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On last week’s episode of Glee we were left hanging as Ryder realized that he might not be chatting with the blonde hair blue-eyed girl he thought he was. So, who could it possibly be? We break it down into five different people Ryder may actually be chatting with online!

Last week on Glee, Ryder was very clearly excited about an online conversation that was happening between him and iChat user katie_xoxo. However, by the end of the episode it was revealed that maybe Katie isn’t exactly the person we thought she was. When Ryder asked her if they could meet, we heard some keyboard typing going on in the background (see person 3 below) and an immediate logout and no goodbye from our friend Katie. For those who have seen the movie or new hit MTV series “Catfish” you probably recognize this storyline: chatting and creating a relationship with someone online without ever actually meeting them only to find out they’re not the person they represent themselves to be. There’s a lesson of acceptance in there somewhere (love the person, not their looks) but for the most part we’re all in agreement that this is actually just really creepy, right?

So, with all of our calculations and Glee’s ability to tell us what’s going to happen in a plot several episodes before it comes to light, we’ve deduced that the person with whom Ryder is chatting is one (or more) of the following people (in no particular order):

Catfish No.1 – The Librarian


Yes, don’t rule out pedophilia here, folks! Glee has moved to 9 p.m. on Thursdays so ALL LIMITS ARE OFF! We joke about this (the librarian, not pedophilia) only because when we heard all the typing going on the first thing we see when Ryder looks around is the librarian looking down through her bifocals as if she were chatting! It had most of us laughing and just to cover our bases, we’re throwing the librarian into the mix!

Catfish No.2 – Jake


You can’t rule out Jake amidst everything that is going on between him and Ryder. Katie randomly asked Ryder if he’s over Marley yet. Ryder paused for a second before admitting that he’s “starting to feel like maybe [he's] kinda moved on.” Earlier in the episode Jake suggests to Marley that they “ice him out.” Marley says no, and that he can continue being pissed at Ryder but she’s not going to just shut him out of her life. Jake says, “It’s you and me against the world…especially Ryder. I mean I thought he was a good dude but…just not a friend.” We could totally see Jake setting up some sort of elaborate plan to shut Ryder out so he can be 100% certain he has Marley to himself. We don’t know the context here, but check out Marley’s freakout at Jake in the preview for next week’s episode of Glee, “Guilty Pleasures.” Does this confrontation have something to do with Jake being katie_xoxo?

Also, there’s a part of us that hopes Jake secretly wants to be Ryder’s boyfriend and this is all just setup for that!

Catfish No.3 – Unique


Unique is probably the most convincing guess if you consider the happenings of the episode. We saw a lot of Ryder/Unique storyline. It started off with the performance (where Unique puts her hand on Ryder only to have him shy away), followed by an intervention with Artie where he tried to get the two of them to come to terms with the fact that Unique identifies as a girl, and then ultimately Ryder admitting that he doesn’t understand what Unique is going through but he supports her (followed by tears from Unique). Could we possibly have a romantic interest for Unique? Does she secretly have a crush on Ryder and doesn’t know how to deal with it considering all the confusion from this episode? Let’s face it: probably. But, remember, with Glee “anything can happen.”

Catfish No.4 – Lauren Zizes


Remember that time Lauren came back to Glee season 4 (“Sadie Hawkins”) for a hot minute and then disappeared? We’re wondering if this was a way to remind the Glee audience that she is indeed still at McKinley, thus giving more credit to when she finally does reveal herself as katie_xoxo. With Lauren being pretty much the opposite of katie_xoxo in every physical way, we could see the revelation of the online chatter being her in an effort to maximize contrast. It’s worth noting that a lot of the storylines on the MTV series “Catfish” deal with the dramatic differences in appearance, particularly weight, from the perceived persona versus the actual person. Beiste told Lauren, Sugar and all the other wallflowers to go out and get what you want and “Always remember: the worst he could say is ‘no.’” Maybe Lauren has a crush on Ryder and took these words a little too far? We can see the Glee promo now: “In 400 weeks when Glee returns: yes, Lauren is physically very different than katie_xoxo, but her personality is the same. What should Ryder do?”

Catfish No.5 – Will Schuester


With Finn out of the picture, Will’s going to need a new high-school-student-best-friend and since everyone, including us and Emma, can’t stand him, he has to find some way of luring Ryder in, right?! Plus you can’t get much more Catfish-themed than having your hot Internet girlfriend be your creepy choir teacher!

