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As Oprah rehearses for the second show, the first audience is paraded out in front of the next group— gifts and all. "We had already been getting little sneak reports saying that the B show audience is not happy," Jenna says. "The master plan is working."

Watch Oprah mastermind this fake-out 

Oprah came up with the "gotcha" plan herself eight weeks before taping. To throw off the second audience, she wanted them to believe they had missed "Favorite Things" by mere hours. "I knew that if you didn't see the [first] audience walking out with the stuff, you might think, 'Well, maybe ours will be [Favorite Things],'" Oprah says. "What I loved about that is having people have that moment of, 'We just missed it. Can you believe it?' and knowing that we were going to surprise them."

Oprah is downright giddy as tape time approaches. "I'm glad the first audience got all their stuff and they were really happy, but really can't wait to play that little trick on the second audience," Oprah says. "So fun."
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