Hello Trashtalkers! This week’s episode of Catfish was almost decent! The story between Miranda and Cameryn/James/ Gabby seemed very real but it was missing a lot of kinda important things. Like the whole meeting up part. I think this was the first time the people NEVER MET IN PERSON. I was excited right from the start when we saw Miranda crying in the woods saying “she text me saying sorry again”.
Anyway, let me back up. This week Max and Nev read an email from a girl named Miranda that says “I have been in love with two guys.. but it’s the same guy”. Miranda fell in love with a guy named Cameryn, from Santa Monica, California. That name and location already seem pretty fishy to me. She actually traveled to California to try and meet up but he bailed on her. She figured out the pictures of Cameryn also belonged to someone else on the internet named Josh. Turns out Cameryn was full of LIES .So they stopped talking.
THEN Miranda says she went through some hard times and a lot of her friends deserted her. She needed a friend so she reached back out to Cameryn. I reallllly wish she would elaborate on the circumstances that lead her back to the fake online profile person that lied to her about where they live and what they look like. Anyway she gets Cameryn to reveal that he is really James, a guy that lives in Atlanta not Los Angeles. Miranda loved Cameryn in Santa Monica but now she seems pretty down with James in Atlanta. They constantly show a picture of James with a monkey on his back…
I like Miranda, she seems really sweet. But getting duped by someone online and continuing to pursue them seems like a really dumb idea. I think she should just go to a Renaissance Fair and meet some nice people there. She is wearing a Game of Thrones headband.
Nev and Max enjoy some hotel cookies before starting the INVESTIGATION. Max says they know it won’t take long because they KNOW something is up. Duh. We learn that Max hates it when Nev touches him and that there are basically three options for Miranda’s mystery boy toy:
1) A guy named James BEEP located in Georgia they found on Facebook.
2) Another guy named James BEEP that is sex offender that is currently incarcerated that they found on Google – interesting but Nev points out, as we all know from Orange is the New Black, you don’t get countless hours to be texting and calling people from prison.
3) Asian dude that came up from a Spokeo reverse phone number search named Hang BEEPS.
They met up with Miranda to discuss strategy. I think it is to call James to meet up in Georgia but it takes us a while to get there. First we meet Miranda’s little sister, Jordan and her best friend, Logan. They’re cool so she invites them to talk about what the investigation revealed. Then Nev and Max go through all the options they found during their investigation. They breeze through the first James they found on Facebook to to focus on the sex offender… None of them seemed thrilled by the possibly of Miranda chatting with a convict. Or the option of the Asian dude for that matter.
So Nev gets James on the phone and James says that he does want to meet up. But you know he’s busy with a lot of stuff right now and doesn’t seem too confident about the whole thing…. Typical.Nev basically issues James an ultimatum to meet or give up on Miranda and they agree to meet up in Atlanta that weekend.
Hipster travel montage to Georgia!! The next day no one has talked to James. It’s radio silence until 2PM…. and he agrees to Skype.. but without Miranda. Even Nev is fed up after sitting for hours in a crappy Marietta hotel room waiting for James so he tells Miranda to just stand to the side of the webcam.
It’s an 18 year old girl named Gabby. Miranda starts to cry. Gabby says that she is James/Cameryn (LOL Titanic) and wanted to meet up today but her family was totally against it. She says she considers Miranda to be her best friend, maybe more and doesn’t want to lose their relationship. Miranda sits down to talk and Gabby looses her glasses and tells Miranda that she is very beautiful. Gabby got game. Miranda STILL wants to meet Gabby and they agree to talk in the park the next day.
Not surprisingly, Gabby goes MIA again and Miranda cries again. What did she expect? This is like the millionth time that this person has stood her up.
A month later we hear from Gabby and Miranda over Skype. They are still talking and flirting back and forth. In fact, Gabby is planning a visit to Miranda (!!!). Miranda is cool and says you can’t control who you love and wants to see where things go with Gabby. She may be a pushover but Miranda seems like a really good person. And I think she is going to get it on with Gabby.
I really wish that we got to meet Gabby in person and hear more about her family issues. If it is about coming out of the closet or exploring her sexuality, her family is going to see this episode. It just seemed odd. Maybe she is using it as a catalyst for a big family talk at this years July 4th family BBQ.
Overall I think that MTV missed a huge opportunity by not exploring Miranda’s troubles and the family issues that prevented Gabby from meeting Miranda. But the biggest missed opportunity would have been to supply these girls with booze and let them get to know each other without the cameras present. They would have left that Hilton Garden Inn in Marietta smiling and holding hands!! Happier than Piper and Alex from Orange is the New Black. Like I said, Gabby got game and Miranda was down with the swirl.
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