Some of you may have wondered why I haven’t asked for any new bloggers as a new season of shows starts. The truth is, I’m burned out. It has been getting harder and harder to steal time away from my life to spend on setting up a blog each morning. It hasn’t helped that I’ve grown bored of the shows – and the people on the shows.
I know many of you depend on LynnFam for your daily fix of companionship, reality show gossip, and other assorted amusements, and this decision wasn’t easy. The good news is that Stars99 is getting ready to launch her own website, so we’ll all have a place to play!
I want to thank all of you that have blogged for Lynnfam over the years. I hope everyone had a great experience. I know I’ve appreciated all the talent that has been posted on these pages. And of course we all have Lynn to thank for bringing us together.
I also want to thank all of the wonderful people that comment, and bring news and updates to the blog and those of you that have helped out behind the scenes. There isn’t a tweet or instagram that gets past our group.
The transition won’t happen overnight – I’ll continue to post any blogs that come in – and Stars still has some work to do on her site. There are also some fun facebook groups with gossip and snark – just send me a fb message and I’ll get you an invite. You’ll see lots of familiar faces.
I want to thank everyone for making this such a great experience. Love you all! Veena
PS – I’ll keep posting blogs as they roll in – we’ve still got a few to finish out.
The Shahs of Sunset – Reunion Part 1 by SunnyGirl
Before I watched the reunion, I watched the very first episode, just to remind myself how these folks portrayed themselves originally. Reza states that he, Mike and MJ all went to Beverly Hills High together. He says all of them come from rich families (I’m not sure Asa’s family is rich, though.) Reza says Persian families expect you to do great things. Reza says Persians are passionate and they fight, but they makeup. They love fancy cars, flashy houses, gold and Cristal.
In this first episode, MJ says she doesn’t want to get married. She is happy with her dogs. She is an only child and her parents are divorced. She says she grew up having houses in the US, Iran and London. She works for Keller Williams Real Estate.
Reza says he is 98.7% finer than any other Persian man. He also works for Keller Williams Real Estate and says MJ is his best friend. MJ was the first one that Reza told about being gay. Reza swears he had sex with MJ once, but MJ swears he did not.
Mike and GG have known each other for years. Mike dated GG’s sister, Leila. Mike talks about how sexy GG is. Mike says he loves to flirt with GG. He says when he flirts with GG, she flirts back. Mike says he is an alpha male; he is good at everything.
MJ says she hasn’t figured out what is going on between Mike and GG. She says the biggest issue is that Mike is Jewish and GG is Muslim. GG is therefore forbidden fruit.
GG says that she hates ants and ugly people. She admits that her Daddy pays her bills. She says she is looking for a Persian spouse but all Persian boys are “Momma’s boys.”
Asa is an artist. Her work is about her life. She paints, does photography and music. She has recorded a song called Tehran-geles. She says they are refuges from Iran and when they left, they lost everything. She grew up in the ghetto of Beverly Hills. She claims Persians are very materialistic and most don’t live a soulful life. Reza calls Asa a “brokedown Punky Brewster.”
My, how things have changed in four shorts seasons.
We see the Shahs arriving to get ready for the reunion. No one looks stressed at this point. GG is in her trailer, getting makeup done. She is asked who she is looking forward to seeing the most. She replies “I’m excited to see Mike and Jessica. People are going to get f$&^ed up!” Reza visits Mercedes in her trailer. MJ says that Asa wouldn’t even say hi to her.
Everyone is now arriving on set. Filming is happening but I’m not sure the Shahs realize it. GG is puffing a cigarette as she is walking from her trailer to the set.
Now Andy Cohen arrives and welcomes the Shahs to the reunion. They are serving champagne which surprises me because during the past reunions with the Shahs alcohol was not served until filming was done.
Andy congratulates Mike on his marriage and talks about all the different things that have happened since the show was filmed. Andy comments on how long some of these people have known each other. It’s interesting because, unlike the Real Housewives franchise, this crew actual has years of history with one another.
Pictures are shown of them when they were younger. Mike and Asa have known each other since Asa moved to America. Mike and GG have known each other since GG was in her early teens; he was a friend (and I believe from past episodes also a boyfriend) of GG’s sister. GG has known Asifa for over 11 years. Reza and MJ have known each other since high school. MJ says when she met Reza, she felt she had met her soulmate.
MJ says it best when Andy asks why the group stays so connected. She says the friends have become her family. Mike says they are like family and he loves them which is why it was such a difficult season for him.
Now Andy is asking about the changes to their appearances. Reza looks absolutely stunning. He has lost 30 pounds and shaved off his moustache. He is dressed in a black suit with a black shirt. He is much more understated than he usually is, although he is still sporting some gold jewelry. MJ is wearing a turquoise gown with an extreme amount of breast showing. Her hair is much lighter and it’s a good look for MJ. The gown is appealing but MJ is obviously uncomfortable in it because she keeps adjusting the top to cover more of the breast area. Asa has her hair straightened and it’s a good look for her. She is wearing a deep blue gown with jewels encrusted throughout. GG is in a black gown, showing her new boob job. She asks Andy if he wants to touch them and, for once, Andy is flustered. Asifa is in a white gown, and says she wears a lot of white. Mike is wearing a black leather jacket with a black patterned shirt.
