Oprah says that the most special moment of the surprise for her was not captured on camera. "When I said, 'The car is yours,' you looked at me and our eyes connected," Oprah tells David. "You mouthed the words 'Thank you,' and I felt that in my soul."
David says that he experienced the same emotion! "I felt like our spirits just [came together] and gave each other a big hug," he says. "All my life [as an overweight person] no one ever gave me eye contact. … That day it was exactly as you said—I felt I was just a new person."
David says that being on the show gave him a gift he "wouldn't trade for 50 Porsches." At the time of the show, his mother was dying of lung disease; she passed away six months afterward. "She kept telling me she was very proud of me and very excited for me and happy that I'm going to live a long time. … I'm happy she was able to go knowing that her boy that she cared about her entire life is going to be okay."