This week’s episode we finally get a happy lukewarm ending and it is super boring. Instead of the delicious deception we are normally treated to each week, this episode is dripping with gross embedded marketing for an awful tween rapper. There are things we can always count on with Catfish though, including travel montages dubbed with hipster music and watching Max schlep a bunch of cameras around for no reason. Let’s get into it!
This week Max and Nev are investigating a budding Instagram love affair between a very pretty girl named Antoinette and a young rapper named T-Lights. T-Lights is a really bad rap name. I mean, how can you name yourself after a tiny candle? Antoinette wrote to the guys for their help. She is really into social networking and even has close to 15K followers on Instagram. She met T-Lights on Insta and they have been talking ever since. Before the guys even Skype with Antoinette they learn that T-Lights always has a bad wifi connection or low cell phone battery when Antoinette wants to video chat. Antoinette says T-Lights has never been able to prove that it is him and she has doubts about this guy. Nev and Max think “rapper” is already a red flag. “It’s never a ukulele player!” I think they are using the term “rapper” loosely here…
Off to Dallas! Hipster travel montage No. 1. The guys check out Antoinette’s Instagram page on the flight to Texas. She has a lot of gym poses and going out shots. They think she is a selfie girl and may not be attracting guys who like the real her by putting all these hot pictures out there on the Internet. Well, guys aren’t cruising the web for Book Club suggestions so what do they expect? When they get to Dallas they go straight her to job. She works at a bar called Redneck Heaven – if it looks familiar that is because they film Big Tips Texas at Redneck Heaven by the Airport. We meet Lauren, Antoinette’s waitress friend. Last year Lauren and Antoinette tried to meet up with T-Lights on Spring Break but he became an asshole right before they were supposed to meet so they bagged the plans. Wow, what a catch. Max and Nev state the obvious; she isn’t their typical Vampire Chat Room girl looking for friends in the dark corners of the Internet with the handle 2fat2cry. She’s pretty. Super pretty. Well, she says, she’s from a small town and T-Lights is just someone outside that town that she doesn’t know very well and that excites her.
Antoinette’s crazy dream scenario is to live in with T-Lights on the beach in California. This is even crazier when we learn he lives in Florida, not California. She plays a voicemail from T-Lights. Antoinette said they exchanged numbers over Kik Messenger after talking on Instagram. Max immediately calls that out as a chance for someone to step in and pretend to be him over Kik. They check out his Instagram page and Max calls him a more manly version of Justin Bieber. There is a Techno Tuesday concert in TWO DAYS. So what are the red flags? He refuses to video chat because he’s always in the studio. He also sends her screenshots while lurking her Instagram account and tells her how great she looks.
A shot of the camera recording the girl in the camera shot.
Max entered the bar with one camera and left with another….
Investigation time! Back in the hotel room, Max and Nev agree this guy shares a lot of media content online for a guy who can’t video chat or send Antoinette a three second video. I think this show is sharing a lot of music videos for two guys who won’t learn anything about his potential relationship with Antoinette from watching these videos. They Google his real name, Albert. T-Lights is a pretty bad rap name, but Albert is definitely worse. They think his voice sounds like the voicemail that Antoinette played for them at Redneck Heaven. Obviously the next step was to look up the phone number that Antoinette has been talking to all this time. It appears to be registered to T-Lights mom’s, but they think she may be talking with Albert’s married brother Joseph. They call his manager Luke. Luke says that is not T-Lights number. And also Joseph helps out with T-Lights Instagram stuff. “Their voices are definitely alike”. Nail in the coffin.
Married older brother Joseph and aspiring rapper T-Lights. Please be Joseph!!
The guys take a break from their investigation to judge Antoinette some more. They watch a video of Antoinette twerking and Nev asks, “why would she post that?” Hey, it worked for Jen Selter. They head to Antoinette’s house to meet with her Dad and share what they have learned so far. The father is just happy she is taking the camera crew to meet up with the random dude from the Internet she met instead of going alone. I agree with that. Max and Nev share what they learned with Antoinette from the Internets and Luke. Then give her two options; we try and call that number you gave us for T-Lights, or we fly down to Techno Tuesday to face the situation head on!! Off to Florida!
Hipster travel montage No. 2. In Boca Raton, they head to the Springhill Suites to check on the nervous Antoinette. All dressed up they head to da club. The plan is to to act super inconspicuous (with the camera crew) and watch the show from the back of the club, then approach T-Lights afterwards. There are so many people at the club that Antoinette is “triple nervous”. The club is in a strip mall and looks like some teen club that only serves soda and is run by moms on the PTA. They try and find T-Lights after his show and he is already in the parking lot. Nev goes over to talk to them for what feels like forever. Max and Antoinette found a nice spot to watch from behind a shrub while he tries to goad her into walking over to the group of guys. It really feels like she may just be a crazed fan at this point. Finally Nev comes back and says that Albert said he has been talking to Antoinette this whole time. She is thrilled and goes over to give Albert a hug. They agree they both look like their pictures and share a special banter over social media through the use of emojis. Yea, Albert, because sending emojis is super personal and impossible to imitate. Albert probably thinks that she is hotter than most groupies and this is a great hour long spot on MTV. No band has had an hour dedicated to them on MTV since
2001 T-Lights was born.
The next day Max, Nev and Antoinette show up to a home with a recording studio in Miami, Florida. T-Lights performs an acoustic song for the gang. Antoinette and T-Lights go outside to talk alone. They are both super awkward and share a middle school kiss.
A month later…
They check in with Antoinette and she doesn’t post provocative things anymore, and her and T-Lights aren’t really dating. Checking in with
Albert T-Lights, he wants to release The Twenty’s album this summer and thought it was fun to hang out with Antoinette. His band was trending on Twitter during this episode of Catfish and his manager Luke is probably pumped.
Antoinette and Albert decided not to pursue a relationship because of the distance… And you know the band already got all the free press they could from MTV. This seemed like obvious promotion of T-Lights and The Twenty’s, we saw like 5 performances in the hour of the show. And Antoinette should be looking for some sort of modeling gig to replace her bartender job in Texas. All and all I thought this episode was pretty boring. I miss Antwane and fat ass Kelly Price….
What did you guys think of this episode? I loved all the comments from last week. Also, there was a great story on Vulture this week about making Catfish. The producers know what is up from the get go, but they keep Max and Nev in the dark. The investigation between Max and Nev can take almost 10 hours and they edit it down for the show. I really want to see more of that. I feel like they probably want to call a lot of random phone numbers and message people and the producers having to be like “getting colder…..ice cold.. seriously, don’t call that person..”.
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