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‘Jersey Shore’ season 3, episode 7 recap: Sammi and Ronnie: The Final … – The Star-Ledger –

Published: Friday, February 11, 2011, 1:09 AM     Updated: Friday, February 11, 2011, 1:30 AM

Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola and Ronnie Magro“Jersey Shore”‘s answer to Sid and Nancy — are over. For the foreseeable future. The self-destructive, self-tanner-fueled relationship quickly unspooled amid upended mattresses (and girlfriends), flying blow-dryers, and a devastatingly choreographed dirty dance at Aztec.

Technically, they broke up (again) at the end of last week’s show, but their splits never seem to stick for long. This time, however, Ronnie stood his ground. But first he had a bone to pick with Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, whom he overheard comforting Sammi at the start of the episode.

Neither Ronnie nor Sammi appear to be able to take responsibility for their actions. When they’re not shifting blame onto one another, they’re pointing fingers at everyrone around them. We saw that clearly last season when Sammi lashed out at Jenni “JWoww” Farley and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi for detailing Ronnie’s misdeeds in that ill-conceived anonymous note. And we saw it tonight, when Ronnie overhears The Situation counseling Sammi to move on. Which is the same exact advice The Situation had given Ronnie. Which is what Ronnie and Sammi already decided to do the previous night. And on other occasions too numerous to count. The Situation also tries to excuse Ronnie’s Miami behavior by saying he was just sloppy drunk. But Ronnie’s hurting, so he begins to focus some of his apparently inexhaustible rage on The Situation.

Ronnie and Paul “DJ Pauly D” Delvecchio head out to the boardwalk, and they pass the bar where Sammi and Deena Cortese are having drinks. Sammi spots the boys (you can’t miss them, what with the camera crew, the gaggle of oglers, and the omnipresent bicycle cop/security guard), and thinks she sees a girl with Ronnie. Well, this is Sammi, so perhaps thinks is an overstatement. Oh, it is on like JWoww’s thong. “I’m going to go out there and find the hottest guy in this bar and get Ron back for talking to a girl.” Does she even listen to herself? Among the “hottest guys” is a shirtless man wearing a backpack, which appears to be the Guido equivalent of socks with sandals.

Back at the house, Ronnie is working himself into a lather over The Situation’s supposed betrayal. Pauly D is a little concerned because, after all, “Ronnie has kind of a temper.” Yes. And Pauly D’s hair is kind of stiff. Sammi comes home, and she wants to know why Ronnie’s in such a tizzy. Because The Situation is an instigator, he says. “You’re mad at him for your mistakes?” shoots back an uncharacteristically perceptive Sammi. Ronnie: “I’m mad at him because he instigated my mistakes.” Oh, that is just laughable. Did you see The Situation pouring shots down Ronnie’s throat and introducing him to the Saliva Twins?

Turns out what Ronnie is really mad about is that The Situation essentially confirmed what was in the note to Sammi when she asked him about it. (This season was in production while the Miami episodes were airing, which makes me wonder whether they’re allowed to watch, or whether they hear about what happened via their friends. Because if Ronnie had been carrying this knowledge around for months, why suddenly bust it out now? Oh, right, because Ronnie is an irrational lunatic.) When The Situation comes home, Ronnie wants to know why The Situation didn’t have his back in Miami. “You didn’t have the guy code.” Seriously? Going ballistic on The Situation for confirming — not leaking, mind you, merely confirming — Ronnie’s bad behavior? The Situation realizes this is an argument he can’t win and quickly apologizes, telling us in voiceover that he just wanted to shut Ronnie up. They hug it out.

Up in the bedroom, Sammi, yet again, wants to know how Ronnie could have treated her so badly in Miami. Here’s Ronnie’s rebuttal: “I have enough respect and love for you to admit what I did was wrong and shameful and disrespectful. You’re so dumb and hardheaded that you can’t even admit that what you did to me in Atlantic City was wrong, what you did to me in Jersey was wrong.” I just want to simplify Ronnie’s remark a bit: I respect you so much that I can admit I disrespected you so badly. You big dummy.” Well played, Ronnie.

What exactly did Sammi do in Atlantic City? Gave her number to some guy and ignored Ronnie’s phone calls. But she never made out with anyone! “You embarrassed me,” she tells him. “You don’t deserve somebody like me.” Ronnie doesn’t want to hear it, telling her, “It’s over.” Ronnie decides to go out with the guys. “What are you gonna do when a girl comes up to you,” Sammi asks. Apparently Sammi expects her ex-boyfriends to take vows of celibacy. She’s probably already ordered his Ed Hardy hairshirt.