They discuss plastic surgery. MJ claims she had a breast lift. Asifa and GG have had breast implants. Everyone has had a nose job except for Asa, Asifa and Reza.
Now, of course, the arguments begin. Andy brings up the subject of Asa’s weight. Asa calls out MJ. Asa claims MJ throws shade at her and uses the example of Asa’s weight as an example. When Asa, MJ and Reza are discussing weight loss for Reza’s upcoming wedding, Reza asks Asa how much she weighs. She tells them she weighs 170 pounds. MJ makes jokes that Asa is not going to lose weight and that she is already fibbing about the 170 pounds. Asa tells MJ that, as a woman, when Asa told national TV how much she weighed, MJ should have supported her. MJ claims she wasn’t throwing shade; she was just joking. I see both sides of that disagreement.
Andy, as Andy always does, brings up that Asa and MJ had problems with each other this year. Andy says it seems like all started when Reza picked MJ to be his maid of honor. Andy asks Reza why he chose MJ. Reza jokes that they go back to the 14th century. Andy says that MJ announced that Asa and Adam could not attend Reza’s bachelor party. MJ says her reason was that Reza wanted a traditional bachelor party while Adam wanted a co-ed party.
Andy asks Reza if Asa had attended the party, would he have had as good a time. Reza says “Honestly, we have this weird respect thing like I have with my sister.” Andy paraphrases what Reza says and states “So, you’re saying you might not have had as much fun with Asa there.” Asa says everyone was there but her. MJ says not everyone was there. She says there were no straight guys. Asa asks if MJ thinks Asa is a straight guy. Asa says GG was there. There is more discussion about Asa not being invited. Then Asa speaks up and says “You know what’s difficult in this friendship? When MJ is cool, she is so cool. And then that night she will stab me in my heart.” Asa tells MJ she is two-faced and that it is a running joke with the Shahs. GG says it’s MJ’s only disease – that she wants everyone to like her so she tells one person one thing and then tells another person the exact opposite.
Andy says he loves the relationship Asa has with her parents. He asks what the biggest challenge was when her parents moved in with her. She says the cats and the cat pee were the worst. She claims the cats have a diet of Flaming Hot Cheetos and watermelon. Yuck. They all laugh about Asa’s mom quoting 1990’s hit songs, like “Say Goodbye to Yesterday” by Boys to Men.
Then Andy turns to Mike to talk about his proposal to Jessica. Andy asks about Jessica’s spiritual conversion. He asks the group what they thought about Jessica making the conversion before she got a ring. Reza says “With all due respect, I wouldn’t switch from Pepsi to Coke without a ring.” Mike explains that it is at least a four month conversion process and that his folks wouldn’t have accepted plans for a wedding until Jessica converted. Then Andy talks to Mike about his proposal to Jessica. Andy said Bravo got loads of positive feedback about the romantic way Mike proposed. The camera cuts to GG, where we see an evil smirk on her face. Uh oh.
Reza says the best, most beautiful part of the season is Mike’s proposal. Andy asks GG what her reaction was, considering it was days after GG had publically confronted Mike about what happened in Turkey. GG says her eyes filled up with tears and that she thought it was beautiful. She claims she doesn’t want them to not be together. She says she has known Mike forever and she loves him. She says that at the end of the day, if he called and needed something, she would be right there. She says she wants him to be a great husband to this woman that is bending her back over to make him happy. Mike listens and then says GG has a funny way of showing things. He says he can’t believe her.
Andy asks Asifa if it was hard to meet the group of people who have such a long history with each other. Asifa said any time you meet new people it takes awhile. Andy asks MJ if she welcomes people easily. MJ says she is guarded. Asa says MJ welcomes men very easily, and Asifa agrees with her. The girls seem to gang up on MJ a little – about not supporting women and about being two-faced. MJ really takes offense. Asifa gets a little nasty with MJ. MJ tells Asifa she doesn’t respect her so she doesn’t care what her opinion is. Asifa starts saying she has normal parents and a normal upbringing. Then ALL the Shahs get hot under the collar and say that parents are off-bounds. Mike claims it bothers him that there are no boundaries in the group any more.
Andy turns to Reza and starts the conversation about Reza and Adam’s relationship conflicts. Reza looks miserable about having to talk about it again. Andy asks where the relationship stands. Reza takes a deep breath and says things are great. He says they have really been working on their relationship. He says he is an incredibly flawed person with a lot of issues. He says he tries to understand Adam, who is completely different than he is. He says calling off the wedding was the hardest thing he has ever done. They discuss the trip to Thailand and that it was miserable for Reza. Reza did finally realize how much he loved Adam while he was in Thailand so ultimately it was a good trip. Reza tells Andy that he and Adam are still living together. Andy asks Reza if the sex has improved and Reza responds that it is a lot better. Reza says that 1000% there will be a wedding in the future but he has no clue when. Adam declined to attend the reunion because he did not want to live through that pain again.
