Oprah & Gayle Go Back in Time | The Oprah Winfrey Show | Oprah Winfrey Network

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MUSIC OPRAH GOES BACK IN TIME… [ ROOSTER CROWS ] 400 YEARS FORGET “THE SIMPLE LIFE.” TURN OFF THE CAMERA. THIS IS THE TOUGH LIFE. NO MAKEUP, NO PHONES, NO TOILETS, NO… PANTIES? OPRAH LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN HER… THERE’S LOTS OF CHICKEN POOP IN HERE. BLECH. Oprah: I AM NOT GONNA SURVIVE IF A RAT FALLS ON MY FACE. [ PIGS SQUEALING ] AY, AY, AY. …NEXT. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] Oprah: THANK YOU. OKAY, THANK YOU. OH, SIT DOWN. THANK YOU. SIT, SIT, SIT. OKAY. SO, AFTER 18 YEARS ON THE AIR, I THOUGHT I HAD JUST ABOUT DONE EVERYTHING, SEEN EVERYTHING, TALKED TO EVERYBODY. THEN CAME A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY. I JUST COULDN’T RESIST THIS BECAUSE I WAS GIVEN THE CHANCE TO TRAVEL 400 YEARS BACK IN TIME. AND I HAD SORT OF AN IDEA WHAT I WAS IN FOR ‘CAUSE I WAS RAISED IN RURAL MISSISSIPPI, SO I THOUGHT… [ LAUGHTER ] …THAT WAS VERY MUCH BACK IN TIME. AND SO YOU DON’T WANT TO GO BACK IN TIME BY YOURSELF, SO I TALKED MY FRIEND GAYLE INTO THIS ADVENTURE, WHO WAS NOT RAISED IN RURAL MISSISSIPPI BUT WAS BROUGHT UP WITH A HOUSEKEEPER AND A SWIMMING POOL, SO… [ LAUGHTER ] AND SHE RELUCTANTLY AGREED TO DO THIS BECAUSE SHE’S A VERY GOOD FRIEND, AND THIS IS ALL PART OF AN ALL-NEW PBS SERIES CALLED “COLONIAL HOUSE.” AND, BELIEVE ME, IT TAKES REALITY TV TO A WHOLE NOTHER LEVEL. FORGET “THE SIMPLE LIFE” OF NICOLE AND PARIS. THIS WAS THE TOUGH LIFE WITH OPRAH AND GAYLE. TAKE A LOOK AT WHERE WE’RE GOING. THINK COLONIAL LIFE WAS ALL ABOUT PILGRIMS, THANKSGIVING, AND FREEDOM FOR ALL? NO! THINK AGAIN. STOP IT! JUST STOP IT! Woman: WE’RE LIVING IN 1628. YOU’RE A WOMAN. I’M A WOMAN. WE ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LADDER, AND THAT’S THE WAY IT IS. Oprah: AT A REMOTE COLONY IN MAINE, 26 PEOPLE WENT BACK IN TIME TO 1628 TO FIND WHAT LIFE WAS REALLY LIKE THE HARD WAY. OH, I CAN’T DO THIS STUPID JOB! NO RUNNING WATER, NO ELECTRICITY, NO TOILETS, AND, OF COURSE, NO REFRIGERATORS. Woman: OHH! OH, IT CAN MAKE YOU VOMIT. DID THAT LOOK DISGUSTING, OR DID THAT LOOK LIKE BREAKFAST? Oprah: THE HARDEST ADJUSTMENT — LEARNING TO LIVE UNDER A STRICT 17th-CENTURY CODE OF CONDUCT. WOMEN HAVE TO KEEP THEIR HEADS COVERED AS A SIGN OF SUBMISSION. PROFANITY, BLASPHEMY, AND MODESTY LAWS ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED, AND IT IS FORBIDDEN TO MISS SABBATH SERVICES, ALTHOUGH SOME IGNORE THAT LAW… …AND PAY THE PRICE. YOU COULD BE TIED TO A STAKE, FORCED TO WEAR THE SCARLET LETTER, ALL FORMS OF PUBLIC HUMILIATION. Man: TALK ABOUT THE SIMPLE LIFE — THERE’S NOTHING SIMPLE ABOUT THE SIMPLE LIFE. IT’S HARD WORK. HMM. SO, GOOD THING WE DIDN’T KNOW ALL THAT BEFORE WE LEFT. [ LAUGHTER ] OKAY. OUR TRIP BACK IN TIME BEGAN WITH A CROSS-COUNTRY FLIGHT TO THE VERY TIP OF MAINE, FOLLOWED BY — NOBODY TOLD US THIS, EITHER — A FOUR-HOUR CAR RIDE TO THE COLONY, AND WE DIDN’T HAVE A CLUE WHAT WE WERE IN FOR UNTIL WE MET THE PEOPLE WHO WERE IN CHARGE. [ HORN HONKS ] HOWDY. IT’S BEEN A LONG RIDE, SO I WAS IN THE BACK SEAT. GAYLE KING. NICE TO SEE YOU. WHEN OPRAH ASKED ME IF I WANTED TO GO WITH HER, WHAT I DO REMEMBER IS THINKING, “I’M NOT REALLY THAT INTERESTED IN GOING BACK TO THE PIONEER DAYS.” Oprah: I HAD TO TALK GAYLE INTO IT. I SAID, “ACTUALLY, IT WOULD BE “A TREMENDOUS LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR YOU, AND I THINK YOU’D HAVE A GOOD TIME.” Gayle: THE FIRST PLACE WE HAD TO GO WAS THE PBS BRIEFING HOUSE, AND THERE YOU WERE GONNA GET YOUR COSTUME AND YOU WERE GONNA GET “THE STORY.” WHAT YEAR IS THIS? WHAT YEAR ARE WE — 1628. WHOA, BOY. SO, IT’S VERY — YEAH, YEAH. WE’RE GOING BACK 400 YEARS HERE. Gayle: WOW. THAT DON’T SOUND GOOD FOR ME. [ LAUGHTER ] Oprah: I THOUGHT THIS WAS THE 1800s. I WENT BACK 200 YEARS FARTHER THAN I HAD EXPECTED. THERE WERE VERY FEW BLACK PEOPLE IN THE COLONIES IN 1628. SLAVERY WAS YET TO HAPPEN. I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. YOU KNOW, I JUST THOUGHT, “IF SOME RACIAL THING GETS THROWN DOWN, THEN I’M GONNA BE OUT OF HERE.” SHOOT. I AIN’T PLAYIN’ THAT. I KNOW ONE THING — I AIN’T GONNA BE NO SLAVE. I’LL TELL YOU THAT RIGHT NOW. IN MY MIND, I’M THINKING, “ARE THERE BLACK PEOPLE AT THIS PLACE?” WE HAVE HAD TWO AFRICAN AMERICANS. THEY BOTH LEFT FOR PERSONAL REASONS. Gayle: OPRAH. THE BLACK PEOPLE LEFT FOR PERSONAL REASONS. [ LAUGHTER ] SO, WHAT’S GONNA BE THE REACTION IN THE COLONY? ARE THEY ARMED? [ LAUGHTER ] OH, MY GOD! WHEN THEY SAY YOU’RE GOING BACK, BACK, BACK, THEY WEREN’T KIDDING. AND THEIR DEFINITION OF THE TOILET WAS A POT. THAT’S WHAT YOU GO TO THE BATHROOM IN. IT DOESN’T HAVE A LID? NO. NO. OH, THAT IS BAD. Oprah: I GREW UP WITH, WHAT WE CALLED IN OUR HOUSE, THE SLOP JAR, AND I USED TO HAVE TO EMPTY THE SLOP JAR EVERY MORNING. I’VE ALWAYS HAD A TOILET MY WHOLE LIFE — [ LAUGHTER ] ALWAYS HAD A TOILET. BUT I THINK FOR MY FRIEND GAYLE, IT WAS A REVELATION. I’M A ROOM-SERVICE GIRL, SO THE THOUGHT OF