As Vinny Guadagnino and Pauly D wait downstairs, the fight begins to escalate. From this point on in the recap, mentally insert an expletive every third word or so. Ronnie invites Sammi to vacate the premises. Sammi calls him a douchebag. Ronnie announces he’s going to be using the smush room tonight and calls Sammi a spoiled little bitch. “You’re nothing without Ronnie,” Ronnie says. Ronnie is talking about Ronnie in the third person. This is not a good sign. Ronnie starts taking Sammi’s stuff out of the closet and throwing it out the door to the deck. Sammi goes into air traffic controller mode, arms flying all over the place. The expletive-to-English ratio ratchets up a notch. The Situation tells Vinny and Pauly D that they all need to defuse the situation a little bit. (Defuse The Situation: That’s a euphemism if I ever heard one.)

When the guys get upstairs, Sammi is screaming, “I hate you more than I’ve hated anybody in my entire life!” and Ronnie is attempting to remove the Sammi’s bed with Sammi still on it. Take it, Vinny: “Sammi is like a spider monkey, climbing on the bed, not letting go with a pit bull grip.” The guys hustle Ronnie out of the room; he goes down the hall into the smush room and slams the door. “Get away from me,” Sammi screams, as she storms down the hallway toward Ronnie. “I want nothing to do with you ever,” she says, all evidence to the contrary. Vinny’s holding her back , but she still manages to kick the door open. Ronnie slams the door closed again. Sammi makes it into the room, Pauly D trying to hold her back, while Vinny is trying to restrain Ronnie, who starts kicking the smush room bed and threatening to partake in vigorous sexual relations with other women in said bed. Vinny pushes Ronnie through the door to the roof deck, the curtains flying off the rod, and tries to close the door behind him, but Ronnie and Sammi keep opening it to scream at one another. The girls take Sammi downstairs, while Ronnie, muttering to himself something about “you put your hands on me again” starts throwing her mattress onto the deck. Ronnie heads out for the night with the guys, calling Sammi a dirtbag and a slut.

Slut? Did someone say slut? That gives Snooki an idea! They’ll dress Sammi up, take her out to the club and have her flirt with all the guys in front of Ronnie. Which they do. Ronnie is practically pulsing with rage as he sees Sammi dirty dance in an extremely skimpy dress. Ronnie angry! “We broke up 45 minutes ago, and she actually had the balls to, like, get all done up and go to the bar and dance with another other guy.” Or, looking at it from a different angle, she had the balls to dance with another guy 45 minutes after Ronnie told her he planned to sex up a random a girl that very night.

Angry Ronnie go home. Ronnie throw Sammi things. Ronnie break Sammi glasses. Sammi come home. Sammi see glasses break. Sammi sad. “Everything is destroyed of mine,” she says. “Everything is broken and ruined.” I see what you’re doing, MTV! It’s, like, a metaphor for their relationship!

Sammi finds Ronnie on the deck. “All my stuff is ruined,” she says. “What makes that okay?” In the Ronnie Code of Conduct, criminal mischief is permissible if one’s girlfriend grinds her butt against the manhood of another. “I was crushed tonight,” he tells her. “I was destroyed.” At least when Ronnie simulated sex with another woman, Sammi wasn’t 25 feet away! “What I did in Miami, at least I had enough respect for you to do it when you’re not around.” A prince among men!

Ronnie then spends the night crying in the bathroom.

After all the sturm und drang, JWoww provides a little pick-me-up (literally, for the male portion of the viewing audience) by strolling out into the living room dressed in the finest slutty cowgirl costume a Toms River sex shop has to offer. The outfit features what appears to be bellbottom chaps attached to those teeny boy shorts with garters, and lace-up leather bra. “If Roger wasn’t there, I’d probably have sex with her,” Snooki says. Roger is a man of few words: “Awright, let’s go push.” They go upstairs to the smush room (Roger and JWoww, not Snooki and JWoww).

The next day, Sammi, unsurprisingly (since we’ve been seeing that shot of her getting into the taxi in every “Jersey Shore” promo), decides to go home to pull herself together. A few of her housemates half-heartedly try to talk her out of it. Ronnie brings her outside for one last blamefest for old times’ sake. When Sammi refuses Ronnie’s invitation to sit down, he asks, “What did I do?” Hmmm, short-term memory loss and difficulty seeing patterns. The kid ought to be examined by a neurologist. “I can’t do this anymore,” Sammi tells him. She starts sobbing and then goes back inside. Ronnie follows her in. “You want to go home, I’m going to let you go, as much as it kills me.” Somebody’s going to die if she stays, that’s for sure. Sayonara, Sammi. Maybe we’ll see you in Italy?

Ronnie: “I miss her and I love her and I definitely regret all the negative (bleep) I’ve ever done. Definitely more now than ever.” I’d say awwww, except Ronnie still scares the crap out of me.

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Ray Allen’s long shot to top

For something that took so long to accomplish, Ray Allen seemed to want to get it over with in a hurry last night.

After nearly 15 years in the NBA and 6,429 shots from beyond the arc, Allen lofted home one more 3-pointer from the right wing with 1:48 left in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers and it was done. Ray Allen stood alone.

As the ball curled through the net, a radiant smile pierced Allen’s face. But it was not as wide as the one his mother, Flo, was wearing — for she had seen more of those shots than anyone on Earth.

She had seen them when the world was watching and when no one was watching. And now she had seen No. 2,561, the one that allowed her son to pass Reggie Miller as the all-time 3-point leader in NBA history.

The sellout crowd of 18,624 was on its feet while the ball was still in the air, as it had been the three previous times Allen launched from the ozone. Once they cheered, twice they groaned, and with this one they exploded.

It was another 24 seconds before there was a pause in the action. When it came, Allen walked over to Miller, who was sitting courtside as part of TNT’s national broadcast team. They hugged in the way only two athletes who understood the struggle the other went through to get to this moment can.

And then Allen turned to Flo. It was difficult to be sure whose smile was wider, but both were the kind only a mother could share — because they, too, know how many shots it took to get to the one that put her son’s name above anyone else who ever launched a 3-pointer. Shots in the heat. Shots in the cold. Shots in empty gyms and jammed ones. Shots in the bedroom when the light was supposed to be out. Shots over the TV and from behind the sofa.

Shots launched only in the mind of a skinny kid who believed one day he would shoot shots the world would pay to see. And so it came to pass last night that one more went up and a record fell.

It came against the Celtics [team stats]’ most hated rival, and with the man who held the record (and had to take 57 more 3’s to set it) as witness. Most of all, it came after a sleepless night in which Allen had to admit he was unable to act like it would be just another night in 15 years of nights.

“I didn’t sleep extremely well (Wednesday) night, and I didn’t expect it,” Allen admitted before the game. “I got into trying to talk about shoes, just dealing with everything that was going on today and making sure that everything was together.

“The game itself is big enough. Being on the precipice of breaking this record takes you to another level. I saw Reggie earlier, and it’s like so surreal because I know Reggie and he’s been here many games. But now, being here, in this moment, and being able to say this moment is before us, it seems pretty overwhelming.”

It looked that way when he badly missed his first 3 attempt just 4:36 into the first quarter. It didn’t look that way when he tied the record on a pass from Kevin Garnett that found him wide open with 4:15 to play in the period. But with Kobe Bryant now on him, he missed again a few seconds later on a shot that not only he seemed to rush but the whole team seemed rush.

Then it came, the perfect pass from Rajon Rondo [stats] to Allen on the right wing. And then that classic frozen moment before he went straight up, as he always seems to, and flicked the ball as if it was light as a feather.

For Allen, that’s how a basketball has felt for years. But more than anyone else, Flo knows better, for she saw shots no one else saw. Shots that hit the rim. Shots that missed the rim. Shots that refused to do what they were told.

Last night, 3-point shot number 6,429 listened. It went where it was told, into the net for the 2,561st time as gently as a dream and maybe that’s what it was. The fulfillment of a dream that began when nobody was watching but his mom, and nobody knew how far this would go but him.

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BYU basketball: Dave Rose expresses his sadness at Jerry Sloan’s departure – Deseret News

PROVO — Fresh off a 90-52 dismantling of Air Force Wednesday night, and while preparing for a big home game against arch-rival Utah on Saturday, BYU players and coaches were saddened by the news that broke earlier Thursday — that longtime Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan was resigning.

Guard Jimmer Fredette, projected to be a first-round NBA draft pick next June, said Sloan’s resignation was a topic of conversation in the locker room before practice.

“I was really surprised. I had no idea. I had no indication he was going to do that,” Fredette said of the news. “I’m kind of curious to see what direction Jazz basketball goes now.”

Fredette said he admires Sloan, though he has never met the former Jazz coach. Fredette added that he would like to meet Sloan someday.

BYU coach Dave Rose met Sloan years ago in St. George, when the Jazz held their mini-camps there. At that time, Rose was the head coach at Dixie College.

Asked about his reaction to Sloan’s resignation, Rose said, “I’m actually sad. I have enjoyed watching his teams over the years. It doesn’t matter who he has got, they always seem to play the same way.

“He has obviously decided it is time. I just hope he feels good about what he’s done, because he has been great for the Jazz, the state of Utah and the city of Salt Lake. I, for one, am sad to see him go.”

INJURY UPDATE: Guard Kyle Collinsworth (concussion) and center James Anderson (shoulder) participated in Thursday’s practice, though they were held out of most contact drills.

Both players traveled to Colorado Springs for the Air Force game, but they did not play.

As for their availability for Saturday, Rose said it will be a game-time decision.

