Three days before Oprah arrives in Yosemite, the team sets out on a scouting trip to set up the shoot. "It's really important before we get out in the field with Oprah to start setting up the entire trip, basically," Lisa says. "We're planning moments to happen that will be funny and interesting on TV."
One moment the team is counting on is when Oprah and Gayle surprise Shelton in person. Lisa has led Shelton to believe she's bringing six African-American viewers to the park. "We threw him off by telling him that six African-American viewers are coming," Lisa says. "He was a little disappointed that Oprah wasn't coming herself but we think he's in for a big surprise."
When Lisa meets with the park's public relations officer, he assures her that Shelton will be shocked. "I'm just worried that Shelton heard that Oprah's coming," she says. "Once one person knows, they tell somebody and they tell somebody and that's how word gets out."