Shahs of Sunset – Let’s End the Season on a High Note- by NMD
It’s the season finale, and the group is back in Los Angeles. The show opens with Reza talking about his 40th birthday. He’s going to rent a house in Palm Springs for the party. I hope it’s not the middle of the summer. Because this is the finale it’s time to wrap up all the various storylines.
First up is the completion of the Reza – Mike partnership story arc. They have a heart to heart where Mike expresses how disappointed he is that Reza didn’t give him a cut of a sale. Reza explains that with residential sales, the trainee usually gives the mentor 50% of their first few sales. It seems to me they would have talked about these things before going into partnership. Long story short, they both agree that Mike doesn’t want to put in the effort it takes to sell residential real estate. I think his mom told him that before he quit commercial real estate. Mike had better get his act together. Jessica won’t wait forever. They agree to part ways as business partners, but to remain friends, and seal it with a hug. MJ and her relationship with her mom is another uncompleted story arc. MJ takes her mom out to a spa to fill her in on the trip to Turkey. MJ’s meltdown about wanting to have a baby comes up, and her mom is extraordinarily unsympathetic and outright mean. At this point MJ realizes that her mom always manages to dig into her emotions and stomp on them. She jumps off the massage table, smeared with mud, and storms out while her mom calls her crazy. Mike and Jessica’s relationship has been another story arc this year. They are out to dinner and talk marriage. Mike says he will definitely be ready to settle down within five years. Jessica does a double take and says no way, she’s not waiting that long. Mike will be 40 by then and in her opinion too old to start a family. He interviews that an Iranian wedding costs at a minimum half a million dollars, and he needs to earn enough money. Jessica seems to have a good head on her shoulders. Perhaps this is a good thing and she can move on and find a man that wants a marriage and not a wedding. GG has a new story line that came out of the blue. She’s decided to preserve her eggs so that she will have the option of having a baby in the future. She and MJ are in the doctor’s office. GG has an vaginal ultrasound, and in a rare show of modesty for one of these shows asks MJ to sit to the side rather than in a chair with a clear view up her whoohaw. After the doctor determines that GG’s ovaries are in good shape, MJ decides to make an appointment for herself. All of this is to keep their options open. They are in Palm Springs for Reza’s birthday party. As they check in, Reza shows some random guy (Jefferson) a ring that he’s going to use to propose to his boyfriend Adam. I guess with Mike not ready to pop the question, Reza decided he should for the finale. Or he was just ready, but I’m a little cynical when it comes to Reza so I’ll go with Reza wanting attention. Dinner time. Talk turns to GG’s eggs. She explains her plan is to have a baby by 2015 one way or another. Jessica announces that Mike doesn’t want to have children until he’s 40, and Reza interviews that Jessica is going to walk unless she gets a ring. They make Mike narrow it down to getting engaged by 2015. After dinner they all head into the pool. Everyone is drinking heavily. Somehow MJ’s bathing suit comes off and is tossed at GG’s head. GG is drunk/furious and yells at MJ while everyone else giggles. Jessica makes Mike leave. Asa and MJ head into the kitchen. GG follows them demanding that they listen to her complain. She flips MJ over and smacks her on the butt. GG is completely out of control, but the other ladies are also very drunk. They decide to interrupt Mike and Jessica having sex – so again there are scenes of a naked Mike. Somehow Mike’s door gets broken. GG is really mad – drunk mad – but Asa manages to calm her down. Poor Jessica – she’s no where to be seen. Thank you producers for keeping this scene short. Next day starts with more drinking and they decide to try a slip ‘n slide. Jessica does well. Reza can’t make it more than half way down. He says it’s because he’s Persian – but it’s really because he’s out of shape and uncoordinated. It’s dinner/proposal time. Reza is seriously nervous. He tells everyone he needs to use the bathroom (TMI). When he reappears he hands Adam a present. Inside is a ring box. Adam shows it to everyone, and someone asks “what’s happening? you don’t just give someone a ring.” Reza leans over casually and says, “I love you, will you marry me?” as he’s giggling nervously. Mike and Jessica looked shocked/upset, but they cover it well. Obviously they were supposed to be the end of the year proposal until he got cold feet. But it is an awww moment for Reza. For one hot minute he becomes likable. Back in LA we finish up Lilly’s storyline. She’s sitting alone in her apartment, eating take out, and talking to her dog. She voice over that she regrets pulling away from the group, and crawls into bed. I wonder why they didn’t just edit her out this season. The episode ends with the group dinner. Reza gets an awesome rainbow cake – 8 or so layers with different colors. As he opens his gifts, each of the cast does a voice over on what they learned this year. They end with cheers. My season overview is that this show got much better in the last three weeks when they stopped the petty fighting. I hope this is a sign that these shows won’t end on a dark note anymore. Everyone loves a happy ending.
Simon van Kempen and Alex McCord Talk Housewives by NMD
Yesterday on twitter, Simon van Kempen and Alex McCord gave their twitter followers a little more insight into their thoughts on how their family was portrayed on Real Housewives of New York. It all started when someone asked “Would you like to see Bethenny back on RHONY? Do you think the show needs her for ratings?”
Alex and Simon tell two slightly contradicting versions of the story. Alex clearly said they tired to quit but got drawn back in, while Simon said they were contractually obliged to film four seasons of the show. I suspect you can quit if you really want to. You could sit in your kitchen and only film scenes with your hairless cat or spinning dog until the producers went out of their minds with boredom and let you out of your contract (for instance).
As far as kids and reality shows – I have A LOT to say about that, and will blog about it tomorrow. I’m still processing the Dance Moms episode from last night.