The Shahs – Will You Marry Me? by SunnyGirl
Again, I am so disappointed in this season’s Shahs. This storyline is getting old fast.
We open the show at Mike’s condo. He and Jessica are in bed. Jessica is crying and Mike is consoling. (I have a feeling this is going to go on all season.) Just to set the drama, both Mike and Jessica are dressed in all black. Mood fashion, I guess. Jessica shays she is mortified and in complete shock. She is so hurt and blames GG. (I am waiting for the magic question, which I would have been asking immediately.) Jessica says it’s like GG slapped her in the face. Mike says because it hurt Jessica, it hurt him. FINALLY! Jessica asks Mike the question most women would have asked first – is it true? He tells her of course not.
Mike says he is angry with the group but that he understands why they didn’t tell him about the situation. Jessica is mad that he is defending them. She thinks he shouldn’t be friends with them – that they are not true friends. Jessica says those friends are no better than GG because they LET GG blow up at the party. Mike’s TH says he need to decide between his friends and Jessica, and he is choosing Jessica.
Last season, I thought Mike and Jessica were great together. The way they are both deflecting their anger and frustration concerns me. Jessica is enabling Mike’s behavior (if it indeed happened, but I would have been questioning Mike about it, not getting angry at the friends.) and I am concerned that this has set the couple up for how they deal with problems in the future. Mike needs to come clean with Jessica with whatever happened in Turkey. And Jessica needs to insist on the truth.
Reza and Adam are having wine with Asa at Reza’s condo. They are discussing the “situation” that happened at Shervin’s party. Asa is upset about the drama and the way it played out. She talked to Mike after the party. The focus of Mike’s anger was not on GG, but on blaming his friends for not telling him. (Does anyone else find this to be really strange behavior?) As Asa says, GG and Mike seem to have no blame in the drama but all the friends now are being blamed.
Soon GG shows up. GG looks really rough. At first, I thought she might be high but I think she has been crying. GG really feels bad about her outburst at the party. She knows she didn’t handle it properly and it really upset that she did it in front of Jessica. GG also says it has now become a question of character. Asa tells GG that she did it at the worst possible time. (I wonder how many times GG has heard that????) GG is upset that people are now doubting her story. She wants to get a polygraph done. Reza is concerned about this. He says what kind of people have we become that we are considering a polygraph for one of their friends.
MJ and Reza are hanging out. (Does Reza work? Or does he just go friend to friend to impart his wisdom?) Charlie is coming over so that Reza can coach him on his future meeting with MJ’s mother, Vida. This is hysterically funny. Reza’s imitation of Vida is spot on. He claims that Vida will look down her nose at Charlie and then say “Not much hair. Hmm. Dog walker? Hmm. Don’t own a house? Hmm. No hair, no money, no house – no daughter.” Reza recommends that Charlie compliments her and asks about her travels.
GG and Asifa are at GG’s. Asifa is moving out and packing her things. She tells GG she wants to teach her how to fold clothes. GG says no; that she has RA. (Say what you will about GG, but she has made many appearances to help raise funds and awareness of Rheumatoid Arthritis. ) This scene is all about making the audience aware of the extent of GG’s RA, which has never been mentioned on Shahs before. Asifa asks GG to help her roll some luggage out. GG states that she cannot do that with RA. Asifa asks GG how she punches girls with RA.
Asifa is also talking about how living with Bobby is like Groundhog’s Day, because they keep returning to the same issues and problems. GG is concerned that if they haven’t fixed the issues, they will just keep recycling. Yep. GG. You’re right.
Next we see hardworking Mike at the office. I now understand Reza’s concern with Mike. Mike was obviously the last one at the office and the first one to leave. He says its because of “the situation” that he can’t focus. Really? What was his excuse when he worked with Reza?
Now we are at MJ’s condo for the brunch with Charlie and Vida. MJ is nervous about the meeting. She hasn’t told her mother anything about Charlie and she didn’t tell her mother that Charlie would be at brunch. As MJ walks to the door she says “may God be with me.”
