Cast Blog: #SHAHS

Lilly: "Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right"

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

Lilly: "Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right"

Lilly weighs in on Reza's hurtful toast.

This was in interesting episode because everyone got to meet two fresh faces, Asa’s boyfriend Jermaine and my big sister Yassi.

The episode starts with a continuation of the huge fight between MJ and Reza in their office. I can’t even believe the things they said to each other! This fight is serious. They have been friends for years, so I hope they work it out sooner rather than later.

I am also excited to see what comes of the new partnership between Reza and Mike. I don’t know Mike very well, but he does not seem “dumb as rocks” as MJ states he is. To the contrary, he seems to be sharp, hungry, and ready to work (not to mention handsome!) I wish them the best.

Yassi is my OLDER sister. Yes, I realize she is far more blessed than I am genetically and she is eternally a hot 21-year-old, but she is still my OLDER sister. Love/hate her for that! My sister and I are very close. We love and support each other in every way possible. We may look identical on the outside, however, personality wise, we are complete opposites.  

I was invited to have drinks with the group and a comedian by the name of Tehran. I actually know Tehran personally from his comedy shows, so I’m excited on the one hand. On the other hand, I have some anxiety about attending because MJ and Omid will be there. I have heard SO many horrible things MJ has been saying about me behind my back, and the last time I saw Omid he threatened to backhand me, so I decided I would invite my sister to come along for moral support. Plus, I want her to finally meet everyone!  

Before we get to that night, can we please talk about the conversation that GG and Mike had at GG’s house? WTF?! My head is still spinning from listening to it. GG changes her story 10 times during the course of the conversation, and at this point, I don’t think she even remembers the truth of what actually happened.The scene with Asa and her boyfriend Jermaine was very touching for me. Persians in general can be very racist towards African Americans. There is a huge stigma in the Persian community associated with Persian girls dating African American men. To many Persian fathers, it is unacceptable. Watching Asa and Jermaine interact with each other is so refreshing because it rains on all of those stigmas. Their love for each other radiates the screen, and their support and encouragement towards one another is touching. I hope Asa’s courage in sharing her relationship with the world helps to break so many prejudicial boundaries that still exist. Black, White, Brown, Yellow, Gay, Straight, Male, Female: we are all equal. We are all one. And, love is blind.

This episode also gives a glimpse into one of my favorite times of the day: GLAM SQUAD TIME!! I have the most amazing team of hair and makeup artists that I use for special occasions. I call them my #GhalichiGLAM squad. While glamming me out in this episode you will hear me tell my makeup artist, “I love the way you make my nose look like I have had a nose job.” I don’t want this to be misleading as I HAVE had a nose job. (CLICK HERE to read my blog post on what plastic surgery I have and have NOT had). 

Sometimes there isn’t enough time to show the whole conversation, so it can be confusing. What my makeup artist and I were discussing at the time is how contouring (or “shading”) with darker foundation (or powder) on the sides of the nose can actually make your nose look entirely different (as though you’ve had a nose job)! I just wanted to clear that up in case it mislead viewers into thinking I was born with this little nose (hello, I’m Persian!)

Off to the event my sister and I go. As usual, from the moment MJ walks in (late) she is ready to attack me. I politely say hello to her, introduce her to my sister, and the first words that come out of her mouth are “Lilly, you should have worn that dress instead” while she points at my sister.

Enough is enough. I am a classy woman and don’t need to belittle other women, but at the same time, I will be damned if I sit back and let someone constantly attack me.  MJ needs to learn that you can’t dish it and expect not to take it.What I don’t understand is why she would attack me about my dress and what I should have worn anyway. As Reza stated earlier when she called him fat, does she not have a mirror at her house? It’s the oldest saying in the book: people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

I do think it was a little insensitive of Reza to toast to everyone except for MJ. I get that they are fighting, and Reza is also fed up with how disrespectful she constantly is towards me and Asa, but as a friend for over 20 years, there is probably a better, more private way to deal with it. I am by no means excusing MJ’s bad behavior, I am simply saying two wrongs don’t make a right.

I like to end this week’s blog post by saying "OH MY GOD" -- watching Asa’s mom’s road rage was hilarious. I have met her mother in real life and she is the sweetest, kindest woman. To see that same harmless woman have that extreme of a level of road rage was hysterical! Come on -- her mom works her butt off and supports her entire family, she is entitled to a little road rage. 

xoxo

 

 

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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