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Catfish Season Two Finale Recap: The Girl Who Cried Cancer

Catfish ’s season two finale proved that it’s a lot less creepy when Sting says, “I’ll be watching you.” As for girls doing drive-bys at your work? Back. Away. Slowly.   Mike met Caroline on the dating site Plenty of Fish a year and a half ago, and despite both residing in Pensacola, Florida, they’ve never met. Oh, but they’ve tried. One tale involved a potential meet-up at Walmart; Caroline had a panic attack and sped off, as she had so many times before. As the episode goes on, the stories grow more worrisome; less sweet and shy, more stalker-ish. There are the notes Caroline’s friend left at Mike’s door, which referred to him as “boo-bear.” She texted him photos of the exterior of his workplace. “You have a stalker, and you probably know her,” one of the guys point out.  Read More... //www.vulture.com/2013/10/catfish-recap-season-2-finale-mike-caroline-cancer.html

Catfish Recap: Childhood Crushes Die Hard

On rapper Bow Wow’s minor 2001 hit “Ghetto Girls,” he has a line about loving real-ass chicks who “won’t front for some Mickey D’s.” I’m sure that was a real priority for him at the time, being 13 and all, but last night’s Catfish saw a woman taking the lyric a little too seriously.   McDonald’s employee and “part-time model” Keyonnah was roughly “60 percent convinced” she was in an online relationship with Bow Wow when she called in Nev and Max. A Bow Wow fan since her playground days, Keyonnah connected with the rapper (real name Shad Gregory Moss) through a Facebook fan page. Not only does Facebook now have its own “verified” stamp for celebs and people of interest, it’s not all that difficult to spot the real page from an imitator. There are some jank-ass Bow Wow imitators on Facebook, cover photo all wonky and whatnot, and then there is a pristine one with more than 4 million "Likes" and the URL “facebook.com/bowwow.” Read More... //www.vulture.com/2013/10/catfish-recap-season-2-bow-wow-episode.html

Catfish Recap: A Facebook Spy, a Veteran … and Vanessa Hudgens?

There was a point in last night’s episode where the catfish’s identity was a toss-up between three different women. Between the name in her Facebook URL being different from the one on her page and her online pics showing three different women (plus Vanessa Hudgens?!), no one was quite sure what to think. Nev wasn’t his usual smug self about the catfish’s identity, besides the fact that it was clearly fake. The catfishee, however, was gutted over it, despite the obvious signs.   Detroit native Derek seems like a Nice Guy. A veteran, he claims to have been cheated on by both of his baby mamas (married to one, engaged to the other) while serving his country. So on top of the whole “23-year-old daddy” thing, he’s got trust issues like his name’s Drake. Still, for a guy who’s had his heart ripped out and stomped on by the mothers of his children, Derek is awfully trusting of Kristen. He loves love, this guy, and he’s found it again. He just wants to know if it’s real. “Even the elation I felt when I got married is nothing compared to this,” he says, grinning. A day later, Max will ask him how he’s feeling. Derek will say, “Like it’s all getting ready to fall apart again.”  Read More... //www.vulture.com/2013/10/catfish-recap-season-2-derek-kristen-vanessa-hudgens.html

Catfish Recap: Witch Hunts and Open Relationships

Nev and Max must get it wrong sometimes. There must be Catfish episodes they’ve shot and shelved because it turned out that the circumstances just weren’t that dramatic, with no crazies involved and an ending that was neither fairy tale nor train wreck. That was my takeaway from last night's lackluster episode, anyway, but at least Nev and Max tried to up the drama with their own theories.   The setup seemed ripe for the picking: Nick and Melissa met when they were 12 in the time-honored romantic tradition of Tila Tequila chat rooms. (That’ll make the Viacom suits happy!) For the last six years, Nicholas and Melissa have helped each other brave the tougher moments of life — from self-harm rehab to death in the family — growing up along the way. Now Nick wants more from his “first love” before he ships off from Florida to Texas for college. The two have video-chatted no more than a couple of times, mostly owing to Nicholas’s lack of a webcam, but it certainly doesn’t help that for the last seven months, Iowa-based Melissa has lived with her boyfriend Olin. Nicholas seems only slightly deterred by this, noting that Melissa continually mentions what an ass he is and that she only lives there because she has nowhere else to go.  Read More... //www.vulture.com/2013/09/catfish-recap-season-2-episode-13.html

