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Season 3

53 :03x01 - First Day of School

Sep/24/2004
Knowing that Kerry is dragging her feet over breaking up with Kyle, Bridget takes it upon herself to do it for her sister -- which only makes matters worse for Kerry. Meanwhile, Cate is offered the position of school nurse by Principal Ed Gibb, and Rory's first day of high school proves embarrassing when he has to hit the showers after gym class.
Guest Stars: Nicole Hayden as Jenna | Billy Aaron Brown as Kyle | Adam Arkin as Principal Ed Gibb | Sam Horrigan as Pete
Director: James Widdoes

54 :03x02 - Changes

Oct/01/2004
The kids question Cate's motives when they return from their summer getaways and discover that she has bought a new bed and changed her hairstyle. Meanwhile, after traveling through Europe over the summer, Kerry met and had a fling with a boy - which leaves Bridget jealous and Kerry wondering what to do about boyfriend Kyle; new high school Student Body President Bridget is convinced even further that life is a popularity contest after taking a trip to Washington, DC over the summer; and after a depressed Jim fails to win back the affections of his wife in Florida, Rory attempts to help him quit smoking -- which is complicated by Jim's discovery that C.J. was responsible for their irreconciliation.
Guest Stars: Adam Arkin as Principal Ed Gibb | April Ortiz as Lisa
Director: James Widdoes
Writer: Seth Kurland

55 :03x03 - School Nurse

Oct/08/2004
After Cate accepts the position of school nurse from Principal Gibb, Bridget and Kerry are convinced that she only took the job to spy on them -- while Rory is ecstatic that his mom might be able to protect him from a school bully. Meanwhile, after Bridget inadvertently spills the beans about Kerry losing her virginity in Europe, a shocked Cate accidentally switches on the school's P.A. system and lets the whole student body in on their ensuing conversation.
Guest Stars: Marisa Theodore as Marisa | Billy Aaron Brown as Kyle | Adam Arkin as Principal Ed Gibb | Sam Horrigan as Pete
Director: James Widdoes
Writer: Rob Hanning

56 :03x04 - Out of the Box

Oct/15/2004
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.
Guest Stars: Shawn Pyfrom as Jake | Rachelle Carson as Woman | Donna Cooper as Mall Shopper | Russell Howard as Tyler
Director: James Widdoes

57 :03x05 - Car Trouble

Oct/22/2004
Bridget and Kerry are ecstatic when Cate hands them the keys to the minivan, except for one provision -- they are responsible for driving Rory wherever he needs to go. But when the girls fail to deliver on their promise to chauffeur their little brother, he takes matters into his own hands and attempts to drive himself -- and wrecks the car in the process.
Co-Guest Stars: Tiffany Thornton as Marni
Director: James Widdoes

58 :03x06 - Halloween

Oct/29/2004
Kerry doubts Bridget's ability to put together the school's Halloween party as part of her Student Body President duties. Meanwhile C.J. is hired as the party's security guard and sets his sights on catching Rory pulling off a prank, and Jim finds himself under attack by the neighborhood kids when he refuses to hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters.
Guest Stars: Sam Horrigan as Pete | Naya Rivera as Nice Girl | Eric Jungmann as Max | Shawn McGill as Bully | Ronnie Alvarez as Boy | Mitchel Federan as Trick or Treator | Rory Thost as Young C.J.
Director: Lynn McCracken

59 :03x07 - Coach (a.k.a. Tennis Coach)

Nov/05/2004
Bridget is psyched to join the high school tennis team when she develops a crush on Coach Scott. But her infatuation soon turns to disgust when she learns that Scott has a crush on Cate. Meanwhile, Kerry and Rory begin to question the authenticity of Jim's war stories while rummaging through his war chest.
Guest Stars: Jamie Starr as Leo | Marisa Theodore as Marisa | Dan Cortese as Coach Scott
Director: James Widdoes

