The Situation made the startling announcement yesterday (July 23) on Live! With Kelly that he has a “new girlfriend.” Our hearts skipped a beat as we wondered who had earned such a serious-sounding title from the perpetual Jersey Shore bachelor.

But is it possible that Mike’s new girlfriend is actually a very old friend? That would be Paula Pickard, who made several memorable appearances on Season 5, and seemed to inspire Mike to think more long-term.

Besides, it was just one month ago that spies saw The Situation asking Paula to be his official girlfriend while filming Season 6. The Situation moves fast, but we doubt his newly sober and mature persona includes shuffling through committed relationships on a month-to-month basis.

Our money’s on Paula for the win.

Want more Jersey Shore? Catch the next episode of Snooki & JWOWW on on Thursday, July 26 at 10 p.m. on MTV.

Molly Friedman is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @MollyFriedman.

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