List of 8 Simple Rules episodes

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This is an episode list of 8 Simple Rules, an American television sitcom that originally aired on ABC from September 17, 2002 to April 15, 2005. Loosely based on humor columnist W. 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. Overall, 76 episodes were made over three seasons.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale
1 28 September 17, 2002 (2002-09-17) May 20, 2003 (2003-05-20) August 7, 2007 (2007-08-07)[1]
2 24 September 23, 2003 (2003-09-23) May 18, 2004 (2004-05-18) May 19, 2009 (2009-05-19)[2]
3 24 September 24, 2004 (2004-09-24) April 15, 2005 (2005-04-15) N/A

Episode list[edit]

Season 1 (2002–2003)[edit]

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1 1 "Pilot" Gil Junger Tracy Gamble September 17, 2002 (2002-09-17) 101
2 2 "Wall of Shame" James Widdoes Story by: W. Bruce Cameron
Teleplay by: Mike Langworthy
September 24, 2002 (2002-09-24) 104, SC R-133
3 3 "Bridget's First Job" James Widdoes Story by: W. Bruce Cameron
Teleplay by: Bill Daly
October 1, 2002 (2002-10-01) 105, SC R-134
4 4 "Wings" James Widdoes Story by: W. Bruce Cameron
Teleplay by: Bill Daly & Bonnie Kallman
October 8, 2002 (2002-10-08) 106, SC R-135
5 5 "Son-in-Law" James Widdoes Story by: W. Bruce Cameron
Teleplay by: Tracy Gamble & Martin Weiss
October 15, 2002 (2002-10-15) 103, SC R-132
6 6 "Cheerleader" James Widdoes Story by: W. Bruce Cameron
Teleplay by: Paul Ciancarelli & David Dipietro
October 22, 2002 (2002-10-22) 102, SC R-131
7 7 "Trick or Treehouse" James Widdoes Story by: W. Bruce Cameron
Teleplay by: Bonnie Kallman
October 29, 2002 (2002-10-29) 107, SC R-136
8 8 "By the Book" James Widdoes Paul Ciancarelli & David Dipietro November 5, 2002 (2002-11-05) 108, SC R-137
9 9 "Two Boys for Every Girl" James Widdoes Bill Callahan & Philip Wen November 12, 2002 (2002-11-12) 109, SC R-138
10 10 "Give It Up" James Widdoes Martin Weiss November 19, 2002 (2002-11-19) 110, SC R-139
11 11 "Paul Meets His Match" James Widdoes Story by: Dena Waxman
Teleplay by: Bonnie Kallman & Martin Weiss
November 26, 2002 (2002-11-26) 112
12 12 "All I Want for Christmas" James Widdoes Christy Jacobs White December 10, 2002 (2002-12-10) 113, SC R-142
13 13 "Rory's Got a Girlfriend" James Widdoes Bill Daly December 17, 2002 (2002-12-17) 111, SC R-140
14 14 "Career Choices" Terry Hughes Amy Engelberg & Wendy Engelberg January 7, 2003 (2003-01-07) 114, SC R-143
15 15 "Kerry's Big Adventure" James Widdoes Tracy Gamble & Martin Weiss January 21, 2003 (2003-01-21) 116, SC R-145
16 16 "Come and Knock on Our Door" James Widdoes Bill Callahan & Philip Wen January 28, 2003 (2003-01-28) 117, SC R-146
17 17 "Drummer Boy (Part 1)" James Widdoes Bill Daly February 4, 2003 (2003-02-04) 118, SC R-147
18 18 "Drummer Boy (Part 2)" James Widdoes Janis Hirsch February 11, 2003 (2003-02-11) 119, SC R-148
19 19 "Cool Parent" James Widdoes Paul Ciancarelli & David Dipietro February 18, 2003 (2003-02-18) 120, SC R-149
20 20 "Every Picture Tells a Story" Mark Cendrowski David Flebotte February 25, 2003 (2003-02-25) 121, SC R-150
21 21 "Kerry's Video" Terry Hughes Bonnie Kallman March 11, 2003 (2003-03-11) 115, SC R-144
22 22 "Good Moms Gone Wild" James Widdoes Bill Callahan & Philip Wen March 25, 2003 (2003-03-25) 124, SC R-153
23 23 "Career Woman" Mark Cendrowski Rosalind Moore March 28, 2003 (2003-03-28) 122, SC R-151
24 24 "Queen Bees and King Bees" James Widdoes Martin Weiss April 8, 2003 (2003-04-08) 123, SC R-152
25 25 "Bake Sale" James Widdoes Kim Friese April 29, 2003 (2003-04-29) 125, SC R-154
26 26 "The Doyle Wedding" Lynn McCracken Rosalind Moore May 6, 2003 (2003-05-06) 128
27 27 "Sort of an Officer and a Gentleman (Part 1)" James Widdoes Heather MacGillvray & Linda Mathious May 13, 2003 (2003-05-13) 126
28 28 "Sort of an Officer and a Gentleman (Part 2)" James Widdoes Janis Hirsch & Bonnie Kallman May 20, 2003 (2003-05-20) 127

Season 2 (2003–2004)[edit]

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29 1 "Premiere" James Widdoes Tracy Gamble September 23, 2003 (2003-09-23) 203
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. But Bridget's eyes begin to stray when she meets Damian (Paul Wesley) – a sexy new boy at school. Meanwhile, as she waits for the results of her pregnancy test, Cate is stunned when Paul, Bridget, Kerry and Rory seem more concerned about how the baby could disrupt their lives than the blessed event itself. In fact, the only support Cate seems to be getting is from her nosy neighbors, the Doyles, who share a well-kept secret about their own family – namely, all their children are adopted.
30 2 "Sex Ed" Robby Benson Gayle Abrams September 30, 2003 (2003-09-30) 201
Cate teaches sex education at Bridget's school and gets suspicious when she reads a submission where a girl's older boyfriend was coming from Maryland and she felt pressured to have sex. Bridget says that this was a girl from Maryland, Lara O'Neal (which turned out to be made-up, so she was the one who wrote the question). Meanwhile, Paul is worried about Kerry after they saw a French movie with a sex scene in it.
31 3 "Donny Goes AWOL" Robby Benson Seth Kurland October 7, 2003 (2003-10-07) 202

The Doyles are sending a video postcard to Donny, which they let Bridget have a part in. However, Bridget breaks up with Donny on the video, which leads to a feud between the Hennessys and the Doyles. Upset, Donny hitchhikes all the way to the Hennessys in the back of a pig truck to win Bridget back. Once there, Bridget gets back together with Donny, and he decides to drop out of Navy College. However, Bridget has still not broken up with her other boyfriend, Damien. Paul tells Bridget that Donny didn't deserve this treatment, so Bridget breaks up with him. Meanwhile, there are reports of eggings and toilet-paperings all over the neighborhood. Paul tries to come up with names for this menace, unaware that the criminal is Rory.

