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8 Simple Rules

Season 1 Episode 17

Drummer Boy (1)

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 04, 2003 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Drummer Boy (1)
Bridget defies the rules of the house after Paul forbids her from going out on a date with Ben (Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter) -- her college-age drum instructor. Meanwhile, Kerry is mad at Cate when her ex-boyfriend confesses that he thinks her mother is pretty.

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  • havent we all been there?

    liked an older boy and wasn't allowed to see him?

    liked a boy and thought, o dear god. do you like my mom more than me?

    having a friends mom with a body to die for when growing up i can say i have been there through her. i used to like this well fit older guy but was banned from seeing him.

    so this episode hit home. we have all had this situation or knew it. bridget liked the older guy. kerry thought it was odd that her ex could see her mom as pretty.

    personaly its a teenage thing. we like older guys/girls and we don't dig the omg i think your mom is hot thing. perfectly sums up the whole series.

    what planet are parents from? what planets are ex's from? and seriously why do dads talk, ever??moreless
  • Pretty good!

    Pretty darn good episode! I wasn't crazy about the second part of this one though, but thats for a different review.


    1) It was a funny episode, again. Bridget had a lot of blond moments in this episode, and I found it funny how she thought that she and Ben were 'meant to be.'

    2) The plot was pretty good. Bridget falls in love with her drum teacher, and even though she's not allowed to date him, she still tries to sneak off with him.

    3) I love the whole thing with the 'yearbooks.' How Cate always insisted that her yearbooks were burned in a fire, and how in the end, Rory told Paul that Cate still had yearbooks.

    4) The thing where Kerry is mad at Jason because he said things like her mother was pretty, or had a nice laugh, and Kerry was upset that he never said that to her when they were dating.


    1) I just wish that they had got another actor to play Ben!

    Pretty good episode overall.moreless
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


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In this episode it is mentioned that Kate was popular in high school but in the episode "Cheerleader" she was on the drill team which is lame according to everyone in the house.

    • When Bridget storms out of the kitchen after Paul tells her that she can't go to the concert with Ben, she slams the door but it doesn't shut. In the next scene, the door is closed.

    • In the end of the episode, Bridget looks up and says "This is for you Ben." then plays really good on the drums. If someone only saw that part of the episode, they might think that Ben is dead because she looked up, like she was looking at heaven.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Cate: Kerry if you were not my daughter I would want you to be my friend.
      Kerry: Yea, right you're not cool enough to hang out with me.

    • (Looking through Cate's yearbook.)
      Rory: Look at what some of these guys wrote. Mom you were like a Bond girl.

    • Paul: Hey Carebear. Seems like old times, I enter a room and Jason runs out.
      Kerry: Yea.
      Paul: Don't you look pretty.
      Kerry: Stay out my life!
      Paul: Yea seems like old times.

    • Rory: Bridget sneaks in late and you punish her by buying her stuff? Who's a guy got to kill to get a monkey around here?

    • Paul: (On the phone) You know, your leaf-blower can get really loud too, but you don't hear me calling the police. (Pause) Really? They told me they it was confidential!

    • Bridget: It's just when Ben looks at me it's like I'm the only one in the room.
      Kerry: It's a private lesson in our garage. You are the only one in the room.

    • Jason: I just came by to tell Kerry we got an A on our Mount Vesuvius.
      Rory: What did they say about the melted villagers?
      Jason: That we have to talk to the school psychologist.

    • Cate: Drums! You got [Bridget] drums?
      Paul: It was the only instrument that came in a color she liked.

    • Cate: Is Bridget up yet?
      Paul: No, she was out all night at a concert again. I caught her sneaking in again and now she's sleeping half the day in her bed again. I'll tell ya I'm letting her have it this time.
      Cate: Yeah because that's a proven solution.

    • Cate: If the FBI is ever looking through our trash [Rory] is the reason.

    • Bridget: I mean, who would have a mullet?
      Cate: Yeah, who?!
      Paul: I was on the hockey team. It kept my neck warm!

    • Bridget: Don't worry – it won't happen again.
      Paul: Good. Wait, does that mean you won't sneak in or you won't let me catch you?
      Bridget: Let's cross that bridge when we come to it.

    • Cate: So I guess on-again-off-again is on again. Sounds like fate.
      Kerry: Sounds like his name follows mine alphabetically.

    • Bridget: (singing) Look at me in my all-girl band. Check me out I look so hot. You wish you were me but you'll never be 'cause you're not in an all girl band. Ha! (plays drums correctly,looks amazed)
      Kerry: You're an idiot.

    • Kerry: (to Bridget) The One? You never had a one, I mean last summer you were down to three.

    • Briget: Oh My God! I had that dream last night where I was in an all girl band!
      Paul: So did I, but in mine you were in Harvard studying to be a doctor.

    • Paul: Hey!
      Cate: Rory!
      Rory: Oh hey.
      Paul: Where's Bridget?
      Rory: I can't tell.
      Paul: Rory, we don't keep secrets in this family.
      Rory: Ok. Mom's got yearbooks. Oh, you mean Bridget. She went out with Ben. I'm her decoy.
      (Paul leaves then comes back)
      Paul: I knew you had yearbooks.
      Cate: You can stop building that monkey bed right now.
      Rory: Aww man!

  • NOTES (5)