Who do you think the secret catfish is in Ryder’s life? Do all signs point to someone we didn’t mention? Have any dark horse contenders? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

  • http://twitter.com/FullOfSurprise1 FullOfSurprises

    Well, the idea about Will is crazy one :))

  • NatalieFisher

    Catfish number 6: the stalky NeckBrace Cheerio!

    • http://twitter.com/MaireadNguyen Mairead Nguyen


    • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

      Ah damn it! I took a screen shot of her to include and totally forgot! Yes, she’s definitely up there.

    • Marie

      Yeah! Since she appears to be quiet and withdrawn or shy, for a cheerleader, and has been shown to like Ryan, I think she’s the one. I’m looking forward to seeing if I’m right.

      Oh, here’s another possibility – one of those kids who give Jake a hard time, wanting to “initiate” Ryan into the Glee Club

  • http://twitter.com/alexacadia alex

    ooooooh lauren lauren lauren yes please!! :) i miss her and this would be such a good story for her.
    @natalie – thank you so much for saying that, she needs some screen time !:P

  • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

    Wow . . . you know, the whole internet-chatting thing has been done before Catfish, so I don’t know why you’re comparing it to that. But my vote is for Unique. it can’t be Jake because we never got Puck/Kurt, so no Jake/Ryder.

    • Enelya

      They’re comparing it to Catfish because MTV just ran a series about it so it’s relevent to today.

  • Mand1591


    • http://hypable.com John Thrasher


  • http://www.facebook.com/SarahTipton Sarah Tipton

    I can only dream that it would be Lauren! But when it was happening I just looked at my friend and said, “It HAS to be Unique.”

  • jozefd14

    Was that a typo when you typed out 400 weeks? LOL

    • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

      No…you know how Glee is with their hiatuses! :P

      • jozefd14

        Oh ok lol. It was just an exaggeration. Gotcha ;)

  • Jo

    So, I’m probably the only one that thinks it might be Marley…
    I don’t know why, but the “Unchained Melody” performance left a lot to be said and maybe she is trying to get him without Jake knowing.

    • Lucija

      I totally thinks its Marly too!!!!

    • dlskin

      I do too! I just assumed it was her when she told Jake that she did enjoy having both of them chase after her…and what would be the point of Kitty giving her advice if she didn’t follow it…at least a little bit? The only other person I think it could possibly be is Unique, we wanted her to have a better storyline, here is one!

    • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

      I considered adding Marley on here but I don’t think she would go as far to make a fake screen name – doesn’t seem in character. That being said, she does have self-image issues so maybe this screen name is her facade?

    • jen

      I really think it’s her. It makes the most sense to me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cassidy.howell.98 Cassidy Howell

    Definitely Unique!!! She was in the library too, but I guessed it before I saw that, that whole sing feud she brought up was like out of nowhere with him, and internet girl was very intimate in her knowledge about Unique’s identity.

    • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

      Great point!

    • Marie

      I don’t think it’s Unique because she speaks so differently than “Katie”. Also, I feel like a transgender person would explain Unique’s situation more in terms of LGBT terms than the way the Katie persona did it.

      I personally HOPE it’s Will, but I think it’ll be Neckbrace.

    • Ellen

      I thought she was in the library also. They showed someone typing in the background who looked a LOT like Unique. I assumed we were supposed ro make that connection

  • Ariana

    Yes! If it’s Will then he could possibly get prosecuted for stalking a minor, right? That would be one way to get him off the show so we never have to see him again AND keep Finn as Glee Club director.

    • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

      Ariana for President!

  • http://twitter.com/Hmarjus2 Martrel A. Howard

    It cant be Unique because that would taint and destroy the acceptance Ryder ultimately got for Unique’s situation… Im surprised no one thinks its Tina or Kitty

  • http://www.facebook.com/amber.carney3 Amber Carney

    omg Will! That one had me laughing so hard! I definitely thought it was Unique when watching the episode, but we’ll see! Perhaps it is the librarian :p

  • Kavitha

    But wait, didn’t we see her face typing? Or do we assume that that’s just in Ryder’s head? Anyway, my bet is on Celeste!

    • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

      I took it, on first watch, that it was definitely the voice/image in Ryder’s head.

      • Kavitha

        Ah okay. I just automatically assumed that it was Celeste, and she was afraid that Ryder would judge her because of her brace or something. But, that image being inside Ryder’s head makes it a lot more mysterious so I’m totally up for that too!

