Tim McGraw made his acting debut on January 6th, 1997, playing Jeff Foxworthy’s rival during the final season of The Jeff Foxworthy Show. Since then, he’s upgraded to TV series like Saturday Night Live and movies like The Blind Side, even landing a small role in the upcoming George Clooney film, Tomorrowland.
This week, McGraw switched gears by appearing on ABC’s Repeat After Me, a hidden camera series spearheaded by Ellen DeGeneres. For years, DeGeneres has been doing something similar on her own show, where she sends celebrities into everyday situations while giving them instructions via a hidden earpiece. The celebrities are expected to follow her demands, resulting in Punk’d-worthy pranks and general confusion. McGraw participated in one of those pranks back in February 2013, when he berated an unsuspecting stage hand — who’d been dispatched to McGraw’s dressing room to tune his acoustic guitar — with statements like “I’m not wearing any underwear,” and, “Look at my stomach! Check it out. It’s like a muscle jacket.”
Repeat After Me follows the same layout, with host Wendi McLendon-Covey delivering the instructions instead of DeGeneres. On this week’s episode, McGraw speaks to a nurse who’s been dispatched to take a look at the country star. “Let’s get a few ground rules down first,” McGraw says, repeating McLendon-Covey’s words. “Number one: I won’t take of my hat. Number two: my ears are very ticklish, so you can’t touch them. And no downtown funny business.”
The prank escalates from there, with McGraw explaining his vision woes by saying, “I knew I had a problem because I woke up and my wife had four bazoombas. At first I was like, ‘Yeehaw!’ But then I was like ‘Yee-naw.'”
Granted, none of this is nearly as stunning as McGraw’s performance in Friday Night Lights, where he plays the angry, washed-up father of a teenaged football star. Still, there’s something to be said for watching the country star walk around the confines of his dressing room, eyes closed, telling the nurse he’s going to “use [his] sonar like a bat.” The blind side, indeed.