After five seasons and three spin-offs, TLC might finally have its first 90 Day Fiancé catfish! Fans were introduced to Ricky and his Colombian girlfriend Melissa during the Season 2 premiere of 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days — well, Ricky was the only one to actually appear in the episode — and fans are living for their storyline because all signs seem to point to Melissa being a catfish, which would suck for Ricky but it would be great for reality TV drama.
Ricky is a 33-year-old photographer and videographer from Columbus, OH. In his intro, Ricky said that he's had "bad luck" with relationships in the past, and he has been married twice and is also a father to two children. But that didn't stop Ricky from continuing to look for love — and he thinks he found it online with a woman from Colombia named Melissa.
But Ricky's friends aren't so convinced and they raised a few red flags about this new relationship: Ricky is not technically divorced yet from his second wife, Ricky has been sending Melissa money every week even though she told him she works as a nurse, and Melissa doesn't respond to him when they FaceTime or Skype which is one of the oldest tricks in the catfish book.
For fans who also follow the MTV series Catfish, hosts Nev Schulman and Max Joseph often point out that if someone is a catfish (a person who pretends to be someone else on the internet and hooks unsuspecting strangers into online relationships) then they wouldn't want to video chat because they would be immediately caught. But if the catfish doesn't agree to speak on the phone or does agree to video chat and they don't speak, that is almost always a sign that they are not the gender that they say they are.
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But it seems like Ricky is too smitten with Melissa to listen to his friends, and he even booked a flight to Colombia to finally meet her in person — and he bought an engagement ring because he was hoping to propose to Melissa at some point during his trip.
"I'm traveling halfway across the globe to meet a woman that I met online. Yes, it is crazy," Ricky admitted. "But this could be the love of my life." Fans are going to have to tune in to the rest of the season to find out how this story ends up.
90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on TLC.