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Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter: Episode 16 (Final)

Our beloved fairy trio may have found certain answers, but time marches on. Everyone lives their own story, and while some may see the end of theirs, for others, their story is only beginning. There is still more to be learned about life and love, not to mention coffee and rice cakes, as old friends are missed and new friends are welcomed.

 
EPISODE 16 RECAP

After learning that Geum inadvertently returned Ok-nam’s winged dress in the form of the ajumma pajamas, he asks her not to return to the fairy realm. He asks her to stay with him instead, even though he’s lacking, but Ok-nam kisses him and says that he’s perfect exactly as he is.

Soon after, Ok-nam leaves to visit the fairy realm with Jeom-dol.

Jeom-soon stays with Geum, who’s still posing as “Jeom-soon the Tiger,” the author of Jeom-soon’s racy web novel. We see the final installment, which involves the young master and his servant meeting up again thirty years after the servant is sent away. Despite their age and the young master’s insistence that he forgot all about his servant, the sparks between them are as strong as ever.

At a signing event for the final chapter, Jeom-soon sits with Geum in her cat form. She notes that all the people wanting Geum’s autograph are women, and Geum quips that Jeom-soon should have stopped eating meat so she could have revealed herself. Doctor Lee is there for Jeom-soon’s paw print, giving Jeom-soon a knowing wink, and she takes a selfie with Jeom-soon and Geum.

A year goes by — the school year ends and a new one begins. On campus, Bong-dae’s coffee kiosk is now being run by Kaldi, the Ethiopian exchange fairy who taught Ok-nam all about coffee. He sells the same coffee flavors that Ok-nam did (Black Water, Deer’s Tears, etc), and everyone who tastes his coffee for the first time experiences a short burst of truthfulness.

Kaldi asks Geum about Ok-nam, who wilts for a moment, then smiles and says she’ll be back. Kaldi points out that it’s been a year since she left, but Geum says that she waited six hundred ninety-nine years for him, and that it’s her seven hundredth anniversary soon, so she’ll return.

Geum reminds us that a day in the fairy realm is a year in the human realm, so Ok-nam has only been gone a day in her own time. He hopes she doesn’t plan to stay for ten days/years, because he already misses her terribly.

Yi-hyun resigned after the incident at the fairy spring, and rumors have circulated the campus that he’s a doctor on a remote island, or studying contagious viruses in the mountains. In reality he works on a cattle farm cleaning the pens, and when he gets Doctor Lee’s text with her selfie, he grumbles in annoyance.

According to Geum, Doctor Lee had traveled all the way to Ok-nam’s cafe in the mountains on the evening of the incident, crying the whole way, having heard the accident while on the phone with Yi-hyun. She had found Yi-hyun still covered in blood, and she’d sobbed in relief, throwing her arms around his neck to hug him and smacking him for scaring her at the same time.

Yi-hyun told her to pick one, hitting or hugging, so she gave him a few more whacks before glomping onto him. She’d wailed that she wouldn’t tell him what to do, just to be healthy, terrified after having thought she’d lost him in the accident. After all that, she’d taken Yi-hyun’s resignation remarkably well, just glad that he’s alive.

Geum walks around in a perpetual good mood, anticipating Ok-nam’s return any day now. Kyung-shik and Jung-min are dying to know who this girlfriend is that he’s so excited to see, but he keeps that part to himself.

Jung-min gives Kyung-shik some ramyun she’s doctored up fancy, then shows him a note he wrote about her while under the influence of Kaldi’s truth coffee. He gets very defensive, but she thinks the note means he likes her, so he sheepishly shows her that he actually added her to a list of the college’s weirdos. Welp, he’s dead meat.

Geum waits for Jeom-soon, who quit eating meat after her mother returned to the fairy realm. But after only three weeks, she binged on so much pork that she spent the entire summer stuck in tiger form. She finally gets her human form back just in time to join Geum for an outing to Hangang Park, where she complains to a food cart chef whose sausages are much smaller than last year’s.

