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8 Simple Rules (originally known as 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage ABC from September 17, , to April 15, , with 76 episodes in three seasons. Paul's teenage daughters are dating, which sparks the use of the "8 Simple. 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. ; 2 Seasons; TV-PG. Widowed mom Cate Hennessy raises three teens in this sitcom, which shifted focus. 8 Simple Rules (originally 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter) . Bridget: Okay fine, I'll keep it three steps behind you, only because it's Christmas!.
Well, then I really don't give a damn. Paul said he never knew how he did it, he just knew why, he loved his family. Goodbye 2 [ edit ] Cate: Coming to the breakfast table wearing pajamas and black socks? Asking my oldest daughter if that guy I saw her talking to yesterday at school was her boyfriend? Referring to rapper Fiddy Cent as "Fifty Cents"? Actually it was a trick question. The answer is all of the above. Now do you know how many times I called my father an idiot? Because I feared him.
Back then we didn't share our deep personal feelings, our deepest conversations usually revolved around the Tigers bull pen. But my kids, I can't get them to shut up! There's not a feeling that my kids are afraid to express over and over and over.
And my wife reassures me this is a good thing over and over and over, and she's always right. So do I wish that my kids feared me? Well my house would be quieter, and I'd spend a lot less time in the bathroom, but no. Because I know that whenever they insult me whether it's a "You're an idiot," "You're a geek," or an "I hate you," an "I love you" isn't far behind.
And it's the knowledge that my wife and kids love me that makes it safe for me to wear pajamas and black socks to the breakfast table. The last words I said to Dad were, "I hate you.
I think those were the first words you said to him, also. My last words were an insult, too. He was wearing his Michigan sweatshirt with chinos, and I told him there weren't enough Queer Eyes in all of San Francisco to help him. Well, I sent him to the store for milk, so the last thing he heard out of me was, "Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.
I never would've got this far before. Dad would never let me go out like this. He would've definitely sent me upstairs to change and tell me to cover myself up in some hideous sweater and then give me a one-hour lecture on how I should respect myself and how guys are only out for one thing and I always hated when he did that!
I just want my dad back! Is that the dress you bought with my credit card? Yeah, isn't it great! I mean, you have your boob dresses and your good leg dresses and butt dresses, but it's hardly ever you get a good boob-leg-butt dress, you know what I mean? You are too pretty for this dress. I just think it's for some girl who has to try really hard and you don't. You should respect yourself like was always telling you to.
You deserve the best. You deserve the best too. What Kyle said to you, he meant it.
How do you know? Kyle and I went out for a really long time. He never said it to me. You know a lot of times people take orange balls similar to this one outside and throw them at basketball hoops. Okay, but bring it back. They mean well, honey. Yeah, I know they mean well, but I'm starting to feel like I'm in some kind of circus where the price of admission is a casserole.
Step right up and see the grieving widow. The First Thanksgiving[ edit ] Cate to Rory: What is going on with you and your sisters? I'm trying to protect them. I'm afraid that they are going to turn into big fat whores! Honey, your job is to be a year-old boy and a pain in the butt. I can do that! So, that's all you can think of to be thankful for? That you got the good hair? No, I said it's what I'm most thankful for. And, what about you, Cate?
What are you thankful for? Well, I'm thankful for my wonderful children, and for my great dad and my mom even though she couldn't be here. That's what I'm thankful for. We should be celebrating. Your sister got the lead in Aren't you a little old to be playing with a dummy? Aren't you a little old? Cate finds a sullen Bridget in the attic Cate: I thought I heard something up here. What are you doing? Reading The Diary of Anne Frank.
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Mom, I don't think I can do this. Well, honey, when you get to a word you don't know, just sound it out. 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. Of course you can. 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? I don't wanna quit. But I don't wanna embarrass myself.
I don't wanna embarrass you either. Oh, that's just crazy, honey. But do you want to quit? I don't know what else to do. I'm out of my depth. Wow, you really did read the book. I don't think you should quit. I think you can do it. I know you can do it. Jim served in the Korean War and is proud of his service he angers whenever it is mentioned as a "police action".
He is very protective of the family. He often sneaks away to smoke tobacco. He is divorced, having formerly resided in Florida before moving into Cate's basement, and often used to try to beat C.
He takes pride in C. Barnes, portrayed by David Spade —is Cate's nephew. He was once in the Army and claims to have studied aerial photography during the Gulf Warand to have received a Purple Heart in combat, which is in complete contrast with his generally childish attitude. He is a teacher at the school and often pursues women, albeit unsuccessfully. He reveals to them that he was ashamed that he did not live up to be the person Paul had once said he would be and avoided them because of that.
He lives along with his grandfather, Jim, in the basement having previously lived in a van, which was burned by that same grandfather.
