8 Simple Rules

8 Simple Rules

2002 - 2005,
Life in the Hennessy household.

Episode Guide

  • 8 Simple Rules - Ditch Day (Season 3 Episode 24)
    Season 3 Episode 24:

    Ditch Day

    C.J. spills the beans to Bridget when he realizes Cate may be starting a relationship with Principal Gibb, and Cate gets even by assigning C.J. to take charge of the students detained on Ditch Day.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Sleepover (Season 3 Episode 23)
    Season 3 Episode 23:


    When Principal Gibb (Adam Arkin) and Cate fall asleep watching a movie, the family sees them and automatically assumes that they are having a relationship.

  • 8 Simple Rules - The Teacher's Lounge (Season 3 Episode 22)
    Season 3 Episode 22:

    The Teacher's Lounge

    C.J. is bullied out of the teacher's lounge by the school's overzealous home economics instructor; Rory gets a makeover to impress a girl.

  • 8 Simple Rules - The After Party (Season 3 Episode 21)
    Season 3 Episode 21:

    The After Party

    When Cate decides to throw a school-sanctioned party after the prom, she only succeeds in embarrassing her kids.

  • 8 Simple Rules - C.J.'s Real Dad (Season 3 Episode 20)
    Season 3 Episode 20:

    C.J.'s Real Dad

    C.J.'s father, a motivational speaker, comes to town to reunite with his son, but when he uses the reunion to spark book sales, C.J. must make a decision.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Torn Between Two Lovers (Season 3 Episode 19)
    Season 3 Episode 19:

    Torn Between Two Lovers

    Cheryl (Pamela Anderson) comes back into C.J.'s life just as he finds true love, and on Valentine's Day she presents him with a temptation almost too great to resist.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Freaky Friday (Season 3 Episode 18)
    Season 3 Episode 18:

    Freaky Friday

    After watching the movie Freaky Friday, everyone but Kerry wakes up in a different body. Kerry finds the whole thing amusing.

  • 8 Simple Rules - VolleyBrawl (Season 3 Episode 17)
    Season 3 Episode 17:


    Cate's alleged antics at Kerry's volleyball game threaten to make her team forfeit the match. Guest star Gabrielle Reece.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Closure (Season 3 Episode 16)
    Season 3 Episode 16:


    Cate and CJ discover Kerry has been emailing Bruno, the boy she met in Europe. What they don't know is that she invited him to stay, and he's living in the attic.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Old Flame (Season 3 Episode 15)
    Season 3 Episode 15:

    Old Flame

    Cate, fed up with the demands of family, takes off with her college flame, Matt (Ed O'Neill), and relives her adventurous past.

  • 8 Simple Rules - C.J.'s Temptation (Season 3 Episode 14)
    Season 3 Episode 14:

    C.J.'s Temptation

    Cate finds herself becoming jealous of Principal Gibb's new girlfriend (Pamela Anderson), while C.J. finds himself the target of her affections.

  • 8 Simple Rules - The Sub (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    The Sub

    C.J. is hired to be a substitute teacher and catches Rory cheating, but Cate tries to persuade him not to report it.

  • 8 Simple Rules - A Very C.J. Christmas (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    A Very C.J. Christmas

    The Hennessy household bends over backward to keep C.J. from spending Christmas alone in Las Vegas; Rory decides to break up with his wealthy girlfriend rather than buy her a substandard gift.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Princetown Girl (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    Princetown Girl

    Bridget's grades jeopardize her chance to play tennis in front of a Princeton scout and Cate's interference only proves Kerry's point that Bridget is always getting the easy way out.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Vanity Unfair (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Vanity Unfair

    When Jim learns that his old flame (Raquel Welch) is the woman who rejected Bridget for a car commercial, he tries to persuade her to reconsider.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Thanksgiving Guest (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    Thanksgiving Guest

    The family decides to prepare Thanksgiving dinner to give Cate a break; Cate brings home an unexpected guest (Adam Arkin).

