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Shopping King Louis: Episode 14
by | November 10, 2016 | 109 Comments

This episode is almost completely filler, but I don’t even care when it means we get plenty of cuteness from Louis and Bok-shil, jealous growls from Joong-won, and lots of fun and games. That’s not to say that nothing happens — as we count down to the final episodes, it’s time to start discovering the last of Louis’s secrets, and maybe a few more surprises along the way.

EPISODE 14: “The Winner Takes it All”

The Goldline team complain about Louis’s and Joong-won’s new desks, which sit right in the middle of the room (as opposed to a separate office). They discuss how both men like Bok-shil and debate their individual strengths, while Ma-ri rolls her eyes and orders them back to work.

Joong-won overhears Mr. Lee backing Louis, and they all scurry away from his glowering expression. He raises a fist to Louis’s nameplate, thinking, “The winner takes it all!”

Scarface sits at a convenience store, talking to someone over the phone about their plans to leave the country. Behind him is none other than the ajumma who stole Bok-shil’s bag on her train ride into Seoul, and she greedily eyeballs the bag that Scarface is clutching.

She chokes and grabs her throat, and asks Scarface to get her some water, using the same trick she used to swipe Bok-shil’s bag. When he brings her the bottle she takes a huge drink and thanks him, then takes the gum out of her mouth and sticks it in his hair. Ew! While he’s distracted, the ajumma gives him a shove and runs off with his bag.

He chases after her, but she’s already escaped by climbing to a nearby roof. She watches him run off in the wrong direction then opens the bag, and gasps to see the mind-boggling pile of cash. Jackpot.

That brings us to Scarface showing up at the bookstore, and running into Jae-sook and Louis. Louis recognizes his voice from the phone recently, but doesn’t say anything yet. Jae-sook seats Scarface across from Louis, who sloooowly reaches out and pulls his box of chocolates closer. Heh, no sharing with suspicious characters.

Director Baek somehow has possession of Louis’s treasure box, and we see that he’d overheard Louis tell Butler Kim that he remembered hiding it under the floor in the Busan house. Director Baek had rushed to retrieve it before Butler Kim got to the house, and now he opens it eagerly.

Inside are two old VHS tapes, one blank and one labeled “March 15, 1996, Mom, Dad, and Ji-sung,” and Louis’s penguin statue with “Koboshi” written on the bottom. There’s also an envelope, but whatever is inside is dismissed as unimportant by Director Baek. Then Jae-sook calls, and Director Baek forgets all about the treasure box when he hears that Scarface is in the bookstore.

At the bookstore, Louis asks why Scarface came here instead of calling Director Baek himself. Scarface says that his phone was his the bag that was stolen, and he remembered coming here with Director Baek once. Louis asks if he’s ever called his grandmother’s house, and Scarface nervously denies it.

Oblivious to the tension in the room, Jae-sook shows Louis a pink coat she bought for Ma-ri. They discuss clothing to match, and Jae-sook mentions the Goldline/Singsingline retreat that’s happening soon, while Scarface listens intently.

Director Baek runs in and confronts Scarface, and Louis tells Director Baek that he thinks Scarface called Grandma’s house once. Director Baek denies that could happen and runs out to talk to Scarface in private. He’s in a panic, and demands to know why Scarface is still in Korea. Scarface admits he was robbed.

Ma-ri goes looking for her dad and finds Louis’s treasure box. She’s curious about the unmarked tape and drags out an old VHS player, but as soon as she puts the tape in, the player jams.

Scarface wants more money, and Director Baek is stuck if he wants the guy to leave the country. But that kind of cash isn’t so easy to get his hands on once, much less twice.

Bok-shil prepares for a date with Louis, and takes out the couple ring she got for him (darn it, the ring he gave her was only a couple ring). Louis decides he wants to stay in, missing the time they spend here together, awww. He takes delivery of several packages, and opens them to reveal couple sweatshirts, couple shoes, and even couple sunglasses.

Oh how sweet, they’re the same items he bought when they were poor, the things Bok-shil made him return. This time she accepts them graciously, then he gives her the big gift — the fuzzy designer bag he bought for her once before. Louis tells Bok-shil that he bought it with the money he worked for, and whines until she agrees to keep it.

He offers to cook a meal, then proceeds to screw up every single step and call for Bok-shil’s help until she’s exhausted. Eventually he manages to make something presentable, but when Bok-shil tries it, she goes a little green, ha. She lies that it’s good so Louis gives her all of his portion, and the poor girl is forced to choke it down.

Bok-nam isn’t doing any better after his tutoring with Butler Kim, and Butler Kim is exhausted trying to teach the Slow Toad. Jung-ran is worried about Butler Kim, who moans that he feels like he ages a year every time he tutors the kid.

Louis cleans up after himself in the kitchen, and Bok-shil dries his hands and applies some hand lotion. When he asks for his usual five hundred won payment (lol), she reaches into her pocket for his couple ring.

But her phone rings with a call from Jung-ran wanting to discuss Bok-nam. Louis goes with her, and Bok-shil has to wait to give him his surprise.

Director Baek takes Scarface to the locked-up bookstore, and orders him to stay here until he can bring him more money tomorrow. He says that he’ll keep his wife away, and for Scarface not to call the house or do anything until he returns. From outside, someone whose face we don’t see is taking pictures of the two of them together.

That night, Bok-nam asks Bok-shil if he can stop studying. She tells him to grow up, and he argues that she didn’t go to university either. He nearly escapes the apartment but he’s caught by In-sung’s mom, who sits him down for a good old-fashioned lecture. She tells him that he can either live like In-sung, or live like Louis.

Of course he wants to live like Louis. But when In-sung’s mom says that Louis studied hard in France and earned his director position on his own merits, Bok-nam says he’ll just live like In-sung then, ha.

Butler Kim worries about Louis’s lost treasure box, way more stressed about it than Louis. Louis promises to go to Busan after the retreat and help him look for it again.