ROUGHING IT WAS NOT EVEN KIND OF FUN TO ME. OKAY. WHAT ABOUT TOILET PAPER? HOW DOES THAT WORK? UH, IT DOESN’T. THERE WASN’T ANY. SO, HOW DO YOU — HOW DOES ONE CLEAN ONESELF? I THINK ONE CLEANS ONESELF — [ LAUGHTER ] ONE CLEANS ONESELF WITH LEAVES OR RAGS. THERE YOU GO. Oprah: NO, REALLY. LEAVES? ARE YOU KIDDING? LEAVES? YOU KNOW, I SHOULD HAVE ASKED MORE ABOUT THIS PROJECT BEFORE I CAME. [ LAUGHTER ] Gayle: WOW. LOTS OF DIFFERENT THINGS TO PUT ON. IT’S THE BEGINNING OF RALPH LAUREN. GEEZ, GUYS. ARE THESE SUPPOSED TO CLOSE? COULDN’T HAVE BEEN A LOT OF SEX GOING ON. YOU GOT TO GET OUT OF THIS THING. [ Colonial accent ] THERE’S NO PRIVACY AND NO TOILET PAPER. THAT WOULD ELIMINATE A WHOLE LOT OF INTIMATE ACTIVITIES. LOOKS LIKE BOTH OF THOSE SHOES ARE ON THE WRONG FEET. WELL, GAYLE, YOU’RE LOOKING CUTE. YOU’RE LOOKING LIKE HEIDI. [ Yodeling ] YO-DO-LAY-HEE-OHH THESE CLOTHES WERE NOT DESIGNED, OBVIOUSLY, FOR COMFORT OR FOR MAKING YOU LOOK ATTRACTIVE. TELL ME AGAIN WHY WE CAN’T WEAR PANTIES. Gayle: WHEN WE WERE TOLD THAT WE HAD TO REMOVE OUR PANTIES, FIRST IT’S LIKE, “EW.” AAH! OKAY, THERE WERE NO BRAS, AND THERE WERE NO PANTIES! OH-HO-HO! WHEN DID BLOOMERS COME ALONG? I THINK THAT’S MORE 18th-CENTURY. ALL THESE YEARS, WOMEN DID NOT HAVE PANTIES? NO VICTORIA NOR SECRET. WHAT HAPPENS WITH NO PANTIES DURING THAT TIME OF THE MONTH? [ Groaning ] OHHH! Oprah: I DON’T THINK IT HAD EVER OCCURRED TO ME THAT THERE WAS A PERIOD OF TIME WHERE WOMEN DIDN’T WEAR PANTIES. DID YOU REMOVE YOUR PANTIES? NOT YET. I STILL HAVE MY PANTIES ON. I’M HOLDING ON TO THE LAST MINUTE. I JUST STARTED THINKING IN MY MIND, “OH, GOD. ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT ME TO GO? I MEAN, AREN’T YOU SUPPOSED TO GO BY YOURSELF?” [ GROANING, CHUCKLING ] [ LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE ] ISN’T IT LIBERATING? Gayle: YES. WHOO! FEEL THE BREEZE. [ Singsong voice ] I’M FREE! OKAY. Gayle: THE PBS PRODUCERS TOLD US IT’S GOOD TO GO TO THE COLONY BRINGING SOMETHING, SO THEY GAVE US BURLAP BAGS WITH HAM, A BLOCK OF CHEESE, AND SOME SUGAR. WE CAME BEARING GIFTS SO THAT THEY WOULD BE HAPPY TO SEE US. WE’RE OFF WITHOUT OUR PANTIES [ LAUGHTER ] GOODNESS GRACIOUS. BYE, YOU GUYS. GOOD LUCK. HERE WE GO. [ CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKS ] [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] IT’S A PHOTO OP. OKAY. SO, WE HAD NO PANTIES, NO BRAS — NO PANTIES, NO BRAS — AND NO IDEA ABOUT WHAT WAS COMING NEXT. WE LOOKED THE PART. [ CHUCKLES ] IT WAS TIME TO SEE IF THE COLONISTS WERE READY FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN PILGRIMS. WE WERE REALLY NERVOUS ABOUT THAT. TAKE A LOOK. OH, BOY. DON’T YOU FEEL A LITTLE NERVOUS? I FEEL A LITTLE “STOOPID,” WITH TWO “O’s.” “HI!” Gayle: THE PRODUCERS DROP US OFF, AND THEN THEY SAY, “JUST KEEP STRAIGHT AND IT’S OVER THE HILL AND KEEP GOING.” SO, WE’RE LITERALLY ON OUR OWN. I’M REALLY GLAD YOU’RE HERE, ‘CAUSE I WOULD BE TURNING AROUND IF I WAS BY MYSELF RIGHT NOW. WHY DON’T YOU DO THE TALKING, ‘CAUSE YOU’RE THE FRIENDLY ONE? I’LL SAY HI. [ CHUCKLES ] WE’RE TWO BLACK GIRLS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. Oprah: ARE WE GONNA WALK IN THERE, AND THEY’RE GONNA GO, “HO! BLACK PEOPLE — SLAVES”? I DON’T KNOW HOW WE’RE GONNA BE RECEIVED OR WHETHER THEY’RE GONNA THROW US OUT OR USE THE “N” WORD, GOD FORBID. WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN? OH, MY GOD! I THINK THOSE ARE THE HOUSES. [ LAUGHS ] WHAT, THAT SHED? I SEE THIS PILE OF WOOD, AND I THINK, “OH, MY GOODNESS. THAT IS WHERE WE’RE GONNA HAVE TO SPEND THE NIGHT.” THERE’S JUST, LIKE, THIS BIG HUNK OF WOOD. [ LAUGHS ] Oprah: [ Laughing ] OH, GOD. NO WAY. NO WAY. [ LAUGHS ] COME ON. Gayle: IT REALLY IS TRUE, THAT SAYING — THE FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN. YOU KNOW, IT WOULD BE DIFFERENT IF WE HAD SOME IDEA ABOUT WHAT WE WERE WALKING INTO, BUT WE REALLY DIDN’T. I GUESS WE DIDN’T WANT TO PARK THE CAR ANY CLOSER, HUH? WANT TO GET INTO THE SPIRIT OF THINGS. OH, LOOK, LOOK, LOOK. LOOK AT THE PEOPLE STANDING. LOOK. WHERE? AND THERE ALL THE PEOPLE ARE. OH, GOD. THAT’S BLASPHEMOUS. WE COULD BE TIED TO A POLE FOR THAT. WAY, WAY, WAY, WAY, WAY IN THE DISTANCE, YOU CAN SEE PEOPLE GATHERING, AND YOU CAN SEE THAT THEY’RE EXCITED. BUT IS IT A GOOD EXCITED, OR IS IT A BAD EXCITED? I REALLY DON’T KNOW. OH, LORD, HAVE MERCY. THEY’RE LOOKING LIKE, “WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? Oprah: THE THING THAT I WAS MOST WORRIED ABOUT IS BEING CONSIDERED AN OUTCAST OR BEING REJECTED IN SOME WAY. COME ON. LET’S GO. I’M ACTUALLY FEELING A LITTLE NERVOUS. SO, MY HEART STARTED TO POUND AS WE’RE GOING IN — LIKE, “WHAT ON EARTH WAS I THINKING?” THEY MAY NOT RECOGNIZE YOU. Gayle: AND OPRAH’S THINKING, “YOU DON’T THINK I LOOK LIKE ME?” I GO, “DO YOU THINK YOU LOOK LIKE OPRAH WINFREY AT THIS MOMENT? WELL, YOU DON’T.” Gayle: HELLO. [ GASPS ] OH, MY GOSH! Oprah: HELLO. “OH, MY GOD! IT’S OPRAH!” [ LAUGHTER ] HOW ARE YOU? “AND GAYLE’S HERE, TOO!” WHICH I JUST THOUGHT WAS SO FUNNY BECAUSE I DIDN’T THINK WE