Shopping King Louis starts out with one thing every shopaholic loves: a flash sale! Although this flash sale is more luxury item and our self proclaimed king of shopping nabs the number one spot. We’re also introduced to sweet Bok Sil who’s as pragmatic as they come, Joong Won the hard-ass, and a Grandma-Grandson love story that will have us rooting for all of them to end up as family. It’s a goofy delight of a first episode with a surprising depth and warmth.
Top 10 Moments:
- We meet Louis, the king of shopping but a big baby in his grandmother’s eyes (hahahaha)
We open with a narration, explaining how interconnected the world has gotten and how hooked everyone is to their devices. And the one thing that they do? Shopping. It’s this focus that has Joong Won, the head of a department store, declaring that the store’s retail line will be launched with the popular Louis Ssaton tracksuit: a tracksuit made popular by a movie star. And to drive the demand even higher, they will release a limited edition of the tracksuit: numbered from 1 to 100, and have it available for purchase at a particular time. Joong Won is banking on people’s need for exclusivity and he turns out to be right because the minute they throw the buying open, the limited edition is sold out in 10 seconds (but damn, the jacket’s ugly though), and when someone wonders who it is that bought the number one jacket, valued at 10,000 dollars, everyone around the world declare that it must be the king of shopping himself: Louis. They are right because when we get a full glimpse of Louis, he has on the number one jacket and serious bags underneath his eyes (hahaha). By the time Louis finally gets around to getting dressed for the day, he’s all cleaned out, well rested and in no mood for breakfast. But he has to eat when his trusted butler: Ho Joon, points out that his grandmother insists that he must eat rice, and he’s all grumpy when his butler tricks him into drinking a foul medicinal concoction which his grandmother also insists that he drink (hahahaha).
2. Louis’s got two amazing people on his team: beloved Grandma and butler bestie
In his haste to avoid drinking the concoction, Louis trips and falls. Ho Joon who tries to get to him also falls and lands on Louis. And so, by the time they get up, it’s to find Louis with a nosebleed. Ho Joon reports back to Grandma who bursts into tears at the thought of her precious Louis being injured, and she has a doctor sent to Louis immediately. Louis meanwhile is all grumbly about having to see a doctor because it will cut into his shopping time and he blames Ho Joon for it. Ho Joon’s hurt and points out that he was only looking after Louis and Louis replies that it’s because of that that Ho Joon’s still single in his old age. Turns out that Ho Joon had spent his youth tailing Louis around, and Louis hasn’t been able to make friends or meet a girlfriend because having a butler follow you around cramps your style (hahaha. Poor Louie). The two friends though, bond over the thought of Louis shopping and the fake a tantrum so Grandma can call back the doctor and the two of them can go shopping.
3. All that money comes with a world of pain (poor Grandma and Louis)
Whilst her grandson spends the day shopping like a man on a mission, and receiving a gift of a custom made underwear, Grandma heads to the office where we learn (thanks to gossip) that she’s had a pretty tough life. She lost her husband and her son and his wife within a space of ten years, and when she went to visit a fortune teller, she was told that her fate is so strong that it brings harm to her family (ha! Is it Bo Nui’s fortune teller from Lucky Romance? If it isn’t the two of them should get together), which is the reason why she sent Louis far away from her so she wouldn’t cause her beloved grandson any harm.
4. Louis can smell insincerity from a mile away, which is why one girl turns him off, and he’s practically besotted with the other one
Ma Ri calls Louis and as if she’s reading a script, checks up on him. It would seem it’s something she does a lot because moments before Louis picked up her call, Ho Joon had declared that her persistence would see Louis and Ma Ri married. Louis hadn’t liked the idea at all and immediately tells Ma Ri, when she calls him, that he has no interest whatsoever in her. He hangs up the call and although Ma Ri was initially shocked at the rude response, she soon smiles to herself as she declares that they would get married soon enough (pfft. In your dreams). Louis meanwhile is at home, watching a documentary starring Bok Sil who’s a capable young woman, taking care of her family. He’s utterly smitten by her smile and when he hears her mention that she needs a refrigerator so she wouldn’t have to keep making side dishes every day, he demands that Ho Joon buy the biggest refrigerator he can find, and send it over to her. Ho Joon dryly points out that the area doesn’t even have electricity (hahahaha), and Louis huffs at him.
5. Joong Won might just remain a bachelor forever. The reason why? Because he’s a hard-ass
Joong Won’s parents show up at his apartment, and his mother takes note of the fact that he hasn’t eaten any of the many dishes she’d brought for him. She also scans his apartment and wails about the fact that she can’t find any traces of any woman having been to visit him (hahahaha). When his father wonders about the reason, she drags him to meet a fortuneteller who tells them that all they have to do is wait for a month, after which Joong Won will be able to meet both men and women. Joong Won meanwhile, is utterly unaware of what is going on as he’s at a meeting, eviscerating the members of his unit on their reports. The only person who gets a modicum of praise is Ma Ri (which is why she should end up with him and not innocent Louis who wants nothing to do with her), whilst the rest of his team members are visibly terrified of him.