Louis snuggles in bed with his Bok-shil stuffed dog, but it’s no substitute for the real thing. He wonders if he’ll have to marry her to be able to sleep next to her again, and he texts her to ask, “Bok-shil, should we get married?” OMG.

Bok-shil asks if he likes her that much, and Louis responds that he does. She notices his complete lack of hesitation, and when he asks if she likes him too, she says she’ll answer his question if he wins the talent show at the retreat.

Louis asks for a kiss, so Bok-shil kisses her phone screen and turns over to sleep. Louis calls to laugh at her for kissing the phone instead of sending a kissy emoji, which was what he meant, hee. They go to sleep as giggly as children.

The entire Goldline and Singsingline group head out for their retreat the next day, with In-sung and Butler Kim joining them. HA, Louis and Joong-won declare their rivalry right away with their matching limited edition tracksuits. Louis reminds Joong-won how he once said he felt like he used to wear the Number One jacket, and Joong-won just growls.

They choose numbers for teams, and Louis and Bok-shil pout when they land on opposite sides. Louis and Joong-won are team leaders, and they place a bet that the leader of the losing team does the dishes.

The first game is jump-rope, and Joong-won glares when Bok-shil gives Louis pointers. When it’s his team’s turn, Joong-won jumps in too close to the rope, and Louis’s team wins.

Next is arm wrestling, and Bok-shil goes up against Ma-ri. Bok-shil easily wins, having worked outdoors her whole life. Besties Mi-young and Hae-joo face off, with Hae-joo securing a point for Louis’s team. Do-jin quickly scores against In-sung for Joong-won’s team, then Butler Kim ties the score again, with his battle cry of, “Jung-ran-shiiiii!

It’s down to Louis and Joong-won, and the mood suddenly grows serious. They’re pretty evenly matched, and their hands waver back and forth, with neither willing to give in. Just as it looks like Joong-won may win the game for his team, Louis finds a burst of strength and slams his fist to the table. That’s two wins for Louis.

Louis’s team also wins the hackysack game, due to Louis’s ability to keep the toy in the air longer than Joong-won (and HAHA, his chicken arms crack me up). Joong-won’s team is losing faith in their leader, so Bok-shil gives him a supportive pat, and Joong-won accuses Louis of lying about growing up in France. Bok-shil asks how Louis was so good at it when he’s never done it before, and they titter over how talented he is.

Scarface stays in the bookstore out of sight as he promised, until a cop car pulls up and Detective Joo-hyuk steps out. He walks to the door with his hand in his jacket, and Scarface panics, slipping out the back door. Joo-hyuk finds the front door locked and wilts, disappointed because he’d planned to buy a book with his gift certificate, ha.

As soon as Joo-hyuk drives away, Director Baek pulls up with a new bag of cash for Scarface. But he finds the store empty and the back door wide open, and assumes he’s up to something nefarious.

At dinner that evening, Louis pulls Bok-shil away to a private spot where he’s set up food and drinks. He says he grilled the meat just for her, which reminds her of him saying before that he would only eat the food she makes. They feed each other and enjoy being alone for a moment, but they agree that the retreat is fun, getting to play with everyone.

They head back to the group, where they’ve run out of meat. Luckily Joong-won arranged for Joo-hyuk to deliver more, and he shows up right on time. The women swoon over the strong, handsome man, and invite him to stay for the talent show tonight.

The talent show is a hilarious parody of King of Masked Singer, where the men dress in costume and sing, and the ladies score their performance skills. The costumes are absolutely hysterical (no kidding, one is a mask of a poo), and the ladies have fun trying to figure out who is who and scoring them. It’s cute how Bok-shil gives every one of them five stars.

The final singer, who wears a dog mask, sings a love confession song that makes all the ladies melt. Bok-shil is sure it’s Louis, especially when he steps on a balloon and his speaking voice gives him away, hee.

He gets a perfect score and wins the contest, and takes off his mask to reveal that he is, in fact, Louis. Bok-shil says that she recognized him even with the mask, and he asks when he’ll get the answer to his question. Bok-shil whispers for him to be patient.

Joong-won sees their conversation and moves to leave them alone, but Bok-shil stops him to say that he was great. He growls at Louis’s trophy, and goes outside to think. He recalls all the times that he’s seen Louis and Bok-shil together, so obviously in love. Holding a red scarf aloft dramatically, he runs through the yard repeating, “The winner takes it all,“ until he collapses.

Once that’s out of his system, Joong-won does the dishes as the loser of the games. He snaps at Bok-shil when she tries to help, and takes a call from his mother, who wants to set him up with a few young ladies. Joong-won threatens to move away if she doesn’t stop, and hangs up on her when she says that she has to do this because Bok-shil is dating someone else.

Joong-won tries to do damage control and tells Bok-shil that his mother didn’t mean anything by mentioning her. He notices her diamond ring and asks if Louis proposed, but Bok-shil says it’s not that, just that he promised to buy her one a long time ago.

Joong-won says that Louis does keep his promises well, and hands Bok-shil some gloves to protect the ring. She offers to just take the ring off, and they argue over the gloves until Joong-won accidentally sprays water all over Bok-shil’s coat.

The team play a large version of the ladder game to determine who sleeps where. Butler Kim and In-sung end up rooming with Joo-hyuk, and Ma-ri pouts when she ends up in Bok-shil’s room. Louis says that it’s okay because Bok-shil is a quiet sleeper, and the whole room goes silent, HA.

Butler Kim worries that Louis will get stuck with the tent, but Louis reminds everyone how lucky he is…. then chooses the ladder leading to the tent. Joong-won crows that he’s lucky he won’t catch a cold. But he’s not laughing when he finds out he’s also sleeping in the tent, and he demands they re-draw the ladders, but Louis leads him away with a grin.

Louis cheerfully backhugs Joong-won when he grumbles that they always end up stuck together, and Joong-won tells him to leave him alone to hate him freely. Louis is excited to be sleeping in a tent for the first time ever, and he tries to snuggle up on Joong-won. So cute.

