“The Unicorn and the Catfish” explores male friendship, online dating, and what happens when the two get tangled up.
This recap of The Unicorn Season 1, Episode 4, “The Unicorn and the Catfish”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
The question of The Unicorn Episode 4 is whether Wade (Walton Goggins) can be trusted to manage his own life. He clearly thinks so. But his friends aren’t so sure, which is why they’ve all been hacking into his dating app and keeping track of the women he’s talking to — a fact given away by Forrest (Rob Corddry), much to the annoyance of everyone else. But Wade thinks they’re all complicit in violating his boundaries, leading him to change his password and lock them out of his account so that they can’t keep changing his picture and lying about his interests.
A funny — and eventually touching — subplot of “The Unicorn and the Catfish” is Grace (Ruby Jay) and Natalie (Makenzie Moss) getting excited about the return of a show called Passion Train that they used to watch with their mother. Wade offers to watch it with them, but they say it’s girl stuff, so he recommends they watch it with Michelle (Maya Lynne Robinson). It doesn’t go to plan. Noah (Devin Bright) joins them — nice of The Unicorn Episode 4 to acknowledge his crush on Natalie — and Michelle spends the whole thing shouting at the kids. More on this later.
Meanwhile, Forrest and Delia (Michaela Watkins) decide that they can’t allow Wade to have his independence in case he meets a woman that they don’t like. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so Forrest creates a fake profile on the dating site so that, when Wade matches her, they’ll be able to see his real profile. This, obviously, doesn’t go to plan. Forrest and Wade get talking and discover they both get something out of the relationship; Wade believes he has met someone who really understands him, and Forrest gets an interest in the things he’s passionate about that his own wife can’t be bothered with.
The twist of “The Unicorn and the Catfish” is that Wade figured this out from the very beginning and has been leading Forrest on as punishment for messing with him. Natalie and Grace both help him to make the situation even more awkward by asking to meet, prompting Forrest to end the relationship in a way that he believes is elegant. Wade naturally plays it up like he’s devastated.
Both men confess; Forrest to pretending to be a woman, and Wade to knowing all along, which Forrest takes badly. Wade later goes to see him and suggests that, in the future, they have important conversations in person. They make up. But when Forrest goes to bed, Delia is concerned that he was getting something from that relationship that he wasn’t getting from her, at which point he explains that it hurts him when she doesn’t take an interest in things he’s passionate about, such as his dream of owning a boat, because she’s a part of his dreams. They both learn something about each other from the experience.
The Unicorn Season 1, Episode 4 ends with Wade watching Passion Train with Grace and Natalie.
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