmatter

Another reality show showing rich people being embarrassing and ridiculous. Yes a few touching moments but other than that quite embarrassing. Why not do something besides party, drink and shop. Why not help your friend, MJ, not to be an alcoholic and help GG. Everybody is not going to put up with her antics. Just like the rest of these reality shows it will be on for quite some time, look at the clowns from Jersey.

Cindy1963
Cindy1963

I can't get enough of Reza, he's the best!! I loved it when he went to GG's condo and he needed to tell her that he could not attend her parent's 40th anniversary party, and he says, "thank the Lord!" "thank the Lord!" I laugh everytime I see it. He is a trip. Please bring the show back, it is very entertaining which is more than I can say for alot of the other shows. This shows us a different culture, even if it is an exaggerated lifestyle in the eyes of many but we get to learn things about a culture other than our own. I love it! Love you Reza!!

Pymaneh
Pymaneh

Omg!,,,,,!,!!!i was afraid that the superficiality of everyone in this show will hurt the Iranian image in USA. But I have to say ,I don't care Rena if you gay or straight, you are a beautiful,sensitive,caring person. Nerver change . Everything you have gone thru in your life it has made you a better person. I hope some day you find someone who appreciate you. You made me proud to be Iranian.and I don't say that just to everyone.the way you take care of the girls, including your mom is sensatnal.keep up the good job. And please encourage gg to get a job.really ! She is proud that at age 29 , she is still spending daddies money. Really!! And she seems she is proud of it. Anyway love you pymaneh

CTlady
CTlady

I did not know if I would like the show or not. After watching it I have fallen in love with it! I just love Reza! He's so fun and seems the most real out of the bunch. I also think GG is fun to watch, but I find it almost comical that people are afraid of her. I don't get why? When she's yelling and trying to be intimidating it does not work. Almost seems fake. Anyhow, I hope they bring back another season of Shahs of Sunset. It is a great show!

tlc602
tlc602

I have NEVER blogged before. When I hear Reza says that he would trade all the houses and money for a peaceful family it totally touched my heart. I grew up in a broken home. That is a a kind of pain I would never wish on anybody. I have stuck by my husband through some challenging times and literally fought with every thing everything available to make him and our relationship what it needs to be for the sake of my children. I would literally die before I put my kids through the pain of a broken home. I sincerely admire you Reza for speaking with your father so directly. I did the same with my father and was able to find peace with him before he passed last November. I wish you all the happiness in the world.

gemmagirl
gemmagirl

Reza..you are so funny and have the best one liners on bravo! I wish you peace and love in your life!

A Fan
A Fan

I really like this show.....I have been skeptical about the Persian (or Arab) -american community for some time but this show has made me think differently...with that being said I LOVE REZA! I love his humor, his honesty and his pain witnessed in the last episode. Second I really like MG, she has flaws but she listens and soaks it in when she is called out on it......and she's pretty damn funny too"more blush, less blush".."everybody in the club gettin tipsy".....i like her, wud so hang with her...anyhoot, wonna see this show return...

cjp
cjp

Reza, Your father was there standing with you (in front of cameras no less). I was abandoned, my father killed himself and that makes me unable to say a single word to my father. Be thankfull for your dad, he is actually here and has not completely abandoned you.

yevon
yevon

reza u just told every thief on long island where to go to rob your family of their house full of jewels.

Coexisting
Coexisting

Reza, I am just so proud of you for facing your greatest fears...I have been through the mentality of wondering if your own family loves and accepts you no matter what/who you are...which I'm sure a lot of people have been through, and it is hard even thinking about talking about those feelings, let alone bringing them to surface..I was raised catholic, but my fiancé is Jewish, which by my own choice I am converting to, but I tell you it is NOT easy....and I'm not even Muslim...so all I'm saying is I get it....through all that has happened, especially through our grandparents generation, I notice how hard it is for them to let go of the past, because we all know most of them went through absolute hell..on all sides..because most of us are collateral damage, very few actually inflict that pain....but we cannot change the cycle until we realize that just because we may come from someone who was apart of something that in our eyes is deemed bad does not mean that person is bad....my fiance's mom, very similar to Reza's grandma and I feel for Reza's dad....Jewish mothers are SUPER SUPER protective of their children, blindingly so, that when they are raised in a family with Holocost victims and the like, their views tend to be skewed because their whole lives they've seen and heard what all anti-Semites have to say...therefore it is a matter of life and death to them, Muslim and Jewish,black and white...they never calculate into the equation that our generation has been protected mostly from the horror of the reality of what went on so many years ago....and the fact that we live in America where we are #1 Americanand everyone here comes from another place, but that doesn stop us from making friends with a catholic, a Jew, a Muslim, a budist, and maybe an anarchist on the playground....because one thing that they don't understand is it is THEIR fight, and their parents fight...we do not choose our religion, our parents do for us, we are born into it....but that doesn't mean that we are born as warriors to the cause...most of us just want to be loved and love in return...it doesn't matter what place you go to get right with G*D!

gyl
gyl

The show with Reza and his dad took me back 19 years ago. I was in a relationship with a Pakistani guy, I am from Trinidad and though I am Indian, his family never saw it that way. He was Muslim, I am Christian and that was a deal breaker. I remember him saying to me, "why not ask for my right arm, that is easier than asking my parents to marry you?" He was a good decent guy, but he recognized that the relationship was doomed. We went our separate ways and married people from our own backgrounds. I am now convinced that it was the best decision when I saw how much pain Reza's dad felt. So bravo to BRAVO- no pun intended.

