The possibility of seeing true love — or even just friendship — blossom out of questionable online connections is half the appeal of “Catfish,” and though we’d like to believe Miranda found that on tonight’s episode, we’re not so sure.
The 21-year-old reached out to Nev and Max about her online boyfriend, James, whom she met in 2011. At the time, James was going by “Cameryn,” but thanks to Miranda’s own sleuthing, she discovered his profile was fake and got him to give details about his (supposedly) real life. Still, Miranda had doubts and told the Internet detectives that if James lied once, he could very well be lying again. The truth seemed near when, after some expert coaxing, Max and Nev persuaded James to meet with Miranda in person, and the duo traveled with her from Minnesota to Georgia to finally get things sorted out.
But once they arrived in the state, James went radio silent. A flurry of text messages and calls to him went unanswered until, finally, he agreed via text to Skype. But when James logged onto the video chat tool, an 18-year-old girl named Gabby appeared instead. She wouldn’t give a straight answer about why she’d tricked Miranda, but insisted her feelings were sincere. Understandably, Miranda was humiliated. And her embarrassment grew the next day when, after agreeing to meet in a nearby park, Gabby was a no-show.
Without any answers, Miranda traveled back to Minnesota, defeated. Worse, her biggest fear would soon be realized: She’d have to hear “I told you so” from judgmental friends and family members until the cows came home.
But things certainly took an interesting turn during Miranda’s catch-up session when she told Nev and Max that she and Gabby stayed in touch — and were even flirting. Up until this point, Miranda had never given anyone reason to believe she wasn’t completely straight, and Max and Nev commended her for her openness and empathy.
Still, we have to admit that we’re a bit skeptical. Considering Miranda’s relentless fear of being teased by her family for being duped, is it possible that she was staying in touch with Gabby to save face? Or is she just plain lucky that her bond with Gabby superseded her anger of being deceived?
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