Cast Blog: #SHAHS

MJ is a Liar

Asa regrets calling MJ a pill-popper, but she does think she needs to change her ways.

One of my favorite things to do in the world is to cruise in my car blasting music. And Reza is the perfect person to do this with. So, jamming to an old Andy song with Reza rolllllin' is the best thing ever!!!

Reza has always been supportive about my work and music and has always given me really good feedback. Reza knows me really well, totally understands my vision, and he has a great business mind -- so I know he's going to get my idea of a Persian Music Festival and my world debut live show.

Here's what I have to say about the "apology" lunch: First off four weeks had already passed with not one text, email, or phone call from Golnesa. Nothing. If she wanted to "apologize," why didn't she reach out to me and said so? (Also very convenient that the "apology" was set up for two days before Cabo).

SO, let me get this straight. . .you raise your hand on a friend, don't call/text/email for four weeks, then you decide to sets up an "apology" lunch two days before a trip, and now I am forced to show up for that? No thank you. I have moved on. And like I said in my text to MJ explaining why I didn't show up: In my world, you have to give Love and Respect to get Love and Respect. She has given me neither and I am fed up with her spoiled brat behavior (which she's proud) and her sense of entitlement. And for me, this is not a matter of an apology. I have long forgiven Golnesa. I just simply don't want her energy in my life. We've been here before and talk is cheap.

Our history has been so repetitive. It's been a series of Golnesa being rude and disrespectful towards me and me understanding and forgiving her. I don't believe her anymore, and I need to get out of this pattern. From the very first time I met her at that group dinner at IIV (Season 1, Episode 1), where she jumped down my throat and called me ghetto and told me to shut up for NO REASON WHATSOEVER, through all the other incidents with her being absolutely rude, condescending, and aggressive, I always had compassion for her and always let it slide thinking "She needs help. It's cool, etc." and thinking it will change. I always was a good friend to her through all her nastiness towards me, but instead of things getting better, things escalated to what they did! Enough is enough.

Golnesa doesn't have any real interest in evolving, which is alright. This is her life and it's certainly not easy for any one of us. We are all on our path and going through different things. Nobody is perfect. But there must be a genuine desire for progress.

We all have a choice in who we have in our lives. This last incident is where I had to draw the line for myself. I really don't want that type of energy in my life anymore.

I truly wish her the best. I forgive her. But I am moving on.

The family meeting was called because (Reza and) I did not want to go on vacation with somebody who just attacked me. Golnesa went too far last time. We both feel very strongly about physical violence, and it is no joke. The last thing I want to do is go to Mexico with an unstable, aggressive, violent person. And if you were me, you would feel the same way. MJ herself said to Golnesa's face that if she had attacked her, she would never want to be in the same room with her again. But MJ is shocked that I don't want to go on vacation with Golnesa? Come on now. There is one person to blame for Golnesa's exclusion in the trip, and that is Golnesa.

And now to the other absurd apology lunch: Where Golnesa (and her father) are waiting for Golnesa's sister to apologize to her -- after she called her pregnant sister a b---- and said she wants to cut her face with a knife (while she was nine-months pregnant). She and her father feel that Leyla owes her an apology? I guess we are from two very different philosophies. It's obvious that her parents never disciplined her and she always got away with everything. Now she is 30 with a huge sense of entitlement and no humility.

Finally: Orale Cabo!!!

Once we arrived, I wanted to just let loose and have fun! The limo bus ride to the hotel was so much fun. We were literally laughing the whole way there.

There is nothing better than tropical beach fun in the sun. I prefer more secluded private places, but being there with my friends was the best. It was so sweet of Lilly to bring us all swim wear! I put on the beautiful bikini she brought me right away and we all hit the pool. The vibe by the pool was super tacky, but oh welllz. I didn't even care who was there or what was going on as long as I've got my crew with me. It really doesn't matter where we are!

We ate, we danced, we drank (some of us more than other LOL) and then I finally did what I had come here here to do -- (which you didn't see) jumped into the ocean. Ahhhhhhh!!! Bliss.

Ok, so we all go to our rooms and freshen up to go to dinner, but where in the world is Mikey Joon??? We were all a bit concerned So, we go to get him from his room. And there he was sound asleep. When he opened his eyes he was looking around and literally didn't know who we were or who he was and where we were. Cabo Wabo.

Dinner started beautiful with deep conversation and MJ talking about her first therapy session. I was really enjoying our dialogue. Then Lilly made a very sweet toast telling MJ that this is the kind of talking she loves to have with her (meaning nice and sincere talk). We were all very interested and engaged in MJ's story until she took a jab (a subtle jab, yet a jab) at Lilly. That's when the vibe of the conversation changed.

I think MJ doesn't realize how sarcastic she is sometimes. She often takes jabs at people and usually says what she wants to say, but wrapped in a sarcastic remark and is never accountable for her jabs. From there on we went down the blackhole of MJ's backtracking with lies and illusions.

There are many great qualities MJ has and I love her (even though we are currently not on speaking terms), however she is a liar and cannot keep it real.

This is about MJ and her accountability. She calls Lilly a Chia Pet to me and not just once. Don't call anybody anything behind their back if you're not willing to say it to their face. First MJ said she never called her a Chia Pet (a lie), then she said she only said it to Reza (a lie), then she said it's a term of endearment. MJ is a liar and needs to be more accountable for her words. OR MJ is really living in a parallel universe where she says/and does whatever she wants when she is out of it then can always deny/forget what she says. This has become very easy for her.

