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Susan Money

Squeezed right out of the middle class, NouveauPoor is a former patent attorney in the throes of long-term unemployment. Disenfranchised by a corporate system that values sucking up and nepotism over true talent, she is currently writing and trying her hand at stand-up comedy, all while seemingly futilely sending out an average of 2.1 resumes a day. Yay economy. After 7 1/2 yrs living in sunny, fabulous Las Vegas, she and her 3 3/4 yo daughter MiniPoor are currently couch surfing with family in her home state of Michigan and trying to figure out how to get back to the desert. NP is eternally grateful to RonnieK, TrashTalkTV, and readers like you for the chance to branch out and make the world a happier place.
  • nolongerbre

    Wow, that was awesome. That is alll… oh wait, Free Vivi!

  • amberatkins

    Obviously fabricating a romance with a fake man is much easier!

  • Roomom


  • Talking your friend into using Norplant never crossed this chicks mind?

  • NouveauPoor

    Also that was my first TT reply, so thanks for helping me navigate that handy feature! I almost don’t love it; how will we ever know who has the 100th comment?!?

  • NouveauPoor

    I’ve always thought you were awesome, but for you to have actually typed out all of your overthinking here was the best. What you just wrote is sort of what goes on in my brain ALL THE TIME. Thanks for sharing so I know I’m not alone!

  • amberatkins

    Can you imagine if she has to be in the same room with ol’ Cousin Tony again? AWKWARD.

  • Chaosbutterfly

    So normally, this is when I get mad at the Catfish or at the victim, but in this one, it’s hard to really fault anyone. Obviously Cassie was really messed up after losing her father and Steve kind of saved her. It makes sense that she would not want to look him up or otherwise disturb the illusion….if you’re in the ocean during a storm and a life preserver floats down from the sky, you don’t pop a hole in it. So she gets a pass.
    And then what Gladys did was fucked up and crazy and kind of Single White Female but when she explained it, I understood, so she gets a pass too.

    And honestly, I think it really says alot about their relationship that she loves her friend enough to do something so utterly ridiculous.
    The only thing that makes me wonder about what is really going on with Gladys is the fact that she kept the relationship going for so long and let it get that far. When she saw Cassie safely back onto the correct path, that would have been the time to end it with Steve. Or convert it to a friendship…have Steve say that he’s gay. Have him die. Have him kidnap Vivi-Anne from Ohio and run away to the wilds of Guatemala that she may run free at last. Something!!
    Why maintain the relationship for two whole years and then go so far as to recruit your cousin to have phone sex with her?
    Was Gladys listening to the phone sex? Why didn’t she just say no to the phone sex? Who’s idea was the phone sex?
    When the marriage proposal came, why didn’t she come clean or end the Steve thing there? She ain’t see she was in too deep then?
    And why didn’t Tony be like no this is wrong? How did Gladys get him to do this?!
    Why didn’t Tony admit to Cassie that he was Steve and he liked her earlier? Maybe she would have been more open to dating him.
    Poor Tony. I agree he is the only legitimate victim in all this. Especially because on top of the embarrassment of being on this show, his shitty music was exposed all over MTV for the world to hear.

    I think what I’m going to like most about this season is the way that Max is clearly over it. At this point, I think he still does Catfish just to entertain himself. He was calling Steve a liar the second he read the first line of the email. Not even trying to pretend like it’s possible in some alternate reality for the dude to be who he says he is. Meanwhile Nev is over here doing mental acrobatics trying to convince himself that the situation was at all plausible.

  • MissKris

    I still can’t believe that none of these people are doing their own research before contacting Nev. I have a friend who started an online relationship through Facebook, just like these people, and started getting suspicious, just like these people. She gave me his name and within 10 minutes I had him pegged as a fake complete with proof and the names of the people involved.

  • queensmove

    I google image searched myself the other day. I’m a little upset no one has stolen my likeness yet.

  • cub

    i read that mtv will not go ahead with your story unless the “catfish” agrees to be filmed. that makes sense to me because no one ever says no to meeting up or makes up an excuse that they can’t meet or just doesn’t answer the door (i can see myself pulling this cowardly move). so, i want to know, given that…is everyone reacting a second time for the camera? are just nev, max and the “liar” aware before filming? does anyone know?

    as for this episode, i loved when nev or max (i forgot which one) made a comment about how surprising it is that people are still being fooled after last season.

  • Chicken Lips

    Thank you for ‘capping this one! I love this show. On one hand I feel bad for the ones where it isn’t real, and on the other I don’t feel bad at all because they are so stupid for having a relationship without ever meeting and then airing it on MTV.

    I do agree – I felt really bad for her because it was her best friend. Ol’ Gladys should have fessed up. Her heart was in the right place, but what an idiot – she got a separate iPhone for “Steve” – save your money to get Tony some music lessons, baby!

  • classy drunk

    Some times I am sad for the girls then some times I am not. In this instance I was because it was her friend and she probably told “Steve” some thing that she didn’t need her girlfriend to know. I mean who wants their girlfriend to know what they wrote in a dirty text to their boyfriend.

    I get Cassie’s motives but as you said when Gladys wanted to involve MTV, Cassie should have come clean. But Cassie probably felt she was in too deep and the only way to get out of it was to let MTV out her.