This week on Shahs of Sunset, Mike celebrates the big launch of True Gold Footwear, but a problem at the Mexican border threatens to derail the entire event. Plus, Reza and MJ discover that Jessica may be done with the entire gang for good. Read on for a full recap of the drama...
The episode kicks off with Reza Farahan bringing his mother to Wally's Beverly Hills for a good, old-fashioned mother-son lunch date. For some inexplicable reason, Reza mom is credited onscreen as just that: "Reza's mother," and we don't get her name. As Reza tells us about how great and supportive his mom is, I recognize that this scene is supposed to be painting him in a heartwarming light, but I'm too busy remembering the epically complex and confrontational dinner party the RHOBH ladies had at Wally's this season to really pay too much attention. Personally, I would take Erika Girardi and Kathryn Edwards arguing about Lisa Vanderpump's manipulations over anything Reza has to say any day. Do you agree?
Meanwhile, Mike Shouhed is hard at work prepping for the imminent launch of his new shoe line, True Gold Footwear. The good news is that a major LA-area retailer has already ordered a full shipment of the shoes before they've even been released. If only his estranged wife Jessica Parido had stuck by him long enough to see that his big business dreams are coming to fruition...The bad news is that this means that Mike and his team have to hustle to make sure the shoes will be ready for the big launch party just a few days away. Even more complicated? The fact that Mike chose to have the shoes manufactured south of the border in Mexico. But that won't be a problem, right? Anyone?
While Mike's getting down to business, Mercedes "MJ" Javid and her boyfriend Tommy Feight are hitting the batting cages for a date night. The on-again couple are just about the most adorable thing ever seen on reality television as they take turns pitching and hitting the balls - much to MJ's chagrin. This is not in the condo queen's comfort zone, people! However, with Tommy she's game to try pretty much anything, and when he remarks that this would be the perfect place to take their future kid, MJ's face visibly lights up. And yet, now that everything's better between the couple, she's starting to wonder whether she's actually ready to have a baby. Sure, her doctor says her uterus is ready and Tommy's sperm count is too, but is their relationship? Via confessional, Mercedes concludes that the question can wait, as she's decided to pursue things the more old-fashioned way: first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the Persian baby in the 24-karat gold baby carriage.
Still reeling from her blowup with Reza in Belize, Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi meets Shervin Roohparvar for lunch at a Mexican restaurant to rehash the drama. Over ceviche and enchiladas, GG questions why the mustachioed queen bee seems to have such an obsession with her life and her RA. In the past six years, Reza has never once gone to a single doctor's appointment or treatment with her, and has done nothing but cast doubt on the veracity of her illness instead of being a supportive friend. Shervin listens with a supportive ear, but also cautions his longtime pal to avoid flying off the handle in the future. Instead, he advises GG to fully hear people out. I do understand why Sherv is trying to play the peacemaker, but I am unabashedly Team GG on this one - Reza was 100% wrong.
Later, while Shervin FaceTimes with his Australian date from a few episodes back, Asa Soltan Rahmati takes Reza and his husband Adam Neely to their home in Palm Springs for a photoshoot. Asa's recruited the newlyweds as part of her couples photography project and the guys are more than happy to portray the honeymoon stage of a relationship. The Persian priestess is a fierce director on set, who knows exactly what she wants from her subjects and how to get it. So, after making Reza and Adam trek up a mountain carrying the chairs from the restaurant they got married in, Asa makes quick work of the photoshoot, capturing that loving feeling every newlywed wants to feel some day.
The next day, Asa visits Mike at his house to check out some of the shoe samples and help him draft a heartfelt email to Jessica. At the same time, Reza and MJ meet at Sprinkles Cupcakes for a mission of their own. Tehrangeles is a small place and word has reached Reza that Jessica has been stepping out at the finest clubs and restaurants sans wedding ring with quite the smoky eye. In an effort to confirm their suspicions, MJ and Reza call Jessica right then and there - but the number has been disconnected. Huh? Seems like Jessica has up and disappeared. Changed her phone number. Gone. She's officially distanced herself from the Shahs and Reza ventures a guess that Mike may need to start examining what his life will look like without Jessica in it.
It's the morning of Mike's big shoe launch and the event at Kitson is only hours away. Remember the bad news I mentioned at the beginning of this recap? It just got a whole lot worse. It turns out that Mike's suppliers are having more than a little trouble getting the shipment through customs. That means literally hundreds of shoes are stuck at the Mexican border south of San Diego and the only solution is for Mike and his partner to drive down and get them. Yikes. Could a launch event have any bigger of an obstacle? With only hours to spare, Mike and his partner jump in the car and race against the clock to deliver the shoes on time. After his suppliers individually walk every single pair of shoes through customs, Mike and his partner find themselves caught in California's infamous traffic and it starts becoming clear both he and his shoes may miss the big launch party completely...
Meanwhile, the rest of the Shahs start arriving for the event at Kitson, but neither Mike nor his shoes are anywhere to be found. However, that minor detail pales in comparison to the slayage that is the jumpsuit Asa shows up wearing to the party. I mean...pure perfection, queen. Now, a launch party without anything to launch makes for a bit of an awkward event. Considering the lingering tension between Reza and GG as they eye each other from across the venue, this seems to be getting uncomfortable fast. A half hour after the party was supposed to end, Mike finally arrives with the shoes. Better late than never right? Everyone's still in a party mood and happy to celebrate Mike's big success, even if it's a few hours later than they were expecting. That's one thing I appreciate about my favorite Persians - when something big is happening for one of their own, they always rally.
What did you think of this week's Shahs? Will you be buying a pair of Mike's shoes? How fabulous was Asa's jumpsuit at the launch party? Are you relieved or bummed that Jessica seems to have officially disconnected from the crew? Let me know in the comments!