Note: This was John Ritter's final episode. In his memory, clips of his past two years on the show are shown, ending with the message: "John Ritter 1948–2003 We will never forget you".
32 4 "Goodbye (Part 1)" James Widdoes David Flebotte & Martin Weiss November 4, 2003 (2003-11-04) 204
Cate gets a phone call in the morning and runs out of the house while the kids are wondering what is going on. Later on, it's revealed that Paul had collapsed and died in the grocery store. Everyone is heartbroken and Cate's parents arrive to help them through their grief. Bridget feels guilty about the last words she ever said to her dad (I hate you) and Kerry talks to her to ease her guilt. Cate is afraid of sleeping alone in her bed and sleeps on the couch.
33 5 "Goodbye (Part 2)" James Widdoes Tracy Gamble & Bonnie Kallman November 4, 2003 (2003-11-04) 205
After Paul's funeral, his editor asks Cate that she find the last article he wrote so they can publish it in his memory. When Kerry asks Rory why his hand is bandaged, he says he burnt it on a casserole dish while taking it out of the oven, but it's later revealed he had punched a hole in his wall out of anger towards his dad for dying. Jim finds Paul's last article and gives it to Cate. That night, Cate is finally ready to sleep in her own bed again, and the kids accompany her and beg her to read Paul's article. She does, and it's an article about how no matter how much his kids may resent him from time to time, Paul knows that deep down, they love him, even when they say "I hate you". Cate and the kids rely on the message Paul is sending them: no matter what happens, family bonds are never broken.
34 6 "No Right Way" James Widdoes Gayle Abrams November 11, 2003 (2003-11-11) 206
It's been two weeks since Paul died, and the kids are going back to school for the first time. While Bridget jumps right back into her social circle and begins planning the upcoming dance while Kerry refuses to allow herself to feel anything but sad (which is made worse when Kyle declares his love for her) and Cate's attempts to make them feel better only backfire. Meanwhile, Rory worries that he is taking advantage of a girl he has a crush on who is offering to help him catch up with his school, but Jim advises him that she's the one taking advantage and to let her.
35 7 "What Dad Would Want" James Widdoes Bill Daly November 18, 2003 (2003-11-18) 207
Cate sees that Rory is now hesitant to try out for the basketball team because Paul had been helping him practice. Cate tells him that his father wouldn't have wanted him to quit. The newspaper Paul worked at his sponsoring a scholarship dinner in his name for students majoring in journalism, and Bridget gets distracted while watching television, and accidentally wrecks a collage that Kerry had made of Paul for the dinner. When it's announced at the party that Rory made the team, Rory angrily storms out. Cate later finds out that Rory didn't make the team and when Rory comes home, he says he only said it because he was embarrassed that he let down his dad. But he's happy when Cate tells him because the coach was impressed at his request to work out with the team, he's now officially on it.
36 8 "The First Thanksgiving" James Widdoes Bonnie Kallman November 25, 2003 (2003-11-25) 208
It's the first Thanksgiving without Paul. Cate's mother visits, and manages to get along well with Jim. Bridget and Kerry plan to sneak out to a party instead of staying with the family. Rory feels that now he's the man of the house it's his job to assume Paul's role of being against every guy his sisters date, not to mention the carver of the turkey, which he does with clumsiness, inexperience and a lot of humor, which in the end helps the family to deal with the recent tragedy in a much lighter way, with needed laughter at such a sad time, adding much humor, compassion and healing when it was needed more than ever, helping the other members of the Hennessy family to survive the tragedy of Paul's unexpected death.
37 9 "The Story of Anne Frank and Skeevy" James Widdoes Tracy Gamble & Bonnie Kallman December 23, 2003 (2003-12-23) 209
Bridget plays the role of Anne Frank in the school play, which makes Kerry jealous since all she does is background work. At first, Bridget is the same non-serious girl, which frustrates Kerry even more since she feels Bridget doesn't deserve the role. Cate sees this too, so she gives Bridget The Diary of a Young Girl, because she thinks it might help her, which it does – Bridget suddenly becomes a serious, focused girl and gets a better understanding of the role she is going to play. Rory gets a ventriloquist dummy he names Skeevy and uses it to constantly make fun of other people. Cate, Jim, and Rory attend the play and Bridget's performance is excellent. When they get home, Kerry tells Bridget she's proud of her. Cate is too and wonders how Bridget did it and tells her she tapped into some very serious emotion. The episode ends with Bridget staying behind downstairs after everyone goes to bed. She puts a red rose on Paul's desk in front of a picture of him and whispers, "Good night" before going upstairs.
38 10 "YMCA" James Widdoes Donald Beck & Bonnie Kallman January 6, 2004 (2004-01-06) 210

Bridget gets a job as a lifeguard at the local YMCA, which prompts Cate to enroll the whole family (to Bridget's chagrin). However, Kerry is unimpressed with a group of young blonde girls who idolize Bridget, while Jim punches another man for making comments about Bridget. Elsewhere Rory has an unexpected pubescent experience in a yoga class.

Note: This is the first appearance of David Spade as C.J.
39 11 "Get Real" James Widdoes Seth Kurland & Ric Swartzlander January 13, 2004 (2004-01-13) 211
Cate's nephew C.J. stops by the Hennessy household to pay his final respects to Paul. C.J., however, can't resist getting into trouble when he gives Rory advice about kissing a girl, which lands him in detention, and then takes the blame when Kerry, while driving with just a learner's permit, dents Cate's car while driving Bridget on an errand.
40 12 "Consequences" James Widdoes Bill Callahan January 27, 2004 (2004-01-27) 212
Rory steals a police dog when he hears about C.J.'s glory days of stealing his old school mascot, but Cate is shocked when the dog finds marijuana in Kerry's backpack. Cate thinks Kerry's using drugs because of her father's death, but it's really just teenage rebellion. Meanwhile, Bridget gets brought home by the police for not wearing a helmet on her boyfriend's motorcycle after Cate telling her she has to.
41 13 "Opposites Attract (Part 1)" James Widdoes Gayle Abrams February 10, 2004 (2004-02-10) 213
In a Valentine's Day special, Bridget is forced to partner geeky Jeremy in Science class, and ends up falling for him. Meanwhile Kyle decides to take Kerry's stance against a commercialized Valentine's Day, only for him to surprise her with a romantic gift she wasn't expecting.
42 14 "Opposites Attract (Part 2)" James Widdoes Paul Ciancarelli & David Dipietro February 17, 2004 (2004-02-17) 214
Bridget decides to make a move on Jeremy by going to a 'geek party' with Kerry, only to discover that Jeremy has his eyes on someone else. C.J's van catches on fire, while Jim moves out of Rory's room.
43 15 "Opposites Attract: Night of the Locust (Part 3)" James Widdoes Bill Callahan & Bill Daly February 24, 2004 (2004-02-24) 215
After being told that she's fickle when it comes to relationships, Bridget is afraid that she may end up hurting Jeremy's feelings when her ex-bad boy boyfriend, Damian, returns to town. Meanwhile, Kerry is outraged and plans revenge when "provocative" dancing has been banned from the high school formal, which is being chaperoned by Cate and Jim; C.J. partners with Rory to broadcast school scandals over the Internet, and Jim falls for Ms. McKenna, a member of the high school's PTA committee.
44 16 "Daddy's Girl" James Widdoes Dave Flebotte & Tracy Gamble March 2, 2004 (2004-03-02) 216
The family therapist (Peter Bogdanovich) encourages Cate to pursue her dream of becoming a singer (her "skydiving", as the therapist puts it). In turn, Cate encourages C.J. to end his feud with Jim, so he takes him to the bar where Cate is singing. Bridget accidentally dyes Kerry's hair blonde. Katey Sagal (Cate) performs the song "Daddy's Girl" from her 2004 album "Room".
45 17 "Mall in the Family" James Widdoes Tamiko K. Brooks & Christy Jacobs White March 16, 2004 (2004-03-16) 219
Kerry gets a job at an embarrassing fast food restaurant at the mall to make money for her trip to Europe. Grandpa wants to pay his fair share at Cate's house and also gets a job there. However, Kerry might have to fire her grandfather for treating customers with disdain at the fast food restaurant. C.J. has a job as a security consultant at the mall, and he takes it very seriously. He then busts Bridget for going into the wrong movie theatre at the mall, interrogates her and tries to ban her from the mall (which he can't do). His supervisor (Inny Clemons) tells him that all he had to do was charge Bridget admission and let her go. Rory sells items on the Internet, but Cate gets angry when he sells too much.
46 18 "Let's Keep Going (Part 1)" James Widdoes Martin Weiss March 30, 2004 (2004-03-30) 217
After deciding not to go on vacation to the cabin at the lake, Cate forces Bridget and Kerry to fly out to visit Grandma Laura in Sarasota instead of attending the Maeve Festival, believing the festival to contain "sex, drugs, and rock and roll". However, on their way to the airport in Kyle's car, they spot Cate hugging a mysterious stranger at their dad's favorite bar. Meanwhile, Rory, even though he is dating Missy Kleinfeld, develops an interest in Rachel Sharpe.
47 19 "Let's Keep Going (Part 2)" James Widdoes Martin Weiss April 6, 2004 (2004-04-06) 218
Upset and confused over their mother's actions, Bridget and Kerry decide not to go to their grandma's, and instead take a road trip to sort out their feelings. Along the way they pick up C.J., who was attacked by women at the Maeve Festival. While they were originally lost, they realize that they have in fact come to the cabin at the lake, a place Paul loved. Cate, Jim, Rory, and Kyle meet up with them, and Cate tells them that the last time they were here, Paul tried carving the name Hennessey on a wall behind a picture before cutting his thumb. Cate removes the picture and everyone is amazed, but sad when they see HI carved into the wall.
48 20 "C.J.'s Party" James Widdoes Paul Ciancarelli & David Dipietro April 20, 2004 (2004-04-20) 220
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. As Kerry is getting a license too, Grandpa tries to cheat off her, with unexpected results.
49 21 "Mother's Day" Pat Doak Grant Nieporte & Robert Spina May 4, 2004 (2004-05-04) 221
Bridget and Kerry are up to something, and Cate is determined to find out what. She discovers that they were planning to send her away for a Mother's Day spa weekend, only to realise they were planning to throw a party while she was gone. Meanwhile, Rory sets up a Car Wash.
50 22 "The Principal" Lynn McCracken Seth Kurland May 11, 2004 (2004-05-11) 224
Bridget gets in trouble at school, prompting a meeting between Cate and Principal (Adam Arkin) who turns out to be an old schoolmate.
51 23 "Finalé Part Un (Part 1)" James Widdoes Bonnie Kallman & Martin Weiss May 18, 2004 (2004-05-18) 222
After forgetting to hand in a form for Kerry's trip to Europe, Cate is forced to deal with Principal Gibb again. Elsewhere, Cate also has to deal with Jim's relationship with Tina, who owns the bar where Cate sang "Daddy's Girl".
52 24 "Finalé Part Deux (Part 2)" James Widdoes Bill Callahan & Bill Daly May 18, 2004 (2004-05-18) 223
Kerry organizes a sit-in to protest at frog dissection in school, and Bridget takes the blame so that Kerry will still be able to go on her trip to Europe in the summer. As a result, Bridget is elected student body president. Meanwhile Jim plans a summer road trip with Rory to Florida, where he hopes to win back his wife; C.J. deludes himself into believing that Steven Tyler wants him to be Aerosmith's roadie; this turns out to be true, but C.J., after Rory expresses his excitement about C.J.'s joining them, passes it up and joins Rory and Jim on their trip instead.