Bok-shil can’t sleep, and she looks at Louis’s couple ring, then texts him to ask if he’s awake. She teases him and says she’s not missing him, then suggests they meet up now so she can give him his present. They agree to meet at the bench where they ate earlier.

Ma-ri is still awake, and she grouchily tells Bok-shil to take her pink coat when Bok-shil finds that hers is still wet. Bok-shil heads out, excited to see Louis and give him the ring. But as she’s walking, Scarface sneaks up behind her and clamps a cloth over her face, drugging her. When she passes out, she’s tossed over his shoulder, and the ring drops to the ground.

Scarface shoves Bok-shil into the back of his car, and the hood of Ma-ri’s coat obscures her face. He takes her phone and turns it off so it can’t be tracked, and drives away with Bok-shil.

Louis grows impatient and goes looking for Bok-shil, but all he finds is the ring box on the ground. He opens it and tries it on, correctly guessing that it’s the gift Bok-shil has been telling him about, and calls for her to stop hiding. He starts to grow worried when she doesn’t answer, and he tries to call her but her phone is off.

Scarface finds a phone booth and calls Director Baek. He accuses him of calling the cops on him, and says he won’t go down alone. He tells Director Baek that he has Ma-ri, and instructs him to bring the money to the clock tower in Gold Square tomorrow.

He tells Director Baek that he’ll tell him where to find his daughter once he has the money. He warns him not to call the police, or he might do something awful.

Back at the retreat, Louis screams for Bok-shil, terrified that something has happened to her.


Okay, now I’m scared. I’m hoping that Scarface doesn’t hurt Bok-shil, though really, he doesn’t strike me as a guy whose goal is to hurt anyone. He just wants to get his money and get out of the country. Obviously he was aiming to kidnap Ma-ri, since he knew that pink coat was a gift from her mother, and use her to blackmail Director Baek into giving him more money. Hopefully when he sees that he’s got the wrong girl, and realizes that Director Baek was bringing him money anyway, he’ll do the right thing.

We’re winding down to the end of Louis and Bok-shil’s story, but there are still many mysteries to solve and questions to answer. Such as, what’s in the freaking treasure box??? After so many weeks of teasing us about Louis’s treasure box, whatever is on those videos must be extremely important. It seems as though only Butler Kim really knows what’s in there, because Director Baek wasn’t even curious enough to give the contents more than a cursory glance. But the way Butler Kim has been talking about this box ever since they found Louis has me so curious I can’t stand it. What’s on the video and in the papers, why is the penguin statue significant, and why didn’t Butler Kim become worried about the box until just recently?

I loved Joong-won’s final swan song, when he ran around yelling “The winner takes it all!” I interpreted that to mean that he was conceding to Louis, and letting go of any lingering hope of being with Bok-shil. He knows that he never had a real chance with her, that she’s been Louis’s since the moment they met, but he’s still harbored hope that she might one day look at him. The retreat hammered home to Joong-won that Louis is just a stronger opponent. But there’s no shame in admitting defeat when you’re so obviously outgunned, and I love that Joong-won went out in a blaze of glory, even if he was the only one to know it.

I just can’t get over how even the smallest detail of this show can be carried over to mean something big later on. The return of the bag-swiping ajumma was hilarious, delivering some well-needed karma to old Scarface, then forcing him to hatch an even bigger plan to kidnap Ma-ri and get more money. I don’t for a minute believe this is a coincidence, or the writer realizing late in the game that a trick can be used twice with an interesting twist. It’s been proven time and again that nothing, nothing in this show is an accident, and that everything and every character plays an important role in the plot.

That’s not to say that the show has no plots holes — there are certainly a few hiccups, such as the whole mini-plotline about Director Baek being suspicious of Joong-won just getting dropped once it didn’t further the story anymore. Or the fact that Scarface can always find a phone booth to call Director Baek (seriously, do they really still have those??), except for that one time he needs to see the coat meant for Ma-ri, and suddenly his only way of contacting Baek is to show up at the bookstore. But these are minor quibbles compared to some giant gaping plots holes I’ve seen in other dramas, and as a whole, Shopping King Louis is pretty tightly-written. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it now, and I’ll probably say it again before we’re finished — the writing in this show is amazingly sharp, well-constructed, and clever, and I can’t wait to see what this rookie writer comes up with next. I have a feeling we can look forward to many more skillfully-crafted dramas from Oh Ji-young in the coming years.

With Bok-shil kidnapped, I think we’re about to see Badass Louis come out and play, and I can’t even wait. I think he’s been sitting back and observing Director Baek for some time now, sensing that something is off with the guy, but holding his cards very close to the vest. This leads me to believe that Louis has a side to him that he’s been hiding, a side that’s not about to take any nonsense off anyone who wants to hurt those he loves. Louis may be a sweetheart, but he loves Bok-shil fiercely, and he’s not going to accept her endangerment gently. I think he’s about to explode, and that we’re going to see a very different side to Louis in the final episodes. Bring it on.


109 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Mary D

    Love this show and these wonderful characters! And I can’t wait to see how it ends.

  2. NowfiercelycrushingonJJS#JI

    Man! I’m early. No comments yet. Would just come back to read the comments of beanies who know how to eloquently put down their thoughts. Something I’m unable to do. Commentssss pls

  3. It's not working

    Hey, what just happen? Is it just me, or when I tried to open the recap, it won’t show anything but the comments?

  4. meta

    rewind and replay louis’ and bok shil’s scene in bok shil’s home for about five times already.😆😆

    • 4.1 Baek

      So cute and sweet! I did the same thing too haha but I lost count haha..

      my sis was wondering why am I taking so long to finish one ep.. she got no time to watch it yet, and I’m there happily showing off and introducing our cute Louis & Bok-Sil to her..