A good start would be being real with herself and living in a at least a somewhat sober reality and not a cluster of lies and illusions. She keeps swearing on her Dad's life with all this stuff, which is very tacky particularly while she is lying. Of course, it's also possible that she was drunk at the time and forgot the next day, which is obviously a strong possibility with MJ as well.

Then she started going down the ugly mean road of mocking my art/expression/existence and making fun of me talking about galactic spaceship and pop priestess. Those were low blows and uncalled for and with that the tone of the convo really changed for me.

That was very mean of her to take it there and make fun of me and my work in front of everybody, especially while she was lying about the chia pet comment (and that was what this whole thing was about). If

I was more insecure I would have been devastated by her comment about me. I'm tired of people around me playing dirty and taking jabs at me while I stay chill. I am done with it. You wanna go there, fine I'll go there with you. So, I made the pill comment.

Was it right to say that in front of everybody? No. Even though everybody talks about MJ's drinking (etc.) problem all the time openly to each other, I don't talk behind people's back. I straight up say it to their face. But this particular matter should have been discussed in private. She started down that road and I stupidly went down it with her, mainly so she sees what it feels like. I felt bad that I said it and it was a mistake. That's not who I am. Next time somebody pushes my buttons by insulting me, I will still not insult them back. It's cheap and tacky either way.

When MJ was blurting the MOST disgusting names at me from behind the bushes, I realized that I pushed a very sensitive button and she wasn't ready to deal with it. After seeing how she (over)reacted about my comment, I realized that it was wrong to say it in that setting.

But in all honesty, I really wasn't aware of the magnitude of the problem until I saw her extreme and ugly reaction. It's very difficult being close with somebody going through something like this.

If I had known what a serious problem this was, I definitely would not have made the comment.

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Recap: The Big Turkish Secret

Ep 4: From "classy" real estate, to unique car purchasing methods, to the shocking secret, get the scoop on this week's craziness.

Velvet wallpaper, buying cars by the swing of your pendant, Adam’s birthday, and GG’s big secret…just another day with our Shahs.

Before we get to GG’s big Turkish secret, I’d like to take a moment to highlight some Shah-tastic moments from last night’s episode.

Now that Mike is on his own in the real estate world, he’s been hustling hard. In fact, he’s been hustling so hard, he’s even picked up a new buzz word: CLASSY!

If I took a shot for every time Mike used the phrase, “It’s classy,” I’d be “mom-wasted.” You know “mom-wasted”- you get a little buzzed, then you go around telling people you’re wasted (when you’ve only had 3 drinks).

Let’s revisit Mike’s new catchphrase…

Aztec grass root wallpaper (gives it a shimmery look): Very classy!


“Moroccan mirror, very expensive. Classy.”

Imitation alligator: It’s classy.

Purple velvet walls? Not just classy, It’s: “How f---in' pimp is that, bro?”

Yup! Super pimp if your name is Prince!

Stay classy, Mike!

While Mike was busying keeping it “classy,” MJ has been slaving over a hot stove cooking for her man and being in love. The most impressive thing about seeing MJ and Charlie together was not the fact that she made French toast from scratch, it was that she found a hole in the ground.

Next, I’d like to pay homage to the little pendant that could. You know, there are whole websites dedicated to buying cars, especially ones for women buying cars. There are books about negotiating, even brokers that go in and negotiate for you -- but not if you’re Asa. She doesn’t do the choosing, her pendant does. It’s like the 2015 version of heads or tails, but with chakras.

I know Asa fancies herself the Persian Pop Priestess, but when it comes to buying a Mercedes, she’s Chakra-Khan.

Asa’s guide to choosing the perfect car:

Step 1: Sage the garage.

Step 2: Bring a pendant, and put your car fate in the hands of 24K Gold.


Step 3: Break the mold. As a Persian, you are required by the handbook to have a white Mercedes, but if your pendant says go black, you never go back.

As Zinat says, “You are really veirdo, Asa!”

Finally, let’s talk about GG’s big Turkish secret. Let me back up for a minute and let’s recap Shah history: When a Shah has a secret (and pardon me for the generalization), it has a shelf life. It needs to get out or it will spontaneously combust. And although the big secret hasn’t come out quite yet, it’s slowly seeping out and something tells me this isn’t going to end well.

Before Adam’s 30th birthday, GG not only consulted Reza, but she also talked to her dad, who had some sound advice. He told her to weigh the issue to see how much she is hurting the person and how much she is hurting herself. All great advice until, you’re provoked and that’s just what happened…

At Adam’s 30th birthday, when Shervin and Asifa broke the news that Mike was going to propose to Jessica, GG couldn’t help herself and told them her big Turkish secret. Their minds were blown, just as everyone else’s were, but now what?

Reza told GG she needs to talk to Mike before anyone else does, because at this point it’s the right thing to do. But he also doesn’t want to get in trouble with Mike for keeping the secret. Reza and Mike already have had enough bad history between the two of them, and this little incident certainly isn’t going to help.

If you were in GG’s shoes what would you do? If you were in Reza, MJ, and Asa’s shoes, what would you do? I don’t envy anyone’s position and I certainly don’t want to be in Mike or Jessica’s shoes when the bomb drops! Someone get this crew some new red-bottom shoes and some sage!

Not a lot got resolved this episode, but we did learn one thing -- Charlie is circumcised. And according to Reza, that’s not appropriate dinner table talk. Adam, I didn’t mind it. It was our little amuse-bouche before the drama.

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Nadine Rajabi is a television producer, writer, and stand-up comedian from Los Angeles. Most importantly she's Bravo's in-house Persian.