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Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter: Episode 13

A new realization of the truth is a game-changer for our steadfast fairy and her two earnest suitors. Each of them react to this revelation differently – while one gives up and retreats and another wallows in despair, one of our trio decides that it’s time to take some action. But will they act in time to make things right, or will the trio’s star-crossed friendship be condemned to another few hundred years of loneliness and fear?

 
EPISODE 13 RECAP

Woodcutter Bausae is approached by the deer, who carries Ok-nam’s winged dress across her back. She warns him that if he returns the dress, Ok-nam will take their children and fly back to the fairy realm, but he asks for it back anyway.

It disappears as the deer advances on Woodcutter Bausae, angry that he’s living a happy life after making her this way. Scared, Woodcutter Bausae backs up, then he trips over a rock and falls into the ravine.

Geum wakes from this nightmare after spending the whole day sick in bed. He runs out of the house and into the rain, heading for the school campus.

At the same time, Ok-nam is telling an upset Yi-hyun that no matter how harshly he speaks to her, she knows who he truly is. He stares at the glow that surrounds her, marveling that the rain isn’t even touching her. Ok-nam leans up to kiss him, but as soon as their lips touch, they both freeze in surprise.

Dazed, Yi-hyun says that he doesn’t remember anything, nor does he want to remember. He asks how everyone can be so sure he’s a good man when he’s in miserable pain, not knowing who he really is. He leaves, and Ok-nam breathes to herself, “It isn’t him. Blinded by desire to find my husband, I went after a delusion. I was foolish.”

Geum runs into Yi-hyun, and when he tries to share his umbrella with him out of worry, Yi-hyun slaps it away angrily. For a moment he sees Geum in different clothing with long, white hair, and when Geum asks what’s wrong, Yi-hyun punches him. He grabs Geum and demands to know who he is and why he keeps interfering with his life.

Geum pushes him away, but Yi-hyun just gets more aggressive, shoving him to the ground and jumping on top of him. He swings again, but when Geum grabs his fist, it’s Izy pinning Bausae down and accusing him and Ok-nam of betraying her.

Yi-hyun suddenly comes back to himself and stands, but he just tells Geum that he’s sick of him and starts to walk away. He only gets a few steps before collapsing, and Geum piggybacks him home. He forgets the passcode again so Yi-hyun has to groggily enter it in (awww).

In the shower, Yi-hyun remembers hearing Izy’s voice telling him that Ok-nam might go looking for the person she’s really meant to be with. He’s sitting in his room later when Geum comes in hugging his pillow, saying that the Immortals told him to sleep here tonight.

Yi-hyun notices Geum’s bruises and asks how Geum got hurt, and he’s confused when Geum says he punched him. He yells at Geum for never fighting back, blaming him for making things worse by not responding, and Geum wonders if he should have hit Yi-hyun back, ha.

Instead, he asks if something happened to Yi-hyun today to make him act so strange. Yi-hyun doesn’t answer, he just sighs at Geum’s bruise and goes to bed. He tells Geum to go back to his own room because he snores, so Geum leaves obediently.

Ok-nam practices healing her plant friends, but they quickly wilt again, proving that her powers are beginning to fade after so many years in the human realm. She goes inside to find Jeom-soon working on another lusty web novel, but instead of lecturing her daughter, she says they need to talk.

Soon after, Geum opens the front door to find Jeom-soon in cat form, wearing the hat and scarf he got her. She switches to human form and invites him to go to Hangang Park with her one day to eat sausages from the food trucks. She thanks him for helping her publish her web novel and tells him to keep the royalties.

Geum watches Jeom-soon leave, vaguely recalling a promise made long ago. We see him as Woodcutter Bausae, promising his baby daughter that Daddy will protect her from anything bad that might happen to her.

In the morning, the coffee kiosk is closed up, and the magically converted storage unit Ok-nam has been living in is just a storage unit again. Bong-dae tells Geum that Ok-nam left, saying that she has no reason to stay, and Geum looks devastated.

Bong-dae gives him a letter from Ok-nam along with his phone, and tells him that Ok-nam only went back to the mountain, not all the way to the fairy realm. In the letter, Ok-nam apologizes for not saying goodbye in person. She tells Geum that she was wrong about having found her husband and feels guilty for confusing him and Yi-hyun, and she thanks him for his kindness and cheerfulness.