      • 4.1.1 meta

        And don’t forget about the kitchen scene too. so hillarious.i can’t stop laughing when i see it.sorry for my poor english. I’m still learning 😊. i’ts hard to find a friend i can talk to about drama in real life, so glad i found dramabeans and beanis here. i won’t feel embarassed when i squeel about particular scene in a drama, cause i know now many beanis are feeling the same with me. Do i write it right? Please correct my words if you don’t mind😅.

        • redfox

          poor little eggs.

          • lunaticandra

            How many dozens did he break? gosh! I don’t care if he crash every single egg, it’s funny everytime he made mistake! 😂

    • 4.2 KDramaWatcher2609

      I was thinking omg is he going to use up the whole tray of eggs ?! That was real funny especially with the chipmunk-like voice.

  5. Grapes

    I agree with you Lollipip this episode is just a filler but I don’t mind cutness overload.

    I died laughing at the granny chase scene it was hilarious. I don’t find scar face scary, it’s amazing how the evil ones in this show arr funny and harmless lol.

    But i hoped if there is more scenes for Ma Ri and In Sung.

  6. BA

    This show does not have true villains and for once, I love that about it. Yes, past few ep seems filler, but thats ok too. Louie’s longing for BokSil is so cute. Mr Baek, MaRi and bad dude are not so evil as they seem 👌

  7. fan

    Love silly villain here. Love moms, and love everyone. King of mask singer lol But I have to say- they all have nice voice.

    • 7.1 mmm

      is it their own voice?

      • 7.1.1 RockPaperScissors

        I think so. I recognized Oska’s voice as the first singer, and it was definitely our Louie singing as the last contestant. What can’t he do?

    • 7.2 mitchielicious

      I recall that SIG promised that he will wear as a shiba when SKL reached 10% rating. Does it refers to that King of Masked Singer scene. Haha i was patiently waiting for that

  8. Teiisha

    Hmm maybe he decided to kidnap Mari instead of call Mr Baek because he was worried that Baek had been working with the police. So he might have wondered if the police would be listening to their call. And he was desperate so…he did something stupid.

  9. Ammy

    Yes, I can confidently say that this is the only drama where every character is cute in their own way and this inludes the bad guys too… cuteness overloaded

    • 9.1 mary

      When the granny ran away with Scarface’s money… LOL

      *revokes Scarface’s Big Bad Villain membership*

  10. 10 licia

    I can honestly say I love this show. The writers have really made the audience fall in love with the characters so you are willing to go on the whims of the show. But there has to be some great energy on the set between the cast and I think that may translate over to the writers. Its almost like the writers want to write scenarios for actors to have fun. Sometimes a great story does not always need a to have a strict plot points to drive the story foward when the characters are so great.

    This gem of a show has allowed the audience to enjoy the sweet,innocent, random, silly moments of thevcharacters lives. I am truly reminded to do this more with my loved ones, to be sweet to them, be innocent with them, laugh at the seeming random moments of our lives and be silly with them. All of theses things are tiny cures against the daily grind of life and they accumalte to a collection of heartwarming memories that we all have access to. So that we are reminded cherish those around us.

    • 10.1 licia

      Sorry😅 about the typos

      • 10.1.1 LarryMimosa

        The cast energy must be crazy–it was previously mentioned in Dramabeans news bites as contributing to the rise in ratings
        “It’s such a warm and nurturing set. Although it’s more than we could have hoped for, the set environment fits the story. The feel-good atmosphere shines through and gives rise to a better viewer response.”

        Likewise I get the sense this writer leveraging this synergy in the writing, and the writer is really attentive to the scenes that really work and brings them back in the “filler” for these remaining episodes. Ha, I almost wonder if she’s reading DB recaps and comments — the King of Masked Singer scene was golden, and I think several commenters here wished for the the talented singers in this production to get a chance to sing together!

        • redfox

          I think the Masked Singer was more a dab at the pre-emption because of the Masked Singer music festival

          • LarryMimosa

            I saw your earlier comment and I agree, that makes sense. I also agree with Lollipip, the drama is clever and very tightly written. Still, I think this writer is at the same time very planned out and spontaneous, making the most of the great chemistry of the cast, network decisions as well as rising ratings. As I’ve mentioned a few times before, I’ll be on the lookout for her subsequent dramas.

  11. 11 rentenmann

    That ABBA cut of JW singing along to “The Winner Takes it All” was awesome! And Narrow-minded Toad’s lessons with Butler Kim, OMG, so good! When Bok-shil decided to delay telling Louis how she felt and to give him her ring, I was screaming at her to not delay, as it inevitably gets an even bigger delay from the Big Bad Event that’s bound to happen. Like Louis said in earlier episodes, she needs to watch more dramas as a guide. Ack! Of course this episode, while filler, was so much fun to watch. So stinkin’ cute!!!!

    • 11.1 Alessar

      It’s too bad they had to use a cover version there. ABBA is notorious for clamping down hard on the licensing for their (recorded) music so it clearly couldn’t be helped.

  12. 12 blnmom

    Give me 20 episodes of this kind of filler and I’ll be perfectly happy. Soooooo much better than angst filler that usually bogs down eps 12-15 of every other so-called rom-com.

    Thank you for confirming that it was a poop mask. I couldn’t quite believe that when I saw it.

    Mari covering up the VCR with her scarf was hilarious. I’m going to try that the next time I break something.

    I don’t think Scarface will hurt Bokshil, he was nice enough to help out the grandma when she was fake choking. Poor bad guys, nothing ever goes right for them. Louis won’t even share his chocolate with him, lol.

