8 Simple Rules

Season 2 Episode 9

The Story of Anne Frank and Skeevy

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Dec 23, 2003 on ABC
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The Story of Anne Frank and Skeevy
After Cate encourages Bridget to participate in extracurricular activities to beef up her college resume, Bridget shocks the family by landing the lead in the high school production of the story of Anne Frank. But after reading Anne Frank's diary, she doubts her own ability to play the role. Meanwhile, Rory's obsession with a dummy named Skeevy becomes a little unnerving for the Hennessy clan.moreless

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  • This is a great episode of 8 Simple rules, one of my favorites.

    Cate wants Bridget to join an extracirricular activity for better chances of getting into collage. She joins the drama club and get the lead role. Then, when Bridget reads the Diary of Anne Frank, she has doutbs about playing the part. But then, she went on stage and did a great job. Meanwhile, Rory brings home a dummy and tells his mom that his Guidance Counsler, Mr.Coleman told him to let out his feelings with a vantrilacuist dummy, Scevey, but he really bought it for his own amusment, and I loved it how Karry always said "I hate Drama Club". That was hilarious. I love this episode.moreless
  • At times it\'s hysterical, but at other times, it\'s sure to bring tears. A great installment of 8 Simple Rules!

    This is probably one of my favorite episodes of 8 Simple Rules! There are some very classic and hilarious lines, mostly by Bridget. \"Break a leg!\" \"Yeah, well you go get run over by a car!\" Kerry\'s situation is very relatable, it always happens that you never get the part you want, no matter so much you work. But Kate\'s talk with Bridget, and Bridget\'s performance are very tear jerking. And a perfect end to a great episode! Oh and I\'m pretty sure this is the one with Rory\'s puppet! That puppet is hilarious, I loved him so much! A great episode!moreless
  • Its not quite sad enough to be classified as tearjerker, but the ending brought me to tears.

    Well, considering it was missing Paul, this episode was pretty funny considering it came so soon after the death.

    Skeevy was great, as was Rory. Most definitely my favorite parts of the episode were because of them.

    I have to applaud Bridget for completely dedicating herself to that play. Considering she isn't that type, and it was her first one.

    Kerri was hilarious when she was trying to defend her "turf."

    "I'm so glad it wasn't Annie though, cause curly red hair doesn't look very good".

    What a riot that entire scene was.

    Despite all the hilarity, I loved the ending, I always love endings like that, truly touching.

    Taking a single rose over to her dad's picture, and laying it there, whispering goodnight...so very sad, but I loved the moment.moreless
Connie Sawyer

Connie Sawyer

Louise's mother

Guest Star

Kala Savage

Kala Savage


Guest Star

Howard Alonzo

Howard Alonzo


Guest Star

Wendie Jo Sperber

Wendie Jo Sperber


Recurring Role

Cole Williams

Cole Williams


Recurring Role

James Garner

James Garner

Jim Egan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Jim: I know how you feel. My older brother Walter fought in WWII, part of "the greatest generation". So when little Jimmy goes to Korea they call it a police action. I get shot in the butt and they call it a police action!
      Kerry: Wow. I had an uncle in WWII? (Jim starts scrubbing her hand more vigorously) Ow, Grandpa you're scrubbing really hard.
      Cate: Hey guys!
      Jim: We took Porkchop Hill, dammit!
      Cate: And we thank you Dad!

    • (Cate finds a sullen Bridget in the attic)
      Cate: Hey, Bridg. I thought I heard something up here. What are you doing?
      Bridget: Reading The Diary of Anne Frank. Mom, I don't think I can do this.
      Cate: Well, honey, when you get to a word you don't know, just sound it out.
      Bridget: I mean, how could I have taken on the role of Anne Frank? She's just so incredibly wise and brave. I mean, I came up here to see what it was like to be her. I just can't do her justice. I can't.
      Cate: Of course you can.
      Bridget: I know you never see this side of me, but it's true. Sometimes I can be a little bit superficial. I'm just not Anne material. Think I should quit? Because it's not like I'd be letting anybody down. There are tons of girls that could do a way better job than I can. I should quit, right?
      Cate: Well...do you want to quit?
      Bridget: No. I don't wanna quit. But I don't wanna embarrass myself. I don't wanna embarrass you either.
      Cate: Oh, that's just crazy, honey. But do you want to quit?
      Bridget: I don't know what else to do. I'm out of my depth.
      Cate: Wow, you really did read the book. Well...I don't think you should quit. I think you can do it. I know you can do it.
      Bridget: It just doesn't seem right that I play Anne. We're nothing alike. I mean, we have a nice attic, and a nice house...I can go to sleep at night when it's dark, in a warm bed...I can leave whenever I want...I don't know, my life is easy. I just have not experienced that kind of hardship.
      Cate: Well, I can't imagine anyone playing the part has that kind of experience, but an actor finds things to draw on. You know, you have had your share of sadness. Start there.

