Can't Buy Me Love
Reluctant to marry into the Tibetan royal family, the willful Princess CHIU YEUNG (Charmaine Sheh) has to find herself a husband as soon as possible. Owner of a gold store TING LOI-HEI (Kwan Kuk Ying) recommends her second and third sons, KAM DOR-LUK (Moses Chan) and KAM DOR-SHAU (Wong Ho Yin) to the Princess, hoping that the royal marriage would bring them out of financial crisis and save their family business somehow. Not wanting his brother to sacrifice for the family, LUK offers to marry the Princess himself.
S01:E01 - Season 1, Episode 1
On the day of the Qixi Festival, Princess CHIU YEUNG and her number one handmaiden SZETO NGAN-PING disguise themselves as boys and sneak out of the Palace to join the celebratory events in Changan, where they get into a conflict with a fortune-teller.
S01:E02 - Season 1, Episode 2
YEUNG gets into a fight with LUK who is already full of wounds. As the fight goes on, PING discovers Lady WAI coming along. FOOK calls for an urgent meeting with the gold store staff, during which he urges them to take leave without pay. Filled with anger and dismay, the staff want their wages back at once and ask to work on temporary assignments instead.
S01:E03 - Season 1, Episode 3
The KAMs ask LUK when YEUNG is going to greet Granny KAM and the rest of the family at their mansion. As LUK is still at a loss for what to say, PING turns up suddenly, which marks the beginning of the nightmare for the whole family. LUK accompanies YEUNG back to the Palace for a visit, during which all the princesses’ husbands offer to put up a great acrobatic show for the newlyweds.
S01:E04 - Season 1, Episode 4
SHAU and his brothers manage to save NG SZ-TAK from the hands of the kidnappers. SHAU is so sympathetic to the homeless TAK that he decides to hire her as a maid. A representative from the Military Command comes to KAM’s Mansion inviting SHAU to be a military trainer. The following day, YEUNG shows up suddenly saying that she has declined the offer for SHAU.
S01:E05 - Season 1, Episode 5
YUK keeps tossing and turning all night and finally decides to reveal the truth to FOOK. As HEI is still unsure of what to do, LUK claims that he has already come up with a way to save both YUK and TAK. Having learnt more about the symptoms PING is experiencing, TAK is confident that she can cure the number one handmaiden completely.
S01:E06 - Season 1, Episode 6
Without any fear or regret, Granny KAM even urges YEUNG to punish her. HEI is so disappointed with her sons that she refuses to be the family leader any more and decides to spend the rest of her life repenting before the spirit tablets of all the ancestors.
S01:E07 - Season 1, Episode 7
Uncle WING announces to LUK that he and his team will be joining Ting Fung Gold for better remuneration. HEI turns up in the nick of time and points out that it is all a plot by Uncle WING. Accompanied by her sons, HEI goes to visit Ting Fung Gold. HEI is shocked to realize that the owners of the new gold store are actually TING CHOI-WONG and MAI YAN-CHI.
S01:E08 - Season 1, Episode 8
Despite her strong fear of WAI’s lustful eyes, TAK tries to read out PING’s questions one by one, hoping that this will help PING make a better evaluation of the man. In the confusion, the sex traffickers manage to spike TAK’s drink with a date-rape drug…
S01:E09 - Season 1, Episode 9
YEUNG comes to KAM’s Mansion requesting to have TAK as her special maid, which is opposed by LUK. TAK, who has fortuitously become the butler to the KAMs and LUK’s personal bodyguard, invites Granny KAM to play the Game of Leaves with YEUNG at the Princess’s House. Granny KAM suffers a series of defeats and gets intercepted by YEUNG as she is about to score.
S01:E10 - Season 1, Episode 10
WONG and CHI are busy calculating the profits and losses, but they get so disappointed to realize that they still have a long way to go before they can beat Kam’s Gold. They shift the blame onto Uncle WING and decide to dismiss him with a bunch of excuses. TAK goes out for shopping and runs into SHAU along the way. TAK gets robbed but the pair finally manage to catch the thief and recover her wallet.
