Recent episodes of Jersey Shore have been without Mike Sorrentino or Snooki, two of the series' MVPs from day one.
They had pretty solid reasons for not partying in Vegas with the rest of the crew - Snooki was pregnant; Sitch was in prison - but their absences have been keenly felt at times, as the saga of Vinny's Chippendale's adventure has felt a bit stale at times.
(No offense, Vin.)
Fortunately, Ronnie Magro and Jenni Farley have really stepped up to the plate in recent weeks by allowing their lives to fall apart both on and off camera.
Okay, in JWoww's case that statement is a bit of an exaggeration.
Sure, Jenni's boyfriend groped Angelina Pivarnick in last night's episode, and he generally seems like a giant douche canoe.
But on some level, she must have known 24 was nothing more than a rebound fling after her epic split from Roger Mathews.
When you're talking Ronnie, however, well ... yeah. Wow.
It's almost impossible to overstate how much this dude has effed up his life in recent weeks, even by Jersey Shore standards.
In case you somehow haven't heard, Magro was tased and arrested earlier this week following a confrontation with Jen Harley.
That would be the mother of his 1-year-old daughter. Magro stands accused of assaulting and threatening her with a knife.
But shockingly, and very disappointingly, several of his fellow Shore castmates remain vehemently Team Ronnie. Like all-in.
Take Snooki, for example, who decided to openly victim-shame Harley during an interview with Mike on her podcast this week.
Yes, Nicole Polizzi actually attacked Jen for wearing clothing that doesn't properly conceal her bruises following the incident.
In order to make a "big thing" out of the attack. Her words.
Clearly, that's some horrendous BS.
Whatever comes of Ronnie's drama, we hope others will join us in calling on Snook to apologize after that frankly offensive nonsense.
Other Shore cast members have kept silent with regard to the attack, including JWoww, who has developed a friendship with Harley.
In fact, fans likely recall that she controversially reached out to Jen during the gang's recent Vegas adventure.
(Though to be fair, she was probably encouraged to do so by the show's producers, as a whole lot of nothing was going on in Sin City.)
Last week, Us Weekly caught up with Ron-Ron and asked him about the complex dynamic between the Jens and himself.
Referring to JWoww's divorce from Roger Mathews, Magro said she was fixated on his life rather than “a bunch of stuff that she just didn’t want to focus on.”
“You get to a place in your life where you can’t control what other people do. It’s about how you react,” Ronnie told the tabloid.
“So, at that point in my life, I knew that Jenny was going through s–t. When you’re going through stuff, you’re going to deflect."
"You’re going to try to push everything away," he went on.
"As much as you can. [Farley] was going through a divorce [from Roger], she’s got a new boyfriend, she's got her son."
“So what’s the best thing to do? Deflect. And I’ve done it. We’ve all done it! But you see it, you know, and it’s like, it is what it is.”
Asked about the future of his friendship with Farley, Ronnie continued:
“If you’ve seen me and Jenni throughout the years, me and her go at it. We’re brother and sister! But we love each other."
According to Magro, any beef that the co-stars have is rooted in a genuine love and concern for one another, not bitterness.
“We want the best for each other at the end of the day. It’s not ‘cause we want to be spiteful. We really do just want the best.”
Yep, sounds like the folks at the celebrity gossip magazine received a dose of the new and improved sober Rahn.
The only problem is, that dose was short lived. Just hours later, he was allegedly doing coke and assaulting his girlfriend.
We're thinking Farley was right to side with Harley from the start, and that she continues backing her namesake.