Snooki's got a real friend in Vinny!

On Thursday's all-new episode of Jersey Shore, a sad, homesick Snooki, 22, cries outside their Miami Beach pad.

To the rescue: Vinny Guadagnino, who quickly comforts his sniffling housemate.

"I love him," Snooki coos, comparing him to her "big brother."

But the pint-sized star's feelings for her pal are a little more complicated than that.

Watch the clip now (above)!