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Oprah's Lifeclass Season 1 Episodes

Season 1 Episode Guide

25 Episodes 2011 - 2011

Episode 1

The Fat Wagon and the False Power of Ego

Mon, Oct 10, 2011 60 mins

Oprah shares life lessons, with examples taken from her 1986-2011 daytime talk show. The topic in the series opener: ego, illustrated in a 1988 show in which she exulted in losing weight by wheeling a wagon loaded with animal fat onto the set. It was her highest-rated show ever, but her weight has fluctuated since.

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Episode 2

Author Terry McMillan and her Gay Ex-Husband

Tue, Oct 11, 2011 60 mins

Oprah explores anger, using as an example a September 2010 show featuring author Terry McMillan ("How Stella Got Her Groove Back") and her former husband, Jonathan Plummer. They divorced after he disclosed he was gay in 2004, and she later sued him.

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Episode 3

Jim Carrey, J.K. Rowling and Ralph Lauren

Wed, Oct 12, 2011 60 mins

Self-confidence is explored in "Oprah Winfrey Show" interviews with Jim Carrey, J.K. Rowling and Ralph Lauren.

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Episode 4

Ellen Comes Out

Thu, Oct 13, 2011 60 mins

Oprah recalls the 1997 show in which Ellen DeGeneres discussed her disclosure that she's a lesbian, and the intense viewer reaction to it.

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Episode 5

The Famous Car Giveaway

Fri, Oct 14, 2011 60 mins

Oprah recalls the 19th-season opener of her daytime talk show (Sept. 13, 2004). The highlight: She gave a new car to all 276 people in her studio audience.

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Episode 6

How Lady Gaga Found Her Calling

Mon, Oct 17, 2011 60 mins

Oprah explores how Lady Gaga achieved success following a setback.

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Episode 7

Aging Well With Cybill Shepherd, Bo Derek and Beverly Johnson

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 60 mins

Cybill Shepherd, Bo Derek, Ali MacGraw, Jamie Lee Curtis and Beverly Johnson discuss growing older in the public eye.

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Episode 8

Skinheads Then and Now

Wed, Oct 19, 2011 60 mins

Oprah recalls guests on her show who learned from mistakes they had made.

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Episode 9

Paula Deen's Rise to the Top

Thu, Oct 20, 2011 60 mins

Responsibility is explored in interviews with chef Paula Deen and neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor.

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Episode 10

Behind the Scenes of the Flash Mob

Fri, Oct 21, 2011 60 mins

Oprah discusses how the 20,000-person flash-mob dance on Chicago's Magnificent Mile that kicked off her 24th season in 2009 inspired her "Joy Rising Fridays." Also: Oprah's "Christmas Kindness" trip to South Africa in 2002; and segments featuring Stevie Wonder and Tom Cruise.

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Episode 11

Actress Tracey Gold and the Cops Who Saved Jaycee Dugard

Mon, Oct 24, 2011 60 mins

Oprah recalls a 2009 interview with Lisa Campbell and Allison Jacobs of the University of California, Berkeley, police department, who were instrumental in cracking the Jaycee Dugard kidnapping case. Also: a segment on Tracey Gold.

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Episode 12

5 Sisters with 500 Grudges - The Update

Tue, Oct 25, 2011 60 mins

Oprah recalls confrontational segments in her show's early years.

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Episode 13

Dr. Phil's Best Marriage Advice

Wed, Oct 26, 2011 60 mins

Problems in relationships are explored as Oprah revisits conversations with Maya Angelou and Dina McGreevey, the ex-wife of former New Jersey governor James McGreevey, who resigned his office after admitting to an affair with another man. Oprah also recalls teaming up with Dr. Phil McGraw to help an engaged couple deal with the mistrust and infidelity that burdened their relationship.

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Episode 14

Faith the Two-Legged Dog

Thu, Oct 27, 2011 60 mins

Oprah explores lessons that animals can teach people as she recalls a 2006 show featuring Faith, the walking dog. Faith was deformed at birth, with only three legs, one of which atrophied and was amputated, yet she learned to walk on her hind legs.

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Episode 15

Australia and the Mariah Carey Moment

Fri, Oct 28, 2011 60 mins

Oprah recalls announcing to the studio audience for the Season 25 opener in September 2010 that she was taking them all to Australia. (The trip took place in December 2010.)

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Episode 16

Best Lifesaving Lessons

Mon, Oct 31, 2011 60 mins

Oprah discusses intuition, and how it can make life easier.

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Episode 17

Overcoming the Worst Day of Your Life

Tue, Nov 1, 2011 60 mins

Overcoming adversity and lessons learned from the pain of others are explored as Oprah recalls her interview with Merced, Cal., veterinarian Christine McFadden, whose four children were murdered by an ex-husband in 2002.

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Episode 18

Director James Cameron and Author Toni Morrison

Wed, Nov 2, 2011 60 mins

Oprah explores the concept of validation in a 2000 interview with author Toni Morrison, who asked: "When your child walks in the room, does your face light up?" Also: Director James Cameron discusses the spirituality in "Avatar" in a 2010 interview.

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Episode 19

Oprah and Gayle Go Back in Time

Thu, Nov 3, 2011 60 mins

Facing fears and leaving comfort zones behind are the topics. Included: Oprah and Gayle go back to the 17th century (and Colonial Williamsburg) in a 2004 show.

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Episode 20

Joy Rising - Princess for a Day and Our Best Dream Come True Moments

Fri, Nov 4, 2011 60 mins

Oprah recalls a 2003 show in which she saluted a nanny-housekeeper and crowned her "Princess for a Day." Five years later, Oprah and Nate Berkus helped the woman again after she lost her home to Hurricane Katrina.

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Episode 21

A Suburban Mother's Nightmare - What We Learned

Mon, Nov 7, 2011 60 mins

Oprah shares stories of pain and heartache, and offers insight into life lessons they can teach

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Episode 22

The Mom Who Shopped Her Family Broke

Tue, Nov 8, 2011 60 mins

Oprah explores personal financial responsibility as she recalls an October 2007 show that featured a case history and money advice from Suze Orman.

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Episode 23

A Mother's Deadly Mistake - The Ultimate Lesson

Wed, Nov 9, 2011 60 mins

Oprah offers advice to busy moms (and others): Slow down! The program she uses as an example: 2008's "An Overwhelmed Mom's Deadly Mistake," which featured an Ohio school administrator who left her toddler in her car on a hot summer day in 2007.

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Episode 24

Oprah's Lifeclass Field Trip - Newton's Third Law

Thu, Nov 10, 2011 60 mins

Oprah explores Sir Isaac Newton's third law of motion (for every action there's an equal and opposite reaction) and how it relates to daily life, in a visit to Chicago's Museum of Science.

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Episode 25

Oprah's All-Time Favorite Lesson

Fri, Nov 11, 2011 60 mins

Oprah uses examples from her show to show how people can find resources within themselves to change their lives for the better.

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