8 Simple Rules


Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/17/02
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  • Episode Description
  • Paul had grown accustomed to Cate taking care of their son and two daughters. His job as a sports writer kept him on the road a lot during the kids' formative years. But when Cate decides to return to work as a hospital nurse, Paul takes a job as a columnist and undertakes the responsibility of helping out with the kids. Although not new to fatherhood, Paul is just a bit rusty on day-to-day interaction and discovers that he's grown a little out of touch with his kids – especially his daughters. His value has been reduced to a wallet and a ride to the mall. Sixteen-year-old Bridget (Kaley Cuoco, "Growing Up Brady," "Ladies Man") has matured into a beautiful and popular teenager, with a different boyfriend each week and a taste for fashion that tends to be a little too revealing for her father's taste. By contrast, 15-year-old Kerry (Amy Davidson, ABC Family series "So Little Time") is intelligent and cute, but her lack of self-confidence has led her to hide behind a mask of sarcasm. Thank goodness for 13-year-old son Rory (Martin Spanjers, "Daddio"), fondly referred to as "The Boy" by Paul and Cate, who remains on the sane track…at least for the time being. No matter what they do, Paul has one major rule that will never change – "If you make my daughters cry, I'll make you cry." In the premiere episode, "Pilot," Cate goes back to work and Paul has to contend with Bridget dating his co-worker Tommy's (Larry Miller) son, Kyle (Billy Aaron Brown) -- whose roving eyes threaten to break his daughter's heart. Meanwhile, Paul and Cate are shocked when honour student Kerry is suspended for ditching school.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Ritter

    Paul Hennessy (2002-2003)

  • Katey Sagal

    Cate Egan Hennessy

  • Martin Spanjers

    Rory Joseph Hennessy

  • Kaley Cuoco

    Bridget Hennessy

  • Amy Davidson (I)

    Kerry Hennessy

  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • Great start to a great series.

    By Emmma, Jan 13, 2011

  • A great beginning! Sans Cate, who really isn't in this episode... Let me explain:

    By HypnoToad72, Jul 19, 2009

  • dsafsdafdsf

    By miles2114, Jul 29, 2008

  • A great opening to a good show!

    By Pucktweety, May 27, 2008

  • The pilot episode of 8 Simple Rules follows Paul Henesey through the day as he has to deal fully with his children while his wife Kate works a full day at the hospital. Problems ensue as Carrie gets suspended and Bridget has boy problems.

    By Atreyu75, Jul 26, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (34)

    • 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.

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    Notes (9)

    • 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.

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    Allusions (5)

    • 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.

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