8 Simple Rules

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

8
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 17, 2002 on ABC
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Paul had grown accustomed to Cate taking care of their son and two daughters. His job as a sports writer kept him on the road a lot during the kids' formative years. But when Cate decides to return to work as a hospital nurse, Paul takes a job as a columnist and undertakes the responsibility of helping out with the kids. Although not new to fatherhood, Paul is just a bit rusty on day-to-day interaction and discovers that he's grown a little out of touch with his kids – especially his daughters. His value has been reduced to a wallet and a ride to the mall. Sixteen-year-old Bridget (Kaley Cuoco, "Growing Up Brady," "Ladies Man") has matured into a beautiful and popular teenager, with a different boyfriend each week and a taste for fashion that tends to be a little too revealing for her father's taste. By contrast, 15-year-old Kerry (Amy Davidson, ABC Family series "So Little Time") is intelligent and cute, but her lack of self-confidence has led her to hide behind a mask of sarcasm. Thank goodness for 13-year-old son Rory (Martin Spanjers, "Daddio"), fondly referred to as "The Boy" by Paul and Cate, who remains on the sane track…at least for the time being. No matter what they do, Paul has one major rule that will never change – "If you make my daughters cry, I'll make you cry." In the premiere episode, "Pilot," Cate goes back to work and Paul has to contend with Bridget dating his co-worker Tommy's (Larry Miller) son, Kyle (Billy Aaron Brown) -- whose roving eyes threaten to break his daughter's heart. Meanwhile, Paul and Cate are shocked when honour student Kerry is suspended for ditching school.moreless

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John Ritter

John Ritter

Paul Hennessy (2002-2003)

Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal

Cate Egan Hennessy

Martin Spanjers

Martin Spanjers

Rory Joseph Hennessy

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco

Bridget Hennessy

Amy Davidson (I)

Amy Davidson (I)

Kerry Hennessy

Mo Gaffney

Mo Gaffney

Mrs. Connelly

Guest Star

Bryan Neal

Bryan Neal

Jesse

Guest Star

Edward James Gage

Edward James Gage

Security Guard

Guest Star

Larry Miller

Larry Miller

Tommy

Recurring Role

Billy Aaron Brown

Billy Aaron Brown

Kyle

Recurring Role

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