Nadine Rajabi

Ep 1: Nadine Rajabi thinks Lilly has some redeeming to do.

on Nov 7, 20130

Hello my Shah-skies! And we’re back! 

Before I start, I have to share this photo with you. I finally met Vida in all of her Zebra glory on premiere night. Her lipstick was Persian red, and her comedic timing was spot-on. Out of the five pictures we took, this is the one she approved:

Now let’s get to it! Season 3 of Shahs kicked off with a bang. Lilly being a prom queen; Asa sharing her newly found mantra of health and positivity (and promising her mom that she’ll buy her plastic surgery with her first diamond water check); Jessica going to a Judaism conversion mixer with Mike (even though there’s no ring on it) only to have an awkwardly conversation with a circumcised 75-year old; And Vida being afraid of crocodiles… what more could we ask for? 

Before we get to Lilly’s dirty 30 Persian Prom, let’s talk about Reza’s negotiation skills.

My dad always told me that the best way to learn how to negotiate is to go to Iran. Reza stuck to the book. He left his wallet in the car. He asked the dealer if they had any relatives in common, and told them exactly what he wanted. But nowhere in the Iranian handbook does it say to wear your pompadour hairdo for negotiation. Why does he insist on this look? I think that’s where Reza went wrong, unless he thought the dealer had an affinity for Persian bull runners. 

The kicker was when the dealer said you can have the car for $65K flat, or you can have it for $60K plus tax and license. Um, did the dealer just try to pull one over on Reza? If you factor in tax and license, you’re looking at a LOT more money than $65K. Thankfully, Reza walked away, and I commend him for that. I also have to commend him for owning a condo and buying a Porsche. A lot of Persians in L.A. rent a shoebox apartment, and then buy the Porsche…because it’s all about keeping up an image. He’s our very own Persian Suze Orman. But that pompadour in a Porsche…DENIED!

Next, I HAVE to talk about MJ and Vida. This scene warmed my heart. I don’t know what I loved more: MJ and Vida progressing their relationship, or the fact that Vida chose a big wheel to ride around the lake. I wanted to put a Dukes of Hazard flag on her Big Wheel and cards in her spokes. Amazing. Just one thing… can someone please tell Vida that there are no crocodiles in L.A.? The only crocodiles that exist in L.A. live on Reza’s Louboutin loafers. I laughed out loud when Vida got offended by MJ telling her to act more like a teenager (“kind of like Cyndi Lauper”). Vida’s response was priceless: “I am Vida and you are Mercedes.” Thanks for the lesson, Vida. Now can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? MJ, perhaps choose a Persian icon next time? Maybe Googoosh?

18 comments
janshell
janshell

Can someone explain to me why lily invited MJ when she kept stressing she invited 150 of her closest friends? MJ falls in thay category?

critic
critic

She acts like she is above all the others....Persian Barbie?  Are ya kidding me? She needs to go as I think she ruined last season and cause alot of chaos between MJ and Reza.....

onaadams
onaadams

Please get rid of LILY.  Any gal who uses the "C" word should be kicked off!!  EVEN BRANDI from the BH Housewives does not use that word!!  And she leaves no holds barred usually!!  BYE BY, LILY!!!!!! 

lovelaughs33
lovelaughs33

This show is very entertaining and I have enjoyed watching it from the start.  I've also enjoyed reading many of your posts, although I've disagreed often with what you have wrote.  Usually, I don't' care to comment.  This time, I cannot resist.  

 

You are clearly biased against Lilly, possibly due to your friendship with MJ.  MJ has been a jerk to Lilly; it was Lilly's party; MJ did not RSVP as required by the invitation- MJ is SOL!  Now, all the other original Shahs on the show (including you, Nadine- you're kind of part of it b/c you've commented since the beginning, presumably live in LA, and undoubtedly have met and developed some sort of friendships with the Shah clique; see that photo above you have with MJ and her mom.)  You are not being impartial here, and I really wish you would.  

 

I was totally in MJ's camp when Reza was rude to her; MJ is plain wrong here, and the others were wrong to vilify Lilly for not allowing MJ to get away with not RSVP-ing in time.  

 

Let me also add, I always thought Mike was a good guy, but he was a jerk to make that stupid noise when Lilly was defending herself from MJ's public attack at dinner.  

 

I never expected to say this but it's looking like GG might be the nicest person of the original Shah bunch now.    

Blink
Blink

Not sure who you are but even if the E-invite is tagged as not formal, it still had RSVP.  The meaning of RSVP didn't change...so MJ and the rest of the Shah group need to try again with another lame excuse.  As one poster said previously, if they were all so heartbroken, they could've given up their seat for MJ.  "Redeeming Lily", heck the whole cast needs redeeming but so far it only seems like GG  is trying to improve.  All the rest are still the self absorbed attention seeking drama queens they've always been, okay except Mike but he does have his moments sometimes.