    • 12.1 me

      I agree with you!!!! I have this inner trauma for episode 11- 15 based on experience hahhaha
      In terms of feel, ep 12 is like an ending but I am glad for the 4 episodes because it made everything fall into place AND THE SWEETNESS OVERLOAD!!! 😀 LOVE IT! It is like a treat for us from the writers! love love

  13. 13 redfox

    cant say I am satisfied with this filler episode even though I kind of get their intention of throwing a pun on the address of Masked Singer music festival that their ep got delayed for, and bringing back the ajumma as a karma tool for Scarface, thus kind of redeeming her sins towards Bok Shil, however, if the ajumma hadn´t stolen the bag, Scarface wouldn´t have resorted to kidnapping BS thinking she is Ma Ri.

    if only Mari kept being the bitch and not given BS her jacket… there are many if onlies in this episode. if only the detective hadnt come to the shop… if only uncle hadnt hidden being blackmailed at least from Mari – they shared everything otherwise. if only BS had given the ring sooner..

    let us hope the ending would be exiting. I am too sad to say goodbye, I will feel so lonely without Louis next week! what to do? drown myself in work?

    • 13.1 acacia

      So many coincidences that carry on the plot right??? But it’s so neatly written I can’t hate the writer for kidnapping BokShil either! Sighs

      But it is ending soon and knowing BokShil, I have a feeling she will fight her way out of this mess too 😉

      Reruns of this show is the only cure! That way we never have to say goodbye!

  14. 14 Arhazivory

    This is the first time I’ve heard my mom say these three statements while watching a drama. As it relates to Louie:
    ‘Where can we get one?’
    ‘Can’t we do a kidnapping?’
    And: ‘I want to go back to episode 1 and watch it over again when it’s done.’

    I agree with her…well, kidnapping may be extreme. I also love this writer. As Lolypip said, there’s no wasted plot. I was curious why Louie and Audrey spoke at length about the coat and see it popped up. It was great seeing the thieving ajumma again and she really went all out. Indeed, why should such an awesome character disappear. There’s no rule that she can’t come back. I do hope she’ll stop stealing now though. It was so cool how Louie bought back those items that even I had forgotten about. He will be an amazing Chairman in the future with that kind of attention to detail.

    I have zero worries about Bok Shil’s safety. I don’t know, Scarface seems so hapless and cute in his villain role. It’s hard to think that he actually drove that truck into Louie’s car as I’m suspecting we are supposed to believe.

    • 14.1 ObsessedMuch

      Your mom is cute! And I understand the need to kidnap Louis! I am increasingly thinking of adopting a pet dog/cat and naming him Louis!

      Also, Scarface is actually cute in his haplessness. he won’t harm Bok Shil at all!

    • 14.2 O_o

      Actually I am thinking that the thieving granny’s missing grandson is the guy who died in place of Louis in that car accident orchestrated by President Baek and Scarface. So, their losing money to her, in a larger sense, is paying the retribution.

      • 14.2.1 risa

        Or could she be Bok-shil and Bok-nam’s grandmother? She wore Bok-shil’s mother’s dress, has the flying-squirrel gene, and is an endearing character in need of a family in an especially heartwarming drama.

      • 14.2.2 LarryMimosa

        No, Bok-Nam already said the leader of the gang took the car, so it seems like he’s the one who died in the crash.

        And frankly, I never believed Thieving Granny’s stories anyway, including that one.

    • 14.3 KDramaWatcher2609

      I like to order one cute Louis online too. Where can I get it done ?? 😛

      • 14.3.1 waterfairy

        If you are still interested I found the address 😂

        Web address:
        Auction Time:
        will be announced soon
        Starting bid:
        1 000 000 $

        Don’t forget “The Winner Takes it All” !!!

    • 14.4 Goo

      I just love that all the little details were plotted out really well despite seeming like watching fillers at first glance. The coat thing as you mentioned for once didn’t even trigger me when they were discussing it. Because since the beginning it’s been established with the whole Shalala Cordi-> moms bonding ->Louis the creator->Mari’s mom complimenting him which the evil sec. overheard. Nothing was random as it seems. I’m really impressed with this writer.

      Also in the BTS of that scene which BS had to force down Louis’s terrible eggs was an adlib from SIG “why aren’t you swallowing?”. It made NJH almost spit out everything in her mouth from laughing when he first said it lol.

      • 14.4.1 ObsessedMuch

        Ooh now I want to see this BTS clip! Any link? Otherwise, ill be off to search!

    • 14.5 mary

      Scarface is so useless and fail in all his missions, I’d be more scared if he’s trying to save Bok-shil instead. XD

  15. 15 UmbrellaMan

    OMG. That Mamma Mia reference was unexpectedly wonderful. At first I was wondering why they didn’t choose the ABBA version of The Winner Takes It All, instead it sounded like they used the Meryl Streep version. I was thinking it was an interesting choice not use the original song, but then JW goes and pulls out a red scarf and starts running – just like the scene in the movie!!! Now I get why you went with Meryl. Good job show, good job. For reference: https://youtu.be/ZiKWoesoRN8

    I love the fact that each episode name comes from the name of a song highlighted in the episode. Perfect.

    • 15.1 Alessar

      OH I just assumed it was a licensing issue. Now it makes it more clear, thank you!

  16. 16 ObsessedMuch

    I am already missing this show even though we still have 2 more episodes to go! This show is so completely adorable that it is hard to pin point the scenes which I loved, though Louis hiding his chocolates from Scarface is one of the most snort-inducing scene of this episode. (My mum always said don’t take candies from strangers, but Louis is doing it right- don’t share your candies with strangers! Louis is such a kid).

    Also I have to say I love the villains of this show. Can they really be called villains?? I find it so refreshing that there is not even one character that makes me want to strangle him/her. Everyone is cute in their own ways and I don’t mind the scenes where other characters come in. I actually missed the 3 mothers in this episode. I thought they would show us atleast one scene of them being all fashionistas together 😛

    The nod to variety show games were fun! I liked that I could spot the games which I have seen in various variety shows. If only there was a name-tag ripping game too! This atleast proves that SIG is master at such games. Can we have him in one episode of any outdoor variety programme (read: Running Man) please!

    Just 2 more to go!

    • 16.1 rentenmann

      Yeeeeessss, we need a Running Man episode with SIG before he leaves us for two years! That needs to happen.

      • 16.1.1 Nana

        Yes I also want that. He only had come once. Lets do something. This man(sig) he is such a hardworking actor. What have he gone through when other actors have perfect body people keep on saying him to lose weight. It would have been very difficult for him. Acting , singing and also dieting plus exercising. He is so underrated. And now he already lost so much weight. I really wanna see him in rm once again. :’)

        • redfox

          he also seems to have a very warm and affectionate and open personality. he is not reserved at all. you see some actors and keep thinking if they actually hate their co-actors because they seem so distant and unemotional. This guy is like a real baby animal he´s got enough love to share for cast, crew and even the fluffy microphone stick

    • 16.2 O_o

      That would be awesome except Running Man is from SBS, whereas this drama is an MBC drama. But the games, especially arm wrestling, reminded me of some variety show called Idols Sports Competition years ago where Seo In Guk participated and did rather well with arm wrestling and ssireum.

      • 16.2.1 ObsessedMuch

        Oh I didn’t mean it as a promotional feature. He could just come as a guest after he was done with this show. I know this won’t happen, what with Gary leaving (*sobs*) and everything, but a girl can dream! I want more Gukie before he goes to army, but at the same time, I want him to take rest cuz army is not gonna be a holiday!

    • 16.3 nannah

      Yes..like everyone here, I am loving, loving this show, finding it refreshing & hate that it’s going to end..
      We definitely need more dramas like this..& more Louies

    • 16.4 acacia

      I have to revisit these comment sections every time I rewatch these episodes sighssss what will we do without you BokShil and Louis?

  17. 17 Sara

    I needed a show with complete feel good filler on a week (and the next 4 years) like this one.

    Thank the Drama skys I have something to distract me from America’s current political situation.

    We need more people like Louis in this world!

    • 17.1 O_o

      Indeed. I woke up yesterday morning to a world that had changed overnight. Now it is full of uncertainty and bafflement. “He is not my Louis”.

      • 17.1.1 Mindy

        Louis for President 2016!!!

        (actually he would be an awful president… but both him and the bigoted tangerine have 0 political experience so you know, he’s probably equally as qualified!)

        • redfox

          but he would roll out the red carpet for His People! And he would do dishes for 50 cents!

          Really though, he would make such a nice president. All politicians say “Trust me, trust me!” while hoping everyone forgets their promises. But when Louis says “Trust me!”, he keeps reminding you of his promise and eventually delivers.

          • Yura

            Ommo ommo. So true. The kindest and most innocent president ever. Hahaha

    • 17.2 Lord Cobol

      Writer-nim must be psychic to know we would need a special feel-good-filler fix this week.

      A while back when people were discussing the possible significance of the penguin statue and one beanie mentioned having a fear of penguins, it was presidential debate season here and I started having visions of an orange penguin with bad hair lurching and across the stage and looming behind Mrs. Clinton.

      Anyone else afraid of penguins now too? 🙁

      • 17.2.1 redfox

        as I mentioned before, I have always been driven nuts by penguins. especially in a sauna. stop talking about penguins, please. Let us say that is is a kiwi instead. Yes.

        • riarallahssi

          This is totally off topic but have you heard of that viral kiwi infidelity national geographic video?

          I wonder why goldline chose a kiwi to represent the music box. Why couldn’t it be a diamond-studded underwear instead?

          • redfox

            No, I have not. what did the kiwi do? Go out with a penguin? Oh no, I said penguin…

    • 17.3 JessA

      Tell me about it. This show was just what I needed. Thank God we get 3 episodes this week!

  18. 18 yoosh

    Hey guys, so I finally caught up with the episodes after completing my exams and I just had a question that had been bothering me.
    What relationship does Baek Seon Goo sajang have with the Louis’ grandmother? He calls her ‘mother’ but I don’t think he’s her son, because otherwise, why would Louis inherit the company instead of him who should be first in line(as her son)?? And Mari used to say that she would marry Louis, meaning that they’re not blood related?? But Mari calls the chairman ‘mother’.

    • 18.1 O_o

      In Korean culture, you call even your friend’s mother Mother and random strangers who appear at least a decade or more older than you Ahjussi and Ahjumma, which mean Uncle and Aunt. But are they really your blood-related uncle and aunt? Of course not.

      President Baek was best friends with Louis’s dad and that is why he’s calling Chairwoman Mother and Ma Ri is calling her Grandmother.

  19. 19 lunaticandra

    This is the first time I saw a drama that instead of the protagonist running around in an endless misunderstanding, it is the villain that have the ironic miscommunication. I have to say that I love it. It keeps me laughing and everyone knows how good laughing is for health.

    • 19.1 KDramaWatcher2609

      It was rather interesting to see Scarface Mr Goo being outsmart by that ahjumma n got his whole bag of money snatched by her. Hahaha. I can’t believe that the ahjumma can outrun him too.

      • 19.1.1 redfox

        you know what. Now I get an idea for a superhero drama except it is grannies. Superhero ajummas in flower pants, outsmarting slick superagents with the IQ of 270 with sheer determination.

        • socango

          I would TOTALLY watch that! Can we have the ajummah from Healer?

          • redfox

            she is too capable even. those ajummas need to be more like, making everyone defenceless with their unpredictable logic and totally confusing actions. Kim Mee Kyung is not ajumma enough yet. she is too cool. they dont need to be cool, but irrationally fierce

        • lunaticandra

          A granny version of R.E.D in drama episodes?
          Now that’s fun!

    • 19.2 acacia

      You’re totally right! It finally is the villainous characters’ turn to go through a ton of miscommunication and haplessness. The Bag-stealing Grandma and Detective Nam who just wanted to buy a book!

      • 19.2.1 KDramaWatcher2609

        I like another scene at their retreat when Detective Nam walked in like a model carrying the heavy loads of food n drinks for them. Is that a detective or a model ? 💓💓💓😍😍

        • redfox

          he is th Man of Convenience.

      • 19.2.2 lunaticandra

        This is really the time for the villain to taste the bitter part of painful drama troupe, instead of keep using it to torn our favorite leads apart.
        I have to admit that this is very satisfying…

  20. 20 PinkSushi

    I lost it when Louie said: Bok Shil’s worrrllldddddddddddd. HAHAHHAHAHAHA. Louie is seriously the best <3 <3 <3

    • 20.1 rentenmann

      That was so cute! I loved it, and it’s so Louis.

    • 20.2 acacia

      I reaplayed that scene over and over again!

      BokShil’s world is BACK!

    • 20.3 KDramaWatcher2609

      That reminds me of the much easier episode on ‘a whole new world’…..amusing. The villains are kind of stupid that we don’t really hate them 100% though they are always having some evil motives.

      And I think the cassette tape contains of grandma’s son and DIL (filmed moments of Louis and his parents) that’s why grandma and butler Kim is a little anxious to find it so that at least they have some good memories of them. I think maybe when Louis’ parents died, out of sadness he hid his treasured stuff (including the video tape containing memories of his times with his parents) in his treasure box under the floor at the attic so grandma n Butler Kim cannot find it all these years.

      • 20.3.1 KDramaWatcher2609

        *much earlier episode

        P.S. I dislike autocorrect 😛

  21. 21 CQB

    Definitely filler but boy did I need the cute this week.

    I loved Louis trying to cook and being so inept and the constant “Bok-shil.” He’s trying.

    I love all the callbacks to previous episodes.

    At first I thought the treasure box contained something related to the company or Louis’ parents deaths, but now I’m thinking no. Grandma apparently knew about it all along, and if it was important in that way, I would think she and Butler Kim would have put more effort in trying to find it or get Louis to remember where it was all these years.

  22. 22 Namu

    Love it
    Love every tiny details in this show

    My favorite moments
    #1 Louis : don’t share your precious chocolates with a stranger
    #2 Louis : Bokshil’s wooorld 😍
    #3 The parody of king of masked singer. Wow. We already know oska, inguk, and joohyuk have a good voices, but doojin? Is it his real voices? Bravo. Btw what the title of song that was sung by Louis? And the making film for this scene. When Inguk was practiced, he is so lovable 😍😍
    #4 Mr. Cha with bruce lee costume + winner takes it all as BGM for heartbroken scene. Gloriously daebak!
    #5 “Louis says that it’s okay because Bok-shil is a quiet sleeper, and the whole room goes silent, HA.” <– this!
    #6 Bromance in the tent
    #7 Mari snores. Ha. And she likes jongwoon too.. Said she can't sleep in unfamiliar place but… Hahaha

    Aaaaa what should I do for next week, Louis-ya?

    • 22.1 acacia

      15 + alpha for you!

      I absolutely LOVE your comment!

      if I may add on to your favorite moments:

      1. BokShil winning Mari in arm wrestling in a nano second
      2. BokShil getting caught by Louis thinking that kissing her phone would be sent to him HEEEEHEEEE
      3. Ajumma’s scene being a mom to BokShil and BokNam – this part was hilarious AND heartwarming especially thinking of how long it’s been since the siblings probably felt this kind of familial love

    • 22.2 meta

      100% agree with you namu. those are my fave moments too. but i can’t describe it with my limited english😊. I got an idea, how about marathoning louis from eps 1 for next week?

    • 22.3 AL

      Louie’s confession song for Bok Shil at the king of mask singer (eps 14): one more chance – i think about you. 😍😍

  23. 23 acacia

    This may be a filler episode but enough things have happened and enough well thought out fluffiness was shown where I don’t care if it were a filler!

    Since everyone has already talked about all of the scenes I love, I want to give out a shoutout to the growth that we see in Louis. We still get Louis calling BokShil at almost every moment, but we see that he really does remember all the details and keeps all the promises he makes as Oska points out. The cooking, doing dishes, buying presents with his own hard-earned money, grilling a plate solely for BokShil at the camp site, and a nice touch was Louis offering to pick BokShil up from the house (I knew her refusing meant something bad was going to happen GAH). What I love most about Louis growth is that it is very much incomplete, this episode was a complete slowing of the comparison between the Louis of the past and Louis of the maturing present and how much Louis’ love for BokShil has and is making him more mature as a significant other to her.

    • 23.1 KDramaWatcher2609

      I agree. Remember at the beginning of this drama Louis is always asking BS to cook for him n other stuff. Now he knows how to dote on her n not treating her like a maid.

      • 23.1.1 acacia


        And I love how it’s just a natural thing that Louis does and not forced 🙂 they are LOVE

  24. 24 acacia

    BY THE WAY EVERYONEEE I looked up BTS scenes while waiting for this episode and I found gems!!! (If you haven’t already seen these yet that is…)

    I linked a video below of one of them. Unfortunately, they aren’t eng subbed but I’m sure many of you will appreciate it! I remember someone saying that they wanted BokShil to step in Louis’ footsteps like in ML? Watch it happen in reality at 2:18 of the clip!!!


    The captions also call our couple moongshil a shortened form for moong moong yi (trans: puppy) and BokShil and mongshil mongshil is an actual term to describe how clouds float in korean!!! redfox! We were thinking on the same wavelength as the production staff of SKL!!!! Fluffiness overload!!!!