She’s interrupted by a voice calling her name, and she turns to see Kyung-seul standing behind her. They haven’t seen each other in a year, and Kyung-seul looks small and sorry as he apologizes for the way he treated her.

He saw her at the fairy spring in her tiger form last year, and the shock caused him to lose the ability to speak. He went to Doctor Lee to apologize (Love, Actually style) for filming her without her knowledge, and to give her the file of the videos. He’d thanked her for being the first person to listen to him and accept him, and asked for her forgiveness.

He tells Jeom-soon that when he did enough bad things, he started to think that they weren’t really that bad. He asks her to forgive him for lying to her and taping her, and she generously offers her forgiveness (and her sausage!).

After a while, Geum guesses that Jeom-soon decided to hang out with Kyung-seul. He looks up at a particularly bright star and sighs that he misses Ok-nam, and suddenly the star grows brighter and closer. It lands not far away, and when Geum runs over, he finds Ok-nam lying on the ground in her winged ajumma pajamas. He joins her on the grass and they hug each other, overjoyed to be together again.

Jeom-dol is there too, back in his worm form, and he calls out to his father for help getting up. But Geum and Ok-nam are too wrapped up in each other to hear him, poor little fella.

Jeom-soon has made her way home by the time Geum and Ok-nam return to the house. She’s glad to see her mom again, and her brother, who’s been sleeping in Geum’s pocket. Geum invites Ok-nam and Jeom-dol to stay at the house since the whole family is together, but Ok-nam asks nervously about Yi-hyun.

Geum explains that Yi-hyun recently returned from doing volunteer work in Africa, but he only knows because Doctor Lee told him. He says sadly that Yi-hyun isn’t responding to his texts, but Ok-nam reassures him that Yi-hyun will contact him when he’s ready.

He tells Ok-nam that she’s grown even prettier, making her blush. They’re interrupted by Jeom-dol, who’s woken up and turned on the downstairs boiler for Geum so he can sleep comfortably. Geum thanks him and tells him to head to bed, obviously reluctant to leave Ok-nam just yet, but he’s forced to wish her goodnight when Jeom-dol just sits there watching them.

As he lies on the floor next to Yi-hyun’s bed (which is so sweet), Geum thinks back to the night he first met Ok-nam — he couldn’t sleep then, either. He sits up and takes out a small box, staring at it thoughtfully.

In the morning, he takes Ok-nam to the coffee kiosk, where she and Kaldi catch up with each other. She asks Kaldi to let her make the coffee for a while, and the students are excited to see the coffee halmoni back again. She tells them that she’ll stop by often, like today.

Doctor Lee comes by to see her, and she takes a selfie of the two of them to send to Yi-hyun. Before he sees the picture, Yi-hyun gets a package from Doctor Lee containing a fancy coat she bought specifically to make him want to come back to the city.

It doesn’t work — he figures it’s the perfect coat to scoop cow poop in, or to take with him when he returns to Africa next month. He finally sees the picture Doctor Lee texted, and he gapes to realize that Ok-nam is back.

Geum sits in a classy restaurant, waiting for Ok-nam in a suit and the flowered tie she bought him last year. She looks gorgeous when she shows up in a white dress with her hair down, rendering poor Geum entirely speechless. He remembers himself and gives her a bouquet of tiny white flowers for her seven hundredth birthday in the human realm, joking that seven hundred roses would have been too heavy.

He’s nervous all through dinner, and when dessert is served, he asks Ok-nam if she’s ever regretted coming down to bathe in the spring. She thinks about meeting him as Woodcutter Bausae, their life together as husband and wife, and of the day she lost him. She tells Geum that if she could do it over again, she would make the same decision and be his wife, and mother to Jeom-soon and Jeom-dol.

Moved beyond words, Geum takes out the small box and silently places it in Ok-nam’s hand. He watches her expectantly as she opens it to find a ring, and she looks up at him and smiles with tears in her eyes.