Whasup
Whasup

My impression was that MJ had no intention of attending. Reza came over and talked her into contacting Lily. Reza is a s##t stirrer and a very trashy person in general. These people are so materialistic. None of them no the meaning of the word humble.

terry244
terry244

Lilly needs to get over herself!!! Bottom line she was very rude not to allow MJ at her stupid ass bday party! Who cares if shes always late to events im sure shes not the only one who is ever late! Cant stand Lilly shes very into her self very self absorbed get a life and quit starting the drama!!!!!

Cathy9
Cathy9

Lilly was in the right.  MJ just thinks she can do whatever she wants and people will bow down to her.  Good for Lilly, she invited her, didn't she/

PlasticPeggy
PlasticPeggy

I'm going to disagree with you there, first - the evite may have been the last email Lilly was talking about.  Also, if 120 people were able to RSVP, why should MJ not have to?  She has no couth or etiquette when it comes to Lilly and Lilly had already invited this woman who's been nothing but a witch to her.  Why should she go oh ok let's find a spot for her now? 

shanlea
shanlea

Maybe you forgot to watch last season, but MJ was HEINOUS to Lilly.  I do not find Lilly relatable, but I do think that she owes MJ NOTHING. She could have been so much worse to M.  MJ proved to be her mother's daughter and jealousy reflected very poorly on her! The other Shahs should enjoy the generous food and entertainment, celebrate Lilly and move the heck on. No one cared Lilly wasn't invited to MJ's party.

nlb1525
nlb1525

The RSVP gate is back AGAIN; first on RHOA and now on Shahs; JUST TO LET EVERYONE KNOW YOU HAVE TO RSVP NO MATTER WHAT (e-vite or formal invitation). When you open the e-vite, all you have to do is immediately reply yes, no or maybe, why is it so difficult. I respond to all of my little nieces and nephews evites and they range in age from 2-5 years old; if nothing else just so that they know how many hot dogs to buy and prepare.

zocola
zocola

So wrong. An evite is not formal UNLESS you make it clear that it is formal. How else can you explain that 150 other people got it and MJ did not. MJ was just being a bitch and she bitched one time too many with Lilly. Lilly's party and Lilly's rules. OVER and OUT!

backgammon
backgammon

I thought you blog was funny but have NO idea who you are?  Most likely why I am the only one posting to this blog.

 

Think you need to get with it, E vites are very popular and done even outside of California.  You don't need to be green or hug a tree to be practical.  NeNe Leakes used an E vite for her wedding, so your example is completely wrong.

 

On to MJ.  I see how the Shahs hang together and get it that there were empty seats and MJ could have attended.

Having said that MJ, has been so rude to Lilly, she should have been grateful to be invited to the party.  Everyone lets MJ get away with being late, with not showing at all, it was time for her to grow up and put on her big girl pants and be responsible.  Perhaps in the future she will understand what RSVP means. 

 

I love watching the Shahs and they are all their own little world, as is Lilly.  To attend someone's party and then make fun of the hostess, is RUDE.  Lilly had other guest who were really friends, the Shahs were out of line.  I call it when they are funny, I call it when they are silly, but this time they were not correct in any of their behavior.  They ALL owe Lilly an appology.

Maybe they could send it in the form of an E vite.

shysharon
shysharon

yayyy Nadine is back!! You look so tiny in that pic, adorable!  Missed your commentary! Of course I agree with every word! I'll have continue my campaign with andy to see you on WWHL...at least bartending...sheesh! I saw your name on another blog the other day, was it another TV commentary?!

 

I know your  question was rhetorical, but in case you missed it, MJ downed a  big glass of wine while taking a half hour getting Reza some water...I have to admit, I was hoping she would come back this season minus the alcohol and say 'See? I don't HAVE to drink' but unfortunately that scene made me think she DOES have to drink....not good....

cgon1977
cgon1977

 @onaadams Yes Brandi uses the c word. She called one of the new girls a 

Cant Understand Normal Thinking. 

Ninkie
Ninkie

 @lovelaughs33  I agree with you 100%. They were wrong for how they treated Lily. MJ was dead wrong and so was Reza. The one I didn't expect sense from had some. GiGi was right to tell MJ she should have RSVP'd.

Cathy9
Cathy9

 @backgammon Bottom line is, who does MJ think she is that she can call the day before and not RSVP and think because she's all that she can play by her rules.  No.  Lilly wouldn't of let anyone else call the day before and get in.  I think it's better that she wasn't there anyway.

backgammon
backgammon

 @Cathy9

 I agree.  I disagree with Nadine that Lilly has some redeeming to do.

 

More like the Shahs owe Lilly an apology for being rude at her party.  They could have at least have the courtesy to diss her, after they leave. 

 

They may not know this custom, but they have lived in California long enough to figure out you don't bite the hand that just fed you, entertained you, and allowed you drink & dance all night.

 

I also think it would have gone a long way if MJ had called Lilly, said she was sorry. If she acknowledged that she should have responded earlier but was not able to, I think Lilly might have made it happen.  If Nadine thinks E Vites are tacky, how tacky it is to RSVP by text the night before an event?