Last night’s episode of Jersey Shore Family Vacation began with a bit of a cliffhanger resolution.
The previous week’s installment ended with Ronnie’s baby mama, Jen Harley, arriving at the South Beach house, the threat of Mke ruining her visit with a well-timed French Fry revelation looming like a dark cloud.
These days, Ronnie and Jen are broken up following a seriously ugly tiff that played out on social media.
But during his time in Miami, they were still trying to make things work, largely for the sake of their then-unborn daughter.
Of course, their efforts were complicated by the fact that Ronnie cheated with the notorious French Fry during one of his first nights of vacation.
Further complicating the situation was the Situation, who made no secret of the fact that he was enjoying watching Ronnie sweat.
In all likelihood, Mike wouldn’t have sunk so low as to intentionally torpedo Ronnie’s relationship, but minutes into her visit, Jen did something truly astonishing.
Demonstrating all the social graces of a more vindictive George Costanza, Jen overstepped her bounds by referring to Mike as “the Incarceration.”
The comment astonished housemates and viewers alike.
For one thing – this woman needs to learn how to read the room.
You can’t meet a long-established group of friends for the first time and just assume it’s cool to start roasting the low man on totem pole, especially about something that serious.
This wasn’t some “haha, I heard you snore and your socks smell”-type stuff.
No, this was Jen poking fun at the fact that Mike is facing hard time in a federal prison.
It’s the sort of thing the Sitch is probably capable of laughing off when it one of his housemates doing the roasting, but not when it’s coming from a stranger he JUST met.
Not surprisingly, Mike responded with a subtle French Fry reference.
For once in his life, the man showed an admirable amount of restraint, as we doubt anyone would’ve blamed if he had just gone ahead and called Ronnie out for cheating in that moment.
Fortunately for Ronnie’s sake, the situation – and the Situation – didn’t go any further.
Speaking of the famed I’m F–ked Foundation – whose membership seems to grow by the week – last night it was Vinny’s turn to disrespect his relationship and then rat himself out.
To be fair, Vin’s infraction really wasn’t that bad:
He picked up a stripper as a joke, and it seems he immediately felt bad about it.
He then rang up his girl on the duck phone in order to confess, leading to a serious roasting from Pauly D.
“Don’t ever call your girl drunk,” Pauly remarked.
And that wasn’t the only quotable line to emerge from Vin’s flirtation with disaster.
“It’s hard being a horny guy, girls will never understand it,” said Vinny.
“It’s not the same as being a horny girl. I don’t wanna hear it.”
We’ll leave it to y’all to debate the truth behind the Keto Guido’s remarks.
But there’s one thing we can all agree on – Vin’s mom was just a tad too forgiving of his strip club behavior, right?
Hopefully next week, the ladies will get into some shenanigans so they can get a real storyline of their own.
In the meantime, watch Jersey Shore online for more from reality TV’s favorite dysfunctional family.