Later that night, Reza, Asa, and Lilly meet up for Lilly’s celebration dinner. MJ is running late, so Reza blesses us with a story that starts out with him and MJ in the shower, and ends with them having sex on her bed. I feel like that explains a lot about MJ and Reza’s relationship. Me thinks MJ is in love with her long time best friend. Also, Reza is a great story teller. MJ arrives to the dinner an hour late and immediately brings up the fact that she has been stalking Lilly on the interwebs. She tries to embarrass Lilly by bringing up a picture she took, topless and with her dog covering her nips. Lilly figures out pretty quickly that MJ is jealous of her and points out that she has the exact photograph framed and on display in her house. MJ says that she considers it animal endangerment.
Animal cruelty or desperate attempt to get attention?
Of course Reza is mortified, but MJ is not getting the hint. Cue awkward laughter from him. Lilly is very cool about the situation, as she tells MJ that she does not need to be jealous that Reza has a new friend. This seems to aggravate MJ even more. She pulls Asa into the conversation by saying that her and Lilly are just “romps.” MJ is very confident that she will be around for the long haul.
Cut between Reza and MJ weekday morning routine. Reza says he works very hard because he would like to maintain a certain lifestyle. He does not want to worry about money when he is 80 years old. MJ, on the other hand, has scheduled an early morning eyelash extension application appointment. She also has time to burn some pita bread and explain to Julio the importance of covering her bruise-filled legs. She cannot look like a whore in public, but damn the man, she WILL rock a see-through skirt!
Asa takes some time to visit her awesome parents. Their whole interaction still has me wondering how she turned out to be a sleazebag. Anyway, she asks her father if he thinks she will be rich one day. He tells her that money will not make her happy. Back story: Pops was in the Shah Navy. Once you are in, you are in for life. One day pops did not show up to work, and the family fled the country. At least Asa’s need for cash stems from a well-intentioned place. She says she wants to help out her family, especially her mother, who is her “lioness.” Her mother works 70 hours a week as a visiting nurse. And for the second week in a row, the show makes me have actual feelings besides anger.
I think Clay Davis said it best.
It is 9:00 am, and Reza is in the office. Mike calls and we find out that he has an interview with the company in a few hours. It looks like Reza plans to follow through with his plan to squeeze out MJ and replace her with Mike. MJ shuffles into the office at 12:15 pm. Reza gets rid of client he is on the phone with to inquire why MJ is at work. She sasses him and things go from uncomfortable to awkward in minutes. Reza takes a jab at her outfit and MJ goes for the gut, literally. She calls him fat. Bitch fight!! I think MJ is going to make a comment about him attracting high-maintenance clients, but she says “people” instead. Somebody is still upset about dinner the other night. We finally get to the MJ/Reza/Mike confrontation from last week’s previews. Unfortunately, Reza never told MJ that he was going to partner up with Mikey. Her excitement for him interviewing at their company is quickly extinguished when Mike makes a joke about taking MJ’s desk. Reza comes clean and says that he wants to move on and work with Mike. Their plans for total office domination are in motion.