Shahs of Sunset – Reach deep inside and let the anger go by NMD
Well, it didn’t take long for this show to sink back into the toilet. We open with Reza instructing GG on how to insert a suppository into her asshole. They are going on a yacht for the day and it is for motion sickness. No kidding. Why would they film that? And don’t they have the patch or pills? Four minutes of this. Seriously?
Next up Asa tells Reza that it’s possible for them to travel to the border of Iran. Apparently she was in a coffee shop and someone just mentioned it to her. Okay – not believing that. And where are her relatives? In any case, their conversation beats listening to GG shove a suppository up her ass. BTW Reza is wearing a pink shirt, turquoise shoes, and shorts that look like boxers. Did you forget your shorts Reza?
But first, the group parties (body shots) on a yacht in what I think is the Black Sea. MJ has forgiven Mike for telling her not to eat a chocolate croissant on race day, and they hug it out. MJ interviews that she’s happy that all her friends are there – no fake boobs, no fake friends. Nice that she takes time out of her day to slam Lilly who isn’t even there. Lilly who and why didn’t we get to see the fashion show LaineyGirl was in?
At lunch Reza explains that he’s freaked out by women wearing a veil. They scare him. Asa tries to explain that he should be culturally sensitive, but he decides to be an ugly tourist and judge people in their own country in a loud voice. Even GG is annoyed because she thinks the veil is just about respect. Shut it Reza. Asa then explains the trip to the border, which is just for Asa, her mom, and Reza (what happened to her brother?). Asa feels like it’s the closest she’ll ever get. Mike isn’t at all interested, and MJ isn’t invited for some reason. I’m not sure if she is able to visit Iran (like GG). They have to get up at 3 am for a 6 am flight and then drive 3 hours.
Now they are on the trip in some border town, and tear up when they see a road sign pointing to Iran they get teary. Their tour guide points out the sniper towers all over the hills as they enter the military zone. Next, they transfer to cars escorted by tribal people to get them to the top of a Turkish Hill that will allow them a panoramic of Iran. This scene is extremely emotional and well done. Well done, Bravo. (Except for Reza’s talking heads). They all feel complete as they look out over their homeland and let go. It’s pretty clear Asa’s mom is just drinking it all in and processing a lot of mixed feelings. Love her. She made the show real and interesting. Reza is processing it all too – although I’m a little confused about why Reza couldn’t visit Iran before he was on TV. Is it that dangerous for gay people? Reza interviews that he’s able to reach deep inside and let all the anger go. I feel like I’ve heard him say that before – but whatever. Asa explains that her dad was a top official in the Navy and defected/left as a political refugee. If any of their family tries to return to Iran they’d probably be arrested so it’s obviously not worth the risk. They end their trip by picking up a heart shaped rock for MJ.
Meanwhile, back in Istanbul, the other three are anxiously waiting at the hotel with food and drink where they all decompress. Asa and Resa hand out rocks, the heart shaped one for MJ, and other ones for Mike and GG. Mike comments that MJ’s looks different, and theirs look like something Reza picked up outside the hotel. For some reason I want to know if that’s true. I hope Andy asks it at the reunion.
Interlude – Mike tells a funny story about a strange massage – flashbacks from a Seinfeld episode – sort of.
Next day and it’s suddenly their last night in Istanbul and all of Asa’s family is magically back. Does this mean that her family was there the entire time but Asa ditched them for a day on the yacht and then that day when she traveled to the border? That can’t be true, the editing must have mixed up the nights to end the episode with this family dinner. All the babies and little kids is too much for MJ and she falls apart after Reza asks her if she wants a baby and she says yes. She begins to realize that she’s running out of time and doesn’t have any prospects for a significant other. Asa takes time out of her family time to console her, and reassures her that it will happen for her. MJ is a teary mess and goes outside to have a smoke.
And next on the season finale, it looks like they get drunk and naked, and someone might just propose.