Cast Blog: #SHAHS

MJ's Jabs

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

MJ's Jabs

Lilly thinks the double standards for MJ's comments need to stop and reflects on her relationship with Ali.

Episode 5 begins with a dinner date between Omid and GG. Even though they say they aren't dating, I definitely see some chemistry between them. Maybe they will start dating soon! My only issue with GG is her constant belittling of everyone else in the group. Did she really just say all her friends are the "Ass" in "Class" for inviting Omid out for a night of fun? I think inviting her friend out was a nice gesture, and the fact that she wasn't invited is insensitive, but her friends are just trying to show her that your actions have consequences, and getting physical is unacceptable.

We then get to meet Reza's mom! She's so fabulous, but what's up with her telling Reza to shave his mustache? Don't do it Rez!! I love how his mom supports his decision to partner with Mike, but also advices him to make amends with MJ. Sometimes it takes a parent's wisdom to make you realize that although you're an adult now, you may be acting childish.

MJ decides to throw a big party for her 40th birthday and in lieu of presents to have her friends bring a man for her. I think it’s a fabulous idea. It's hard to meet a man, especially in LA, and especially at 40. I hope someone brings her a great present!

Next, we get a front row seat at Mike and Reza's photo-shoot. What a bunch of studs!!! If these two delicious faces can't sell residential real estate in Southern California, then I don't know who can.

After the break, we find ourselves at GG's house with her cute pup Hailey. As usual, MJ throws a jab at me while on the phone with GG by telling her "In about 5 minutes, Lilly’s going to get shipped back to the welfare line she came from and out of my life." If I had made this comment about MJ, it would be a HUGE deal that the skinny rich girl is picking on the chubby middle class girl. But, the other way around people find it acceptable? Double standard. Either way, MJ, I could buy your whole life and donate it to charity for fun if I wanted to, lets be real. The fact that I am self-made is something I am extremely proud of; you should pay attention and learn a few things from me.

I am shocked to see that MJ is inviting Asa and not GG to her birthday party, especially since as GG says MJ has been doing nothing but talking so much s--- about Asa to GG. Suddenly, she switches sides? Interesting. Either way, I think it is the right decision, and I am glad that MJ is realizing it now. GG shouldn't be ostracized from her friends, but she does need to make an attempt show them that she is sorry and she will not get physical again before they can trust to invite her places.

The next scene is a dinner scene I have with one of my best friends, Raumak. Raumak and I have been friends for over eight years. She is also an attorney and we actually worked together for a year at the Children's Law Center before I left the practice of law. Raumak is still a child advocate today. Eight years ago, Raumak and I were in the same position, young, single lawyers. She was dating another lawyer, Neama, and so was I, Ali. She is now married to Neama with two children (YES, this skinny bitch has TWO kids!), and Ali and I are pretty much in the same place we were back then.

I am very proud of all the success I have achieved, but at the same time, I long to be a wife, and a mother. I am turning 30 in 2013, I just don't want another decade to go by and I find myself to be 40, still unmarried and without kids. Success is important, but my other dreams are too.

Ali and I have been dating since I was 19. He was my very first boyfriend, my first everything. We have had our ups and downs, but we do love each other so much. The problem at this point is he lives in Texas and I live in LA. I already moved back to TX for him once in 2008 (Click here to read my blog post about mine and Ali's relationship), I ended up moving back to LA, so if he wants to make it work, this time he has to move to LA. I have given him the deadline of Jan 1, 2013 to make the move, after that, I am going to move on with my life. I have to; I can't wait for him forever.

As you guys see from the telephone call I have with him in my kitchen, I'm not so sure it's going to happen.

The episode ends with MJ and Reza making up, AMEN. Maybe now she'll stop being such a bitch to me!

Xoxo,
Lilly Ghalichi

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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