Thing is, he's very clearly NOT writing romance eps. Sugar did. He's writing eps where he rips the romance to shreds, as a joke. lol, apparently.
And I wouldn't say he's awful. Luke Pearson and Somvilay Xayaphone = the team that gave us Candy Streets... and the team that gave us Frost and Fire. It's not that we're dealing with completely untalented people, it's just that they're clearly not able to handle what Sugar left behind. And they made a fucking mess of it instead.
I feel slightly bad for Seo Kim. "Congrats, you're on the adventure time team! And two of your eps will very clearly go down as two of the three most hated episodes the show's had. Sorry 'bout that."