Jersey Shore, “Sleeping With the Enemy”: #8 ranked episode of Jersey Shore Season 2 – Ron’s MacGyver, yo!

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“How does it feel, Jenny, to have the crap beat out of you from me? I’m basking in it.” – Sammi “Sweetheart”

Jersey Shore Season 2 Rankings: where did “Sleeping With the Enemy” rank?

Jersey Shore’s “Sleeping With the Enemy” came in as the #8 ranked episode of Jersey Shore’s second season. Find more Jersey Shore rankings here.

Here’s why “Girls Like That” was ranked as the #8 episode of Jersey Shore’s second wild season.

Jersey Shore
GENRE – Reality TV, Drama, Comedy, Trashtastic TV
EPISODE – “Sleeping With the Enemy”
BEING RANKED FOR – Jersey Shore Season 2
RANK – #8 of Jersey Shore’s second season

Jersey Shore, “Sleeping With the Enemy” (S0207) review

So, all hell breaks loose right from the jump this week, with a melee breaking out at the Miami residence that would put some pro wrestling steel cage matches to shame. JWoww went at Sammi, Sammi swung her obscenely long fake nails back at JWoww, everyone seemed to blame Angelina at some point, the boys tried to break things up, and somehow Vinnie and Ronnie almost went at it for kicks.

My favorite part: Ronnie assessing the situation absolutely incorrectly, deciding that Vinnie was to blame. The funny thing is that Vinnie was to blame for stirring the pot with regard to Angelina, which theoretically should not connect in any way with the Sammi/JWoww blowup. I think I mentioned a recently? Oh yeah, it’s back in full force.

And somehow, amazingly, “the letter,” the infamous letter, is still a factor in all this madness. It boggles the mind that there is any “mystery” left to be unfurled regarding this document (which details Ronnie’s cheating ways), but it would seem so. To be slightly fair, Snooki and JWoww were correct in assuming that Sammi would fully blame the messenger for the letter’s contents, but somehow they wound up walking themselves and the house at large into a Jersey Shore-style hornet’s nest nonetheless.

After a few more rounds of verbal and physical shenanigans, Sammi winds up in bed with Ronnie. Waking up refreshed, she says, “This is probably like the best accomplishment that I’ve had in a long time, to literally kick the shit out of Jenny.” Now, from a factual standpoint I find that statement highly debatable. Our friend Jenny AKA JWoww had a point when she declared that, “Sam gets these type of balls when she has Ron to protect her.” I was reminded of course of the boardwalk fight from last season, where Sammi played no small role in helping to antagonize the local a-hole who eventually got demolished by Ronnie.

Secondly, it’s a little bit horrifying and not a little bit sad that Sammi would take such joy in the proclamation, with regard to a person who was in theory one of her “best friends in the house” such a short time ago. Although I’d like to simply enjoy hating on Sammi from the Hater’s Gallery, I can’t help but realize that she obviously does not want to emotionally contend with Ronnie’s horrid actions and is relieved to transfer her anxiety and anger onto someone close to her who is not named Ronnie. Okay, I’m done with the psychoanalysis, let’s get back to the fun know, okay?

The “investigation” into the background gets all the more bizarre (Kafkaesque, as Jesse from Breaking Bad might say?) as Sammi and Ronnie seem back together for the moment. Sammi puts the screws to Angelina, someone she feels is unworthy as she can “take everyone’s side.”

But really, Ronnie’s infidelities (whether or not he was exactly “together” with Sammi at the time seems to be irrelevant) seem to have opened up rifts throughout the house (directly or otherwise), with Vinnie and Angelina even going at it hardest of all from the verbal front at several different junctures.

Or, to put it more plainly, let’s leave it to Vinnie tag-teaming with The Situation to assess: “Ron’s MacGyver, yo. He made out scot-free.”

And, for your final kicker of the night, Vinnie ends up hooking up with Angelina (even though Angelina is dating Jose, he of buying her a fossil watch fame).

More thoughts on “Sleeping with the Enemy”:

  • “It’s like putting firecrackers in a dumpster.” – Ronnie
  • “How does it feel, Jenny, to have the crap beat out of you from me? I’m basking in it right now.”
  • “The beach is on fire with hotties today.” – Pauly D, with a nice example of a direct metaphor
  • I don’t know what I love more: Ronnie and Sammi going out on a “romantic date” after everything that’s happened, or Ronnie dressing up in white tee-shirt and stone washed jeans for said “romantic date.” This guy is like school on Monday: all class.
  • “Honey, I know I’m the best right now, so I don’t care what you have to say about me.” – Angelina to Vinnie
  • “So, we’re dancing like Spanish people.” – Snooki
  • “Yo Vinnie, you dressing like a cholo tonight?” – Pauly D to Vinnie
  • “Is that an alien print?” – JWoww, referring to a mark on the wall in the “community smoosh room” (yes, it does feel weird to write the words “community smoosh room” in case you were wondering)

Jersey Shore, “Sleeping With the Enemy”: episode and cast info

Air date – September 9, 2010  


Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio – Self
Jenni “JWoww” Farley – Self
Sammi “Sweetheart” – Self
Vinny Guagagino (later known as “Keto Guido”) – Self
Ronnie Margo – Self (as Ronnie Ortiz-Margo)
Angelina Pivarnick – Self
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi – Self
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino (later known as “Big Daddy Sitch” – Self