8 Simple Rules

Season 1 Episode 10

Give It Up

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 19, 2002 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Give It Up
When no one can agree on where the family vacation should take place, Paul challenges the Hennessey clan to give up their bad habits for a week – and the winner gets to choose the vacation spot. But the family's vices soon get the better of them, and secret collaborations and clandestine alliances threaten to foil the contest.moreless

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  • I love this episode! It is one of my favorites for season one!

    This episode has it all; it has character development, great humor and an excellent plot. Everyone in the family has to give up something they love, and the last person standing gets to decide where the family goes for a vacation. Cate has to give up coffee, Rory has to give up tattling, Paul has to give up the TV remote, Bridget has to give up the phone, and Kerry has to give up being sarcastic. It was well written, the way everything flowed together. And then there was character devolpment in Kerry when Paul finds out that Kerry isn't as happy as he thought, or something like that. XD Overall, this is a great episode, i really thought they did a good job on this one. Its a series classic.moreless
  • It was great!

    It was a great episode and a great example of 8 simple rules! it was one of my favorites! it was ha - ha - ha - larious! one of my favorite parts was when Kerry locked her brother Rory (most of the time refered to as the boy) outside all night in only his under pants! And the thing was that Rory couldn't tell on her if he wanted to go to the american space museum! another one of my favorite parts was when Bridget was on the phone with Kyle and she heard her mom coming so she threw the phone in the dryer so her Cate wouldn't see! But overall it was great!moreless
  • This was an awesome episode for a family show.

    I have not yet watched every single episode in the entire series, but I bet that this is probably the best episode. It took away the focus of Kerry and Bridget dating, going out to parties, and their other problems that get them into trouble and focused on something more family oriented. This episode was flawless and I saw no single area in the episode for any need of improvement whatsoever. It could not be any better than it is. It was the perfect episode for a family show. The ideas of it were well organized and thought out and it was creatively and cleverly written to appeal to viewers better than any episode ever did before. It had that magic touch to it that put the icing on the cake. I just loved it. Each member of the family wanted to go on a different vacation. So they had a contest where they each gave up something that they do all the time, and the last person who does not cave is the winner and gets to choose the family vacation. This episode was intense and full of suspense. It kept my eyes glued to the screen. I was desperate to see what would happen and who would win. They all tried to tempt each other into doing what they were giving up, and the way they did it was devious and mean. But without it, this couldn't really have been an episode because there would have been no contest. The part at the end though was kind of unexpected but was still good. It was where Paul finds out that Kerry is being sarcastic to cover up and hide her happiness. Kerry gets upset and runs upstairs to her room, and Paul goes up with her to have a talk with her to sort things out back to normal again. This was an awesome episode and I will probably think this is the best episode in the entire series after I watch all the episodes.moreless
  • i thought this episode was exactly what this season needed. a great pick me up and a reminded about how great this show is!

    this episode really really made me laugh!! i know that 8 simples rules is somewhat of a comedy but there is never an episode which can be totally humourous all the way through cause there is normal a more serious moral plot to it but this was a silly episode that rocked!!

    all the family must give up there bad habits and the winner (the one who survives the week without doing it or whoever is left after everyone else fails) gets to decide where they are going on holiday

    it was really funny watching them all fail at some point but the only sad bit was paul realising that kerry isn't as happy as he thought. it must be hard for parent to realise his kid is the happy lil go lucky kid they thought but actually has problems. she's finally grown up.moreless
  • A good episode.

    This episode starts really funny, with everyones worst habits being reveiled through Paul wanting to say something important. I love the fact that this episode isn't that serious about them giving up something until the end. It makes it funny in the fact that everyone tries to give it up yet they cant and eventually everyone gives in to temptation and everyone is out except Paul and Kerry. The ideas that people come up with for their vacation are so representative of their personalities its awesome. I'm glad that eventually Kerry wins because she made such a big deal about it and chose the cabin by the lake.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)

    • Each member of the family had to give up the following bad habits for the bet:
      Paul: TV remote
      Cate: Coffee
      Bridget: Telephone
      Kerry: Sarcasm
      Rory: Tattling

    • The following places is where each family member wanted to go for the family vacation:

      Paul: Cabin at the lake
      Cate: Visiting her parents in Sarasota
      Bridget: Mall of America
      Kerry: Stay home
      Rory: An astronaut space camp

    • Before Rory spills his juice on Paul, he has one hand on the juice box and then on another angle (and for the rest of the scene), both of his hands are holding the box without his other hand reaching it.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Paul: It's good thing I bought you that dog. It was the only way to know what you were thinking.
      Kerry: Yeah. A talking bike would've been really stupid.

