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Catfish Recap: “Anthony and Marq”

Frienemy RobertFrom left: Girl-who-didn’t-sign-a-release, Marq/Joshua?, Frienemy Robert

Anthony found Joshua “HeartThrob” online and realized either JHT was Marq’s doppelganger or Marq had been lying. When questioned, Marq says it’s a fake page and gets really angry about JHT stealing his pictures. Anthony doesn’t know if he should believe Robert because it turns out Robert hates Anthony, so there’s some hope that Marq is not lying. Sure.

JoshuaHeartThrobJoshua HeartThrob, whose page has all of Marq’s pictures on it (and 13,000+ likes)

After Nev and Max leave, Anthony breaks down crying and one of the show producers call them back inside. Anthony is really upset about all the lying and says he’s tired of all of it. It’s a really honest moment, but I totally can’t understand why Anthony hasn’t cut this shit off way before now. He seems like an intelligent guy and deserves way better than this even if Marq is Marq. Also, why is his bedroom so empty?

Anthony crying in his sparsely decorated bedroomSomeone send this poor boy a Pottery Barn catalog

Nev and Max go back to their cabin-like hotel (“The (cat)Fishin’ Hole”) and start their search. First they e-mail Joshua, who calls Nev on the phone almost immediately and obliges when they ask him to video chat.  Meet Joshua.

Joshua HeartThrobHeartThrob

Josh tell the guys that he’s familiar with the show, and that people steal his pictures all the time. Me too, Josh. Me too. Josh is a party promoter in Houston and he knows a lot of people and apparently they’re ripping off his identity left and right to become catfish. Weird! Josh records a message for Anthony saying he’s sorry he’s not the guy Anthony’s in love with and he hopes Anthony finds everything he’s looking for. I thought it was actually really sweet.

Next Nev and Max reverse lookup Marq’s cell phone number, which they find belongs to someone named Framel, also in Jackson, Mississippi (Miss-Iss…). Good heavens. Even with all the whacked out names of late, I haven’t a clue what “Marq”‘s mom was thinking when she named him…Framel. His name is Framel. I might pretend my name was Marq too. They find Framel’s MyLife page and when they click on the FB link it takes them to Marq’s FB page, so they’re pretty sure this Framel guy is “Marq.” Eventually they pinpoint Framel’s real identity by searching by his MyLife customized url, framel_300 or something like that, just in case any of you wanted pointers on online stalking. I’m already fairly good at it myself.

The unfortunately named Framel

That was so not Framel’s hand in a cast earlier. They find a video Framel posted online in which he talks about how much he loves himself all Jack Handey style, even his crazy hair and the gap in his teeth. Framel. If you love yourself as much as you claim why make up another identity? Also, that’s not just a “gap”; I’m pretty sure you’re actually missing a tooth. I’m so sad for Anthony.

Armed with all their findings, the guys head to Anthony’s house to pick him up and take him to…anyone know where they are?

Where are theyVFW hall? Homeless shelter? Revelation Station?

Nev opens with the video from Josh, which is obviously disturbing for Anthony. Once he’s processed the fact that Marq has definitely been stealing Josh’s identity, Nev shows him Framel’s Jack Handey video. Anthony loses it and they take a break. He’s really upset that he’s shared so much of himself when he was only being played. I don’t blame him, but I still wish he would have found all this out before sharing so much. After a commercial, Anthony is ready to confront Framel. Nev goes outside to call and set up a meeting. When Nev asks for Framel, Framel’s all “who?” Meanwhile Max is inside with an inconsolable Anthony. And let’s face it; sensitivity has never really been Max’s thing anyway. I hope Nev hurries.

Sad AnthonyMax: Are you tired?
Anthony: No I’m just so sad.
Max: Crap.

Framel tries to hastily hang up, but Nev tells him he’s been putting this off long enough and Framel finally ‘fesses to being Framel and agrees to meet. He says he loves Anthony and he hopes they can work through this. It’s not looking probable – Anthony is devastated. He heads to the airport with Max and Nev and they hit the road for Jackson.

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21 comments on “Catfish Recap: “Anthony and Marq”

  1. sarcasatire says:

    They’re not really a couple. But i love how everyone on the internet has declared Nev to be gay. I think it’s the tramp stamp. Anyway, Max has a girlfriend (damn!).

