8 Simple Rules

Season 1 Episode 21

Kerry's Video

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 11, 2003 on ABC
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Kerry's Video
Kerry devotes her school video project to sister, Bridget, to illustrate the hypocrisy that life is much easier for the ‘beautiful people.' But when Bridget discovers that the video makes her look shallow, she takes Paul's advice to enrich her life by taking up tennis again -- and ends up with a broken nose.moreless

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  • Kerry decides to make a video about how beautiful people get treated different for her school project.

    Kerry makes a video about how beautiful people get treated differently. Bridgette is the star of her video and Kerry shows how shallow she is in the video. Bridgette doesnt like being called shallow so she decides to go play tennis with her dad. Her dad hits her in the nose with a tennis ball and her nose is broken. She doesnt want to go to school because she thinks she looks terrible and will get made fun of but her dad tells her people will like her anyways and its true because she gets treated the same and a little better and it makes Kerry mad because he ruins her point of the video but at the end this cute guy wants to talk to Kerry so shes not mad anymore and is happy to get attention from the guy.moreless
  • Kerry videotapes Bridget for a school project.

    Kerry is jealous of Bridget for Bridget can do no wrong. Videotaping Bridget, Kerry shows Bridget as shallow. Not liking this label, Bridget attempts to do something about and goes to play tennis with her dad, who ends up breaking her nose. The shallow part of Bridget shines as she lets it be known she does not want to go to school this way. After a talk with her father, she goes to school anyway to learn that guys like her no matter what. This breaks Kerry. She did all this great work and Bridget was the one who ended up with something. Only, she finds out she's wrong when a guy who watched the video wants to talk to her.

    It's a great episode displaying a great message. First, it shows that beauty is on the inside and that if you do the hard work you will reap the reward.

    One thing I did not understand is throughout the video Kerry showed some guy handing Bridget the homework he did for her in exchange for a digit of her telephone number, but her parents did nothing! Do they think their daughter is that dumb that the only way she can get by is if someone else does her work?moreless
  • This episode is one of my favorites with John Ritter in it!

    This episode is definatly my favorite! It has the right amount of humor in it, good storyline and has character development. The idea of Kerry making a video on how it all comes easy to the popular kids is a great idea, and it's even funnier when Bridget breaks her nose. I would reccomend watching this episode for any 8 simple rules fan, i know it is one of my favorites. I love the line "Bride of chuckys after barbie!" It has good character growth because Bridget realizes how shalow she can be. Umm, yeah. This is just a great installment in the series!moreless
  • While not the funniest episode, definately has it moments.

    The episode bases itself around how Kerry feels that beautiful people get special treatment (like Bridget).

    The plot develops because Bridget ignorantly taped over Kerry's video project. Paul suggests that Kerry should film Bridget and Kerry loves the idea, thinking she can expose the injustice of it all.

    One of the funniest things Kerry films is Bridget receiving biology homework from a guy, and in return she provides him with one digit of her phone number.

    Bridget obviously get upset realising people think she's shallow, and after some confusing guidance from Paul, decides to try her hand at sport. The game of tennis doesn't go well and Bridget's nose is broken by Paul.

    Rory is also particularly funny in this episode. I've never really liked his character, but he got a few good jokes in. Examples are when he pays out Bridget’s face impersonating Hannibal Lecter and when he puts on a protective face mask to play tennis with Paul.

    Cate doesn't have a big role in this episode, but she makes a pretty funny joke to Paul regarding his paternity to Kerry after watching the completed movie.

    impersonating Hannibal Lecter and when he puts on a protective face mask to play tennis with Paul.

    Cate doesn't have a big role in this episode, but she makes a pretty funny joke to Paul regarding his paternity to Kerry after watching the completed movie.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

Mike Bryan

Mike Bryan

tennis player no. 2

Guest Star

Bob Bryan

Bob Bryan

tennis player no. 1

Guest Star

Casey Wright

Casey Wright


Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Bob and Mike Bryan – the No. 3-ranked tennis doubles team in the world – make a cameo appearance on the tennis court.

