What's The Deal With Ronnie's Drunk Mother?

Very few things that happen on Jersey Shore are shocking anymore, particularly for regular viewers, who have just about become desensitized to the rampant misogyny, sexual double standards, and rigid-yet-not-particularly-traditional gender roles on display. It's like, we all know this show is trash—it's the reason we watch it—and trash is gonna stink. There's no surprise in any of that. However, among the usual sexism on last night's episode, there was a genuine WTF moment when Ronnie's mother repeatedly called the house in the middle of the day, drunk off her ass.

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What was even weirder about the incident was that the only one who seemed surprised or freaked out by the whole thing was Deena. But I'm wondering if that's because Deena is new to the cast, thus new to what is considered a common occurrence to everyone else. Did you notice how JWoww nodded and gave the international hand signal for "wasted"? Also, when Ronnie got home and finally talked to his mother, he didn't seem horrified or confused, as most people would be, but instead calmly tried to get the situation under control. It makes me think back to the first episode of this season when fighting with Sammi and Ron, Snooki yelled that Ron's mom calls her everyday and complains about how Sam is a bitch. Snooki later admitted that she "embellished" this, but pointed out that Ron didn't saying anything to dispute it. Initially everyone thought that this was proof that Ronnie's mom doesn't actually like Sam, when really, it might be proof that she regularly harasses the Jersey Shore cast when she's drunk.

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bluesbelle
bluesbelle

This episode really disturbed me. I don't even like Sam at all, but... she and Ronnie broke up, he repeatedly yelled in her face that he hated her, called her every name in the book, broke her glasses, threw her bed outside and trashed her stuff. So after all that when they are broken up and she is SINGLE she calls some guy. So what? How is that even the tiniest bit shady? What obligation to be faithful at that point did she have to Ronnie? Answer is no obligation whatsoever. And every single guy there is being a total jerk about this, not to mention totally illogical and irrational, and how that could ever be compared to actual cheating and lying and then having sex with your girlfriend immediately following the cheating is INSANE. Sam, why the hell were you apologizing? And except for JWOWW softly saying something about Sam being single at the time, no one else has even mentioned this fact. I should not be taking this show seriously but this episode seriously bothered me, and for the very first time I do feel like Sam is being victimized here, total victim of misogyny. I used to like Vinnie but he's ruined it. Pauly is running right behind for being ruined for me. Ronnie and Mike were never likable to begin with.