It’s Chuseok again, and Fairy Oh and Shin-seon aren’t quite as romantic — she makes food, but he eats up all the shrimp and leaves the veggies untouched. He wonders where Master Gu is, and Fairy Oh tells him that Master Gu and Geum’s mother went on a trip together now that Ok-nam learned all of Geum’s mother’s recipes and can feed her son properly.

Geum’s mom had told Ok-nam that Geum disappeared one day when he was five. She’d found him sleeping on the mountain, with a soft glow surrounding him and butterflies and birds flying around to protect him.

She’d known then that he was her son, but that he was also a noble being who might leave her for somewhere higher one day. She asked Ok-nam to take good care of her son, knowing that her premonition is coming true.

Fairy Oh hints that she wants to go on a trip, too, but Shin-seon just dithers until Ok-nam calls them in to eat. Geum arrives with flowers and gifts, and when he sees Ok-nam wearing his ring, he gives her a sweet little hug.

They go to the village celebration together, and when Geum puts an arm around Ok-nam’s shoulders, she surprises him with a kiss on the cheek. They both gasp in shock when they realize that Yi-hyun is standing in front of them, acting like they haven’t been apart for a year.

He looks relaxed and at peace, and happy to see them both, and they’re glad to see him though sad to hear that he’s leaving again. He notices the ring on Ok-nam’s finger but only acknowledges it with a smile, then accepts Ok-nam’s invitation to stay with them since he hasn’t showered in days. Ok-nam worries since they don’t have hot water, until Yi-hyun reminds them that he can light fires, ha.

Back at the house, Geum gives Jeom-dol a wooden top — oh no, I’m going to cry. The last thing Geum promised Jeom-dol before he died was that he would bring him a wooden top from his trip, getting Jeom-dol’s promise to take care of Jeom-soon.

Jeom-dol bursts into tears, and Ok-nam explains to Geum that he and Jeom-soon were in the mountains when a tiger appeared. Jeom-dol ran away scared, leaving Jeom-soon to get her finger bitten off by the tiger. Jeom-dol has never recovered from the guilt of that day, and Geum cries for his son’s pain.

Yi-hyun finds them like this, and he pours some wine, catches the reflection of the moon in the cup, then sets it on fire (with a match) before serving it to Geum. He quips that it tastes better with his personal fire, but both Geum and Ok-nam good-naturedly refuse.

He remembers doing this as Izy in the fairy realm with Bausae, who’d teased Izy for carrying a love letter of her own that mentions “a flower that wouldn’t bloom.” He offers to officiate their wedding and pronounces them husband and wife right there, with his wholehearted blessing.

Yi-hyun leaves the following day and backpacks to the orphanage where he grew up. He sees his mother and turns away, but she runs to him and takes his hand, saying that she prays and thinks of him every day. She thanks him over and over until they’re both sobbing uncontrollably, and Yi-hyun clasps his mother’s hands as if to convey that he forgives her.

That night he sits alone in the chapel, where he’s approached by the Master of the Northern Star. The Master of the Northern Star says that Yi-hyun understands now that everything is equal, so he can now overcome the physics of man and return to the immortal realm. Yi-hyun bows his head gratefully.

Doctor Lee is in her office wearing her comfiest clothes when a knock on the door reveals Yi-hyun, in the coat she bought for him. She snaps at him for finally turning up when she’s dressed in her give-up pants, but he just asks her if she’d be interested in going to Africa with him. Doctor Lee slams the door in his face.

When Yi-hyun arrives home, the place is a mess, and he grumbles that he’d kick Geum out if not for the porridge, ha. He gets to work cleaning, and he finds Geum’s lotus plant about to bloom again.

Shin-seon and Fairy Oh head back in Seoul with a cotton candy machine, which they set up next to Kaldi’s coffee kiosk. Master Gu and Geum’s mom come to see them, and they’re all shocked when Shin-seon can suddenly read the sign he just made. They’re celebrating his mysterious new ability when Yi-hyun arrives, with Geum and Ok-nam right behind him.