    • Kerry only has one camera, and the action in the clip where Paul and Bridget play tennis looks continuous. However, the clip looks like it was cut and edited, as the view pans from Bridget to Paul and from Paul to Bridget instantly, something that can't be done by filming without stops with only one camera.

    • Goof: In Kerry's video we see Bridget painting her nails red in biology, but in the following clips and the rest of the show, her nails are not red.

  • QUOTES (34)

    • Kerry: (screams and chases Bridget down the stairs) Bridget,I'm going to kill you!
      Bridget: Mom.
      Cate: Talk to your father.
      Bridget: Daddy, help me.
      Rory: Uh oh. Bride of Chucky's after Barbie.

    • (Kerry's voice-over in her video): Bridget also uses her wit and charm for dealing with our city's finest.
      Bridget: Officer, before you say anything, I know I missed that red light, but I got these new blue colored contacts cause I'm a total kabuki face in the winter. In the summer my skin is totally tawny, and not like that fake tan stuff Amanda uses, total oompa loompa. But hello it's winter, and one of my blue contacts slipped right before I got to the intersection. So even though it was a red light for everybody else, for me it was totally not.
      Officer: (Puzzled) Drive safely miss.

    • (After seeing Bridget dancing around on Kerry's tape)
      Paul: Oh god, I shouldn't have seen that, I'm the father.

    • Kerry: My life is over! And nobody cares! Why should they? I'm just the middle child, eternally ignored!
      Paul: (On his laptop) And...save. What's wrong Kerry?

    • Bridget: I'm not going to school, dad.
      Paul: Honey, you know deep down no one is going to care what you look like.
      Bridget: What high school did you go to? You saw Kerry's video. I'm shallow. I get by on my looks. I can't go to school like this.
      Paul: A broken nose is not a good reason to miss school, to avoid life. Bridget, you know beauty is only skin deep and so what if some of the kids make fun of you.
      Bridget: But I'm not used to it, like Kerry.

    • Paul: We can let [Bridget] stay home a couple of days. What's the harm?
      Cate: Paul, and I say this from a loving place—
      Paul: I hate the loving place. I'm always wrong in the loving place.
      Cate: What message do you think you're sending Bridget if you let her stay home from school?
      Paul: Her father loves her more than her mother.

    • Cate: How was tennis?
      Rory: Boring.
      Bridget: Daddy broke my nose.
      Rory: Oh yeah that.

    • Paul: Bridget, for your punishment, you will be in Kerry's video.
      Rory: (sarcastically) Yeah. Make her the center of attention. That'll teach her.

    • (Bridget is putting on make-up in Kerry's video)
      Rory: Look at all that stuff. Bridget, do you even have a face?

    • Bridget: No one will ever love me! I'm going to die alone like Kerry!
      Kerry: What?
      (she shows the part of the tape where Bridget gets hit again and everyone screams)

    • (about Bridget wanting to be deep, not shallow)
      Paul: Okay, let me inspire you. Some people scoop the ice cream and some people just watch the ice cream being scooped.
      Bridget: Okay, I'll try.
      Cate: Off of that?

    • Paul: After a long discussion, your mom and I have come to a decision.
      Kerry: I want to live with mom!
      Rory: I want to live with dad!
      Bridget: I want to get an apartment! But please call before you come, don't just show up.

    • Paul: A 58 minute shower? Bridget, do you have any idea what our water bill is?
      Bridget: You have to pay for water? I thought you get it free when you buy the house.

    • Kerry: Don't you understand my project is due in less than one week and all I've got so far is Bridget's butt.
      Paul: Well why don't you do your video on Bridget? You've already got the end.
      Paul: Why don't you do your project on Bridget? You already got the end!
      (Rory and Paul start laughing)
      Rory: That's why you're the dad!
      Paul: That's my main man!
      Rory: (seriously) Can I get a monkey?
      Rory: No! I am not having the momeky conversation again!
      (Rory is about to say something but Paul cuts him off)
      Paul: And no, they do not start paying for themselves after a year.

    • Paul: Aw, look at Bridget. Talking to that guy, laughing with that guy. Leaving with that guy...who's that GUY!? Bridget GET BACK HERE!!