Season 3 (2004–2005)[edit]

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53 1 "First Day of School" James Widdoes Kathy Ann Stumpe September 24, 2004 (2004-09-24) 302
Kerry continues to delay breaking up with Kyle, so Bridget does it for her – only for Kerry to realize she doesn't want to break up with him after all. Meanwhile, Cate is offered the position of a school nurse, and Rory's first day of high school is awkward when he has to hit the showers after gym.
54 2 "Changes" James Widdoes Seth Kurland October 1, 2004 (2004-10-01) 301
Originally intended to be the season premiere, it was aired as the second episode after a mix-up with production codes/dates. The kids are suspicious of Cate after she changes her hairstyle and her bedroom while they were away during the summer. Rory tries to help Jim quit smoking. Kerry confides in C.J and Bridget that she lost her virginity to a guy named Bruno on her Europe vacation.
55 3 "School Nurse" James Widdoes Rob Hanning October 8, 2004 (2004-10-08) 303
After Cate accepts the position of school nurse, Bridget and Kerry are convinced that she only took the job to spy on them. Rory, however, is ecstatic that his mother might be able to protect him from the school bully. When Cate starts yelling at Bridget for getting a tattoo and why she can't be good like Kerry, Bridget accidentally blurts out Kerry's secret (the loss of her virginity) which a horrified Cate accidentally reveals to the whole school via PA.
56 4 "Out of the Box" James Widdoes Martin Weiss October 15, 2004 (2004-10-15) 304
Kerry is livid when Bridget unintentionally makes a mockery out of her art project at the mall. But she quickly forgets about Bridget when fellow artist and young hottie Tyler asks her out on a date. However Tyler's intentions may not be completely genuine. Meanwhile, while C.J. finds himself striking out at speed dating, Jim discovers that he's a hit with the ladies-which further humiliates his socially inept grandson.
57 5 "Car Trouble" James Widdoes Hayes Jackson October 22, 2004 (2004-10-22) 305
Bridget and Kerry are very excited when Cate gives them keys to the minivan, with a single provision: They must drive Rory wherever he needs to go. But when the girls refuse to fulfill their promise, Rory decides to take matters into his own hands, and makes an attempt to drive himself to impress a girl named Marni (Tiffany Thornton) that he likes, and in the process wrecks the car.
58 6 "Halloween" Lynn McCracken Steve Baldikoski & Bryan Behar October 29, 2004 (2004-10-29) 306
Kerry doesn't feel that Bridget has the ability to put together the school's Halloween party as part of her duty as the Student Body President. Bridget has a mix-up and kisses the jealous vice-president instead of her crush, Pete. C.J. is hired as the security guard for the party and sets his eyes on catching Rory pulling off a prank by blowing up the giant pumpkin. Instead, when he catches Rory, Rory calls up the costumed Village People, bringing back C.J.'s bad memories. Jim finds himself being attacked by neighborhood kids when he refuses to give candy out to trick-or-treaters.
59 7 "Coach"
"Tennis Coach"
James Widdoes Laurie Gelman November 5, 2004 (2004-11-05) 307
There is a new tennis coach who Bridget likes, so she joins the tennis team to get his attention. She also makes him a tennis racket cover using Cate's favourite sweater. However, the coach actually has a secret crush on the school nurse, Cate.
60 8 "Secrets" James Widdoes Bonnie Kallman November 12, 2004 (2004-11-12) 308