    • NouveauPoor NouveauPoor says:

      OMG I’m SO EMBARRASSED! I didn’t do any extra interwebs searching because the story was on an MTV blog. I thought the “evidence” was spotty at best given that it looks like a fake kiss but since the source was MTV…

      • Chicken Lips Chicken Lips says:

        Don’t feel bad – I thought it was true when I saw it too. Nev does say he was heartbroken when he found out Megan was really Angela and I thought maybe he was just done with women because a man would never do something like pretend to be someone else online.

        Oh, wait…

        Well, I still thought it was true.

        If Max has a girlfriend, I’ll bet she’s learned to never ask “Does this make me look fat?”

      • amberatkins says:

        Nev was on Jay Leno last night and mentioned his girlfriend several times, sort of intentionally. Maybe trying to gracefully dispel the rumors? lol

  2. sarcasatire says:

    It’s been a running joke that there is a ton of sexual tension between them.. so, I’ve always seen the show as having a b-plot, as in, “will they or won’t they”..much like Tony and Angela or Sam and Diane.

    • dqh257 says:

      Well, Tony and Angela and Sam and Diane both did, so…. maybe where there’s smoke there’s fire?

  3. queensmove queensmove says:

    I kind of find it funny that the show is now sponsored by MySpace.

    Maybe the entire show is now a set up of look how awful Facebook is. Come to Myspace no one will hook you into a 2 year sham relationship here.

  4. labowner says:

    You didn’t mention my favorite part NP, when Max steps on Nev’s new shoes. Don’t you hate it when people do that? Yes.

    Next week stupid gives out his bank account info. As PT Barnum said – there is a sucker born every minute.

    • NouveauPoor NouveauPoor says:

      Ha I almost did – as proof of their torrid love affair! I totally thought they were playing footsie! Ugh.

  5. queensmove queensmove says:

    Myspace is the Internet Explorer of social networking sites.

    (Here is to hoping I did the reply right. Somehow last time I did it ended up as a brand new comment.)

  6. amberatkins says:

    This was one of those episodes that had me wondering how many things they make the Catfish-ee sign promising not to beat the Catfish to death upon listening to their whiney excuses. Anthony obviously suspected/knew for a while that “Marq” wasn’t being truthful and watching all that pent up rage start to boil over was kind of painful. Here’s hoping Anthony meets a nice fella!

  7. Chaosbutterfly says:

    I liked Anthony alot. It says alot about his character that he would reach out to a stranger like that, especially when he himself was dealing with some shit at the time. I do hope that Anthony finds someone…he seems to be a lovely person and sure is a cute little chicken nugget.

    I started to feel sorry for Framel but then I remembered that he let Anthony purchase a round trip airplane ticket only to stand him up for two hours.
    And then to sit in the same restaurant, watching him as he stood him up, and ignoring the flood of texts and calls that came into his phone.
    Cold-blooded, Framel.

    I think I heard that Max is gay, but Nev is straight as far as I know. The picture was also hashtagged bromance, which clearly indicates a platonic friendship between to men that looks kind of gay to everyone else, so I don’t know wtf MTV was doing with that article. If it was supposed to be funny or tongue in cheek, they failed. It was just confusing.
    And if it was serious, they need to fire the intern who wrote it because what the fuck. These are MTV employees, and you can’t shoot off a quick internal email, like “hey guys just to confirm, are ya’ll together or no?” It’s not that hard. They are really cute together though…the stepping on the shoe scene was adorable.

    Nev was kind of hot when he got all stern and was like….now see here Framel enough of your lies and evasion. He should be more authoritative more often. It almost makes you forget about the tramp stamp.

  8. Lo says:

    Not only does Nev have a girlfriend, but Max is also married… to a woman.

  9. labowner says:

    Anthony what in the world were you thinking when you got a tattoo on your throat?

    • sarcasatire says:

      An of a dollar bill symbol!

      I love tattoos.. and men with tattoos, but I draw the line at forearm, neck, face, and hand tattoos.

      Unless the person has a career where that will never matter, I would hate to be with someone so limited in job prospects. Now, neck and fave tattoos are just tacky, no matter what one does for a living. Total dealbreakers.

  10. Roomom says:

    I didn’t watch this episode but in the commercials I thought the tattoo might be to cover a trache(?) surgical scar. Any chance of that? Like I said, I just saw it in passing

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