8 Simple Rules

Season 2 Episode 5

Goodbye (2)

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 04, 2003 on ABC
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Goodbye (2)
The family finds Paul's last written article, and reads it just before going to sleep.

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (discussing their last words to Paul)
      Bridget: The last words I said to Dad were "I hate you."
      Cate: Oh...
      Bridget: (guilt-ridden) He wouldn't let me borrow his stupid car, and I said "I hate you." I had my dad, and the last thing I ever said to him was "I hate you."
      Cate: Aw, honey. I think those were the first words you said to him, also.
      Kerry: My last words were an insult, too. He was wearing his Michigan sweatshirt with chinos, and I told him there weren't enough Queer Eyes in all of San Francisco to help him.
      (Cate chuckles)
      Cate: Well, I sent him to the store for milk, so the last thing he heard out of me was, "Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah." You know what his last words to me were? "Hasta la vista, baby."

    • Kerry: Mom, Fred Doyle is planning on having dinner with Dad and Jesus in heaven?
      Cate: Yeah. Come on, it's a nice thought.
      Kerry: Yeah, but Dad spent three years avoiding the Doyle family barbecue. How's he gonna get out of that one? I mean Dad's a terrible liar and Jesus is going to be sitting like right there.
      Cate: And Fred going on about the difference between electric and gas powered weed whackers. Like Jesus isn't gonna want to back out of that dinner.

    • Cate: (she is reading Paul's final article to the kids) "Okay, readers, today we're having a little pop quiz. It's multiple choice, so sharpen your #2 pencils and put on your thinking caps. Ready? Here's a quote. 'Dad, you're an idiot.' Now, contestants, this was said to me because of which of the following transgressions:
      A. Coming to the breakfast table wearing pajamas and black socks;
      B. Asking my oldest daughter if that guy I saw her talking to at school yesterday was her boyfriend;
      C. Referring to rapper 50 Cent as 'Fifty Cents';
      Or D. Entering the room?
      Ok, pencils down. Actually, it was a trick question. The answer is all of the above. Now do you know how many times I called my father an idiot? Zero. Why? Because I feared him. Back then we didn't share our deep personal feelings. Our deepest conversations usually involved the tigers' bull pen. But my kids? I can't get them to shut up. There's not a feeling that my kids are afraid to express, over and over and over. And my wife reassures me this is a good thing, over and over and over. And she's always right. So do I wish that my kids feared me? Well, my house would be quieter and I'd spend a lot less time in the bathroom, but no. Because I know that whenever they insult me, whether it's a "You're an idiot," "What a geek," or an "I hate you," an "I love you" isn't far behind. And it's the knowledge that my wife and kids love me that makes it safe for me to wear pajamas and black socks to the breakfast table."

  • NOTES (6)

    • James Widdoes was nominated for the 2004 DGA Award for "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series" for this episode.
      Bruce L. Finn won the 2004 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series" for this episode.

    • Original taping featured no studio audience. However, the syndicated version features a laugh track in certain spots, which was not on the original airing of the episode.

    • The scene in which the family reads Paul's last article was 2nd biggest moment of TV in the year 2003, as rated by the people at TV Guide in December 2003.

    • This episode had more than 20 million viewers, easily winning its time-slot and helping lead-out According To Jim win its time-slot as well, the two shows catalysts for ABC's win on the first Tuesday of November sweeps.The numbers mark the series' highest ratings to date.

    • Tape Date: Friday, October 24, 2003 (No Studio Audience).

    • Re-aired as one hour episode on Saturday, November 8 at 10 p.m. E/P on ABC.