'Jersey Shore' Recap: The Truth About the Situation

Sasha Brown-Worsham

The twelfth episode of Season 3 of the Jersey Shore brought back a little (just a little) of the magic from Seasons 1 and 2.

This season has largely been boring, too much Ronnie and Sam, too little outrageous and hilarious moments, and way too big of heads (not the good kinds) from the guys. There is no doubt that the backlash has begun. The Jersey Shore kids are definitely on their way out. But they did give us one last hurrah.

This episode was full of grenades (the worst ever), sexual innuendo, roommate smack-downs, drunken PHONE CALLS FROM MOTHERS (OMG!), and stalkers. It was classic Jersey Shore and possibly the last good one.

But, um, let's get back to the drunken mother. Because that was the catalyst for the big epiphany of the evening. All this time, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino has been oddly obsessed with Sammi and Ronnie's relationship.

All last season, he was up in their business trying to warn Sam about Ronnie's infidelity. This season, he shared a bedroom with the couple and was involved in all their fights. And then in this episode, he spent half the episode on the phone with Ron's mother trying to convince her that Sam and Ron are bad together.

Last episode he was trying to inform the whole house that Sam was sneaking around behind Ron's back and sending texts to Arvin to meet her just to spite Sam.

What's UP with all this? Last night it occurred to me that all of this goes back to the first season when Sam rejected Mike in favor of Ron. The fact is, Mike is one of the most insecure people ever to be on an MTV reality show. And that is saying a lot. He is classic narcissistic personality disorder. Here are some of the signs, according to PubMed Health:

  • React to criticism with rage, shame, or humiliation
  • Take advantage of other people to achieve his or her own goals
  • Have excessive feelings of self-importance
  • Exaggerate achievements and talents
  • Be preoccupied with fantasies of success, power, beauty, intelligence, or ideal love
  • Have unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment
  • Need constant attention and admiration
  • Disregard the feelings of others, and have little ability to feel empathy
  • Have obsessive self-interest
  • Pursue mainly selfish goals

Um, hello?! It has been staring me in the face all along. Sam caused Mike a serious blow to his overweening ego and he wants to make her pay. The boy is clearly off his rocker and needs medication, stat. The world may be reinforcing his delusions of grandeur right now, but it won't forever and then what?

Let's hope he's got a backup plan.

Do you think Mike still wants Sam?


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