LOOKED LIKE OURSELVES. [ SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY ] THAT CRACKED ME UP BECAUSE I THOUGHT, “NO ONE’S GONNA RECOGNIZE HER,” AND I’M THINKING, “I LOOK LIKE A MAN WITH A BONNET.” [ LAUGHS ] Gayle: HELLO. Woman: THAT WAS MY REACTION. WE’RE LOOKING FOR THE GOVERNOR. YOU’RE THE GOVERNOR. HELLO, GOVERNOR. Don: HAPPY TO MEET YOU. HELLO. HOW DO YOU DO? BUT IT’S NOT OPRAH WINFREY. YES, IT IS. Gayle: THEY WERE REALLY, REALLY KNOCKED OUT TO SEE US. THAT WAS VERY TOUCHING TO ME. WE BROUGHT HAM AND CHEESE. YOU BROUGHT HAM AND CHEESE? YOU’RE ALWAYS WELCOME! [ LAUGHS ] Don: YOU ARE BOTH DISTURBINGLY CLEAN. OH, REALLY? Woman: WE CAN SMELL THE SOAP ON YOU. WE SMELL LIKE SOAP? Woman: YEAH. Gayle: I DON’T MEAN THIS IN A BAD WAY, BUT YOU CAN’T HELP BUT NOTICE THE PEOPLE WERE REALLY DIRTY. I MEAN, THEIR HAIR WAS DIRTY, THEIR SKIN WAS DIRTY, THEIR TEETH WERE DIRTY, BUT THEY DIDN’T SMELL. I WAS VERY GLAD ABOUT THAT. THE FUNNY THING IS WE CAN SMELL PEOPLE WHO COME IN… OH, WOW. …FROM LONG WAY AWAY. THIS ONE GUY CAME, AND HE PHYSICALLY SMELLED ME TO SAY, “OOH, YOU SMELL SO GOOD.” I’M LIKE, “OKAY, NICE TO MEET YOU. AND YOU ARE…?” DID YOU KNOW WE’RE LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STAY? Don: YEAH, SO I HEARD. DID YOU HEAR? WHY DON’T YOU JUST COME IN OUR HOUSE FOR A MOMENT? Oprah: HOW LONG HAVE YOU ALL BEEN HERE? Carolyn: FOUR LONG MONTHS. FOUR? VERY LONG MONTHS. GOVERNOR, DO YOU HAVE ROOM FOR US TONIGHT? WE DO. WE DO. I THINK THE LOFT AT THE VOORHEES’ HOUSE WOULD PROBABLY BE YOUR MOST COMFORTABLE EXPERIENCE. CAROLYN, WE DON’T HAVE TO SLEEP IN THE SAME BED, DO WE? NO. WE HAVE TWO OTHER MATTRESSES. I’D RATHER NOT DO THAT. WE HAVE TWO HAY-STUFFED MATTRESSES. WE HAVE TWO SEPARATE MATTRESSES, RIGHT? I DON’T WANT TO SLEEP IN THE SAME BED WITH HER. YEAH, WELL, I DON’T WANT TO SLEEP WITH YOU, NEITHER. I DON’T WANT TO SLEEP WITH YOU, NEITHER. I WOULD SIT IN A CHAIR RATHER THAN SLEEP WITH YOU. MICHELLE WILL BE YOUR HOSTESS TONIGHT. OH, REALLY? THANK YOU. AND THE PEOPLE WHO ARE THERE ARE GONNA BE HAPPY TO SLEEP ELSEWHERE. ARE YOU GIVING UP YOUR BED? Craig: I AM GIVING UP MY BED FOR YOU. WELL, THANK YOU. AWW. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. YOU’RE WELCOME. YOU COME SLEEP IN MY BED ANYTIME. [ LAUGHTER ] [ APPLAUSE ] Oprah: OKAY. INTERESTING, HUH? COULD YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SURVIVE AS COLONISTS? WELL, THIS FASCINATING REALITY SERIES, CALLED “COLONIAL HOUSE” ON PBS — AND WHAT THEY DID WAS THEY JUST TOOK AVERAGE AMERICAN FAMILIES WHO SUBMITTED THEIR APPLICATIONS. MAYBE AFTER WATCHING THIS, IT’S SOMETHING YOU WANT TO DO WITH YOUR FAMILY, AND MAYBE NOT. [ LAUGHTER ] WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK. BE RIGHT BACK. COMING UP… NOW, IS THIS 2%, SKIM, OR…? [ LAUGHTER ] GAYLE HAS A CLOSE ENCOUNTER SHE’LL NEVER FORGET, AND THE MOMENT I’VE BEEN DREADING. COULD YOU JUST TURN OFF THE CAMERAS, PLEASE? MORE “COLONIAL HOUSE” IN A MOMENT. [ APPLAUSE ] SO, TODAY YOU GET TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED WHEN MY BEST FRIEND, GAYLE, AND I TRADED IN OUR HIGH HEELS FOR BOOTS AND BONNETS AND WENT BACK 400 YEARS IN TIME IN A LIFETIME ADVENTURE CREATED BY PBS. IT’S AN EXACT REPLICA OF A 17th-CENTURY COLONY, AND, LET ME TELL YOU, “THE SIMPLE LIFE” IS NOTHING COMPARED TO THIS — NO BATHROOMS, NO RUNNING WATER, NO BRAS, NO PANTIES. [ LAUGHTER ] WHEN GAYLE AND I ARRIVED, THE OTHER COLONISTS HAD ALREADY BEEN THERE FOR FOUR LONG MONTHS. [ GOATS BLEATING, PIGS OINKING ] I’M WONDERING IF YOU MIGHT LIKE THE QUICK TOUR OF OUR LIVESTOCK HERE. YES, WE WOULD. [ BLEATS ] OH, GOATS ARE CUTE. GOATS ARE VERY CUTE. YOU DON’T EAT THE GOATS, DO YOU? WELL, NO, BECAUSE WE USE THEM FOR MILK. SO, YOU’RE GONNA MILK THESE GOATS NOW? YEAH. Woman: ALL OF THEM — ALL SIX OF THEM. I WANT TO SEE GAYLE MILK THE GOAT FIRST. I HAVE NO EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER WITH FARM ANIMALS, AND, QUITE FRANKLY, I’M VERY PROUD OF THAT. Oprah: I NEVER THOUGHT I’D SEE GAYLE MILK A GOAT. YOU CAN TELL THAT — IT’S LIKE, “I DON’T WANT TO HOLD ITS THINGY.” NOW, HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN WE’RE DONE? Gayle: YOU THINK THAT YOU JUST GO IN THERE AND TUG, BUT YOU REALLY CAN’T GET MILK OUT THAT WAY. DID YOU KNOW THAT? WELL, AT THIS RATE, YOU’LL GET SOME MILK THURSDAY. NOW, IS THIS 2%, SKIM, OR…? [ LAUGHTER ] TWO SQUEEZES. Man: OKAY, GAYLE’S GOT IT. OPRAH, YOU READY? SHE LIKED DOING THE GOAT THING. SHE GOT THAT DOWN. OKAY — WHOA! GET THAT MILK COMING DOWN. WHOA. SHE WAS ACTUALLY ABLE TO FILL UP A COUPLE OF BUCKETS. I COULD NEVER DO THAT. [ GRUNTING, SQUEALING ] Oprah: GROWING UP AS A KID, I USED TO GO TO THE HOG PENS. WE USED TO CALL IT “SLOPPING THE HOGS.” HERE, PIG, PIG, PIG, PIG, PIG, PIG. HERE, PIG. THE SMELL GETS A BIT OVERWHELMING IN THERE. NO, IT’S OKAY. SERIOUSLY? YOU GET USED TO IT. USED TO IT, YEAH. YEAH. YOU GET USED TO IT. HERE, PIG, PIG, PIG, PIG, PIG. THEY’VE GROWN SO MUCH. [ CLEARS THROAT ] OKAY. KIND OF GOT A WHIFF OF IT RIGHT THERE. YEAH, IT’S DISGUSTING, ISN’T IT? AY, AY, AY. I