Carol's Second Act

Carol's Second Act

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Emmy Award winner Patricia Heaton stars in CAROL’S SECOND ACT, a comedy about a woman who embarks on a unique second act after raising her children, getting divorced and retiring from teaching: pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor. On Carol Kenney’s (Heaton) first day at work, she’s prepped with an abundance of life experience, people skills, talent and enthusiasm, advantages the chief resident and other newly minted interns don’t have – or immediately appreciate. Carol’s first-year partners on rounds are Lexie (Sabrina Jalees), who’s very nervous due to the pressure on her to succeed as the first in her family to go to college, and Daniel (Jean-Luc Bilodeau), a 2018 Harvard Medical school grad who’s already published in the New England Journal of Medicine...twice. Carol will need to win over their chief resident, Dr. Maya Jacobs (Ito Aghayere), an all-business disciplinarian who doesn’t care for Carol’s chatty, outgoing nature. Fortunately, Carol has a couple of friendly faces at the hospital, including Dr. Frost (Kyle MacLachlan), the accomplished senior attending physician who finds her charming, and her bubbly daughter, Jenny (Ashley Tisdale), a successful pharma sales rep who catches the eye of Carol’s fellow doctors. At age 50, Carol is a medical intern who must sink or swim with peers who are half her age, and it’s her enthusiasm, perspective and yes, even her age, that may be exactly what will make her second act a great success.
Emmy Award winner Patricia Heaton stars in CAROL’S SECOND ACT, a comedy about a woman who embarks on a unique second act after raising her children, getting divorced and retiring from teaching: pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor. On Carol Kenney’s (Heaton) first day at work, she’s prepped with an abundance of life experience, people skills, talent and enthusiasm, advantages the chief resident and other newly minted interns don’t have – or immediately appreciate. Carol’s first-year partners on rounds are Lexie (Sabrina Jalees), who’s very nervous due to the pressure on her to succeed as the first in her family to go to college, and Daniel (Jean-Luc Bilodeau), a 2018 Harvard Medical school grad who’s already published in the New England Journal of Medicine...twice. Carol will need to win over their chief resident, Dr. Maya Jacobs (Ito Aghayere), an all-business disciplinarian who doesn’t care for Carol’s chatty, outgoing nature. Fortunately, Carol has a couple of friendly faces at the hospital, including Dr. Frost (Kyle MacLachlan), the accomplished senior attending physician who finds her charming, and her bubbly daughter, Jenny (Ashley Tisdale), a successful pharma sales rep who catches the eye of Carol’s fellow doctors. At age 50, Carol is a medical intern who must sink or swim with peers who are half her age, and it’s her enthusiasm, perspective and yes, even her age, that may be exactly what will make her second act a great success.

Season 1 (19 episodes)

  • 1. Pilot

    Original air date: 09/26/2019 Runtime: 21:54 min.

    Original air date: 09/26/2019 Runtime: 21:54 min. Carol Kenney enthusiastically begins her first day as an internal medicine intern, but has a rocky start when she disregards direct orders from her boss in order to help a patient. Also, Carol meets Dr. Frost, a senior attending physician who may be the ally Carol needs in her second act.

  • 2. You Give Me Fever

    Original air date: 10/03/2019 Runtime: 20:57 min.

    Original air date: 10/03/2019 Runtime: 20:57 min. When Carol treats an elderly patient with a fever, Mrs. Zahn (Carol Mansell), and her tests are inconclusive, Carol must find a way to work around Dr. Jacobs and hospital policy to take extra time to observe her. Also, Daniel is embarrassed when his fellow interns find out that he doesn't know how to do the basic medical skill of drawing blood.

  • 3. The Zebra

    Original air date: 10/10/2019 Runtime: 20:43 min.

    Original air date: 10/10/2019 Runtime: 20:43 min. While the other interns battle over who gets the patient with a fascinating and rare problem, Carol's standard, run-of-the-mill case turns out to be something more than it seems. Also, Daniel makes a crucial mistake that gets Dr. Jacobs attention... by eating her food.

  • 4. Marathon Day

    Original air date: 10/17/2019 Runtime: 20:42 min.

    Original air date: 10/17/2019 Runtime: 20:42 min. When Dr. Jacobs collapses after running a marathon, Carol becomes her doctor and they clash over her course of treatment. Also, Daniel and Lexie try to help Caleb conquer an old phobia.

  • 5. The Nightfloat

    Original air date: 10/24/2019 Runtime: 21:16 min.

    Original air date: 10/24/2019 Runtime: 21:16 min. When Carol has her first solo overnight shift at the hospital, Dr. Frost's enthusiastic help and involvement become a little more than Carol bargained for. Also, on the interns' rare night off from the hospital, Jenny takes them all out to a bar to find dates.

  • 6. Game Changer

    Original air date: 11/07/2019 Runtime: 21:23 min.

