A BIG Lynnfam welcome to our new blogger Sunny Girl. She will be recapping Shahs for us this season! We’ve also have volunteers for The Newlyweds and Million Dollar Listing. Yay Lynnfam!
The Shahs of Sunset Season Premiere “I Am The Gay Ghandi” by Sunny Girl
Last season of The Shahs ended with the Shahs, minus Lilly, making an emotional pilgrimage to Turkey. The trip to Turkey seemed to cement relationships amongst the Shahs, but that doesn’t seem to be carrying forward into this season.
Our show begins with Reza and Asa going to a jewelry store. As usual, Reza has a snappy remark to make. He claims “it should become a habit to buy gold.” They discuss celebrating Nowruz, which means Persian New Year
Asa reminds Reza that her parents are renovating their home, so they will be living with Asa for a few months. Reza thinks no good can come of this, especially when Asa’s mother refers to herself as “the cat lady.”
Reza also discusses his relationship with Adam, now that they are engaged. He will be meeting Adam’s parents soon, who he describes as two very religious white parents from Oklahoma. He also claims that Adam has said that when they are married, any purchases over $5,000 must be approved by the other partner. Therefore, Reza, of course, buys a new Rolex watch.
Next, we see Mike going to his parent’s house with a bottle of champagne. He wants to show them the ring that he will be giving Jessica when he asks her to marry him. (As an aside, I watched Watch What Happens Live after The Shahs last night. Reza spilled the beans and said that the ring Jessica has now is NOT the one Mike had at his parent’s house. Hmmmmm.)
Mike says he has pulled away from the group, and that it’s a natural progression when you’re in a relationship.
Next we see MJ and Reza visit GG at her new apartment. Two days before her move, GG and her boyfriend broke up so she is living in the apartment on her own. Reza and MJ say the apartment is bare and without character. As MJ aptly describes it, GG’s apartment “needs a hug.”
MJ arrives at a park with a picnic basket and a blanket. She says that it’s been over five years since she has had a long term relationship. And then we meet Charlie! MJ describes him as Jewish, non-Persian and ten years younger than her. She says she may have met the man of her dreams.
Lastly, we see Reza and Adam at their condo, which is the polar opposite of GG’s apartment. (Reza’s décor would keep me awake at night!) This is where the cast comes together for a meal for Nowruz.
Now that all Shahs have been accounted for, we can get into the actual beginning of the season. Asa is hosting a Nowruz celebration which consists of jumping over a fire. It’s supposed to be purifying and cleansing. This is where we meet Asifa, the newest member of the Shahs who has replaced Lilly. GG introduces Asifa, explaining that she has known Asifa for over eleven years. It is also explained that through a mutual contact, Mike and Asifa know each other. Mike doesn’t look happy about it. (Just an aside, but did anyone else notice that Jessica had an attitude about “something” as soon as they arrived?)
Jessica is eating an appetizer off a toothpick. MJ makes a sexual innuendo to Mike that he is wishing it was a part of his body going into Jessica’s mouth. For whatever reason, Mike and Jessica take offense to this. (I don’t know why, since MJ is always making remarks like this.) Mike fires back and asks MJ if she had ever given him a BJ. (I find that a strange question, don’t you??) MJ plays coy, which infuriates Jessica who screams that for the past three years SHE is the only one giving Mike BJ’s (And I said that nicely, not the way Jessica did but I’ll leave that to your imagination.) It’s obvious that there is trouble in paradise between Mike and Jessica. But more about that later. For whatever reason, Asifa then asks if Mike has a “micro-penis.” Really? Who does that? Mike decides to just have another drink, because that always helps with the Shahs.
Now, the Shahs are going to a club on a party bus. Feels like déjà vu. Lot’s of party busses in the Shahs past. GG is rambling about a Staycation, which the girls seem to be excited about.
Asifa’s boyfriend shows up to the club. His name is Bobby and he is described as her ex-husband/future husband/boyfriend. I’m already confused.
It’s apparent that Mike is two sheets to the wind when he starts talking about being an “alpha” male. Then he and Reza start making fun of Bobby’s jacket, where the vents of his jacket are still sewn together. Reza decides to take the bull by the horns and cut the vents, while Asifa tries to apologize to Mike. Mike is very drunk (I’ve seen this too many times with Mike and no good will come of it) and the apologize escalates when Bobby gets involved.
Jessica and the others try to keep the altercation from getting physical between Bobby and Mike. Mike takes Bobby’s jacket (why, you ask? Unexplainable.). Jessica gets Mike out of there and she is furious with him. She starts screaming at the PA to take the mike off while she is pulling at it. I’ve never seen Jessica act like this, but dealing with a very drunk Mike over and over again could drive a wooden man crazy.
After this, there is a segment of “coming this season” that outlines a problem between Mike and GG, Reza asking Adam for a pre-nup agreement, Mike and Jessica’s engagement, a bachelor party and a trip to Thailand. As Reza says, be prepared to be “Shahked.” (This is my new favorite phrase.)
All in all, this was a good start to the season. I just hope, really hope, that Mike and Asifa’s boyfriend are not going to have a pissing contest every episode.
One of the themes repeated this week was GG’s plastic surgeries, which included new boobs and a butt! GG is a gorgeous girl without enhancements but it seems to make her happy and she owns it.
See you next week!
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Season 5 Episode 15
“Kim Tends To Forget Key Events”
The episode starts out kinda fun and light-hearted and then takes a wicked turn. Lisa tells us the scavenger hunts was fun. Sort of.
Next we head off to Calgary to be a part of the David Foster Foundation Gala, which raises money to support families with children in need of an organ transplant. Before we arrive there however, I had quite an intense conversation with Kim Richards about her sobriety on the plane. She had been unusually quiet and uneasy around me, and me being one to crack an egg wide open to get to the heart of the problem asked her flat out if she was upset with me.
I am still so baffled about this. Does Kim think that everyone had a complete brain fart and forgot Poker Night? You ADMITTED you took someone else’s meds. THEREFORE, you broke your sobriety. Am I wrong here? Again, this is not judgement of people in recovery. This seems to be common sense and OWNING YOUR SHIT which is part of staying sober. Lisa also addresses the fact that she did not “talk behind her back”. She addressed Kim directly at Eileen’s home for the script reading and Kim blew her off…blah blah blah.
The tense conversation between Kim and I on the plane, though, was just too much. She chose to speak to me as if I were a child and yelled at me each time I apologized to her. I don’t know how many times I apologized, and she decided to snub and fire back an icy, “Just drop it!” or “Leave it alone!” instead of carrying on a normal conversation where both people can speak like mature grown ups.
This was so beyond awkward! And knowing Babyface was right there made it even worse. I would have crawled under my coat just like Kyle.
Of course, the bug in Kim’s ear is Brandi, Queen of Deflection. The reason I sat down for lunch with her was for me to ask why SHE is so aggressive and why SHE says the hurtful things she does and why SHE thinks it’s ok to act like a 3-year-old. I wanted to have a face-to-face, open and honest conversation with her about what makes her tick the way she does, so I could form my own opinions outside of what the other women have told me. As I can now see in hindsight, Brandi steered our lunch conversation to be about Kim, so we didn’t have to talk about why Brandi is the way she is. I would have liked to see Brandi be honest with Kim about her concerns she shared with me that day, but from what I can tell, Brandi seems scared of Kim and basically just tossed the whole messy situation on me. If anything, I would say we’re actually witnessing Brandi talk behind Kim’s back, since she didn’t share any of her parts of the conversation. Very irresponsible and definitely not what I would call a good friend.
She totally hits the nail on the head here. Brandi riled Kim up by telling her this little tidbit, but didn’t share her role in conversation at all. It shows how stupid Brandi really is since the whole scene was RECORDED and Kim would eventually see it play out. I find it sad that Brandi would manipulate an already emotionally unstable Kim for her own benefit. But I am not surprised. I am surprised Brandi didn’t eat her young. Lisa moves on to gush about the charity event. It was filled with celebrities and tons of money and all for an amazing cause.
