In the episode of Jersey Shore that aired October 14, 2010 (S02E12), there was a rather bizarre chain of events surrounding the action packed “Sunday dinner”.
First, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, who easily is the most experienced chef in the house, throws a hot pan with hot grease under a cold water tap, leading to a smoke alarm event in the hotel. Upon arrival of the fire department, Pauly D first sees what appears to be a fire department supervisor wearing a polo shirt with a badge and he exclaims “busted!” Busted doing what, though? Let’s analyze this further.
During the dinner, Pauly D also engages the rest of the house with an unusually superficially-deep observation that “at one time, none of us knew any of us.” After the dinner, the cast is seen sprawling on the couch apparently doing nothing but talking and tripping out. A fight then ensues when Sammi fishes for a compliment from Ronnie, but is dissatisfied with his answer and paranoically assumes that he was making reference to an attraction to an ex-girlfriend.
While discussing the events with Snookie and Ronnie she is unable to correctly verbalize the quote which upset her, or the context in which it was uttered, and seems equally unable at flicking her cigarette. Later, she deeply and repeatedly sighs “wow” when she is momentarily overwhelmed. Ronnie also finds himself at a loss for words and in one shot, exhibits trisma (lockjaw). This perseveration is consistent with the use of ecstasy and other psychedelic drugs.
Meanwhile, inside the house, Jenni and Snooki attempt to calculate a “Hook Up Chart”. Jenni’s face and body language during this scene is unusually surly and her calculations are accompanied by hesitation as though she were drunk. However, none of the cast appeared to be drinking during this sequence, or during the events prior.
In fact, reviewing the relevant footage, the cast not only toasts with Kool-Aid, they subsequently are seen drinking Gatorade or other fruit punch out of plastic bottles. At no time is it expressed or implied that the cast is drinking alcohol. This leads me to believe that immediately prior to the dinner scene, the cast ingested ecstasy.
This is my approximation of “Jersey Shore on acid”. At this tempo, it really seems to me like the cast is tripping balls – not just because of the voice and time distortions but because of how mindless their banter is, including quotes like Ronnie saying, “I probably said ‘blue’ when I should’ve said ‘green’.”