In 2009, when guidos and guidettes were safely confined to cult-classic movies and niche bars, "Jersey Shore" careened into the collective pop cultural consciousness, and two of the beach rental house's tenants, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWOWW" Farley, formed a bond that became the friendship benchmark for the modern era. The girls sought out wild nights, organized Smush Room shifts and shared a mutual loathing of hours spent working at the Shore Store. Lucy and Ethel? Thelma and Louise? No, "Snooki & JWOWW."
Since their first summer spent together in Seaside Heights, the girls have gone south to Miami, across the Atlantic to Florence and back again to the Jersey suburbs. They've cleaned up each other's war wounds and gone to war, themselves, championed each other through single-and-ready-to-mingle phases and encouraged each other to fight for real relationships, too. And all along the way they've smiled, cried and squeezed each other's boobs...like, every chance they got.
As "Snooki & JWOWW" Season 3 approaches, Nicole and Jionni are navigating their way through early parenthood and Jenni is sorting out a wedding date with Roger, but even though the BFFs have come into their own and started new, "adulty" lives, they're closer than ever.
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