We make it to Amsterdam, and as you can see, we clearly packed the crazy train in our carry-on luggage. I was kinda hoping it would be left at home, but we just wouldn’t be us without it, now would we? Kim continues to constantly bitch at her sister in the airport and create a scene, which is only the beginning for lots more craziness to come!
They were only gonna be there for 5 days, right? They each packed as though they were MOVING to Amsterdam. I am a packing overachiever and tend to “situation pack”…what if we go out to a fancy dinner? What if we go to a beach dinner? (What if I spend the day by the pool? What if I just want to eat in the hotel and be comfy?) BUT, I have never taken that much luggage anywhere.
“Kim’s Emotions Are Already Running High”
Eileen tells us the episode starts out with something she can get on board with…she likes good natured competition.
A scavenger hunt in Beverly Hills, how fun is that? I was sort of excited. Unfortunately, it didn’t seem like Kim was too happy to be on my team. Maybe it’s because she “doesn’t dislike me, but doesn’t like me”? OK. So now she’s harboring a grudge, because I invited her to lunch with Kyle and opened up to them about my sisters’ passing? She feels it was none of my business. I figure, what the hell? Life is short.
Eileen is being way too nice here. If Kim didn’t want to do this, she could have stayed home with her dog. All of Kim’s fictional problems are just ways that she deflects from her core issue. Kim being mad at Eileen for attempting to help her and Kyle fix their relationship is just crazy. We are talking about Kim though. Moving on.
In spite of her feelings toward me, Kim, my friend Lynn, and I got off to a strong start. We were forced to drink milkshakes–that’s always a plus. Kim was confusing me with not being able to run, and then being able to run, and “let’s leave without the clue,” “let’s go back to get the clue.” But whatever, right? WE WON! WE WON! WE WON! Go figure.
This was all very weird and teenager behavior. Kim reminded me of a spoiled HS girl. Eileen was excited about the trip to Amsterdam. This is because she has never been on a HW trip. Its induction by fire.
Leaving Jesse and Vince is so hard! It’s especially hard for me to leave Jesse, because, yes, in fact it’s true: I have never flown without him since he was born. I admit, it’s not healthy, and the whole thing has gone way too far. But do I have to cut the strings THIS time? THIS trip?
This really shocked me! I am impressed that she is such a dedicated mom. We expect Hollywood moms to dump their kids off with the Nanny.
Seeing the plane ride over, maybe it’s a good thing I had to work. We haven’t even gotten to Amsterdam and already tensions are running high between Kim and Lisa R. The cat is out of the bag. Brandi had a frank talk with Kim about Lisa R.’s concern for her. Except, it was hardly “frank,” considering she left out the part about her also being very concerned about Kim’s well-being. When Lisa R. asked her at lunch if Kyle was worried about Kim’s behavior, Brandi’s answer was, “Is there anyone who isn’t?” That made Lisa R. even more worried about Kim, especially given the fact that Lisa has a lot of experience with her family’s problems with addiction.
Brandi is the Queen Shit Stirrer. There, I have given her a crown. Can we please please please de-throne her now and get her off our tvs? She knew if she could get Kim riled up and more upset with Lisa R. (or Kyle) then she can stay in good graces with Kim and keep her slot on the show.
Bravo to Harry for making that decision for himself and his family, and Lisa R. for being so open and honest with their family’s struggles.
I am surprised that Lisa R. didn’t address this in her blog. Sounds like Harry had a “come to Jesus” moment and made the decision to change his life. Congratulations to Harry for managing to do this for his family and most importantly, himself.
“Someone Poked The Wrong Bear”
Brandi starts by talking about what a jet setting she is. Yeah, me too. I just got home from my trip to Arctic. She claims that all she is thinking about is recipes and kids’ projects. She plans to share a recipe when she is all settled in. I’m not sure any of us need a recipe for Jello Shots.
