Jersey Shore, “The Hangover”: #5 ranked episode of Jersey Shore Season 2 – that’s gangster!

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“This is the shirt before the shirt.” – The Situation

Jersey Shore Season 2 Rankings: where did “The Hangover” rank?

Jersey Shore’s “The Hangover” came in as the #5 ranked episode of Jersey Shore’s second season. Find more Jersey Shore rankings here.

Here’s why “The Hangover” was ranked as the #5 episode of Jersey Shore’s second wild season.

Jersey Shore
GENRE – Reality TV, Drama, Comedy, Trashtastic TV
EPISODE – “The Hangover”
BEING RANKED FOR – Jersey Shore Season 2
RANK – #5 of Jersey Shore’s second season

Jersey Shore, “The Hangover” (S0202) review

One of the many reasons that Jersey Shore is a fabulously entertaining show – and make no mistake, I’m declaring it a TV Geek Army mission to make it okay to dig the Jersey Shore –  is that these are kids that absolutely live the frat house life (with peculiar and fascinating guido/guidette sub-culture spin, of course) without a filter and at the same time are largely oblivious to the cameras, even as we enter Season Two and the show and its participants have become something of a pop cultural phenomenon.

Case in point is our boy Ronnie, who we saw last week hooking up at the Miami club with abandon on his first night in town. Whether these young ladies are “hand grenades,” as Mike “The Situation” alleges, is immaterial here. What’s important to note is what goes down next. Ronnie and Sammi are kind of / sort of broken up, you see, but still clearly have raw and unhealed feelings for one another. Ronnie goes out, gets wild, fist pumps, and hooks up with multiple ladies. He then heads back to the crib and snuggles up with Sammi in her bed, where a drunken exchange of “I love you” goes down.

The great and entertaining thing about this, I would argue, is that Ronnie is seemingly oblivious to the fact that over half (and, later, all) the gang is aware of everything that went down and the extreme likelihood that all will get back to Sammi at some point, and is equally oblivious to the fact that this is being televised and will surely come back to haunt him at some point down the road.

Ah, the powers of positive and short-term and alcohol-soaked thinking. It’s a glorious thing indeed!

Much of the episode then focuses on the strange and hazy gray line that exes who are forced to share a living space (and, occasionally, a bed) must walk. Is it significant that Ronnie has the name of another ex-girlfriend in his phonebook? And is it equally significant that Sammi snooped in said phonebook to creep this out, and then confronted Ronnie with said (said) information?

Meanwhile, Ronnie and Sammi kinda sorta get back together (for now), which is hilarious if only because this is the second season in a row in which Ronnie made pre-season declarations of “I’m not going to fall in love,” etc. And running in parallel, it has become apparent that Angelina is walking on thinner ice than ever before. After getting verbally assaulted by Snooki and JWoww for off-season alleged hatings on, she gets drunk as all get out and lets her guard down about her feelings about Pauly D. “I love you’s” are again hurled around, which it seems is the one thing that will ruffle Pauly’s generally placid and affable GTL-honed demeanor. The brief alliance between she and Pauly / The Situation is now shattered as she broke the most holy of rules: do not at any time act against the interests of Pauly D and The Situation to creep at will.

More thoughts on “The Hangover”:

  • “Ronnie’s at the club hooking up with grenades.” – The Situation
  • The Situation’s long term mission to one up Ronnie is nearly legendary and almost charming at this point. And most definitely entertaining.
  • “That’s gangster.” – Pauly D, with reference to Ronnie’s activities
  • “This guy had too many Miami Vices.” – Pauly D on Ronnie
  • “Pick that shit up, dog!” – The Situation, with reference to being queried about the situation, so to speak, with the barbeque chicken that fell out of the refrigerator
  • “I just feel like maybe Ronnie’s mind-gaming me a little bit, maybe.” – Sammi
  • Meanwhile, another of the reasons to love this show: The Situation ordering take out and announcing himself as The Situation when his name is asked for. The take out order guy balks at first, then surrenders with, “Yeah, whatever man.”
  • “I’m friends with everybody from Long Island.” – Angelina. That’s a lot of friends, Angelina. You must be supernaturally popular.
  • Solid musical tracks backing this episode once again, including Steve Aoki featuring Zuper Blahq on “I’m In The House”
  • “She played like tight end for the Giants.” – Vinnie, on one of the ladies that Ronnie “three-way kissed”
  • “It’s not Saved By The Bell. We’re not Zach and Kelly. It’s weird.” – Ronnie

Jersey Shore, “The Hangover”: episode and cast info

Air date – August 5, 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