  • 8 Simple Rules - Secrets (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:


    Rory refuses to reveal the identity of the bully who has been beating him up at school, prompting principal Gibb to tell Cate.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Coach (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:


    Bridget develops a crush on the tennis coach, who has a crush on Cate; Kerry and Rory question the veracity of Jim's war stories.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Halloween (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:


    Bridget, as part of her duties as student-body president plans the school's Halloween party despite Kerry's misgivings.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Car Trouble (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Car Trouble

    Cate gives Bridget and Kerry the keys to the minivan in exchange for driving Rory where he needs to go.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Out of the Box (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Out of the Box

    Kerry is livid when Bridget mocks her art project at the mall, but she forgets her ire when a hot young artist asks her out; C.J. finds himself striking out at speed-dating, while Jim discovers he is a hit with women.

  • 8 Simple Rules - The School Nurse (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    The School Nurse

    Bridget and Kerry believe Cate took the job as school nurse so she could spy on them; a private conversation becomes public when Cate accidentally switches on the public address system.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Changes (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:


    The children question Cate's motives when she changes her hair and buys a new bed; Kerry's summer fling makes Bridget envious.

  • 8 Simple Rules - First Day of School (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    First Day of School

    Bridget breaks up with Kyle for Kerry; the principal (Adam Arkin) offers Cate the position of school nurse; Rory does not want to hit the showers after gym class.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Finale Part Deux (Season 2 Episode 24)
    Season 2 Episode 24:

    Finale Part Deux

    Cate tries to set the record straight with Principal Gibb over coffee but the girls are convinced it's a date.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Finale Part Un (Season 2 Episode 23)
    Season 2 Episode 23:

    Finale Part Un

    Cate has to deal with Principal Gibb again when she forgets to turn in a health form for Kerry's trip to Europe.

  • 8 Simple Rules - The Principal (Season 2 Episode 22)
    Season 2 Episode 22:

    The Principal

    Bridget gets in trouble at school, prompting a meeting between Cate and Principal Gibb (Adam Arkin), who turns out be an old schoolmate.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Mother's Day (Season 2 Episode 21)
    Season 2 Episode 21:

    Mother's Day

    Bridget and Kerry try to set up a special Mother's Day surprise for suspicious Cate; Jim falls in love with a classic car and decides to try to fix it.

  • 8 Simple Rules - C.J.'s Party (Season 2 Episode 20)
    Season 2 Episode 20:

    C.J.'s Party

    Cate banishes C.J. and grounds Bridget for going to C.J.'s college keg party; Jim has to take a written drivers exam after being pulled over with an expired license.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Let's Keep Going (Season 2 Episode 19)
    Season 2 Episode 19:

    Let's Keep Going

    The girls blow off their trip to their grandmother's in order to sort out their feelings about Cate and Artie; Rachel confesses her true feelings to Rory.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Let's Keep Going (Season 2 Episode 18)
    Season 2 Episode 18:

    Let's Keep Going

    The girls see Cate at a saloon with a stranger while visiting their grandmother; Kerry learns of Rory's crush on her friend.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Mall in the Family (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:

    Mall in the Family

    Kerry might have to fire her grandfather for treating customers with disdain at the fast-food restaurant; C.J. busts Bridget for sneaking into a movie without paying; Cate catches Rory selling worthless items on the Internet.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Daddy's Girl (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:

    Daddy's Girl

    The family therapist (guest star Peter Bogdanovich) encourages Cate to pursue her dream of becoming a singer. Connie Stevens also guest stars.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Opposites Attract: Night of the Locust (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    Opposites Attract: Night of the Locust

    Bridget examines her feelings for Jeremy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) and ex-boyfriend Damian; a ban on provocative dancing at the high-school formal vexes Kerry; Jim falls for a PTA member (Tatum O'Neal).

