8 Simple Rules

ABC (ended 2005)
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  • It's a time for healing and learning to deal with life without family patriarch Paul (the late John Ritter), as the Hennessys discover the frailties of life and the strength of the family unit, on 8 Simple Rules. Cate (Katey Sagal) now finds herself in the precarious position of raising three teenagers on her own while holding down a full time job as a hospital nurse near their Detroit-area home. She does, however, get a little relief, thanks to her father, Jim (James Garner), who's been staying at the house since Paul's death. Retired and separated from his wife, Jim mostly spends his days making home improvements to the house - with arguably mixed results - and, in his own inimitable way, gives comfort and guidance to his daughter and grandchildren during their time of need. But the family is thrown for a loop when Cate's wayward nephew, C.J. (David Spade), moves in and finds it hard to resist getting himself into trouble or offering questionable advice to the kids. Now more than ever, Cate needs to be there for her kids - particularly her daughters. Oldest daughter Bridget (Kaley Cuoco) has matured into a beautiful and popular teenager - especially with the boys. But since her father's death, she has begun to question the importance of running with the "in crowd" at school. By contrast, middle child Kerry (Amy Davidson) is intelligent and cute, but her continued lack of self-confidence has led her to hide behind a mask of sarcasm - which makes it difficult for her to get in touch with her true feelings. And youngest child Rory (Martin Spanjers), fondly referred to as "The Boy," is trying to fill his father's shoes by becoming the man of the family, while at the same time entering the world of puberty and discovering one of life's true mysteries - girls. Dating boys and fitting in with their peers will once again become a top priority for the girls. But no matter what, Cate will continue to enforce Paul's number one rule - "If you make my daughters cry, I'll make you cry." In Memory Of John Ritter (1948-2003). You will be missed! You are (and always will be) the funniest!moreless

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  • S 3 : Ep 24

    Ditch Day

    Aired 4/15/05

  • S 3 : Ep 23

    The Sleepover

    Aired 4/8/05

  • S 3 : Ep 22

    The Teachers Lounge

    Aired 4/1/05

  • S 3 : Ep 21

    The After Party

    Aired 3/4/05

  • S 3 : Ep 20

    C.J.'s Real Dad

    Aired 2/18/05

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Ritter

    Paul Hennessy (2002-2003)

  • James Garner

    Grandpa Jim Egan (Episodes 40-76; special guest before that, 2004-05)

  • David Spade

    C.J. Barnes (Episodes 40-76; special guest before that, 2004-05)

  • Kaley Cuoco

    Bridget Hennessy

  • Katey Sagal

    Cate Egan Hennessy

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1354)

    • Bridget: Mom says I'm ready to drive. Paul: Mom also thought I was ready for fatherhood.

    • Bridget: (about Kyle) I cannot date someone who works at the multiplex! Why can't he work somewhere cooler, I don't know, like a music store? Kerry: Or a bookstore. Bridget: Kerry, being serious here.

    • (After finding Rory spying in Kerry and Bridget's closet) Rory: What? I come in here to think sometimes! Paul: Get out!

    • Cate: You're the one who wanted to keep going until we had a boy. Paul: The boy is fine, it's the girls!

    • Cate: Paul, what's wrong? Paul: This is a bad place.

    • Paul: You have to stop that behavior over there right now! Security guard: They are holding hands. Paul: Can I borrow your pepper spray for a minute?

    • Tommy: In fact, I think he's friends with hot... Paul: Bridget! Tommy: Yeah hot Bridget.

    • Paul: This is nice. Bridget: What? Paul: You usually don't let me put my arms around you in public. Bridget: Oh my god!

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    Notes (316)

    • This episode was nominated for the Casting Society Of America's 2003 Artios Award for Best Casting For TV-Comedy Pilot.

    • Bridget is a year older than Kerry. However, Kaley Cuoco (Bridget) is 6 years younger than Amy Davidson (Kerry).

    • This episode did not re-air on 10/14/03 at 8pm. "Come and Knock on Our Door" did instead. However, This pilot was originally scheduled to air.

    • Re-aired again: Tuesday, October 14, 2003 at 8PM on ABC (Because of John Ritter's untimely death, they had to air reruns for a few weeks before they can "retool" the show without him :(

    • Re-aired again: Monday, June 30, 2003 at 8:00 p.m. E/P on ABC's special 8 Simple Rules Monday Comedy Showcase.

