Cast Blog: #SHAHS

A Glimpse of GG's Crazy Side

Lilly explains why she wanted to give GG a chance and why she's not practicing law any time soon.

I can't believe how quickly the season is winding down! Episode 9 beings with a conversation between Asa and Reza where he manages to convince her to come to a family dinner to give GG an opportunity to apologize for what happened. Asa is hesitant about attending, but she couldn't resist Reza's charm and agrees to go.

Next, you guys get to see the very first time GG and I ever hung out. We had met briefly at the group dinner where Reza introduced me to everyone, but I hadn't seen or really spoken to her since. I have to admit, I was a bit worried about how GG and I would get along. I had heard about how violent she got with Asa, and I had also heard a lot about her short-fused temper. I am a very non-violent person, and I don't surround myself with those that have a tendency towards violence. With that said, I am a very open-minded person, and I don't judge people based off of what other people say about them, therefore I wanted an opportunity to get to know GG for myself.

I must admit, I had a great time. GG was very warm and friendly towards me. She told me that she has reached out to Asa and really wants a chance to explain herself and apologize for her actions. I really hope these two women will be able to work things out because I do feel bad for how much the group has ostracized her this summer.

I can't believe Asa is recording a song with Andy!! Anyone that knows anything about Persian music knows exactly who Andy is. He is a Persian Pop Icon. I am super excited for Asa and I think she is going to kill it at Persia-Palooza!

You guys met my beautiful friend Raumak a few episodes back at dinner, now you get to meet her husband, Neama. I was a little surprised when he called me and asked if he could stop by my office to discuss something. Neama is a very busy, hard-working attorney. If he is taking the time out of his day to come speak to me, it must be important.

When Neama tells me he thinks I should give up my company and return to the practice of law I am shocked. I value Neama's opinion and have an incredible amount of respect for him, but is this a joke? My partner Jennifer Stano and I have built Have Faith Swimgerie (HaveFaith.com) from the ground up to become a million dollar company. After all my hard work and success, it is extremely hurtful to hear him put me down for doing what I love.

As I stated, Neama is very respected in the legal world (Harvard Law graduate!), but this is my passion, these are my dreams, and this my life. I love you Neama, but for the first time, I don’t think I’ll be taking your advice.

The episode ends with a dinner party at Sammy's house. The purpose of the dinner is to afford GG and opportunity to apologize to Asa, and to try and being mending relationships with the group. The dinner starts out great, so I’m really hopeful.

Things go very sour very quickly. Before I even have a chance to get started on my plate of food, there's yelling and screaming! I’'m not exactly sure what all the tension is about between Mike and Omid, but this is crazy. I don't say a word and I'm trying my best not to get involved even though I'm sitting directly in between the boys. The next thing I know, people are standing up and threatening each other, so much for anything constructive happening tonight!

Me, Asa, and Reza just sit there on the other side of the table watching in horror. We are all three so sick and tired of all the tension and drama. Wait, did GG just grab a KNIFE? OK, I think I just saw a glimpse of the crazy side of GG that everyone has been telling me about. Resorting to violence is NEVER OK, I am in shock at this point.

Tune in next week to see what happens at dinner.

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MJ: "I Finally Opened My Heart to Love"

MJ dishes on her new man.

Last year in Turkey, I was blind-sided in the best way; I had a revelation, a new found desire to become a mother someday. I am very traditional when it comes to marriage and children in one household and under one roof. That is my dream and deepest hope. I have accomplished success in my career and happiness in every other area in my life. I finally opened my heart to love. I became vulnerable to find love. I met Charlie via Facebook/Tinder. I didn't "swipe right" on him, but he screen grabbed my profile, and messaged me on Facebook one night while I was at my place with Reza and Adam. They drilled Charlie with a series of questions about "what would make you a good candidate for MJ." Suffice it to say, he passed the test, took me to a beautiful, romantic restaurant on our first date where the conversation flowed, and so did the chemistry.

I'm so glad to have met Asifa last year, and even happier she has joined our group. My first impression of Asifa was that she was very polite, prim, pretty, and cordial. As time went on, I began to discover that there are many layers to Asifa. We are a complicated group of people and I look forward to getting to know her on a deeper level, the way I know the rest of my friends.

At Asa's house for the fire jumping ceremony, we all noticed Mike engrossed by Jessica eating a piece of shrimp, and I called him out. To me it was sexy to see a couple turned on by one another. But when I said what everyone else was thinking, Mike and Jessica looked shocked at what I had said, which was surprising to me. I think that once you are in a serious relationship, cheeky conversation topics are not at all off limits, and for us, the best thing about our friendship is sharing good spirited laughs with each other.


Woah, Nelly! Bobby was in the room for less than five minutes when Mike immediately picked a fight with him? As I watched this unfold, I saw how high Mike's nerves were running... It was very awkward. I attribute it to all the fresh, new, successful, alpha-male energy in the room. The tension in the room was undeniable, and unfortunately it got the best of him. Mike and Bobby have some history, and within seconds of Bobby getting there it all came to a head. This is a bad start for both of them, and it spilled over into a divide between us all.


Here's to a fruitful 2015!

 
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