Meanwhile, Fredette, who banged his knee on the knee of an Air Force player on Wednesday, said his knee is sore, but that he’ll be fine.

ROGERS THE REBOUNDER: BYU sophomore Stephen Rogers scored 11 points against the Falcons, hitting 4-of-5 shots from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point territory. Rogers also grabbed five rebounds.

Last season at Mesa Community College, Rogers averaged 21.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game en route to earning JUCO All-America honors.

As for his role with the Cougars, Rogers said, “It just kind of depends on what’s needed from me at the time and what team I’m a part of. Last year at Mesa, I had more of a scoring role. This year, with Jimmer and Jackson (Emery) and the guys who score so well, I do what I can.”

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Cougars, Utes on the air

Utah (10-14, 3-7) atNo. 7 BYU (23-2, 9-1)

Saturday, 4 p.m.

Marriott Center

TV: The mtn.

Radio: 1160 AM, 102.7 FM

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Ray Allen breaks record in Celtics loss

BOSTON (AP) – Ray Allen broke the NBA record for 3-pointers on Thursday night, sinking two in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers as the man he passed, Reggie Miller, sat courtside working the TV broadcast.

Allen hit his second 3 of the game with 1:48 left in the first quarter to reach 2,561 in his career — a number that flashed on the scoreboard in green and white while the TD Garden erupted in applause.

The 38-year-old Celtic celebrated little as he got back on defense, but at the next whistle went over to Miller for a hug and a handshake, then bumped fists with Lakers star Kobe Bryant.

“I’m just so happy for him because this is one of the best guys,” Miller said on the TNT broadcast. “He’s so humble, he’s so giving, he’s a great family man and I’m excited. This is great. This is great for the game of basketball. You know why? We’re focusing and talking about shooting.”

The record-breaker came on a transition basket from the right side on a pass from Rajon Rondo. The sold-out crowd at the TD Garden — the visit by the rival Lakers would have been enough for that — cheered, and his teammates rose out of their seats.

After the quarter ended, Allen exchanged a few words and another hug with Miller, then went down the sideline to receive his family’s congratulations. Allen made one more in the game to finish two ahead Miller, but the Boston Celtics lost the NBA finals rematch 92-86.

“It’s so serendipitous that it happened the way it happened. For us to be sitting here, Reggie’s in the building and he’s in the building able to work the game,” Allen said before the game. “He just told me he was proud of me and he was excited for me. He said he was glad that he could be here in this moment.”

Miller has been cheering Allen on as he pursed the record, and the former Indiana Pacers star said people shouldn’t be surprised.

“All records are made to be broken,” Miller said. “I had a conversation with Ray earlier tonight and he was like, ‘When I was a rookie and I came to Market Square Arena and I saw you for 3 to 3½ hours before (the game) shooting, that’s how I wanted to patent my game.'”

A 6-foot-5 guard from Connecticut, Allen is the No. 25 scorer in NBA history, finishing the night with 21,875 points in a 15-year career with Milwaukee, Seattle and Boston. He is already the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made per game since the shot was introduced to the league in 1979, with an average of 2.4.

“He’s just a machine,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said before the game. “He shoots every day. He works on it. He runs every day. You look at his body. If you’re a young player just look at Ray Allen if you want a long career. He’s the ultimate pro.”

Allen got to the record a little faster than Miller, needing 6,430 shots to reach the record — a percentage of 39.8. Miller took 6,486 shots from 3-point range in his 18-year career with the Indiana Pacers, making 39.5 percent.

Allen said beforehand he had unexpected trouble sleeping on Wednesday night, with the combined anticipation of an NBA finals rematch against the archrival Lakers and the chance to break the record.

“I was like a little kid,” he said. “Just the game itself is big enough and being on the precipice of breaking this record takes you to another level. … Being here in this moment and being able to say this moment is before us, it seems pretty overwhelming.”

Allen entered the season needing 117 to pass Miller, and he entered the night needing one to tie and two for the record. With the crowd cheering in anticipation every time he got the ball beyond the arc, he missed his first attempt and then made his second, from the top of the key.

Allen gave a fist pump while teammate Nate Robinson raised one finger in the air. The next time down, Paul Pierce passed him the ball on the left side and Allen fired up another shot that, to the crowd’s dismay, went off the rim. He missed the next try, too, but then got the record on his fifth 3-point attempt of the game.

“I think it’s a remarkable thing he’s achieving tonight,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said before the game. “It is something to watch for and I hope he gets rid of it right away.”

During the second quarter, the Celtics showed a video with him making 3-pointers through his career — first with the Milwaukee Bucks and then with the Seattle SuperSonics. The number “2,561” was repeated in green and white on the message board that ringed the scoreboard and on the one that circled the arena.

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