There was neither hide nor hair of Deavan Clegg and Jihoon Lee on the midseason premiere.
Though the two returned in this week's episode, fans of 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way say that they should have stayed gone.
Individual 90 Day Fiance episodes are known to cycle couples in and out.
Sometimes, there's just not enough footage from any given couple to stretch across a season without skipping an episode or two.
But a growing number of fans are arguing that TLC could have just cut out Deavan and Jihoon's mess after things soured for them in real life.
A modest chunk of Season 2, Episode 17 was dedicated to Deavan and Jihoon.
First, Deavan accompanied her husband to work for the most awkward Take Your Wife To Work Day (which is not a thing) ever.
Then, Jihoon showed Deavan the venue for their second wedding ... one that wants the ceremony over by noon and more closely resembles a Vegas express wedding than a traditional American ceremony.
But frankly, it's really darn hard to invest in Deavan and Jihoon doing a speedrun of Elizabeth and Andrei's Moldovan adventure.
Because in real life, they're broken up, have been broken up for months, and this is much more serious than a rented wedding dress.
We'll start at the beginning so that everyone is on the same page.
Deavan left Korea some time early this year and returned home to the United States with her children, Drascilla and Taeyang.
She has been living in Utah for months, as seen on her mother Elicia's social media.
Deavan even found a wildly hot new boyfriend.
We bring up Topher Park because many 90 Day Fiance fans are confused by the timeline.
Deavan and Jihoon split early this year. In fact, most of what we have seen on Season 2 was filmed before 2020. Even here, towards the end of the season, the pandemic hasn't hit yet.
So fans may have gotten whiplash from seeing Deavan and Jihoon making it work on screen only to see her post pics with her dreamy boyfriend.
But the reality is that they've been split for, what, at least half a year, maybe more.
Some people are single for extended periods of time. Others do not relish being single and want to date again. That's life.
But Deavan and Jihoon didn't just have a falling out, as was assumed for most of the year.
In late September, Jihoon went on an extended rant, defending himself against accusations that Deavan had never made publicly.
Deavan responded to The Hollywood Gossip's coverage of Jihoon's tirade, and it was here that she first dropped hints about a scary, upsetting incident that ended her marriage.
Deavan said that there was an awful incident, worse than anything that Jihoon had admitted to, that went down at 3AM.
Only later, after her ex-friend, 90 Day Fiance villain Leida Margaretha, dumped their chat records, were the full accusations visible.
Allegedly, Jihoon attacked Drascilla, hitting her and ripping out hair from the side of her head.
In these alleged messages with Leida, Deavan provides evidence but notes that she has countless photos to back up her allegations.
She accuses Jihoon of already having attempted to hack into her iCloud to delete the evidence of his abuse.
(Please note: if you are keeping vital photos like this, have two backups on thumb drives, and give one to someone you trust implicitly)
Seeing these two debate their dream wedding or ask about cheating (as will happen in the next episode) feels like shallow bulls--t compared to allegations of a serious crime.
While our thoughts remain with Drascilla as she recovers and heals from trauma, a lot of fans are uncomfortable watching the family's story continue to play out.
The "cute" moments that were filmed all of those months ago are now stomach-turning for those of us who have read the accusations.
Deavan and Jihoon will also not be part of the Tell All, so many believe that there is no point in airing the rest of their story.
That said, we have to acknowledge that not everyone follows reports of the show. Some viewers of the show have no idea that any of this has gone down.
The responsible choice that TLC could make would be to air a disclaimer: "Deavan and Jihoon have split admidst abuse allegations against Jihoon." If someone wants to know more, they can read our articles.