Doctor Lee also turns up, luggage in tow, having quit her job to follow Yi-hyun to Africa. He warns her that it will be difficult and dirty, but she says it’s all good because they’ll be together, and the assembled couples all share cute little glances. Yi-hyun and Doctor Lee head off, but they stop first to take an all-important PPL photo with the whole gang.

Hundreds of years in the past, a woman and a child lie on the ground outside the shrine where the child was imprisoned. Slowly, the woman sits up and looks to the child, who smiles peacefully in her sleep. In another time, two small fairy children play in the snow, and in yet another place and time, Izy and Ok-nam smile at each other, the closest of friends.

Epilogue: “The illiterate Shin-seon can read now? How?”

At the cabin, Master Gu adds filling to rice cakes before he leaves for his trip with Geum’s mom. He finds a stray bean on the floor, but he can’t read the tiny words inscribed on it that read “to be enlightened.” He adds the bean to the filling, and that rice cake just happens to be the one that Shin-seon eats later.

As Shin-seon spends his time spouting platitudes instead of helping her work, an annoyed Fairy Oh grumbles that she preferred him stupid.

 
COMMENTS

After all of the mysteries were explained and everything put to rights in the penultimate episode, I was worried that this finale might be all fluff, but happily, I worried for nothing. The story was wrapped up with a lot of cuteness and fun while still giving meaningful updates on Geum, Ok-nam, and Yi-hyun, and even the mostly superfluous immortal trio. I even thought the predictable one-year time skip made sense, since it was natural for Ok-nam to want to visit her home after so long, but being home even one day meant that Geum had to wait for her for a full year. I’m happy that we got to see Geum and Ok-nam start their new life together, and Yi-hyun tie up the loose ends of his past and move forward into a healthy future.

I’m so happy that Yi-hyun finally found peace, and started dedicating his life to people instead of avoiding them as he’d done his entire life. He suffered for so long as Izy, believing so strongly that people are horrible and unfeeling, that all that resentment had carried over into this lifetime. He was at risk of being alone for the rest of his life, and would probably have even alienated Geum eventually, if not for Ok-nam shaking them up and reminding them of their history together. But oddly, I think it’s healthy of Yi-hyun to have taken a step away from Ok-nam and Geum, at least for a while, because being close to them as they married and fell even more in love might have reminded him of his negative feelings. Coming to terms with his past, and learning to let it go, was a difficult lesson for Yi-hyun, but it led him to a happier place on the inside so that he could spend his life helping others.

I think that this drama was very well-acted all around — I especially loved Yoon Hyun-min, who showed his acting range as Yi-hyun transformed from an angry, bitter man to one who could cry and forgive. But I really have to commend Seo Ji-hoon for his portrayal of Geum/Bausae, who managed to portray three similar but very distinct versions of his character without losing that essential core of what made him the amazing spirit he was. And Geum did a lot of growing up in the short time-span of the story, yet he still kept his sense of wide-eyed wonder and awe every time he looked at the fairy he loved. I hadn’t seen much of Seo Ji-hoon as an actor until this show, and he really impressed me with his consistency and his ability to wring tears out of me every time he gave that broken-hearted lip-wobble. I never expected him to be the one to get the girl — it’s so rare in Dramaland for the second lead to come out victorious — but I’m so happy that he did. Geum’s expansive heart and pure unselfishness that led to him giving up the love of his existence to save a friend made him more than worthy of Ok-nam’s love and devotion. Seo Ji-hoon is still very young (he’s only 21!) but he has the potential to be a wonderful leading man, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what he does next.

Looking back on Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter‘s story as a whole, I really think that it was a lot better than its storytelling style was able to portray. I don’t think I’ve ever said this before, but this is one drama that I believe would have been much better as a movie. The plot could have been condensed down to two hours and still been complex and complete, while as a drama, it feels as though the writer just had a lot more time to fill than the story needed, leading to a lot of wasteful meandering and confusing time skips. If the story had been told in two hours max, we still would have gotten the rich backstory of Bausae, Izy, and Ok-nam, but without the maze of extraneous fluff that made everything difficult to follow until the very end. Regardless, I did still enjoy the story as a whole, even more than I thought I would at the beginning, and I truly loved the story of the friends who would do anything for each other, even follow each other across lives and realms, to be together.