DIDN’T REMEMBER HOGS SMELLING LIKE THAT WHEN I WAS A KID. [ LAUGHTER ] AREN’T YOU AMAZED AT HOW MUCH IT TAKES TO COOK? IT TAKES A LOT TO COOK. IT TAKES A LOT TO CLEAN. AND WOMEN — YOU’RE WORKING CONSTANTLY. CONSTANTLY. CONSTANTLY. THERE YOU GO! OH, WOW. OKAY. WELL, I’LL LET YOU DO IT, SINCE YOU’RE THE SERVANT. WHAT’S OUR EATING SCHEDULE? THIS IS THE BEST DIET, OPRAH, BECAUSE THERE’S NO SNACKING. IT TAKES SO LONG TO PREPARE EVERYTHING THAT YOU JUST CAN’T PREPARE A SNACK IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME. YOU CAN’T REACH INTO A CUPBOARD AND GRAB SOMETHING AND UNWRAP THE WRAPPER. YOU HAVE TO MAKE AN INVESTMENT OF TIME, SERIOUSLY, IF YOU WANT TO EAT, SO WE’VE ALL LOST A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF WEIGHT SINCE WE’VE BEEN HERE. THE ONLY SNACK THERE IS IS PRUNES, AND THOSE ARE VALUABLE. Oprah: AND THOSE ARE VALUABLE. PRUNES ARE OUR CURRENCY — PRUNES AND BEER. YOU GET SEVEN A WEEK. SEVEN PRUNES? PER HEAD, AND IT’S LIKE, “AH, PRUNES!” YOU KNOW? “I CAN’T WAIT TILL FRIDAY TO GET OUR PRUNE RATIONS.” OH, MY GOODNESS. WELL, THIS IS THE DIET PLAN I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR. [ APPLAUSE ] SOME OF THE COLONISTS GAVE US THE LOWDOWN ON COLONIAL LIFE, AND, TRUST ME, IT WASN’T PRETTY. WOMEN WORKED ALL…THE…TIME. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HOSPITALITY AND LETTING US IN. Woman: CHEERS. THANK YOU. Woman: CHEERS. OH, THIS IS DELISH. [ CHUCKLES ] IT’S GOOD. [ Colonial accent ] WHAT YEAR MIGHT THIS BE? 1627. [ LAUGHTER ] IT’S A ’27 BORDEAUX. [ LAUGHTER ] WELL… IS IT GOOD? …IT’S HELD UP WELL. YEAH, REALLY. I DON’T KNOW WHY EVERYBODY WASN’T AN ALCOHOLIC, BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOU NEEDED ANY KIND OF FERMENTED GRAPE YOU COULD FIND. I’VE DEALT WITH THE FLIES, THE HOGS, THE GOATS, AND YOU ARE COMPLETELY EXHAUSTED AT THE END OF THE DAY. EVERY DAY YOU’RE HERE, YOUR STANDARDS BECOME LOWER AND LOWER. IN TERMS OF WHAT? WHAT YOU’LL EAT, WHAT YOU’LL DRINK, WHAT YOU’LL DO. [ LAUGHTER ] IT’S A CONTINUING SPIRAL. YOU DROP FOOD IN THE SAND — YOU KNOW, THEY PICK IT UP, WIPE IT OFF, AND EAT IT. YEAH, AFTER 17 WEEKS, YOU JUST PICK THE FLIES OUT OF YOUR WATER AND YOUR WINE. THIS IS THE WAY PEOPLE ACTUALLY HAD TO LIVE, AND GOD ONLY KNOWS IF YOUR CUP WAS WASHED OR WHAT IT WAS WASHED IN. YOU DON’T HAVE MICE HERE, DO YOU? NO. THAT’S GOOD. WELL, SUNDAY NIGHT, UH… [ LAUGHTER ] BECAUSE IF YOU ACTUALLY WANT THE TRUTH, MICHELLE FOUND MOUSE POOP ON HER BUTTER DISH FOR THE LAST THREE MORNINGS. WELL, MICE DROPPINGS IN THE BUTTER — THAT’S A PROBLEM. WHERE DOES ONE GO TO THE BATHROOM WHEN ONE GOES? Man: IN THE WOODS. JUST WHEREVER YOU WANT TO? YEAH. OKAY. WHEN NATURE CALLS, YOU GOT TO MOVE WITH NATURE, AND [CLEARS THROAT] I’M AFRAID NATURE CALLED! YOU JUST KIND OF GO LIKE THIS ON THE POT, AND YOU GO. YOU’LL — OKAY. I PROMISE. IT’S HORRIBLY AWKWARD, AND YOU SORT OF DRIP-DRY. [ CHUCKLES ] Gayle: I KNEW I WASN’T DOING THAT. I’M NOT VERY NIMBLE. [ LAUGHTER ] Oprah: WHERE’S YOUR SPOT? IN A HOLE ALREADY DUG. AND ON THE WAY THERE, YOU HAVE TO PICK LEAVES. SO, WE WOULD PICK SOME LEAVES? OH, YO, YO. THESE ARE PROBABLY THE BIGGEST YOU’RE GONNA GET. THESE ARE THE BIGGEST LEAVES WE’RE GONNA GET? Gayle: BUT, EMILY, WHAT HAPPENS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT? YOU DON’T COME OUT HERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. YOU TRY NOT TO NUMBER-TWO IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. NO, AND YOU USUALLY DON’T. OKAY, THERE YOU GO. THERE’S A NICE SIZE FOR YOU. AND TRY TO MAKE SURE THERE’S NOT A BUG ON IT. OH, MY GOODNESS! I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT YOU’RE NOT LIKE, “COULD YOU GET ME THE WHITE OR GREEN LEAF, OR COULD YOU” — YOU JUST — WHATEVER IS AVAILABLE. I FIND THE BIG LEAVES ARE THE BEST. YES, GET TWO OR THREE OF THOSE BAD BOYS, AND YOU’RE REALLY OKAY. EM, THERE ARE NO SNAKES, RIGHT? [ LAUGHS ] YOU SQUAT AND GO. AND USE THE LEAVES. AND USE THE LEAVES. AND THERE’S SOME DIRT, AND YOU JUST COVER IT. AND YOU COVER IT WITH THE DIRT. EM, THANK YOU FOR THAT…EDUCATION. OKAY, I’M JUST GONNA GO PEE IN THE BUSHES NOW. COULD YOU JUST TURN OFF THE CAMERAS, PLEASE? I’M GONNA GO PEE IN THE BUSHES. EXCUSE ME. Woman: YOU HAVE A LEAF. I DROPPED MY LEAF. HERE, THIS IS A GOOD ONE. DO YOU NEED ONE LEAF OR TWO? I NEED ABOUT THREE. [ LAUGHTER ] Gayle: ONE DAY, YOU KNOW, SHE’S THROWING A PARTY FOR QUINCY JONES, WHICH IS A LOVELY AFFAIR IN BEVERLY HILLS, AND THE NEXT DAY, YOU’RE PEEING IN THE LEAVES. AY, AY, AY. HERE I AM IN THE WOODS. SEE YA. HIKING UP MY DRESS IN THE BUSHES. HEY, YEAH. IT’S COME TO THIS. TURN OFF MY MIKE! [ CHUCKLES ] [ APPLAUSE ] TURN OFF THAT MICROPHONE. [ SIGHS ] COMING UP, WHEN YOU SHARE A ONE-ROOM CABIN WITH FIVE OTHER PEOPLE, AS THESE FAMILIES HAD DONE FOR FOUR MONTHS, HOW DO YOU GET YOUR GROOVE ON OR WHATEVER? THE INTIMATE DETAILS OF COLONY LIFE. WE’LL BE BACK. [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] OKAY. SO, LET ME JUST EXPLAIN THIS. WHEN YOU GO BACK IN TIME NEARLY 400 YEARS, YOU LEAVE BEHIND A FEW OF THE