I am a few episodes behind on this Catfish Recap. It’s the last thing I recap each week so on busy weeks it gets left behind. But I always catch up for my Catfish crew!
This one starts off interesting. Savenia wrote in first about a guy named Dylan she has been talking to online for the last five years. She lives in Rochester NY and is 17 years old. So she has been in an online relationship since she was 12? Red flag. Does she not have parents? She says he always wants to video chat but she is not ready to let her see who she really is because she is not the person he thinks she is. She says she guesses that makes her a catfish.
Well this not something we see every week. The catfish admitting being a catfish right up front. She really does care about him and wants them to facilitate a meeting. But her email bounced and she left no contact information. So that email got discarded months ago. But because her name was so unusual (not really for this show) someone on the staff remembered her.
So when Dylan wrote in, they forwarded her email to Nev and Max. Dylan is 19 and from Roanoke, Virginia. They talk everyday. He has suspicions but he wants to meet her anyway because she is the love of his life. Dylan has lived in Lynchburg, Virginia and Nashville, Tennessee. This is important because the boys asked him about it out of the blue. So it is someone he knew when the two first met on Facebook. A classmate or neighbor perhaps that Savenia looked up on Facebook. Twelve year olds often use a nice name when they have a grownup sounding name.
So this is a good start. His mother is a former addict who has been in and out of jail all his life. I would say it is his mother, but she was in prison. So it is probably like an aunt or someone who has been keeping tabs on him for his mother. That’s going to be awkward. They have talked on the phone. She claims to be a model. Oh wait. I just went back and listened again. It is the mother because he says he meet Savenia about the same time he met his mother when she got out of jail. This is going to be a very uncomfortable episode. Do I still have to watch?
Everyone Is Headed To California
Apparently, Nev’s wife has said he has to limit his flying around the country filming now that they have a newborn. So it looks like they are going to fly both of these people to California. This totally ruins the whole show because we don’t get to see where they live or what kind of couches they get. Now some idiot with an AirBnB in LA gets new furniture. Sigh.
Also, Max used to at least hint at the obvious on this show and now they both just mutter things like, “this is going to end badly for this kid.” This one was too easy.
Dylan’s AirBnb isn’t the greatest but I guess it is what you get in LA when all you are offering is a freshly painted room or two and a new couch. It actually is pretty cool once you get inside, but the first thing I saw was a light fixture with worms hanging off it.
The first thing Nev asked is about Dylan’s dad raising him. Why would they ask that unless they know. I miss the days when Nev and Max weren’t told everything. Apparently, his mother ran off with him and his brother and his father had to track them down. They were found living in a car in filth. The father got full custody and brought them back home. So he met his mom when he was 14, the exact same time he met Savenia. Oh wait, he says she went back to jail and got on drugs. Maybe she was just in jail for a short time.
Is The Catfish his Mom?
FINALLY Max asks if there is any chance that his mom is really Savenia. Thank you Max. Thank you. Dylan says she would not go to that much trouble.
Dylan says that Savenia is a model who works at a Pizza Hut. She has family in Roanoke. He has not ever Googled her. He wants to marry her and live in Roanoke. The photos of Savenia looks like the ones you get in an empty photo frame. His mom could have had another child, a daughter after his dad took him back. He said he was in diapers when the police found him. It could be a sister, but wouldn’t the mom have told him he had a sister when they met the first time?
Time for the boys to do their incredibly simple Internet search. The social media seems to check out. The phone number shows nothing. They talk to one of Savenia’s Internet friends who she went to high school and middle school with. Savenia has an older sister named Riley who is 23. Unless Riley is a step sister, this puts a hole in my plan. But I am still sticking with Savenia being a sister at this point. The Internet friend says that Riley has mentioned a guy named Dylan that she is dating or whatever.
Is The Catfish His Sister?
Also, Riley’s phone number is the one that Savenia is using. So maybe Riley has been talking to Dylan? Or Riley, who has no photos on her Facebook is really the mom? I am so confused. If Riley is the mom, maybe Savenia doesn’t want her friends to know she is adopted because her mom was on drugs. So all the friends know is that Riley is her 23-year-old sister they have never met. Or something. Savenia seems to be Savenia, but Riley is not Riley.
The boys meet up with Dylan to give him the news. So Nev makes the call to Riley’s number to talk to Savenia. She does the usual reluctant thing before agreeing to fly to California.
Sidenote: Why haven’t the boys asked the kid what his mother’s name is?
The woman is miraculous able to fly out the same day the called and arrived later that night. So the next day, production picks her up to bring to the AirBnB. Weird shit happens in these AirBnB’s y’all. We finally see the living room where they got a khaki green suede sofa and a love seat with matching drapes. They scored! This is my favorite staging yet!
Y’all I looked EVERYWHERE for a shot of the green suede couches and could not find one. In the meant time, I did find a new read leather one for my house! The producer texts that she just picked “them” up and are 15 minutes away. So it will be Savenia and “Riley” mother and daughter.
But at least at first, no “them” arrives. It’s Savenia! They have a huge tearful hug! Savenia is beautiful, but she does have some big teeth. Wait. It’s really going to turn out to be her? She’s not going to be his sister? She says the big secret is that she photoshops her pictures and is not as pretty as he thinks? REALLY? You got me, Catfish! She says she is a giant because she is really tall. She really does model! And, she really does love Dylan! This never happens!
She had a rough patch when she was 15 with depression and she was in in-patient treatment for a couple of weeks. That is when they grew close. Her parents want to move to Delaware. She is thinking about the Coast Guard but if that doesn’t work out she wants to move to Virginia and try community college down there.
And They Lived Happily Ever After
Shockingly, she did not get in the Coast Guard. They are in love and living happily ever after in Virginia.
It looks like the next few episodes will be specials. Which is good because I have already recapped all of those episodes. So it’s eight weeks of lots of MTV sending new folks my way for Catfish Recaps. I’ll see you guys on the next new real episode. Or in comments here if I have things to say for the next few episodes. Who knows, I might change my mind post about the rehash posts. But probably not. My schedule is super tight. Thanks for hanging around Catfish folks! Y’all are like my little secret gang here at TT.