Why 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way May Be Better Off Cutting Deavan And Jihoon From Season 2

Jihoon And Deavan 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way TLC

Warning! The following contains spoilers from the latest 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way "Bris-fully Ignorant." Read at your own risk!

90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way kept Deavan Clegg and Jihoon Lee out of its midseason return, but the latest episode didn't take long to point the spotlight on their "proper" wedding storyline for a fair chunk of the latest two-hour episode. Their narrative is reminiscent of what TLC did with Andrei and Libby Castravet, made worse by the fact that Deavan and Jihoon's situation took some far less positive turns after the season finished filming. With that in mind, is it time for TLC to phase out their story?

I say this not just because Deavan Clegg and Jihoon Lee are no longer presently together (though that's an obvious touchstone), but because of just how ugly their drama has become. The two have accused each other of terrible things on social media, and have aired out super-specific grievances that many people would keep private while in the midst of a painful divorce. Obviously, some fans are eating it up, and are likely watching episodes extra closely now in hopes of seeing those early signs of their impending split. Beyond the obvious ones, of course.

Of course, I pass no judgment on any 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way viewers invested in the former couple's storyline for that particular reason, since this is reality television, after all. With that said, early signs are probably all audiences will get, since filming wrapped for Season 2 as COVID-19 struck South Korea, which was early on in the timeline of their split. Thus, we probably won't see the raw and uncomfortable drama that led to the couple's collapse. It's not even entirely clear whether or not TLC was present for Deavan's flight out of Seoul, though she has previously said she reached out to them prior to departure.

It's also been confirmed that Deavan Clegg and Jihoon Lee will not be a part of the inevitable 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way tell-all, so it's assumed that TLC won't have any additional answers regarding what's happening in their lives. With as detailed as Deavan and Jihoon have gotten when talking about their relationship in public, as compared to when they first split, it wouldn't be the most surprising thing in the world if the network had reservations about continuing that partnership for future episodes. TLC stepped away from working with Karine and Paul Staehle when their relationship took a turn for the worse, so perhaps it's time to do the same with these two.

Because as much as I hate to say it, currently knowing as much as we do about Deavan Clegg and Jihoon Lee's relationship makes this whole "planning a second wedding" storyline a little meaningless in the stakes department. For Andrei and Libby, this kind of scenario made for good drama, but as I mentioned earlier, the status of the couples' relationships are wildly different. Granted, it's not very likely that producers will decide to go through all the remaining Season 2 episodes just to edit out Deavan and Jihoon's story, but it'll be interesting to see if their story keeps fans interested as the season continues.

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Mick Joest
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