8 Simple Rules

Come and Knock on Our Door

Season 1, Ep 16, Aired 1/28/03
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  • Episode Description
  • After discovering that boyfriend Kyle kissed Kerry at a party (the previous episode, "Kerry's Big Adventure," airing Jan 21), Bridget gives her sister the silent treatment – which is anything but quiet for Paul. But real life merges with fantasy when Paul has a dream that lands him in familiar territory, showing Kyle as a swinging bachelor living with Paul's two beautiful daughters in an apartment straight out of the ‘70s. The set of the classic comedy "Three's Company" was recreated down to the last detail for this episode.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Ritter

    Paul Hennessy (seasons 1-2)

  • Katey Sagal

    Cate Egan Hennessy

  • Martin Spanjers

    Rory Hennessy

  • Kaley Cuoco

    Bridget Hennessy

  • Amy Davidson (I)

    Kerry Hennessy

  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • Fans of "Three's Company" will love this episode. Fans of solely "8 Simple Rules" might not.

    By HypnoToad72, Jul 19, 2009

  • So maybe it's cause I am not american and I didn't get the whole taking something out of an old tv show..

    By Pucktweety, Jun 08, 2008

  • Great episode, and not just because Bridget and Kerry were not talking which made a great storyline, but they revisited "Three's Company".

    By Khris189, Aug 09, 2007

  • Flashback episode of three's company; truly awesome!

    By teenage_fanatic, Feb 02, 2007

  • Paul has a dream...and it's awesome!

    By 222Kandi, Jan 23, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (28)

    • Paul: Hey honey look at this stun gun, it's able to incapacitate someone with a bone rattling yet not lethal burst of electricity. Cate: You're not still fantasizing about punishing Kyle, are you? Paul: Why? Just cause he cheated on my daughter with my other daughter, never. Do you think this thing could go through a snow board jacket? Cate: Paul have you ever heard the expression two wrongs don't make a right? Paul: Oooo, a crossbow.

    • Paul: Disco was not my mistake, it was the mistake of the nation.

    • (Paul is pointing at Kyle and Bridget is pointing at Kerry) Paul and Bridget: You are SO dead! Kyle and Kerry: It's not what it looks like!

    • Bridget: Kerry? Who's Kerry? Rory: Backstabbing boyfriend stealer. Cate: She knows, Rory, she knows. Rory: Oh, so I was just rubbing it in.

    • Kerry: I thought we hid those shoes. Bridget: He must buy them in bulk.

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    Notes (7)

    • At the end of this episode's theme song, Rory sprays the camera with silly-string.

    • This is the very last time that Don Knotts and John Ritter would ever appear together due to both of their deaths.

    • The first time since 1984 that Don Knotts played Mr. Furley even though it was only in a dream, also this would be the last time that Don Knotts ever takes on the role of Mr. Furley.

    • When this episode aired on ABC after John Ritter's death, several scenes were different, including Paul noticing Rory's chest hair, the talk between Kyle and Bridget at the apartment, and Cate's line about it sounding like a "stupid TV show." In syndication on the Daytime WB (January 10, 2006), the original version aired.

    • Don Knotts was the first and only "Three's Company" co-star to work with John Ritter on the show.

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    Trivia (2)

    • The following characters from Three's Company are spoofed in Paul's dream in order of appearance: Kyle: Jack Tripper Bridget: Chrissy Snow Kerry: Janet Wood Paul: Stanley Roper Cate: Helen Roper Rory: Larry Dallas

    • In the dream sequence, when Kyle and Bridget are in the kitchen, Kyle puts an oven glove on his left hand to take out the baking tray. Shortly after he grabs the tray with his unprotected right hand. Realistically, he couldn't have done this because he would severely burn his hand.

    Allusions (4)

    • 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".

    • During the "Three's Company" dream sequence, Paul (as Mr. Roper) agrees to look at the broken light-switch in the apartment. Kyle (as Jack Tripper), pretending to be gay slides up next to Paul, puts his arm around him and bats his eyelashes saying, "Thanks. It's so great to have a man around the house." This is an allusion to the British sitcom "Man About the House", of which "Three's Company" was the American remake. John Ritter's character Jack Tripper was the "man about the house." The character in the original British sitcom was named Robin Tripp.

    • Don Knotts: Nip it, in the Bud. This was a saying that his character Barney Fife used on The Andy Griffith Show.

    • This episode is an allusion to the show Three's Company, which also starred John Ritter (Paul). "Come And Knock On Our Door" was the name of Three's Company's theme song.

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