    • Cate: (nervously, being introduced to Skeevy the dummy) Well, hi there, Skeevy. Anything you want to say to me?
      (Rory turns Skeevy's head to face him; Rory nods, then turns Skeevy's head to face Cate)
      Rory: (as Skeevy) Well, there once was this man from Nantucket...
      (as Rory/Skeevy tells the story, the teapot begins to whistle loudly, drowning out the rest of the story as Cate listens in shock)

    • (Bridget has scored the lead role of Anne Frank, and Kerry isn't happy)
      Cate: (to Kerry) Now look, we should all be supportive. We should be celebrating. Your sister got the lead in... (in disbelief) Anne Frank?

    • (Bridget takes one of the roses from the bouquet and places it in front of a photo of Paul)
      Bridget: (whispering) Good night.

    • Rory: Mom, I think we should all be grateful Bridget got into high school.

    • Cate: You're gonna be the prettiest Anne Frank ever!
      Bridget: Thank you, that's exactly what I was going for!

    • Cate: Honey I brought you a book.
      Bridget: A book?
      Cate: Mhmm, Yeah I thought it could help you with your part. It's the diary of Anne Frank, I thought you could use it as historical reasearch to find out things like-
      Bridget: She was real?!
      Cate: Like that she was real.

    • Grandpa: Just because your big sister got the lead in the whole damn play that doesn't diminish your painting scenery and whatnot.
      Kerry: I do more then paint scenery you know. I design the programs and the flyers. I pull the little cord...God, I hate drama club!

    • Kerry: How could you not know about Anne? She was smart, sensitive, and an artist!
      Bridget: Sensitive and an artist? Sounds like someone who paints scenery in drama club.

    • Bridget: Last year I had this arch thing going and I think it made me look slutty, you know in a bad way. So I realized it's so obvious. I need smarter eyebrows! So... (shows her eyebrows) honor society Bridget!

    • Bridget: I guess I could be an actress. I do lie to you all the time and you always buy it.
      Cate: What?!
      Bridget: See like right there you just bought that lie!

    • Lacey:(to Bridget) Break a leg.
      Bridget: Break a leg? Well go get hit by a car! (Bridget slams the door on Lacey)

    • Cate: I thought I heard something up here. What are you doing?
      Bridget: Reading the diary of Anne Frank. Mom, I don't think I can do this.
      Cate: Well honey, when you get to a word you don't understand sound it out.

    • Cate: Rehearsal's still going on?
      Kerry: Well, classics aren't destroyed overnight.

    • Kerry: Thanks Gramps, I never could get this paint off.
      Jim: Look at those hands. You're a craftsman like your Grandpa.
      Kerry: God I feel pretty.

    • Cate: Kerry is in the drama club, maybe Kerry can get you into the drama club.
      Kerry: No, wait a minute. Drama club is my turf. These people are my friends. This is where I paint scenery in a corner alone where people call me Terry. I hate drama club.

    • Rory What's the play?
      Bridget: Annie.
      Kerry: It's the story of Anne Frank, you idiot!

    • Rory: (as Skeevy) Don't listen to him. He has issues, major issues.
      Cate: Work it in your room. Now who's the dummy?

    • Jim: Aren't you a little old to be playing with a dummy?
      Skeevy: Aren't you a little old?

    • (Jim compliments Bridgets performance)
      Jim: Well, you were great Bridg -- it was worth missing Rockford Files for.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Jim (Grandpa), after coming home from Bridget's play: "That was worth missing The Rockford Files For."
      James Garner starred as Jim Rockford in NBC's The Rockford Files.