Maya Angelou once said, "When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time." Still, as we learned on tonight's "Catfish" episode, there are points at which we can't help but take a second look.
As part of MTV's latest foray into the mysterious world of digital dating, Nev Schulman and Alex Shaffer, who acted as a surrogate Max Joseph in the filmmaker's absence, made their ways to North Carolina to lend a hand to a 28-year-old woman named Chitara, who was wrapped up in a relationship with a woman named Priscilla. The two had met on a site called MocoSpace, and Priscilla made such an impression on Chitara that Chitara finally felt compelled to come out to her family and friends as bisexual. The two commonly lulled each other to sleep with lengthy nighttime phone chats.
For all the emotions Priscilla stirred in Chitara, though, she proved to be a real heartbreaker, and just a month before Chitara met Nev -- and seemingly out of the blue -- Priscilla broke things off with Chitara, saying she'd found love with a man and requesting Chitara not reach out to her again. Chitara, understandably, was devastated. And there was part of her that considered washing her hands of the relationship and backing off, but her need for answers spoke more powerfully, and so, though it took some convincing from Nev, Priscilla agreed to meet Chitara to figure out once and for all where the formerly inseparable couple stood.
"Once I care, I will always care," Chitara lamented on the drive from Durham to Greensboro.
Upon arrival at an address Priscilla had identified as hers, an 18-year-old named Ashanti met the group and confessed to creating the fake "Priscilla" profile, one of many she'd dreamed up over five years of scheming. Ashanti chided Chitara for not taking the hint to move on and for continuing to fight for something that Ashanti had tried to kill. But Chitara wasn't ready to accept blame for being duped and insisted that if Ashanti had never decisively explained her scheme, there was no way for Chitara to know -- concretely -- that it was time to stop trying to fix what was broken.
"The only thing you had to do was be honest with me," Chitara spat through embarrassment. "This sh** that you're doing is a dangerous game."
From the outside looking in, it might have seemed clear that Chitara was fighting a losing battle and that she should have just accepted the breakup when it came, but no relationship is perfect, and sometimes, you've gotta fight through the storm to get to calm waters. So, considering the story of Chitara and Priscilla -- and judging from your own history of romance woes -- when do you think it's time to give up on love, and when should you keep fighting to get back on solid ground? Tell us what you think, and be sure to tune in for an all-new "Catfish" episode next Wednesday at 10/9c!