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.


Sorry for the late posting; I could've used a time machine of my own today. Last night, I brought to you Part I of this week's recap, reliving the morning - and night - after Angelina and Vinny's Smush Up. Tonight, we're talkin' family. Specifically, Vinny's.

Now, when "Jersey Shore" invites a cast member's family into the house, it's usually for a quick drive-by visit that takes up all of 30 seconds on the actual show. Last season, we saw Snooki's mom breeze through town, as did Vinny's entire family, who must've spilled out of one of those circus funny cars.

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(The only exception to this rule seems to be Mike's sister Melissa, the de facto ninth "Shore" mate.)

But seeing as the gang is at the other end of the East Coast, you'd think a visit by family might take a greater role in season two. Not so the arrival of Vinny's brood. At least, a good handful of them, led by his mom, Paula.

(And how great was it to see Angelina be the one to pick up the phone when Paula called? This after shacking up with her son the night before... Nice touch, "Jersey Shore.")

Why, you might ask, is this part of the recap called The Time Machine. Two reasons: Paula and Uncle Nino.

The Paula Principle: "I am ecstatic," Vinny says about seeing his mom (sidenote: hold that sentiment Vin; it's not lasting long. Come back tomorrow to see why). "She'll come here, she'll clean the house, she'll get people whatever they want... They don't make women like my mother anymore."

Uh... No. No they do not. They may not have made them like that back then, either.

Paula is the total blast from the past, a woman who packs food for the house - stuffed peppers! Sausage! And a store-bought cake?!! Strange... but it's Vinny's favorite, so Vinny must have it! -- and flies it from New York to Miami just to cook a multiple-course spread not just for Vinny and his roommates, but also for the several dozen family members she brought with her.

Of course, she also managed to put Sammi and Angelina to work in the kitchen, something Jenni couldn't finagle earlier this season. Maybe J-Woww was taking notes...

I know of no other woman in the world who would do this. I mean, I love my mom, but she's not doing that for me. Nor should she, for cryin' out loud. Vinny, your mother is a queen. Good thing you know it.

That would be taking The Time Machine back. As for taking it forward, well, that would be Uncle Nino.

We don't get more than a few quick scenes featuring Vinny's barely intelligible uncle, but the guys in the house better have been paying attention. He's a good time guy, chilling in the hot tub with Jenni before others join them. He's a fun-loving guy, good with a joke and always smiling. ... calling Mike "Sanitation," for instance, and prompting this observation from Pauly:

"Uncle Nino is an O.G. An original Guido."

Not a bad life to lead, really. But I'm watching this unfold and all I can think is: This is Pauly D in X years, Vinny in X + 10 years, and so on. Even Vinny seemed to get this.

"My Uncle Nino doesn't have the highest standards in the world," he says about the hot tub happenings. "So these girls are like supermodels to him."

Was that a dig on his uncle, or on the girls of the house? Discuss amongst yourselves. Either way, the episode within the episode served as a Time Machine flash forward to the ghosts of "Jersey Shore" mates future.

Not that the swingin' single life is what these guys, Pauly and Vinny especially, aspire to, as we saw in the conclusion to Sunday's episode. But that's a recap for another day. Say, tomorrow, when Part III: Love Connections keeps our look at Sunday's episode going.

What did you think about Vinny's family connection? Did it work for you? Sound off in the comments, then come back for more tomorrow.


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