    • 24.1 redfox

      hahaa, indeed! well I think in pictures, so no wonder

  25. 25 redfox

    ok here´s what I love though:
    – that Louis adores Joong Won like a baby koala adores his absent-minded granduncle. I always suspect though that some of those scenes are just Seo in Guk himself being his usual affectionate plush-puppy. some BTS folks keep posting stuff like he just goes around hugging EVERYONE.
    – that Mari has a conscience and can care for people. She was just a brat who needed a direction outside her one-track pursuit, to be shown there are other paths to walk on.
    – karma always getting hold of the baddies. How can they be THAT pathetic and so opposite of cunning and sly? Send them to courses by Liar Games´ Do-Young… or not.

    what I didn´t like: Cybrog Kim and Jung-Ran giving up on Bok Nam! HEY??? are you REALLY as good a teacher as Louis thinks? Whatever you think, however hopeless it seems, you NEVER call your pupil stupid. That´s just like a rule that is carved in stone. If the pupil doesnt learn, it is not him that is stupid. It is YOU who failed to teach. Either you are using the wrong method, or you don´t know what your pupil DOES know. Be creative! I bet Louis will find a way.

  26. 26 Alessar

    Another great episode! When the filler is this high quality who cares! I loved how they randomly had the cop show up too. Plus, it was great to have the cast using their diverse talents again (loved the musical numbers last week).

    I just KNOW that the shady director’s wife is going to “helpfully” unjam that VCR tape and it’s going to reveal something like Bok-Shil and Louie met as kids or something like that.

    • 26.1 ObsessedMuch

      I think you are right! That is the only thing that could be there on the tape. It has to be the explanation behind Koboshi and other things!

  27. 27 leila

    +1 for louis food cooking scene and bok shil having to clean up after him every time
    + 1 for winner take it all scene


  28. 28 jada



  29. 29 bugs_bunny

    thanks lollypip for the recap!

    yup, i also noticed the filler episode but the cuteness of louis & bok shil overrides everything:) even the villains are so-so, i expect nothing will happen to bok shil…

  30. 30 acacia

    One more thing!

    SKL took back 1st place at 10.4%!
    YAYYYYY and congrats to the staff 🙂 Hope it ends well too!!

    • 30.1 ObsessedMuch

      Yay!! But I want to hear numbers above 11 now!

    • 30.2 Baek

      🙁 it went down again to 9.7 and 8.9 for ep15 and ep16..

      but then i really enjoyed this show.. its a tough competition anyway and the rating for this time-slots between the big3 are pretty close to one another..

      Now prepare yourself for next week. 3 new wed-thurs drama premiering on the exact same day.. (i cant recall if it happened before, is this a first in history?)

      • 30.2.1 lunaticandra

        Even the big 3’s dramas are ended on the same day… it was really a tough competition.

  31. 31 windsun33

    So much filler in this I ended up fast forwarding about 3/4 of it.

    • 31.1 ObsessedMuch

      You might have been one of the few who did that though! 😛

      In contrast, I ended up replaying a lot of scenes actually! Whenever Louis makes a face, I have to watch it again! I love the story of the show but that is not why I am watching it. I am here for the fun ride. That’s what this show is all about- no matter how much life sucks, you gotta enjoy it!

      So I actually love such episodes where almost nothing happens, but still, so much does.

  32. 32 ObsessedMuch

    Uff! I hate spoilers and guess who gave me the latest spoiler!? None other than Seo In Guk himself! I have not seen the last episode yet as I want to go back home, get chips and cola read, and watch it with my cousin sis!But no, he had to go on and post that amazing pic on insta! Now the day couldn’t pass any slower!


  33. 33 Super Foxy

    Better make it in points chinguya, haha;
    1. I totally adored the kitchen scene, as seeing Louis totally being inept and completely helpless, not to mention he still need to depend on Bok Shil every single time is BAD for my heart. I mean how often do we a couple as cute as our Mungshil couple in KDramaland? Gahhhhhh.
    2. I never get tired of Louis ‘PERFECT’ signature, Gahhhh. How can Seo Inguk make it sound so utterly sexy, and extremely delightful to hear? Not to mention, Seo Inguk really know how to play with words. He made his lines comes alive with a variety of tone. I mean look at how he said ‘Bok Shil worldddddd’ hahaha.
    3. Seo Inguk and his dapper hair. Gahhh. Have I mentioned this before? I have never met an actor (well Korean actor) whom their looks change by the way they change their hair. Gahhh, I could watch dapper Louis all day long, smiling and play antis playfully inside his Bok Shil worldddd.
    4. Oh, I almost forgot everybody (haha blame it to Louis). I truthfully enjoyed every character in this drama, as the drama truly stick to their promises; to brings joy and fun to their viewers. We were promised of romantic comedy premise, and they never failed in every single episodes they have made. Even their title songs are so PERFECT FIT, so precious!
    5. Last but not least, what is it with you Seo Inguk-ya that I’ve never grew tired of? Gahhhh.

    • 33.1 ObsessedMuch

      I always love your comments because of the repeated use of Gukkie’s name 🙂 I am also very much in love with him.

      • 33.1.1 Super Foxy

        @ObsessedMuch haha I loved reading your comments too! Ah it is because only here in this website I can pour my love for Gukkie all I want, even my besties said she doesn’t know who is Gukkie and worse, she said Gukkie’s face looked weird. Gahhh. This is the place whereas I can find other Gukkie lovers who thinks that his face wasn’t weird, it is so damn SEXY! Haha.

        • redfox

          dammit! His face aint weird, he looks like a smiling fox. He is one of us. weird? it is charming and cheeky! how can your friend call us weird oh my gaaash she´s meeeaaaan….

          • Super Foxy

            @redfox yes I know right, she’s so mean haha. But it is a win win situation, because I couldn’t bring myself to like her own bias also (her type is more flower-face like). But I must say lately Gukkie has become utterly hot , because look at his latest picture updates at his instagram status, gahhhhh.

          • ObsessedMuch

            Oh man I saw this today! SIG really does look like a fox!

  34. 34 sleeplessinwgtn

    Joong-won’s swan song complete with a scarf reenacts Meryl Streep’s scene in Mamma Mia


  35. 35 nanaimnida

    hello guys… louie have such a sweet voice. i’m falling in love multiple time already. may I know the song of his song during parody masked singer???

    • 35.1 AL

      one more chance – thinking of you 😍😍

  36. 36 jcw

    omg that ajumma thief really irritates me…

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