When Jersey Shore first hit the airwaves, I avoided it like the plague but by the end of season two, curiosity was killing me. I needed to see what all the fuss was about. The ratings were huge but no one seemed willing to admit they were watching. I decided it wasn’t fair that I hate something without giving it a chance so just before season three started, I caught up on the first two seasons and started watching with everyone else. To my surprise, I liked the show. I would even say I loved it but now I’m done. This article is about why I decided to leave Jersey Shore.
When the cast of Jersey Shore headed to Italy, I was kind of excited to see what would happen. I heard all sorts of rumors that emerged about what was taking place while they were away when the season was still filming so I guess it was a little hyped up in advance. I heard rumors Ronnie and Sammi were back together. I heard rumors Snooki was attempting to drive and slammed into a cop car. I heard Ronnie beat up Mike and Mike ended up in the hospital. It sounded like there was plenty of drama to go around and isn’t that really what makes Jersey Shorework? The drama? So yes I was excited but that didn’t last long. Only a few episodes into the season and I was done. I didn’t finish watching the season and haven’t tuned into the fifth.
The last episode I watched was S04E05 “And the Wall Won”. I had long been tired of the relationship drama between Ronnie and Sammi and was equally tired of Mike and his constant scheming. Ronnie taking out his anger on Mike was really nothing new but it really didn’t sit right with me. It never had, to be honest but until this episode, all of that hadn’t been enough to keep me from tuning in. As I watching Ronnie and Mike preparing to fight over the whole thing, Mike jumping up and down like a demented ape, I started thinking that maybe, just maybe, Ronnie and Sammi would finally see that their toxic relationship wasn’t just toxic for them but was making everyone else sick too. Then Mike slammed his head into the wall and suddenly reality television was a little too real.
The Situation is a very flawed human being. I think you’d be hard pressed to find anyone that didn’t agree with that statement. He seems to have an unnatural obsession with causing as much trouble as he can but at the same time, I kind of like the guy. He isn’t terribly complicated. His cocky, arrogant persona is just that – a persona. He’s insecure. The guy just wants people to like him but doesn’t think that can happen if he just acts like himself so he puts on a show and tries to be what he thinks people want him to be. From what I’ve heard, in real life – you know, those rare times when the cameras aren’t rolling – he’s actually a pretty decent guy.
Ronnie is a thug. I don’t think there are many people who would disagree with that but I could be wrong there. He’s a meat head but I’ve always believed he was, in his heart, a good guy. While I knowI’m in the minority on this one, I always saw Sammi as the villain in that relationship. She’s probably the most self-centered, selfish and completely delusional person in the house which is really saying something considering the fairly stiff competition she has. Ronnie isn’t exactly boyfriend of the year but he genuinely seems to be trying to make things work with her. I just can’t for the life of me understand why. My opinion of Ronnie totally changed by the end of “And the Wall Won”.
I understand Ronnie’s anger at Mike. Mike has been poking his nose into Ronnie and Sammi’s relationship since the beginning but Ronnie fails to acknowledge that while Mike’s intentions aren’t exactly pure, Mike is usually right on the money. He tells Ronnie the truth. Sure he’s telling the truth to cause drama but it’s still the truth. I suppose it’s easier to blame Mike than to blame Sammi but in the end of the episode when Mike is trying to talk to Ronnie about what happened, Ronnie completely blew him off and yes, that definitely didn’t sit right with me. Mike was trying to be the bigger man. He tried to apologize and talk things out. Ronnie basically ignored him and, in my always humble opinion, that was incredibly childish.
Let’s talk about Snooki now, just for a bit. I loved Snooki when the show started. I share her love of pickles and she seemed like the kind of girl that would be a lot of fun to hang out with, at least in small doses. The fact that someone so tiny could have such a big personality fascinated me. Then all this drama with Mike started and I found myself liking Snooki less and less. She wasn’t being honest about her hook ups with Mike and painting him as a liar. Considering how the cast already feels about him., that just doesn’t seem fair. It’s pretty obvious he’s telling the truth. He may be a lot of things but I’ve yet to recall a time when he’s flat out lied about something like a hook up.
I suppose in the end, I really left the Shore because drama can only keep something interesting for so long. Ronnie and Sammi. Vinny and Snooki. Mike and Snooki. Mike and everyone. It’s exhausting. When every episode dissolves into a screaming match, it’s not entertaining anymore. It’s just annoying.