I have to tell you guys I am really close to Mercedeh. At least in my head. We’ve communicated off and on since before season one. That link will link you to my interviews (and some by other people I did six years ago) So this will be a hard episode to watch. Mike is heartbroken. So are Reza and Adam. The three of them went to the hospital last night. MJ’s dad was not responsive. Reza calls MJ the next day from Mike’s house for an update. When Reza found out that he passed he starts talking to her in Farsi and telling her he really believes that he held on until she had Tommy to take care of her. I’ve never seen Mike this emotional for someone other than himself. It’s all heartbreaking.
MJ’s dad was the first person that Reza came out to and he was totally accepting without hesitation. Reza could not believe that an older Persian man would accept him for who he was, but he did. Mike and Reza want to have a Persian feast in honor of her father at Mike’s gorgeous house.
Oh God, Vida is there. The hits just keep on coming. And Sammy. This dinner appears to be the very night that her father died. It seems too soon. Tommy arrives with MJ. As soon as MJ is making the group rounds, Tommy is breaking down. He keeps saying he wants to take the pain from her and he can’t. Vida tells MJ she will be there with her every step of the way making the arrangements. Vida was friends with her ex until the very end.
Mercedeh has a dress fitting on Friday and she wants to continue on with the plans.
From death we move on to divorce. GG is still not divorced because she didn’t do anything to get divorced. She’s finally getting an attorney to get the ball running.
It’s Mona’s birthday party at some sort of adult lounge. Nema brings his friend Annette to act as a buffer between GG and Erica. Adam gets to make an appearance. Nema is conflicted over which woman he wants to impress. GG arrives first. She seems him as a boy toy. Someone asks GG if she doesn’t drink hard liquor. She says, “It makes me violent.” The first salvo has been shot over the bow. Nema plans to dump Erica. I don’t think they were ever a thing.
The dress fitting is in Orange County. Reza and MJ talk about how weird it is to go there because they are “way too brown for Orange County.” I’ve heard that Orange County actually has a lot of homeless people and refugees. Is that not true? At the dress shop, everyone is a bit drunk from drinking in the car the whole way there. MJ introduces Reza as her Man of Honor and Mike as her “dick meter” if his dick doesn’t get hard when he sees her in the dress it’s not the one. Oh, MJ. Mike goes to help MJ get into he undergarments and MJ is sobbing in the dressing room. It’s too soon. And she is drunk. Someone has handed out coffees. It’s not sobering any of them up. Reza gives Mercedeh a present. It’s a Cartier bracelet. I’m going to need to up my bangle game a bit. She finally tries on a dress. It’s not the one.