Tonight’s episode starts with a really fun event created by Yolanda: a scavenger hunt. Not just any scavenger hunt, but a Beverly Hills scavenger hunt on Rodeo Drive. Well, hey, it’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, so why not? I personally thought it was a welcome change and a chance to have some fun and share it with the fans. Despite Yo’s health, she is a really positive, uplifting spirit, and I’m thankful she brings fun to our group.
I still find it so strange that Yo claimed her ONLY healthy day during this filming was Brandi’s housewarming (or something else earlier in the season) yet we see her traveling around the world and darting down the streets of Beverly Hills.
Firstly, I think Yo’s idea was great and a success for those who participated wholeheartedly. I give a pass to Kim, who was still a trooper but was still experiencing some knee and hernia pain. Protecting your knees is serious if you have joint issues, and she was smart to pace herself as tendon injuries can last for months. The others? Well, you saw what I saw. Sadly, I saw a lot of negativity, complaining, petty, unnecessary jabs, and criticizing their own teammates for physical issues they can’t control. Quotes from one of our ladies: “I hate clues, I hate the game, I hate the whole thing.” She followed this by shooting the bird at Yo. Nice.
Kim seems to always get a “pass”. Maybe it would be best to not PASS a contract to Kim and get her off of reality tv and back into a rehab. And I certainly didn’t think Lisa R. was “shooting the bird at Yo.” I think she was being silly and sarcastic. But Brandi is the only one that is allowed to be funny.
The prize for participating in the fun or awful day, depending on which Housewife we’re talking about, was a paid luxury trip to Amsterdam! Some of us had also accepted an invitation to David Foster’s charity event in Calgary. Not sure about the rest of you, but a trip to see Yo’s homeland with Yo is and was an amazing gift. Some people say, “Planes and yachts are not important,” but they don’t own planes or yachts, so we kinda know, to them, they are very important. Me? I am thankful for the Fosters’ generosity but would be just as happy riding old bicycles down a dirt road with a healthy strong Yo.
OUCH! She threw some serious shade at Kyle here…maybe Kyle can point out that they PAID to be on those planes and yachts, but OWN their home. Brandi, do you own your own home? Do you own anything?
On the dramatic side, someone poked the wrong bear. We saw Kim slowly learning that someone has had one-on-one talks about her private life with everyone on RHOBH–everyone, that is, but Kim herself. To me, announcing you’re “a nice person” isn’t the same as actually being a nice person.
This is laughable. Brandi totally set this in motion. Wasn’t Brandi talking behind Kim’s back at the lunch and eluded to Kim’s missteps? Is Brandi sharing her concerns with Kim? NOPE! She is riling Kim up by telling her others or talking about her.
Yep, one new member of our little group is hell-bent on intruding, casting strong labels, making insanely irresponsible assumptions and stating them as facts, all over the place: on RHOBH, the Internet, to the media, and on Bravo’s WWHL. Calmly butting into a stranger’s life with such a strong agenda and absolutely zero knowledge of any details of that life after only a few scattered social functions is a whole new level of crossing boundaries. Then, tonight, acting all wide-eyed, innocent, and confused at the results after doing so? To quote the instigator, “Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.” On another note, or maybe the same note (boundaries), it’s probably not a good idea to announce your spouse’s previous alcoholism before he does it himself. But maybe he was OK with that, and I’m wrong. Well, in any case, sincere congrats on three years of sobriety.
I don’t think Lisa R. is casting strong labels. KIM IS AN ADDICT!!! She has told us that. She has shared that she has been to rehab more than once. She has relapsed while we watched. Who knows what else has happened in the background. As for Lisa sharing Harry’s story, I highly doubt this was a secret. I did add Harry’s book, Full Disclosure, to my must read list (I did a little research. Harry has a son from a previous relationship and then 2 wives after (Nicolette Sheridan being one) and then Lisa whom he married in 1997.)
