Cast Blog: #SHAHS

Double Kiss and Make Up

Recap: The Shahs Peace Summit

Recap: Recipe for Disaster

Asa's Profound and Cathartic Trip

Recap: Reza Pops The Big One

The Return of Lochnesa

Mike: I Will Marry Jessica Soon

Reza Dishes on His Engagement

Recap: Make a Run for the Border

Mike Shouldn't be "Scared" of Other Religions

Recap: Turkey with a Side of Apology

Mike's Inner Struggle

Lilly's Disrespectful Behavior

Mike Takes GG's Side

Recap: Outed by Chihuahuas

Reza: "Lilly Doesn't Understand Friendship"

Lilly's Battle with Foot Boogers

Recap: Always a Lady

Recap: A Little Too Much Diamond Water...

The Shah of Bull Sh--

Reza: "I Wish I Had Kept My Mouth Shut"

Ep 8: Persian Empire Divided

Will Mike Put a Ring on It?

Reza Learns the Power of Apology

Recap: Shah-etiquette

MJ Owes GG a Genuine Apology

What MJ Did was Wrong

Loch-Nesa vs. MJ

Asa's Juice Disaster

Recap: Persian Pride?

MJ's Moral Compass is Way Off

An Offer Lilly Can't Refuse?

Recap: Homo-Not-So-Genius

Mike's Disappointment with Reza

Asa: "I Definitely See Why Reza is Irritated"

Reza on the Fight: "I'm Not Proud of It"

Lilly Needs to "Get More Real"

Reza to Lilly: "Get Off Your High Horse"

Cry Me a River

Mike: Master Negotiator

Lilly: Ain't Nobody Got Time for This

Double Kiss and Make Up

GG and the gang deal with the aftermath of their Vegas trip.

 

Our Shahs are still in Vegas, but wait, where's Golnesa? Oh right -- she went back to L.A. without telling anyone. So while the Reza, Anita, Asa, and Sammy start to hash it out with MJ, they put in on pause and decide they'll confront GG later. OK, back in L.A., MJ, who we've now deemed an "accessory" to GG's "crime" meets GG for lunch where they can talk about what happened. MJ tries to reason with Golnesa, but it seems that GG is not only upset about how Anita came at her but how Reza handled it. Ultimately, GG says she's willing to talk Reza, and MJ urges her speak to him before his champagne tasting party he plans on holding. Oh right -- Reza invited everyone to an upcoming champagne taste test at his home, but more on that later.

GG and Reza eventually talk and GG let's us see a side of her and her psyche that we haven't seen before -- she reveals that she's been in therapy for years and basically has a destructive personality. Although I don't know that it excuses her behavior, i think it explains it, and I was proud of her for admitting it. I would love to know what she's so angry about, but maybe that'll come out in future episodes. Kind of a sidenote, but the funniest part about this whole mea culpa scene was Reza only kissing one of MJ's cheeks once and her demanding, "two sides, two sides." This happens to me all the time with my relatives! It's obviously customary to kiss twice, but it can seriously add a lot of time to any entrance or exit of an occasion. I have so many cousins, that I could spend minutes just greeting people! #PersianGirlProblemsOn to Sammy, who we see doing business with Mohamed. Those of you who watch The Real Houseiwes of Beverly HIlls, will remember Mohamed as Lisa Vanderpump's friend and the man behind parties that result in THIS. Sammy will be watching Mohamed's project while he is away and hopes that the partnership will only be the beginning of future billion-dollar projects. Sammy actually offers the money Mohamed has left for him to the guy working on the project as incentive to finish the project early. I guess we'll see if the risk pays off.

Mike, is hustling too. He's helping his client, Hoonam, find a commercial space for a night club. More importantly, though, we meet his mother. They address his label as a "mama's boy" and talk about how Persian men are close to their mothers. We find out he hasn't introduced his girlfriend to his family yet. I'm thinking that's never going to happen. Although Mike claims his p[arents would be happy with anyone he brought home, his mom's reaction to his joke about finding a wife in Colombia leads me to think differenty. 

Asa is in her own world this week as she reveals her affinity for "diamond water," which is literally water with diamonds and flowers in it. Diamond. Water. There are diamonds in the water. Diamonds in the water. Sorry, I just can't get over it. All I have to say is it's a good thing she selected something that doesn't rust!

