The much-anticipated reunion between Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola and Ronnie Ortiz-Magro may have been set into motion on Thursday’s episode of Jersey Shore Family Vacation, much to Sammi’s dismay.
After declining a spot on the Jersey Shore spin-off for years, Sammi finally joined her shore mates this season, two years after her ex-boyfriend Ron stepped away from the show to “seek medical treatment for mental health issues” he had “ignored too long.” (Ron also had multiple run-ins with the law prior to his exit from the spin-off.)
As The Ashley previously told you, Sammi and Ron were both spotted filming in April at the Margaritaville resort in Orlando, Florida; however, the once-toxic twosome were not seen filming together at the time. Still, an on-camera reunion between the exes nearly happened this week on ‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation.’
On Thursday’s episode, viewers watched as Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino was told by Ron that he would be stopping by the hotel to visit his former roomies. After a chat with his wife, Lauren Sorrentino, Mike decides to give Sammi a heads-up on the surprise visit.
Once Mike delivers the news to Sammi–- and Sammi’s boyfriend Justin, who is also visiting–- Sam makes it clear that she’s not prepared for the reunion.
“I don’t want to see Ron, especially with my boyfriend here,” she says in her confessional. “My heart is sinking into my stomach. My relationship with Ron was not healthy for me.
“We broke up in like 2015 and I haven’t talked to him since,” she continued. “He’s the reason I didn’t come back in the first place. I’m definitely not ready for this, my life has moved on.”
Sam goes on to tell Justin that Ron “doesn’t affect [her] life anymore.” However, Sammi and Justin still decide to dodge Ron’s visit by leaving the hotel to spend the day together.
“I don’t want to see Ron today,” Sam tells the camera. “Justin knows me and Ron had a toxic as hell relationship and this could be a situation and he’s understanding about it all. I think I’ve just gone through so much that I’m so relieved to be getting out of here with my man.”
New episodes of ‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ air Thursdays on MTV.