    Original air date: 11/07/2019 Runtime: 21:23 min. The hospital is abuzz when Carol is assigned to care for a star college football player with a broken rib. Also, sparks continue to fly between Jenny and Daniel.

  • 7. Dr. Mom

    Original air date: 11/14/2019 Runtime: 21:04 min.

    Original air date: 11/14/2019 Runtime: 21:04 min. When the other interns begin to feel the strain of being first-year residents, Carol tries to help with lessons learned from years as a working mom, but soon realizes that she may have stretched herself too thin. Also, Jenny and Dr. Frost face off when she tries to sell him some of her latest pharmaceuticals.

  • 8. Sick and Retired

    Original air date: 11/21/2019 Runtime: 21:24 min.

    Original air date: 11/21/2019 Runtime: 21:24 min. Carol’s dear friend Phyllis (guest star Jane Kaczmarek) is admitted to the hospital, and Carol jealously witnesses what retirement would have looked like for her. Also, Daniel takes credit for Caleb’s excellent diagnosis and is bothered when Caleb doesn’t seem to mind.

  • 9. Therapy Dogs

    Original air date: 12/05/2019 Runtime: 20:31 min.

    Original air date: 12/05/2019 Runtime: 20:31 min. As the hospital hosts therapy dogs to help care for their patients, Carol helps Lexie when the emotional burden of being a doctor becomes too "ruff."

  • 10. Merry December 19th

    Original air date: 12/12/2019 Runtime: 20:38 min.

    Original air date: 12/12/2019 Runtime: 20:38 min. Carol excitedly plans an early Christmas celebration for Jenny, but Jenny's preoccupied with her secret first date with Daniel. Also, the doctors investigate a case of food poisoning at an office holiday party.

  • 11. Blocking

    Original air date: 01/09/2020 Runtime: 21:20 min.

    Original air date: 01/09/2020 Runtime: 21:20 min. Carol pretends to be an attending doctor in order to get her patient into the ICU, and Jenny and Daniel run into Dr. Frost when they finally go on their first date.

  • 12. Peer Evaluations

    Original air date: 01/16/2020 Runtime: 21:21 min.

    Original air date: 01/16/2020 Runtime: 21:21 min. When the interns are given performance evaluations by Dr. Frost and Dr. Jacobs, everyone takes the critique well... except for Carol.

  • 13. Night Lemons

    Original air date: 01/30/2020 Runtime: 21:25 min.

    Original air date: 01/30/2020 Runtime: 21:25 min. Lexie and Jenny tease Carol when her kind neighbor shows signs that he has a crush on her. Also, Dr. Frost suggests that Maya and the interns forgo using technology as a crutch and instead use traditional medical procedures on their patients.

  • 14. Secrets

    Original air date: 02/06/2020 Runtime: 21:21 min.

    Original air date: 02/06/2020 Runtime: 21:21 min. When Carol learns about Lexie's secret hobby, she also finds out an even bigger secret...that everyone knew except her. Also, Caleb goes to battle with an insurance company for his patient.

  • 15. Top of the List

    Original air date: 02/13/2020 Runtime: 20:26 min.

    Original air date: 02/13/2020 Runtime: 20:26 min. When Carol's patient finally makes the liver donation list, she is upset by the lack of emotion from his transplant surgeon, Dr. Lewis (Patrick Fabian). Also, Lexie, Daniel and Caleb try to decipher why Dr. Jacobs has a tattoo of a duck.

  • 16. Carol's Crush

    Original air date: 02/20/2020 Runtime: 21:20 min.

    Original air date: 02/20/2020 Runtime: 21:20 min. After Carol's patient's transplant surgery is deemed a success, the interns tease her mercilessly about her obvious crush on the surgeon, Dr. Lewis (Patrick Fabian).

  • 17. Plus Ones

    Original air date: 03/05/2020 Runtime: 21:20 min.

    Original air date: 03/05/2020 Runtime: 21:20 min. When the interns tease Carol that her relationship with Dr. Lewis might be moving too fast, Carol tries to sabotage his chance at winning a romantic getaway for them. Also, Dr. Jacobs, Lexie and Caleb help a patient with a serious case of... a curling iron stuck in her hair before her wedding day.

  • 18. R.I.P. Dr. Herman

    Original air date: 03/12/2020 Runtime: 20:55 min.

    Original air date: 03/12/2020 Runtime: 20:55 min. When Carol is selected to present a case to the entire hospital, her boyfriend, Dr. Lewis (Patrick Fabian), asks her to reconsider because it could affect his chance of becoming chief of staff over Dr. Frost. Also, Dr. Frost makes a startling revelation, on the first season finale of CAROL'S SECOND ACT.

  • 101. First Look at Carol's Second Act on CBS

    Runtime: 2:50 min.

    Runtime: 2:50 min. Watch the preview trailer for CAROL'S SECOND ACT, a new comedy starring Emmy Award winner Patricia Heaton as a 50-year-old woman, who embarks on a unique second act after raising her children, getting divorced, and retiring from teaching: pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor.