Cast Blog: #SHAHS

MJ's Denial is Truly Destructive

Reza wanted the reunion to be about one thing and one thing only -- the truth.

Going into the reunion, I felt nothing but excitement and I truly felt right at home in that room. There's something about gilded furniture, crystal chandeliers, and extravagant spreads that make me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Seeing the rest of the Shahs, regardless of where we are at with one another still makes me feel great. With that said, I decided that reunion day would be about one thing and one thing only, THE TRUTH! Specifically speaking, I would stop enabling MJ and I'd finally confront her about her abuse of alcohol and pills. She has been on a smear campaign trying to convince others that my use of the words "bitch" and "ho" is inexcusable. She even brought up the fact that I had referred to my mother as such. In my heart I know that I love and adore my mother. I fancy myself a comedian and have always used those words to be funny in interviews. I won't lie I do crack myself up. As soon as MJ brought up that fact, I realized what she was trying to do. I couldn't take it and replied that I might refer to my mother as such, but that her mother was a bitch and a ho. It wasn't my finest hour, but I couldn't take another moment of MJ's "smoke and mirror" tactics. Plus, you guys have seen her mother, enough said.

Denial is truly a destructive emotion and regardless of where MJ is at, we all know and have witnessed her excessive use of drugs and alcohol. People all around us from fans to the production staff have at one time or another, mentioned the fact that MJ appears "out of it." The saddest part of the pill conversation to me was her attempt at describing the best way to use Ambien. Mike's support of MJ just perpetuates the cycle and she'll continue to be enabled. I was disappointed that he wasn't honest. Like Asa said, it's really scary when a 40 year old woman is asleep in the hallway of a hotel. That's not just unacceptable behavior, it's dangerous.

When we got to the feud between GG and Asa, I had to tune it out. I couldn't listen to GG refer to one of my closest friends as "that thing." It's beyond disappointing and pretty shocking that GG still cannot be accountable for the problems she's caused. To top it off, she went on about her use of prescription pills, which actually explains a lot. I spent so much time and energy trying to bring Asa and GG together and to hear that the solution for the situation in GG's eyes is a "bare knuckle boxing match," was deplorable.

Lilly has been a breath of fresh air. Having her in the group this summer helped to lighten my mood and distract me from MJ's hardcore partying. Heyvoon-bazi is one thing, but passing out in hotel hallways takes it to a dark place. The fact that Lilly was met with so much opposition was difficult for me, but to hear that MJ was blaming Asa and I for her situation with Lilly was laughable -- another example of MJ's unwillingness to be responsible for her actions. Lilly had finally had it and confronted MJ with facts and documentation, even MJ had to face the facts and actually gave Lilly an apology. I have to say that that was one of the best moments of the reunion for me.

The one thing that I'd like the viewers to remember, is that we are living our lives in front of the world. I'm at the end of my rope and don't want to she MJ overdose or even die, that would be unbearable. If I have to be the "bad guy" or the "mean one," I'm happy with those titles as long as my friend is alive and well. That's all I want. I can't sit by and watch MJ self-destruct.

I hope you guys have enjoyed watching us as much as we've enjoyed hearing from all of you. I hope you have an amazing week and remember that there's nothing more important in life than your health. Take care of yourself first and then help your loved ones.

Love and booses!

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Recap: The Inconclusive Freezer Aisle

Ep 8: Wondering who's the ping pong champion of the world and how to store your recently deceased dog? Look no further!

What do you get when you mix a frozen dog, a ping pong champion, and a polygraph test? Oh, just another episode of the Shahs of Sunset. Last night’s episode proved to be one for the books. Before we get to MJ’s freezer and GG’s polygraph outfit, let’s quickly recap what happened in our hour of power.

With Reza’s wedding coming up, Reza, MJ, and Asa are all going on a “detox.” I’d say the word “diet,” but the Priestess doesn’t like that word, so we’ll stick to the friendlier D-word. While on the subject of weddings, Jessica is turning into quite the bridezilla showing up at Mike’s office with their wedding planner…you know, just trying to plan the whole wedding during business hours.

We also saw Asifa’s dad give her sound relationship advice. He told her, “don’t be like Madonna.” I wish he would have clarified 1984 Like a Virgin Madonna or 2015 Rebel Heart Madonna. If he meant the latter, I agree…sort of.

As Asifa was getting advice from her Persian Dad, Reza paid Dr. Downs a visit to sort out some relationship issues he’s been having with Adam. We found out that not only are they having issues in the bedroom, but sweet Adam has a porny side with a bad habit of not clearing his browser history. I hope Reza and Adam figure out their issues, because their wedding clock is ticking and there is only room for two in the bed, not the world wide web.

On the friendship front, Reza and Mike had a sit down to try to hash out their differences. Mike is hurt because Reza didn’t tell him the Turkish secret, and Reza found out that Jessica thinks he’s evil. Needless to say, the sit down wasn’t a success. A text message conversation could have gone smoother. Their bromance has been lacking the “bro” part for quite some time.

Now, I’d now like to take a moment of silence for our favorite four-legged Mexican, Pablo. I was heart broken to find out that he had passed. That dog was a mascot for the Shahs. As viewers, we’ve experience many great moments with our furry friend from being pushed around town in a stroller to getting his anal glands expressed to wearing bow ties.

Hopefully MJ will bounce back quickly because I know that Pablo’s soul will live on forever. But I’m not sure GG’s eyes will ever recover from seeing Pablo wrapped up like E.T. fresh out of the Persian freezer aisle, aka MJ’s kitchen freezer.

My big question: Was Pablo stuffed between the frozen broccoli and the Häagen-Dazs or did she clear out the freezer before making a doggie morgue?

As if GG didn’t have enough stress seeing the deceased Mexican E.T., she had to go through a lie detector test given by Orville Redenbacher’s doppelganger. After a line of questioning, the test came back inconclusive, and Orville wouldn’t budge. He basically told GG, Game Over. I wonder if GG’s outfit had anything to do with it? You’d think having her hair in braids, she’d be a shoe in for a good test score, but that didn’t seem to be the case. Hopefully next week she’ll get better results when an examiner with a real computer tests her. 

Before I go, I MUST take a minute to give tribute to the one and only Ping Pong champion of the world, Vida. Put some backspin on it, Ms. Ping Pong Champ! 

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Nadine Rajabi is a television producer, writer, and stand-up comedian from Los Angeles. Most importantly she's Bravo’s in-house Persian.