Dreams Come True
This is no average vehicle—it's a 45-foot, 23-ton state-of-the-art luxury apartment on wheels, custom made in Nashville, Tennessee, by the Hemphill Brothers. They're the best in the business and have built lavish buses for superstars like Beyoncé, Jessica Simpson and Justin Timberlake.
This bus will be traveling all over the country making dreams come true, so it's only fitting it's got all the comforts of home—a 42-inch plasma TV, DVD, VHS and sound system. Even the outside of the bus is outfitted to make dreams come true!
"This is a home!" Oprah exclaims. "I could move in here. This is fantastic. Can't wait to get started!"
"We know what Paolo is doing right now is not exactly what he wants to be doing," Paolo's sister says. "He does it because he wants to make my father happy."
Paolo says he loves his family, but he longs to do what he has dreamed about since he was a child: act.
"It's like I'm being pulled," Paolo says. "Store, acting. Store, acting. My heart says acting. My family wants me to help them out at the store. What do I do?"
Well, pack your bags, Paolo! Oprah surprises Paolo at the grocery store with some good news: "You're going to NBC studios in Burbank," Oprah says. "I have gotten you a walk-on, speaking role in Will & Grace!"
In his prime time debut, Paolo plays the role of Mark, an attorney in Will's office. Paolo delivers his line without a hitch and, at the last minute, the producers decide to give Paolo an extra line. Paolo's stellar performance brings down the house. Then, after a long night of taping, two days of rehearsal and a lifetime of waiting comes the moment Paolo's only dreamt of: his Will & Grace curtain call.
The night belonged to Paolo. It was an adventure he will never forget.
"Paolo, you are a special person," says actress Debra Messing, who plays Grace. "Thank you for coming to spend some time with us and to show your light."
"So many things I've been dealing with in life—since [the show], I can walk with my head up," Paolo says. "I love myself. I'm the type of person that likes to take care of my family and my friends, but this has been one week that I've taken care of myself, and it feels so good."
We have one more surprise for Paolo: a call from Megan Mullaly, who plays Karen on Will & Grace!
"You're such a lovely guy," she says. "We loved having you here. You have to come back and visit us."
Paolo didn't leave empty handed! To always remember his once-in-a-lifetime gig, the show gave him a cast photo and his very own Will & Grace director's chair!
Bernadette's responsibilities are overwhelming. Without a car, she takes the bus to her job. Every day she hopes to pick up extra hours. Making ends meet has been nearly impossible. The entire family is crammed into a three-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment. Bernadette shares a bed with two of her nieces.
"I'm happy that we're all together, but it just makes me feel sad that I can't do [any] better to accommodate them and make them happier," Bernadette says.
Bernadette is shocked to see Oprah, but she has no idea what else is in store for her and her children!
With more than 10,000 different toys and only one shopping cart per child, it's not as easy as it looks!
But in just 20 minutes, Bernadette's children scoop up almost $15,000 worth of toys, books, bikes, dolls, electronics, games and clothes! After shopping, Oprah lets each child take home only one of the toys…the rest will be wrapped up and put under the tree for a Christmas they will never forget.
Nate is going to furnish her apartment with everything she needs: a lovely new living room and dining room from Walter E. Smithe Furniture, a brand new top-of-the-line kitchen from Sears, and all kinds of things for her home, from towels to plasma TVs.
But there's more! Bernadette and all of her children will each get their own new bed, also from Walter E. Smithe Furniture!
Another surprise—the biggest one yet! Oprah's hired her Realtor®, Ameta Cartwright, to help Bernadette choose a brand new house!
"Bernadette, for the first time in your life, you're going to be a homeowner!" Oprah says.