Kim Richards was a movie star when most of us were home watching her movies on TV after school and doing our homework. She’s been in this town a long time, knows everyone, worked since she was born, raised four children, survived Hollywood, sobriety, family, divorces, deaths, has more on her plate than all of us, and throughout it all, is caring for her terminally ill ex-husband with patience and grace. Sometimes you poke the wrong bear; that’s all I’m saying. Good luck with that.
Hmmm, I have never thought of Child Actors as Movie Stars. Maybe child actors that have managed to carry their fame into their adulthood…Shirley Temple, Judy Garland, Judy Foster, Neil Patrick Harris, Rob Lowe, Drew Barrymore. They were all child actors who managed to carry their careers well into adulthood. Kim is not on their level. This is not a dig at Kim. I would not trade my childhood for her’s.
I would like to point out that I, like many others on the blog, do not believe Brandi/Bobble/Cuckoo LaRue is writing her blogs. I do believe that everyone once in a while she cracks the password for her Twitter account and she tweets.
“Everything Is About To Boil Over”
Lisa tells us she fun doing the scavenger hunt but it seems she enjoyed breaking the rules just a little bit more.
Remember how Brandi was saying, “Yes, Holland, we can all smoke pot!” Well that changes real quick! Having been raised by strict but liberal parents sounds like an oxymoron. What I mean to say is that manners and respect were essential, but as parents who lived in London through the ’60s, pot was not a huge deal. The lighthearted banter later takes a dark side…
Can I say this here? I have never smoked pot. Never. I know I sound like a bore, right? I have never tried an illegal drug. I have reached the ripe old age of 42 without ever doing this and I am pretty much ok with it. I don’t think I would try it in a place where it was legal either. I am, however, an advocate for legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes. Anyhoo…a trip to Amsterdam to see the red light district and smoke pot just doesn’t sound like something I would enjoy.
So I couldn’t leave with the others, as I was working then judging the Hero Dog Awards and was already committed–after seeing the journey, I realized how fortunate I was—so Eileen and I joined a little later. David and Yolanda’s event looked fabulous, though. To raise that incredible amount of money for such a good cause, I salute that wholeheartedly.
Ahhh, so now we know why Lisa missed out on that super fun plane ride to Calgary.
It was a difficult episode to watch as this subject of Kim’s sobriety came to the forefront. I knew from experience and reiterated this to Lisa and Eileen that the possibility of this ending well was non-existent, as I had experienced her aggression in Paris, when I gently probed as to whether she had taken a sleeping pill, as that would explain her bizarre behavior. I still can’t quite compute the difference between me asking whether she took a sleep aid, which she interpreted as contesting her sobriety, and her taking a pain pill at the poker night, which apparently had no bearing in breaking her resolve to abstain.
Lisa and I agree here. (I have told you all, we are BFF so this happens a lot.) She took a pain pill. A pill that wasn’t prescribed to her. SHE BROKE HER SOBRIETY. The end. Moving on, Lisa has been to Amsterdam before and was planning to visit her family in London so this trip worked out well for her. She tells us the pot boils over next week. I hope everyone is wearing Ove Gloves.
Not too much for me too comment on, oh apart from, yes, the Dolce & Gabbana shirt is actually called ” The pussy bow shirt.” Go figure.
Best. Quote. Of. The. Episode.
“I Couldn’t Do Anything Right In Kim’s Eyes”
Yolanda invited us all to do the Fantastic Race. I had no clue what we were in for. When we arrived, I was happy and relieved to see Camille and even HAPPIER when I found out Brandi and I were on the same team. Phew!
Kyle found her funny.
Once we started, I was unexpectedly into it. I really liked this running around Beverly Hills, playing childhood games. I had to laugh, because all the women were tortured to have to actually drink a shake! Hehe! All in all, I think it was a great idea and something none of us had ever done (except for Lisa R.). It certainly wasn’t going to repair the issues between Brandi and me, but we both went along with the game. At this point I was relieved we could actually be in the same room and be civil, even though I knew we would never be friends. I had to laugh when Brandi said “Aggressive Spice” to the girls outside of Villa Blanca. Hey! That’s my line that I used on HER. Haha.
