8 Simple Rules

Season 3 Episode 8


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 12, 2004 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Everyone in the Hennessy family fears the ringing of the phone when they all find themselves keeping secrets from one-another. Rory refuses to divulge the identity of the student responsible for bullying and beating him up at school, which leads Principal Gibb (Adam Arkin) on a mission to find the culprit and tell Cate; Bridget and Kerry use fake IDs to get into a club, where Bridget meets a cute guy and gives him her phone number -- before discovering that he's a cop (Colby Donaldson, "Survivor"); Cate doesn't want the family to know that Bridget's tennis coach, Scott (Dan Cortese), is in hot pursuit to get her to go out on a date with him; and C.J. is distracted and forgets to pick up Rory's pain medication, which leads the pharmacist to call the house to find out if Rory's OKmoreless

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  • The funniest around!

    This was so funny, it had me laughing from start to finish. It was all about lying and how everybody wanted to get to the phone because of a lie they told. But what made it funnier was that people made the wrong accusations and Jim (thinking Ed kept calling Kate to ask her out) punched Ed! But of course it wasn't Ed. Near the end C.J said he went to a bar but he wouldn't say what kind of bar, and they all thought he went to a gay bar when a man came to the door asking for a beautiful blonde named C.J! Anyone was any sense of humour would just love this episode!moreless
  • Possibly one of third's seasons best!

    This episode was just fantastic! It's one of those episodes that you can't ever wait for it to air again, just brilliant!


    1) The plot was spectacular! Everyone doesn't want the other to pick up the phone for their own reason. (For example, C.J. went to a bar instead of picking up Rory's painkiller medicine. If the pharmacist calls like he usually does, C.J. would get in trouble for going to a bar instead of taking care of Rory.) It was basically a bunch of things rolled into one that all tied together at the end.

    2) It was VERY funny! I especially loved C.J.'s character in this episode, and Grandpa Jim had a pretty good character in this episode too.

    3) The way it was filmed, as in sets and camera angles, was fantastic!


    1) Well, it seemed kind of fake how Bridget slipped out that they went to a club.

    Overall, I adore this episode! Fantastic episode!moreless

    Me and my dad were in tears watching this episode! It was one of the funniest build-ups that "8 Simple Rules" have ever done, seriously. When CJ says that he didn't want to describe what type of bar he went to, all the others in the room obviously thought he meant a gay bar, and as if that wasn't funny enough by its self, the cop comes in asking for a beautiful blone named CJ, which nearly made me wet myself! I really had not laughed so hard for about a year! Excellent build up, and overall an extremely clever episode. I cannot see why this has been so badly rated to be honest, and it deserves the 10/10!moreless
  • the best episode ever

    ok this was one of the funniest and best episodes ever..i dont usually laugh at shows but this made me almost cry..everyone tries to answer the phone before anyone else does cause c.j. didnt get rory his medicine cause he went to a bar, bridget and kerry met a guy at a club and bridget gave him her number, kate doesnt want the gym teacher to call her cause bridget likes him..i was on the floor when the guy from the club came and said i'm looking for a gorgeous blonde named c.j. omg i love this show so much ahhhmoreless
  • I love this episode...

    It doesn't have that good of a plot, but it was just so funny how everyone tried to make sure they answered the phone, so no one else in the house would find out their "special secret". Like how Cj didn't get Rory's medicine or how Bridget and Kerry went to a club and used fake Id's. And it was so funny how at the end, Cj said he went to a bar but didn't want to say what kind because it was embarrassing, but then a guy Bridget met came to the door looking for a hot blonde named Cj, since Bridget pretended she was Cj.moreless
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

Amy Davidson (I)

Amy Davidson (I)

Kerry Hennessy

Dan Cortese

Dan Cortese

Coach Scott

Guest Star

Colby Donaldson

Colby Donaldson


Guest Star

Rocky McMurray

Rocky McMurray

door man

Guest Star

Adam Arkin

Adam Arkin

Principal Ed Gibb

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Kerry says that Sean knew they had fake IDs and was going to call Cate. But when the bouncer asked for their IDs, Sean called Bridget, C.J.. Meaning that he still thought that they were adults.

    • Since C.J. is his initials, instead of his name, the name C.J. should not be on his driver's license.

    • The attic has a different layout than in the previous episode "The Story of Anne Frank and Skeevy"

    • Kerry said that she couldn't pass for someone much older than 21, when in reality Amy Davidson is really a 25 year old playing a 17 year old.

    • Since C.J. did not pick up Rory's pain killers, he gave Rory candy instead. He never said what kind of candy it was, but since Rory claimed it had an "M" on it, it was most likely "M&Ms" that C.J. was giving Rory.

    • When Bridget and Kerry use fake id's to get into a club, they wait in line at the club's box office to buy tickets. In that very same box office you can see an actor playing a very silly ticket taker. The actor's name is David Tran.

  • QUOTES (31)

    • Jim: (To Cate) Wait, he's the one who likes you? Then why'd I hit Gibb?
      Ed: Yeah, Gibb didn't do anything!

    • Cate: (lividly) And you, C.J.! I gave you one job! To go to the pharmacy---
      C.J.: I did, but it was closed! Because I stopped at a bar for a few minutes.
      Cate: (fuming) You went to a bar? Instead of taking care of Rory? This must have been some very special bar.
      C.J.: Please don't ask me what kind of bar it is. It's a little embarrassing in front of everyone.