It seems everyone in the Hennessy household is keeping secrets – Rory refuses to tell who hit him, Bridget and Kerry use fake ID's to get into a nightclub and while waiting in line, Bridget meets a cute guy (Shawn) who turns out to be a cop who she gave her number to, the coach who likes Cate whom Bridget likes keeps trying to get Cate to agree to go on a date with him, and C.J while asked to buy Rory's medication instead goes to a bar and gives him candy for medicine but C.J is expecting the pharmacist to call. Now all they have to do is get to the phone first, but it ends with Bridget finding out about Cate and the coach, and the cop arriving and C.J is left humiliated.
61 9 "Thanksgiving Guest"
"Thanksgiving"
James Widdoes Story by: Dena Waxman
Teleplay by: Tamiko K. Brooks & Rob Hanning
November 26, 2004 (2004-11-26) 310
After the garage is burned down, due to a turkey fryer explosion, Cate recalls yesterday's Thanksgiving celebrations, which involved the kids trying to prepare everything to give Cate a break, Jim attempting to fix the TV and Cate bringing home Principal Gibb.
62 10 "Vanity Unfair" James Widdoes Paul Ciancarelli & David Dipietro December 3, 2004 (2004-12-03) 309
After Bridget is turned down for a role in a sports car commercial, Jim discovers that the head of the modeling agency who rejected her is his old flame Jackie (Raquel Welch). When he tries to persuade her to reconsider his granddaughter, Jim soon finds himself reminiscing over old times – and possibly rekindling their romance. Meanwhile, Kerry and Rory discover a secret about C.J.'s past modeling experiences.
63 11 "Princeton Girl" James Widdoes Tamiko K. Brooks December 10, 2004 (2004-12-10) 311
Kerry is stunned to discover that Bridget may be getting a tennis scholarship at Princeton. However, failing grades prevent her being able to play, so Cate wonders if she should use her power as school nurse to help.
64 12 "A Very C.J. Christmas"
"A Very Cool Christmas"
James Widdoes Kathy Ann Stumpe December 17, 2004 (2004-12-17) 312
C.J. goes to Las Vegas for Christmas rather than spend time with the family even though they spent a lot of time and effort making Christmas special for him.
65 13 "The Sub" James Widdoes Steve Baldikoski & Bryan Behar January 7, 2005 (2005-01-07) 313
Principal Gibb hires C.J. as a substitute teacher. Everything goes well until he catches Rory cheating on a test, and wrestles with his conscience over whether to tell Principal Gibb or not.
66 14 "C.J.'s Temptation" James Widdoes Steve Baldikoski & Bryan Behar January 7, 2005 (2005-01-07) 314
Cate finds herself becoming jealous of Principal Gibb's new girlfriend Cheryl, while C.J. attempts to tutor her – and unwittingly becomes the object of her affections. Rory discovers "self pleasure". And his pants are caught down… literally.
67 15 "Old Flame" James Widdoes John Peaslee & Judd Pillot January 14, 2005 (2005-01-14) 315
When Cate sends an email to her former college flame Matt (played by Katey Sagal's Married... with Children co-star, Ed O'Neill) to see how he has been over the years since college, she becomes fed up with her family's unreasonable demands, and locks herself in her room for some alone time. But she is shocked when Matt shows up at her window and whisks her off to re-live adventurous, old times. However, Cate soon begins to question if his rebel lifestyle is being used as a front.
68 16 "Closure" James Widdoes Seth Kurland January 21, 2005 (2005-01-21) 316
C.J. and Cate have found out that Kerry has been emailing to Bruno (Kyle Howard), the boy she met in Europe. They meet in Cate's attic and they get back together while C.J. and Cate have been reading Kerry's emails and print them out. Rory dates a girl called Riley.
69 17 "Volleybrawl" Barnet Kellman Hayes Jackson January 28, 2005 (2005-01-28) 317
Cate's alleged antics at Kerry's volleyball game threaten to make her team forfeit the match. Meanwhile, C.J. has a crush on Kerry's volleyball coach (former pro beach volleyball player Gabrielle Reece), and Bridget becomes upset when one of her friends begins dating her ex-boyfriend.