LUXURIES — AS I SAID BEFORE, NO PANTIES, NO BRAS, NO TOILETS, NO RUNNING WATER. IT’S THE ULTIMATE REALITY SERIES. CAN 26 PEOPLE FROM 2004 SURVIVE LIFE IN 1628? WELL, THEY DID FOR FOUR MONTHS. WE DID FOR A MUCH SHORTER PERIOD OF TIME. GAYLE AND I GAVE IT OUR BEST SHOT. OUR HOSTS, JOHN AND MICHELLE, FILL US IN ON SOME OF THE MORE INTIMATE DETAILS OF LIVING COLONIAL-STYLE. TAKE A LOOK. SO, HOW DOES ONE BATHE? Jeff: I’VE ACTUALLY TAKEN TO JUMPING IN THE OCEAN AND GOING FOR A SWIM. John: THAT’S THE THING — YOU JUMP IN THE OCEAN. AND I BATHE EVERY NIGHT. Gayle: BUT ALL YOU GUYS ARE IN HERE TOGETHER, RIGHT? FIVE OF US, YEAH. SO, HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN MARITAL RELATIONS AS A COUPLE? NOT A LOT OF THAT GOING ON. A LOT OF IT? NOT A LOT. OH, I WAS GONNA SAY — QUIETLY. VERY QUIETLY. [ LAUGHS ] CAN’T YOU HEAR EVERYTHING THAT’S GOING ON IN EVERY OTHER — OH, YEAH, THE WALLS ARE PAPER-THIN. I LISTEN TO DON AND CAROLYN ACROSS THE WAY. HE’LL BE ASKING HER SOMETHING AND SHE WON’T KNOW THE ANSWER, AND HALF THE TIME, I’LL ANSWER FROM ACROSS THE STREET. AND THAT’S HOW SAD IT IS AROUND HERE. [ LAUGHS ] I DON’T KNOW HOW THEY DID IT FOR FOUR MONTHS. NOW, WHAT TIME IS IT? IT’S SO WEIRD NOW KNOWING WHAT TIME IT IS. I’M FEELING SLEEPY. ARE YOU FEELING SLEEPY? Michelle: THE BONFIRE STARTED. BONFIRE STARTED! [ FIDDLE PLAYING ] Oprah: IT’S NOW DARK. WHAT WE GONNA DO? DO WE GO TO BED? IT’S GONNA BE A LONG NIGHT. LET’S HEAD DOWN BY THE CAMPFIRE AND LET’S MEET OUR NEIGHBORS AND HAVE A LITTLE “HOE DANCE.” Woman: FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, GO! All: ONE, TWO, THREE, TOGETHER. BACK, TWO, THREE, TOGETHER. Oprah: WE’RE DANCING THE — I GUESS IT’S THE HOE DANCE OR THE “CLAP, CLAP, STEP, STEP” THING. [ LAUGHS ] [ Laughing ] AND HER PARTNER… THREW HER DOWN… [ LAUGHTER ] …AND SHE FALLS TO THE GROUND. SHE FORGETS TO MAKE THE TURN. DOMINIC, YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO THROW ME ON THE GROUND! I’M SORRY! YOU FLUNG HER A LITTLE TOO FAR, THERE, FELLA. [ LAUGHS ] OH! OKAY, LOVELY COLONISTS, LET’S TRY THIS ONE MORE TIME! THIS DANCE IS A COMPETITION BETWEEN THE MEN AND WOMEN, BETWEEN WHO CAN YELL THE LOUDEST AND WHO CAN JUMP THE HIGHEST. Men: MEN! Women: WOMEN! MEN! WOMEN! MEN! MEN! MEN! WOMEN! MEN! WOMEN! WOMEN! WOMEN! All: ONE TO THE LEFT AND TWO TO THE RIGHT. [ CHEERS ] OKAY! DANCING IN COLONIAL TIMES. THAT WAS GOOD. I THINK MY BOOBIES JUST JUMPED UP OUT OF MY THING. [ LAUGHTER ] GOOD NIGHT, EVERYONE. THANK YOU. Gayle: OKAY. THAT ATE UP AN HOUR. WE ONLY HAVE, UH, 10 MORE HOURS TO GO. Oprah: WE ENDED UP STAYING WITH A FAMILY AND THEIR 11-YEAR-OLD SON. IT’S NOT THE EASIEST LADDER I EVER SAW. GEEZ! John: HEY, I MADE THAT LADDER. OH, IT’S A VERY BEAUTIFUL LADDER. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. DO NOT SHOOT UNDER MY SKIRT. I MEAN, THAT IS A TRIP. I MEAN, JUST TRYING TO GET YOURSELF TO BED AT NIGHT [Laughing] AND HOPING ALL THE PEOPLE DOWN UNDERNEATH YOU ARE NOT LOOKING UP YOUR DRESS. OH, GOD. ONCE I GET MY ASS UP HERE, I AIN’T COMING — OH. I CAN BE BLASPHEMED OR SOMETHING. I MEAN, I CAN GET A SCARLET LETTER. THAT’S NOT BLASPHEMY, BUT YOU DO EARN A LETTER FOR THAT, OPRAH. SHE SHOULD BE TIED TO THE STAKE. GAYLE, YOU’D BETTER NOT TELL THE GOVERNOR. [ Singsong voice ] SHE SAID A SWEAR WORD! JOHN AND MICHELLE ARE LETTING US USE THEIR LOFT FOR THE NIGHT, AND IT’S BEEN A VERY LONG AND EXTENSIVE DAY, AND I’M READY TO GO TO BED. Gayle: SAY GOOD NIGHT, GRACIE. YEAH. GOOD NIGHT, GRACIE. [ APPLAUSE ] UH-OH. COULD’VE BEEN TIED TO THE STAKE. SO, THE ENTIRE WEEKEND WAS UNEXPECTED. THERE WERE MORE SURPRISES TO COME. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK — BACK IN A MOMENT. [ APPLAUSE ] COMING UP -No, I don’t think I’ll be staying another night here. -What had Gayle and I packing our bags and ready to come back to the futre. [ APPLAUSE ] SO, YOU’RE SEEING WHAT HAPPENED WHEN GAYLE AND I TOOK A TRIP BACK IN TIME NEARLY 400 YEARS AGO ON PBS FOR THEIR SERIES. AFTER A COLD, RAINY NIGHT, A 3:00 A.M. SQUAT IN THE BUSHES, AND SOME OTHER LITTLE SURPRISES, WE WOKE UP WITH OUR BUNKMATE. [ ROOSTER CROWS ] GOOD MORNING. HERE’S WHERE WE SLEPT. THIS IS GIACOMO. SAY GOOD MORNING, GIACOMO. MORNING. Gayle: HE’S THINKING, “OKAY, I’M 11, AND OPRAH WINFREY’S IN MY BED.” HERE’S GIACOMO, IT’S ME, AND THERE’S GAYLE OVER THERE. Gayle: HELLO. GAYLE, SAY HELLO TO THE PEOPLE. HELLO. WE HAD A REALLY GOOD NIGHT. I DID HAVE TO GET UP AND PEE. I THINK IT WAS ABOUT 3:00. DID YOU HEAR THE RAIN LAST NIGHT? OH, YEAH. IT WAS WONDERFUL. IT WAS RAIN, AND IT WAS RAINING ON THE ROOF. IT WAS REALLY WONDERFUL — THE SOUND OF THE RAIN ON THE ROOF. GAYLE THOUGHT SHE HEARD SOMETHING ELSE ON THE ROOF. NO, NO, NO. IT WASN’T “GAYLE THOUGHT.” GAYLE HEARD SOME LITTLE, TEENY-TINY MONKEY FEET RUNNING ON THE ROOF. I KNOW IT WAS MICE. THAT’S VERY FRIGHTENING. I COULDN’T GO BACK TO SLEEP AFTER THAT. YOU COULDN’T? [ Groaning ] OHH, YES. I HEAR THIS PITTER-PATTER. [ IMITATES TINY FOOTSTEPS ] JUST THE SOUND OF A MOUSE IS FRIGHTENING TO ME. Gayle: THEY HAVE A VERY, VERY