When Jersey Shore Season 6 returns this week for the start of the final season, it will never be more obvious that the more things change, the more they stay the same with the cast.
As the eight roommates return to Seaside Heights for one last summer Snooki’s pregnant, Mike’s sober, Vinny vows to be celibate, and Deena can’t stop crying. Ronnie and Sam get their own room and as he points out it means, after five seasons, they can finally fight in private – which doesn’t take long when Ronnie obnoxiously blacks out. Pauly’s still good ol’ Pauly delivering well-timed one-liners and the usually-subdued Sam even had us laughing out loud as she puts ‘positive thinking’ Vinny in his place with a string of four-letter words.
quadrust.com has obtained a screener of the first two episodes of the upcoming season and from them it’s clear Mike’s either a really good actor or dare we say…a nice guy. With Chef Sitch trying desperately to prove he’s a changed man (even when it comes to snoring), not all of his roommates trust or accept his repeated apologies. We’ve gotta admit Mike’s antics totally turned us – and we expect many fans – off in the last few seasons. But now with only water in hand, the admission that regrets sabotaging his friendships, and in the best physical and mental shape of his life – Mike’s return is definitely an unexpectedly pleasant surprise. We’d be willing to bet, however, that Mike dares to prove us wrong as the season continues. For now thought, we’re enjoying his triumphant return (even if Snooki’s isn’t).
For her part, Snooki is uber-whiny – about, well…pretty much everything. At six months pregnant, she surprises no one when she reveals she wants to move out – and oh there just so happens to be a house available right next door (chalk another one up for Danny). But she’s not the only one who’s having trouble adjusting to be back with the roommies. Deena has a boyfriend and severe separation anxiety. She seems to burst out in spontaneous tears every time her roommates and her boyfriend Chris turn around. Thankfully, MVP is back in full force and back to getting each other out of jams especially when Aunt Flo shows up uninvited.
While the cast seems overall genuinely happy to be back together, unfortunately the authenticity is interrupted at points by some obviously staged scenes and acting. JWoWW’s boyfriend Roger, for one, deserve an Emmy nomination, if we don’t say so ourselves. Like with the two Jersey Shore spinoffs Snooki & JWoWW and The Pauly D Project it’s all set up and it’s all just so unnecessary.
As early story lines begin to emerge there’s definitely a different feel to Jersey Shore Season 6 than the previous seasons. MTV’s still smartly sticking with the show’s original four-year-old opening credits which makes the juxtaposition of the cast then and now even more obvious. They’ve all grown up, matured, and changed physically (Yes, Deena we all see the drastic head-to-toe transformation.) While the MTV reality show will likely never come close to the 9 million viewers it was drawing in its heyday (Season 3) again, the two hour premiere sets up the final season of Jersey Shore with a feeling that leaves viewers wanting more – yes, even more of Mike and a lot more of SamRon.
Jersey Shore Season 6 premieres Thursday, October 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT with a special two hour premiere event on MTV.
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