Good points, Cornholio! I hadn't considered some of the points you make.
If we really want to address the details, then this episode would be in trouble.
What young person has the same phone number for 8 years? And, what young person has a landline phone? I don't know any who do. Most have cell numbers and they come up unlisted on reverse on Anywho.com. On an I.D. it shows just the number and not the name of the person, so how did Nev get that name of that married man? It doesn't add up, IMO.
The more I think about it, the more fishy it seems. Eventually, the truth will come to light and I hope it doesn't reflect poorly against Nev. I know the show is for entertainment, however, if they manipulate the facts too much, they will lose viewers, IMO. Hey, I am a skeptic and have been since I saw the movie Catfish. I think that Nev knew what he was doing through most of that thing. I suspect he knew the truth long before he went to meet that lady. JMO I still like Nev though.
Your theory of the payoff to Derek to go along with the story is pretty wild. Hmmmmm....
Someone remind me what was said about the the trike. I forgot.