The Shahs of Sunset – Season Finale by SunnyGirl
Finally! The Shahs go back to what made them stand out from other reality shows.
It begins with breakfast buffet on a patio and you can almost smell the food and feel the ocean breeze. Reza talks about how he has been dieting like a bitch for the wedding but he is not going to worry about that now. The talk at the breakfast table turns to Asifa and Bobby. Both of them have left Thailand and gone back to Los Angeles. Reza is thrilled and says he feels like he won the lottery. I’m glad that Asifa and Bobby decided to take the drama back to L.A. – it was no vacation for anyone else.
As they are eating, the guys notice a table with women in the traditional black cape with total face coverings. Shervin and Reza take a selfie and then introduce themselves. The women immediately bow their heads and won’t make eye contact. When they are back at their own table, the man in the other group sends a plate of fruit to them. As they thank him, the women begin pulling off their black garments and it’s MJ and Nema.
GG talks about the garments and says she can’t understand how they can be comfortable wearing them. Then she says that ghosts get used to it.
Now they go to a tailor’s shop where Reza was going to get a suit made for his wedding. Reza is feeling guilty for taking this vacation, especially knowing that Adam is home and in pain. Reza orders a suit but it’s unlike what he was planning on ordering for the wedding. Reza tells the tailor he wants a suit that is “dictator chic.” Not sure what that means.
Back in LA, Mike is also going to a clothing store to buy suits and a tuxedo for his own wedding. He and Reza both know the tailor so Mike is telling the story (the one we’ve heard all season) about what GG has accused him of. It is apparent that Mike is hurt and wishes he were in Thailand. It is also apparent that Mike doesn’t realize that Reza has called off the wedding. Mike wants nothing more than to have his apology accepted by the group and have things go back to the way they were. He really loves all of them and misses them. Mike tells the tailor that he is going to invite Reza to his wedding. (Hmmm. Has he told Jessica this?)
Reza says he is crying privately and trying not to be a downer while he is with his friends. MJ is being supportive and caring with Reza.
When the group is done shopping, GG treats them all to a pedicure. GG takes them to a place where they all are supposed to put their feet in these fish tanks where the fish actually eat off the dead skin from their feet. I’m just not sure I want to do that, but to each their own. Asa is noticeably avoiding MJ.
Next they go to a boxing stadium where the boxers are doing weird dances while in the ring and getting the crap kicked out of them. For whatever reason, Reza gets in the ring and dances around.
Next stop is the Red Light District where “lady boys” are dancing. “Lady boys” are men transitioning into women (perfect day for this after Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair) and they are all very gorgeous. Reza jumps up on stage and begins pole dancing with the “lady boys” and soon the entire group is dancing and laughing. Reza says that he isn’t depressed any more – that maybe tomorrow he will be but tonight he is not.
The next day they go to Tiger Kingdom. Reza and Adam had dreamed of being there together. The tigers are stunningly beautiful creatures and it is amazing to watch them frolic in the pool. The guide takes the group back to the area where the tigers can be cuddled and petted. The guide tells them not to shout or make fast movements. Reza cuddles with Ricky, the tiger. The tiger growls in appreciation.
The girls and Reza go play with the baby tigers. I don’t think I have ever seen a more beautiful animal than these young tigers. They have the eyes of an angel. Reza is down on hands and knees chasing them. Shervin says he has never seen Reza chase pussy before. Reza says he absolutely loves the tigers but it’s bittersweet being there without Adam. (At this point, I want to slap Reza and remind him that he is the reason he isn’t there with Adam. He seems to have forgotten that.)
After leaving the Tiger Kingdom they go to a sacred Buddhist Temple. Monks in gold robes are sitting in a circle, while chanting and praying for a good life. The Shahs also sit in a circle and participate in prayer. GG says it’s very pure, spiritual cleansing. She says it brings out all the feelings and soon everyone is crying and emotional.
When they leave the temple, MJ and Asa hug and talk about Pablo. Asa says that Persians are very passionate people who argue and fight but typically make up because life is sacred and beautiful. MJ
The next morning GG is in bed Skyping with Danny. She says Danny is a normal, sweet and kind guy. Danny makes her feel amazing about herself and GG says she can’t stop thinking about him.
