'Jersey Shore' recap, Final season premiere - where's the drama?

  • The guidos and guidettes are back together for one final season.
The guidos and guidettes are back together for one final season. (MTV )
October 05, 2012|By Katie Hutchinson

It's so hard ... to say goodbye ... to  Jersey Shore (I hope you slowly sang that in your head just like I did!). But hey -- at least we have another season before we have to come to term with our emotions.

I was very excited when I found out that the premiere would be a double-header. It was so great to see all the cast members back in action times two, however I must say, it did lack the usual amount of drama.

I know, I know -- they just reunited and it's too early for people to be throwing wine bottles or each other's belongings outside, but the cast overall definitely seemed more mature. For now.

The Situation was the first at the Shore House because he wanted to surprise his roommates with a feast and with the new sober Sitch.

As many of us knew from the news, Mike had checked himself into rehab in between filming "Jersey Shore" seasons, however, I don’t think it was ever confirmed for what. FINALLY we find out that it was for prescription drugs -- mainly, pain killers.

When I first saw the sober Mike, my heart did melt just a little. When the cast gets wasted and falls down, we laugh. Hell, when my friends or I get drunk and fall over, we laugh.

However, everything stops when it comes out that someone is actually addicted to pain killers and has an actual drinking problem.

I have said this before -- long before it came out that Mike was in rehab -- that I was a fan of his in Season 1. Sure, he was a tool and a half, but I loved that he was his own person, had his own phrases, and was really comfortable being who he was.

In the sequential seasons, however, I have not liked Mike at all. Like the other cast members have said: he's weird, he's paranoid, he's a schemer, he likes to stir the pot -- all of those things were completely true.

All of a sudden this fun-loving party boy attached to a killer 8-pack was wearing sunglasses in the club, losing his temper and causing unnecessary drama. Who wants to be around that?

Once I heard that Mike had gone to rehab, it all made sense. All of those were tall-tale signs of drug abuse. I felt bad in a way because clearly he just could not handle the overnight fame like so many other young celebrities in his situation (no pun intended).

My first thought was, did the roommates know? They have never come out and commented on being aware of his drug abuse while in the shore house, but must have known.

In the premiere, they all comment on how happy they are to see him sober, and how they had not seen 'this Mike' in so many years. Why didn't someone do something sooner? And why did the show let him continue on his destructive path without making his struggle apart of the show? Hmm.

To give you the low on all the characters in a short amount of time, I compiled a catch-up list:

Situation -- Currently sober, still seeing Paula but she's not the girlfriend, just the "closest thing to a girlfriend" if that makes sense, and he's healthier and more ripped than ever.

Snooki -- Pregnant and engaged to Jionni (in case you missed "Snooki & JWOWW") and no it's not Vinny's.

JWOWW -- Still with Roger (and if you haven't read, they're engaged! Squeal!) 

Sam & Ron -- Yes, I lumped them together. They're back-in-action as a couple and "much more mature" this time around. We'll see.

Vinny -- Still same old "Vin" -- paler than the rest, wearing his dorky, hipster glasses; working on his anxiety and still in a full-blown bromance with Pauly.

Pauly -- Still same ole Pauly, tanner than ever, same signature 'do, and still fully involved with Vinny.

Deena -- Looking more amazing than ever. Girlfriend slimmed down, got veneers and looks great! She also has a new boo named Chris who she's madly in love with.

Now to the good stuff: The roommates show up to the house one by one and see that Mike has cooked them dinner. They all sit around the table like usual and Mike gives a speech about his sobriety and how he is clean and intends to stay that way. 

Most of the house is happy and very supportive. Some are skeptical and some are not budging. (cough) Snooki.

Although she has a long list of reasons to hate Mike, she doesn't hate him -- she says she does not wish to be his friend anymore -- sober or not. Jenni stated, "I'll play ball until proven wrong."

The house gathers around Snooki to hear all about her baby news. Vinny reminisces by saying "I remember when she was like "Party's here!" and now it's like "Baby's here!" All the other girls are excited to poke her baby belly but her and Mike don't even hug hello.

Nicole gets frustrated because she can work out but has restrictions and can't tan and Deena cries because she misses her boyfriend and it's only day two. #MeatballProblems

The roommates decide to go to Karma for their first night out, and Snooki and Jionni go out to dinner instead. Snooki refuses to be "that pregnant chick at the club."

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