So here we are: Part Two of The Shahs of Sunset reunion. If you haven’t seen my reunion nightmare from last week yet, check it out here:
It’s been an emotional 12-week journey together, but we’ve finally reached the finish line with everyone’s favorite Persian posse. Last week Part 1 brought the drama to a head and left me hoping beyond hope for Part 2 to wrap up all of the friendships and fighting and hand them to us in a pretty little happy ending box.
Spoiler alert: It didn’t! Here’s a look at how I experienced Part 2 as a wild ride of emotional twists and turns. I laughed, I cried, and I had a lot of WTF moments. Yes, that’s right, the Shahs provoked emotion out of me, and that’s hard to do because feelings usually have a tough time getting to my heart through all of the excess body hair.
Things that made me laugh:
1. Reza likes an armpit with no deodorant. OK, this we knew, but can we pause on it for just a minute here? Reza said he didn’t know he liked deodorant-free armpits until he started dating someone that didn’t wear deodorant. Funny? Yes, but what’s really hilarious are all of the things we can infer about Reza just from knowing this fact about him. For example, I imagine Reza to be the type of guy that likes to smell other people’s farts too. Safe to say, we can all bear the funk of our own farts, but when someone else’s fart hits the air, it’s the WORST.SMELL.EVER. Unless you’re Reza, who I’m almost certain basks in the bliss of B.O. and methane! Hey, I’m not judging. To each their own!
Asa is a pretentious pseudo intellectual. "Phallus" does not translate to Golden One in Latin, it's derived from a word meaning "to swell". Furthermore "vulva" is derived from a word meaning "to roll" or "wrapper".
@Emmy2 my son has been taking Latin for 4 years and you are correct. I, myself am fluent in Greek and know it as a Greek word, which preceded Latin. Now, I don't know if the Greeks in turn borrowed the word from Persian/Mesopotamian cultures and the meaning changed as each culture adapted it? Anyhoo, I rolled my eyes when Asa brought that up and acted "smart" bc it seemed like she looked it up for reunion and couldn't wait to spring it on everyone. That whole golden penis thing was gross.
Ok, so I fell asleep on the couch with the TV on and I woke up and there you were on VH1!! So that was cool!
Anyway, I laughed SO hard when I read this about the Hasidic vs the Brazilian, I almost dropped my laptop!!
Lilly, doesn't care if GG's engagement is fake or real, obviously, but who would say on national TV that she knows someone who hooked up with Omid on the night GG announced the engagement? The real question should be were you looking down when you said that? I'll have to re-watch .
GG, Lilly's the one you should have gone after, not Asa who made a bad compliment to Omid, who you weren't even dating at the time!
I would never make up with a so-called friend lke Reza or Asa, forgive fine, but they would be out of my iife. It's fame and ego that caused this and that's what they chose. They would never have me back!
Well, we are waiting for your debut on WWHL and I want to thank you for t wonderully entertaining blogs this season. I'd love it if you blogged all Bravo's shows!
If members of the Persian community watched Sunday's reunion, they can't be proud of they way this group behaved. Such poor role models for young people in their "community".Reza only blogged his "apology" because he wanted to "redeem" his "image" with the viewers..... and that didn't work. Can't wait to see if Lilly or Asa will write a blog this week--both are too self-absorbed to see what snobby brats they are.
SO, funny, Nadine! Loved reading your blogs after each episode! Hope to see YOU on the show next season! After that reunion, I'm sure there will be empty spots to fill. ;)
Nadine, I've loved your blogs this season. You brought such a fresh take on this group and always left me smiling. Thank you!
The reunion on Sunday went south. I could not believe Reza's behavior. He should be ashamed of himself. My wish is that Reza humbles himself and apologizes to his best friend. Also, that MJ seeks help if that's what she really needs. I'm curious what next season will bring. I fear too much damage has already been done.
