Where is Chi Soo orabeoni? As Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love has captured my heart and interest, watching it without the full main cast introduced feels like eating a meal where one critical dish is missing. Reading the synopsis its clear that Jae Hee’s character as the second male lead (even moreso that Lee Sang Yeob’s good natured Prince Dongpyung) will play a big part in both the romantic love triangle with the OTP, as well as create additional tension on the politicking front. He was supposed to show up in either episodes 5 or 6, but those episodes have gone and still no sign of him. I’m slightly frustrated now with him not being introduced mainly because there are clear indications he was supposed to arrive based on previews but appears to have been cut from the aired episodes. In the preview for episode 5, there was a scene when Ok Jung was abducted, and in the official MV for the second song “Dream on You”, there is a scene where Chi Soo talks with Ok Jung that follows from the abduction scene indicating he’s the one taking her away.
Was this scene cut in its entirety, or will it be shown as a flashback later? I can’t imagine it being intended for later in the drama since it was shown in the preview for episode 5. Which leads me to assume that the production is in fact making on-the-spot changes to the airing material, likely due to its low ratings. Episode 6 ended with the assassination attempt on Lee Soon, so perhaps the missing Chi Soo scenes are to allow the episode to end on that heart pounding moment rather than the coup happening in episode 7. I’m loving JOJ but it bothers me to see a drama tinkered with so openly. I also want to start alterna-shipping Ok Jung and Chi Soo and then add more pain to my life when I love the heroine with both leading men equally (or all three if I throw in Prince Dongpyung). That’s when I know a drama is awesome because all the characters and their relationships call to me. Come to us soon, Chi Soo, with you’re your mane of glory and piercing looks. He’s definitely bringing it in these stills alone.