Post me! Post me!
Post me! Post me!

I was excited when I first heard about the concept for this show, disappointed when I saw the previews and it looked like a lot of ghetto-style fighting, but I decided I would at least give it a try. Now I'm only disappointed that there were so few episodes! This show is what I hoped for and more. I even have some sympathy for GG whom I could not stand in the beginning, but now there's a glimmer of good person underneath all of that superficiality and hostility. Hope you bring this show back soon!

G.C.
G.C.

This is a great show, Bravo please give us a second season, I learned a lot from this episode as to the different cultures, It was a very sad episode with Reza and his father, I for one have some unresolved issues with my own father, after watchinf this episode, I now have the courage to have an open discussion with my father. My oldest daughter converted to the Muslum religion because of someone she is dating, my family was brought up as Catholics, as a parent I have to support my daughter no matter what decisions she makes in life. I feel that we should love one another for who we are as human beings, not set boundaries because of someones Religion or Faiths, this world needs more Love and Pease. Love Reza and Esa.

Chris with a K
Chris with a K

Reza, If someone can make me laugh, then I will watch them. You are funny by nature and you cracked me up in the scene at the restaurant with the young guy. Chris Hansen comment was priceless!!!!!!!!!! DO NOT CHANGE

YVEY69
YVEY69

love the shahs..Bravo, please..please..please..we need to see more.dont just stop now.this is the only show on Bravo that it has a message of "PEACE"& "LOVE 4 FAMILY"

Viewer77
Viewer77

i think you need to clarify that you are Persian JEWISH and that the Persian Jews are the ones who live in GN and Roslyn. I am a lone Catholic in Roslyn so i know.... No Muslims or Christian Persians in these parts y'all

Nutleygirl
Nutleygirl

PPPPLLLLEEEAAAASSSSEEE bring back the Shah's of Sunset! I absolutely love the cast and this show seems to depict the real daily lives of the people involved. I won't lie, REZA is my favorite, such a darling, but there's so much more to offer. The tired, worn out "Real Housewives" series' lacks the fresh perspective and ideology that this wonderful show does. I was ready to hang up my "Bravo Hat" , but am willing to give the network another chance if they bring back this show. Please listen to the faithful audience and bring us what we want!

whomever
whomever

I never thought that a reality show on Bravo or any where else would have any point other than seeing the manipulative goal to sell or promote but tonight Rezas story about the Jewish-Muslim-Middle Eastern rules of communication may actually have done something relevant and educated a few people who don't even have a clue where the Sahara desert is.

Jan K
Jan K

Reza you are a beautiful man may you find peace.

Behnaz
Behnaz

I too am persian and in the same situation with my father. I never had a relationship with my father and this episode just reminded me of when I saw my father. Unfortunately mothers have a big influence over their sons so I can understand what Reza was feeling. I saw so much of my family in that episode and yes grandmothers can be that stubborn to just sit there and give dead stares. Good luck to you Reza. ok I have to take this opportunity to talk abt Asa. I know I shouldnt judge people but I have to say that Asa you cant talk about people with money when you are sitting in a mercedes. I'm not sure what she does for a living because I cant image that she would make a lot of money off of persian music. On one of the shows Asa was making fun of persians that shorten their names and change it to american names but don't you do the same thing.

Viewer553
Viewer553

Reza is a very sweet, sensitive and sensible man. I'm glad he reached out to his father. His parents and family have a very unique immigrant experience in the sense that they have come here with tremendous financial resources,and opportunities in a modern world. Yet, common to all previous immigrant generations they took with them a very traditional mind set. So, there's a lot of emotional conflict. I have to admit that I was very turned off of this show at first. I'm very pleasantly surprised to see the depth of character. MJ is a wonderful loyal friend, and like Asa, seems to be a sensitive caring person. GG has been spoiled and enabled by her parents who walk on eggshells and have only reinforced her ability to use her temper to shirk responsibility as an adult. I don't know if it's editing and that we haven't seen more of her other interests (besides shopping) and/or talents, but she might just have too much free time on her hands.

grandma and yaya
grandma and yaya

Dear Reza, As a grandmother, I can't even imagine not showing love to my grandson. I could not believe that that elderly woman just sat there and didn't say a word to you.

You turned out to be an amazing man and she should be proud of you.

Em Zaffina
Em Zaffina

I could see the potential for a fabulous show from the previews. Thought I would get one type of show...which I did. Was relieved to see that the cast had personality beyong superficiality. Please dont fake this show out, Bravo. NEED ANOTHER SEASON WITH REZA(personality), GG(spoiled yet fascinating), ASA(hippie persian)& MJ (salute girl!!)...Love it!!

