After a grown man punches Snooki in the face at the bar, everything changes for the cast. Not only did the unfathomable incident bring the roommates closer together, but it turned the MTV series into a must-watch show.
“One Shot” (Season 1, Episode 9)
The roommates continue to get harassed by the locals at the bar, and this time, Ronnie finds himself on the receiving end. After an unnamed man refuses to leave Ronnie alone, he chases after him on the boardwalk and knocks him out with one punch. “That’s one shot!” he yells. The smile on Ronnie’s face quickly turns to a frown as the cops show up and arrest him for assault. “It was self defense, bro,” he says.
“The Hangover” (Season 2, Episode 2)
After too much Ron-Ron Juice at the club, Ronnie tries to piece together a blurry night. The guys remain tight-lipped about Ronnie’s antics, which include three-way kissing and dancing with other girls.
“The Letter” (Season 2, Episode 5)
Snooki and JWoww rally together to write an anonymous note to Sammi to make her aware of what Ronnie has done with other women behind her back. But when no one fesses up to who wrote the note, Sammi turns against the girls.
“Sleeping With the Enemy” (Season 2, Episode 7)
The tension in the house reaches an all-time high when Sammi and JWoww get into a physical altercation. The house finally learns that Snooki and JWoww wrote the anonymous letter with the help of Angelina.
“Where’s the Beach” (Season 3, Episode 3)
Snooki goes to work heavily hungover and sneaks out to continue drinking. She finds herself running up and down the boardwalk desperately trying to find the entrance to the beach. After a crowd forms, JWoww and Deena try to get Snooki off the beach, to no avail. Snooki’s drunken antics end up getting her arrested.
“Cabs Are Here” (Season 3, Episode 7)
Ronnie and Sammi’s non-stop arguing causes tension in the house. When Sammi decides to go out with the girls, Ronnie gets angry and destroys all of her personal belongings.
“Gone, Baby, Gone” (Season 3, Episode 10)
Snooki calls out Angelina for going after the same men she’s been with, and the girls end up getting into a physical fight. Angelina decides to leave the show, but not before telling everyone in the house how fake they are.
“Gym, Tan, Find Out Who Sammi Is Texting” (Season 3, Episode 11)
After briefly leaving the show, Sammi returns to the shore house with some baggage — she texted another guy while she was home in an effort to make Ronnie jealous. When Sammi’s secret comes to light, drama in the house explodes.
“And The Wall Won” (Season 4, Episode 5)
The tension between Ronnie and The Situation reaches an all-time high in Italy. During an argument, Mike smashes his head against the concrete wall and ends up giving himself a concussion and neck sprain.
“Where’s My Boyfriend?” (Season 4, Episode 8)
Jionni visits Snooki while in Italy, but after she drunkenly lifts up her skirt at the bar, he gets embarrassed and flees the scene. Snooki and the rest of the roommates search the streets of Florence looking for Jionni. Though he returns temporarily to collect his belongings, he schedules an early flight home and leaves Snooki.
“Merp Walk” (Season 6, Episode 5)
With Snooki pregnant, Deena holds “Meatball Auditions” to try to find a new friend to drink with. The drinking gets a little too out of hand and Deena gets arrested after dancing in the middle of oncoming traffic.
It's the end of an era. Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi has confirmed that she will be taking down her infamous poof and retiring from the Jersey Shore franchise. The reality star made the surprising announcement on her podcast, It's Happening With Snooki and Joey, revealing that it was a "hard decision" to make.
“OK, you guys, I love you so much, and don’t hate me for my decision, but I have to do what’s best for me at the moment, and I am retiring from Jersey Shore,” she said. “I am not coming back to Jersey Shore [Family Vacation] for a Season 4, if there is one. And there’s a lot of reasons why, but the main reason is really…I just can’t do it anymore.”
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The mother-of-three, who welcomed newborn son Angelo this summer, explained that she wants to spend more time with her kids and focus less on the drama that the MTV series brings into her life.“I hate being away from the kids,” she said. “I don’t like partying three days in a row. It’s just not my life anymore. And I wanna be home with the kids. You know, like, I don’t mind a here and there going to a dinner or whatever, but it’s just really hard on me to leave the kids and film the show.”
This news comes on the heels of the show's 10-year anniversary. Believe it or not, it's been a decade since the MTV hit first graced our televisions. And even after all these years, the show's reboot, Jersey Shore Family Vacation, is still the highest rated show on the network. Several members from the cast — including Snooki — took to social media this week to acknowledge the anniversary and thank fans for their support over the past decade.
"HAPPY 10 YEARS TO MY DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY," she wrote alongside the show's logo. "We old, fam! It's been a wild ride."
A wild ride, indeed. And now, with one of the most dynamic characters leaving the show, it's unclear what the future holds for Jersey Shore Family Vacation. So if you're feeling extra nostalgic (and we don't blame you), we've rounded up 12 of the most memorable, binge-worthy episodes from the original six seasons. Now get to streaming!