8 Simple Rules

Season 1 Episode 8

By the Book

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 05, 2002 on ABC
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By the Book
In an effort to win back the love and respect that his daughters used to show him when they were young, Paul turns to a parenting book for some quick advice. But when Bridget and Kerry discover Paul's teaching tool, they try to use it to their advantage to get their father to let them go to a rock festival.moreless

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  • i never give this show outstanding reviews but for this episode i really enjoyed it - and it showed exactly why i love show this show!!

    paul once again with his schemes to parent. i have to say on a personal note this reminds me of my mother. she always comes up with another way to learn about me and my brother and always turns to stupid self help books and programmes and it really made me laugh at how similar she was to this episode.

    moving on to my actual review though :p. paul really does learn a lesson in this one. it seems that in this show the children are always learning the lesson but paul has it all reversed on him. he thinks everything is going well but it turns out the girls actually found his book and are using it against him!

    a surprise right there - that leads to a very amusing and good episode!!moreless
  • I love it!

    I love this episode! Its spectacular!


    1) Its very funny! It has a lot of great jokes in there!

    2) I love the idea of the book in this one. Paul uses a book on 'the mind of a teenager' or something, to try to get closer to Bridget and Kerry. What he doesn't know is that Bridget and Kerry find out this plan, and use it against him to let them go to a rock festival.

    3) I loved how Paul seemed to almost read straight from the book, and it seemed a little out of the blue and random.

    Nothing was really wrong with it! Overall, superb!moreless
  • Very good moral lesson

    first of all it gave out an excelent concept of raising children on a psycological book. A tool many new parrents believe will actually work on their kids. However what is interesteing is that in this episode Pual uses the book too much and it backfires. But in the end it turned out exactly as the book said it would. This episode teachs two very important lessons that one people can be manipulated by psycological books, but on the contrary humans in general should retrain from doing this because this alienates people from one another. In the end very good showmoreless
John Ritter

John Ritter

Paul Hennessy (2002-2003)

Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal

Cate Egan Hennessy

David Spade

David Spade

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

Martin Spanjers

Martin Spanjers

Rory Joseph Hennessy

James Garner

James Garner

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

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco

Bridget Hennessy

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (18)

    • Paul: (about the girls) Well, it's official. They hate me again.
      Cate: Aw, congratulations. (holds up two tickets) Maybe these'll make you feel better.
      Paul: Red Wings, center ice? Where did you get these?
      Cate: (imitating Anthony) Shoot. I was kickin' wit my partner Anthony W., and he gave me the 411 on how he got B to the K all grounded and whatnot. He was all, "Damn, Mrs. Henn, that's cold! I gots to make dat right!" So he hooked me these fazoon duckets. Know what I mean?

    • Cate: If you give me that raised eyebrow look that's intented to show that you've acquired wisdom one more time Paul, I swear it's coming off.

    • Paul: Now Anthony I know you're a gentleman and a scholar, but you best be in your rig cause my daughters be grounded.
      (slams the door on Anthony)
      Anthony: Yo that's cold!

    • Paul: You're both grounded, go to your room.
      Bridget: What! You've officially destroyed my life and you're like a life destroyer! I hate you!
      Kerry: I hate you too. You're the meanest father ever, you're meaner then Angela's father.
      Paul: Angela's father did time!
      Kerry: Exactly!

    • (After seeing Anthony at the door)
      Cate: Who is that?
      Paul: Jehovah's witness.

    • Paul: I was just welcoming you home and wondering what was new.
      Bridget: Well, I'm sleeping over at Heather's on Saturday night.
      Kerry: And I'm sleeping at Kristina's.
      Bridget: Unless of course you want to punish us for breathing!
      Kerry: Warden.

    • Paul: Tell me what's new!
      Bridget: Oh, well Ashley wore this super tight shirt and the button popped off right in front of Brooke, you could totally see everything! And Brooke was all "GASP!!" and Heather was all "GRRRRRR" so Heather totally nailed Ashley and Ashley was all "It was an accident." I mean, yeah right Ashley, I mean Heather is such a good arguer she could so be lawyer!
      Paul:....wow...uh, so how about you Care bear?
      Kerry: Uh, nothing that tops that. Nothing that requires "GASP!!" or "GRRRRR!"

    • Paul: Hey girls! How was school today?
      Kerry: Why?
      Bridget: Who called?
      Kerry: Mr. Cassidy is so out to get me.
      Bridget: Mrs. Baker, she is a liar!
      Kerry: The lunch lady, she hates kids.
      Paul: What kind of school do you go to? NO, never mind..

    • Paul: I came up here to call a truce.
      Kerry: Are you playing us again?
      Paul: No, unless you're playing me.

    • Paul: I'll never forgive myself if something happens to those girls before I have a chance to punish them.

    • Cate: If you give me that raised eyebrow look that's intended to show you've acquired wisdom one more time, I swear Paul, it's coming off.
      Paul: I had something in my eye.

    • Paul: Nothing falls out of Bridget's jeans. It would take the jaws of life to get into those pockets.

    • (Paul is reading a parenting book)
      Cate: So what's the sudden interest after all my years of begging?
      Paul: Well Cate, I just figured it's time. Our daughters are maturing and you know it would be foolish of me not to use expert resources available right at my fingertips.
      Cate: They've beaten you down, haven't they?
      Paul: They're killing me by inches.

    • Kerry: You are the meanest father ever! You're meaner than Angela's father.
      Paul: Angela's father did time!

    • Bridget: There was a guy on the South team, and his name was uh… Stonewall Jackson. And he used his best offensive attacks at his best defensive strategy, and it worked, like, awesome – The Battle of Bullrun.
      Kerry: That actually sounded smart.
      Bridget: Do you think Stonewall Jackson has any relation to Michael Jackson?
      Kerry: And we're back.

    • Paul: Girls, come unfurl your brother.
      Bridget: We didn't do anything wrong. We left him a bowl of water.
      Rory: Out of reach!
      Kerry: You could wriggle!
      Bridget: Lazy!!!

    • Bridget: Dad, you just embarrassed us in front of the coolest guy in the whole school.
      Paul: After what you did to your little brother--The coolest guy? He's the coolest guy in your whole school? God, I'd hate to see the dorks.

    • Kerry: Shh...he's watching us. We'd better look like we're thinking. Okay...look contrite.
      Bridget: Okay... (smiles)
      Kerry: No, no...look pensive.
      Bridget: All right...(smiles)
      KerryL Okay, look like you just lost your favorite pair of shoes.
      (Bridget gasps and frowns)

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