8 Simple Rules

Season 1 Episode 14

Career Choices

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 07, 2003 on ABC
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Career Choices
Paul and Cate are shocked when they are called into the principal's office and informed that Bridget wants to skip her college prep classes in order to become an esthetician. Meanwhile, Paul is so impressed with Kerry's sketches of "The Incredible Boring Woman" that he gets the principal to print them in the school newspaper -- not realizing that the principal is the boring woman in question.moreless

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  • great episode showing the possible futures of both sisters.

    i think this episode shows great insight to what bridget and kerry may end up doing in later life. as we never find out because the show ends without any real closing.

    bridget ends up wanting to go into something else that may not have her parents approval. although paul has signed it. bridget showing again how smart she is when it comes to manipulation. not always a good thing but funny to watch children :p

    and paul again being the clueless parent manages to put his foot in it and give sketches of the principal in a non flattering way to the principal! with kerry in trouble he tries to make it up to her while sorting it out with bridget.

    a charming episode. both girls seem to have changed slightly to the end of it.moreless
  • An average enjoyable episode.

    This episode was really fun to watch, but it didn't stick out as much as the others. Still, very clever.


    1) It had a great plot to it! Bridget wants to drop out of her college prep courses because she wants to work with make up and skin. But her parents, especially Paul, objects to the idea.

    2) Its main theme is basically 'acceptance.' I think that its hard for a show to come up with a good episode on being accepted for who someone is, but 8 simple rules nailed it!

    3) Kerry's 'incredibly boring woman' comics were quite enjoyable, not the most enjoyable, but I loved how in the end Kerry had to paint posters for school that went against her animal rights, or something. XD


    1) I said that Kerry's 'incredibly boring woman' comics were funny, but it wasn't the greatest idea ever.

    Pretty good episode!moreless
  • A very good installment of the show!

    I love the opening of this episode, with the bait and distract or whatever... It was hilarious! I loved it, with Kerry, "Dad, do you notice anything different about me?" Haha!

    Then there was Rory's secret box! I loved it! How Kate was trying to respect it, but finally they break down. But of course Rory's smart... Haha! LMAO.

    Poor Kerry! I can't believe they showed them all her sketch book! Then she has to make the posters for the pep rally, it's the worst punishment...

    However, this was a pretty good episode, if just for the beginning and the Paul's bear cub/leaving the nest comment.

  • Acceptance is the major theme in this episode.

    Funniest part of the episode is when Bridget & Kerry confuse and distract Paul so he signs Bridget's permission slip without reading it. Turns out it’s to drop subjects at school that she needs for college.

    Paul finds out and is mad, but not as much as when she says she wants to work as a beautician. Cate is supportive because Bridget has actually done all this herself and looked into it. As she puts it "she's focusing on something other than herself and boys".

    Paul struggles to be accepting and Cate tells him about how the previous generation isn’t always so wise.

    I found it particularly interesting to see Rachel Bilson as the "hot girl" waiting outside the principals office. The whole Rory staring at her whilst she ignores him blowing bubble gum is pretty funny. I didn't realise this was her first TV spot, its a tiny part, but a starts a start.

John Ritter

John Ritter

Paul Hennessy (seasons 1-2)

Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal

Cate Egan Hennessy

Martin Spanjers

Martin Spanjers

Rory Hennessy

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco

Bridget Hennessy

Amy Davidson (I)

Amy Davidson (I)

Kerry Hennessy

Mo Gaffney

Mo Gaffney

Principal Connelly

Guest Star

Kelsey Lynn Batelaan

Kelsey Lynn Batelaan

Young Bridget

Guest Star

Heather McLaughlin

Heather McLaughlin

teacher (o.s)

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Cate tells Paul that their meeting with Principal Conley was after school, but when they get there, Bridget says that she was pulled out of class. Also, since they had Rory with them, it had to be after school, so Bridget shouldn't have been in class.

    • In this episode, we find out that Bridget's middle name is Erin.