Where are the blogs? Are Asa, Lilly, and Reza too afraid to blog? Scared of the backlash? I understand why MJ wouldn't. She is probably still licking her wounds.
Im sorry but I'm still not buying it. Why do you keep saying MJ needs help, because Reza says she has a problem. Who is Reza to say she has a problem. Every single one of them partied just as hard as MJ. Lets not forget Mike knocked out drunk on the toilet. Double standard or what. For Reza to say he is concerned for his friend is a crock. He and Asa and the fake Barbie set out to publicly humiliate MJ. Looks like it backfired because they came out looking like A**es. I'm sorry but thats the way I see it. We all have things in our past that we aren't so proud of, but for a so called "Friend " to humiliate you that way. Well for me at least, it is unforgivable.
MJ is my favorite, problems and all. I just hate to see Reza throw such a long-term friendship away because he has a bad case of camera fever. Or whatever it is.
Forgive your enemies, but don't forget their name. MJ- your enemy's name is Reza...he's hoorible.
Reza was my favorite until the 2 parts of the reunion aired. I feel he's full of crap that's he's outing MJ's dirty laundry for her own good. He's sold his BFF for moderate fame. I feel Asa is a nut-case and would seriously avoid anyone who admitted buying her silly water. MJ seems like a blast, but has been caught lying many times, and that's just what we're seeing in 12 hours of programming. GG, to me, is a classless thug. I had felt that Lilly was a huge bore but really liked her honesty in admitting that she needs to lighten up and I'm starting to respect her. Mike, besides being so nice to look at, seems to be the most level headed out of all of them. I'll tune in next season, but my finger will be closer to the change channel button. Bravo, lets have less Jerry Springer next year, ok? :)
I feel sad for MJ. Generally, she is not a character I care for, ever...and being of Nigerian decent, blaming the bank fraud on the Nigerians was just a tad irritating. Nevertheless, Reza was very far over the line when he publicly acused her of being a drunk, a substance abuser, a felon, a person engaging in 3-somes, being unsuccessful in real estate and far more. It is entirely possible that Reza is correct. I have always liked Reza (he makes me laugh) and could see how MJ may have these flaws, but hurling this at her on national television is absolutely NOT OKAY.
Despite everything, there is a 20+ year friendship to honor and MJ (irritating as she may be) is a real person with real feelings. I feel like Reza took the reunion as an opportunity to strip her bare and I do not think that was fair. He called her mom some of the worst names possible. The words he used are fighting words in most places. Not cool, even IF her relationship with her mother is strained.
I hope they can fix this but it is nasty. This will not be easy at all.
HAHAHAHA! Reza smelling farts is hilarious. However, I believe he needs to smell his own because he must think his doesn't stink. I'm still so over him for putting MJ on blast like that. No friend should be doing that on national tv. It appears he wants revenge for something. What? I have no idea. So, Reza is now off my list of favorite reality stars. Even my 80yr old mother was taken aback by his actions. He's now becoming the least popular person on the show where previously he WAS the show. It's all about Mike for me and Mom now. I think she (Mom) secretly awaits for his Playgirl "spread." I was pleased to see GG behaving so maturely. If she can sit and keep her mouth closed for so long, why couldn't she do the same during the season? Asa, is not as hot as she thinks she is. Mom thinks she does look like a man, while I think she just looks like a mannequin. Both Asa and Reza need a big dose of humility so much more than GG did during the season. I'll keep watching as long as Mike is still on the show.
Reza sold his 20-year friendship with MJ for fame. Yes, he was the favorite in season 1 but he screwed that up...Royally Screwed
PresianPopPriestess is a joke and not even a funny one. I'll bet Bravo owns that little diamond.
Thanks for your blogs Nadine. I hope to see you next season but I have No desire to see Asa, Lilly or Reza ever again.
I will not be watching next season. Last night was horrible. Reza and Asa have turned into judgmental jerks and Lily is a lump of nothing. I wish MJ, GG, Mike and Sammy only the best.
