This week we start where we left off – in Shelby, NC. Nev and Max sit down to begin their next case but first Nev points out a spot Max missed shaving his face. Jeez, just make out already. Max reads a letter from Carmen in Cincinnati, OH. Her cousin Antwane has been talking to a guy named Tony for three years on the phone after meeting on a phone chat line. Who talks on phone chat lines? I have seen the commercials for the past 15 years for local singles, but seriously who calls these numbers? Especially now that we have the Internet. Antwane has never even seen a picture of Tony. Carmen Skypes with the guys and explains more about Antwane. The guys seem like they really like her right off the bat and compliment her scarf. She calls Antwane a drama queen and flamboyant, but he doesn’t do computers. So he’s more of a tablet guy? Wait- he actually doesn’t use the Internet at all? Is he developmentally disabled? How can a person under 70 not “do computers” in 2014? She says that Antwane deserves to know who Tony really is.
Carmen.. with a K?
The boys travel to Cincinnati and meet Carmen. Carmen is super excited to see Nev and Max. She inexplicably has a boxing bag, treadmill and elliptical in her family room. Most people are proud if they even own a yoga mat. Carmen isn’t most people though, and I feel like she probably purchased it in a set from QVC of HSN very late at night after tax return season. ANYWHO- We learn a little bit more about Antwane. Him and Carmen are more than cousins, they are best friends. He is just old fashioned and doesn’t know how to get on Google. Nax want to call a chat line and see how it works. Carmen seems well versed in chat lines and dials up a number. The group listens to a bachelor’s message and Carmen leaves her own message that she liked what she heard and to get back to her. She sweetens up her voice and Nev immediately calls out Carmen for using a fake voice. She says duh, everyone does. Back to Tony and Antwane. Carmen says she knows nothing about Tony and from what she heard Tony has been in town and didn’t even see Antwane. What gives?
The gang gets in the car to meet up with Antwane. Nev says his hunch is that Tony is already in Cincinnati, because why would someone travel to Cincinnati? Good regional burn Nev. Antwane answers the door at his apartment and he is the best. They tell Antwane his hair is amazing, and he says it’s Brazilian. He’s out of work (of course he’s out of work, who would hire someone who can’t use Google?) but sometimes he babysits and does hair, and he loves to cook. Carmen is concerned about Tony, but Antwane calls her a hater. He has amazing eyebrows. And eyes. Antwane says he loves Tony and cares for him. I love Antwane but he seems like he could be a very sad person.
Antwane says when he heard Tony’s deep ass voice Antwane was like hell yeah. Tony had a Cincinnati phone number but claims that he lives in Atlanta. Now Antwane only gets a phone call once a day from Tony from a private number because he is busy at his construction job. He doesn’t even know Tony’s last name but he has one message saved of Tony’s voice whispering sweet nothings to him. They can’t send pictures to each other because Antwane has an “Obama Phone”. It’s a Blackberry, LOL. Antwane says he trusts Tony more than Carmen, and she says that sucks. Someone‘s jealous.
So Nev and Max don’t have a Facebook account or image to Google. Luckily it seems that Antwane memorized the past Cincinnati phone number Tony used. I agree this guy is probably in Cincinnati already. No plane ride for Carmen and Antwane 🙁 The boys sit down to discuss their investigation and admit this whole thing could have taken place in 1990. Except for the whole meeting up with Carmen and investigation part. So I guess just the chatline and no pictures stuff. Nev types in the number for Tony into Spokeo. Nada. Then they Google the number. Diane Thomas pops up, she’s on Facebook and has a relative named Anthony Thomas with a listed address. Google Anthony Thomas. Mug shot from 2011 pops up. Jackpot. They think Tony may be in jail and that is the reason he doesn’t use this phone number anymore and his current phone number shows up as private. They decide to call the number and see if Tony picks up… but the number is disconnected. Nev says it’s not ridiculous to think that Tony is in a minimal security prison. What did he get arrested for???? Catfishing?? I think it might be a little ridiculous.
Nev asks Max if he wants to give Antwane a “ringy ding dong” Do your job Nev. They share the search results with Antwane and Carmen and go through the whole Diane Thomas bologna. They tell Antwane that when they Googled Anthony Thomas Cincinnati the first thing that popped up was this guy’s mug shot and he may be in jail. Antwane considers changing his phone number and says he’s scared. A sad song plays and Antwane just wants to leave this alone. Nev pokes and prods some more to keep Antwane signed on to this mission to thoroughly embarrass him some more. No looking back now Antwane.