    • Paul: Can't you just tape whatever it was again?
      Kerry: Sure. I'll just ask God to make that meteor shower again. It's only visible once every 60 years but, I'm sure He'll make an exception, you know, for Bridget's butt.
      Paul: So we're good?

    • Paul: Cate?
      Cate: Oh come on, Paul, I made breakfast. And the kids.

    • Bridget: Why are you picking on the beautiful? What is this, the Crusades again?
      Kerry: That's not what the Crusades where about.
      Bridget: Then what am I thinking of?
      Kerry: Cocoa.
      Bridget: Oh yah.

    • Rory: Uh oh! Bride of Chucky's after Barbie!

    • (Rory comes down wearing a helmet and holding a racket)
      Rory: (hitting his helmet with the racket) Come on, Dad! Are you ready to go play some extreme tennis?
      Paul: That's not funny!
      Cate: Well it's a little funny.

    • Cate: Can you just fast foward to the part where you disfigured my baby?
      Bridget: (gasping) Disfigured?!?

    • Bridget: Anybody who sees this will think I'm shallow.
      (Cate, Paul and Rory are looking down and being silent)
      Bridget: (repeating) Anybody who sees this will think I'm shallow.
      (more silence)
      Bridget: Oh my God! you all think I'm shallow!
      Rory: Well we're not looking at our shoes for scuff marks.
      Paul & Cate: Rory!
      Rory: I'm sorry. I'll go upstairs and take a good look at my self...in the mirror, and see what my butt looks like when I'm dancing!

    • Bridget: I'm going to need a really short skirt.
      Paul: Attagirl! How short?

    • Kerry: This last second twist will make my film so much better. Beauty then the beast.

    • Paul: Do you want some french toast?
      Bridget: No.
      Paul: Waffles?
      Bridget: No.
      Paul: A car?
      Bridget: Okay.

    • Kerry: I have footage of you.
      Bridget: I don't care.
      Kerry: In that mask.
      Bridget: I don't care.
      Kerry: On the toilet.
      Bridget: Oh my god!
      Paul: Kerry! Privacy please!
      Kerry: (laughing) That's what she said!

    • Bridget (On Kerry's video): Brandon, I will like you forever... as just a friend.

    • Cate: Paul, and I say this from a loving place.
      Paul: I hate the loving place. I'm always wrong in the loving place.
      Cate: What message do you think you're sending to Bridget if you let her stay home from school?
      Paul: Her father loves her more than her mother?

    • Cate: It really was [a great movie]
      Paul: (trying to get a recognition for the idea)...Thanks too?
      Cate: Kerry
      Paul: (still trying)...and who's her father?
      Cate: Why? What have you heard?

    • Paul: Look at my new hot pants...

    • Paul: Kerry, I need to talk to Bridget.
      Kerry: Alright, but I have to warn you, it's a little muffled!

    • Cate: How was tennis?
      Rory: Boring.
      Bridget: (walking in with a mask on) Daddy broke my nose!
      (Cate gives Rory a shocked look)
      Rory: Oh, yeah...
      Cate: Oh my God!

    • Rory: (making fun of Bridget's mask) Hello, Clarice...

    • (from the Elephant Man)
      Rory: I am not an animal...
      Bridget: Shut up!
      Cate: Rory! Are you done?
      Rory: Just about. I am a human being.
      (Bridget pulls his hair)
      Rory: See! She is an animal!

  • NOTES (4)


    • Elephant Man (1980): "I am not an animal...I am a human being!" - Rory mocks Bridget as she comes down for breakfast.

    • Bridget: "Total oompa-loompa": The term oompa loompa comes from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

    • Silence of the Lambs:
      When Rory goes to Bridget "Hello Clarice". This is comes from the 1991 hit "The Silence of the Lambs", which starred Anthony Hopkins and received 5 Oscars.

    • Kerry made several Marcia Brady "breaking her nose" references, alluding to the popular episode of "Brady Bunch" where Marcia broke her nose. Kaley Cuoco also played Maureen McCormick (Marcia Brady) in the biopic "Growing Up Brady" movie.