  • 8 Simple Rules - Opposites Attract (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    Opposites Attract

    Bridget flirts with her brainy tutor (Jonathan Taylor Thomas), but he seems more intrigued by her debate-team rival; Cate forces Jim to share his basement room with C.J.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Opposites Attract (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    Opposites Attract

    Bridget's friends suspect she is falling for her shy, brainy tutor (Jonathan Taylor Thomas); Kyle indulges in old-fashioned romance on St. Valentine's Day; Jim sends C.J. on an errand that takes him to Canada.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Consequences (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:


    Rory steals a police dog to make a name for himself at school, then the dog sniffs out marijuana in Kerry's bag; Bridget refuses to wear a helmet while riding on her boyfriend's motorcycle.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Get Real (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Get Real

    Cate's wrongheaded nephew C.J. (David Spade) turns the household upside-down when he comes to pay his respects to Paul.

  • 8 Simple Rules - YMCA (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:


    Cate orders Kerry, Rory and Jim join the YMCA; Rory falls for a yoga instructor (Lisa Rinna); Jim punches a man for making a lewd remark about Bridget.

  • 8 Simple Rules - The Story of Anne Frank and Skeevy (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    The Story of Anne Frank and Skeevy

    Bridget lands the lead in a high-school play about Anne Frank's life, but she is not sure whether she can act; Rory becomes obsessed with a dummy named Skeevy.

  • 8 Simple Rules - The First Thanksgiving (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    The First Thanksgiving

    Cate plans to raise the family spirits with a special Thanksgiving dinner; Bridget and Kerry plan to attend a party with their boyfriends during Thanksgiving.

  • 8 Simple Rules - What Dad Would Want (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    What Dad Would Want

    Cate urges Rory to try out for the basketball team because it would have made his father proud; the sisters manage to refrain from fighting until Bridget accidentally destroys Kerry's collage honoring Paul.

  • 8 Simple Rules - No Right Way (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    No Right Way

    Cate is unprepared for Bridget and Kerry's reactions to their first day back to school following their father's death.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Goodbye (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:


    Cate's parents (James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette) console her and the children, as they grieve over the loss of beloved family patriarch Paul.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Donny Goes AWOL (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Donny Goes AWOL

    The Doyles (John Ratzenberger, Cindy Williams) are shocked when Bridget breaks up with Donny (Thad Luckinbill) in a video message.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Sex Ed (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Sex Ed

    Bridget is dismayed when the sex-education teacher turns out to be Cate; Kerry is a changed person since she starting dating Kyle.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Premiere (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:


    Bridget's popularity wanes, while Kerry's social status soars; Cate waits for the results of her pregnancy test, while the others gripe about how disruptive a baby would be.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Sort of an Officer and a Gentleman (Season 1 Episode 27)
    Season 1 Episode 27:

    Sort of an Officer and a Gentleman

    Paul invites Cate's sister Maggie (Cybill Shepherd) to visit when he learns of her marital troubles; Bridget's sudden maturity impresses Paul and Cate.

  • 8 Simple Rules - The Doyle Wedding (Season 1 Episode 26)
    Season 1 Episode 26:

    The Doyle Wedding

    Neighbors (John Ratzenberger, Shelley Long) invite the Hennessy clan to take part in their daughter's wedding.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Bake Sale (Season 1 Episode 25)
    Season 1 Episode 25:

    Bake Sale

    After Bridget begrudgingly mothers a sack of flour for school, she notices her "baby" is mysteriously losing weight.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Queen Bees and King Bees (Season 1 Episode 24)
    Season 1 Episode 24:

    Queen Bees and King Bees

    Paul crashes a co-worker's (guest star Larry Miller) poker game to socialize with his boss (guest star Patrick Warburton); Bridget tries to break up her ex-boyfriend and her nemesis.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Career Woman (Season 1 Episode 23)
    Season 1 Episode 23:

    Career Woman

    Paul's parental duties increase when Cate has to spend more time at the hospital; Rory is introduced to the hobby of baseball card collecting.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Good Moms Gone Wild (Season 1 Episode 22)
    Season 1 Episode 22:

    Good Moms Gone Wild

    Kerry and Bridget are caught partying on the evening news while the family is vacationing at Cate's parent's home in Florida. The news also runs an archived video that features a young Cate, who is very drunk at a bar.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Kerry's Video (Season 1 Episode 21)
    Season 1 Episode 21:

    Kerry's Video

    Kerry decides to videotape Bridget for a school project to show that life is easier for "beautiful people."