In her older form, Ok-nam catches a ride with a local back to her coffee shop, and he tells her that the town will be glad that she (and her coffee) have returned.

Yi-hyun learns that Ok-nam has left the city when he overhears some students talking about her. He goes to confirm it for himself, and when he sees someone crouched in the plants wearing her tiger jacket, he grins with relief. But it’s the (male) groundskeeper, and sure enough, the kiosk is locked up tight.

The Immortal trio are also surprised by the news that Ok-nam didn’t find her husband after all. They wonder if they should go home, too, and Bong-dae threatens them with dire consequences if they don’t leave her city soon.

Master Gu in particular seems reluctant to leave, making Shin-seon suspect that he’s got a woman on his mind. Cut to Geum’s mom, lol, who’s busily making heart-shaped food.

Master Gu returns home, and when Mom offers him some cabbage juice for the upset stomach he mentioned earlier, he completely panics. He gulps the juice, spilling it down his front, and when Mom goes to clean him up, his heart pounds and he runs out the door screaming.

Jeom-soon already misses Seoul, most especially the widely available wi-fi. She’s curious about what Kyung-seul is doing now, and we see that he’s lurking around the coffee kiosk. He gets a text from an unknown number asking what he’s doing, accompanied by a photo of him at that exact moment, and he freaks out.

Bong-dae pops out of nowhere to ask why he’s not answering her question, and Kyung-seul falls over in fright. He jumps up and accuses her of stalking him, but she says she’s just doing her job as second-in-command of the fairy realm.

She orders him to bring every one of his recordings to her by tomorrow morning or he’s dead meat. Kyung-seul snarls that none of them are human and threatens to post his proof online, then runs away. Bong-dae sighs that this will be harder than the simple scolding she was planning for him.

Dr. Lee keeps Yi-hyun company while he drinks, and he asks her what he’s done so wrong that people always leave him. She’s a little too happy to hear that Ok-nam left town, earning a baleful glare from Yi-hyun. He rambles that he misses Ok-nam’s coffee, her smile, and having her near him, and that he wants to stop being anxious about her getting close to Geum and tell everyone she’s his.

He goes on and on until Dr. Lee slaps him upside the head with a dried squid, sick of listening to him moon over another woman. She tells him to stop pretending he doesn’t know about her feelings for him, and calls him a selfish bastard. She yells that Ok-nam left because Yi-hyun isn’t her husband, but also because she doesn’t have feelings for him. Ouch, but true.

Yi-hyun stumbles home later, mumbling drunkenly that Dr. Lee knows nothing about Ok-nam and how long she’s waited for him. He calls her and leaves a long, convoluted message about how Ok-nam is the only one for him, ordering her to take back everything she said. He falls asleep on a bench, repeating that nobody knows what Ok-nam means to him.

While packing to return home, Shin-seon keeps eating jellies he took from Geum’s room, complaining that Geum was hoarding them all to himself in his room. Fairy Oh grabs one and checks the label — it’s insect food, ha.

Fairy Oh thanks Geum’s mom for taking such good care of them, and Mom asks if Master Gu will be going back to the mountain, too. Master Gu returns home soaked with sweat from running frantically around the neighborhood, and he somehow musters up the courage to say to Geum’s mom, ” I like you! Come with me.”

She freezes with her back to him, which he takes as rejection and prepares to flee in agony. But she cries out, “Don’t run!” They stand there looking as awkward as possible, while Shin-seon cringes and Fairy Oh giggles.

On his way to work, Geum keeps hearing Ok-nam’s voice calling to him. He tells Kyung-shik and Jung-min this, making Kyung-shik jokingly ask if Ok-nam is a real fairy, and Geum nods glumly and adds that Jeom-soon is a cat.

His friends think that his crush on the coffee halmoni has driven him mad, so Geum takes back his words. He gets on his phone to send Jung-min some files, and he finds a picture of Ok-nam and Jeom-soon that they took before leaving the city and left for him to find. It makes Geum cry again, awww.

He helps Kyung-shik lift some boxes, but the stack tips over and one hits Geum in the head, hard. He falls unconscious and experiences a memory of himself as Woodcutter Bausae, telling young Jeom-dol that he’s going to cut wood and take it to market. Jeom-dol asks him to bring back a toy top.