Asa and Reza are having coffee and discussing Reza’s feelings about Adam. Asa says he has to figure out why he is so sad and that he isn’t dealing with his tsunami of emotions. Reza is terribly hoarse. Asa tells him that Adam is a beautiful person but if there is no sexual chemistry then it isn’t right. Asa says Reza has to get real and clear his head. (Asa needs to quit thinking that she is the group’s therapist, because I’m not always sure she does any good. She has stirred trouble with Asifa and Bobby and now she is doing it with Reza and Adam.) Asa makes a lot of sense but she seems to overstep her bounds with Reza at times.
The group is playing with some monkeys. Reza is a little scared but GG loves them and calls them “my people.” Reza claims they are at GG’s family reunion. The monkeys are cute little devils.
In L.A., Asifa is meeting Bobby at a restaurant to talk. Asifa looks gorgeous and says she is excited to meet with Bobby to see if they can work things out. Asifa is very apologetic and humble. Bobby doesn’t give her an inch and tells her that the relationship has been getting worse. He says it’s been six years and nothing has changed. Bobby asks her if she can cut out the BS. Bobby says he loves her; Asifa says they are competing with each other and that they need to be on the same team. They agree to cut out all the BS. Bobby, however, tells Asifa they are on a new 60 day plan. (I think they need longer than 60 days!)
The Shahs are all getting ready for dinner on the beach. Turns out this was going to be the reception dinner for Reza and Adam’s wedding. Asa and MJ have a heart to heart. MJ says she is truly sorry from the bottom of her heart about the bachelor party. She tells Asa that she isn’t okay when they are fighting. Asa says MJ is like a sister to her. They hug and everything is okay. (Off topic – see the kaftan that Asa is wearing? She is now selling beautiful kaftans online and this is one of them.)
There is a beautiful infinity pool. It is dark but we can see a white tent surrounded by white candles. Under the tent, a table is set with all white china and all white flowers. It is elegant and tasteful and romantic. I’ve never seen the Shahs do anything quite this classy before! Reza is struggling through dinner and gets up to go to the edge of the ocean to clear his head. He feels like he is betraying Adam (which, in a way, he is.) He comes back to the table and MJ offers a toast to love.
In LA, Mike is driving to a park with his dog. He calls Jessica and apologizes for leaving so early without telling her. He says he needs to clear his head. It is really bothering him that he is not with the group in Thailand but he doesn’t tell Jessica that. Mike says he makes mistakes but he wants back into the group.
Shervin suggests a rebirth. The guys strip to their underwear and run into the ocean. The girls are frolicking on the beach. It’s a beautiful scene and it ends the season of The Shahs of Sunset on a high note. In Reza’s TH, he claims he is going to go home, grab Adam and do right by him. And then he is going to sit down with Mike and GG and make them work it out.
Real Housewives of New York Cast Blogs Blogged by Namaste
“Sonja Is Good At Doing The Unexpected”
Kristin is pleased to see Ramona and Dorinda’s friendship and that Dorinda can truly support Ramona through her impending divorce. She sees Ramona being vulnerable with Dorinda and it is a fresh change from the Ramona we have all seen in the past.
I was so impressed with Carole holding court at her fav little restaurant LEFT Bank and having a board meeting for her building. It made me think of her being this big corporate executive and working her angles to get the support she needed…GO Carole…however, if you ever lived in NYC, you hear all the stories of these co-op building and condos and how much power and control the board of the building has on controlling your building and essentially your living conditions in the building to the point they can control who you even sell your apartment to and who they let live in the building.
I thought this was pretty entertained, too and a whole new side to Carole that we never get to see! She was pretty serious about this whole election and brought in a team to help her with the win. Did she have to pay all those consultants? I wonder if Heather and Ramona did man the phone banks to help guarantee votes from 15 people?
Moving on. Kristen prattles on about Bethenny’s therapy and I am left wondering if we are gonna have to watch all these sessions. I am leary of a therapist who allows a reality tv crew to film him during a therapy session.
One thing for sure about Sonja Morgan is she knows how to bring it, and she looked so stunning and beautiful on the cover! WOW! I am still trying to figure out the connection with Sonja Morgan, born and raised in the US, and a connection to a Latin magazine/lifestyle, but what the heck, it is Sonja Morgan, and she is the ultimate chameleon! It was funny, because I was speaking to the editor of the magazine, and the editor made the point that Sonja was wearing the dress of a Latin designer, so maybe that was the necessary criteria to be on the cover? Either way, good for Sonja Morgan. She is always good at doing the unexpected.
Please re-read this sentence:
It was funny, because I was speaking to the editor of the magazine, and the editor made the point that Sonja was wearing the dress of a Latin designer, so maybe that was the necessary criteria to be on the cover?
If you must, re-read it again. So Sonja either lied to the editor about the dress OR the dress is not one of HER designs. Either way, Sonja is again a Liar-Pants.
I actually also met the same team Bethenny met who were running her Fashion Collection, and they actually had a lot of the answers to Bethenny’s and Heather’s questions about her line and the retailers they were going out to. They also pointed out in the magazine she was wearing her collection, so hey, maybe there is a real Sonja Morgan Collection about to hit the retail doors, and we can go and buy it.
As far as I can tell, items are still only available for pre-order on her website unless you are the same size as Sonja and are willing to buy the lightly worn dress she wore to this event which may or may not be something she designed.
Carole won the election! WOOHOO! I thought the three year old pigs in a blanket were hilarious and must admit (with little shame) that I keep stuff in my freezer for way too long also! Especially things that are high calorie and I am “saving” them for a special occasion. There are butterbreads I bought from my daughter’s choir fundraiser when she was in 6th grade in my freezer. Um, she will be starting her Junior year this fall.
For a long time I wanted to speak with Sonja and let her know I meant no disrespect when I called her delusional, and I really do like and support her. I feel like after her Latin event magazine and her clothing line actually coming, this is going to be Sonja’s moment and the truth is I think everyone will be there to cheer her along to success!
The sad thing is that by “buying” into Sonja’s delusions, you are doing Sonja no favors. I always believe holding people accountable for their words and actions is the way to go.
Emotions Creep Out In Unexpected Ways
Bethenny acknowledges we have arrived at The Crying Game (although no one is a tranny here, right?) She tell us that her emotions just creep out at the strangest time.
I have had a rough time, and I was particularly raw. I broke down in CB2, which I’ve renamed “Cry Baby 2.” Carole was perfect in that situation. I am not a huge hugger, either, and I just needed to let it out.
I did love that they used the cloth napkin as tissues. Wonder if they had to pay for them or if CB2 let them get away with it cause they knew they would get a ton of free marketing.
I thought Carole’s election was cute. Those pigs in blankets were awesome, but then again I’m a massive Trader Joe’s fan. Thank god she didn’t tarnish her campaign with a hors d’oeuvres lie. Heather is very inquisitive and likes to get deep quickly. She is just curious, concerned, and a little touchy feely at times. I believe it comes from a good place. I am just guarded and not always trusting. As Dorinda says, I’m a squirrel, so really fast moves make me run. Custody conversation is very personal, and I was just not there, nor will I probably ever be.
Can I share a secret with ya’ll? I have never been to a Trader Joe’s. I have never sipped two buck Chuck. I need to get this on my Bucket List asap. Heather does ask too many questions. I am like that when I meet someone knew and am trying to make small talk. I sometimes take on the role of “interviewer” (Oprah persona). It’s my way of getting other people to talk but not having to talk about myself. Try it. It totally works! I think asking and questioning a custody battle during the process is not cool. So not cool. HOLLA!
As far as Luann commenting on my departure, I was there an hour, which is probably the longest that I would ever spend at an apartment building election party. Luckily, I had school pickup.
Um, Lu was like an hour late so why the fuck was she commenting on Bethenny leaving; she showed up and showed up ON TIME!
Heather did fire a random shot at her though asking about Kmart. I was literally at Kmart yesterday, a store that I LOVE, but I didn’t happen to notice any full-length, red evening gowns there. That was a little slap.
Heather did not make the comment as a compliment as she will try to do. It was made as a dig. I will say, I think all of Sophia Vergara’s clothes at Kmart are super cute! My daughter got one of her swimsuits last year.
The caviar dinner was a shit stirrer. Luann has not been silent about her opinions this season. It’s the anti-Countess…(a term that Bravo and the ladies will definitely adopt). Anyway, Luann definitely commented about Dorinda and John. But Ramona can be a meddler and loves to drive the getaway car while not getting dirty. Ramona definitely commented, as well, which she conveniently left out.
Ramona is a HUGE meddler and LOVES to stir the pot, light it on fire and run! But she definitely commits when she denies.
“I Feel Terrible For Bethenny”
Bravotv began the question and answers session by asking why Carole wanted to join the board…
It wasn’t really sudden. I had been thinking about it for some time. So when the new election was announced, I decided to run. When you own an apartment in NewYork, it’s important to know what’s happening in your building. Each building runs as its own little municipal town.
I thought this was a completely different side to Carole that we saw. I imagine this is how she was in the newsroom. She goes on to admit that initially, she was more self-interested when starting her campaign, but as she moved forward, she sincerely wanted to address the concerns of the other residents in the building
Bravotv asked if there were any last minute shenanigans that helped her win the election…
I listened very closely to the campaign consultants. They were no joke. Mike worked for Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign and Andrew Cuomo’s race for NYS Governor. In the end, I think it’s just a matter of asking people for their votes.
I wonder how many other people use campaign consultants to help them get on the board of their building? Is this just an NYC thing? I was PTO president for 3 years basically cause no one else was stupid enough to raise their hand and say they wanted to take over this thankless job.
Bravotv wanted to know what was going through her mind when Bethenny broke down while shopping for furniture…
Oh wow. I wasn’t expecting that. I knew she had child-care issues that precluded her from attending some of the events and dinners. I imagine it’s difficult to juggle work and play and family, especially given a protracted divorce. I felt terrible for her, but I also sensed that she was not the type of woman who wanted to be coddled. I’m not someone who can hug it out either.
Carole shares that, too, is not much of a hugger either. Carole did make sure she was able to make sure she could help make Bethenny laugh by getting her that two dollar napkin. Laughing through tears is probably the best medicine when sad.
“Even Small Talk Is Difficult With Bethenny”
Heather starts off buy complimenting Sonja’s photographs. I gotta admit, Sonja does photograph very well and looks pretty damn good for her age. And then the compliments end…
It takes the same amount of work to develop a strategy and the collections for a branded business at Kmart (think of the Kardashians at Sears or Daisy Fuentes at Kohl’s) as it does to build a brand like Michael Kors at Bloomingdale’s or Calvin Klein at Macy’s, who both deal in multiple levels of distribution.
Mentioned the kings of the Blue Light Special was in no way a compliment! Saying Macy’s or Dillards might have been a little nicer.
It was in no way meant as an insult to ask Sonja’s business partner for clarification on their strategy for sales and distribution. Sonja describes what she is launching as an “international affordable luxury brand” and one dress worn at a party and in a random ad honestly doesn’t define it for me. But any insights regarding the strategic nature of their launch naturally could…
And then Heather continues to dig herself into that hole by not owning that what she said was a wee bit snooty. I get that International Affordable Luxury Brand is really confusing. I have no f-ing idea what that means. Affordable and luxury are not words commonly placed together to describe a product. “Cheap, yet made from the best fabric known to man!” I guess if it is made by those little children overseas who are paid in grains of rice.
So, I guess it was Heather and her kid’s who made the signs for Carole’s campaign! I did think the posters were cute and catchy!
Rushing into Carole’s results party to help set up, I was surprised to see Bethenny had already made it. I was happy she had, because she’s often challenged with making dates due to her custody arrangements. Our talk about her custody of Bryn was a simple conversation to bring clarity to a topic she often discusses. I just didn’t realize that only Bethenny can address it. I feel like there are a lot of unwritten rules with her. What you can ask, what you can say, how you can feel…it’s a little tough to navigate.
This just goes back to how Bethenny keeps most people at arms length until she is completely comfortable with them. I think she has had enough “users” in her life and is very leary of new people. Bethenny’s reaction to Heather’s tattoo idea was comical to me! LOL! Heather does share that she has an old tattoo that she wants to cover and likes Maleficent so much that she was thinking of having that tattooed over her old one. I have no tattoos. My husband faints when he has to get blood drawn, so obviously he has none. My mom has offered each of her grandchildren $2500 to stay tattoo free until they are 25 (I have a feeling a few of them will collect that $2500 and get a pretty nice tattoo!). However, my father and brother have several large tattoos! I guess to each their own. I can’t do it cause I have such a hard time making decisions that I can’t imagine committing to something I will have to keep FOR LIFE!
