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"It may be ending, but it will never be over."
A camera swoops down on Seaside Heights and captures guidos and guidettes stoicly spouting the show's familiar catchphrases. "We're gonna go smush," deadpans one young woman. "It's T-shirt time," says a meaty young man. Then several serious-looking beach-goers recite the now-famous mantra. "Gym. Tan. Laundry."
A second promo is a sentimental look back at the drunken, lascivious behavior with which the cast has entertained fans for the past five seasons. Three-way kissing. Inebriated falls. Butt shots and boob shots and simulated sex. All to the forlorn strains of Boyz ll Men's "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday."
Though Jersey Shore's ratings aren't what they used to be, the show is still MTV's most popular series. And as the first promo demonstrates, the show is still exerting an amusing influence on our culture. So why stop now? Because, says MTV programming executive vice president Chris Linn, it's time.
"The show started out as an authentic phenomenon of what occurs when young people get together to live in a summer shore house," he told TV Guide. "Over time your life starts to move on in ways that take you in different directions. They're changing and we've always wanted to be able to go out on a high note."
Viewers are left with the message that the final season is soon to begin. Get it while it lasts, people. Outrageously good things always come to an end.