60 :03x08 - Secrets

Nov/12/2004
Everyone in the Hennessy family fears the ringing of the phone when they all find themselves keeping secrets from one-another. Rory refuses to divulge the identity of the student responsible for bullying and beating him up at school, which leads Principal Gibb on a mission to find the culprit and tell Cate; Bridget and Kerry use fake IDs to get into a club, where Bridget meets a cute guy and gives him her phone number -- before discovering that he's a cop; Cate doesn't want the family to know that Bridget's tennis coach, Scott, is in hot pursuit to get her to go out on a date with him; and C.J. is distracted and forgets to pick up Rory's pain medication, which leads the pharmacist to call the house to find out if Rory's OK.
Guest Stars: Rocky McMurray as Doorman | Dennis Singletary as Mike | Dan Cortese as Coach Scott | Colby Donaldson as Shawn | Adam Arkin as Principal Ed Gibb
Director: James Widdoes

61 :03x09 - Thanksgiving Guest (a.k.a. Thanksgiving)

Nov/26/2004
While the family prepares Thanksgiving dinner for Cate to give her some much needed time off, she's left with nothing to do until she brings home an unexpected guest while on an errand -- Principal Ed Gibb. Meanwhile, while C.J. deep-fries the turkey, Bridget and Kerry spar over pie recipes; Jim disassembles the TV in a shocking attempt to repair it; and Cate finds herself with an insurance adjuster the day after the holiday to find out who was responsible for burning down the garage.
Guest Stars: Michael Burger as TV Announcer | Howard Alonzo as Russell | Adam Arkin as Principal Ed Gibb | Tom McGowan as Frank
Director: James Widdoes

62 :03x10 - Vanity Unfair

Dec/03/2004
Bridget does not get the job as a model that she was hoping for and Jim won't take no for an answer. To his surprise, the director of the agency was an old girlfriend years ago. It now looks like Bridget will get another chance to be the model that she knows she can be.
Guest Stars: Jamie Nations as Director | Jill Walter as Receptionist | Raquel Welch as Jackie
Director: James Widdoes

63 :03x11 - Princetown Girl

Dec/10/2004
Bridget breaks the news that she has the chance to go to Princetown with a Tennis scholarship. The only trouble is, she has a D in Ms. Krupp's class, and she needs a C for the scholarship. Cate helps Bridget out by bribing her without a flu shot unless she can help. All this really makes Kerry mad because she was the one who was supposed to go to an Ivy League school, and when Cate helps Bridget, it proves Kerry's point on Bridget always being given the easy way out of things.
Guest Stars: Suzy Nakamura as Mrs. Krupp
Director: James Widdoes

64 :03x12 - A Very C.J. Christmas (a.k.a. A Very Cool Christmas)

Dec/17/2004
To keep C.J. from spending Christmas alone in Las Vegas, the Hennessy household bends over backwards to recreate one of Cate's first holiday memories to entice him to stay. Meanwhile, Rory decides to break up with his wealthy girlfriend when he fears that he won't be able to buy her a Christmas gift worthy of her upper class status.
Guest Stars: Sarah Rafferty as Danielle | Kimberly McConnell as Rebecca | David Garry as Robert | Michael Kostroff as Photographer
Director: James Widdoes

65 :03x13 - The Sub

Jan/07/2005
Cate is shocked to discover that Principal Gibb 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.
Guest Stars: Andy Morrow as Billy | Nicholas E. Barb as Joey | Adam Arkin as Principal Ed Gibb | Owen Williams as Tom
Director: James Widdoes

66 :03x14 - C.J.'s Temptation

Jan/07/2005
While Cate finds herself becoming jealous of Principal Ed Gibb's new girlfriend, Cheryl, C.J. is asked by Ed to help tutor Cheryl for her G.E.D.s -- and finds himself unwittingly being hit on by her. Meanwhile, Rory feels awkward after Cate accidentally interrupts him during a private moment.
Guest Stars: Adam Arkin as Principal Ed Gibb | Pamela Anderson as Cheryl
Director: James Widdoes

67 :03x15 - Old Flame

Jan/14/2005
After sending an email to former college flame Matt to see how he's been doing over the years, Cate becomes fed up with the unreasonable demands of her family and locks herself in her room for some alone time. But she's shocked when Matt shows up at her window and whisks her off to re-live some adventurous, old times - then she begins to question if his rebel lifestyle is just a front.
Guest Stars: Ed O'Neill as Matt | Sherry Brown (1) as Matt's Wife
Director: James Widdoes

