Jersey Shore, “It’s Gonna Be an Interesting Summer”: #3 ranked episode of Jersey Shore Season 3 – situating situations!

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“How many times did I try to tell you that Ronnie was cheating on you, you dumba–!” – Snooki to Sammi

Jersey Shore Season 3 Rankings: where did “It’s Gonna Be an Interesting Summer” rank?

Jersey Shore’s “It’s Gonna Be an Interesting Summer” is the #3 ranked episode of Jersey Shore’s third season. Find more Jersey Shore rankings here.

Here’s why “It’s Gonna Be an Interesting Summer” was ranked as the #3 episode of Jersey Shore’s third crazy season.

Jersey Shore
GENRE – Reality TV, Drama, Comedy, Trashtastic TV
EPISODE – “It’s Gonna Be an Interesting Summer”
BEING RANKED FOR – Jersey Shore Season 3
RANK – #3 of Jersey Shore’s third season

Jersey Shore, “It’s Gonna Be an Interesting Summer” (S0302) review

And so we pick up where the last episode’s cliffhanger left off to begin another edition of Jersey Shore. In other words, with all fist pump-infused hell breaking loose at the Seaside Heights house. Sammi and Jenni punch and claw at each other like it’s a Catfight for the Ages, with resulting hair weaves flying as fallout from the fracas.

We’ve seen many fights on Jersey Shore of course, but I noticed something that I had never seen before during this one: production crew people stepping in to help break things up. It happens pretty quickly so I actually had to go back and watch a few times. Interesting that they would choose to do that – I assume that this stems directly from legal action resulting from events depicted on MTV reality programming. Whereas it’s not a big hit to the bottom line if Teen Mom cast member Amber Portwood gets charged with a felony for punching boyfriend Gary Shirley on camera, it would be of major concern if a Snooki or Ron got thrown in the slammer over an on air incident involving MTV’s megahit.

Beyond that, the levels of conflict are pretty interesting to parse through beyond the mere salacious delight of watching the Jersey Shore gals go to “ding ding, Round Two” levels as Ron would say. Essentially it boils down to Sammi and Ron versus Jenni, Snooki, and new cast member Deena. But really the core hatred seethes between Sammi and Jenni/Snooki. And at its immature, desperately insecure heart it relates directly to Sammi’s feelings of shame and mistrust with regard to Ron’s extracurricular dealings in Miami Beach.

As much fun as the fighting was, it was something of a relief to move onto other doings. And it was a homecoming of sorts for cast and audience both to see the gang head back to Karma to club it up (Ronnie and Sammi stayed behind, looking miserable about it, of course). Upon the gang’s return to the house later that night, Jenni called boyfriend Tom and received a taciturn response. As Jenni made to hang up to allow a chirping Snooki to get on (in reality show-world no one has a cell phone and all must compete for a singular land line connected to a difficult-to-operate duck phone), Tom was able to fire off a perfectly deadbeat and snarky, “Happy anniversary to you too.” Whoops.

And meanwhile, The Situation and Vinnie brought a singular young lady back to the house, for whom which they amiably had negotiations over. The Situation seems to be quite a bit more mellow and laid back thus far this season, and why not considering he’s reportedly making $5 million this year thanks to his new stardom? In any event, Vinnie locked himself away in the guest room with the young lady, with The Situation settling on a peanut butter sandwich (and not Deena, who made it very clear that she would be a willing fallback option).

The cast is working the t-shirt shop on the boardwalk once again this summer, with Danny as boss man. This gets into slightly weird territory when you start to consider how much money the cast is making per episode and through outside engagements, sponsorships, and business ventures. In other words, these guys don’t need to be working at a low paying retail gig at all at this point, but it’s simply a construct to give them something to do to break up the partying, fighting, and GTL-ing as well as to provide means to position various groups together so that they can gossip, bicker, or commiserate apart from the rest of the house.

The Ronnie and Smami small “s” situation came back around quickly enough as the gang gathered for their traditional Sunday dinner as a family, with Ronnie/Sammi missing in action. “They know Sunday dinner’s Sunday dinner,” Pauly D said, perplexed. And later, everyone heads to the boardwalk amusement park at night, much to Sammi’s chagrin. Her pouty attitude is neon-glow obvious, and even club-deprived Ron has had enough. The episode ends with Ron and Sammi arguing back at the house as ever, over Miami and discretions and everything. At this point, Sammi’s out of friends in the house and on the outs with her boyfriend (all self-induced I might add).

More thoughts on “It’s Gonna Be an Interesting Summer”:

  • “How many times did I try to tell you that Ronnie was cheating on you, you dumbass!” – Snooki to Sammi
  • I love how that The Situation, who is typically an instigator of house shenanigans, transforms into the daddy figure and tries to get everyone to calm down and go to sleep after the Sammi/Jenni fight went down. Perhaps even he is over this particular area of drama.
  • “It was like me against like the three f—ing trash bags in the house.” – Sammi
  • “I’m gonna make more drinks. I can’t live with this girl.” – Snooki
  • “Enough of the family s—.” – Ron to The Situation
  • “She’s a female backpack.” – Deena on Sammi’s hawk-like monitoring of Ron
  • “Do you think the new girl’s boobs are real are fake?” – Vinnie to anyone in the house who would field the question
  • I must admit: I enjoyed the official return of t-shirt time (the ritual wearing of “the shirt before the shirt” that occurs prior to final preparations for club night activities).
  • “She is a parasite, and I am the host.” – Vinnie on a girl following him at Karma
  • “That’s how to dodge a grenade, bro.” – Pauly D
  • I will pee in a bush, I will poop in a bush, and I will hide in a bush.” – Snooki
  • I dig that the duck phone still appears very difficult to operate, especially while impaired
  • “Stay on your side… stay on your side.” – The Situation to Vinnie with regard to the young lady they brought back to the house. Did The Situation just drop a reference to PCU? If so, he just rose about 37% in my overall situational estimation.
  • “Sharing is for caring.” – The Situation
  • “The Situation needs to situate himself.” – The Situation on his situation
  • “She’s like furniture.” – Deena on Sammi
  • “I just made a run, whore.” – Snooki to Deena in the midst of their kickball challenge
  • “I don’t want to be having fun with these people.” – Sammi, winning the Obvious Award, 2011 edition

Jersey Shore, “It’s Gonna Be an Interesting Summer” episode and cast info

Air date – January 13, 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