Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Catfish - Season 6, Episode 1, Shawny and Jack

The season six premiere of Catfish is an interesting one! We have Shawny, who once missed a call from an unknown number. She texted to ask who it was, and she got Jack. They started a texting relationship (no talking or anything), but things got tricky when Jack started only texting at strange hours and not responding for long stretches of time. Even though they both live in Rochester, NY, they've never met.

To add to this, Shawny was in a bad marriage that had just ended. Her ex had cheated on her and caused her pain in other ways as well. She'd also had a talking relationship with another guy (who was much older) at some point. In my mind, both could be suspects for a potential catfish.

Nev and Max ran Jack's pictures and didn't find a match. They did find a potential address match on the phone number and came up with a 92 year old man, Robert, and a 31 year old woman, Angel. Angel came back as a suspect because while Shawny's only dated men, she noted that she was open to anyone, and Angel had a gay pride flag in one some her photos.

Nev and Max were skeptical about Shawny, wondering if she knew her catfish and wanted to be on TV. Shawny denied it, and I believed her. Nev and Max asked if the 92 year old man could be the guy she used to talk to, but she said that that guy's name was George. When asked about Angel, she said her husband used to work at a hospital with a woman named Angel. Still, Shawny didn't think her ex was keeping her tied up from meeting someone using Angel because he wasn't interested in her to begin with.

Nev and Max tried calling Jack, whose voicemail wasn't set up. Then they tried texting him, and Jack texted back. Jack said he wanted to meet Shawny but was afraid because he hadn't been honest. He said the reason is that he's divorced. He did confirm that Shawny is the only woman in his life. He offered to meet up with them.

Shawny then dropped some interesting news - she'd been using fake photos to send to Jack. Then things went crazy. Shawny's ex-husband showed up, but it turns out Shawny was catfishing him - her name was Ebony and she lied to Nev and Max about who she was. She wanted Nev and Max to put her family back together.

Here's the truth: Ebony got a new phone and texted her ex, Brandon. Brandon asked who it was, and Ebony said she was Shawny. Brandon did give a fake name (Jack) but Nev and Max said he's justified because this random person was messaging him. Ebony said she was surprised at how Brandon could be a perfect man for Shawny but terrible to her. Brandon was asked if wanted to make the relationship work, but he gave a weird answer about how he wants to be with her but also wants to sleep around. (He didn't say it like that, exactly, but that's what he meant.) Nev and Max clarified, and Ebony confirmed that she doesn't want to sleep with others and wants the same from her husband.

Nev pulled Brandon aside and explained the catfish situation. Max pulled Ebony aside, who admitted that she's afraid to be alone and doesn't know what she wants.

The team decided to take a day apart and reconvene the next day. On the drive away, Max encouraged Ebony to love herself  more than Brandon, because he doesn't want to be with her and she's hanging onto something that isn't there.

On the next day's meetup, Brandon admitted he was upset by Ebony and wanted to say things to upset her as much as he was. Ebony admitted she was wrong and was trying to hang on to something that wasn't there. She apologized and Brandon accepted her apology. She admitted that staying together wasn't healthy for them. Brandon admitted he caused some of their problems. Ebony said they should have talked earlier and avoided all of this. Everyone hugged, even Ebony and Brandon.

Six months later, Ebony was happy. She and Brandon stayed separated, but found a way to spend time together with the kids. Brandon and the kids had a much better relationship. Ebony was happy she did the show because it allowed them to clear the air and be normal. Brandon joined them on the call and was happy as well.

In the end, it all worked out, but this was a very weird episode of Catfish!

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