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.

 

Asa's Profound and Cathartic Trip

Asa opens up about her expereince at the Iranian border.

Thank God that I'm a captain's daughter and grew up on boats and hovercrafts and do not need anything inserted to not get sick, LOL! Reza and Golnesa are cracking me up here. Hahaha!



Yachting all day on the same waters my wonderful father sailed in his youth. Such a wonderful day hanging out with my friends. Away from the B.S. and in this beautiful place enjoying each other’s love and company. Princess Island was so relaxing and charming. Every restaurant was a seafood restaurant, and I was in heaven! When I saw the tears in Merc's eyes, I could feel that she was ready to “go there.” I am so proud of her rawness about what she wants and her needs. After all, how can we achieve something we can't even visualize or speak of? I am here for her for strength, love, and support through thick and thin. She will be a wonderful mom!


By the great power of Destiny and Will, Reza, my Mom, and I were able to find a way to make a personal pilgrimage to the border of Iran, where all of us and our ancestors were born. It was such a long, intensive, and at times dangerous journey there, but this was nothing compared to the 30 years we have been waiting to go back home.Without getting too political, I wanted to explain to those who might not fully understand our inability to safely go to Iran. The fact alone that I am a political refugee is not the only reason. While I'm a very proud Iranian and feel a great responsibility to shed light on all the wonderful things about my culture, I also feel socially obligated to be honest about the things terribly wrong with the government of Iran. Iran sadly is a tyranny and deals with political dissidents (that's anyone with an opinion) as criminals. It jails, tortures, and executes its own citizens for simple expressing a political opinion. Think about all the individuals, comedians, talk show hosts, or journalists expressing various opinions here in the US about the president or government... In the US it's called freedom of speech. Well, this freedom does not exist in Iran. The number of “political” prisoners and executions of the latter is staggering. So, somebody whose art deals even mildly with such things and is considered “Islamic Feminist” going to Iran safely is pretty much out of the question.

Back to our beautiful pilgrimage to the center of my heart. Throughout the whole day, my Mom, Reza, and I were like silent warriors. We were all dealing with our own personal emotions throughout the journey while also in the collective experience. On the flight and the bus ride, it was sheer excitement. Then on the last leg of the journey in the Kurdish car, we all lost it. Listening to our favorite old Persian song on our iPhone and nearing the Iranian border, tears of joy and sadness starting falling endlessly.

It was so incredible for me to have my Mom, who sacrificed everything in her youth to make a brighter future for me and my brother, with me. I could feel her pain and joy and see it in her eyes. Reza and I really bonded on a primal level, and I will never forget these moments we shared together. I felt that we were making this pilgrimage for all immigrants, all refugees, all displaced people in the world.Then as I got out of the car and smelled the familiar air, a feeling of complete joy and euphoria came over me. I was not sad anymore. Nor was I missing it the way I used to. I surrendered all those heavy feelings right there on that earth. As I said, when you embrace the big monster, it melts away.

We all have landmark events in our lives. This was one of mine. Going to the border of Iran with my Mom and Reza was one of the most profound and cathartic experiences of my life. I am forever grateful and enormously blessed to have been able to have this experience. And I’m thrilled that I was able to share it with you all.