If there was a way for Goddess of Fire to get even stupider in plot, this drama is succeeding masterfully at it. Episode 10 was all about making a special teacup that would keep tea warm at the behest of the Ming dynasty envoy. Apparently giving him a hot water bottle is not an option. After taking a plunge into the river and exposing her chest and gender, Jung Yi begs Gwanghaegun to keep quiet about her being a girl during the 10 days left to make the cup, and he agrees and seems to take even greater interest in her. So much so that Imhaegun thinks his younger bro has a thing for young boys and locks the two of them up in a room for alone time. Whut? Jung Yi, who works with kilns her entire life, then faints because it’s too hot up in that regular ole room. Double whut? Tae Do is relieved Jung Yi came back with the clay needed to make the cup, and he continues being awesome and smacks down the other potters who pick on Jung Yi. He accompanies her to the lake to bathe at night while he keeps watch and Gwanghaegun follows and just thinks they are brother and sister but still doesn’t know Jung Yi’s real identity as the girl he knew as a kid. The first cup is a fail and is blamed on process being touched by a female, apparently females are bad luck in making pottery. Jung Yi outs herself as a girl rather than let another female get wrongly blamed and she’s thrown in jail. Gwanghaegun tries to help her but its Tae Do who rescues her and tries to take her away. He asks Jung Yi to leave with him, they can go an ordinary life somewhere far away from the Palace. Jung Yi asks to be taken back because she has to make that freaking cup and she discovers her master has arrived in town with the secret method to make the tea warming cup. Jung Yi gets the method to the pottery department and the cup is made just in the nick of time. Next episode she’s getting to stay in the pottery department as a girl. Somewhere my brain cells died a slow and painful death, but my eyes feasted on the glory of Tae Do and his patient, thoughtful, and heartfelt love for Jung Yi and I mentally resurrected myself.
Tae Do-Jung Yi cuts for episode 10: