It's a time for healing and learning to deal with life without family patriarch Paul (the late John Ritter), as the Hennessys discover the frailties of life and the strength of the family unit, on 8 Simple Rules.Cate (Katey Sagal) now finds herself in the precarious position of raising three teenagers on her own while holding down a full time job as a hospital nurse near their Detroit-area home.The show was a moderate success, ranked 43rd for its first season on the air, and was renewed with an average of 10.85 million viewers. He’s not pleased and gets his revenge on Bridget by detaining her on the school’s unofficial day off.As you may recall, Ritter died unexpectedly after completion of the third episode of season two. Rory is planning to take full advantage of Ditch Day while Kerry expects that her classes will continue as usual.See more »Cate: You sure I can't get you something? And I think, although John Ritter will be sadly missed since he was the reason the show made its mark, '8 Simple Rules' can still do well if it remembers its humour and doesn't make Cate's father a second version of Paul Hennessy. Too many shows (eg, ' Sister, Sister' and ' Lizzie Mc Guire') think just because its lead characters are now teenagers then they should tackle social issues and end up losing their humour by being too hard-hitting.But Bridget's eyes begin to stray when she meets Damien (Paul Wesley) – a sexy new boy at school.Meanwhile, as she waits for the results of her pregnancy test, Cate is stunned and angry when Paul, Bridget, Kerry and Rory seem more concerned about how the baby could disrupt their lives than the blessed event itself.
Cate’s father, Jim Egan (James Garner), moves in to help and Cate’s very immature nephew, C. (David Spade), moves in for additional comedy relief. There was initially a great deal of curiosity about how the death of Ritter would impact the show. She asks Rory to do it instead and Kerry, tired of being a “goodie two-shoes,” wants to be part of it. Cate comes home soonafter and she’s not happy about the four-legged houseguest either.8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter is an American television sitcom that originally aired on ABC from September 17, 2002 to April 15, 2005. Bruce Cameron's book of the same name, the show starred John Ritter during its first season.After Ritter's sudden death, Katey Sagal took over the show's starring position for the rest of the series' run. Bridget finds her popularity waning because of her exclusive, long distance relationship with Donny, while Kerry's social status skyrockets because of her relationship with Kyle.She does, however, get a little relief, thanks to her father, Jim (James Garner), who's been staying at the house since Paul's death.Retired and separated from his wife, Jim mostly spends his days making home improvements to the house - with arguably mixed results - and, in his own inimitable way, gives comfort and guidance to his daughter and grandchildren during their time of need.The Doyles are sending a video postcard to Donny, which they let Bridget have a part in.