So, what did we learn here?
• That Lance Armstrong did use performance-enhancing drugs. But Usada told us that already. So did the Oprah interview pre-publicity.
• That Lance Armstrong is prepared to call himself a "jerk" and an "arrogant prick", but that he only admits to bullying in limited circumstances and as a personal flaw. A bit like biting one's nails.
• He looked amazingly sleek, healthy, only slightly greyer. For a guy whose world has been torn down in the last six months, he appeared remarkably unstressed. Whatever he's on now, I'd like some too, please.
• He's still friends with George Hincapie, his loyal lieutenant in all his Tour-winning teams – and as Armstrong admitted, the most "credible" witness against him. But George Hincapie is incapable of falling out with anyone. His overtures in this interview to Betsy Andreu, Emma O'Reilly and others he victimised when he had the power to do so may go unanswered. There were several hundred people owed apologies by Armstrong who went begging here. In fact, did he really apologise to anyone?
• He refused to give any clue of whether he would, as has been reported, cooperate with the anti-doping agency Usada, and possibly testify against senior officials of cycling's governing body, the UCI. His denial of the 2001 Tour de Suisse "cover-up" story suggests strongly otherwise.
• In this part, Oprah did not ask him about whether he would agree that his dope-cheating amounted to defrauding the US Postal Service, which sponsored his team 1999-2003 to the tune of at least $30m. We'll see if she goes there in part 2.
• Oprah is no Scott Pelley, David Walsh or Paul Kimmage. Oprah may have had 112 questions prepared, but she let Armstrong evade her and even allowed him to trespass into afternoon TV touchy-feely territory. Sometimes, you really do need a journalist.
In short, this was not very edifying. If Armstrong was able to reduce his Livestrong Foundation staff to tears with his confession and apology, I hope OWN's audience are made of more skeptical, sterner stuff.
This was more strategy by Armstrong. The confession he got out of the way very quickly; it was actually limited. The rest was obfuscation and camouflage.