Only half-conscious, Geum mutters that Jeom-dol is waiting. We see Woodcutter Bausae lying at the bottom of the ravine, bleeding and badly hurt, holding a top in his hand. The last thing he thinks before he dies is that he hung the incense talisman in the tree at home, fearing what will happen if he can’t find it.

When Geum wakes, he’s crying again as he gasps that he has to go back. He runs to the store to buy the newest laptop they have, and he runs into a little snag when the shopkeeper tries to sell him everything but a laptop.

Last night, Yi-hyun had stumbled home wasted after his fight with Dr. Lee. Master Gu had still been up, and had tucked a letter into his pocket to read later. The letter notifies Yi-hyun that the Immortals are leaving, and thanks him for his kindness.

Yi-hyun gets a text from Geum that he’s borrowing his car, but Geum ignores him when he tries to call. Yi-hyun goes to Kyung-shik and Jung-min for answers, but all they know is that Geum ran out in tears, saying he had to go to Gyeoreub, wherever that is.

In the hall, Yi-hyun runs into Dr. Lee, and he asks her if she knows where Gyeoreub is. She tells him that it’s the original name of Mt. Gyeryong (where Ok-nam lives). Yi-hyun borrows Kyung-shik’s car, his “most prized possession,” which is hilariously filled with cutesy baby-pink stuffed animals, hee.

He takes a call from Dr. Lee, who asks if he’s going to the mountain after Ok-nam. Yi-hyun says that he has to go, and she warns that this may mean the end of their friendship. Yi-hyun tells her not to threaten him unless she really means it, and he admits to being a selfish jerk but says that he needs Dr. Lee to be understanding.

Geum finds himself familiarly driving in circles on the mountain, but eventually he finds the marked stones that lead to the fairy spring. He stacks them to activate the path, then runs up the rocky stairs leading deeper into the forest.

He reaches the fairy spring and remembers the day that he and Yi-hyun saw Ok-nam bathing here. A clean, fluffy towel falls at his feet, seemingly from nowhere, so Geum takes the hint and gets into the water for a bath.

A short while later, Ok-nam arrives at the spring to take a bath of her own. She sees Geum splashing in the water, and she watches in astonishment as he steps out and wraps the towel around his waist.

That’s when Geum sees Ok-nam, and they both freeze in place, stunned at seeing each other here again. Then, at the exact same time, both Ok-nam and Geum step forward and fall into each other’s arms.

Epilogue: “You seem like mine when you’re not — the tale of their chemistry.”

Geum’s mom gives Master Gu a green tea, which he opens then gruffly shoves back at her, making her swoon. She tells him that she’s been looked down on because she has no husband, which doesn’t bother her, but she worries that it’s hard on Geum.

She says that someday Geum will find a mate and she’ll be alone, but she adds coyly that she’s not lonely today, thanks to someone. She leaves, and although Master Gu never says a word, he watches her go with a look of desperation on his face.

 
COMMENTS

Oh, I love this turnaround! How sweet that after seven hundred years, Ok-nam and Geum are reunited in the same place where they met so long ago, and where they found each other after being separated — at the fairy spring. I wasn’t on Team Geum until recently, but once it seemed obvious that Geum was not only Ok-nam’s reincarnated husband, but the one who has real feelings for her in this life, I was all in. Geum is entirely made of sweetness and earnestness and pure love, and he deserves to find his fairy and be happy.

Yi-hyun is a good person (outside of Izy’s influence) but his interest in Ok-nam has always felt as though it was about not being alone, while Geum just loved her from the beginning, purely and honestly. I felt so bad for Yi-hyun when Dr. Lee told him the truth — that Ok-nam left because he’s not her husband, but also because she doesn’t have feelings for him. It’s a painful truth, and one that Yi-hyun needed to hear… Ok-nam has never felt romantically for Yi-hyun as he is now, only for the person she thought he was, and once she realized she was wrong, she left without hesitation.

The person that Ok-nam has feelings for has always been Geum, though she’s been too wrapped up in her belief that Yi-hyun was her husband to realize it. She’s felt the same pull towards Geum that he’s felt towards her almost from the beginning, but since Yi-hyun seemed to also know Ok-nam and Jeom-soon, I can see how Ok-nam got confused. What I don’t understand is how, once Ok-nam realized that Yi-hyun wasn’t the right man, she didn’t then think Oh yeah, there’s that other guy I can’t stop thinking about, what if it’s him? I have a feeling it has something to do with the incense talisman that Woodcutter Bausae left behind, since Woodcutter Bausae seemed very afraid that something terrible would happen if he couldn’t find it. My guess is that the incense talisman was meant to guide Woodcutter Bausae’s spirit back to Ok-nam and his children in case anything happened to him. it seems as though something kept him from finding it for all these years, and that when he did finally find Ok-nam, that same something interfered with her ability to recognize him.

