The saving grace of this season of Jersey Shore is that we know it's the last. If we weren't mercifully granted that key piece of information, it would be too painful to watch. Knowing this is it, however, makes it a little more tolerable as they try to amuse us again with their outlandish antics that just aren't so outlandish anymore.
But we've stuck with them this far, so we may as well keep going. Since we last saw the gang in Seaside, things have changed a bit. Snooki is, of course, pregnant and bemoaning how she's going to hang without getting plastered. Ronnie and Sam are back together and snagged their own room. Deena has slimmed down and settled down with a new boyfriend, which is turning her into an emotional mess. Vinny is going celibate. And, perhaps the biggest change of all -- Mike, "The Situation" Sorrentino is clean and trying to turn over a new leaf.
Only his leaf is still as slimy and sketchy as ever.
Look, I'm glad he's clean and sober. I'm sure it hasn't been an easy road, nor will it be in the shore house. He definitely deserves credit for that and for going out without even drinking, but that's about all the credit I can muster for him. I still can't stand him, nor do I trust him.
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Oh, he cooked them all dinner, and wanted to tell everyone how great he feels sober, and even apologized for all of the crap he pulled last season. They were nice gestures, but he's going to need more than some chicken and a few pickles to make up for years of his asshole activities.
While I'm sure his substance abuse issues definitely played a part in his behavior, he's still the same person, and I don't think 34 days of rehab is nearly enough to change that. While the guys were pretty quick to welcome him back, and reignite MVP, the girls remained cautious, especially Snooki and JWOWW. I think they're smart to do so.
We'll see what the rest of this season brings, but based on the two hours we saw tonight, I'm not willing to ditch my disdain for this dude, even if he is clean. He didn't do anything that offensive (yet), but my skin was still crawling whenever he was near (especially while he was reciting rules from the "swag handbook"). Maybe I'm wrong, which would be great, but my guess is that the situation will go downhill from here.
Do you think Mike being clean will change his shady ways?
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