DISTINCT SOUND. IT’S NOT LIKE A SQUIRREL, IT’S NOT LIKE A BIRD BECAUSE THEY RUN SUPER, SUPER, SUPERDUPER FAST, AND THAT’S HOW YOU CAN TELL IT’S LITTLE MICEY FEET. SO, I JUST PUT MY HEAD UNDER THE COVERS, ‘CAUSE I THINK, “I AM NOT GONNA SURVIVE IF A RAT FALLS ON MY FACE.” I WILL NEED MY MOMMY. THIS GIRL IS LIKE, “OKAY! WHEN IS IT GONNA BE LIGHT?” [ LAUGHS ] DID YOU SLEEP IN YOUR GLASSES? I WAS AFRAID TO TAKE THEM OFF. [ LAUGHS ] DIDN’T KNOW WHERE TO PUT THEM. OKAY, WE’RE GONNA GET UP AND DO OUR… CHORES. …CHORES. WE GOT TO GO DO CHORES — JUST LIKE WE DO AT HOME. [ LAUGHS ] OKAY, I WANT TO BE A HELPFUL HOUSEGUEST. I DON’T WANT THEM TO TALK ABOUT US WHEN WE LEAVE. I GOT FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET THIS DAMN CORSET ON. ARE WE HAVING A GOOD TIME YET? IS THAT BACON? YEP. GET A SCARLET LETTER FOR LACK OF MODESTY IF YOU DON’T HAVE THIS THING ON. GOING TO PEE, FOR GOD’S SAKE — GOODNESS’ SAKES. COULD YOU IMAGINE HAVING TO DO THIS EVERY DAY? YEAH. [ BOTH LAUGH ] OH, IT’S REFRESHING. IT IS. IT’S COLD. JUST LIKE YOUR TUB AT HOME. NOTHING LIKE HAVING TWO CAMERAS WATCH YOU BATHE. VERY ATTRACTIVE, ISN’T IT? BECAUSE THERE ARE NO MIRRORS, HEAVEN ONLY KNOWS WHAT WE LOOK LIKE. IT WAS SO FUNNY, ‘CAUSE GAYLE GOES, “YEAH, YOU SHOULD SEE YOURSELF.” “WELL, YOU AIN’T THE PRETTIEST THING I’VE SEEN LATELY, EITHER.” AND YOU’RE JUST SUPPOSED TO RUB IT ON YOUR TEETH? MICHELLE, HOW DO YOU DO THE LICORICE STICK? THEY SAID CHEW ON IT? YES, JUST CHEW THE END OF IT TILL IT GETS KIND OF FIBROUS, AND THEN YOU JUST RUB. MORNING, EM. IT’S KIND OF LIKE SONICARE. AND YOU KNOW WHAT? CHEW THOSE LEAVES YOU HAVE IN YOUR HAND, TOO, AND THEY’LL GIVE YOU A NICE BREATH-FRESHENER. THESE ARE MY PEE LEAVES. [ LAUGHS ] THIS IS MY TOILET PAPER. SO FAR, IT’S THE MICE AND THE BRUSHING OF THE TEETH — I DON’T LIKE IT. THEY SAY THE MICE ONLY CAME FOUR DAYS AGO, THOUGH, ‘CAUSE IT’S GETTING COLD AND THE MICE ARE LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STAY. MY BED SHOULDN’T BE IT. NO, I DON’T THINK I’LL BE SPENDING ANOTHER NIGHT HERE. SO, MICE, I WON’T BE ABLE TO — I’LL BE TRAUMATIZED BY THE MICE. IF A MICE RUNS OVER MY FACE, I WILL HAVE TO HAVE… PSYCHOLOGICAL HELP. NOT EVEN DR. PHIL COULD HELP ME. [ LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE ] Gayle: OKAY, I’M HERE TO HELP. I WENT OUT, AND BY THE TIME I CAME BACK, OPRAH WAS ALREADY FRYING THE BACON. GAYLE COMES IN LIKE THIS IS THE BEL-AIR HOTEL. PLEASE MAKE MINE EXTRA CRISPY. THIS ISN’T A RESTAURANT. THAT’S HOW I ORDERED WHEN I’M AT THE HOTEL FOR ROOM SERVICE. Oprah: WELL, HONEY, WE ARE IN AN OPEN FIRE [LAUGHS] AND A BIG, BLACK IRON SKILLET. IT’S SMOKING. WE’RE COUGHING! I WAS AFRAID OF CATCHING MYSELF ON FIRE. IT’LL BE EXTRA CRISPY FOR YOU, ALL RIGHT. [ CHUCKLES ] TONS OF FLIES THIS MORNING. OH, YEAH. Oprah: YOU GO TO SIT DOWN TO EAT, AND THERE ARE NOT JUST SOME FLIES, BUT THERE’S A BLANKET OF FLIES. THEY’RE ALL OVER EVERYTHING, EVERYBODY. APPARENTLY, THERE ARE ACCOUNTS OF COLONISTS LITERALLY GOING CRAZY FROM THE INSECTS. Gayle: IS THAT THE FOOD WE’RE GOING TO BE EATING THAT THE FLIES ARE ALL OVER? YES, UNFORTUNATELY. IT’S OKAY, YES. IF IT’S GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE FLIES, I FIGURE IT’S GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME. YOU EVER SWALLOWED A FLY? I WENT TO DRINK SOME WATER, AND THIS FLY WENT RIGHT DOWN MY THROAT, AND IT WAS JUST SO DISGUSTING. Gayle: I HAVE TO SAY, I WAS A LITTLE GROSSED OUT BY THE FLIES. THEY WERE LITERALLY COVERING EVERYTHING THAT WAS ON YOUR PLATE. MICHELLE, THANK YOU FOR PREPARING THIS GREAT BREAKFAST. YOU ARE VERY WELCOME. IT STARTED AT THE CRACK OF DAWN. NOW DO YOU UNDERSTAND BETTER WHY IT TOOK WOMEN SO LONG TO GET LIBERATED? THERE’S NO TIME FOR LIBERATION. MMM. DELISH! WHAT IS INTERESTING TO ME ABOUT THE WHOLE THING IS, EVERY DAY, THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE US, OUR FORBEARERS, DEALT WITH THAT AND 100 TIMES MORE. [ APPLAUSE ] WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK. [ APPLAUSE ] COMING UP.. IT’S MAKING ME A LITTLE SICK, HOLD ON… THE MOMENT THAT ALMOST MADE ME LOSE MY LUNCH OUR TRIP BACK IN TIME CONTINUES, NEXT… [ APPLAUSE ] OKAY. SO, NOW IT’S DAY 2 OF OUR TRIP BACK 400 YEARS AGO, TO 1628, WITH GAYLE KING. IT’S A SERIES SPONSORED BY PBS. WE LIVED LIKE PILGRIMS FOR THAT NEW PBS REALITY SERIES. IT’S CALLED “COLONIAL HOUSE,” AND WE’RE TO TELL YOU THAT JUST ORDINARY DAY-TO-DAY LIVING WAS UTTERLY EXHAUSTING. THAT’S PART OF THE WHOLE IDEA — IS TO GET A SENSE OF APPRECIATION FOR EVERYBODY WHO HAS COME BEFORE US, BECAUSE AFTER THE GRUELING TASK OF PREPARING A FLY-INFESTED BREAKFAST, IT WAS TIME FOR A DAY OF NEVER-ENDING CHORES. THE CHORES DON’T END. THIS IS SUNDAY MORNING. I’VE ALREADY WASHED THE DISHES WITH A DISGUSTING RAG AND THE DIRTY SITUATION WITH THE DISHWASHER THING. I KIND OF GOT A TASTE OF THE PIONEER LIFE. I GOT IT. I GOT THE WHOLE PICTURE. I GOT THE FACT THAT THINGS ARE DIRTY A LOT. YOU JUST KIND OF HAVE TO GET USED TO THE SMELL, YOU HAVE TO GET USED TO BEING IN CLOSE QUARTERS, BUT THE SENSE OF COMMUNITY