One of our loyal male viewers, James, wrote into The Oprah Show in hopes of getting a hookup for his best friend Ron. "He's selfless, he's loving, he's caring," James says. "It's really like we're brothers."
Ron works as an assistant manager at Walgreens, but James says his true passion is sports. "Sometimes when we're watching sports together, Ron will pretend that he's on television. He does his own updates," James says. "Ron's dream job has always been to be on ESPN as a broadcaster."
To pull off this slam-dunk surprise, Harpo had ESPN anchors Ryan Burr and Kevin Negandhi tape a special segment. Ron thinks he's at a bar to watch a game, but little does he know, he's the big story of the day.
"Ron Brown of Cleveland, Ohio, yes, we're talking to you," Kevin says on ESPN. "Listen up, here's the deal: We're sending you on assignment. You're going to interview one of the biggest stars in the NBA, Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls."
"And after your interview, you're going to head back here to our ESPN anchor desk and give us the low down," Ryan says.
"Oh my goodness," Ron says. "I don't believe it!"
Days after the surprise announcement, Ron is sent out on assignment to a Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers game. "I'm going to interview Derrick Rose for ESPN," Ron says. "This is definitely the opportunity of a lifetime."
As sports fans pack into Conseco Fieldhouse, our rookie reporter picks up his media credentials and takes his seat, notebook in hand, to watch the game.
After the game, Ron has an exclusive one-on-one with the Bulls' MVP point guard. Then, it's off to the ESPN anchor desk for his on-air report.
Ron: Ron Brown here on the Sports Center set, and I'm joined by NBA player and ESPN analyst Jon Barry. Let's get right into it. Derrick Rose, I got to watch him play yesterday. He's definitely quick, and he's definitely explosive to the rim. What makes him such a good player besides those two things?
Jon: He's got an unbelievable ability. Once he gets in the air, he can kind of move his body to avoid that contact. And, boy, he's a special, special player.
Ron: Jon, thank you very much. Opportunity of a lifetime for me. I'm so excited. This is a dream come true. We're going to go ahead and send it back to the desk.
Oprah commends Ron on his first TV gig. "You sounded like a pro!" she says.
"I hope so," Ron says. "I was nervous for that one segment, and it was just so much excitement. It was wonderful."
Ron says his favorite part of the experience was being inside the ESPN studios. "For anyone that's a sports fan, they know that's like the mother ship and the mecca for sports broadcasters," he says. "Everybody was so helpful, and they wanted me to do a good job. I was so happy."
Gabby Sullivan, a teacher, wrote into The Oprah Show to tell us about seven of her students: Jakina, Isabel, Bailey, Paris, Eliza, Shanae and Alex. "They are so special because they have just taught me more than I believe I can teach them," she says. "For many of the girls, their lives have been in and out of foster care. Some of them have been adopted and returned. Some of them do not know what it's like for their mother to sit down with them and put makeup on them or tell them that they're beautiful."
The girls have prom in a few weeks, and Gabby says they won't have the opportunity to get new dresses or have their hair done...unless they get a Harpo Hookup!
"My message to these girls is that they can do anything. That they can be anything. That they can dream as big as they want to dream. That there is no limit to what they can do,” she says. "And to know that Ms. Sullivan loves them."
"I love teachers with that kind of passion and dedication and love for their students," Oprah says. "So we knew just who to call for this prom dress SOS—singing star-turned-fashion mogul Ms. Jessica Simpson."
Jessica went down to Jacksonville, Florida, to surprise Gabby's girls with dozens of dresses, showstopping shoes and plenty of bling—everything they need for an unforgettable prom night.
See their reaction!
With Jessica acting as the girls' celebrity stylist, they each picked out the perfect ensemble. "It's all about self-esteem," Jessica says. "It's all about finding confidence, and you can do that with a great pair of heels!"
After spending the day with Jessica, the girls reveal their gorgeous new looks on Oprah's stage.
Eliza says this was the experience of a lifetime. "I never imagined any of this to happen," she says. "I feel super blessed."
Jessica's not done hooking these seven girls up—each will be going home with a new wardrobe from Jessica's latest fashion collection!
And that's not all...each audience member will also receive a roller bag packed with jeans and accessories from the Jessica Simpson Collection.
To top it all off, Dove, who is committed to inspiring girls to reach their full potential, is giving each girl a $10,000 scholarship for her education.
Dove also wants to honor Gabby for being the kind of teacher the world needs more of. Another scholarship will be given in her name, so even more students can realize their dreams.
What's a Harpo Hookups show without a surprise guest?
Hollywood heartthrob Johnny Depp stops by Harpo Studios for a celebratory toast with Oprah on 25 amazing years.
Johnny has been working on his new movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
, the fourth movie in the series, and he says playing Captain Jack Sparrow has become a part of who he is. "This is the fourth one, so I could keep going," he says. "I really could."
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
doesn't come out for a few weeks, but Johnny has a hookup for this audience—they're getting a sneak peek!
Watch the surprise
"Right this moment, buses are standing by, ready to take all of you to a movie theater so that you can be the first people in the world to see Johnny's brand new Pirates
movie," Oprah says.
There's one more thing. "I'd like to be there for you because I want to make sure all the condiments and things are in order," Johnny says.
Before the audience takes off to spend an afternoon at the movies with Johnny, there's one more guest who wants to share a message with Oprah.
"Hello, Oprah and everyone. This is Lady Gaga. Congratulations on the last Harpo Hookups show. I feel so privileged and honored that I've ever been invited to perform on your show, and I only wish that I could be there today, except, sadly, I could not find the right pair of shoes to wear. Unless, of course..."
Surprise! The stage opens up to reveal Grammy-winning artist Lady Gaga, who performs "Born This Way" and "You and I."
It looks like she found the right shoes. "My sister, who's 19 years old, she's a fashion student, and she created a sculpture of a high heel. This was her first piece in college," Lady Gaga says. "I made it into a piano to surprise her. Surprise, Natalie!"
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