Could there possibly be a post about Goddess of Fire that candidly says the drama got better? The fact that I’m willing to refer to it by its drama title says a lot, but mostly its because Kim Bum‘s Kim Tae Do is suddenly back in the inner plot circle and gets more screen time again. I guess Detective Dee promotions in China is over, and thank god for GoF, because his return and the slight uptick in quality has to be correlated. I can’t prove it, but I know it when I see it. In episode 19, after kiln explosion blinded Jung Yi loses out to Yook Do in the make-a-vase battle for Consort Inbin, she leaves the pottery department with Tae Do. Gwanghaegun hasn’t met a scene he doesn’t want to yell at, and he rides over to yell at her for daring to leave without his say so. Jung Yi is resigned to her fate not to be a potter and Tae Do takes her back to the house where they grew up in. He spends the dawn hours making a rope course for her outside where she can feel the ropes to guide her movement in the yard. He shows it to her and its not just Gwanghaegun who is an annoying nuisance from the royal family, Consort Inbin is pissed Tae Do left as her son Shinsonggun’s bodyguard and sends soldiers to capture him back. Tae Da can’t fight them off because Jung Yi is there and useless so he goes. Gwanghaegun mopes all day now that Jung Yi is gone, and when he hears Tae Do is in Consort Inbin’s clutches, he does something useful for a change and gets Tae Do to be assigned as his bodyguard. Jung Yi has been all alone and she starts dreaming about her dead mom, who functions much like Ha Ji Won‘s dead dad in Secret Garden as a fairy deus ex machina, because she magically directs Jung Yi to build a fire in the kiln and then take off her eye cover and VOILA she’s not blind anymore! I can’t even make a joke about this because its ridiculousness is through the roof, so let’s move on. Gwanghaegun and Tae Do return in time and when Jung Yi opens her eyes, she sees both guys at the same time. More love triangle foreshadowing, yay. The two dudes reach a grudging detente. Jung Yi can’t be a royal potter so she decides to make bowls and sells them to the citizens in the marketplace. The three earnest pottery department lackeys miss her and get kicked out so they go find her. A Japanese merchant comes to buy Joseon ceramics from Hwa Ryung’s merchant group, and of all the various vases, urns, cups, and saucers shown to the guy, he ends up only liking and buying the bowls made by Jung Yi. Going to Japan in the future foreshadowing, yay. At the end of the episode, Jung Yi gets arrested by government soldiers. Yay for couple arrests of Tae Do and Jung Yi in the same episode. This episode didn’t suck as much because (1) there was more Tae Do and lots of skinship between Orabeoni and Jung Yi, and (2) Jung Yi is leaps and bounds less annoying, going blind does wonders for her personality.
Jung Yi-Tae Do cuts episode 19: