The T.O. Show – Episode 1 – Old Hickory


The first episode of the third season of The T.O. Show may as well have aired on the Surgery Channel, because at least to my delicate, squeamish sensibilities, the bone-sawing and skin-suturing seemed to take up the entire episode. Sure, we got plenty of T.O.‘s personal drama in that 30 minutes, but all I took away from the episode was T.O.’s surgeon explaining how hard his bone was to cut through, just like hickory wood. (Shudder.)


Season three kicks off with Terrell Owens explaining that as a result of his torn ACL, his career as a professional football player is in jeopardy. “I know my career is gonna end at some point,” he says “You obviously want it to end on your own terms.” And as a result of this knee injury, his career status is up in the air indefinitely.

T.O. enters the hospital to have surgery on his knee and the first person he calls to be by his side is his BFF and publicist, Kita. (This episode is actually more like The Kita Show because so much of it takes place while T.O. is knocked out.)

Kita shows up with no clue what T.O. is in the hospital for, but she IS intuitive enough to know that whatever the deal is, T.O. isn’t wearing anything under his hospital gown. “Are you hangin’ and swinging? You got no undies on?” she asks him, and indeed, if there was one thing the man forgot to pack in his go-bag, it was boxers.

As he preps for surgery, Kita gets him to ham it up:

and then he gets rolled into the operating room and the buzz saw starts a-buzzin’.

You know what one sentence I wish I could un-hear? “That’s the hardest bone I’ve ever whittled on.” Dear doctor, please don’t ever talk about whittling bones. Kita thinks it’s pretty nasty too.

After the surgery the doctor tells her “His bone was hard as hickory,” and she’s like “Enough with the wood metaphors.”

Another thing Kita’s not psyched about after the surgery is over: the arrival of Kari, T.O.’s ex-girlfriend who refused his marriage proposal. Even though T.O. is thrilled to see Kari and he’s pretty confident that he’s matured and will be able to win her back, Kita tells Kari “This is awkward!” and gives her an even more awkward hug.

Just because Kita gives such good reaction shots, I need to add this one, at the moment that she asks Kari why she turned down T.O.’s proposal. Get right to the point, Kita!

Kari explains that T.O. was a hot mess back then and she stuck around as long as she could just waiting for him to behave.
“This recovery process…will be the fight of my life,” T.O. explains. But somehow, we think his personal life will give that recovery process a run for it’s money this season.

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  1. Hello, TO

    I hope you feel better and get well soon. I can say this here I’d a major surgery done on me last years of 2010 of Aug 17th it took me six month to get back like i was b4.. but it take time to bounce back just believe in yourself and trust God for the healing but I trust God for my healing just go in prayer..

    Thank You
    Princess Travis

  2. Addicted to Reality says:

    I do like T.O. but it was really disappointing to see how much Kita was or IS willing to do to help you recover and who do you call to be by your side! Look, I am not trying to make this a race issue; but it is so typical to have this happen and for any African American woman who saw the show – you know what I am saying. T.O., whether Kita admits it or not I do think she wishes you guys were an item but clearly you would not have that. Kita, stop wasting your good energy as a woman on him, LET THE GIRL HE CALLED (WHO DECLINED HIS PROPOSAL) TAKE CARE OF HIM!

  3. toogie says:

    yes, the t.o. show– its a likeable show , he is a likeable guy . Please dont give that ocho another show he’s way too arrogant. ( oh yea ,,,wait a minute they gave him a show on basketball wives )

  4. Tina Maxwell says:

    To T.O.,
    I know what you going through with your knee. It took me almost a year to be able to fully recover from my left knee being injured. On Sept 25 2010, my knee was discolated. I went through a lot of pain and struggles to get where I am now. Don’t ever give up. You will always have people putting you down. Always trust in GOD, FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

  5. Donita Hunter says:

    wow whats going on with brownskinned brothers not liking their color? Im like the majority of them Lamar, TO, etc hate who they see in the mirrow,if your dark skinnned whats wrong with ya dating someone who looks like yourself? IM just saying its real, me being lightskinned have always dated light skinned men, Im light skinned I love my color why cant brown skinned brothers love their color?