‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’ Recap: Murder Mystery Dinner Tension and Another Party Planned

The Jersey Shore: Family Vacation roommates’ Florida vacation continues in “Happy Birthday, Vinny!” Deena Cortese’s prank from “Deena’s Revenge” comes to a head as the roomies realize what’s going on. Plus, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi arrives just in time for a floating tiki bar and Vinny Guadagnino’s birthday Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino’s freedom party.

Deena Cortese explaining her prank in the confessional, which comes to a head in the 'Jersey Shore: Family Vacation' episode 'Happy Birthday, Vinny!'
Deena Cortese | MTV

Deena Cortese’s murder mystery dinner sparks more tension with Lauren Sorrentino

“Deena’s Revenge” ended with the roommates in a panic. Deena, her husband Chris Buckner, and production were in on the prank. But the rest of the Jersey Shore: Family Vacation cast thought they’d witnessed a murder. 

Deena reveals her prank is actually a murder mystery game for the roommates to play in “Happy Birthday, Vinny!” but some of the cast aren’t happy, including Lauren Sorrentino. Previously, Lauren and Deena exchanged words about going back to their rooms to be with their respective babies. That tension carried over to the murder mystery dinner. 

“I’m a terrible person,” Deena says in the episode. “Someone should put me over a fire.” 

“You would be really upset [if we did this to you],” Lauren tells Deena. She disagrees but eventually the whole group moves on from the tension when “The Situation” solves the murder. “It takes a con to know a con,” he quips. 

Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino is planning another celebration in ‘Happy Birthday, Vinny!’ 

Mike’s jail time and probation are a running joke in the MTV series. But during their trip to the Florida Keys in November 2021, Mike is officially “off paper.” Naturally, he wants to mark the occasion with a party. 

“I just think he wants cake,” Vinny tells cameras. Instead of celebrating Vinny’s birthday, which he says is “next week” in the episode, Mike moves forward with plans for his freedom celebration.

This inspires Vinny to make a list of Jersey Shore castmembers who are more likely to get a party before he does, including Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola and Danny Merk from the Shore Store. He also feels Mike’s friend “The Unit” and Kirk Medas from Floribama Shore are more likely to get a party thrown for them before he does. 

Vinny Guadagnino practices his stand-up comedy 

In an interview with the Imagine It Done podcast, Vinny talks about his experience living in New York City and working on his stand-up comedy. “Stand-up … is like the most welcoming, supportive [community],” he said. “It’s the hardest thing you could ever do … go on stage and make a room full of people laugh.” 

After talking about Saturday Night Live‘s annual auditions in “Happy Birthday, Vinny!”, the Jersey Shore cast coaxes Vinny into doing a few impressions. He messes up on Robert DeNiro, but has more success impersonating his roommates. 

‘Happy Birthday, Vinny!’ brings Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi to the Florida Keys

“Snooki” and her daughter Giovanna “Sissy” LaValle finally arrive at the Isla Bella Resort in “Happy Birthday, Vinny.” Nicole’s first order of business is figuring out where here shipment of wine is. 

While waiting for Enrique to deliver her wine, Nicole takes a Tiki booze cruise with her roommates and learns more about Angelina and Chris Larangeira breaking their “dry spell.” 

“I wanna know the full sex story,” Nicole says. “Finally, after two years, he f***ing initiated,” Angelina replies. “I think we should give him a medal.” 

Tune in next week to see The “BDS Independence Day” party come to fruition. Watch new episodes of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation every Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on MTV. 

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