They discuss the bachelor party. Andy asks what Reza told Adam about the party. Reza says he told Adam he doesn’t remember anything. Mike jumps on that and asks how could that be a defense? (Good one, Mike!) Mike and Reza argue back and forth.
Andy asks if Adam signed the pre-nup before they called off the wedding and Adam did sign it before. Andy asks Mike if they have a pre-nup. Mike responds no, that whatever he has is Jessica’s. There is a discussion that Mike has nothing therefore he doesn’t need a pre-nup. Reza says Mike and Jessica floss, which, we learn, means to show off. Mike denies it but Reza says Jessica is the flossiest person he knows. (Now we’ve all learned a new word.) Mike and Reza get into an argument with Reza screaming at Mike. He says Mike is the fakest person on the show.
They take a break from filming, however the camera is still filming. MJ says she has made a reservation for dinner for all them for that night. Reza and Mike continue their argument in Persian, where Mike tells Reza he will kill him.
When they come back to film again, Reza claims they were joking. He says he wants to get to a better place with Mike but he needs Mike to be honest with him.
Andy brings up Pablo. MJ had had Pablo for 11 years. MJ says Pablo was closer to her than any other thing. MJ tries to explain why Pablo was in the freezer. She doesn’t really succeed in clearing it up. GG says there are no words to describe what she was feeling when MJ pulled Pablo out of the freezer. MJ talks about getting a new sister for Julio, and tells how she named the puppy Toya, after Toya in Married to Medicine.
Andy turns to the Turkeygate debacle. He asks GG why she waited nearly a year to say anything. She says she happy to have the chance to explain. She said Mike started being rude to her, talking down to her and being mean to her. She said she tried to avoid Mike and not invite him places. She says her original plan was to keep it quiet and not say anything to anyone. GG says people make drunken mistakes all the time. The camera cuts over to Mike and he is TEXTING! Andy tells him to stop. Reza asks if he is bored.
Andy asks if the others knew about this. Reza says GG didn’t show up for breakfast (I remember this now!) and that she said she didn’t feel well. Asa’s family was coming in from Iran and GG didn’t come.
GG asks Mike if he is still claiming he just doesn’t remember. Mike looks ashamed and states that he doesn’t even remember being in the club that night where he pulled on GG’s underwear and got so close to her face. Mike says he is very ashamed of himself. He says he shouldn’t have taken the pills he took and shouldn’t have had so much to drink. He says at the end of the day, he doesn’t recollect anything at all. He says the thought of being with GG makes him so weirded out and that’s why he thought there was no way that it could have happened.
Mike said it didn’t happen until he saw the footage of he and GG walking to his hotel room. That’s when he changed his story. He says he now doesn’t remember anything about it. None of the Persians knew that footage existed.
Andy asks Mike if he thinks GG is jealous of his relationship. Mike says he doesn’t know what to think anymore – that everyone has banded together against him. Reza says there were conversations between he and Mike off camera. Reza says Mike told him that Mike “f’d up.” Reza said “Just admit, apologize and move on. But Mike said he couldn’t and that Jessica wouldn’t understand.
Then Andy asks what GG wants. She claims she wants Mike to quit talking about her and tainting her name. She points to Mike and says ”Your bitch started this and I can’t wait to finish this.” Andy asks how Jessica started it. GG says that Jessica went to TMZ and told them her man would never cheat on her with an ugly ass bitch like GG.
GG continues to say that Jessica is mean on Twitter and Instagram. Andy asks her if GG knew how things would turn out, would she still have told what happened. GG says she wants everyone to know that she isn’t a liar. Meanwhile, Mike is still texting and Andy is frustrated with him. GG says Jessica should know what kind of man she is getting and that there are rumors about at least 20 other women with Mike. And GG says everyone blames her for trying to damage the relationship but really Mike is the one damaging the relationship. (I do agree with that.)
Mike is saying the story is really old. Then GG drops the bombshell – she says “Wait, didn’t you f&#% my sister on your engagement night, or something?” GG claims they have that proof as well. She is gleeful when talking about this. Mike, of course, denies this and says GG’s sister was helping him shop for suits.
Reza starts screaming at Mike and saying that Mike doesn’t make an effort to remain friends with all of them. He wants Mike to be accountable. He screams at Mike to stop being the victim. He says four people for four years have asked Mike to make more of an effort to be a friend. Asa claims they specifically talked about this very issue. Reza gets up and says he can’t take anymore. Andy is yelling and asking Reza where he is going. Reza claims he can’t breathe and doesn’t want to be there.
And, until next week………