We’re nearing the end of our fairy story, but there are still a lot of questions to be answered, particularly in regards to Yi-hyun. Is he the reincarnation of Izy, as we suspect? What happened between Izy, Ok-nam, and Bausae all those years ago when they were still fairies, that got Izy kicked out of the fairy realm? For that matter, what happened between them later when Ok-nam and Woodcutter Bausae were married, and Izy was trapped in the body of the deer? And why has Yi-hyun seemingly spent many lifetimes being punished to the extent that he’s having nightmares and is still traumatized, hundreds of years later?

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That end was satisfying to watch! The byline for the youtube clip by tvN was '일몸 hug' haha coming back to Ok Nam's comment to Prof Lee earlier about her first meeting with her husband (which ofc at that time she thought was Yi Hyun)

So glad Geum remembered the way he could find his way to the fiary pond! It was adorable to see him with baby Jeom Soon and kid Jeom Dol from the past! I wonder what age Jeom Dol will be when he hatches! Like Jeom Soon is college age (ish) right now will Jeom Dol be similar? older? younger? the voice we heard certainly was not that of a child.

Also that bit where it seemed like Yi Hyun lost control and Izzy just took over was kinda scary. I wonder if once he remembers that he is Izzy (right?) he will forget about being the good professor altogether and his bromance with Geum. I'm scared what that will do to their relationship

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I am trusting in the relationship between Yi-hyun and Geum to be stronger than anything that happened in past lives. Yi-hyun is going through a struggle with his past "selves," but he has to find a way to take back control of his life in the present. The Yi-hyun of today doesn't have anyone closer than Geum, and I don't think this drama would be pathetic enough to end by spoiling that.

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agreed. I loved their relationship and I hope that is the linchpin in him besting Izzy's fiery (haha) tendencies!

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Right! Can you imagine how many adorable awkward moments we could have had in Seoul with Ok Nam and Geum if this was discovered earlier. They could have still kept the discovering each other at the pond when they came back to the mountain in the previous episode (3 eps ago?)

Still I like that they at least gave us this!

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Yeah, we would have many more adorable moments and the ratings wouldn't suffer so bad too lol. Even the webtoon didn't waste so much time on revealing the husband so I didn't get what's the drill. Anyway better late than never right?

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I think the weakness of the drama was that the writing went for drama tropes in dramas, like triangle love. It should have kept the fluffiness of the webtoon.

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Spoilers, guys! Please don't discuss what happens in episode 14 until the recap is out... soon, I promise!

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Okay, I am still not feeling this.

Guem is a young dude with his entire current incarnation/life ahead of him.
To be tied down with a 700 year old textbook definition of a sheltered woman, this just cannot end well.

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Poor Ji-hyun. Man has he been jerked around or what? And then she didn't even stay to sort the mess out but basically ran. I dislike her a lot. At least Geum has the excuse of being a baby. What's hers?

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That ending though, had me LOL and swooning at the same time. That towel and Geum bath time really caught me off guard.
This drama is really cute with it's irrelevant moments, like the dried squid and the pink toy cars. And Geummie is like the sweetest hero seen in dramaland.
Nonsensical really, but my happy pill of the week.

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Although the final scene was a bit awkward, I was very happy that they met again!

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There are two reasons why I keep checking the recaps and go to the show to watch a couple of scenes:
1. I like when the second lead ends up being the lead and getting the girl!! 😂 Rare, but it happens.
2. this show is on Viki. It takes less than five minutes to check what's going on.

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It is so refreshing that the second lead gets the girl. I can't recall off my head any dramas that does this. Will be an interesting topic to ask Beanies.

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A poem a day! (For example) -which by the way is 1000% better than this one 😂

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Oh that is a good one. But I kinda think Dr Ye is the first lead, because he has all the essential romantic hero qualities but his screen time is less, so I do agree that it is debatable who is the first vs second lead here.

