Cast Blog: #SHAHS

Recap: Lost But Not Least

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

Recap: Lost But Not Least

Nadine appreciates the deeper peek into the Shahs personality, but wishes she knew less about Mike and Reza's sex lives.

The season is finally over! It's been quite a ride, and I had NOOOO idea that the Shahs could take us in the fast lane the way they did this past season. They proved that their lifestyle is louder, crazier, and more dramatic than anything you or I could ever imagine. I have to say, after last week's reunion I was left sad and upset with a few of the people in the cast. But after watching tonight's Lost Footage episode, I remembered why I love these guys. I really hope they can all work it out next season.

OK, without further adieu, let’s get on with the last of the lost.

I did not find it a coincidence that Reza and MJ didn't interview together. That leads me to believe that the two have not kissed and made up yet. When we have time off between now and next season, I feel like I need an MJ and Reza cam, similar to the puppy cam just so I can keep an eye on them to watch them fight (or play). Some might call it stalking. I call it concern.

Moving on to Mike and Reza. Can I just say I learned waaaayyyy too much about their sex lives. TMI, dudes! I mean, I loved how they kept going back to their carwash convo like they were the peanut gallery. But Jesus, Mohammad, and David! We get it, Mike! You like fake boobs. But being that he likes them so much, it’s curious that he wasn't more obsessed with Lilly’s floatation devices this season. Funny that he's never commented. Maybe if she hadn't been such a pill in Cabo, he could have given her fun bags a quick squeeze.

Oh and -- as far as grooming -- goes it's not shocking that Reza likes a good ol' fashion disco bush to go along with his armpits. Meanwhile, Mike likes no bush. Which pretty much rules almost every Persian girl out of his dating pool (condolences to Mike's mom and dad). Unless, they bought that Laser Groupon that was going around a few months ago. Personally, I think Mike's machismo talk is phony. I didn't see any of his preferences on Jessica. She seems like a natural beauty! At least, from what I could tell on screen, fully clothed.

As for Reza, I imagine him to like his bush so big that it's triple canopied like the Brazilian rain forest. . .with monkeys swinging from trees, parrots flying around, and Shakira there trying to save it. To each their own!

Besides seeing Mike and Reza talk sex, we also got a glimpse of Lilly's black card from the infamous Ali while she shopped. I love that home girl has no shame in using it. As we learned in Part 1 of the reunion episode, Lilly gave her Virginity Card to Ali, so it stands to reason that she feels entitled to his line of credit. Not a bad rule to live by. Here's a question, if she's not dating him, then how much longer can she keep using that black piece of plastic? I mean, she got a few fancy cars out of it. What more does she want? Wanna know what parting gift I got to the man I gave up my V-card to? My Dido CD back. Let's not even go there. . .

Let's get to the drama portion. Besides MJ claiming that she's autistic in interview (side note: she really should not be throwing the term around like a joke. . .just sayin'), she did a lot of things on camera that were SO not acceptable.

How about we start with her being drunk at Reza's family's house in Great Neck? You all know I love MJ and feel for her, but she should have shown more respect for Reza's family. I'd be lying if I said she wasn't funny though. When she called Reza's dad "hot," I almost fell out of my chair laughing. MJ, you know Reza's dad is a former playboy. Why tease him? You're going to give the poor man a heart attack! You're at a religious celebration! Keep it together, ya Persian Snooki!

I can understand why Reza, Mike, and company were upset with MJ that night. They must have felt like babysitters. I did think Mike treated MJ like a child, but the truth is, she was acting like one. She doesn't know when enough is enough. The B.S. line of the night was when Reza said he brought Mike and Asa to his parents house because he didn't want to be micromanaging her inebriation. Come on, Reza. . .really? That's why you brought them? For MJ control? If that's what you were so concerned about, why not just chip her like a dog and serve her virgin drinks?

While on the topic of MJ and Reza, let's talk about sex-gate. I bet MJ is lying, and she DID have sex with Reza. But why lie about it??? Why not just own a hilarious high school story? I'm sure she's done a lot worse than have sex with her gay best friend. For God's sake, I’m sure Pablo and Julio have done worse!

Speaking of Pablo. . .you gotta love a dog that has bad gas after eating too much prosciutto. Watching that scene I kept wondering if it was Sammy letting them rip and blaming the dog? I wouldn't put it past him.

