Catfish: The Reunion Show host SuChin Pak got to the hard stuff right off the bat when MTV rounded up the subjects and hosts from your favorite addicting reality series about online relationships for an update following the Season 1 finale.
Her very first question for everyone's favorite BFFs/Internet dating experts Nev Schulman and Max Joseph: Are you guys a couple? Nev and Max, always game to poke fun at their own expense, copped to their coupledom, but not in the way you wanted. They're a couple of filmmakers. Get it?!
They also chatted about Manti Te'o and the Saturday Night Live spoof of their show (not enough chest hair, say Nev and Max) before getting to the good stuff: catching up with our favorite couples and seeing what happened after they met face to face.
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Let's go through them one by one:
Sunny and Chelsea: These two sat very far away from each other, and though Chelsea looked noticeably happier and more comfortable in her skin, Sunny seemed just as angry as she was when she finally met "Jamison" face to face. Over the year and a half since their episode was filmed, Chelsea became comfortable with her sexuality and started working with bullied kids online, while Sunny got made fun of by her sister and seemed to hold a grudge.
Jasmine and Mhissy: The animosity between the girls was palpable. Not only did they sit far away from each other, Nev and Max acted as human barriers between them. Jasmine was still clearly extremely upset at the situation, and said a proper apology from Mhissy wouldn't change anything. Things got so heated that Max, ever the voice of reason, had to step in with a "Mhissy, chill out." As exciting as it was to see them reunited, it's clear Jasmine and Mhissy should never be in the same room together again.
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Trina and Lee: In a somewhat happy ending, Trina and Lee have remained friends and speak every now and then — not every day like they once did, though. MTV got the real Scorpio on the phone to flirt with Trina before she told everyone that she's filming her own reality show for all her "fans" to see what her life is like. She was engaging, but does she really have so many fans? It's unclear what the reality show will document or what it's for, but there you go.
Joe and Rose: This was one of the craziest stories, and it's clear there's more to it than what we've seen. Rose revealed that she was actually catfished herself when she was younger, and was angry that Joe came off as a country bumpkin on the show when she insisted he wasn't. She didn't elaborate any further, though, only angrily informed everyone that Joe was arrested after filming, although for something unrelated to Catfish.
Matt and Kim: Thankfully, we ended on a happy note. Matt and Kim are still BFFs who talk daily, and they're both in committed romantic relationships ... with other people. Matt has lost 200 pounds since the show. At least we had one legitimately happy ending!
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James and Rico caught up with Nev and Max via Skype to crush our hearts and tell us that they're not dating anymore. They're still really good friends, though, and talk frequently — even about the dudes they are dating. Hooray? Jarrod and Melissa also did a Skype check-in, and informed us that they're still friends too. It was kind of heartwarming, really, to hear them talk about their friendship. Bonus: Jarrod's band is getting way more gigs because of the Catfish thing.
Noticeably absent: Kaya and Dani, Rod and Ebony, and to a lesser extent, Tyler and Aaron and Mike and Felicia. Why weren't they there, or at least why didn't they Skype in? Kaya and Dani had one of the first legitimately shocking episodes that ended better than anyone could've expected. It would've been nice to know if they're still together, or at least friends.
What did you think of the Catfish reunion? Will you tune in for Season 2? Are you surprised that some people are still friends and some aren't?
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If you're starting a relationship on the Internet, it's pretty much guaranteed there will be at least one lie involved. Of course, the spectrum of those lies can vary — using an older, 15 pounds lighter photo is a little more acceptable than making up an entire persona. But what if those lies fall somewhere in the middle? A different job isn't quite as bad as using someone else's pictures and a fake name.When Mike finally met Felicia in the Season 1 finale of MTV's Catfish(on a porch somewhere in the South, obviously), the mystery wasn't quite as exciting as previous episodes. Nev and Max had found out that Felicia was almost who she claimed to be, she was just lying about a few small — but key — facts.
But despite the fact that Mike knew he was flying to another state to meet a person who had lied to him, he was still incredibly excited to meet Felicia. He was obviously totally into her, and wanted to let her explain what she'd been untruthful about rather than believe what Nev and Max told him.
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Of course, when Felicia finally admitted her biggest lie — she doesn't live in New Jersey, she lives in Orlando — it was a little anticlimactic, considering Mike, Nev, and Max had already flown down from New Jersey to Florida. She was also lying about owning a boutique, which seemed like a bigger lie than the Orlando thing, but whatever.
Mike was mostly upset that Felicia had lied to him because he was still hurting after a bad breakup, but here's the biggest issue: Lying was "a bad frikkin' habit," Felicia admitted, but she'd lied even worse in the past. She had hardcore catfished people since she was 14 (as opposed to this milder version), and because these lies were so minor, she didn't seem to understand why Mike was so upset. Uh, probably because lying is crappy? Try not to do it. You might have an easier time interacting with people.
Like many catfishers, Felicia seemed to have a troubled childhood and a difficult relationship with her parents. Catfishing was an escape, but this time things were different — she'd used her real pictures and real personality when she started talking to Mike. Maybe that's why she seemed so hurt when Mike wasn't sure about their relationship after she revealed her lies.
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This was the season finale, but there were no crazy, scream-at-your-TV-screen moments. Detective Nev and his carpal tunnel brace had pretty much figured everything out before the in-person meeting, and out of all the lies on this show, Felicia's were among the least offensive. MTV had to have saved this episode for last for a good reason, so the only possible outcome was that Mike and Felicia actually got together and are living happy lives. Right?
Right. It was a happy ending after all, though it probably would've been happiest if Felicia hadn't lied at all. But that probably would've been kind of boring, too — aren't the OMG moments part of the reason we all love this show so much?
What did you think of the finale? Meh or interesting? Can you even contain your excitement for the reunion next week?
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