It's very rare that an episode of Catfish begins with the true identity of the catfish already revealed, but that's exactly what happened in this week's installment. When Nev and Max introduced us to Andria, it was really, really hard not to sympathize with her. For ten years — yep, since she was 12 and on MySpace — she's been talking to David, and they've been making serious plans for their future. Like, so serious she dropped out of school to be with this guy. On the surface, it seems like your traditional failure to Skype story, but there's a lot more to it than that. Because this week's Catfish victim, Andria, already knew that David was lying to her, but the feelings she had for the person she fell in love with made it impossible for her to move on.
Their relationship was super intense. Phone calls, text messages, e-mails, tearful voicemails, even ridiculous, over the top love letters. Ten years worthof correspondence where they planned their lives together, including a handwritten letter where "David" practically begged Andria for her affection. This letter was.. OK, I'll just let Nev explain this one, because I don't even want to go there:
But before Nev and Max even had to do the first Facebook search, they knew who the catfish was. When Andria was suspicious about why her boyfriend refused to Skype her, she threatened to call Catfishon him, and that prompted him to come clean. "David" is actually a woman named Christina, with proof photos and everything. And once it was confirmed, the next step was the hardest: Coming face to face with Christina and getting that closure Andria desperately needed.
Unfortunately, Christina wasn't willing to shower Andria with the apologies she needed. Instead, she tried to accuse Andria of catfishing her, and their chat got blown way out of proportion... including some major sass from Max when he got tired of her BS. It was heartbreaking to see the life Andria thought she'd have with a man she fell in love with come crashing down in front of her, but these days, things are better — she's back in school, and she seems really happy.
Moral of the story: When someone threatens to put you on Catfish, they probably mean it. And once it's done, it's done. Nev and Max don't play.