Cast Blog: #SHAHS

MJ and Reza: B-F-Not-So-F

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 and Reza: B-F-Not-So-F

Nadine thinks there might be some hope for the twosome.

Hi, everyone! Thank you for reading my blog every week! A lot of you have been asking who the hell I am, and what makes me qualified to write this blog since I’m not on the show. Well, let me give you a brief overview. I’ve been producing Bravo shows for the past few years and have been a comedienne for quite some time. So when the network needed a blogger, they came to me. Why? Because for the first time being typecast worked to my advantage. I fit the unibrow, facial hair, gaudy, and loudmouth criteria. Now, I know all I do is watch these guys and sit in judgment, but let me show you why I feel like I’ve earned the right to do so…

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That was me when I was nine. Iranian by blood, but Orange County by birth. My mom tried to make me as assimilated as she could; putting me in the most “American” sweater she could find. Apparently, “Ski the Rockies” screamed U.S.A. to my Persian mother. Looking like that, my mom would say to me “Negar (my Persian name), you are so beautiful…” With that said, I feel like I was meant to comment on Iranian idiosyncrasies my whole life. I really understand what my Shahs go through!

More on my unibrow at a later date. Let’s get to tonight’s episode!

The past few weeks I’ve gone really deep with each scene, but I want to take time today to dissect the bigger issues in this episode. It’s only the fourth week, and already friendships are broken and GG has completely lost her mind. In a nutshell, GG shows us she’s completely pathological, MJ acts out, Asa reveals she’s dating a Jackson, and Reza shows his bitchy side and his armpit fetish. 

Can we talk about GG for a second? OMG. When Mike went over to talk to her about what happened at the pool party, homegirl could not get her story straight! I had to watch the scene three times to follow her lies and her circles. Is it that she truly doesn’t remember the story she’s created in her head, or is it that she doesn’t remember reality? It’s like she is living on another planet and recreates her own reality. My favorite line that GG spewed was, “Who said I hit her?” That was said right after telling Mike Asa hit her! As a social experiment, I feel like GG needs to lock herself in a room, re-watch every scene she’s ever shot on the show and figure out what’s real versus what she’s created in her head. That is if she can stand five minutes without getting in a fistfight with herself. Thinking about it makes me want to take a bath with my hairdryer, topped off with a space heater for dessert. 

What do you think we’d find if we were to open our little Pinocchio’s head up? Gold hoops, fake nails, and daddy issues? 

Next up, I HAVE to talk about Asa’s man. I know this wasn’t a big story point, but it’s kind of a HUGE deal. Um, she’s dating a Jackson. And it’s not a new thing! I understand it’s Jermaine Jackson, Jr. or as he prefers: Jermaine Jackson II, but regardless, he’s still a Jackson. I don’t know how much money Jr. has, but do you think some of her money comes from him? I know it’s not her mother’s nurse’s salary. 

Anyway, seeing Asa with Jermaine was sweet. We got to see a softer side of Asa that we’ve never seen before. She’s always the loud, dominant one, but she was shockingly sooo submissive with Jermaine. Almost like a little Geisha girl. For God’s sake, she called him “Daddy!” And not just once! We all know he’s the daddy of one thing and one thing only… and it’s not vegan dish that Asa just cooked. 

OK, enough about Asa and “Daddy” for now. Let’s talk about what really shocked me this episode. No, I’m not talking about Reza’s armpit fetish, rather what happened between Reza and MJ at Tehran’s gathering. First off, I know I always defend MJ in my blogs, but she really needs to get a grip. The first thing she said to Lilly was that she should have worn her sister’s dress. Who does that??? A 39-year-old-MJ clearly does. Ha! But Lilly gave MJ a dose by calling MJ’s dress an 8th grade dress, and rightfully so. You know, Lilly was on to something. I wore a dress similar to my 8th grade graduation, except mine had rhinestones to divert the attention away from my unibrow. 

Moving forward, I couldn’t believe that Reza toasted all of his friends… except for MJ. I mean he literally rattled off every name in the book minus his bestie. At the rate he was toasting, I’m shocked he didn’t pull out his iPhone contact list and start toasting them too. What made matters worse (or better depending how you look at it) was the fact that Reza admitted to being a prick. In my opinion, just because you admit to being an a$$, doesn’t make it okay. Reza should go find more armpits to sniff to cool off. I certainly don’t agree with MJ’s attitude because she’s out of control, but Reza is adding fuel to this already heated Persian fire.

Want to know my favorite part about the whole night? It was Sammy’s cameo as Judge Judy. Who could possibly take him seriously wearing that ridiculous fedora?!  You know, he was on to something, but I just can’t respect the dude after last season’s last episode. He proved to be the king of the tool shed. 

What gave me a little solace was hearing Reza say he still loved MJ. We all know he does, but they just need to have a sitdown come to Jesus Mohammad conversation. I personally am sick of our little Persian Empire imploding. Not one person is getting along with the group as a whole except for Mike. As for GG—I’d love to see how she’s going to pull herself out of this mess. She may not, but at least she has Omid and his real nose to comfort her. And last, before I leave… how the hell will Asa pay her mortgage next month now that her giant Fashion Week gig fell through? Daddy Jackson? The famous Gold Coins? She’s screwed. She better think about returning those Cartier glasses we saw at the pool party!

Until next week…

Happy Holidays, everyone! 

Thoughts? Comments? Tweet me @nadinerajabi


Nadine Rajabi is a television producer, writer, and comedian from Los Angeles. Most importantly she's Persian, and has been her whole life.

 

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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