  • 8 Simple Rules - Every Picture Tells a Story (Season 1 Episode 20)
    Season 1 Episode 20:

    Every Picture Tells a Story

    A security camera catches Paul in the act of stealing something from a race car driver's (Jason Priestley) home.

  • 8 Simple Rules - The Cool Parent (Season 1 Episode 19)
    Season 1 Episode 19:

    The Cool Parent

    Frustrated with the unsupervised parties Bridget and Kerry have been attending, Paul decides to chaperone a party for his daughters and their friends, but falls asleep while chaperoning.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Drummer Boy (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:

    Drummer Boy

    Defying her dad, Bridget takes the car and follows her older boyfriend (guest star Nick Carter) to his college dorm.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Drummer Boy (Season 1 Episode 17)
    Season 1 Episode 17:

    Drummer Boy

    Paul lets Bridget learn to play the drums. She later defies her father's rules and dates her drum instructor, Ben.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Come and Knock on Our Door (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    Come and Knock on Our Door

    Bridget gives Kerry the silent treatment after she learns her sister kissed Kyle at a party; Paul has a nightmare about Kyle and his daughters.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Kerry's Big Adventure (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    Kerry's Big Adventure

    After a breakup, Kerry goes to a party. Kerry is shocked when a spark goes off between her and Kyle and the two share a romantic kiss. Meanwhile at home, Paul and Cate try to discover what is hidden in Rory's secret box.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Career Choices (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    Career Choices

    Paul and Cate are shocked when they're called into the principal's office and told Bridget wants to go to beauty school.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Rory's Gotta Girlfriend (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    Rory's Gotta Girlfriend

    Paul proudly permits Rory to go out on his first date, prompting the girls to accuse him of having a double-standard because they weren't allowed to date when they were 13.

  • 8 Simple Rules - All I Want for Christmas (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    All I Want for Christmas

    Paul searches for perfect Christmas gifts for his family; Cate's church asks her to sing a solo at midnight Mass.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Paul Meets His Match (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Paul Meets His Match

    Paul discovers he has a lot in common with his new editor (Patrick Warburton); Paul forbids the girls inviting their boyfriends to Thanksgiving Day dinner.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Give It Up (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Give It Up

    Each of the Hennesseys gives up a bad habit for a week in a contest to determine who gets to pick the family vacation.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Two Boys for Every Girl (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Two Boys for Every Girl

    Paul advises Bridget to tell Kyle the truth about her date with another boy; Kerry is dismayed when her dream date does not call her back.

  • 8 Simple Rules - By the Book (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    By the Book

    Turning to a parenting book for advice backfires on Paul when Bridget and Kerry discover it and turn it to their advantage.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Trick-or-Treehouse (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:


    Paul wants to relive the past with one last family camp-out in the old treehouse for Halloween, but it might turn into a nightmare.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Cheerleader (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:


    Kerry is chosen over Bridget for a spot on the cheerleading team; Paul tries to switch Rory's attention from video games to books.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Son-in-Law (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:


    Paul eases up on the rules when Bridget dates a boy whose father is a baseball legend (Terry Bradshaw).

  • 8 Simple Rules - Wings (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:


    Paul makes excuses to keep Bridget from taking her driver's test; when Paul encourages Kerry to enter an art competition, her submission is rejected.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Bridget's First Job (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Bridget's First Job

    Bridget gets a job at a mall clothing store to learn fiscal responsibility, but she can't resist the employee discount.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Wall of Shame (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Wall of Shame

    Paul's plan to watch an important football game is put on hold when Bridget is accused of shoplifting.

  • 8 Simple Rules - Pilot (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:


    When Cate goes back to work, Paul has trouble dealing with his daughters' burgeoning interest in boys.