If you thought this season of Shahs of Sunset was all about divorce drama and questioning someone’s health status, you are in the same cynical boat I’m in. But Shahs isn’t all doom and gloom and this episode (sort of) proves it with the perfect formula to rally bored reality show fans everywhere: an overly staged marriage proposal! OK, I still have to be mostly cynical when watching; it’s just the nature of the beast.
We start at Mercedes “MJ” Javid’s condo, where she is busy tidying up her clothing racks so she can have a yard sale. Shervin Roohparvar comes to watch, presumably because he has nothing better to do all day and hasn’t fulfilled his camera time for the week. MJ explains that she needs to make more room for boyfriend, Tommy Feight, who I thought was already moved in anyway? She goes through the hangers and takes us for a long walk down sad memory lane and describes how her clothes remind her of times in her life. Like the time she wore this dress, Vida was berating her at a table full of people and making her cry. Yeah, probably time to get rid of that one.
Pretty much every show on Bravo has a story line about cast members criticizing someone’s medical diagnosis, so I was sadly not at all surprised when the people on Shahs of Sunset came for Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi for partying even though she has been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
On some level, I get why people would say that drinking and illness don’t go hand in hand – obviously – but it is a more complicated situation than that. GG opened up about why she turned to alcohol to help her cope as well as why she thinks her cast mates are criticizing her illness.
Tonight, Shahs of Sunset finally gave us all a much needed break from all the arguing and drunken booze-festing that our Shahs are known for. Instead of talking about illness and who is being a loyal friend, there was a lot of talk about personal growth and shoes. How do those things tie together? They don’t but never mind that, let’s pretend they do.
Reza Farahan goes to lunch with his mom. She’s thrilled about his recent marriage to Adam Neely. Despite her conservative upbringing, all she cares about is Reza being happy and besides, she loves Adam too. Reza wants her to come to Oklahoma to meet Adam’s family and she politely declines, saying she has been there once. I guess that was enough. Reza gets emotional just talking about how much he loves his mom and this is a really nice change of pace for Reza – he should do more bonding with his mother and less being a terrible friend to pretty much everyone.
Golnesablasted, “This mother f—- wants to really hurt me so badly. Not just call me a whore, or a bitch, or whatever that he’s done over the years. But to tell me that something I’m suffering from is a fake thing, and my parents are liars, and the whole thing is a scam? The minute he mentioned he feels sorry for my parents, I lost my s—.”
OK, Shahs of Sunset fans (and haters), we had one whole week to recover from Mike Shouhed finally admitting to cheating on estranged wife, Jessica Parido, during vacation in Belize with the rest of the Shahs. While none of us viewers were really surprised, I wasn’t sure how this would play out on the show and was a little annoyed at Bravo for making me wait a whole additional week to find out. As if the local fireworks were even close to as entertaining as the fireworks going off within this group of numnuts!
As we rejoin the Shahs in Belize the next morning, Asa Soltan Rahmati and Reza Farahan are catching up on how the night ended. Asa reveals that after seeing Mike unravel, she went out clubbing with GG Gharachedaghi and Shervin Roohparvar, dancing until the wee morning hours. This fuels Reza’s assumption that GG is faking her rheumatoid arthritis. He’s also not done being two-faced and meddling in Mike’s marital business and slimes his way over to Mike’s room to tell him that he supports him. Mike falls for the fakeness and expresses gratitude that his friends are always there for him, even in bad times.
After a break last week for the holiday, Shahs of Sunset is back tonight with an all new episode.
The cast is still in Belize and still attempting to enjoy the trip despite all the fighting and judgement overGG’s drinking and supposed exaggerating. Mike Shouhedcontinues to feel sorry for himself over driving his wife away, telling his co-stars at dinner that “people make mistakes. Men make mistakes because they think with their dool (penis).” Mike declares that he’s not giving up on Jessica and enlists Asa to help him woo her back.
Mercedes “MJ” Javid is still trying to process her (supposed) breakup with boyfriend, Tommy Feight, who I am actually starting to miss. There, I said it. Mike Shouhed is quickly losing hope that estranged wife, Jessica Parido, will make an appearance in Belize after an awkward invite from resident sh*t-stirrer,Reza Farahan. Finally, not to be out done in the “drama that doesn’t really need to be so dramatic” category, Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi went off on her last ally, Shervin Roohparvar, when he got tired of watching her pound drinks and smoke ciggs and simultaneously complain about rheumatoid arthritis treatments that may or may not be exaggerated.
It’s hard to know what to believe on these reality TV shows, but you know how GG gets. She is popping off about these accusations. Not only that, but GG’s boy Shervin Roohparvar is stepping up to defend his friend against the hate.