Jersey Shore, “The Great Depression”: #5 ranked episode of Jersey Shore Season 3 – go hard!

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“It’s good to cry dog, know what I mean?“ Coach Situation to Ron

Jersey Shore Season 3 Rankings: where did “The Great Depression” rank?

Jersey Shore’s “The Great Depression” is the #5 ranked episode of Jersey Shore’s third season. Find more Jersey Shore rankings here.

Here’s why “The Great Depression” was ranked as the #5 episode of Jersey Shore’s third crazy season.

Jersey Shore
GENRE – Reality TV, Drama, Comedy, Trashtastic TV
EPISODE – “The Great Depression”
BEING RANKED FOR – Jersey Shore Season 3
RANK – #5 of Jersey Shore’s third season

Jersey Shore, “The Great Depression” (S0308) review

Looking back at the wreckage and carnage of the Ron and Sammi relationship – not just from this past episode, but from all we’ve seen of this “classic” train wreck of a couple brought into the harsh light of this modern reality television age – I’m astonished all over again that Ron can say without a hint of irony: I’m still shocked that Sammi is actually leaving. This, after he ripped her possessions and furniture to shreds in a rage after she had the audacity to dance with another “gorilla juicehead” at Aztek.

Of course, her actions were surgically targeted to push Ron’s rockhead buttons and prompt the mini-NORAD in his brain to go to DEFCON 1, and they were successful beyond belief. Which is all to say it’s clear to everyone in the audience and in the Jersey Shore house that these two need to stay broken up for good this time. But Ron seems to be the last to get the memo on this score.

And ditto to my astonishment that Ron is completely unaware of the extent that his cavalcade of drama with Sammi affects everyone else around him. He ends up getting upset and resentful and mistrustful of the fact that the girls removed Sammi’s personal belongings from Ron’s room, hoping that this will help him get over the breakup. Of course – in exactly the same way that the infamous Letter was mishandled – they should have sat Ron down to explain exactly what they were doing and what they were hoping to accomplish. Instead, the subterfuge fails miserably and Ron projects his resentment and pain over the breakup onto the ladies of the house. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, or some such cliche, I guess.

To Ron’s credit, he does later actually show a decent-ish side later on in giving Deena a pep talk of sorts. Deena feels lonely and picked on after absorbing the “hazing” and abuse from the rest of the house for so long (The Situation refers to her as a “slopappotamus” during an interview, for example). Overall, this was the first week where I was actively looking for distraction from the Ron-Sammi carnival. Even with Sam out of the house (but perhaps not for good?) this “storyline” if it can be called such feels a little bit old and repetitive at this point.

However, the distractions we did get – “prank wars” between Pauly D and the girls, The Situation pulling a “robbery” on Pauly’s ex-girlfriend at the club, Snooki’s latest “smooshing” mission – weren’t all that intriguing either.

More thoughts on this edition of Jersey Shore:

  • “Mentally, I feel like I’ve been abused.” – Sammi
  • “1, 2, 3, 4, I declare a prank war.” – Pauly D
  • It’s pretty funny seeing The Situation being called out as The Snitchuation for alerting Snooki to the fact that her precious Crocodilly was hung out off the deck by a prankstering Vinnie.
  • “If he’s crying in the corner, that’s pretty much our cock block all night.” – The Situation on the prospect of bringing a newly single Ronnie out to the club
  • “Ronnie’s a hot mess right now.” – Deena
  • “You can’t all the sudden develop some girl code.” – Ron
  • “Mike has no guy code whatsoever. He’ll pull a robbery on your own ex-girlfriend.” – Pauly D
  • “I haven’t had sex in like four months. Right now I need to be smooshing.” – Snooki

Jersey Shore, “The Great Depression”: episode and cast info

Air date – February 17, 2011


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