    • Paul: You want to know why you're so sarcastic?
      Kerry: Well I'm sure you going to tell me!
      Cate: Paul!
      Bridget: Dad!
      Rory: Who's winning?
      Paul: It's giant wall you hide behind because you're afraid to show people the real you. A you you're afraid people won't like.

    • Bridget: (to Rory) You just told him I was in the bathroom?
      Rory: No, I didn't! Oh, wait. I did!
      Bridget: (horrified) Oh my god, nobody can know I use the bathroom! My life is ruined. Damage control! I have to do damage control! (picks up the phone and prepares to dial)
      Paul: No calls, Bridget! Put the phone down! I've got a very important announcement for the whole family.
      Bridget: Dad, priorities here, ok? If I don't get on this phone in the next ten minutes, people are gonna think I actually use the bathroom!

    • Cate: Paul, that shirt is hideous!
      Paul: Thanks! Do you think it will bug Kerry?

    • Kyle: Well, I better get going.
      Paul: I love it when you say that.

    • Paul: I can still hear you screaming 'noooooo!'
      Kerry: That was you.
      Paul: Well, when I found you, you ran into my arms in tears.
      Kerry: No I didn't.
      Paul: Okay, I did.

    • Cate: I've got a splitting headache.
      Paul: Oh honey, you're going through withdrawal, sweetie, you know what you need? You know what would help? A nice steaming cup of coffee!

    • Bridget: (On phone) And the tragic thing was, I just shaving my legs! They do not get hairy, I was just shaving them!

    • Bridget: (On phone)...oh yeah, Kerry cried.
      Rory: Mom, Bridget told her friend that Kerry cried!
      Cate: Oh, shocking.

    • Bridget: I'm going to get one blue color contact it's going to look so awesome.
      Paul: Far out.

    • Paul: You may not believe this but I was a pretty easy going guy once upon a time.
      Kerry: What happened?
      Paul: Kids brought out the worst in me.

    • Paul: Kerry, the reason I did this contest is because I wanted Rory to give up tattling because it's a pain in the neck. I wanted Bridget to give up the phone because she's on it all the time. I wanted your mother to give up coffee because well that one was just mean. And I wanted you to give up being sarcastic because you know once in a blue moon I'd like to see the genuine you.
      Kerry: You know when you made up this contest because it was just another way for you to do exactly what you want us to do like going to the lake every year.

    • Paul: Where's your mother?
      Kyle: At home.
      Paul: Her mother?
      Kyle: You mean my grandmother?
      Paul: No, Bridget's mother.
      Kyle: How should I know?

    • Bridget: What's that smell?
      Cate: Fabric softener.
      Bridget: Really? What's it called? Mocha java dryer sheets. (pulls out mug of coffee) Ha you're cheating.

    • Paul: Okay Kerry, now it's your turn. Where do you want to go on the vacation?
      Kerry: Whatever.
      Paul: You know I've always wanted to go there. You talk about it all the time.

    • Cate: You know I think this family should go to visit Grandma and Grandpa in Sarasota. We'd hang out in the sun. It will be relaxing. We'll go swimming and I don't have to cook.
      Paul: Cate, your parents don't like me.
      Cate: I know that honey and I weighed that. But I still have to go with don't have to cook.

    • Paul: One more smart remark like that and there will be a consequence.
      Kerry: My life is a consequence.
      Cate: You know honey, that would have more impact if you didn't say it every day.

    • Bridget: Mom, are you thinking what I'm thinking?
      Cate: That we form an alliance?
      Bridget: Or that we team up and not bust each other.
      Cate: Yeah, I like your way better.

    • Kerry: Okay, a family vacation should be a vacation away from your family, not move your family to a smaller place with fewer bathrooms.
      Paul: Kerry, what's going on? It sounds like you don't even wanna go anywhere with your family.
      Kerry: So now who's being sarcastic?

    • Kyle: Everyone has to go sometime.
      Bridget: Well I don't.
      (short silence)
      Kyle: Hey, sometime I'll write my name in the snow!
      Bridget: Ewww!!!
      Kyle: I'll write yours too!
      Bridget: Ewww!!!

    • Waitress: Hi! My name is Sandy. But if you wait 40 minutes I turn into bad Sandy!

    • Kerry: Okay, your oldest daughter has been in the bathroom for like an hour.
      Paul: An hour? What's she doing in there?
      Kerry: Well, we can rule out reading.

    • Paul: (to Bridget) Where's your mother?
      Kyle: (thinking Paul's talking to him) At home.
      Paul: No, I mean her mother.
      Kyle: My grandmother?
      Paul: (slowly) No, Bridget's mother.
      Kyle: (slowly) How should I know?

    • Kerry: Weird is not wanting anyone to know you use the bathroom.

  • NOTES (6)