IS TERRIFIC. Gayle: DO THE MEN LEAVE EARLY IN THE MORNING? Debbie: THEY DO. THEY LEAVE VERY EARLY, AND THEY WORK VERY LONG DAYS. THEY’RE CHOPPING LOGS FOR FIREWOOD TO STORE IT FOR THE WINTER. FOR SEVERAL WEEKS, THEY WERE BUILDING OUR HOME, WHICH WAS INCREDIBLE TO WATCH. AND THAT WAS BACKBREAKING. JUST THE ROLE OF THE WOMEN, DEBBIE — YOU JUST SORT OF HAVE TO OBEY AND DO AND STAY AND COOK… RIGHT, RIGHT. …ALL DAY LONG. YEAH. YEAH. IT GETS VERY TEDIOUS. Oprah: WHEN’S THE LAST TIME YOU WASHED YOUR HAIR? PROBABLY 10 WEEKS. OH, BOY. YOU’RE GONNA LOVE A GOOD SHAMPOO. CAN’T WAIT. YOU’VE BEEN HERE HOW LONG? THREE MONTHS. AND PROBABLY WASHED MY CLOTHES ABOUT TWO TIMES, I THINK, IN ALL THAT TIME. TWO TIMES IN ALL THAT TIME? UH-HUH. AND WAS THAT CLEAN WHEN YOU STARTED? THIS WAS CLEAN, AND IT’S ALL RIPPED, YOU SEE? AS A SERVANT, COOKING FOR ALL THESE PEOPLE, I DON’T HAVE TIME TO WASH MY OWN CLOTHES. I WASH EVERYBODY ELSE’S BUT NOT MINE. HOW MANY MEALS DO YOU DO A DAY? I DO THREE A DAY FOR FOUR MEN, AND THEY’RE KIND OF THE HUNGRIEST GUYS IN THE COLONY. IT TAKES FOUR HOURS TO COOK, TWO MINUTES TO EAT, AND THEN YOU GOT TO HEAT UP THE WATER AND DO THE DISHES. EVERYTHING TAKES SUCH A LONG TIME. OH, MY GOD — THE PLIGHT OF WOMEN. AND WHAT IS SO INTERESTING TO ME IS THAT THE WORK THAT WE SAW THE WOMEN IN THE “COLONIAL HOUSE” PERFORM ON A DAILY BASIS IS WHAT MOST WOMEN DO AROUND THE WORLD TODAY. [ ROOSTER CROWS ] PART OF MY JOB WHEN I WAS GROWING UP WITH MY GRANDMOTHER WAS TO GO TO THE CHICKEN COOP AND GET THE EGGS, EXCEPT THAT, AS A KID, ALL THE CHICKENS WERE MY FRIENDS. WE BETTER GIVE YOU THE ROOSTER-BEATING STICK. OH, REALLY? YOU CAN JUST PICK UP A STICK BECAUSE THE ROOSTER GETS VICIOUS SOMETIMES. OKAY. YOU TAKE THE ROOSTER-HITTING STICK. I’M GONNA PROTECT YOU. YOU CAN LEAN IN AND GET THE EGGS. OH, MAN. IS THIS DISGUSTING? OH, MY GOODNESS! EH! BUH. I GET THE GROSS JOB. Oprah: THERE’S LOTS OF CHICKEN POOP IN HERE — I MEAN, FRESH CHICKEN POOP. IT’S MAKING ME A LITTLE SICK. HOLD ON. IT MAKES ME SICK EVERY DAY. OKAY, LET’S TAKE A DEEP BREATH. [ INHALES DEEPLY ] YOU’RE GOING IN. OH, I JUST STUCK MY HAND IN BUNCH OF CHICKEN POOP. [ EXHALES DEEPLY ] BLECH. SO “BLECH.” IT’S DISGUSTING. AND I GET THE JOB OF CLEANING THIS OUT, TOO. YOU HAVE TO CLEAN THIS OUT? I’M THINKING, “DID OUR CHICKENS POOP THIS MUCH WHEN I WAS GROWING UP?” PLEASE FORGIVE ME GETTING UP AND DOWN, BUT I’M TENDING A COBBLER, SO… A COBBLER?! BLUEBERRY COBBLER FOR DESSERT. OH, MY GOD. IT’S REALLY NICE TO COME IN AND TO GET A SENSE OF WHAT YOU GUYS ARE GOING THROUGH AND, I THINK, AN APPRECIATION OF WHAT ALL OF OUR ANCESTORS HAD TO DO, BECAUSE, FOR THE MOST PART, I ONLY THINK ABOUT MY OWN AND WHAT THEY HAD TO ENDURE IN TERMS OF SLAVERY. Gayle: I NEVER EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT THE COLONISTS, REALLY. I NEVER THINK ABOUT THE COLONISTS, YOU KNOW? AND SO WITHOUT THE COLONISTS, THERE WOULD BE NONE OF US. BUT I DO THINK THAT AS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN, THIS WOULD BE AN UNBEARABLE THING. AS THE WEEKEND UNFOLDED, WHAT WE COULDN’T FIGURE OUT IS WHERE WOULD THE BLACK PEOPLE BE IN THAT PARTICULAR TIME? THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS WE WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN SITTING AT THIS TABLE IN 1628. WE WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN SITTING AT THE TABLE IN 1628, AND WE DIDN’T KNOW HOW SERIOUSLY YOU GUYS WERE TAKING IT. HAVING BEEN BORN 1954 IN MISSISSIPPI, I REALIZED THAT 1954 IN MISSISSIPPI WASN’T A WHOLE LOT DIFFERENT THAN COLONIAL AMERICA, LET ME TELL YOU. [ SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY ] BEAUTIFUL, AND THEN YOU JUST PULL IT OFF. THIS IS CALLED A CAN OPENER. THIS IS A PIG TROTTER. PIG TROTTER. PIG TROTTERS. WOULD YOU LIKE A PIG TROTTER? NO, THANKS. Oprah: GAYLE WAS, LIKE, BARELY HANGING ON AND WAY READY TO GO. I COULD TELL. SHE’S NOT A ROUGHIN’-IT GIRL AT ALL. WHOA. Gayle: YOU KNOW WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT MYSELF? I’M A VERY GOOD WATCHER. YOU KNOW, I LIKE TO STAND BACK AND JUST WATCH PEOPLE AND MAKE SURE THEY’RE HAVING A GOOD TIME. [ APPLAUSE ] COMING UP, ONE LAST MEAL WITH THE COLONISTS TURNS INTO A VERY SPECIAL MOMENT. BACK IN A MOMENT. [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] OKAY. SO, NOW IT’S DAY NUMBER 2. GAYLE AND I WANTED OUT. WE WANTED OUT. WE’D HAD ENOUGH OF THIS PILGRIM LIFE. IT SMELLS. IT’S HARD. YOU CAN’T WEAR ANY UNDERWEAR. YOU START TO FEEL REALLY ICKY. SO, FOR OUR LAST MEAL WITH THE COLONISTS, A 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL NAMED MADDIE — HI, MADDIE — WANTED TO GIVE US A SPECIAL SEND-OFF. TAKE A LOOK. Debbie: YOU’RE HAVING YOUR EVENING MEAL AT OUR HOUSE, AND MADDISON HAS REALLY KIND OF COME UP WITH A COOL RECIPE. Maddison: IT’S A SURPRISE JUST FOR YOU. Oprah: WHAT’S IN THERE? RIGHT NOW I’M GETTING OUT SOME INGREDIENTS SO WE CAN START OUR CAKE. THREE EGGS. THREE EGGS. WELL, THEY’RE JUST LIKE CHICKENS’ BACK HOME. WHO KNEW? WE THOUGHT WE’D BE COOKING FOR OPRAH, BUT SHE CAME AND COOKED FOR US. THIS