8 Simple Rules

Season 3 Episode 13

The Sub

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 07, 2005 on ABC
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Episode Summary

The Sub
Cate is shocked to discover that Principal Gibb (Adam Arkin, "Chicago Hope") has hired C.J. to be a substitute teacher at the high school. But when C.J. catches Rory cheating on a test, he is torn about reporting it when Cate tries to persuade him to look the other way. Meanwhile, when Bridget breaks her leg because of Kerry's blunder, she makes her little sister's life a living nightmare.moreless

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  • superb

    CJ becomes the substitute teacher for Rory's American History class. Things get complicated however, when CJ finds out Rory cheated on a test. Now, he does not know if he should turn Rory in, or cover him because he's family.

    Good episode. I liked the resolution, how CJ wasn't going to tell the principal, and in the end it was Rory who told. I thought the plot was great and although I did not laugh a lot, the fact I liked the plot so much made up for that. Final grade is going to be a B or so, I think is fair.moreless
  • C.J. takes a job as a sub at the Hennessey's high school.

    C.J. takes a job as a sub at the children's school.

    C.J. catches Rory cheating and threatens to go to principal Gibb. Cate bribes him with steak dinners, and letting him use her spa.

    Carrie leaves oil in the tub causing Bridget to slip and break her leg.

    Now Bridget is demanding way too much from Carrie and others at the school.

    C.J.'s conscious gets the best of him and he goes to see principal Gibb to quit. Rory turns himself in.

    Funny episode, however I really miss when the story line focused more on just the children.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Bridget says what will she do with a computer, but in previous episodes we've seen her using computers. She frequently used Paul's laptop to check her email and to visit HighSchoolScandal.com

    • When CJ goes and confesses to Principal Gibbs about catching Rory cheating, you can see that Principal Gibbs is not doing a "word jumble", but instead is doing a word search.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • C.J.: (talking to the class on his first day as a substitute teacher) American history...is the history of America.

    • Cate: Take a good look at the outside world, Rory. You won't be seeing much of that for the next month. And you are lucky that Ed Gibb is a friend of this family, and has decided that since you have no "priors," he'll look the other way.
      Rory: Whatever, I'm gonna watch some TV.
      Cate: Oh, no, you won't! No TV, no computer, no phone!
      Rory: But what am I supposed to do for the next month?
      (Bridget rings her bell as Kerry, now free of Bridget-duty, laughs)
      Cate: Oh, there will be plenty for you to do.

    • Kerry: How will I do all of that? I have a life you know.
      Bridget: Well, you should've thought about that before you whacked me in the leg with that crow bar! Ok that one was just for fun.

    • C.J.: Are you trying to bribe me?
      Cate: What? With waffles and free juice just so you don't talk to Ed Gibb? I would never do that!
      C.J.: Who's Ed Gibb?

    • CJ: (Taking a magazine from a boy) Oooh, I don't have the July issue. But now I do. (after confiscating a games console) Nintendo? More like ninten-don't. (Takes a note a girl is passing and reads it) "Do you think Billy likes me?" Do we have a Billy here? (Boy raises his hand) Do you like her?
      Billy: Uh, no.
      C.J.: Does anyone like this girl? (Boy in the back raises his hand) Not exactly Dicaprio, but I'd take it.

    • C.J.: (To the class) Read chapter 42, and study the robber barons. And tomorrow be prepared to answer, why they all look like the monopoly guys.

    • C.J.: Aunt Cate, am I hearing you right?
      Cate: I don't know. Depends on what you're hearing.
      C.J.: I'm hearing what you're saying, if you're saying what I'm saying.
      Cate: Oh, you're hearing what I'm saying, if you're hearing what I'm saying.
      C.J.: I'm confused.

    • C.J.: These just parts of this job I can't handle.
      Ed Gibb: Oh my god! Mr. William's hit on you didn't he?
      C.J.: No, that's not it, but yeah, he did.

    • Grandpa Jim: Stinky made me name one of my sons after him.
      Rory: But you had two girls, Cate and Maggie.
      Grandpa Jim: What's your mother's middle initial?
      Rory: 'S', but she said it was for Stacy.
      Grandpa Jim: Shhh...

    • Rory: It's not mine.
      C.J.: It fell out of your test. It's your writing. It's on The Little Mermaid notepad I got you.

    • C.J.: I tried clearing my throat, nothing!
      Ed Gibb: That's my thing. You've got to come up with your own signature.
      C.J.: I can make one eye go lazy.
      Ed Gibb: I wouldn't do that.
      C.J.: I can do that and the zippy lip.

    • C.J.: Yo Yo, what's the 411? What's the dilo? Can I get a whop-whop?
      Student: I thought you said your cousin was cool?
      Rory: This is him being cool.

    • C.J.: In fact, just last night, I spent studying some algebra.
      Ed Gibb: You're teaching American history.

    • Rory: I demand to be punished.
      Ed: Okay. I kind of wish I had hadn't heard that.

    • Cate: Being an adult is about making hard choices. It's not about wiggle room. It's about doing the right thing.
      C.J.: It's Rory.
      Cate: Maybe there's a little wiggle room.

    • C.J.: You're kidding! My God, these kids are animals. No wonder the Japanese beat us to the moon.

    • Bridget: I can't tell anyone I slipped in the bathtub. My life is more exciting than that.

    • Cate: (to C.J.) In what world do teachers make "fat dollah" and what makes you think you're qualified?

  • NOTES (5)


    • CJ appears at school to work as a substitute teacher dressed in a blue shirt/brown pants combo - the exact same outfit combo that Al Bundy wore as a shoe salesman on "Married With Children" which also starred Katey Sagal.

    • C.J.: Nintendo? More like Nintendon't!
      When taking a copy of Nintendo magazine from one of his American History students, C.J. says something that's probably as close as the show's going to get to a possible reference to his actor's campaign of Capital One ads. In these ads, David Spade plays a customer no-service representative who says things such as "Cabo? CabNo maybe!"