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Yay! Thanks for the recap!
I agree, overall, as a story, I really liked it!
Geum and Jeom Soon were probably my fav characters.
Geum was portrayed so well, he made my heart ache for him at the right moments.
I loved his interactions with literally everyone!
He was a good mentor (if not father-like) to Jeom Soon and I was happy that when Ok Nam went up to visit the celestial realm, Jeom Soon stayed behind with Geum. It does make the most sense for her to do so. I was adorable to see her struggle with sausage v/s being fully human haha
I am glad we got the see the dragon and that he has a proper purpose.

it also makes sense, as you said, for Yi Hyun to take a step back and kinda reinvent himself. It's gonna be fun for him to have Lee by his side in his future travels.

The Geum-Yi Hyun bromance won at the end and that made me really happy too!

Glad to see Hyun Min make another cameo as the coffee maestro.

As much as the celestial trio were good for comic relief, I think we could have done without a bunch of their scenes and focussed on the main storyline.

Just one small thing: couldn't the new fairy fly away butterfly clothes have been more stylish. Moon Chae Kyung made them look good ofc, but compared to the beauty that were the originals, these were only ok.
It could have been a dress.
That said, she looked absolutely lovely in her modern dress in the rest. where Geum proposed. So happy for them!

Overall, interesting story, good actors. If only it was a bit shorter, it would have been perfect.
Until Then , I need to find me some of Fairy BaBeans dark waters!

You can find the coffee menu on the Babeans website as a special rolling banner!
Here is the transcription where the drinks are Babeans signature drinks:
Deer’s tears: Cream caramel
Sparrow’s breakfast: Einspanner
Princess please don’t: Dark Cherry Chocolate
Moonlight Elegance: Peanut butter latte
Dark Waters: Long black

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I would love to try all of those coffee flavors!

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Show was pretty much a miss-fire for me. I was more interested and the Jung-min + Kyung-shik couple, and Doctor Lee than I was in the leads. Sorry.

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Yeah, well.... the only thing I like about this show (in between lots of fast forward) was the second lead getting the girl! πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‡πŸŽŠ
I am that basic sometimes, I know.

But if I were her I also would have picked Geum. He is simply better person, and that makes him a better husband material. That's all.

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Wait a minute. Jeom-dol needed help getting up, but he can turn on boilers????

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@lordcobol,

I think the little fella just temporarily needed help getting back on his feet after that fiery entry through earth's atmosphere. Or the StarGate. I'm not sure which. ;-)

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Seo Ji-hoon is ❀️. I asked myself nearly every episode why I was still watching this show, and mostly, it was because of him. But I have to admit I also enjoyed the story as a whole, even if some of the characters drove me nuts.

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I was really worried as well that the last episode would be a filler. But it turned out to be really good. It wrapped up the drama in a satisfying way. Am I the only one who likes Jeom Dol though? I found it to be really cute that he still retains his formal and old way of speech. He's such a loving brother and son. I wish there were more scenes of him.

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I'm with you! Jeom dol was adorable!

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I thought so too!

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This was a letdown. Maybe it's the writing or something. I was looking forward for this drama but midway I just read the recaps. Can't be bothered to watch. Too much red herrings can't be good, in my opinion. Maybe the source material is the problematic one. Anyways, this drama bugs me. I understand it (the webtoon) is supposed to be a retelling/reinterpretation of the folklore. Pains me to see it end up like this. I get the morals and the lessons, but still...

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MVP was Seo Ji Hoon. I can't believe he's only 21! He has a bright future ahead of him.

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Since I saw him in School 2017 I knew he'll be great..

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He was great in Solomon's Perjury (like all the casting in this drama).