S01:E11 - Season 1, Episode 11
To help LUK break away from the princess, the KAMs try to set YEUNG up and frame her for the guilt of being jealous, but without success. YEUNG and PING are surprised to see SUM-YEE, WING HO’s handmaiden, hanging about on the street in a very suspicious manner.
S01:E12 - Season 1, Episode 12
YUEN invites the four biggest gold retailers in Changan to a meeting, during which he reveals that the Emperor has already endorsed the idea of establishing a gold jewelry association. Both WONG and HEI have offered to take up the post of Chairman. A customer comes to Kam’s Gold with a piece of jewelry, claiming that he has been conned into buying fake gold from the store.
S01:E13 - Season 1, Episode 13
SHAU feels sick and goes to see the doctor. On his way back home, he bumps into his friend SHING YUNG and mixes up his medicine with the guy’s in the confusion. Realizing that TAK has the same symptoms as himself, SHAU decides to share a portion of his medicine with her.
S01:E14 - Season 1, Episode 14
LUK gets his courage up and gives the princesses a terrible telling-off in front of the Emperor. Filled with rage and frustration, he even goes on to blame the Emperor for having spoiled the princesses rotten, which is the true cause of the prince’s suffering. The Emperor meets with LUK and reveals how YEUNG has praised him for his goodness.
S01:E15 - Season 1, Episode 15
YEUNG visits the Hut in the middle of the night and urges KIU to break up with LUK at once. Looking at the gold prepared by PING, KIU feels a flush of excitement and offers to reveal the truth right away. YEUNG is about to leave now that the truth is out. The door opens and LUK emerges.
S01:E16 - Season 1, Episode 16
Granny KAM agrees to offer help to WONG but HEI refuses to lend him a penny. The following day, WONG and WAI go to meet the kidnapper preparing to negotiate for an extended deadline for the ransom payment. Suddenly a little boy comes along with a note from the kidnapper.
S01:E17 - Season 1, Episode 17
As HEI, WONG and CHI are still fighting with the kidnappers, LUK and WAI have arrived with a group of soldiers and government officials. The kidnappers are arrested while the kidnapped victims are all rescued. YEUNG has a gathering with Lady SUEN inside the Palace, during which the Chief Chef is said to have been arrested by Lady WAI who is managing the imperial harem on Dowager TSUI’s behalf.
S01:E18 - Season 1, Episode 18
LUK gets stabbed in the heart while trying to shield YEUNG from the assassinator. YEUNG is so shocked that she grabs LUK and holds him in her arms at once. YEUNG and LUK meet with Lady WAI asking about the investigation into the assassination.
S01:E19 - Season 1, Episode 19
FOOK reveals to WAI and the rest of the family that SHAU has been rejected by TAK. The KAMs are so sympathetic to the lad that they all try to give him a few words of consolation. After a sleepless night, SHAU decides to pull himself together and promises his family that he will concentrate on work from now on.
S01:E20 - Season 1, Episode 20
FOOK is shocked to find out that he has bought a collection of booty for a large sum of money. SHAU urges FOOK to inform HEI as soon as possible, but is rejected. LUK overhears their argument and tries to reconcile his quarreling brothers. The news finally reaches HEI. Filled with rage and grief, HEI gives FOOK a hard slap.
S01:E21 - Season 1, Episode 21
FOOK has a terrible quarrel with his family. He gets so angry with PING’s criticism that he throws a pudding at her but it ends up hitting YEUNG’s forehead instead accidentally. PING rebukes FOOK for assaulting YEUNG and refers to it as a capital offence. Knowing that FOOK can be sentenced to death, the KAMs begin to realize the seriousness of the situation and get extremely frightened.