Reza is completely out of line. He is so mean spirited and his comment about this being a reality show said it all. He is upping his drama and MJ is paying the price. I couldn't even watch the whole reunion. It was just too much "mean" for me.
opusv I also couldn't bear to watch the whole reunion. Asa and Reza ruined the whole season for me! I can only hope at this point they realize what big fools and bullies they are and will change their ways. I want to support GG and MJ but idk if I can take hearing much more from the bully patrol!
If anyone (Mike or Asa included) think that Reza would only do this to MJ, they need to think again. Reza is the worst kind of "friend". It is only a matter of time before he gets mad at them and airs all of their dirty laundry. Reza showed that he is an evil and hateful person. I'm so disappointed because he was one of my favorites in the first season. Now I don't think he deserves to be on the show or deserves the friendship of any of the people there. He also fulfills the stereotype that so many people have of gay men -- promiscuous and not monogamous.
Very disappointed by Reza's actions with MJ. Can't stand Asa, Lily and now Reza. GG acted more in control.
I'm not saying MJ is blameless, but Reza's behavor was appalling. Calling her on drugs, drinking, sex partners, her mom's a ho and a bitch, it was just a never ending attack. If this is Reza's version of tough love, it was awful. Way too harsh. I just don't know what she could have done to condone his reaction to her. I had always liked Reza, but the way he treated another human being, particularly someone he was so close too for so long, is extremely disappointing. I pray MJ gets what she needs. At this stage, it doesn't look like anyone is in her corner.
Reza was evil tonight. He had no excuse for hitting MJ so far below the belt. Who would ever trust him again after the horrible way he behaved?
I wish them all the best, I was so disappointed in this season,and I have to note again, I will not be tuning in for a third season.
I think the only one on the show that has any class is Mike.Reza is beyond being a decent human being never mind a friend to anyone.How does anyone trust him in buisness when he can't keep a convidence .I don't care what MJ did or didn't do national television was no place for him to trash her like that, I personally found it discusting.The persian pop princess is completely nuts and has no talent that get up she had on for her concert was terrible looking she doesn't have the body to wear something so tight other than at the gym.I guess she's trying to be a Jackson (they have talent she does not).
I think Lily tries and I really don't dislike her, but some of her comments are biting she needs to keep her thoughts to her self if she wants to fit in.These people have been friends for years it takes time to fit into a new group.
GiGi I think puts on a false front so people don't see how vulnerable she really is,I like her she just needs to calm down some,she beautiful she doesn't need to prove anything.
So here Reza, Asa. and Lilly sit side by side making themselves out to be the fabulous and better than everyone else. Reza is not funny and not sincere. Tough love he is not giving but more of bashing. Does MJ have issues. It is obvious. Maybe she is an addict, but she is human. She doesn't need to be enabled but she doesn't need to be bashed either. Makes one think that Reza, Asa, and Lilly have much to hide and bashing others is a way to avoid their past. I do hope MJ stays in therapy.
Asa and the diamond water. Won't be buying that overpriced water and wouldn't want to see her in concert. Only in her mind is she this great and successful business woman.
Lilly the barbie. I hope she stays rich to afford the plastic surgery to maintain her plastic looks but she has little else to offer.
Looks like Reza sacrificed on parent for another. Wonder who in the end would be there for him?
Mike always being in the middle is tiring. But, I hope his relationship is sincere.
I do hope GG takes this business and flies and soars. I hope she overcomes her anger issues. It is time for her parents to cut her loose and let her find herself.
I am over the drama on most of these shows on Bravo. They were supposed to entertainment, a guilty pleasure and ended up nothing but drama and hatefulness. Yes I can change the channel and to be honest I do a lot.
@seasonedviewer7 ... you're absolutely rigft. Reza did sacrifice his mother after meeting with his father. He became so mean toward her. Reza did the same to MJ, after introducing Lilly to the group.
