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#Jerzdays are Back on MTV

by Sunah Choudhry

Warning: The following review contains spoilers.

The sun is out and so are the reality stars of MTV’s “Jersey Shore Family Vacation” in Miami for their new 13-part series. Even though the reality stars are in their early 30s, their gym, tan, laundry (GTL) game is still going strong as they have settled down with their own families. Their personal lives did not stop the cast from partying hard in clubs together, bringing up ghosts from the past and constantly fighting.

The first episode of the reality show contains not only their previous antics but also updates on where the castmates have been for the past six years within the two-hour special. Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola, who had a toxic relationship with Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, does not appear in the “Jersey Shore” family reunion. However, that does not mean the show was not the same with the same seven drunken castmates.

The show started out with introductions on where the castmates are now after six years had passed since the original “Jersey Shore” show having ended. Rumors that had been proven true by multiple outlets about Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino appear in the premiere as he is currently fighting an accusation of tax evasion. Throughout the episode, The Situation is seen going back and forth to court to approve his trip to Miami. In result, The Situation accepted a plea deal and made it down to Miami to party with his castmates but has to remain sober due to his drug and alcohol addiction.


Ronnie, who is now living with his pregnant girlfriend, returned to the show with high hopes of not cheating on her. Though Sammi Sweetheart did not return, Ronnie was still there to discuss his perspective on the situation. There were multiple scenes in which Ronnie was talking with Deena Nicole Cortese, who has the closest friendship with Sammi Sweetheart, about how Sammi Sweetheart had abandoned all of them.

Sammi Sweetheart released a statement regarding the situation on Instagram:


Pauly D and Vinny laugh beside the life-size doll version of Sammi Sweetheart.
Photo courtesy of MTV

However, that does not stop the cast from poking fun at Sammi Sweetheart’s statement and not joining the show. The joke that seems never-ending starts with Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio dragging out a life-size doll of Sammi Sweetheart from his car, surprising the entire cast. Not only did Pauly D bring a doll of Sammi Sweetheart, but he also had a button on her shirt that would spew out her common sayings from “Jersey Shore.” The joke went well for the cast but did it go well for Sammi Sweetheart, who might have been watching the premiere from home?


With the girls Snooki, JWOWW and Deena, the reunion provided them with a place to get wasted in clubs and enjoy some time with their old roommates. On the first night out, Snooki fell face front onto the pavement while trying to walk into their cab. JWOWW, trying to help Snooki, acted as the mom for the night for both Snooki and Deena.


Vinny Guadagnino and Pauly D remain best friends and partners in crime reunited during the two-hour special. Vinny and Pauly D were like a blast from the past, fist pumping and creating different dance moves in the club on their first night out in Miami. From pranking their roommates to watching Sammi Sweetheart and Ronnie fight in “Jersey Shore,” the two have been through everything together during their time on the show.

With 11 episodes remaining and the remainder of the cast in Miami for an entire month, who knows what havoc will ensue.

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