Credit: Photo courtesy of MTV © and TM MTV Networks Photo: Pauly D Consoles Vinny on Jersey Shore Season 5, Episode 1

It was back to Jersey on the Jersey Shore Season 5 premiere, but that doesn't mean everything was back to normal. Indeed, while the Snooki/Situation drama was so familiar it was almost boring, Vinny's head-dive into depression was totally new.

Vin is normally one of the most cheerful, drama-free guidos in the house, so seeing him brought so low was very disorienting. But was his angst earned, or was he being as over-dramatic as his housemates normally are?

On one hand, we totally felt for the dude. He spent six stressful weeks in Italy, only to be thrown right into the Shore house (and the cameras that follow him everywhere). We'd probably want to run straight back to our parent's house, too. There's only so much shrill shouting a person can take.

On the other hand, it's hard to forget that the Macaroni Rascals are compensated with an absurd amount of money for their time on the show. How hard is it to suck it up and stick it out when you know there's a giant paycheck on the other end? Plus, Vinny’s parents are close by, so it isn’t like he can’t visit them while filming Season 5.

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What will Vinny do now? Find out on the next episode of Jersey Shore on Thursday, January 12 at 10 pm ET/PT on MTV.