I just finished watching tonight's episode of MTV's Catfish (8/20/13) with Jesse and Brian, and I'm left feeling somewhat less than fulfilled.
The show brought us Jesse, a blonde from Pennsylvania who wanted to meet Brian, a guy her friend Fran knew from being in the Armed Forces together. The whole scenario seemed sketchy - Brian had some arrest records that he never mentioned, he was divorced and didn't tell Jesse and his name isn't even really his name...although Catfish didn't really explain that part.
While we knew something was weird with the Brian situation, we didn't really know what. My first theory was that Fran was actually Brian in disguise, but I was definitely off on that one!
When Nev and Max took Jesse to meet Brian, they seemed pretty nervous. After all, past signs pointed to sketchiness - Brian wanting to meet Jesse at a truck stop, an arrest for carrying weapons of mass destruction...the whole thing didn't add up.
But when we met Brian, he was awesome! He explained his weapons arrest (which was never charged), explained that he'd suffered from PTSD and opened up about his past. I give him a lot of credit. The problem is that his history and Jesse's naivete seemed like a bad match. To paraphrase part of the show, my example of what happened is below.
Brian: (Tells the truth about his past.) Can you forgive me?
Jesse: I don't know.
Brian: I promise I'll be truthful.
Even after being highly skeptical of the pair, I really wanted them to work out. They met up, had some, um, alone time, and seemed really happy. Then, we had the end of the episode where they recap their actions since filming. Jesse had planned to move out to be with Brian but he got mad when she didn't do it soon enough (and I can't blame her for the delay, honestly), but when they talked and Brian said she still should, she went out there. Two days later they realized they weren't compatible and broke up. Jesse went back home.
WHAT? So, wait, Jesse drove across the country with Brian making no effort to go visit her in Pennsylvania, and after two days they realized they were incompatible? WHAT HAPPENED?!?!? Two days? What happened in two days? It must have been drastic because I can hardly imagine what can happen in two days, aside from Jesse revealing more lies from Brian, Brian's PTSD acting up and scaring Jesse or Jesse revealing something about herself that Brian didn't know. My guess is that Brian has anger issues or something from his PTSD that came up, because I hardly think something like Jesse being a bad cook or something could destroy a relationship in two days.
In the MTV after show clip, both people claim the other person wasn't who said they were. Brian claims Jesse made bad lifestyle decisions, and Jesse claims the problem was Brian's PTSD. I think there is validity to both of their statements - I'm sure the PTSD did cause Brian to lash out, but I wasn't the hugest fan of Jesse on the show - she seemed a bit naive and too forgiving, and, well...too youthful. Not quite prepared to move cross country and live the lifestyle that Brian was looking for.
Watch the after show clip and form your own opinion. Let me know what you think.
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