This dinner might have been a disaster if it wasn’t for the caviar! We know how much I love caviar. And I’m trying to compliment Ramona while defending the amount of caviar on my plate! I’ve been doing a lot of defending and making excuses for Ramona, but tonight she can’t get out of her own way.
I think Heather’s relationship to caviar is akin to mine with wedding cake. I love the way she wasn’t ashamed to SCOOP that shit onto her plate and shovel it into her mouth. I feel the same way about cake; good cake. None of that Crisco icing shit. I want buttercream and lots of it.
But Ramona’s into strutting her dark side tonight, and she continues on even after John re-enters the room! Oy! Does anyone want to talk about my tattoo idea?! Dorinda and John both handled a difficult situation with class. Though I can’t say the same about Singer. We all love her, but at times she runs on her own turtle time…
I think we have all been put in a place with a friend who has an odd or questionable partner. You either choose to support your friend and be find to their mate or remove yourself from the relationship. I have actually done both. I found out a friend’s spouse was a cheating pig. Wife is completely aware of his ways and continues to turn a blind eye. The husband skeeves me out and I don’t want to be anywhere near him. Ramona was just plain rude in front of her friend and it was cruel.
Luann de Lusseps
“Ramona Used Me As A Scapegoat As Usual”
Luann is still shocked that there was an argument while in the presence of fine caviar and champs. She tells us she is glad Mario and Avery are now on good terms, but hopes that Ramona things really long and hard before she considers jumping back in bed with Mario. Luann shares her thoughts on Carole’s campaign and appreciated Carole’s “strategy team”. I guess NYC politics are rough everywhere. Lu has compassion for Bethenny’s situation and realizes her custody situation is shitty. She does tell Bethenny that she needs to take care of herself.
When she went décor shopping with Carole at CB2 (fabulous place) and broke down sobbing in the middle of the store, it made me realize that she is so consumed with fear that she can’t see her future through her tears. I wonder why Carole couldn’t find it within her to give Bethenny a hug…even if she isn’t “a hugger.” Bethenny has to begin looking ahead rather than back and enjoy the time she has with her friends and family.
I won’t criticize Carole for not hugging Bethenny cause I really don’t think that’s what she wanted. I think B wanted someone to just sit and HEAR her. Someone not offering advice. Just someone who was listening and agreed that yes, this really really sucks. She did not want platitudes. Carole did a great job being there for B and then making her laugh with the 2 dollar napkin.
I would never stick Ramona’s face in the caviar, as much as I wanted to at Dorinda’s party…who would waste such a delicious treat? Although Ramona tries not to be a (caviar) pot stirrer, sometimes she just can’t resist, and this was one of those times. Typical! I did have a conversation with Ramona about John, and she was an enthusiastic participant in sharing her concerns with me about his overly friendly behavior with the ladies. Ramona, when backed into a corner, was quick to blame me for the entire situation. Poor Dorinda, she’s right, we are over-analyzing John, and it’s her boyfriend and her choice to be with him. I say, if Dorinda’s happy, I’m happy, and I hope that we didn’t hurt John’s feelings airing our private conversation with everyone. Ramona used me as a scapegoat as usual!
I am glad that Luann was not wasteful with the caviar although I am pretty sure that Heather would have grabbed a crackers and scraped that shit right off Ramona’s face anyway. I gossip about friends all the time. I think we all do. I am sure NO ONE talks about me behind my back, right? I am perfect and that just doesn’t happen. So, it is normal to analyze another friend’s mate. It is NOT COOL for one of the said gossipers to rat out her fellow gossipers to the gossipee. And then to deny that it was a two way conversation is so beyond not cool! I will say, When will these ladies learn that you cannot tell Ramona anything you don’t want printed on a billboard at a later date?
“They Are Just Plain Jealous”
This week’s blog is filled with 1432 words. She was only on the screen for like 10 minutes and yet she has that much to say. I read through the whole blog and let me tell you, it is not worth your while! Sonja sells us a bunch of unicorns and tooth fairies. She continues to talk about her affordable lifestyle brand and then says the dress she designed (or someone else) will have a pricepoint of $800 to $1000. Who is this affordable for? My wedding dress did not cost that much. I think the majority of America would not call that “affordable”. So, for the first time, I am refusing to blog her drivle.
