8 Simple Rules

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 17, 2002 on ABC

Episode Recap

Paul and Rory are watching a James Bond movie when a car horn honks. Bridget comes downstairs to leave for her date but Paul after seeing what she's wearing forces her upstairs to change out of her revealing clothes. Paul interrogates Bridget's date, Kyle. When Kyle answers his cell phone, Paul overhears that Kyle is also seeing Lindsey and warns him. Bridget comes downstairs ready to leave but it upset because Paul actually talked to Kyle.

Cate prepares to leave for work. Now it's Paul job to get the kids ready for school and drop them off. They overhear the girls fighting upstairs. Rory is eating breakfast. Kerry comes downstairs in a bad mood. Bridget joins them dressed in very revealing clothes. Bridget and Paul argue over her clothes and reason for thong underwear. We learn that Rory shows his friends Bridget's underwear drawer. Paul tries to talk to Kerry but she snaps at hime. The girls object to their sack lunches claiming that they are uncool. As the girls get dropped off they give Paul some rules about his behavior. To mock them, Paul breaks all their rules.

At work, Paul complains about his children to Tommy, a co-worker and Kyle's father. They are both parents of teenagers. Paul gets a phone calls.

In the principal's office Paul can't believe Kerry's suspended for ditching school. The principal is concerned about disturbing events at home. They explain that Cate went back to work. After the meeting Cate needs to rush back to the hospital. Paul tries to handle the situation with Kerry but she just stares at him.

Later at home Paul goes to talk to Kerry about her behavior. Bridget escapes to "the library." Paul ushers Rory out, he was hiding in the closet. He wants to know what's going with Kerry that would make her ditch school. While he's talking he's searching her room for drugs.

That night while Paul's working on the computer he instant messages with a guy named Jesse. He's interrupted by a phone call from Bridget asking for a ride home from the mall. She tries to explain but talks a mile a minute and doesn't really make sense. When she doesn't get her way she hangs up on Paul. Feeling bad for her Paul leaves to pick up Bridget at the mall.

At the mall, Paul oversees Bridget and Kyle kissing. He tries to get a cop to stop it but the cop just thinks that Paul is strange and walks away. Kyle leaves Bridget for another girl. Bridget is shocked while Paul is sad for his daughter. He goes to console her but pretends he's at the mall for a new screwdriver.

Paul tries to understand why Bridget lied about going to the library. She explains that she tried to run into Kyle so he would ask her to the homecoming dance. Kerry lets it slip that Bridget already has a date. Paul is angry now. He tries to ground Bridget for a month but it get negotiated to two weeks. Paul then punishes Kerry by not letting her go to the dance either. Kerry replies that it's stupid. But the truth is that nobody asked her to go. He talks to Kerry, reassuring her that she's pretty.

Rory mocks Paul while he tries to finish his article. Cate comes home wondering why Paul is upset. They have a talk about how hard the girls can be. Kerry comes downstairs and apologizes for ditching. She gives her dad a hug and a kiss. Bridget tries to negotiate for an even shorter punishment.

Kerry is excited because a guy friend of hers is coming over. When Paul answers the door he sees Jesse from the chat room on his porch. Paul slams the door in his face.
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