Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, iPads and VWs, and Elfa closet systems. These are few of Oprah’s favorite things, as has been well reported during her two-episode Favorite Things extravaganza. But we pop culture enthusiasts can add something to our own list of beloved objects: Watching Oprah’s Favorite Things episode.
Let’s face it: We don’t really tune in to see which material items Oprah covets. (Do you even remember what brand of car she gifted her audience in 2004? I do — it was the Pontiac G6 — but only because I’ve written about the famous moment more than a few times.) No, we watch to see the audience react to Oprah’s giveaway. Because winning free stuff from Oprah is not just a pretty cool distinction — it’s a religious awakening. Audience members keel over or punch the air, bawling incessantly while the talk show maven gives away even the smallest of items. Say, a $17 Black Eyed peas CD. Or Beecher’s macaroni and cheese. (I have, however, nearly been brought to tears eating my mom’s macaroni and cheese, so maybe I get that one.) And we reap the benefits: Though we won’t go home with a new Nikon camera, or a Tory Burch tote, or a Ralph Lauren cashmere sweater, we get to laugh at the screengrabs, guffaw at the GIFs, and talk with family and friends about the show because how crazy are those people?! READ FULL STORY