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November 02, 2015 01:00 PM

The bad boy of Vanderpump Rules is back!

“There are a lot of ups and downs. I think everybody on the show goes through something this season so it’s pretty intense,” Jax Taylor tells PEOPLE of season 4. “There’s definitely no lack of boredom.”

In an exclusive sneak peek at the Bravo show’s premiere, fans get to meet Taylor’s mother Marie Cauchi, who isn’t shy about serving up some tough love for her ladies man son: “I can’t wait to meet the young woman that actually you fall in love with her, and it’s going to happen if you just stop for a while and let it happen – you need to understand who you are and why you’re like that.”

Taylor says his mom “was a little nervous” about filming for the Bravo show. “She was kind of like, ‘Am I doing this right? Am I doing this right?’ ”

“She talked to Lisa [Vanderpump] a lot,” he adds. “She probably talked to Lisa more than I talked to her.”

The Vanderpump Rules season 4 cast
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Appearing on the show was probably the best gift Taylor could give to his mother, who traveled to Los Angeles to celebrate her 60th birthday. “My mother is a huge, huge, huge Housewives fan,” he says. “I mean she’s obsessed with anything Bravo, so she was super excited.”

Less exciting? Seeing her son get into shenanigans both on and off the show these last few years.

“My mother knows the kind of person I am, [and she] does watch the show,” Taylor says. “She knows the kind of crap that I get myself into and this season, you know, nothing’s different.”

Regarding a run-in with the law over the summer, he adds, “The trouble that I did get into she wasn’t happy about, so it was a little tough because I did get into a little bit of trouble this season. But, you know, she is my mother. Of course she’s going to be my biggest fan no matter what. I love her to death. She had a great time, and everyone said she did a great job.”

And Taylor’s mother isn’t Vanderpump Rules‘ only fresh face for season 4. Viewers will also meet Taylor’s new girlfriend Brittany Cartwright – though most eyes will likely be focused on his ex Stassi Schroeder. Despite speculation she would not be returning, the self-proclaimed champagne queen is back, and Taylor has a one-on-one with her for the first time in more than three years.

“I was nervous,” he admits. “I don’t know if she was nervous. We should have talked a long time ago, and some things were just holding that up.”

Taylor says his relationship with Schroeder is “definitely better than it was. You know, I have mixed feelings on Stassi. I’m sure she has mixed feelings on me. That’s about as much as I can say. I’m really kind of torn with her.”

The prognosis is slightly better for Taylor’s friendship with costar Tom Sandoval: “As of right now, we’re good,” Taylor shares. “He’s one of my best friends, but we don’t see eye to eye on a lot of topics so, yeah, of course, like every other season we go through our ups and downs but our friendship is there.”

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The new season of Vanderpump Rules premieres Monday at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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