'Jersey Shore' Season 4: 'Situation' Gets the Hots for Snooki

Clubbing, tanning cast of "Jersey Shore" take on Italy in MTV's new season.

ByABC News
August 5, 2011, 12:03 AM

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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."

PHOTOS: Behind the Scenes of 'Jersey Shore' In Italy

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!

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"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?"