  • Alyssamz

    It’s almost 100% Unique

  • http://twitter.com/RyanHBP Ryan Floyd

    I really want it to be Sandy.

  • ElkMeadow

    Kitty. Totally out of character for her to be genuinely kind, but there you have it.

  • Laura Jones

    but…someone has been cast as Katie- Ginny Gardner. Or is she just a character in Ryder’s head?

  • http://flavors.me/thisisshana Shana Debusschere

    What about Becky?

    • Allison Fischer

      Her backpack looks just like the one that had the ringing phone!

  • Aleson

    Please don’t let it be Unique!!! Poor Ryder! Why can’t he have Marley????

  • Mo

    Wait…guys. What if it’s Karofsky. He’s done some questionable things in the past and who knows what he’s been up to? Ryder could have randomly met him in a chatroom online! …Ok, the more I think about this the less it makes sense. Maybe I just really want Karofsky back..

    • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

      Ha! I give you an A+ for critical thinking!

    • http://www.facebook.com/sammiebear143 Samantha Moore

      didnt Karofsky kill himself?

      • Kaylah Rain


  • Elphie

    What if it’s Marley?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ariesjoe Joey Chen

    Or… it could be The Glee Project’s runner-up, Aylin! Come on guys, we’re near the end of Season 4 and Aylin hasn’t appeared? That’s not charming at all!

    I think the writers/producers would want to save Aylin up for the final two episodes so that she can return in Season 5 with more storyline (check: Unique), and I think now is a good time to introduce our favorite flirtatious Turkish girl! :D

    Either her, or it’s Unique. haha xD

    • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

      Aylin, that would be interesting especially if she’s playing a Muslim. I think we would have heard whispers of this by now had she been on set, etc. Though Ryan said he wanted to work with her, I don’t think it’s actually going to happen. Or maybe it is. “Anything can happen.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/ariesjoe Joey Chen

        I, on the other hand, believe that she’ll be on the show any time soon. Isn’t that supposed to be the prize for runner ups? 2 episodes that feature them and their story (or lack of)? lol! xD

        Well let’s be positive. Anything Could Happen! :D

        • http://twitter.com/haileymazyck Hailey Muh-Zeke

          No, that was only with the first season on The Glee Project, because Ryan loved Samuel, Alex, Lindsey, and Damien so much. I think Ali just got lucky with the wedding story arch. At the end of season 2 of TGP when Blake won, they made it pretty clear that he was the only winner and poor Aylin and Ali got nothing.
          Though it would be so cute for Aylin to come on to work with Blake. I think all fans of TGP would appreciate seeing her again.

          • http://www.facebook.com/ariesjoe Joey Chen

            really? I thought the prizes were the same… Hmm… I really missed the people of TGP S02… Maybe they should just start a whole new show with them in it. Make it an official Glee spin-off or something. I don’t think people would complain. :)

    • izzy

      that is exactly what i thought!, it would be perfect!

    • Kaylah Rain

      Maybe!!! That is sooo possible!

  • http://twitter.com/TrueKlainer21 Klaine Is On Fire ♥

    I think it’s Unique! She was in the library when Ryder was looking around! :)

  • sara

    i think its unique

  • Amy

    I think it’s kitty!!

  • Tomas

    They need to remove Ryder from the show… He’s the most boring character in the entire show. I always skip his parts in the episodes

    • Cat

      I like Ryder.And anyway I think that if you took Ryder away there really wouldn’t be much of a storyline since he’s involved in most of the episodes plots. Just saying!

  • jen

    I think it’s Marley. If she’s chatting as someone else it’s not cheating and she is helping Ryder.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sammiebear143 Samantha Moore

    Catfish number 7: Kitty

    • Kaylah Rain


    • http://www.facebook.com/rayni.botha Rayni Botha

      I thought that it was Kitty also as it is a slight switch in names and something that she would do. But then I started to think that it may be Tina.
      In the episode where the gun goes off, Ryder calls the phone. Only Marley , Ryder and Jake know that this is happening. No one goes to the phone to stop it ringing in their bag. You see that Kitty is holding her phone. Yet Tina is outside and doesn’t seem to have her bag. Plus the voice sounded a little like Tina when they were arranging to meet the next day.

  • Glee lover

    it is rumored to be Aaron from the actually MTV show Catfish but idk if it’s true they are saying he may guest star

  • swingerman

    its either unique or a random character that no one has meet before, that neckbrace girl is just a cover so that every1 thinks its her

  • Keefa

    I genuinely thought that she was going to be Unique with the way the episode was going. would not be surprised if it was!

