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Posted at 1:14 PM ET, 10/21/2010

'Jersey Shore' finale: Do we really need alligators?

By Liz Kelly

The cast of MTV's "Jersey Shore." (Jeff Daly/PictureGroup)

While the rest of the TV-watching world melts down about the sexy "Glee" GQ pix, let's talk about a show that embraces its trashiness: "Jersey Shore."

Unlike Sunday's "Mad Men" finale, we likely won't be back tomorrow with a searching, academic dissection of the final hour of season two of "Jersey Shore" (otherwise known as "The Situation Does Miami"). Instead, we look ahead to one last hour of GTL, grenades, t-shirt time and smooshing. (Except we already know that taping has wrapped on season 3, set back in lovely Seaside Heights, N.J. and casting is underway for season 4. Not to mention possible spin-offs for Snooki and Pauly D.)

Jarringly, the producers decided to mix things up for tonight's final episode -- sending Snooki and the rest of the gang on a trip to the Everglades for close encounters with alligators and native Floridians. Hunh?

Why mess with perfection? Each episode of "Jersey Shore" hews to the same perfect story arc:

Act 1: In which the cast loaf around their sloppy bedrooms, wake up at 2 p.m. and consume mass quantities of chicken parm and Red Bull.

Act 2: Preparation for a night out, which includes the afore-mentioned GTL, T-shirt time, "cabs are here" and the gang's shift of scene to a club around 1 a.m.

Act 3: At the club someone behaves badly. Usually The Situation, but sometimes Snooki (who was actually hospitalized for alcohol poisoning during the taping of season 2) or star-crossed lovers Ronnie and Sammi Sweetheart. Act 3 usually concludes with smooshing and/or some kind of fistfight back at the house.

What could alligators possibly add to make this any better? Everything else -- Mike's book and endorsement deals, J-WOWW's now-defunct fashion line, Snooki's "South Park" send-up -- is just icing.

"Jersey Shore" airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.

Source: The Associated Press

By Liz Kelly  | October 21, 2010; 1:14 PM ET
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Wait - J-WOWW had a fashion line? It's gone before I even knew it existed. Where was I?

Posted by: JLRGG | October 21, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

"What could alligators possibly add to make this any better?"

Well, they'd have to be *hungry*...

Posted by: byoolin1 | October 21, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

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