“My Feelings Were Hurt”
Dorinda chats with us about her conversation with Ramona. They had a lot to catch up on and the situation with Mario and Avery dominated the conversation. Dorinda says like many people that divorce is a process and dismantling a long relationship should be handled with kid gloves. She is glad that Mario and Avery are finally speaking and on “good terms”.
I knew I’d get a reaction out of her when I mentioned I was off to see her favorite person…John. Bethenny has said before, “The heart wants what the hearts wants,” and I want John, so guess what folks—I get to have John. He makes me happy, simple as that. Isn’t that what we are all trying to do and achieve, a little happiness in this journey we call life?
If John makes her happy (although Bravo has gone out of its way to only show Dorinda UNHAPPY with John) then I think Dorinda is fine. I also think she can handle herself. She moves on to chat about Bethenny’s latest therapy session and am I alone when I say I hope this season isn’t going to continue to be “Bethenny’s Weekly Therapy Session”? I am bored with this topic.
So…wait…the Latino Show Magazine party for Sonja’s new line. How is that for an off-the-wall invitation? You wouldn’t naturally make that connection, but welcome to New York City! That place, Vanessa Noel, is one of my favorite shoe haunts in the city. And the party was great! The people were fab, the food was delicious, and with Lady Morgan looking incredibly glamorous, what a night! I’ll be honest with you: I did not quite get the connection with Sonja and this particular magazine at first—it’s like celebrating Joan Collins on the cover of Essence—but that photo spread was truly amazing.
Dorinda is impressed with the photo spread and compliments The Red Dress. She does say that Madame Yummie’s comments about Kmart were “snippety”. But overall, the event was a success.
Speaking of The Countess…I was SO happy when she told me she’d be hosting a birthday dinner for me at Petrossian. How nice was that, right? Quite the luxurious surprise, too. For those who don’t know, Petrossian is like the caviar capital of New York City. If you like caviar, it is a caviar experience that will leave you feeling like you’re floating in a bellini when you’re done. For moi, this is perfect, because I love…and I mean LOVE…caviar, but never feel it’s worth buying for myself. At these prices, it’s either a tin of Ossetra or a new pair of Laboutins, you know what I mean? (OBVIOUSLY the shoes always win.)
I am glad someone finally clued us in on this place. I imagine many of us aren’t ever gonna seek this place out to dine on caviar, but we are all voyeurs and this is how the Upper East Side lives I guess.
I have to say I was very saddened by the way Ramona and Luann behaved. John didn’t deserve that humiliation, especially not in front of an audience. There is a time and a place for everything, and a birthday dinner wasn’t it. What they did was mean, uncomfortable, disrespectful, awkward, and quite frankly, pretty damn cruel to John…but mostly to me. They should’ve either shared their thoughts with me at a different time or just continue blabbing about it behind my back…ultimately, I don’t care what they say. And I think that annoys them, but…“c’est la vie.”
Damn right this was RUDE! Luann being the self appointed manners police should have found a way to shut this conversation down and avoid making ruining Dorinda’s birthday celebration (what would Ramona have done had someone chose to humiliate her at one of her many birthday celebrations? I imagine she would not have handled it with the same class that Dorinda did!) Dorinda shares that she would have enjoyed a pleasant dinner at McDonalds over this embarrassing episode at Petrossian.
“I Put My Foot In My Mouth Big Time”
Ramona chooses to keep her comments pretty short this week. She completely acknowledges that what she said at Dorinda’s party was rude.
Instead of taking the compliment graciously that Heather gave me and Luann agreed with, I turned it around into an argument when I said they both never got me the way Dorinda did. My punishment for that was served up coldly–or should I say hotly–by Luann when she angrily started in about a conversation we had about John and Dorinda. OMG, when will I learn to keep my mouth totally shut?! I should have just been stuffing it with caviar.
Yes, this whole situation was rude and cruel and the only one that was hurt was Dorinda. If I had been Dorinda at that table, I would have grabbed a “to go” container of caviar and John (ick) and headed for the door.
I would also like to add how proud I am of my friend Sonja. Her Latino Show Magazine cover was gorgeous!
Wow! She really did keep it short! You’re welcome!