6. Grandmothers are precious, especially when you’ve lost them
Bok Sil finds some wild ginseng and although the men with her offer to buy it off of her for a tidy sum, she insists on taking it to her grandmother who hasn’t been feeling too well ever since Bok Sil’s brother: Bok Nam, ran away to the city. She blames the documentary crew for leading her brother astray but is all smiles when she declares that he will survive on his own. But, by the time she gets home, she’s devastated to see that her Grandma has passed away, and she breaks down in tears. Over in France, Louis’s down in the dumps as it’s raining and he can’t leave the house because his Grandma worries about him getting into an accident should he drive in the rain. He asks Ho Joon why he has to stay locked up and when Ho Joon replies that it’s because Louis’s Grandma loves him, Louis looks sad. He then flashes to when he was a child and his parents had died. That Christmas, all he’d wanted was his mum and dad back, and he’d prayed to the stars to bring them back to him. But when he’d turned around, he’d found Grandma crying, and realized that she too missed her Louis’s parents. Back in the present, Louis declares that he can’t make his Grandma sad, and walks back into the room.
7. Poor Innocent Bok Sil gets scammed by a Grandmother (damn. Talk about unexpected. Hahahaha)
Bok Sil sets out for the city to find Bok Nam so she can scold him and inform him about their Grandma’s death. Whilst on the train, her food catches the attention of a Grandmother and Bok Sil offers her part of the food. Grandma soon starts to choke however and asks Bok Sil to help her get some water. Gullible Bok Sil heads to the back of the train to do just that, and leaves her luggage behind. Needless to say, by the time she gets back to her seat, both her luggage and Grandma have disappeared (of all the… hahahaha. I so wasn’t expecting Grandma to pull off a scam).
8. Bok Sil and Joong Won meet and she impresses him with her marketing skills (hahahaha. Hell, she impressed me)
Joong Won’s set up for a blind date. His date’s pleased with his looks and although he considers her job satisfactory (she’s a doctor), and thinks she’s beautiful, he declares that she’s too beautiful, and looks like a doll (hahaha. His mother should be really afraid. Her son has no interest in marrying). The woman storms off and Joong Won heads to the station, where a morose Bok Sil’s thinking of her chances, since her bag’s been stolen and there’s no hope of her getting it back. She cases everyone that comes along and when she sees Joong Won, she smiles at having found her mark. She then approaches him and although he thinks she’s crazy at first, she offers to sell him the wild ginseng she’d dug out of the ground. He asks for the price and she offers to sell it to him for 1000 dollars, stating that the market price for it is 5000. It’s exactly the same line Louis is using for his staff at that same moment and Joong Won holds back a smile. When he questions the authenticity of the ginseng, she tells him her name and states that he can bank on that (oooh. It’s her brand. Nice touch). Joong Won finally agrees to buy but puts a down payment of 100 dollars. The balance 900 will be payed after he’s confirmed that the product is legit. Bok Sil finally agrees but collects both his name and his phone number so she can chase him down to the ends of the earth should he default on paying her.
9. Grandma has a really bad premonition
Louis, dressed like a burglar, tries to sneak out of the house. Although Ho Joon comes really close to discovering him, he’s able to escape being seen. But, when he finally manages to pick the lock leading out of the house, he isn’t able to get out, and instead trips the house alarm. There’s pandemonium everywhere and Louis slips back into his bedroom, where Ho Joon comes to meet him. Louis smiles at Ho Joon, tells him to take care and jumps out of the window. Turns out though that it was all a dream, but the shock of Louis disappearing has Grandma fainting and her assistant: Jung Ran takes her to the hospital where the doctor announces that Grandma has the flu and had caught pneumonia as a result of it. All they can do now is wait for her fever to go down, as she might very well die if her fever doesn’t subside. The news reach Louis who immediately heads to the airport where an apologetic Ho Joon wishes he could go with him. But, there was only one seat left on the plane and so Louis is flying alone. Ho Joon promises to be on the next flight out.
10. Bok Sil and Louis meet, except something’s clearly happened to Louis
Ho Joon informs Louis that Director Baek would come pick him up at the airport, but when we pan to Director Baek, it’s to hear him being congratulated by his cronies who declare that he will be the next Chairman because they believe that Louis is too immature to take over (what assholes). Director Baek (who I’m guessing is Ma Ri’s father), tries to politely tell them not to speak that way, but the look in his eye screams greedy vulture about to pounce. And so, Director Baek is very unhappy when Grandma regains consciousness and declares that Louis will be the next Chairman. She directs Jung Ran to organize a glamorous party to celebrate Louis’s return and states that she will make the announcement at the party. Meanwhile, the plane is about to land and Louis finally closes his eyes to get some shut-eye. Next thing we see, Bok Sil’s handing out fliers with Bok Nam’s picture on it and spots a jacket identical to the one her brother used to wear. She immediately rushes to him, but the man turns out to be a dirty and scruffy looking Louis who stares back at her (wait, dude! You were wearing a suit on the plane. What happened to it? Hell, what happened to you?)
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a Lemon Suze Sparkling Pitcher Cocktail, bright and colourful and festive, but with surprising depth. I never would have expected that an otherwise comedy with goofball characters would have a layer of pain beneath it and I found it both surprising and refreshing. From Louis who is basically a little boy trying to hide the pain of losing everyone he loves by excessively shopping, to Bok Sil who’s so attached to what she loves that she wouldn’t move with the times, to Grandma who might have a ton of money but who’s lost because she has to keep away from the only family she has left. I also love seeing Bok Sil and Louis come together. I see a potential of growth for the both of them and I’m hoping to see Louis mature and grow and Bok Sil fully spread out her wings. It’s sad that her Grandma has to die for her to discover who she really is, and that Louis has to be dropped in the middle of nowhere for him to take that journey, but I’m looking forward to how much better they will turn out at the end (hopefully, this wouldn’t be a dragged out and suddenly not funny Beautiful Gong Shim. Argh. That drama… that drama…)