When Vida arrives, MJ introduces her to Charlie. Charlie gives Vida the yellow roses and she immediately hands them to MJ, without a thank you or any acknowledgment. Then, just as Reza predicted, she begins questioning Charlie about his personal life. During brunch, Vida refuses to make eye contact with MJ or Charlie. She even looks at the ceiling! MJ says to Vida “isn’t Charlie handsome and tall?” Vida argues that he is not tall. MJ tells her that Charlie is 6’ 1”. Vida says that is average. Then Charlie makes a toast to a beautiful mother and a beautiful daughter. Now Vida seems to warm up to Charlie. (I kind of like Charlie, but I’m afraid that MJ’s personality will walk all over him. Does anyone know if they are still together?)
Next we see the Bickerson’s in bed –Bobby and Asifa. Asifa claims Bobby has bad breath. (Asifa should wonder if her own breath might be bad.) They start bickering about everything and I watched them morph into Adrienne Maloof and Paul Nassif. Basically, Bobby wants a stereotypical Persian wife and Asifa is a career woman. Or so she says. Bobby argues that Asifa should sometimes cook breakfast for him. (Why did Asifa cook breakfast for GG but is adamant that she isn’t cooking for Bobby? And why is this such an issue??
Now we see Mike and Jessica on their way to skydive. Mike has rented a convertible Rolls Royce so that Jessica has good memories. (My twitter feed was in an uproar about Mike and Jessica not wearing seatbelts in the Rolls. I didn’t even notice.) Mike says skydiving is on Jessica’s bucket list so that is why he is proposing there. Mike says he is deathly afraid of heights but that he is going to do that for Jessica. (I can tell you that I am deathly afraid of snakes. I will NEVER love anyone enough to propose in a snake pit. But that’s just me.)
Mike says he is going to propose to Jessica and that he is 100% sure. He says his commitment issues are gone. He says they have been able to overcome many issues – Jessica isn’t Persian, Jessica isn’t Jewish, and Jessica is 10 years younger than him. (Sounds like Mike’s issues were resolved. But how about Jessica’s issues? I mean, Jessica is in a serious relationship with a slimy player. And it looks like those issues are not resolved. But Jessica pulled on her big girl panties and conveniently forgot that Mike may have had a “situation” in Turkey.)
I don’t even want to describe the trip to the nail salon with Asifa and Bobby. And I don’t even want to tell you about Bobby’s blue painted toenail. Enough said.
GG is at the doctor’s office with Asifa to get treatment for her RA. She says she was diagnosed three years ago and that RA has affected her knuckles, knees and shoulders with severe inflammation. She says she has had to consider that she may not be able to have children. When she holds her nephew she starts shaking from the pain within about five minutes. GG says that she has tried so many different kinds of medicines to help with the pain but none of them have worked. (I’m sure that all that medication and pain has caused many issues in her life. Chronic pain can cause severe depression and meds could have many different side effects.) GG cries when the needle is inserted. She says she doesn’t know why but she always cries when the needle is inserted. Asifa and GG seem so much more real in this scene. Asifa is making jokes and trying to be supportive of GG. GG looks like a little girl, instead of the tough, bad ass GG.
Now we see Mike and Jessica getting instructions on skydiving. They will be jumping from 13,000 feet. In the plane we see a visibly nervous Mike and an excited Jessica. As Mike gets ready to dive, he screams to Jessica that he loves her and will she marry him. (I wish we had known about this scene earlier. As my son pointed out, it would have made a great drinking game. Take a shot every time Jessica screams and says “Oh my God!” and we could all have hangovers today.)
As they land, we see that Mike has a sign on the ground that says “Will You Marry Me?” Then he gives her the ring, which he has kept in a toolbox. Now he pops the champagne. Kudos to the Bravo producers for setting up this scene, because I just don’t believe that Mike is that romantic. Or maybe Mike had his assistant, Garrett, do it for him. Anyway, it just seemed staged.
Jessica is ecstatic and keeps screaming (besides screaming OMG) that she is going to be a wife. Was that her lifelong goal? Would you be screaming that you are going to be HIS wife? But that’s just me. Like I said before, I was team Jessica and Mike last year. But this year, I am very concerned about this relationship. This is a very unhealthy relationship and I feel like Jessica is really overlooking some very serious issues. Makes Bobby and Asifa’s relationship seem incredibly healthy.
I would love to have Dr. Jenn Bermann analyze this relationship. It feels very co-dependent to me. Anyone else concerned about Jessica?
Until next week……..