On the Carol’s Second Act episode “Game Changer” while sparks continue to fly between Carol’s daughter Jenny (Ashley Tisdale) and Daniel (Jean-Luc Bilodeau), Carol (Patricia Heaton) is assigned to care for a star college football player (Larry VanBuren Jr.) with a broken rib. His mother, Kathleen, is portrayed by Essence Atkins.
Essence Atkins, who looks amazing in the close-up bikini pics above, reminded her fans that 24 years ago, Tisdale (at the age of 10) made her big TV debut on Atkins’ show Smart Guy.
Atkins shared the behind-the-scenes reunion pic below with the hashtag #fullcircle #disneychannel, among others. [Related: Ashley Tisdale Feeding Instagram with Stunning String Bikini Pics]
Carol’s Second Act airs Thursdays at 9:30 pm on CBS, right after Mom at 9 pm, and right before Evil at 10 pm. [NOTE: Stream any CBS show through Amazon Prime or CBS ALL-ACCESS. Both options offer free trials.]