On occasion, a TikTok moment will erupt so fiercely that it thrusts news writers around the globe into detective-adjacent explainer mode. The so-called “Couch Guy” saga is one such example.

The still-in-progress rigmarole of sorts brings together a number of key ingredients for virality, with both makeshift sleuthing and external relationship dissections carrying the bulk of the resulting narrative load. All of this equates to the ideal formula for the perfect social media storm, and that’s exactly what the “Couch Guy” story has become.

Below, we attempt to boil the latest TikToktroversy down to a few main questions (and answers).