    • Cate: Honey, why is your tongue blue? C.J., what have you been giving him?
      C.J.: Other, medicine I have...
      Cate: How many did you take?
      Rory: About twenty-three?
      Cate: WHAT!?

    • Grandpa Jim: So I hit your boss...
      Cate: For no reason!
      Grandpa Jim: Okay, so my intelligence was a little shaky, but people go to war with a lot less reliable information.

    • Kerry: He still so wants to date her.
      Bridget: Ugh. I could never date anyone who wore that much corduroy.

    • Rory: Please don't tell mom! I don't tell anyone to know!
      C.J.: Don't worry, it'll be our little secret between you, me, and old Mary-Whoop ass.

    • Cate: Maybe I should skip Aunt Dorthy's and stay and watch Rory.
      Grandpa Jim: Tell you one thing, I'm not going to choke down some damned veggie casserole. I'm going to eat meat tonight if i have to knaw in her arthritic knee.
      Cate: Maybe I'll go to Dorthy's...

    • Cate: [Mike the pharmacist] always calls to check up on someone when he's sick. He's the sweetest.
      C.J.: What is this, Mayberry?

    • Kerry: Now he's going to call and tell mom, were so busted!
      Bridget: Relax, maybe he won't even call...oh wait, it's me! We're dead!

    • Cate: This is supposed to be a secret, but Bridget has a huge crush on you!
      Scott: That's supposed to be a secret? She knitted me this racket cover.
      Cate: That was my favorite sweater!

    • Cate: I'm getting a headache....
      Rory: C.J.! Why don't you give mom some of those pain pills?
      C.J.: You know, you can't just share a prescription, this stuff isn't candy.

    • Ed Gibb: You're not losing control. You're a single mother with three children, one you should be very proud of.

    • Cate: How do you keep track of five-hundred [students]?
      Ed Gibb: Well, I write off the underachievers immediatly, which leaves about four or five.

    • Cate: I want the name of the bully that did this to you.
      Rory: I told you, I ran into a locker.
      Cate: I'm your mom, you don't have to keep secrets from me. Now tell me who did this to you!
      Rory: Fine. It was locker 212.

    • Cate: Who was that on the phone?
      Grandpa Jim: Oh, somebody just selling long distance!
      Cate: And the door bell?
      C.J.: Long distance guy too, real freaky.

    • Granpda Jim: Nobody touch that phone. I just got a great idea. I'm going to call that 24-hour place and see if they'll deliver some pie.
      (Phone rings, Kerry answers)
      Kerry: Hello?
      Grandpa Jim: Damn it! That's my pie phone!

    • Grandpa Jim: Darling, you were out of control from the day you turned 13 until you left the house.
      Cate: So I shouldn't be worried?
      Grandpa Jim: Oh, you should be worried, you've got three of them.

    • Rory: C.J., I think my medicine is wearing off. My nose has a pulse.
      C.J.: Here, try these...blue ones....

    • Rory: That's principal Gibb! He probably knows who hit me!
      C.J.: Yeah, maybe he found your dignity in the bottom of her Hello Kitty purse.

    • Kerry: Bridget! I can't go to prison! I have PST's next week!

    • Grandpa Jim: Cate, would you like some coffee?
      Cate: Oh dad, I'd love some!
      Grandpa Jim: Okay, as long as your making some, I'll have a cup.

    • Cate: What did Scott say?
      Rory: He said "Who's this?" and I said "This is Rory," and he said "How's the nose?" and I said....
      Cate: Today Rory.

    • C.J.: You know, if you want somebody to get drugs, I'm your man. Not because I do them, because I'm responsible. So what park do you want me to meet this dude at?
      Cate: It's the pharmacy.

    • C.J.: That is quite a dent.
      Rory: I think he was wearing brass knuckles.
      C.J.: Or a ring judging by the dainty heart shape.
      Rory: So?
      C.J.: Lot's of people wear those; brides, men who throw academy award parties, ninth grade girls.
      Rory: You think I was hit by a girl?
      C.J.: Well, I haven't seen Elton John's bash this year.
      Rory: Fine! It was a girl!
      C.J.: Excellent!

    • Kerry: We won't get in. This place is 21 and over!
      Bridget: Oh no, you'll be fine. It's 21 years, not 21 inches.

    • Grandpa Jim: Looks like somebody's waiting for a boy to call.
      Kerry: There's no boy.
      Bridget: And he's really cute!
      Kerry: There's NO boy!

    • (JIm punches Ed Gibb)
      C.J.: That was excellent!

    • Cate: Well, this is great! My son's lying to me, my daughters are sneaking around and my Dad decked my boss! (Gets close to Ed and shakes a medicine bottle in his face) What do you think of this Ed?!? Would you call this losing control?!?
      Ed Gibb: (cowardly) What ever you say.

    • Cate: Is there any cake left?
      Jim: Not a bite.

    • Jim: I'm a grown man. What the hell would I want with an apple?

    • C.J.: please don't ask me what kind of bar it is, 'cause it's a little bit embarrassing in front of everyone.
      C.J.: Scott the door...
      Cop: Hey, I'm looking for a gorgeous blond named C.J.
      C.J.: I have never seen him before in my life!!!!

  • NOTES (3)