While things looked bleak last week for Jenni and Roger, who argued over their commitment to each other, the feisty beauty decided to fight for her relationship and not let her pride take over. The couple's phone call went far from perfectly, but it ended well, and Roger assured his girlfriend there was no need for her to be insecure.
Deena was fighting for love, as well--from her boss, Danny, who was still pissed she'd ditched work earlier in the week to go drinking. D and Nicole decided a cake would show the Shore Store owner just how sorry they were, and even though baking the thing proved to be more difficult than anticipated (into the oven, girls) it came out beautifully. That is, until the next morning, when Deena noticed a corner piece missing. Immediately, she and the group deemed Mike responsible, as he was the last to head to bed the night before. Pauly later admitted to snagging a piece as a midnight snack--something D laughed off--and Mike lamented the fact that he was "guilty until proven innocent" in the house.
At Karma, Snooki ignored her doctor's orders to avoid binge-drinking while on her antibiotics (it was Paula's birthday, to be fair...) and declared of her UTI: "He's happy, I'm happy--we're all happy." Deena had no such luck achieving joy with Shore Store crush Zach, who didn't seem interested in the meatball, but Mike's feelings for Paula grew stronger. He was so smitten, in fact, that he dealt her a round of birthday sex.
The romance seemed to be contagious, and while Vinny and Pauly spent the next day blissfully GTLing, Deena called up former hookup, Joey, determined to find someone to fill her heart (or, at the very least, give her golden ticket a punch). He agreed to meet her out, and she seemed merely a merp away from a perfectly breezy summer romance. Meanwhile, Sam and Ron continued their longest run ever of actually getting along, as she laughed her ass off while watching her non-fiancé shake his Gumby ankles.
At the house, things couldn't have been more awkward for the night's homebodies, Mike and Snooki, and the former recommended some naked mutual whipped cream application to the latter. The late return of the gang could not have come sooner for the skeeved-out Snooks, who had much more interest in watching Deena and Joey have sex. That is, after D managed to get all the dirty dishes off her duvet. Give the girl a break, Pauly!
Deena woke up refreshed, giddy and with a stomach full of butterflies--her first in awhile. Oh, and some out-of-whack vertebrae. "Joey may have banged my back out of alignment," she noted, but Vin suggested it might have also been the result of chronic Jersey Turnpiking. The cause wasn't certain, but one thing was for sure--"The Unit" was almost back from Florida, and Mike was finally ready to get his secret-exposing plan under way with his friend's help.
The episode's tale of love ended where it started, and after Jenni slipped into something a little less comfortable, she was ready to paint the town with the guy she loved. Karma had different plans, though, and after watching several fights break out, Jen was ready to call it a night. While she headed for the door, a guy grabbed her and tried to yank her skimpy dress down. Roger saw red, and when the assailant threw a punch, things went black.
+ Will Roger be the story's fairy-tale hero? Check back next week to see the extent of the damage done.
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