Golnesa gets her engagement ring appraised and we are being led to believe it is work $165,000. I highly doubt that. If it were the proper reaction would be SELL IT! GG says fine she is keeping it. #eyeroll
Tommy and MJ see a therapist to help navigate their communication issues. MJ starts by saying that sometimes Tommy yells a lot when he gets angry and she would prefer calmer communication. Oh please MJ. Calm is not a word that describes either one of you. Tommy says he is constantly being criticized and never receives positive affirmations. He says in those instances she is a lot like her mother. Oh boy. MJ says, “Cheap shot!” The next second, she is crying because he feels unappreciated.
Adam is converting to Judaism for Reza. That seems odd to me. I understand converting to most religions but Judaism has always had a bloodline component to it. There are people born to Jewish fathers that are not Jewish because their mother was not Jewish. Anyway, it’s whatever. Mazel Tov. Adam just said Reza is a half Jew. See? Adam wants to have the same religion for the entire family. That makes sense. Adam asks Reza what the time frame is for children. Because I’m sure they never talk about this off camera. They have waited until now, just like they have waited to have the fake half a million dollar hair care line investment conversation. Reza tell Adam he is officially in charge of making the baby and to let him know when it happens.
It’s Nowruz time. This is the type of thing I was so excited to see when this show first started out. It was supposed to be more about Iranian culture and less about ridiculous arguments and fake businesses. Nema and Mona were raised without a lot of their Iranian culture because their parents didn’t want them to face the xenophobia many Iranians faced after fleeing Iran in the 1980s. Golnesa burned her marriage license in the fire. Where were MJ and Tommy? I miss Asa for this scene.
Reza is not at the beach for the event because his house was buglarized. I’m not sure what structure it was in but all of his most prized possessions were boxed up somewhere while he was working on the new house. Pretty much everything was broken or destroyed. He must have been so gutted. Being burglarized is a huge violation and for the rest of his life he will suddenly remember something else that is missing that he didn’t realize.
Mona and Nema meet up with Destiney,Golnessa, and Sherv for dinner at an Iranian restaurant. Destiney wants to talk about her estrangement from her father, who was absent from her life. She has a lot of resentment toward her father and has hired a private investigator to try to locate him presuming he is still alive.
It was great to see the celebration of the Iranian New Year in three homes. Adam and Reza, Golnessa and her parents (where is her sister?) and Mona and Nema trying their hand at their first celebration. It makes so much more sense that the first day of the year should be on the first day of spring than in the dead of winter.
Nema and Mona’s celebration included his father and their sister and other family and friends. Nema feels like he is a disappoint to his father because he is not a doctor or a lawyer. He is really proud of his daughters. This created a rift between them. Or at least some distance. Nema seems to be the only one in his family that does not speak Iranian.
MJ and Vida come to Reza and Adam’s celebration. Tommy will be late because he is working. Vida noticed the lack of a goldfish right away. It sadly passed away a bit earlier and was buried in the trash after Reza eulogized it with the wine prayer. Why the wine prayer? It’s the only prayer he knew by heart. I mean if you only know one prayer, I think the wine prayer is a good choice. Mike arrives with Morgan, his latest rent a showmance. When Reza asks if Morgan is coming to the celebration at Mike’s mom’s house that evening Mike says he didn’t invite her. He says “they are not there yet.” Morgan is not pleased with this.
Reza bought a “$15,000” emerald for his mother to be set in a ring. He passes it around the group and Adam drops it two feet onto a carpeted floor. Supposedly a corner broke off. Reza is furious with Adam who quickly offers to replace it. Reza once again points out he can’t afford to replace it. When they show it in Mike’s hand you can see the chip but you can also see the inclusions. There is no way that is a $15,000 emerald. And for the corner to chip like that there was likely a fissure already there. Then Mike has the never to chastise Adam about it. Reza jumps up to burn esfand seeds to ward off the evil eye. For some reason Reza is boiling the esfand. Never seen that before, the way I have seen it was more like burning sage.
I agree with Mike’s decision not to introduce his showmance to his mother on a family holiday. Everyone else though has seems think he’s being a putz. Reza, MJ and Tommy got to Mike’s family celebration and across town Destiney, Sherv, Mona and Nema join Golnesa’s family. They video chat between the houses. All of this Iranian food is making me hungry. I’m nibbling on feta cheese. That’s all I’ve got. It is also Mercedeh’s dad’s birthday. That’s a lot of emotion.
Adam takes Reza to the surrogate place to discuss babies. Reza says in his talking head he’s not paying for anything today so Adam better be planning to write a check. However, when they talk to the guy, Reza is the one answering all the questions about how this will go down. One surrogate inseminated with two eggs one boy and one girl, one Reza’s and one Adam’s for a twin birth. Reza wants a Caucasian surrogate who looks like Adam. That will be $125,000 just for the surrogate. When the surrogate pimp (I mean really what do we call him) leaves the room, Reza tells Adam he spent $500K on shampoo and doesn’t have money for the baby. So we end where we began with a fake storyline. Every dime Reza has is invested in his properties and he still has mortgages. The hair line thing is a spokesperson/namesake situation for the real hair line people to try to make a buck off Shahs and give Reza a cut. He never had money for a baby in the first place. Reza says once the house is done, they can refinance and take out the money to buy a kid. Adam is fine with that.