Did 'Catfish' Gossip Girl Cassandra Deserve Compassion?


Love is blind, and on tonight's "Catfish" Season 3 premiere, a 24-year-old Pennsylvania resident named Craig found it in a verifiable cyberbully. "Zoe," whom Craig had met online through his sister and friends, started off sugary sweet, and exchanged "I love yous" with Craig within a couple of months, but soon, she tore her crush's circle of friends apart by publicly harassing them on Facebook. Even though Craig was aware of how cruel his Internet girlfriend had become, he couldn't let go.

Craig's sister, Miriah, told Nev and Max that when Zoe got jealous after seeing photos of Craig's female friends on his Facebook account, she degraded them online, and when Max and Nev saw the damage Zoe had done, and how Craig's friends had turned against each other in the process, they were determined to figure her out.


After some intense research, the Internet detectives discovered that Zoe was very likely a young woman named Cassandra, whose hometown, phone number and Facebook path matched Zoe's. Nev phoned up Craig's virtual love to arrange a meeting time, but she suddenly stopped answering her phone. Undeterred, he, Max, Craig and Miriah decided to travel to her house in North Carolina to confront her.

As soon as Cassandra saw the group in her driveway, she knew she'd been outed, but made no apologies for her behavior. She said she strung Craig, Miriah and their friends along for fun, and her smile looked downright evil. It wasn't until a day later, when everyone met again, that Cassandra finally broke down and explained how she'd been projecting her own hurt from being bullied herself to help her cope. It had gotten so bad that she'd even had thoughts of suicide.

"I sit here and try to act all tough," Cassandra said through tears, until she could only muster a whisper. "But it's not me."

When Craig felt like he couldn't get through to Cassandra, and was just beating his head against the wall, he finally just let things go, but didn't explicitly forgive her. Did Cassandra deserve compassion and forgiveness, or did her moment of honesty come too late?