Ivan The Terrible – Terror for the Sake of Terror
Oprah invites Ivan the Terrible on her show to talk about the reign of terror his black-shirted secret police have inflicted on Russians for the past 20 years, including the massacre 60,000 in Novgorod, and the murder of his own son. When Ivan proves reluctant to take ownership of his actions, and won’t “”confront his issues””, Oprah brings in Healer Phil to bring closure to Ivan.
Ivan the Terrible, tsar of Russia in the 16th century, is the focus of this episode. The episode’s main sketch touches on how Ivan ruthlessly killed thousands with the aid of his secret police and the fact that the death toll even included his own son.