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he started out in Signal as one of the teen perpetrators, all steely eyed and unrepentant. who would have thought he'd do such an amazing 180 degree turn for this show.... β™₯ can't wait to see his next project!

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Stuck this out for Geummie of course, but the drama has redeemed itself with the final two episodes. I love the happy fairytale ending !

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Same with me!

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Didn't realise how much I missed Kaldi until I saw him again. His "OMG" is the cutest!
It's a bit sad that Jeom soon still calls Geum "ajusshi", but I guess it'd be weird for Geum to be called "appa" and forced to live with a teenage dau all of a sudden. After all, he's a 20 something boy who got a fate bigger than the sky fall on him during a short span of time, and he has his own youth and needs more time to adapt to this new situation. Plus Jeom soon will undoubtedly call him dad once he marries her mom?
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WHAT a PPL for that gorgeous wool coat. "This is great for wearing while collecting cow dung!"
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It's a good thing wizard Park finally regained his full wits, the moron didn't even know what he lacks was contained in a bean. What if the bean got eaten by somebody else? Anyway, don't try Master Gu with your food is what I learned from this, because he might add whatever dirty tidbits he finds on the floor into the foods, if those look edible!
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Yoon Hyun min nailed that crying scene with the Sister-mom. It looked SO genuine!
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After all, we got to watch a drama with a beautiful cast, everybody were SO pretty! The main trio, Izzy, Jeom soon, creepy guy, Bong dae...even the warm Jeom dol! It was pure eye-candy!
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P.S.- @lordcobol
Of Jeom dol, think of a snail...or a cockroach. Eh, I know I'm not making much sense. Lol.

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I love the twist is that Han Hyun-min is the youngest among everyone when he plays the oldest god of coffee lol.

As for Geum, he may seems like a kid, but he already loved Ok-nam even though he knows that she had two kids and had looking at the memories of him with the children fondly then and treating them well now. So, I think he is more than ready to be a father for both of them.

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I loved it!!! πŸ˜„πŸ˜€πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜Šβ˜Ί I started watching this drama because I was killing time until another drama started--which now I can't remember which drama it was that I was waiting for. I enjoyed all the characters, especially the celestial trio and Dr. Lee. The scene where they all get drunk cracked me up!

Also, I liked how the 2nd lead got the girl. That was a refreshing twist. Another unexpected twist I liked was Kimkim's mom finding her mate in Teacher Goo.

There's too much I liked about this drama, unfortunately due to my 5 year old "dumb" phone I can't get to all the details right now.

Overall, I loved it! Out of my 11 dramas that I watched this year, it tied on 1st place with 3 beans (with Thirty but Seventeen). In my opinion, Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter was one of the most underrated dramas of 2018. 😝

@lollypip thank you for recapping this drama and for your insightful comments πŸ˜€πŸ˜Š

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I loved the celestial trio! I laughed so hard during many of their scenes. Beautifully ridiculous!

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The acting worths diamond (esp. Yoon Hyun-min & Seo Ji-hoon, even Kang Mi-na quite decent), but the writing really hopeless as they put out too much fillers and left several questions unanswered (is Kyung-seul the one who bit Jeom-soon's finger? How can Izy/Yi-hyun have his power intact after reincarnation but Bausae/Geum isn't? and the list never ends) and the directing frustrating me like they too much focusing on dry humour than the actual problems. No words needed for CGI as they never learned from Hwayugi though

Thanks for the fluff and the chemistry that they offer, I can binge-watch this until finish

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actually, Bausae no longer has his powers (or memory of being a celestial fairy) because he traded his immortality for Izy's life, despite her eventual banishment. but his aura as a celestial being was still prevalent somehow, seeing how the Woodcutter's 'breeze' blew the butterflies away on Ok-nam's winged robe when he grabbed it off the rocks at the Fairy Falls, and how he was protected by butterflies as young Geummie sleeping in the forest.

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Thank you for the explanation, Mich! It makes sense

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most welcome :) glad it helped!

