We finally cross paths with some of Costco's famed free samples. We give the apple-kale-mango juice a pass. I grab a caramel, which proves inadvisable for interviewing. While downing cups of dried pea snacks, we enter an aisle that looks like a meth chemist's candy store: every medication imaginable sealed in huge clamshell packaging and stacked on the shelves.
Louie reaches down and grabs three jumbo packs of Prilosec, tossing them into the cart. "These are $22, just one of these, in the drugstores," he advises. I point out that Christine also buys heartburn medication at Costco in the episode airing this week. "I like to make it real. I told them that for the show I wanted to get real stuff," he says.
"If I didn't have my hat on, people would be talking to me," Louie says. "Isn't it funny what a hat will do?" The hat in question features a cartoon drawing of a piece of toast. Louie takes it off his head and the experiment begins. We continue down the aisle and exactly five seconds later a man waiting in line recognizes Louie and asks him how he's doing.