And last but not least, let's talk about Lilly and Asa's cellulite treatment. Um. . .what cellulite does Lilly have? I'm glad she's setting such a good example for young girls. She goes in for that treatment like it's an everyday type-thing; the way some people would get their nails done or their eyebrows threaded. Although I'm pretty certain that getting threaded hurts more. As for Asa getting the treatment, the poor thing looked like she was getting tazed, not lasered. Asa, people from the old country flee this type of treatment and call it torture, while Lilly invites it. Next time. . .RUN!

All in all, this episode ended the season on a high note. It was just the type of comic relief we needed after such a dramatic season. There were so many scenes that provided a peek into the other sides of the Shahs' personalities: Asa's mom loving Snoop and Eminem, Mike being a flirt, MJ's dating criteria and GG's thoughts on selfish men in the bedroom to name just a few. There was just too much to cover, but coming off of last week it was a reminder that there is a lot of love between them all and left me hopeful for what’s to come.

I'd like to take the time to thank you ALL for reading my blog this past season. I also want to thank you for all your comments. I read them all!

Truth is we were on this ride together, and it was a fun one. I’ll miss you guys, and until next season, Khodahafez (Good-bye)!

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

Asa's Profound and Cathartic Trip

Asa opens up about her expereince at the Iranian border.

Thank God that I'm a captain's daughter and grew up on boats and hovercrafts and do not need anything inserted to not get sick, LOL! Reza and Golnesa are cracking me up here. Hahaha!



Yachting all day on the same waters my wonderful father sailed in his youth. Such a wonderful day hanging out with my friends. Away from the B.S. and in this beautiful place enjoying each other’s love and company. Princess Island was so relaxing and charming. Every restaurant was a seafood restaurant, and I was in heaven! When I saw the tears in Merc's eyes, I could feel that she was ready to “go there.” I am so proud of her rawness about what she wants and her needs. After all, how can we achieve something we can't even visualize or speak of? I am here for her for strength, love, and support through thick and thin. She will be a wonderful mom!


By the great power of Destiny and Will, Reza, my Mom, and I were able to find a way to make a personal pilgrimage to the border of Iran, where all of us and our ancestors were born. It was such a long, intensive, and at times dangerous journey there, but this was nothing compared to the 30 years we have been waiting to go back home.Without getting too political, I wanted to explain to those who might not fully understand our inability to safely go to Iran. The fact alone that I am a political refugee is not the only reason. While I'm a very proud Iranian and feel a great responsibility to shed light on all the wonderful things about my culture, I also feel socially obligated to be honest about the things terribly wrong with the government of Iran. Iran sadly is a tyranny and deals with political dissidents (that's anyone with an opinion) as criminals. It jails, tortures, and executes its own citizens for simple expressing a political opinion. Think about all the individuals, comedians, talk show hosts, or journalists expressing various opinions here in the US about the president or government... In the US it's called freedom of speech. Well, this freedom does not exist in Iran. The number of “political” prisoners and executions of the latter is staggering. So, somebody whose art deals even mildly with such things and is considered “Islamic Feminist” going to Iran safely is pretty much out of the question.

Back to our beautiful pilgrimage to the center of my heart. Throughout the whole day, my Mom, Reza, and I were like silent warriors. We were all dealing with our own personal emotions throughout the journey while also in the collective experience. On the flight and the bus ride, it was sheer excitement. Then on the last leg of the journey in the Kurdish car, we all lost it. Listening to our favorite old Persian song on our iPhone and nearing the Iranian border, tears of joy and sadness starting falling endlessly.

It was so incredible for me to have my Mom, who sacrificed everything in her youth to make a brighter future for me and my brother, with me. I could feel her pain and joy and see it in her eyes. Reza and I really bonded on a primal level, and I will never forget these moments we shared together. I felt that we were making this pilgrimage for all immigrants, all refugees, all displaced people in the world.Then as I got out of the car and smelled the familiar air, a feeling of complete joy and euphoria came over me. I was not sad anymore. Nor was I missing it the way I used to. I surrendered all those heavy feelings right there on that earth. As I said, when you embrace the big monster, it melts away.

We all have landmark events in our lives. This was one of mine. Going to the border of Iran with my Mom and Reza was one of the most profound and cathartic experiences of my life. I am forever grateful and enormously blessed to have been able to have this experience. And I’m thrilled that I was able to share it with you all.