Last week, Mike Sorrentino was released after serving eight months behind bars for tax evasion.
Despite his relatively short sentence, The Situation missed out on quite a lot during his time in federal prison.
For one thing, the Jersey Shore money train is still chugging along, which means at this point, Snooki and company can enjoy a hearty laugh at the haters who dismissed them as a flash in the pan and made snide "15 minutes of fame" remarks a freakin' decade ago.
Mike was able to make a couple voice-over cameos by calling his former housemate's cell phones at opportune times, and his new wife Lauren Pesce took his place at events like Ronnie's daughter's birthday party.
But it just wasn't the same in terms of the viewer experience, the group dynamic -- or the Sorrentinos' pocketbook.
(While Lauren was paid for appearances, she likely earned a fraction of what Mike would make, and The Sitch's phone cameos were brief and infrequent.)
Of course, what Mike really missed out on wasn't lining his pockets, but spending time with his family.
Sorrentino married Pesce just two months before he began serving his sentence.
He stated repeatedly in the weeks after his wedding that leaving Lauren behind would be the most difficult part of his ordeal.
These days, Big Daddy Sitch is opening up about his post-prison plans, and not surprisingly, it seems he's focused on making up for lost time.
“It’s fantastic. I have my beautiful wife next to me. I’m healthy, I’m sober, back at work with my best friends on the No. 1 show on MTV and just living the dream,” Mike told Entertainment Tonight in a new interview.
“You sort of take your freedom for granted sometimes,” he added.
“Once you get out, you are taking advantage [of] every minute," the 37-year-old continued.
"Every second, every meal, every conversation with my beautiful wife, with my friends. I love my job, so I am on such an awesome road and we are very excited to see what the future has to offer.”
“It’s a very uncomfortable situation from start to finish [but] it’s not the end of the world,” Mike added of his time behind bars.
“I was just proud of myself that, even under extreme stress and adversity, I was still able to do my job and do it well,” he said.
“And still able to earn an income while in prison.”
Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Situation.
We're happy to have him back.