    • Re-aired: Saturday September 28 on ABC Family Channel, Tuesday December 3rd, 2002 on ABC.

    • This episode premiered on the same day as John Ritter's 54th birthday.

    • Taped on: Friday April 5th, 2002

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    Trivia (92)

    • Paul reveals that he's an alumni of the University of Michigan, when he says his entire fraternity went to every football game during the 1978 season.

    • We never actually find out what Kerry's painting is about.

    • Cate tells Paul that Bridget can't go on a date with Travis because it is a school night. In the next scene, Bridget tells Kerry about her date last night, and Cate tells Bridget good afternoon, so shouldn't she been in school? Also, Paul tells Cate that they would be chaperoning the dance tonight, and Cate says that it is her first Saturday night off. So all this proves that it was Friday night that Bridget had a date, and it was not a school night.

    • When Paul is telling Bridget, Cate and Kerry that he use to be the Yell Captain, the bottle of water in Kerry's hands alternates from being upright with the lid off, to on the its side with the lid on between scenes.

    • Kerry asks 'How does an owl stomp on you?'. Yet in her chant, she sings 'Liberty owls will STOMP on you!' Editor's Note: Just because she objected to the stomping cheer, her tryout was just a way to prove to Bridget she could be a cheerleader, and she ended up being better than Bridget, and she still objected to the whole popular crowd thing as well.

    • Bridget is not in the picture because when Kerry drew it she didn't add Bridget. Instead Kerry claimed she ran out of chalk so she couldn't add her.

    • When Kate and Paul are in the treehouse alone and they are looking at the memories on the wall, Paul mentions the picture on the wall was painted by Kerry { but it looks like it was made by chalk} but then when Kate asks " Where is Bridget?" Paul answers "Kerry said that she ran out of chalk.

    • Each member of the family had to give up the following bad habits for the bet: Paul: TV remote Cate: Coffee Bridget: Telephone Kerry: Sarcasm Rory: Tattling

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    Allusions (55)

    • The show derives its name and some of its elements from W. Bruce Cameron's book 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. The rules are: 1. Use your hands on my daughter and you'll lose them after. 2. You make her cry, I make you cry. 3. Safe sex is a myth. Anything you try will be hazardous to your health. 4. Bring her home late, there's no next date. 5. Only delivery men honk. Dates ring the doorbell. Once. 6. No complaining while you're waiting for her. If you're bored, change my oil. 7. If your pants hang off your hips, I'll gladly secure them with my staple gun. 8. Dates must be in crowded public places. You want romance? Read a book.

    • Paul: Someone's not getting any Mickey Mouse pancakes today. Mickey Mouse, created by Walt Disney, is the most recognizable cartoon character in the world. He has became the trademark for the Disney corporation.

    • Rory: He has a license to kill. This is a reference to James Bond 007, a fictional British agent created in 1952 by writer Ian Fleming. Bond is featured in twelve novels and is arguably the most famous & most recognizable fictional character ever, due to the unparalleled success of his 21 films (1962-2006) including A License to Kill.

    • Paul: If you ever pull into my driveway and honk, you better be delivering a package because you're sure not picking anything up. This quote is Rule #1 in the original "10 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter" book.

    • Paul Hennessey: "...boat show in Auburn Hills"
      Since Paul is a sports columnist from Detroit, he could be covering a boat show in Auburn Hills. Most likely at the Palace of Auburn Hills, where the NBA's Detroit Pistons play.

    • Kerry: He thinks of me as some sort of virgin spinster, like Miss Havisham. Great Expectations? Charles Dickens? A book? Miss Havisham is one of the main characters in Great Expectations, a novel by Charles Dickens. It was first published in All the Year Round, a weekly magazine edited by Dickens, over the course of a year and a half.

    • "Theodore, Simon, Alvin!!!!!" - Calling his kids out to the treehouse, Paul Hennessy (John Ritter) quotes from an old 1950s cartoon about singing chipmunks called "Alvin and the Chipmunks."

    • After Paul entered Kyle's real apartment he does a prat fall over the couch. This was John Ritter's signature stunt on "Three's Company".

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  • Fan Reviews (223)
  • A lovely show

    By DiCHi93, Jun 18, 2015

  • Classic Show for me

    By Ratchetjak, May 21, 2015

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    By countryshoppers, Apr 24, 2014

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    By countryshoppers, Apr 24, 2014

  • I LOVE that show!

    By Romano338, Dec 25, 2013