  • pottergleek

    This is a hard one. The first thing that came to my mind was the librarian, because when Ryder looked around, he saw the librarin first, but I don’t know. We have to keep in mind that “katie_xoxo” did ask Ryder for a shirtless photo, so I don’t think it’s Marley.

  • http://twitter.com/peacelshoes Tobey Lynn

    Am I the only one who thought of Sandy Ryerson as the chat pedophile. I mean if they aren’t going to use it as an opportunity to have him fall in love with a girl that’s not as attractive as she represents themselves, then they could at least bring the Pink Dagger back!

  • CommonUser

    Catfish Number 6: JESSICA SANCHEZ

    • CommonUser

      Catfish Number 6: FRIDA ROMERO (starred by Jessica Sanchez)

  • stef

    i think its kitty, its so her style

  • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

    Haha my fav article of yours to date John!

  • Jenna

    It’s actually who she says she is. I was watching the promo for shooting star, (the next glee episode) and for like half a second u see Ryder spinning a blonde girl around and in the description of the episode it says that “Ryder will sing to Katie” but no one knew if it was through the computer or real life.

    I screenshotted it so dont worry.. But she is who she really says she is. I think they only put it in there for half a second because they didn’t wanna give it away. I had to watch the trailer a couple of time before I saw it… (:

    • http://www.facebook.com/Sorenson.Chris Chris Sorenson

      …and Artie could walk in a promo. We know better then to believe what we see in them. It could easily be a dream or fantasy. Show opens to Ryder singing to Katie, and when the song is over she says his name, but it changes to someone else snapping him out of his day dream.

    • Danica Kloes

      if you didn’t watch the episode tonight.. don’t read on lol.

      but if you did, you know you’re wrong, it wasn’t her.

  • Jenna

    Is the picture showing up ? If not, it shows in second 0.05 in the shooting star trailer

  • lord gleetham

    How about Jacob Ben Israel? He’d do it to get juicy gossip, and he’s dome creepy things before.

  • Blake Jakeson

    in episode 18 promo, there’s a very quick scene where Ryder is in front of the glee room and there was a girl with blond hair with him too…

  • Ally

    Katie is played by Jessica Sanchez

  • anastasia

    maybe it s Marley,maybe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/josie.gouveia Josie Alexandria Gouveia

    I think it’s going to lead to a rape episode. Addressing meeting people from online, stranger danger and such. It’ll probaby be a face we’ve never seen before and things may be a liitle dark. Something about the music and the scene in my gut made me fearful of Ryder’s situation. Between this and a school shooting at McKinley would address some very big issues occuring in North American schools. Something as memorable as the attempted suicide from the past season. What do you guys think?

  • Miranda

    I was listening to Glee Chat last night, and just had to come back to this article so I could see the Will picture. I’m laughing so hard I can barley breathe.

  • Sammymoose

    Watch it be Dave karofsky.

  • Pandatrix

    My guess was Becky or disabled girl from the wedding. Or might be even ultra shy random girl from his school

  • katie_xoxo

    i think its unique or kitty :)

  • Kaleb


  • http://www.facebook.com/shannon.goldsmith.9 Shannon Goldsmith

    I don’t think they will do the pedophilia story line again.

  • Cat

    The most obvious one that everyone’s going for is Unique. But let’s go a bit deeper and think of logical possible or impossible ‘Catfish-ers’. And before you start reading anymore let me warn you that this is a very long comment.

    I’m pretty sure it’s not Will cause his phone wouldn’t be where the kids sit (because that’s where the ringtone can be heard coming from when Ryder rings it).

    Though I love me some Zizes, and she can be a bit evil (with the Lucy Caboosey situation with Quinn) I don’t think she needs to create a fake account since she dated Puck when he was still there and she played hard to get, so I don’t really think she needs to create another persona.

    Jake? Well I think there is a 50/50 chance since he’s angry for Ryder kissing Marley but then again he does then forgive him. Even though many people may think that Jake may just be pretending to be Ryder’s friend, I don’t think Jake would do that because he knows that there might be a possibility of losing Marley (since Marley and Ryder are friends).

    As for the librarian, she just doesn’t seem likely because she just seems like an extra to be honest. And there wouldn’t be much of an interesting storyline if it was her.

    As for Kitty, well I guess she can be a total bitch to people but there isn’t really an actual reason for her to be catfishing him (I don’t think so any way).

    Blaine is a possibility, considering he’s gay (he obviously doesn’t like Tina) he might be feeling lonely since his break up with Kurt and is looking for someone who will be there for him to act as a ‘boyfriend’ for him and will hopefully never find out who he is.

    I read a comment saying that it might be Artie doing it for a documentary but in ‘Shooting stars’ the phone is heard coming from a bag from where the kids sit, and Artie had his phone on him, so I don’t think that it’s him even though that was a clever chance.
    Now I know I didn’t say who it might be I may have an explanation into how they haven’t been caught. As someone has commented before that you can’t save the same number twice and obviously someone would recoginse if Ryder was to ask around, they may have got a different phone to the one that they normally have. This makes it seems that Unique (obvious choice) may be behind it all even though his ringtone is ‘Bootylicious’ the phone that would be used to IM Ryder would just have a generic ringtone so that it doesn’t stand out too much.

  • Katie_xoxo

    Truthfully, I think it’s either Tina or the Neck braced cheerio! Unique’s ringtone is special, not like the one that went off in the classroom during the shooting. Plus, Blaine said Tina wasn’t in the room but she left her phone there so no reason in texting her. BUT- the book bag in which “Katie”s phone went off was an Orange bag. So, in the next few episodes if they don’t find out who it is, look for someone wearing an orange book bag. I also think maybe it’s Becky! Who knows?

    • http://www.facebook.com/hamiyet.noble Hamiyet Noble

      That wasn’t just an orange/red bag. It has a black design on the bottom
      and a circle at the top and the background behind the circle is white.
      And It was Kitties bag, she was wearing it when she walked into the
      chior room and she set it down next to her when she sat down before the
      gunshots. secondly, within a hot second after she made her confession to
      Marley, she makes a mad dash across the room, frantically and lands in
      Ryders arms before he goes acros the room leaving her with Unique and
      then he calls Katie.

  • loveinacandies

    Just think about it.. the phone rang in the choire room .. so it’s someone from the glee .
    who can it be ?

  • valepbtr

    Catfish No.3 – Unique

  • Sam

    What about Becky?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000410389034 ‘Richel Acabal II

    it’s Becky~

  • Crystal Spencer

    My hunch was the neck braced Cheerio girl as well. But I also forgot it’s suppose to be someone dangerous too. But then again, we don’t know that much about this neck braced Cheerio anyway.

  • Kaylah Rain

    Does anyone ever think about it being Kitty! Think about it. She wouldn’t have said it was her in front of Marley and Jake. She does have the closest name.
    #1. The librarian?! I mean C’mon!! Why would she want shirtless pictures of him?
    #2. Jake??!! Whatt! I mean, he is in LOVE with Marley, and he is sooo not gay!
    #3. Unique? When the phone rang in the ‘Shooting’, it could not have been her, because her ringtone is ‘Hot Mama’.
    #4. Zices, Maybe her, but she hasn’t shown interest in him at all.
    #5. Will?! Really -__-
    It has to be kitty!

  • iamjoy

    I THINK its Reese Witherspoon

  • AlannaTheCreator

    Kitty!?! I mean tonight’s episode made it seem obvious, but when has that ever mattered with Glee??

  • Okole Puka

    I say Finn.

  • anon

    i honestly dont understand the problem with will he’s always been there for the glee club

  • Nurfa

    It can’t be Will because in Episode 20 Finn came back to help him out. I also have an additional suspect in the list, Ryder’s ex-babysitter. In Episode 20, Ryder confessed to Glee members that when he was 11 he was molested by his babysitter. Maybe after serving her jail terms she is trying to find Ryder, either to make ammends or victimise him again.

  • WitsV

    Catfist 1 & 4 Should Be Ruled Because In The Shoot Out Episode When He Called Her In The Glee Room A Phone Went Off At The Same Time …. – Suspense Music -

  • SynysterGates

    THe most accurate choice is Unique since he’s the one who will most get a benefit out of it.1) Remember the argument between Ryder and Unque about the gender thing. Ryder aplogized to Unique after talking to Katie. 2) He’s gay

  • Samira_GLEE

    I think it’s Kitty, because in one episode, Katie says “I am back in a minute” (or something like that) and in this time Kitty comes. Also after Ryder said, that when he know how Katie is, they can date, but Kitty say: “I don’t think so” (or something like that) Also the phone was in a Cherrio-bag and Kitty is the only Cherrio in the Glee Club who would do that! I am very sure!

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