The whole thing did look fun. I wonder how much it costs to have that company set that whole thing up. I am also bummed that the shake shoppe didn’t offer Yolo an Almond Shake.
On the way to Amsterdam, Yolanda invited the women to stop in Calgary, because she and David were hosting a big event for The David Foster Foundation. Lisa R., Brandi, Kim, and I joined Yolanda. Kim had expressed to me privately that she wasn’t happy with Lisa R. I told Kim Lisa was worried, and Brandi told Kim she was questioning her sobriety after poker night. Knowing what we know now, it’s frustrating watching Brandi not explain her role in that conversation. Lisa R. had actually gone to talk to Brandi about HER behavior, and Brandi quickly turned it around and made it about Kim. Brandi also expressed concern and revealed things that I know Kim wouldn’t appreciate, and yet she went to Kim and said, “I just want you to know what Lisa R. has been saying.”
It’s still so sick and disturbing that Brandi would manipulate the weakest person…but isn’t that what a bully does? Don’t they always go after the weakest one in a group?
As soon as we arrived to the plane, Kim was giving Lisa the cold shoulder. When Kim and Lisa R. started getting into it, I wanted to get a parachute and jump off the plane. It was so uncomfortable being stuck in between the two of them. Kim was then mad at me for looking uncomfortable. Oh boy. This should be fun…
Kim is such an odd duck. I don’t understand her sober or high. She has an unpleasant disposition either way and I can understand why she has been divorced so many times.
Calgary was amazing in spite of the awkwardness on the plane. The event was beautiful and such an amazing cause. The event raising $8.2 million dollars was truly impressive. The energy in the room was so exciting. I am a huge fan of many of the people who performed that night. It was so nice to see these people coming together to help these children. The highlight of the night came when Steven Tyler and I danced together on stage to “Walk This Way” AND he kissed me! OMG. I still can’t believe that happened! I’ve always loved his music, and he was so kind, fun, and generous that night that I am an even bigger fan now.
I find nothing remotely “sexy” about Steven Tyler. He looks like a mobile STD. I did think it was funny that Kyle refused to drink from the same straw as Brandi, but allowed Steven Tyler to kiss her on the lips. ICK!
When we arrived in Amsterdam we stopped for a moment to use the restroom, and I set my bag aside, and then we resumed walking out. After we were downstairs, I realized I had left my bag there. I felt terrible and told the girls to go ahead, but they decided to wait. Brandi and Kim were clearly annoyed with me, but it was an accident. What can I say? We were all jet lagged, and I wasn’t exactly at my sharpest. The topper was when we all crashed on the escalator and Brandi actually hurt her leg. It didn’t look like that big of a deal on camera, but it was actually scary. It was a full escalator, and we were all starting to pile on top of each other. Luckily someone hit the stop button.
This would happen to me. Although my rolly suitcase would not be filled with jewelry. Most likely, it would be filled with candy and snacks, but I would still be just as desperate to find it! I really though Kim was so rude towards Kyle. It was a simple mistake that Kyle forgot her suitcase. Yolanda was actually the most polite about the whole situation. When Kim snapped at Kyle outside the airport after the escalator pile up, I knew this was all downhill from here. I don’t understand why Kyle even agrees to film with Kim at this point. Kim has been horrible to Kyle over and over again and Kyle keeps going back for more. As we all know, “You Teach People How To Treat You” and Kyle has taught Kim to treat her like shit and she will continue to come back for more. I am so sick of hearing, “She doesn’t have my back!” Why do you spend so much time wanting other to have your back? BEHAVE YOURSELF and you won’t need others to always support you!
Next week is the most intense moment we have ever had in five seasons of RHOBH…
I rarely watch HW shows when they air, but I think I will have my caboose on the couch tonight so I can watch this unfold.
I wanted to take a minute to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers for my son, Jake! He is doing AMAZING! He went back to school yesterday for ½ day and he is there for a full day today. Here is a pic of him the day after surgery…