68 :03x16 - Closure

Jan/21/2005
When Cate and C.J. discover that Kerry has been e-mailing Bruno -- the boy she had a fling with in Europe -- they secretly try to snoop in her computer to find out what the two have been up to. But unbeknownst to them, Bruno is in the house and hidden in the attic by Kerry, while Bridget tries her best to talk her little sister out of doing something she may regret. Meanwhile, Jim discovers Rory's clandestine poker game and decides to deal himself in to teach Rory and his friends a lesson about gambling.
Guest Stars: Jamie Starr as Leo | Artie Lee Anderson as TV Announcer | Erin Sanders as Riley | Kyle Howard as Bruno
Director: James Widdoes
Writer: Seth Kurland

69 :03x17 - Volleybrawl

Jan/28/2005
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, and Bridget becomes upset when one of her friends begins dating her ex-boyfriend.
Guest Stars: Lee Garlington as Leslie | Andy Morrow as Richardson | Jere Burns as Comissioner | Lynn Manning as Blind Man | Kristin Brye as Heather | Gabrielle Reece as Maggie
Director: Barnet Kellman

70 :03x18 - Freaky Friday

Feb/04/2005
After watching the film Freaky Friday, Cate awakens to find that she has switched bodies with Bridget, C.J. has changed places with Jim, and Rory has swapped places with his hamster. The only one not affected is Kerry - who begins to find the entire mishap amusing.
Guest Stars: Micah Alberti as Kenny
Director: James Widdoes

71 :03x19 - Torn Between Two Lovers

Feb/11/2005
CJ gets a date with Ms. Krupp against Cate and the kid's wishes. But everything is changed when Cheryl surprises him in a sexy outfit in his classroom. Now he is torn between two lovers, both inviting him to dinner on Valentine's.
Guest Stars: Suzy Nakamura as Mrs. Krupp | Pamela Anderson as Cheryl
Director: James Widdoes

72 :03x20 - C.J.'s Real Dad

Feb/18/2005
C.J. is shocked and delighted when his biological father - a motivational speaker and "little person" - reveals himself for the first time to his wayward son. But Jim doesn't trust the man and thinks he may have ulterior motives for the visit.
Guest Stars: Danny Woodburn as Lyle | Mary Page Keller as Traci | Ruben Studdard as Guy
Director: James Widdoes
Writer: Rob Hanning

73 :03x21 - The After Party

Mar/04/2005
After turning down Bridget's request to throw a "harmless" after-prom party in a hotel room, Cate decides to throw a school-sanctioned party at the house - which totally embarrasses her kids. Meanwhile, Kerry tries to make a political statement by inviting a girl to the prom, and Rory is overjoyed when a hot senior asks him to the dance.
Guest Stars: Liam Kyle Sullivan as Zac | Kimberly Kevon Williams as Friend | Leighton Meester as Nikki | Matt Lanter as Brendon | Vanessa Lengies as Monica
Director: Pat Doak

74 :03x22 - The Teachers Lounge

Apr/01/2005
When Cate and C.J. discover that Kerry has been e-mailing Bruno -- the boy she had a fling with in Europe -- they secretly try to snoop in her computer to find out what the two have been up to. But unbeknownst to them, Bruno is in the house and hidden in the attic by Kerry, while Bridget tries her best to talk her little sister out of doing something she may regret. Meanwhile, Jim discovers Rory's clandestine poker game and decides to deal himself in to teach Rory and his friends a lesson about gambling.
Guest Stars: Lindze Letherman as Megan | Wendie Jo Sperber as Mrs. Wells | Michael Milhoan as Mr. Edwards
Director: James Widdoes

75 :03x23 - The Sleepover

Apr/08/2005
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 fagade.
Guest Stars: Rick Batalla as Crew Guy No. 1 | Armando Heredia as Crew Guy No. 2 | Sebastian Feldman as Crew Guy No. 3 | Adam Arkin as Principal Ed Gibb | Rachael Harris as Margaret Brandenbauerbern
Director: James Widdoes

76 :03x24 - Ditch Day

Apr/15/2005
Cate doesn't want to tell the family that she is dating Principal Gibb, and she finds it even harder when she's confronted at every angle at school...even though it is Ditch Day and hardly anyone else shows up!
Guest Stars: Kenneth Kimmins as Mr. Kolodny | Adam Arkin as Principal Ed Gibb | Nicole Richie as Ashley
Director: James Widdoes
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Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy
Status: Canceled
Network: ABC ( USA)
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: September 17, 2002
Ended: April 15, 2005
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