Black Queen1
Black Queen1

Bravo, please have another season of Shah's of Sunset, I love Reza! The part with Reza and his father having a private convo made me tear up, happy that Reza resolved a missing part in his life. Reza I would love to be your friend....Reza, I'm about to get my real estate license and I will see you at the top!..LOL By the way, MJ and Asa is the stuff. Asa has a very beautiful and mature attitude, I wish you the best on your music, Asa..I wish you all the best, GG needs therapy.

Niusha
Niusha

Love this show...please bring for more and more!!!

Kida
Kida

Prejudice is a human condition, it sucks but it happens everyday everywhere. Sad all around...just sad.

Reza I adore your personality and your openness - that is so refreshing as persians are typically very private and all about "the persona" whatever that is. I really love the show.

Bravo... make it happen... persian style!

xoxo PersianGirl

cat tree
cat tree

OMG GG is a mess. Hard to watch such a hateful person. I side with her sister, she is a mean girl. You can be outspoken without demeaning others.Grow up get ajob and maybe you would be happier with your life. You bought your parents a car? Was this money from your father? Is that really a gift?

taffi
taffi

Reza, You have ONE MESSED UP family !!!!!!!!!!

Boca Raton
Boca Raton

I love, love, love Reza. If only we had more beautiful people like him in the world!

bee gee
bee gee

I am going to enjoy this show before Bravo pushes for more drama that it won't be fun to watch anymore. I love Asa and Reza.

MinnesotaPhilip
MinnesotaPhilip

As a 43 year old, straight white male, I never thought I would say this, but I love Reza! I think that he is such a real, kind, peacemaking person, he has been a joy to watch. I hope that Bravo renews this show....I have really gotten pulled in to these people's lives. I can't say enough good things about Reza's kind ways, and his feelings for his friends and family, and his comments about what needs to happen in the Middle East were very powerful. I know this may sound strange, but I appreciate a seeing a different type of gay man in Reeza....his non-effeminate ways, and his strong values with family, friends and dating have given a really positive portrayal of a gay man. Thank you Bravo for this show, and please Renew!

J.Rob
J.Rob

I LOVE THIS SHOW..... I CAN'T BELIEVE THE SEASON IS ALMOST OVER. THIS IS THE BEST THAT BRAVO HAS EVER HAD. I USED TO WATCH MOST OF THE HOUSEWIFE SHOWS, BUT AM DOWN TO ONLY ONE, NEW YORK, I DO HOPE THAT COMES BACK. I REALLY HOPE THAT BRAVO BRINGS BACK THE SHAHS.....REALLY ENTERTAINING

GreekGoddess
GreekGoddess

Bravo, please bring this show back for a second, longer season. Love the Shah's esp Reza and Asa!

kica
kica

Sunny should not have gotten involved in the Vegas thing, she wasn't there. MJ and GG need to own up to what they said about Anita since it's on tape (so to speak). Sammy spending 2800 does NOT equal the lie he told MJ about spending 15-20k, big difference! Finally BRAVO to the comment submitted by Catto!

MommaC
MommaC

Wow. I'm so sad that next week is the finale. I want more SOS!! I adore each and every one of this people. What a great group and I hope they don't become like the RH franchises with their nastiness.

As for Asa's friend, she should have minded her own business. If it doesn't concern her then she should have kept quiet. I think I would have reacted similar to GG. And then she makes a scene and walks out. Was she just trying to get noticed for the show? A wanna be actress?

EG
EG

Reza: You are one beautiful human being! People who know you are very lucky to have you in their lives and those of us who don't get a glimpse of you every week. You are lovable, adorable, ridiculously handsome and just plain brave.

Sweet Dreamer
Sweet Dreamer

Reza,

I adore you! I think you are the calm in the storm, the voice of reason and the one who brings class to the whole group! But, GG. That girl has serious problems. Its not problems that harken back to her high school days (how long has she been out of high school?), its JEALOUSY for the prettier girl and she cannot take it. She seriously needs to grow up. I know you want to mediate peace between your friends, but she's going to hurt Anita, simply because she's prettier. Shalome?

Kathryn, Santa Clara

Cindy1963
Cindy1963

I have loved Reza from the beginning but after seeing him on last night's episode I love him even more. Anyone who treats their mom with such respect is Number 1 in my book!! I am a little shocked that the Season Finale is on Sunday. Why was the season so short? It seems like there is so much more that has to be touched upon. Well, I for one would like to see them return for a Season 2. If some of these other shows like Millionaire Matchmaker and Million Dollar Listing NY has more episodes and more seasons, then I think it should return. Good luck to all of you and I hope to see you all in Season 2! Are you hearing me BRAVO???

michellert
michellert

I believe that Sunny went to this dinner with a preconceived idea about Gigi. She seemed to instigate that fight. I didn't think that was appropriate behavior, for someone who really didn't know Gigi, or wasn't there for the incident. Maybe she just wanted camera time. Reza broke my heart during this episode. The conversation between him and his father was raw and real, and you could really see the emotion of both sides.

jpw
jpw

please give reza his own show.