Catfish Recap: The Con Artist in the Closet With the iPhone

  This week’s Catfish was one long “you’re probably getting played if … ” list. Say it with me now: I will not buy an iPhone for my girlfriend I’ve never met, despite the fact that we live in the same city.   Now that that’s out of my system, let’s meet Aaliyah. The high school student has fallen on some hard times, her family being evicted chief among them, but it’s clear she has a big heart. The problem with big-hearted folks is that they want to love, and they trust. Cue Alicia, Aaliyah’s first love and girlfriend in theory only. They text and talk on the phone, but they’ve never met, though they both live in Oakland. Alicia manipulates Aaliyah with the closeted card, telling her that others can never know about them.  Read More... //www.vulture.com/2013/09/catfish-recap-season-2-aaliyah-alicia-iphone.html

Catfish Recap: 3 Pics, 2 Catfish, 1 Snap Judgment, 0 Ken Dolls

There are rumors that Catfish is catfishing us all , that the catfish is actually the one who reaches out to MTV for help instead of the catfished. I don’t really get how this purported reverse-engineering ups the drama, but think what you will, the point is: Last night it happened for real! The catfish called Catfish looking for help!   By the end of the episode, however, she was merely a catfish, not the catfish. That’s right, last night Nev and Max served up a double-catfish blue-plate special, folks.  Read More... //www.vulture.com/2013/09/catfish-recap-season-2-ashley-mike.html

Catfish Recap: Meet the Caped Crusader of Online Cheaters

MTV kicked off Video Music Awards night with an episode of  Catfish  almost as cringe-worthy as whatever it was Miley Cyrus did onstage a few hours later. And you thought you were scarred by a former Disney girl twerking all up on an oversize teddy bear!   Though he has a girlfriend-slash-baby-mama of several years, Artis has been chatting with a woman named Jess who most certainly resembles a porn star, perhaps more so than any other fake girl in  Catfish  history. They both live in Chicago suburbs, roughly twenty minutes apart, and have known each other for about six months. They’ve never even spoken on the phone, and she only has one photo posted on her Facebook, Jess’s reason being that she has a controlling dickwad of a boyfriend … who doesn’t seem to notice all of her naughty texts to another dude. Oh, also, she speaks openly about being single on her Facebook. That same profile features public comments questioning Jess’s legitimacy. Despite all this, Artis is ready to leave his baby mama for Jess. That’s right, folks, just one photo of an overly done-up girl with a nice rack will earn you the attention of a not-so-single father who hasn’t gotten any in a year.   Read More... //www.vulture.com/2013/08/catfish-recap-season-2-artis-jess.html

Catfish Recap: Weapons of Mass Destruction Will Keep Us Apart

  Catfish showed again last night that though some may discount it as a show about romantic desperation and the Internet, it gets at capital- I Issues without feeling like a PSA. The series has featured veterans before, but last night’s episode dug into the realities of living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after returning from war.   Oh yeah, and the catfish turned out to be real again. There was fanfare the first time that happened earlier this season with Lauren and Derek, but I suppose Nev and Max can’t be popping bottles every time someone turns out to be who they claimed to be. This time the focus was on WMDs. Seriously.  Read More... //www.vulture.com/2013/08/catfish-recap-season-2-jesse-brian.html

Catfish Recap: Just a Dude Trying to Catch His Catfish and Eat It Too

It’s hard not to wonder with this season of Catfish how Nev and Max will top the drama each week. Last night’s episode touched on a theme more associated with IRL dating than the sort of online love Catfish deals in: a love triangle. And frankly, it was some male privilege bullshit. Read More... //www.vulture.com/2013/07/catfish-recap-season-2-dorion-jeszica.html

Catfish Recap: Apparently Happy Endings Do Exist on the Internet

Hot, normal girls do not have to resort to online relationships with men they’ve never met. That’s what many people think. Breaking that big misconception was why, more than its happy ending, this week’s Catfish was a powerful experience. Internet love is not some ghetto for misshapen and/or damaged goods, but it feels like almost every week, there’s a catch with the catfishee in the form of some major baggage driving them to the delusion. This week, when Nev and Max got on the webcam with Lauren, it was clear even they were taken aback by her giant smile and outgoing personality. They commented, veiled or otherwise, on her utter sparkle no fewer than five times. There was an underlying tone there that Lauren was above the treatment she was receiving from her online beau of eight years, Derek. And yeah, it kinda seemed like it had something to do with the fact that she appeared to have not a single thing wrong with her, unless you’re going to hold it against her that she has a young son (and some men certainly would). So shame on Nev and Max — but damn if Catfish ’s first-ever happy ending didn’t steal the show. It probably didn’t help that MTV hammed it up with a live after-show, in which we learned precisely nothing except that the happy couples supposedly did not bang the first time they met IRL (props on the self-control, eight years during your teen years and early twenties is brutal). Read More... //www.vulture.com/2013/07/catfish-recap-season-2-lauren-derek-happy-ending.html