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Well, precisely because he has less screen time, we fought our shipping battle not knowing the result. It was epic! And I am so excited I shipped him from the beginning😍
Not that I hated Min ho, it is just that... Dr. Ye was better for Bo young, due to his personality and maturity.

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okay, i feel it's safe to go back to the story now. Phew! I was so invested and so worried. But yeah...now.....
Thanks for the recap.

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I decided to randomly check out a recap after dropping the show a while ago because I thought Team Geum wasn't going to win, and Team Geum has won!! What a great turn of events.

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And yet I'm still wary... It seems too good to be true!

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Omg, so I started this drama when it first aired and then stopped after 5 episodes...then I just painfully binge watched ep 6-13 and I've finally caught up! The drama was so boring to watch until episode 10ish and I've been on Team Geum since early on! I love the turnaround. Now I can't wait until the last 2 eps next week! I hope our Fairy and Geum lives happily ever after! They have been separated for 700 years, that's just too painful.

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I get why Ok nam wanted to leave but why didn’t she stop by and sort out the mess with Yi Hyun or leave him a note like she did to Geum’s

She got a skeptic like him to believe he is her reincarnated husband

Take Responsibility for that atleast ! How can she just make tall promises endlessly dilly dally the matter and one day just up and leave ! Without so much as a warning!

She doesn’t get a pass just because she’s a girl !!!

😤 Now that I got this off my chest I feel Better !😀

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Agree with everything your wrote.

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Thanks larelle 79

Sorry i got caught up in my rant

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I said this in a previous post but i will repeat it here !

Im not saying Yi-hyun’s pain is greater than Ok nam and Geum’s

Im saying he is more vulnerable!

Prof Jung is emotional starved not to mention scarred from his experiences!

He needed be walked through the emotional landmine he landed in !

Lastly Ok nam may not have feelings for Jung but she did run interference in the one person who genuinely loves Yi yhun Dr Lee ! Who thanks to that gave up by the way

What if Yi hyun stops believing in love

She could have fixed him up with her . He would have healed

Every one could be happy!

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Agree with you, I can't help but feel sorry for PJ, he was fine until some freaking fairy start insisting he is her husband then just up and leave when he is not. I'm actually hating ON more than Izzy right now. I would rather she perish in the next episodes' confrontation and leave our PJ and KG to heal their relationship. At this point all I'm curious about is the answer to "what exactly did Bause do" that betrayed Izzy's trust other than ratting her out to the North Star King that made him lose all his memories.

If anything MCW was wasted here.

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Agree x 1000

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I think the drama adaptation is sappy compared to the webtoon. In my memory, webtoon Oknam did mistake Prof. Jung for her husband but she wasn't as invested as drama Oknam. And the love triangle wasn't that intense...

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I don't like how passive Ok-Nam is. I think she should have known earlier that Kim Geum was her husband--as far we know, he was the only person she wrote a farewell letter to which shows that she was emotionally invested in him. She didn't even think for a second that he might be her reincarnated husband? Was it because he was so young?

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I thought that Yoon Hyun Min was the main lead this whole time. Good thing I only read recaps and didn't invest emotionally. lol poor Hyun Min.

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I’m glad that Geum went to the mountain. With all his crying he was being as passive as Ok Nam.

I feel that we’re still missing a big piece of the puzzle between these three. Early on Ok Nam said that Izy and Bausae disappeared from the fairy realm around the same time. We have a glimpse of Izy being banished but how did Bausae leave and become a mortal? Did Izy or someone else have a hand in it?

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I have a completely random comment. I really like the stills that they use when the credits are rolling. They are stills from scenes from the same episode but (don't know the correct term) they are lit up better. This really came to my attention in the episode where they go up to the mountain and Yi Hyun ends up kissing Ok Nam. The stills in the credit sequence are lit up better and I could finally see what was happening!
On the one hand love the realistic ness of the fact that it was nighttime in that scene so you can't see much but from an audience perspective, I also wished I could actually see what was happening without having to turn my screen brightness to max and barely making out the details.

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I feel like this is one of the shows that could benefit from having a 45 minute format instead of an hour, because if we're having to sit through 25 minutes with the (tiresome) "here for gags" side kicks then it's clear that the plot is pretty thin (or that they're not developing it enough).

I'm just here for Yi Hyun and Kim Geum's happiness. Honestly. And I'm still curious about whatever happened on the immortal realm.

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Where is the recap for episode 14
Please upload it😭😭

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