S01:E22 - Season 1, Episode 22
Kam’s Gold has finished producing a special collection of gold bowls for the imperial government. FOOK asks Uncle TAI-LIK to pack the bowls properly so that SHAU and the workers can take them back to the store the following day. FOOK goes for a pint with his friends and gets as drunk as a skunk.
S01:E23 - Season 1, Episode 23
Lady WAI pays YEUNG a visit in the Princess’s House, during which she is surprised to learn that TAK and YEUNG were brought up in the same village. YEUNG goes to see the Emperor who has just returned from his tour of inspection. She tells her father about the assassination that happened earlier, shortly after which a messenger rushes in to inform them of the sudden assault on Lady WAI.
S01:E24 - Season 1, Episode 24
The KAMs learn from WAI that they too will get sued if YEUNG is found guilty, which worries them no end. YUK begins to realize the problem when FOOK announces his support to LUK. Suddenly she reveals her pregnancy to the family and urges LUK to divorce YEUNG so that the KAMs will not perish without offspring.
S01:E25 - Season 1, Episode 25
WAI, who is locked up inside his bedroom, urges his parents to release him by threatening to kill himself. The Emperor and Lady WAI are enjoying tea in the royal garden when YEUNG is about to be executed. Suddenly a hitman shows up and tries to attack Lady WAI. Having heard what the hitman said, the Emperor comes to believe that YEUNG is innocent, and immediately sends a eunuch to stop the execution.
S01:E26 - Season 1, Episode 26
LUK, who is no longer a member of the royal family, treats YUEN and WAI to a lamb meal at the restaurant. He thanks YUEN for looking out for him during his brief appointment with the Arts & Culture Directorate as the Procurer, and YUEN, who holds LUK in high regard, would like to continue to hire him as his assistant.
S01:E27 - Season 1, Episode 27
Knowing that the KAMs are coming to the Palace the following day, TAK asks her handmaidens to arrange a banquet for the family. Suddenly Lady WAI appears and interrupts their conversation. She gives TAK a terrible telling-off and bans her from meeting anyone from Kam’s Gold. Lady WAI is going to kill Mama SHUM’s illegitimate son WING ON but the lad manages to run away.
S01:E28 - Season 1, Episode 28
Lady WAI is so determined to kill YEUNG that she has sent another hitman to ambush her. YEUNG survives the first attack but finally takes a sip of the poisonous tea served by the hitman in the guise of a waiter. TAK pours a libation to YEUNG inside the Palace but is discovered by Lady WAI. Lady WAI is so angry that she kicks the ash pan over right away.
S01:E29 - Season 1, Episode 29
SHAU finally reveals to KIT his relationship with TAK. To his great surprise, KIT agrees to break up with TAK at once so as to stay out of the love triangle. KIT goes to bid farewell to TAK, during which he asks her to join him in visiting a poor old lady. KIT has an acute attack of asthma along the way. Desperate to save him, TAK has no choice but to search through his pockets for the medicine.
S01:E30 - Season 1, Episode 30
SHAU goes for a cup of tea with his brothers at the restaurant, during which he reveals his proposal as to where to set up the first branch of Kam’s Gold. In the meantime POK passes by and is asked to offer fortune-telling consultation to the brothers. Nevertheless his predictions have seriously offended the KAMs while he himself gets slammed as the worst fortune-teller of all time.
S01:E31 - Season 1, Episode 31
WAI has lost his enthusiasm for work. As he is pondering deeply over his relationship with PING, WONG and CHI suddenly come along. WONG points out that the family vault in Yangzhou is found damaged and that he is uncertain whether they should put WAI’s wedding on hold and go back to their home village for a look first.
S01:E32 - Season 1, Episode 32
Knowing that TONGTSAN and his army will be returning to Tibet soon, the Turkic assassinators plan to launch a savage attack on them when they are getting out of the city. WAI asks to have a word with PING at a shabby temple, during which he reveals how the KAMs have been framed by the Turks. The Turkic assassinators come up suddenly and have a terrible fight with the Tibetan army in the middle of the street.
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