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.
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?
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.
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.
Framel lives in kind of a busted up neighborhood “in Timbuktu” as Anthony puts it. When they get to his house they head…into the garage. That’s different. Framel doesn’t even invite them in; they have it out in the garage.
Anthony can’t even look at him. Framel says he loves Anthony as a partner and he never intended for anyone to get hurt. He says he would take it back if he could.
Anthony asks Framel if he was in the restaurant last Thanksgiving. He was! He couldn’t handle outing himself to Anthony so he left. Max asks Framel if he lies a lot in his real life, or if he restricts his stories to the interwebs. Framel says that he actually sees himself as Marq – a fictional character with Joshua’s physical attributes and Framel’s personality. Holy crazypants. He must be really shocked every time he looks in a mirror.
Anthony says his peace/piece, lamenting that he allowed Framel to make a fool of him to his friends, his family, and most of all to himself. Then he jets. “I don’t have nothin’ to say.” Framel is upset, claiming to love Anthony and that he knows how much he’s screwed up. The next day Nev, Max and Anthony head back to Framel’s. He invites them in this time, and he’s brought backup in the form of two hag friends whose only purpose in being there is to get on tv.
They knew about Anthony pretty early on, but didn’t find out for a while about the whole “Marq” thing. Anthony and Framel start yelling at each other and it’s about to come to fisticuffs when Anthony walks out. Nev follows him, leaving Max awkwardly alone with Framel and his friends. Eventually Anthony comes back inside. He apologizes for “disrespecting your mother’s house” and I just really like this guy and hope he finds someone who makes him so happy. He’s respectful and attractive and has a decent attitude for someone who’s been through so much. He also apologizes for not listening and gives Framel the floor.
Framel says he’s going to try his hardest to win Anthony over because he loves him. He also says he doesn’t want Anthony going through life never trusting anyone because of this. He says he’s willing to answer any questions. Nev puts it best: “Who are you?” Framel pulls out his baby book and tells us about his life. He got into some kind of an accident when he was 12 that required multiple surgeries and led to a big weight gain as he struggled to recover. Throw in being gay in a religious family and Framel developed a deep self-loathing that led to his alter-ego creation. He says that while the pictures weren’t him, everything else was real and that he really needs Anthony to forgive him.
Anthony does forgive Framel and they hug before our crew heads out. Two months later, Nev and Max videochat with Anthony who says he’s put his romantic life on hold while he recovers from the breakup. Every time he misses “Marq” he remembers how angry he was when he found out the truth. Then they talk to Framel, who has deactivated his “Marq” page and claims to be only Framel online now. He says he was always so concerned about how people would feel about the real him, but that seeing what he had done to Anthony gave him the wherewithal to put himself, his real self, out there anyway…and he’s already met someone! Anthony and Framel haven’t spoken since the big reveal, but Framel hopes one day they can reconnect and have a meaningful friendship. Good luck with that.