On Monday night, "Catfish: The TV Show" returned with perhaps its most outlandish story yet: An average Joe from rural New York was in an online relationship with a former Miss United States Teen and Playboy Playmate.
Was Kari Ann Peniche (also a past patient on VH1's "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew") looking for love with a small-town farm boy, or was this digital romance too good to be true?
(Spoilers ahead if you haven't watched the latest episode of "Catfish"!)
Well, it was really Joe's friend Rose behind the fake Kari Ann profile — and a few other bogus Facebook pages as well. Rose seemed less than apologetic about her deceptive pastime and even reactivated her Kari Ann account just a day after she was outed by the TV show.
It's these over-the-top (and totally true) stories that keep us reeling for more "Catfish," which was renewed last month for a second season. But Joe's misfortune also makes us wonder: Will season one make it harder for "Catfish" crusaders Nev Schulman and Max Joseph to find more hopeless romantics who believe their online relationships are the real deal?
"I think it's going to be a lot easier," Joseph told MTV News. "The challenge of season one was getting people to come forth and tell us their story; that is no longer a challenge. Now we have a different problem, which is we have too many people coming forth and telling us their story. Now we have to figure out if people are maybe lying to us about their own story."
And the Catfishers become the Catfished. But Schulman thinks reality is way stranger than fiction, so he has faith there will be plenty of legit "Catfish" contenders in the sea.
"The human brain is infinitely creative," Schulman said. "People's circumstances and emotions are always so different that each episode in this season — and I imagine in many more to come — would deal with different issues, and everyone would have different things they could learn or take from each episode, so I think there's still a lot of ground to cover."