1. The only people who can truthfully call themselves Persian today are those from the village of Pars. None of these Iranians claim that ancestry.
2. Reza has been undermining MJ on the show both seasons, while claiming to love her one minute and viciously stabbing her in the back the next minute. But, this show would be boring with him, so I guess he wins, no matter how ugly his behavior.
Can he at least drop the act that all he wants for MJ is her recovery, though? He's vicious. BTW, the documents in MJ's criminal case supports her version of events, not his. As if he would have been any braver if people had threatened his life and his family.
3. It's been totally obvious that the Reza, Asa and Lily have been isolating MJ and Gigi with the intent of getting them removed from the cast. I agree that Gigi's physicality is an issue, though.
4. If Asa has been financially supporting her family since her teens, how come her mother is so exhausted and begging Asa to hurry up and find a way to help the family financially?
What an unattractive group!
merrily And if you notice. Asa never answers a question. So she has 2 degrees? What does she do for a living besides this show? She never answers a question.
I don't believe much of what comes out of Asa's mouth, I think she is hiding something and deflecting the attention on others moves it off her. Reza was not giving tough love in order to help MJ. He was bashing her to no end. Did he think it would make him look good?
Aren't all of these folks now US citizens? I mean how much do they remember of their time in Iran?
I personally find them all disgusting ... especially when they (Mike and Reza) refer to Americans as" the white guy, the white man" as I heard many times this season. That is truly disgusting and Bravo should end this show immediately.
I think the are prejudice to the nth degree. I want to yell at Reza hey the barbershop quartet has vest with you name on it.
In most cases, I don't see it as prejudice, just pride in their origination, and what the show's creators called for. I can take it with a grain of salt. What I have a hard time dealing with, is Reza's defamitory behavior towards MJ. He has poured alcohol down her throat as recently as the Mexico trip, yet has the gall to blame her for drinking too much? He is just trying to excuse his bitchy behavior. He found a new, phony female likeness to adore, and dropped his true friend of over 20 years. MJ, I wish you well. I pray your therapy with your mother bears fruit, and you get what you need from it. It may be hard to live with the truth of Reza's weaknesses, but I pray you are mature enough to not let it affect you. I think you are the most "real" person on the show, and I would be proud to be your friend.
your tune changed in this blog!
and by the way why does andy ask questions provoking judgmental responses and then calls people judgemental????
Asa's responds about her stupid business's (diamond water)with smirky teenage whining. GG's admits her dad supports her, that is more truthful than asa saying she supports her parents.
Nadine, I've enjoyed your blog this season very much. It's been illuminating for me to have another Persian's take on the happenings.
As far as Reza's confrontation with MJ... I honestly feel that he's desperate to help her. She looks awful, and quite frankly I believe every word he said. Sometimes an intervention, whether public or not, is the only way to achieve help.
I don't get the criticism he's getting for outting her on TV. They all signed on to do a reality show... to let it all hang out on television, didn't they? Well, MJ needs help ASAP!
I admire his courage. It shows the depth of his love for her.
When Reza's behavior ENCOURAGES MJ to drink, to the extent that he pours alcohol down her throat on the Mexico trip, how can you say he is desperate to help her. When he brings up a situation from MJ's past (when she was 18 or 19), tell me, what was he trying to accomplish? Reza has a whole different agenda that what he claims.
JudiB Were we watching the same show? I am going to college so i can work with drug addicts and abuse victims. This is no way to get some one to seek therapy! Being cruel to some one will only make things worse. If she does in fact have a problem then she needs friends to love and support her. Belittling some one, especially in public (or national television) is in no way helpful! If Reza thinks so negatively of her then he should cut ties, move on, and keep her name out of his mouth!
Oh, don't you worry Nadine - Reza will humble himself, he will apologize do MJ, he'll beg on his knees if he needs to. He knows how he is being perceived by majority of viewers, and he will do anything to improve his image.
If I was MJ I would not take that apology seriously. Reza showed his true colors.