It seems to help her though, and she even brought it with her to the studio with Mister Bunny, who we learn is Quincy Jones' grandson. Say whaaat?! I stand by the statement that "Tehranjeles" will be successful in one way or another.MJ and Reza are also on their grind at the office -- and then out in the field where we see their different selling style. Although they're close, they're both competitive, and it's pretty fun to watch.

Finally, our crew gathers at Reza's for his champagne party. His very expensive champagne party. I recognized The Cheese Store owner, Norbert Wabnig, from Top Chef Masters, so that gave me a little thrill. It seemed like the whole point of the party was to make GG slip up on her champagne knowledge, something she boasted possessing in Las Vegas. And sure enough, she couldn't tell the difference between the high-end champagnes, but Mike could, which surprisingly impressed me. GG had other things on her mind, though, as she and Anita finally talked about their issues. In the end, they agreed to discuss problems they might have with each other immediately rather than letting them blow up. I guess that's progress, but we'll see how GG interacts with people in these types of situations in the future.

And, next week, we see MJ get a colonic. If that doesn't whet your appetite for the next episode, I just don't know what will.

 

Recap: Recipe for Disaster

Ep 15: Nadine weighs in on Part 1 of the reunion.

Here’s the thing… The Shahs reunion reminded me of a Thanksgiving dinner gone wrong. Except there was no turkey (or Turkey for that matter), not a lot of wine, and certainly not a lot of peace.

You’d think since the reunion was a little more intimate, being over a dinner table where they all broke bread, it would be somewhat peaceful…well guess again. I think sitting in such close quarters was a recipe for disaster, with a few exceptions. One being the infamous buttery chocolate cwaasannnt. Hallelujah! It’s over, finally!

There was so much covered, that I’m going to only address a few highlights…

So let’s get started, shall we?

Let’s start with Lilly “No Friend Zone” Ghalichi. I kind of felt bad for her. I truly don’t know what is going to happen with her next season. As is, she’s not hanging out with the Shahs. I just don’t know how will she come back after this. I was shocked that Asa laid into Lilly more than Reza did. It was only a few episodes ago where Lilly told Reza that Asa was the better friend to her. And as I recall, Asa gave Lilly a cooking lesson teaching her to beat her meat. I get that some of the Shahs have beef with her, but the truth is that Lilly doesn’t mesh well with this group (except for GG as of late). Andy did leave it open-ended, asking Reza if Lilly makes a real effort if he’d take her back, and Reza said absolutely. If that were to happen, I suggest MJ learns GG’s hook method. She’ll need to hook with her fingers and her toes.

Now on to GG and MJ. When will these two frenemies NOT fight? It seems to be their “thing.” They’re like drunk sorority girls: “I love you. I hate you. I love you. I hate you. I need more to drink. You broke girl code. I want to wax my car with your t-ts. You assaulted my hat, so I’m going to call your mom. But I do love you.” All I have to say to that is, “You don’t need to go all tango on me!”

Speaking of getting all “tango,” how about GG storming off when Leila showed up -- only to be put in her place by the Shah bouncer? I hope she realizes that one drink isn’t going to make her problems or her sister go away. Thankfully the GG whisperer was able to put her in her place. The reality of GG and Leila’s situation is they have a classic case of Competitive Sister Syndrome. I think they’re both guilty: GG shouldn’t be so harsh with her words. And Leila should have been more mindful about her friendship with MJ. Just goes to show that sh-- runs deep when dealing with family matters. Let’s keep it classy, ladies! All I know is my ass would be grounded for life if I’d ever treated my brother the way these two girls treat each other.

 

Last, let’s talk about Reza and his ex-work husband, Mike. Andy called these two out -- they kissed and made up in the finale, but it looks like things have gone south since that peaceful workout scene. Reza is right and I’ve said it before, no one leaves a thriving career to start over. However, I don’t know the logistics of their deal, so I can’t comment on who’s right and who’s wrong. What I can comment on is IF Mike needs money for a ring, he probably shouldn’t have invested in a bus wrap. And Reza SHOULD have maybe showed Mike the ropes a little more. Selling homes is not an easy job, you have to put in a lot of legwork -- it’s not a get rich quick type business. Mike said he loves Reza like a brother, but “he’s such an ---hole.” These two guys are becoming MJ and GG 2.0. They should all just get a room! One for their bodies and one for their egos.

I can’t wait for next week when Vida joon pays us a visit. I hope they give her the memo that there are no crocodiles in the San Fernando Valley.

And if you missed the final Shahs After Show, be sure to check it out now.

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