    • In the scene where Paul, Cate, and Bridget are in the principal's office, Bridget says "Yeah," but it really sounds odd because it seems out of sync.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Paul: How did she go from leader of the free world to facialist?

    • Cate: Rory, that girl will still be in detention five years from now.
      Rory: She better be!

    • Paul: You are kind of special!
      Kerry: Awww, dad, that means so much-
      Paul: Not right now, I need to go talk to your sister.

    • Kerry: Dad, notice anything different about me?
      Paul: Oh, please don't do this to me!

    • Paul: Could you knock?
      Bridget: Like I'm going to walk in on anything.

    • Paul: Make me look like Robert Redford.
      Bridget: You mean old? Done.

    • Principal Connelly: You may not respect the person but you will respect the blazer.

    • Paul: Are you happy that Bridget wants to go to beauty school with Rory's future wife?
      Cate: I would prefer she went to college.
      Paul: Then why are we even having this discussion?
      Cate: Because we're married. Because those are our children.
      Paul: You're gonna have to do better than that, Cate.

    • Bridget: I can start at $30,000 a year.
      Principal Connelly: Wow let me look at that catalogue.

    • Paul: Let me tell you a story. Your grandmother always cooked the pot roast in a little pan, so one day your mother asked her why. And she said, "Because that's how my mother used to do it." So to make a long story short, you're mother went to her great-grandmother and asked, "What's up with the little pan." And do you know what she said?
      Bridget: No
      Paul: I don't know either. But you're grandmother sure does make a grreat roast.
      Bridget: Oh yeah.

    • (Bridget slaps Kerry)
      Kerry: (voice breaking) What did you do that for?
      Bridget: I don't know, I saw it in the movies!
      Kerry: You do that when the person's hysterical! I wasn't hysterical, I was mad!
      Bridget: (hugs Kerry) I'm sorry! I love you so much!

    • Paul: 4? We've never been to 4, you're not allowed to go to 4.

    • Cate: Rory, let's go. Wait a minute, we didn't bring you! Rory Joseph Henessy, let's go!

    • Principal Connelly: (to Bridget) And keep working hard, uh start working hard.

    • Paul: A beatician?
      Cate: A facialist?
      Rory: A zit popper?
      Cate: Rory!
      Paul: Rory! Back off!

    • Paul: Remember one thing.
      Cate: It's not your fault?
      Paul: Damn straight.

    • Paul: It's obviously a forgory.
      Cate: No, they have your signture on record, after the girls' grandmother died three times this semester.

    • Paul: (confuesd) Did I just sign something? I did, didn't I?
      Rory: Oh dad.

    • Paul: I'm a concerned parent -- Father Bear, as it were. I just want the best for my little cubs so that one day they can spread their wings and fly.
      Principal Connelly: Yes, I too would like to see a bear cub spread its wings and fly.

    • (Bridget wrote Paul a note that said, "I HATE YOU")
      Paul: Well, that's clear and concise. You managed to convey a wealth of emotions in only three words.
      Bridget: My first draft was only two words.

    • Paul: Stop staring at that girl.
      Rory: I'm not staring. I'm trying to control her with my mind.

    • Kerry: (sarcastic) Why don't you just read my personal stuff over my shoulder?
      Bridget: Okay!

    • Bridget: You can't tell me what to do with my life, you're not the boss of me!
      Paul: Well, technically I am. I give you money once a week and I pay for your health care.
      Bridget: How do I quit?

    • Cate: I asked my mother why she cut the ends off her pot roast, and she said, "because that's what my mother did". So I went to my grandmother and asked why SHE cut the ends off the pot roast, and she said, "because that's what my mother did". So I went to my great grandmother and asked her why SHE cut the ends off the pot roast, and she said, "because the pan was too small". So you see, the previous generation isn't always so wise.

    • Paul: Rory, get the door.
      Rory: Oh, man.
      Paul: Get the door.
      (it's the girl from the school office)
      Paul: Take her upstairs Rory.
      Rory: What?!
      Paul: You heard me, take her upstairs.
      Rory: It worked!

  • NOTES (8)