The next day Tony hasn’t called Antwane but the boys meet up and plan to check out some local addresses. Nex has a list of list of three addresses provided by Spokeo. The first address is downtown, in the ghetto according to Antwane. They buzz some random apartments and ask for Tony. They confuse a bunch of people and don’t see a Thomas on the mailbox. They move on to a single family home with a POSTED NO TRESPASSING sign. Of course Nev knocks on the door in his Burberry coat. It is a woman named Diane but she doesn’t know a Tony Thomas at all. When they get back in the car they all say the bitch was hiding something. On to the third and final location. It appears that it could be an abandoned house. Really creepy music plays. The house looks like it’s been abandoned for months and the door is padlocked. Nev walks around back to a creepy shed and tries to open the door, as if the guy is hiding in the shed.
Good detective work Nev.
They say let’s get back in the car. Carmen says she doesn’t want to get back in the car. Then she announces the reason that Antwane will never find Tony is because SHE IS TONY!! OMG!! And then she says that he should have never called her a fat ass Kelly Price in front of people three years ago!!! Deal with it!! I have no idea who the hell Kelly Price is but I love it. Unlike Antwane I have the ability to use Google and quickly looked her up.
Hahah go team Antwane!
Antwane says that’s bullshit and freaks out. Nev pretends to shoo the cameras away so we can stay with Antwane while he freaks out some more. He wants to go home, change his number and forget this. Carmen says this is payback and this is so funny to her. She says Antwane has been talking about her to everyone. Max asks the obvious question, what voice are you using to talk to Antwane as Tony? She answers “Tony voice” in Tony voice and it is a very realistic and convincing man’s voice. She just pretended that she met him through the chat room. Every little thing that can humiliate someone, he has said to her. She knew that he used chat rooms and wanted to get back at him. Max says that he feels used and she just had a three year set up for this? Lame. Max gets defensive of his own internet detective time. They remember Antwane, and she says the purpose was to trick him, not to fall in love. Now re watching this episode there may have been a lot of warning signs that Carmen was the Catfish but I, like most normal people, didn’t assume this girl was pretending to be a different gender daily for three years to have a phone relationship with her COUSIN. Max calls her pathetic and Nev points out that Antwane might never want to talk to her again. But she would have still proved her point. Huh? Max tells her to get a ride with a producer and they shun her from the Catfish GoPro mobile.
The show switches shots between the two car rides. Antwane is really pissed still in the car with Mev while Carmen tells the producer Danielle that she’s feeling good, you gotta do what you gotta do. Even Danielle seems pissed at Carmen. Back at the hotel Antwane won’t let Nev and Max in his room so they head over to talk to Carmen again. They think she wanted to grab at catfish fame even though it might be negative and that they should talk to her as it the cameras weren’t rolling. Duh Max that is kind of supposed to be the point of reality TV. She said her story is she catfishes people and she’s proud of herself for doing a damn good job. She doesn’t need to provide a conclusion to how a person is. Preach! Nev gets mad at her for saying she’s proud of catfishing because he doesn’t think it is nice to want to make people feel like shit. She defends making people feel like shit and Nev basically makes fun of how she talks. Another producer calls timeout and says that they are sabotaging their own show and to cut it out. The producer, Nev and Max seem thrown off by Carmen’s confession to trick the show and Antwane for fun.She is obviously the best catfish so far for making them do this. I would have circled back around to the fact she faked a relationship with her cousin for three years. Did she have phone sex with him while pretending to be a guy?
Regroup. Max basically asks her why is 5 minutes worth of fame worth all this lying? It will be a small amount of fame for doing something bad. I am glad Nev stopped talking because Nev is an annoying sanctimonious prick who makes people famous for lying but then gets mad at people who want to be famous for lying. I think this may be why this is the second episode this season and neither catfish seems remorseful. Carmen is angry and tired. Me too. She admits she wants to be close to Antwane again. Finally she apologizes. I think just to end the bleeding. Those boys will not leave without an apology.
What did you guys think of this episode? I loved all the comments from last week. I totally agree that Cassandra’s excuse for her bad behavior was bullshit. I think this season does seem a little darker than the rest. It seems like the catfish are getting tired of giving reasons for doing what they have done. Carmen targeted her best friend and cousin for a few minutes on MTV and Cassandra bullied a bunch of people in a different state she didn’t even know for years. I wonder if this season will have any happy endings??
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