Jersey Shore cast
The 'Jersey Shore' cast features, clockwise from left: Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino, Vinny Guadagnino, Pauly 'DJ Pauly D' Delvecchio, Jenni 'J-Woww' Farley, Angelina 'Jolie' Pivarnick, Ronnie Magro, Sammi 'Sweetheart' Giancola and Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi.

Yawn... another week, another great rating. is reporting last night's episode of "Jersey Shore" snagged 6.4 million viewers, on par with the week before. This while up against the season debut of the NFL, which, presumably, attracts many of the same types of viewer that find "Jersey Shore" irresistable.

And yet, the reality show that would not be stopped continues chugging along. At this rate, it wouldn't surprise me at all if, when the network season begins in earnest, "Jersey Shore" starts attracting more viewers than the shows on NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox.

It's "Jersey Shore's" world. We just live in it.

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And now for a few other quick takes, starting with a few words about Snooki's adventures in the legal system:

"It was not scripted, sir."

This from Snooki, in court earlier this week to pay for her drunken shenanigans July 30. Slapped with a $500 fine and two days' community service, Snooki says she's learned her lesson and her actions were most definitely sparked as a play for the cameras following her around as "Jersey Shore" filmed its third season this summer.

Hence, the above quote. To which I respond: Have you seen the show? Who would do this stuff on purpose?

You know, it's tempting to view everything cynically, to think these guys and gals are mugging for the camera. Sure, there's probably some of that. But if they're going for show, don't you think some of them might try to look a little better.

As it stands, what we've got here is a bunch of boozin', libidinous singles who'd be as comfortable back in the swingin' '60s as they are living it up on the Jersey shore or down on South Beach.

Sammi gets all haughty because Jenni gets all up in her personal space ... at work. Honey, it's a job, if the job takes you from point a to point b, and in so doing you pass your mortal enemy - which is clearly what these two are these days - it's not a provocative move meant to incite a riot (that would be Jenni's choice of pants on this given day... Pink? Not really your color, J-Woww.). It just means someone's going about the business of scooping and serving gelati.

Jenni and Snooki need a spinoff. We saw the potential for this in the season premiere, when they road tripped it down to Miami and encountered a culture clash with Southerners. Can you imagine these two on a tour of Europe together? Reality gold, my friends. Reality gold.

Mommas, don't let your babies grow up to be Angelina. Let me get this straight: Ang hates Vinny, hates him so much she'll start kissing him in the back of a cab, then shrug her shoulders and say ‘Oh, OK,' when he tries to lure her to bed. That rumble you just felt was the collective eye roll of the world's feminism movement.

Savvy Sammi: "Do I like Angelina? Yeah. Do I think she means well? Yeah. Do I think she can be on everybody's side? Yes."

Angelina exists to tick off the most people in the most interesting ways. Already she's alienated Vinny (sort of), Ronnie, Jenni, Snooki, Mike and Pauly. That leaves Sammi, new and improved Sammi, who's perfectly content to use her right back since her relationships with Snooki and Jenni have gone up in flames like so much hairspray introduced to a blowtorch.

I like this New Sammi: Headstrong, not taking crap from anyone. But don't get met started with her continued relationship with RonRon... that's just misguided.

Come back tomorrow for the weekly poll. And, on Sunday, we get ready for the second "JS" in four days. Can you take it? We'll find out...

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