CAME FROM THE SUGAR I BOUGHT, RIGHT? YES, THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU’RE SO WELCOME. I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW I WAS DOING THAT. Oprah: BEING WITH DAVID AND DEBBIE AND TONY, EMILY, AND MADDIE AS A FAMILY REALLY TOOK ME BACK TO MY OWN EARLY DAYS OF LIVING WITH MY GRANDMOTHER. THIS IS PRUNES — THEY’RE THE LAST OF OUR PRUNES — AND HAZELNUTS. YOU’RE USING ALL YOUR PRUNES FOR THIS WEEK? YEAH, MY PERSONAL PRUNES WILL BE USED FOR THIS WEEK. THANK YOU, MADDIE, FOR SHARING YOUR PRUNES. [ LAUGHS ] NEVER THOUGHT I’D HEAR THAT. THE WHOLE PROCESS OF EVERYBODY HAS TO WORK TOGETHER IN ORDER TO CREATE AND BUILD OUR MEAL WAS REALLY SPECIAL. WE’RE MAKING A CAKE WITH THE EGGS FROM THE CHICKENS. THE EGGS FROM THE CHICKENS, WITH THE GOAT’S MILK FROM THE GOATS THAT WE SQUEEZED THE TEATS — THERE YOU GO — WITH THE SEVEN PRUNES RATIONED TO YOU. Gayle: THEY WANTED TO GIVE US A TREAT, AND YOU’RE SPEAKING MY LANGUAGE WHEN YOU SAY, “CAKE.” WHETHER YOU’RE TALKING 1628 OR 2004, I LOVE CAKE. NOW WE’RE GONNA GO UP THE ROAD. WE’RE GOING UP THE ROAD TO PUT OUR CAKE IN THE OVEN. NOW, THIS IS A REAL TREAT TO GET TO COOK YOUR CAKE IN THE OVEN. IT IS? BECAUSE IT TAKES A LONG TIME TO HEAT UP THE OVEN, AND THEY JUST HAPPENED TO BE HEATING IT TODAY. DEAR JESUS, WE PRAY FOR THIS WONDERFUL FOOD. AND THANK YOU THAT WE CAN HAVE THESE GUESTS HERE. Oprah: WHEN YOU SIT DOWN AT THE TABLE TO THEN SHARE THAT MEAL, THERE IS A FULLNESS, A WHOLENESS, A FEELING OF WORTH AND VALUE AND APPRECIATION. THERE’S OUR CAKE. Debbie: YOU KNOW, WHEN IT COOKS IN AN OVEN MADE OF CLAY, [LAUGHS] THIS IS ABOUT AS GOOD AS IT GETS. WE CAN CALL IT A FLAT CAKE. Maddison: A PRUNE FLAT CAKE. IT’S A PRUNE FLAT CAKE. THAT’S WHAT IT IS, ‘CAUSE WE — WITH ALMOND BUTTERY SAUCE. Oprah: WITH AN ALMOND BUTTERY SAUCE. IT’S NOW A PRUNE FLAT CAKE. THAT WAS ONE OF THE MOST SPECIAL MEALS I’VE EVER HAD. Oprah: THANK YOU, MADDIE. THANK YOU, MADDIE. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK. [ APPLAUSE ] COMING UP, OUR EMOTIONAL GOODBYE… BYE OPRAH [ APPLAUSE ] SO, WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT SAYING GOODBYE TO CHICKEN POOP, MICE, AND FLIES WOULD BE SO HARD? Don: OH, THANK YOU FOR COMING. Gayle: IT’S SO NICE TO MEET A NICE COLONIAL FAMILY. WE CAME ON A HIGH NOTE, AND WE LEFT ON AN EVEN HIGHER NOTE BECAUSE WE MET SOME REALLY NICE PEOPLE AND HAD A REALLY GOOD TIME. Oprah: I FELT A SENSE OF, I GUESS, WISTFUL SADNESS IN LEAVING AND KNOWING THAT THEY STILL HAD MORE TIME. All: BYE! Gayle: IT WAS SAD WHEN WE LEFT. EVEN THOUGH WE’D BEEN THERE A SHORT TIME, I THOUGHT WE BONDED WITH THEM VERY, VERY WELL. BYE, OPRAH! [ LAUGHTER ] SEES YA! SOME OF THEM CRIED WHEN WE LEFT ONLY BECAUSE FOR US BEING THERE, IT REPRESENTED A PIECE OF HOME TO THEM. Oprah: THE EXPERIENCE OF SEEING A COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE WORKING, STRIVING… STRUGGLING, BEING CHALLENGED, BUT STILL WORKING TOGETHER, ONE HAND WITH ANOTHER HAND, WAS ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE EXPERIENCES I’VE EVER HAD. THESE FLOWERS? I LEFT WITH SUCH A SENSE OF WONDER AND AMAZEMENT AT WHAT OUR FORBEARERS WERE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH WITH SO LITTLE AND HOW HARD THAT WAS TO NOT ONLY LIVE AND EXIST BUT TO THRIVE AND BRING FORTH OTHERS WHO WOULD ALSO THRIVE. IT IS A PART OF WHAT HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU COME FROM — NOT JUST COME FROM BUT COME UP, OUT OF, AND THROUGH IN ORDER TO BE HERE. [ APPLAUSE ] FANTASTIC. PBS, THANK YOU. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK. [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] THANKS TO CHANNEL THIRTEEN, WNET NEW YORK, FOR INVITING US TO THEIR 1628 COLONY — “COLONIAL HOUSE” ON PBS. I PERSONALLY THINK IT’S A GREAT SERIES. THOSE OF YOU WHO LOVE REALITY TV, IT’S REALITY WITH A PURPOSE, AND I THINK IT’S GREAT TO WATCH WITH YOUR OWN FAMILY SO THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY GET A SENSE OF APPRECIATION OF WHAT OTHER PEOPLE HAVE BEEN THROUGH TO MAKE OUR LIVES POSSIBLE. IT IS REALLY GOOD STUFF. THANKS FOR WATCHING. [ APPLAUSE ] [ “THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND ME” PLAYS ] — Captions by VITAC — www.vitac.com CAPTIONS PAID FOR BY DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS

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  1. No me and my family couldn't survive slavery I already know that thank God my great grandparents could tho they were all house slaves

    Their parents were field slaves

  2. I thought that was education it make me thankful even more one thing I. Really like how everyone one spent time together and talk together and work together and set at the table together thank you for this because cell phones good but not

  3. Hello saudações 🇧🇷 obrigada por compartilhar mais um ótimo vídeo 👍🔔
    Que a paz e a compreensão reinem em nossos corações ♥️ neste Natal 🎄 e no Ano Novo que se aproxima. Boas Festas. Muitos beijos 😘 carinho Love 🌹

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