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It was a good final episode. There was growth, reconsiliation, fulfilled promises, a little tear here and there. Like many here, I also enjoyed Seo Ji-hoon's performance (even started following him on IG). Sure, this drama was a wild ride, yet I still somehow enjoyed it. Off to new drama watching adventures!

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Thank for this wonderful recap. It made me enjoy the episodes more! I agree with your comments on Yoon Hyun-min & on Seo Ji-hoon! Its my first time to watch both of them and they did not disappoint! Of course Moon Chae Won is a professional actress who always give justice to her roles!
More power and may the fairies give us more heartwarming stories like this one.

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As an African from Kenya this episode was rather cringe worthy for me and left me rather disappointed at how it exposed the ignorance of the writers as well as the director. This rather surprised me as I thought people are becoming more woke for lack of a better term. That aside I did enjoy the show immensely and I would probably watch it again and fast forward through the Going to Africa to save the Natives bit.

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I can't help but agree with you, every time I see these type of scenes with such ignorance in its making, I can't keep but wonder whoever comes up with "Africa needs saving" business ( by the way am African).
There's a need to make people aware that Africa is one hell of a continent with all the good that it has and of course,we cant ignore the bad too. Anyways, it was a good series with a good meaningful story behind it.

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Seo Ji Hoon was extremely miscast. Moon Chae Won had no chemistry with Seo Ji Hoon or Yoon Hyun Min. The drama made a mistake by showing Yi Hyun's face as the woodcutter. I am glad I knew who the husband was in the webtoon because I watched the drama as if it were following the webtoon.

I hated how Ok Nam led Yi Hyun on, then abandoned him as soon as she realized he was not her husband. Since Bausae and Izy can be reincarnated as any gender, would Ok Nam have fallen in love with her husband if he were a woman?

Despite disliking almost every character (Three Stooges, Dr. Lee, Mom, Lab Rats, Professor Park) and only caring about Geum, Jeom Soon, Kyung Seul, and Jeom Dol, Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter was a surprisingly easy watch up until Episode 11. I wish they explained why some characters (Dr. Lee, the movie theater vendor, the clothing store owner) were able to see Ok Nam in her young fairy form.

Thanks for recapping Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter, @LollyPip!

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this show really surprised me because of its very unconventional approach towards its characters - it's probably one of the few shows where the second lead ends up outshining the (supposed) lead and of course, ending up with the show's coveted romance. also, the whole past life thing and how Yi-hyun's reincarnation story unfolded; and... its extensive use of CG haha. (who remembers the dancing goats!!!!)

also think it's amazing that for a relatively new actor (he debuted in 2016 with Signal), Seo Ji-hoon actually got a pretty meaty role in this, and - bias notwithstanding - i think he did a relatively good job in bringing out the sweet unassuming, genuine side of Kim Geum. i only wish he's like this in real life, and less of his role in Signal, where he played a chaebol's son who escaped from charges of rape (obviously a far stretch, sorry Ji-hoon ah).

while i was pretty annoyed at how certain things just 'happened' without a proper lead up (like Yi-hyun suddenly falling in love with Ok-nam, why Gyeom-sul got so freaked out seeing Jo Bong-dae, and.. a few other details I don't remember), I appreciated how the writers really fleshed out everything we'd been seeing in drips and drabs till now.

despite my occasional angst and frustration over this show, the more I think about the last 2 eps, the more I guess I am glad that I watched this show (despite it all) :) some may know that I've had my eye on this drama for months before it went to air (when it started filming, actually - hence KDL is probably the first to track down locations for this show: https://koreandramaland.com/jobs/?search_keywords=%22mama+fairy+and+the+woodcutter%22&submit= ) and I was so excited to have it finally showing in November. glad everything has come full circle, just like their story :) thanks to those who also stuck around to see this show to the end, and thanks always to @lollypip for the wonderful recaps!

also... #geummieforever β™₯

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He may just breath and voila!

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#truestory πŸ˜‚

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