Cast Blog: #SHAHS

Recap: Outed by Chihuahuas

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

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

Why Can't MJ Just Say "I'm Sorry"?

Recap: Outed by Chihuahuas

Ep 11: Were MJ's dogs as stressed as everyone else by the tense Leila/GG situation.

Hi everyone! The long awaited after show that been a year in the making finally premiered tonight!!! We will roll these out after every week through the reunion. I hope you enjoy these!

Now on to the episode...

I just finished watching this episode and walked away asking myself:

1)    How many Jonathan Adler couches were sacrificed to make Reza’s suit?
2)    How many Asas does it take to put on an art show?
3)    Why on earth would MJ call GG’s mom after Del Mar?
4)    And, was it c---, whore, bitch or slut, whore, bitch? Because GG and MJ have conflicting stories on the first word.
5)    Did Pablo and Julio need doggie Xanax after Leila’s house? Because I certainly did after watching.

Before we get to these questions, I’d love to cover a few things very quickly. First, MJ’s spray tan. It’s a little known secret that Persian women have giant boobs…but seeing her get spray tanned made me realize that hers are giant-er (if the word existed). I swear if a tsunami ever hit, I’d grab one as a floatation device. Where were they when the Titanic sank? I swear some lives would be saved.

Next, I’d love to address the Lilly and Reza break-up. I don’t think Lilly was being as harsh as Reza thought. I think she was being honest. There’s a difference. If Reza was so worried about his friendship with Lilly, why didn’t HE reach out to her after that infamous dinner when MJ told Lilly and Coconut circle out of there? Lilly said it best when she said, “What’s worse than an enemy? A fake friend.” Well said, Lilly. If Reza wanted the blow softened, she could have phrased it by saying, “What’s worse than a fake Louis Vuitton?” Or “What’s worse than fake gold?” But she went straight for the golden dagger. The truth hurts sometimes.Now let’s get to my burning questions…

First one is: How many Jonathan Adler couches were sacrificed to make Reza’s suit?  


I know some people may think I’m a hater, but I can’t decide if I should sit on Reza or give him a pimp stick to walk with.

The best part is he has that same suit in two colors! We’ve all seen the burnt orange/red one, but he just one-upped himself tonight with the blue, and that’s hard to do. And let’s not forget the finishing touch…


Next let’s talk about Asa’s art show. My first question is how many Asas does it take to put on an art show?

I’d love to know how she found her “other” selves… Did she put out a Craigslist ad to find her Asa-bees? When she was auditioning the Asa-bees, did she have them all do a sitting still test? So many questions! 


Thankfully she didn’t have an Asa for her bird flu mask era, because only she can rock that.


We know from past episodes that Asa said there are three chapters in her life: Rumi -- where her heart was developed; Nietzsche -- where her mind was developed; And Eazy E -- where her body was developed. I wonder if she’s aware how Eazy E died? Just wondering…

The art show had its normal Shah drama. Jessica and MJ got into it, and of course MJ and GG had a run-in. But the most important thing is that Mike apologized to MJ for the infamous croissant-gate. And thank God for that. As much as MJ has been lower on my list these days, I truly felt bad for her when Mike told her she shouldn’t eat the buttery, chocolate croissant.

And the other good that came out of the night (and most importantly) was Asa pulled off her art show. I know I’ve been poking fun at it, but truth is Asa did a great job. True, art is subjective and you may beg to differ. But she surpassed any of my expectations. The real question is what did the other Asas think?

They are women of few words…


And last let’s talk about this whole MJ/GG/Leila drama…

First of all, who in their right mind would call anyone’s mom? Obviously, MJ did it to spite GG, but what good could come out of that? And was it REALLY necessary to not just call GG’s mom, but to also to say their daughter is a c---, whore, bitch? MJ said she called her a slut, whore, bitch, but at this point, who’s really keeping track except for me? I put it in my dream journal in case you were wondering.

Regardless, we’re not in elementary school and no one should be telling on anyone. But if we are going the elementary route, we should all practice the Golden Rule. One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself. That way, nobody gets hurt. The only part of the Golden Rule the Shahs seem to get right is the gold part; sadly, it’s without the rules.

Anyway, as if c---, whore, bitch wasn’t bad enough this episode, it kept building. The kicker was MJ and Reza getting outed by MJ’s chihuahuas. Before we get to the chihuahuas, can we please talk about Reza actually coming to help someone move? Who knew he had it in him? Based on past Reza behavior, you’d think he’d pay someone to help with any heavy lifting. But these guys keep surprising me every episode. But I digress…

All was OK, until GG showed up. I understand why Leila didn’t tell GG that Reza and MJ were there. She was rolling the dice, but someone tell this girl when MJ, Reza, and GG are in the same room, it’s not time to be gambling. Home girl was BOUND to get caught and she did. Pablo and Julio, or as I shall call them, Exhibit A and Exhibit B came walking out and that’s when GG blew her lid. (Side note: I wonder what MJ has a harder time controlling…her dogs or her boobs?)


I can totally understand why GG was mad. She feels deceived by her sister, and as MJ said in the episode, Leila and GG’s rift runs way deeper than any friendship she’s struck up with Leila. With that said, I don’t think MJ’s friendship helps the situation, it just adds to the problem. Now, I’ve been pro-GG this whole season (for the most part), but the one thing I didn’t agree with was seeing how she brought Jordan into the fight. That poor little girl does not need to be subjected to any of these people’s crazy drama.

That six-year-old is wise beyond her years, but the last thing she needs is more fighting in her life. She should focus on being a kid, not fighting her aunt’s battles. These guys need to pull it together, period. Before Turkey, during Turkey, and after Turkey. If they don’t, I’m sending Lilly to Turkey to distract and turn the focus. As for Pablo and Julio, thankfully, no animals were hurt making this episode (to the best of my knowledge at least).

Until next week!

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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.

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.