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He once dated Mrs. Krupp, his cousins' Kerry and Bridget math teacher, but he ended up cheating on her with his ex-girlfriend Cheryl. He once revealed that his first initial stands for Corey, but Rory said that was untrue. He is often seen spending time with Rory when not with either Kerry or Bridget. His father, Tommy, used to work with Paul. Ed Gibb, portrayed by Adam Arkinis the principal of the local high school. He and Cate knew each other in high school, and even dated.
When discussing it, their account of their first romantic encounter varied, with either believing they had more self-control and admitting to the other that they liked the other as just friends. Despite this, they have had some very intimate moments. Coach Scott, portrayed by Dan Corteseis a high-school coach on whom Bridget had a crush. He likes Cate, and Cate initially likes him, but then discovers Bridget's crush, which causes her to deny Scott's romantic advances towards her.
Jenna Sharpe, portrayed by Nikki Danielle Moore —is Paul's boss Nick's daughter, and one of Bridget's rivals, who later becomes her friend. She has a younger sister, Rachael Nicole Mansourwho is a friend of Kerry. Missy Kleinfeld, portrayed by Daniella Monet —is Rory's love interest in season two. She has a sister, Sissy Elena Lyonswho likes C.
Jeremy, portrayed by Jonathan Taylor Thomasis Bridget's tutor and eventual boyfriend. He is considered a nerd at school, and because of this, Bridget at first denies her interest in him by saying it was only because he was her tutor. He was a white boy who spoke like a black rapperoften resulting in confusion. David Spade and grandfather Jim James Garnerthan the immediate Hennessy family, more specifically not revolving around the raising of the Hennessy girls.
After the novelty of newly added ensemble characters wore off, the series returned to its original format. Production Ritter's death The first three episodes of the show's second season had been completed when Ritter reportedly suffered an undiagnosed aortic dissection.
After Ritter had experienced discomfort during his rehearsal of the show that afternoon, crew members took him to a nearby Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, where he suddenly died that night following a misdiagnosis of a heart attack. Following Ritter's death, ABC announced that the show would continue after a hiatus, and would incorporate the death of Ritter's character.
The three new episodes that Ritter completed were aired with Sagal introducing them. The show returned two months after Ritter's death, with a one-hour episode, "Goodbye", which was turned into a tribute to Ritter's character.
Subsequent episodes dealt with the family's reaction to his death and them moving on from it. The first four post-Ritter episodes were shot without a live audience with James Garner and Suzanne Pleshette guest-starred as Cate's strict parents and David Spade guest-starred as Cate's wayward nephew, C.
Garner and Spade later received starring roles as Ritter's replacement for the rest of the show's broadcast. Third season and cancellation Before Ritter's death, the show ranked 42nd in the Nielsen ratings.
After Ritter's death, it had slipped to 50th, but was renewed for a third season, in which ABC moved the show to Friday night at 8: The series' creator and show-runner, Tracy Gamble, left the series for a time over creative differences prior to the third season, but he later returned as a consulting producer midway through the third season. The series plunged to 94th in the ratings.8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter Sea1Epis1 - Pilot
Even before the third season finale's airing, rumors began circulating that 8 Simple Rules was facing cancellation due to Ritter's death and poor ratings. The Friday night "death slot" ratings took their toll on 8 Simple Rules. The third season finale was not aired for May sweeps. The finale received a 3. A former sports writer who worked from home as a Lifestyle columnist.
Described as being "the master of the double standard", a "Psycho-Dad" as well as a perceived hypocrite who often embarrasses his children, even if he wants what is best for them. Nonetheless, he loves his children, and wants them to have happy futures. Paul dies in the second season after collapsing in the store while buying milk.
Though no real reason is given for why he collapsed, it is believed that it had something to do with his heart, as was the reason for John Ritter's death.
The wife, mother, nurse and easily the most sane and composed person in the family. She takes a nursing job at the kids' school so that she can work standard hours and spend more time with the kids. Cate starts dating her kids' high school principal, Ed Gibb portrayed by Adam Arkintowards the end of Season 3. It is revealed that during her teens, she was more or less just as popular, scheming and rebellious as Bridget and thus she is usually the first to notice when Bridget is up to something.
She received her middle name "Stinky" as a result of her father promising his best friend he would name one of his children after him after accidentally stabbing him with a bayonet while they were drunk in Korea; to hide this, she claims that the S stands for "Stacy.
Bridget is the beautiful, dim-witted oldest child. She is depicted as a stereotypical blonde, a popular bombshell who is preoccupied with her looks, teenage boys and little else. She sometimes displays intelligence or profundity, but these are initially few and far between, yet often poignant.
Her favorite book is J. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. After her father dies, she starts to mature more. Bridget initially felt guilty about Paul's death because the last words she ever spoke to him were "I hate you" after arguing with him earlier that morning, because he said no to her using the car.