Just one episode into Season 4 of hit reality show "Jersey Shore"and, already, we have a situation.
"Me and Snooki, we kind of hooked up ... like two, three months ago," cast member Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino confides to fellow castmate Ronnie Ortiz-Magro in the show's season premiere last night on MTV.
"I think I'm starting to like her a little bit," he told Ortiz-Magro on the deck of what he calls their "Italian castle" in Florence, Italy, where the cast has relocated for Season 4.
"Her," of course would be Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi , the 4-foot-9 ball of dynamo who fuels much of the show's comedy, and drama, and also has a boyfriend back home in New Jersey.
So when "The Situation" puts the moves on "Snooki" at an Italian club, the duo's cast mates aren't sure what to think.
"She's happy with the kid," Ronnie says of "Snooki's" curent relationship situation -- minus "The Situation." "Let her be happy. Don't [mess] it up."
Can you feel the tension?
So begins a new season of "Jersey Shore."
After living it up for three seasons in New Jersey's Seaside Heights and Miami, Fla., the show's eight self-proclaimed "guidos and guidettes" -- "The Situation," Ronnie, "Snooki," Paul "Pauly D" DelVecchio, Jennifer "JWoww" Farley, Sammi Giancola, Vinny Guadagnino and Deena Cortese -- were sent abroad to Florence, Italy, for 40 days and 40 nights of dancing, drinking, kissing and "smushing."
And the country, known for its art, history and culture, may never be the same.
The story began to unfold on the Aug. 4 premiere.
Say goodbye to "The Situation," evidently.
"I'm in Italy, and it's 'Situatione,'" Sorrentino exclaims.
"It's the most beautifulest country I ever seen," Vinnie says as he lays eyes on Florence.
"I have no idea where Italy is on the map," Snooki declares, "but I do know what shape it is, and it's like a boot."
As the women explore their surroundings -- "Oh my God, a Ferris wheel," they yell as they spot a merry-go-round and hop aboard -- the guys hit the gym, and run into "the Italian Mr. Miyagi."
The gang prepares to go clubbing, but not before blowing out all their electrical appliances on the European electrical currents.
"The Situation" observes, "The club is bumpin'" -- but the guys can't hit on the Italian women without Vinnie, who says he's "the ambassador to my roommates" because he's the only one who speaks Italian.
What other kind of trouble can the clubbing, tanning, fighting clan get into 4,000 miles from home and in the midst of historical figures like Dante and Leonardo da Vinci? Lots.
Before the show's premiere, ABC News' Chris Connelly went behind-the-scenes with the colorful cast in Italy for "Good Morning America" and came back with a taste of what the show's millions of fans can expect.
Below, the top four revelations to watch for this season. Viva Italia!
|Epic Clash of Cultures|
"The Italian men here ... are much skinnier, like there's no Rons walking around, and they dress different, like tight clothes and stuff like that," "Snooki," a 4-foot-9 ball of unintentional comedy and one of the show's breakout stars, told Connelly.
The language barrier also didn't help.
"Being one of the single girls here, trying to communicate with [the men] was very difficult," Deanna said. (She was the only one of the four female cast members who was single while filming in Italy).
So how did she learn to communicate with the locals? Just a few, short phrases were needed.
"Mondo Caldo," and, "Oh, corscioto o ne te te?" "Jersey Shore" translations, per Deanna: "You're hot," and, "Do you like the boobs?"
To the famously fake-tan cast, Italy's customs made a mockery of their sacred gym-tan-laundry regimen.
"This is all self tanner," Deena said, pointing to her skin. "This is the palest me and Pauly have ever been."
"We're waiting to go back to Jersey to get our nails done," said Jenni "JWoww." "The nail salons you have to make an appointment, and it takes about three-and-a-half, four hours to do nails."
"It's the little things that you're like, you don't appreciate until you come here, like plugging in my blow-dryer," Pauly said.
|No Romancing the Locals|
The club scene in Florence threw the party-loving cast slightly out of their comfort zones. The guys said they bypassed the local women almost entirely and spent their time chatting up American tourists.
"I'll be honest, I brought home, I think, one Italian girl, maybe," "The Situation" said. "It might have been one Italian girl and about 35 Americans. I don't know."
Still, most of the tourists weren't the type that the guys in the cast found attractive at Seaside Heights' hotspots like Karma.
"It's not what we're used to," Vinnie said. "There's a lot of college, like Midwestern-type of girls here, Middle America. Blonde-haired blue eyes. ... It's just not my thing."
Between working at the local pizza shop, shopping and clubbing, the cast had a little time to take in Florence's artistic treasures, including the Statue of David. The Michelangelo-crafted, Renaissance-era sculpture of a male standing nude was a favorite of the female cast members.
"I really liked the replica of the David statue," Snooki said. "We're like all obsessed with David."
"Now if the Italian men looked like that, then there'd be a [Situation]," Jenni said.
The crew did have some suggestions to modernize the iconic sculpture.
"I think David needs some gel in his hair," Pauly said. "I'm just saying. ..."
"Yeah, I think David could use a hair straightener," Jenni added.