Ron's got a new outlook on life ... and new pearly whites to go with it.
Ronnie Ortiz-Magro was "in pretty bad shape" the last time Vinny Guadagnino and Pauly Delvecchio saw him, but in this preview from tonight's "Jersey Shore: Family Vacation" he appears to be in a much better place following a 30 day stint in rehab for alcohol and depression.
"I'm in LA right now looking at houses, planning the next step of my life," Ronnie reveals in the clip. "I'm planning to move away from Vegas because being back in the places where I just have bad experiences is really not good for my recovery."
Those bad experiences, of course, include altercations with baby mama Jen Harley, which have been well-documented on the current season of the show.
As Pauly and Vinny swing by Ronnie's Los Angeles rental after not seeing him in some time, the first thing Vin clocks is his costar's new teeth -- after his mysteriously-missing teeth became a running talking point for the whole cast in previous episodes.
Ronnie's not just looking different, though, he's also feeling it.
"Great, really good," he says when asked how he is. "I went 30 days in treatment, I needed it man. Too much shit was going on. I appreciate you guys always looking out for me, being there. I was just in it and I couldn't see, took time to reset, I had to do what I had to do for myself, the baby, because the decisions I were making were not the decisions a father should make."
"I definitely feel like a different person since I went away to treatment," he adds in a confessional. "I feel really good and I feel like I wanna be around the gang and show them I'm back to being who I used to be."
"We fight and I get triggered and I spiral, if you wanna say, and then it just becomes too much," Ronnie revealed on last week's episode, referring to Jen. He then broke down in a confessional as he said he grew up seeing more than he should have been exposed to and that he wanted to break that cycle for his daughter.
"We're almost the same person, in a way," Ron said of his dad. "He had a rough 20s and rough 30s and he wasn't in the best place in his life, so I saw a lot more things that I didn't wanna see growing up. And that's my biggest fear for Ariana -- is that she's gonna be 2 years old, 3 years old and I have a black eye. Or she's 2 or 3 years old and I'm doing something stupid to go tit for tat with Jen, and she's just sitting there watching this and she's absorbing this."
Ronnie stepped outside and called a wellness retreat center. "When were you looking to fly in?" the woman on the other end asked. "As soon as possible," Ronnie replied.
The big question on Pauly and Vinny's minds now: "Where do you stand with Jen?"
Though the two have been seen together in the time since he got out of rehab back in February, you'll have to tune into tonight's episode of "Jersey Shore Family Vacation" to see how he describes their relationship.
The show airs Thursdays on MTV.