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The cast of "Jersey Shore" said so long on Thursday night's series finale.
This is it -- the very last episode of "Jersey Shore" ever. Sigh. Before we had to say our goodbyes to Sitch, Snooki, Pauly D, Sammi, Ronnie, Vinny, Deena and JWoww, the group put together one of their biggest parties to-date with a bonfire on the beach.
Between getting the hard wood (which Vinny was great at doing), carrying all the supplies down to the beach and making a fire, creating this farewell party was not easy, but everyone's friends and families joined in, which made it all worth it.
Fun fact: If Jionni was about three feet taller and 100 pounds heavier, he could play on the NFL. Boy's got some football skills, and even outran Mike, who was in "the best shape of my life." Or so he said (time and time again).
The next day was their last work day at the Shore Store. It was bittersweet and somber, but Snooki said she wouldn't mind if Lorenzo worked there, so maybe he'll be pressin' shirts someday, too.
Meanwhile, Paula, the girl that Mike played mind games with for three summers, left a card and cake for her ex to celebrate his upcoming birthday. Super sweet, but c'mon, girl, what were you thinking? He doesn't deserve that. However, we found out she had an ulterior motive. Stay tuned.
In an attempt to get Sammi back for her "prank" of locking the guys out upstairs, Vin and Pauly decided to take Ron's air mattress and put it outside, except they committed the ultimate fail: Vinny accidentally popped the mattress. And you should know, Ronnie cared about that mattress more than anything in the world.
They rushed to put it back in the room, hoping the couple wouldn't find out what happened. When Ron and Sam got back, they thought the prank was just deflating the bed. Poor Ronnie tried to fill it back up with air for forever. In the end, he got mad at Sam for pulling her "lame" prank in the first place. Vinny with the win.
The next day was the Fourth of July and celebration of Mike's and Pauly's birthdays. There was cake, fireworks and a dramatic movie starring Ron and Sam. It had been a while since we've seen one of those. Ronnie still wasn't over the bed situation and wanted Sam to apologize, but she felt she didn't do anything wrong. As with all of their fights, it quickly escalated to them saying they should just break up.
Don't worry, they didn't. Instead, Ron and Sam just said sorry, kissed and made up. Whew!
Remember how we said Paula was up to something with that cake? So, during their GTL sesh on the last day, the group went tanning and Paula's coworker at the salon asked Mike's roomies (while he was in the tanning bed) if they ate the cake. Everyone said no, since only Mike, Deena and Pauly ate some, and she shared a photo taken of some guy putting his testicles on the cake. Yup, that happened.
Is Paula the new prank war champion? We think so.
Mike tried to call Paula to confront her about that situation, but she kept pretending she couldn't hear him. That apparently got Sitch really P.O.'d, because he threw the duck phone on the ground and smashed it. No! Not the duck phone! RIP.
Their last night together was spent with everyone gathered on the deck to reminisce and reflect on all the memories they've created since season one -- from using the hot tub the first night, to Snooki getting punched in the face by a guy at the bar, to Pauly and Jenni's hookup, to welcoming Deena into the house.
Grab the Kleenex.
Alas, bags were packed and loaded into cars, and tearful goodbyes were said (yeah, even Mike cried), and that was it.
Peace out, Seaside.
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