I think this episode has got to be my favorite episode of all time since Off Pedder began airing. I like this episode because I like how they focus on Teresa’s shopping problem. I think this is a common thing for a lot of girls, to buy things and its uncontrollable.
It all began in George’s bar. The workers from Chiu Magazine came over to have a drink and talked to him, when he gave them a 20% discount every time they went. Then Ivy went to talk to him in private telling him not to give all these outrageous discounts to people. Then they talked about changing the stereos in the bar. Ivy then talked to him about not wasting these money on these stupid things and that the bar isn’t even making money. Then George told her that new stereos would enhance their business, when looking around no one cares about what are they listening to through the speakers. A waitress came over to them and said that a customer wanted fish ball. Ivy volunteer to get them for the customer.
After getting the fish balls, Ivy started to make her way back to the bar, but was stopped when she saw a necklace display on the window. She went into the shop and brought the necklace. After buying that necklace she went shopping, looking for pants,bags, jackets, shirts and shoes to match the new necklace that she just bought.
When she got back home George questioned her how much money she spent just to get the fish-ball. Then she explained herself that she saw the necklace she wanted for so long and it was on sale so she had to have it. Then she had to go shopping to get some clothes to match the necklace she brought spending in total of $8,000. Then George talked to her about her wasting so much money.
Then they went to Ivy’s closet, calling it a warehouse. The maid took out clothes that she only wore once, and clothes that she brought the same things in different color. George kept telling her that she had a disease of being a material person, that she has to buy stuff every day. Ivy bet that she can live one $100 a day for 3 days, if she lose, she will changed all the speakers and stereo at the bar but if she wins, Geroge can’t ask her for money for 3 months.
The next morning Ivy was going to work with Yan. She put on a eye cover so she won’t see all the shops that she would be passing by on the way to work. She had to smell some medicated oil because she can’t smell leather cause she would think of the leather purses. All of a sudden the car broke down.
The car broke down in front of a store and Yan got out to get on the car. Ivy took off her cover and saw the store in front of her also seeing the mannequins trying to lure her into the store.
When Yan finished looking into the car, he didn’t see Ivy in his car anymore and notice she went into the store that was in front of them. Inside the shop, Ivy reserve all these purses for 3 days. Then she saw this purse that another lady wanted and they started to fight for it. Ivy took out her wallet and see that she had no money. That is when Yan finally got in and she asked him for money so she can buy the bag before the other lady can. Yan tried to stop her and succeeded as the other lady brought the purse.
At the meeting at the magazine, Gary wanted to research and do a story with an Italian brand. Yan stepped out of the room to get drinks for everyone and Ivy told Gary that she would to the story and she also asked them to lend her some money. Yan came back and told them not to lend her any money.
Ivy told her that she couldn’t take it anymore, there are too much sales around. Yan kept encouraging her that she can do it and she is strong enough to pass these 3 days without buying anything. He also told her that even her dad doesn’t believe that she can do it. He promised that he would help her make it through walking down the street full of shops.
Yan brought Ivy into the streets of Central where all the shops were closed already. She saw that there was a bus stop that had always been there but she didn’t pay attention to because she was too busy shopping. Ivy also felt as if the streets were wider. Then she questioned Yan about him having something that he really wanted but he can’t, leaving this fire inside of him.
The flashback played when they were young at a toy store. Ivy told him to ask the 3 questions before buying something that he wanted.
The next morning, Ivy bravely walked through the streets of Central with the shops all open, to prove to Yan she can do it. She remember the 3 questions before buying something she wanted, then she asked herself that question when looking at the displays on the window, making it a breeze to go to work that day.
Yim Hei came over to Ivy telling her that she should go to Double V’s headquarters for a story. She pushed the invitations to Paula and Gary, but they can’t go because of what they were wearing right now. Yan pushed the invitation back to Ivy that she was the only one that can go. Yan gave her back her credit cards and told her that she can do it today even if it is her favorite brand.
Back at the house, George and Yan were talking about how it was so stupid for Yan to give the cards back to Ivy. She will let go of those cards and will swipe it until she can’t anymore. Yan told him, that he knew her and she won’t do that.
Ivy finally came home with nothing in her hands. George was surprise and Yan was happy that she did it. George had to call to cancel his order for the speakers and stereos for his bar. She said that everything was 30% off but she thought about it with the 3 questions and said even it it was 50% off she won’t buy it. Later the door rang with a delivery guy with bags from Double V. George call and said he will order his speakers for his bar.
Ivy said that their CEO gave her 70% off everything at Double V so she couldn’t resist but to get all these things.
I like this episode because I can totally relate to Ivy. We are both very materialistic person and we just have to spend money on things we don’t need. For a period of time, I had to buy a lot of things just simply because I wanted to and half the time I didn’t even use it or wear it. Shopping is sometimes uncontrollable especially with a credit card in hand. I am not that uncontrollable these days when it comes to shopping because I TRY to set a limit these days thinking about if I am going to ever wear this certain top or shoes soon and for what occasion. It does take a lot of self-control.I am pretty sure a lot of girls has this same problem as I had before and I liked how Off Pedder showed this problem in one of their episodes.