70 18 "Freaky Friday" James Widdoes W. Bruce Cameron February 4, 2005 (2005-02-04) 318
Cate watches Freaky Friday, then falls asleep, dreaming the family wake up in different bodies: Bridget swaps with Cate, C.J. swaps with Grandpa and Rory swaps with his hamster. Kerry is still herself. Grandpa in C.J.'s body tries to hit on the older school examiner while C.J. in Grandpa must tell war stories to the class. Bridget in Cate's body flubs the nurse test and Cate in Bridget makes Bridget go to prom with a dork.
71 19 "Torn Between Two Lovers" James Widdoes John Peaslee & Judd Pillot February 11, 2005 (2005-02-11) 319
C.J. finds himself in a bad situation – he's committed himself to two different dates: Cheryl, Principal Gibb's ex-girlfriend, and Bridget and Kerry's high school math teacher, Mrs. Krupp. Meanwhile, Bridget's excitement about being elected to the court of the Valentine's dance and being given a chance to be crowned Queen of Hearts quickly becomes shock when she discovers that Cheryl is also running in the competition.
72 20 "C.J.'s Real Dad" James Widdoes Rob Hanning February 18, 2005 (2005-02-18) 320
C.J. is offered a job as a full-time teacher, which he really wants, but when his biological father comes to town he convinces C.J. to assist him in a new book telling about how they came together after being apart for years. Meanwhile, Kerry is upset when Bridget accidentally wins an MP3 player from a radio contest.
73 21 "The After Party" Patricia Doak Grant Nieporte & Robert Spina March 4, 2005 (2005-03-04) 322
Prom night is around the corner, and Bridget wants to throw a safe after-prom party in a hotel. Cate tells her no, but later, C.J. tells her if there isn't a place to party, the kids will find one. So, Cate decides to throw the after party at the house, which humiliates Rory, Kerry and Bridget. During the after-party, Bridget sneaks out to the hotel to throw her after party. C.J. tracks her down, but ends up getting tied up on top of a TV in a hotel room. Meanwhile, Kerry has written an article about gay couples going to the prom. A girl named Monica (Vanessa Lengies) asks Kerry to be her prom date, so they can "turn a few heads for the cause", but Kerry starts to get the impression that Monica really likes her as a girlfriend. It also turns out that Rory's prom date, Nicky Alcott (Leighton Meester), is gay, which disappoints Rory.
74 22 "The Teachers Lounge" James Widdoes Paul Ciancarelli & David Dipietro April 1, 2005 (2005-04-01) 323
C.J. gets a job as a full-time teacher, and he is excited as he now has access to the teachers' lounge. But one of the teachers, Mr. Edwards, is bullying him, to the point where he kicks C.J. out of the lounge, so Cate helps him with his problem. Meanwhile, Kerry and Bridget give Rory a makeover so he can impress a girl named 'Hot Megan'.
75 23 "The Sleepover" James Widdoes John Peaslee & Judd Pillot April 8, 2005 (2005-04-08) 321
After Principal Gibb and Cate fall asleep at the house while watching a movie, the family catches them and falsely assumes that the two are having a relationship. Meanwhile, Bridget, Kerry, Rory and C.J. are forced to go ice-fishing with Jim in order to spend quality time with their grandfather – but unbeknownst to them, Jim would much rather be left alone and is forced to keep up a happy facade.
76 24 "Ditch Day" James Widdoes Jeremiah Leibowitz April 15, 2005 (2005-04-15) 324
After C.J. discovers that Cate may be starting a clandestine relationship with Principal Gibb, he blabs it to Bridget. An angry Cate gets even by having Gibb put C.J. in charge of the detention of students on Ditch Day, and C.J. gets even by detaining Bridget. Meanwhile, because she is stuck in detention and can't complete the ditch day prank herself, Bridget convinces Kerry and Rory to steal the rival school's mascot.

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