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Season 2

29 :02x01 - Premiere

Sep/23/2003
Cate has a pregnancy scare with the Hennessy children worrying about a new sibling, while Bridget has a scare of her own as her popularity decreases at school.
Guest Stars: Paul Wesley as Damian | Cindy Williams as Mary Ellen Doyle | Wendie Jo Sperber as Louise | Gregor Trpin as Cadet (O.C.) | Howard Alonzo as Andre
Director: James Widdoes
Writer: Tracy Gamble

30 :02x02 - Sex Ed

Sep/30/2003
Bridget is horrified when Cate is asked to fill in as the sex ed instructor in her daughter's class. But Cate is in for a shock when she tries to answer a student's written question about being pressured to have sex — and realizes it may be from Bridget. Meanwhile, Paul and Kerry are too embarrassed to look each other in the eye after watching a foreign film together that contains a sexually explicit scene.
Guest Stars: Elle Bennett as Classmate (uncredited)
Director: Robby Benson
Writer: Gayle Abrams

31 :02x03 - Donny Goes AWOL

Oct/07/2003
When Fred and Mary Ellen Doyle ask Bridget to be a part of a video message they are sending to Donny at the Naval Academy, they are shocked to discover that Bridget has broken up with their son on the tape — and Donny goes AWOL to try and patch things up. Meanwhile, Paul is asked to help give a nickname to a neighborhood prankster who has been terrorizing the block, not realizing that the culprit may be living under his own roof.
Guest Stars: Eric Chase (1) as Midshipman #2 | John Ratzenberger as Fred Doyle | Cindy Williams as Mary Ellen Doyle
Director: Robby Benson
Writer: Seth Kurland

32 :02x04 - Goodbye (1)

Nov/04/2003
The Hennessy family has to deal with the tragic death of one of their own, Paul, their beloved father and husband. To deal with the grieving, Cate's parents come while neighbors also try to help the family deal with their loss.
Special Guest Stars: Suzanne Pleshette as Laura Egan | James Garner as Jim Egan |
Guest Stars: Patrick Warburton as Nick Sharpe | John Ratzenberger as Fred Doyle | Larry Miller as Tommy
Director: James Widdoes

33 :02x05 - Goodbye (2)

Nov/04/2003
An event is going to be held in Paul's honor, but they need his final article to complete the event. The rest of the Hennessy family goes on a search for the article as they reminisce about their father and try to move forward one step at a time.
Special Guest Stars: James Garner as Jim Egan | Suzanne Pleshette as Laura Egan
Director: James Widdoes

34 :02x06 - No Right Way

Nov/11/2003
Cate is unprepared for the diverse reactions exhibited by Bridget and Kerry on their first day back to school since their father's death. Meanwhile, Jim tries his best to be helpful by making some questionable home improvements to the Hennessy home.
Guest Stars: Daniella Monet as Missy Kleinfeld
Director: James Widdoes
Writer: Gayle Abrams

35 :02x07 - What Dad Would Want

Nov/18/2003
With a little help from Jim, Cate persuades Rory not to give up on trying out for basketball, as Paul would have been proud to see his son on the team. But Rory is torn about the tryouts because he doesn't think he has the right stuff to make the cut. Meanwhile, Bridget and Kerry's decision to stop fighting in honor of their late-father begins to unravel when Bridget accidentally destroys Kerry's collage honoring Paul in tribute.
Guest Stars: Michele Matheson as Receptionist | Todd Merrill as Man
Director: James Widdoes

36 :02x08 - The First Thanksgiving

Nov/25/2003
While Cate plans to raise the family spirits with a special Thanksgiving dinner, Rory takes it upon himself to be the man of the house by looking after Bridget and Kerry when he learns that they are planning to attend a party with their boyfriends on the holiday. Meanwhile, When Cate's mom visits, her father feels he can still save their marriage.
Guest Stars: Billy Aaron Brown as Kyle | Larry Miller as Tommy
Director: James Widdoes

37 :02x09 - The Story of Anne Frank and Skeevy

Dec/23/2003
Bridget gets the lead as Anne Frank in the school play and Rory brings home a ventriloquist dummy that the school psychologist recommends that he uses.
Guest Stars: Howard Alonzo as Andre | Kala Savage as Lacey | Connie Sawyer as Louise's Mother | Steve Vinovich as Director
Director: James Widdoes

38 :02x10 - YMCA

Jan/06/2004
The Hennessy family needs to get more active so Cate signs the family up at the local YMCA, which also happens to be the place Bridget works at. Jim, however, is becoming too overprotective and doesn't think that Bridget should work there because too many men are hitting on her. Rory also has to deal with some problems during his Yoga classes.
Guest Stars: Myrna Niles as Hattie | Lisa Rinna as Holly | Ethan Phillips as Dave | Alanna Dedek as Lily | Gennelle Dedek as Kelly
Director: James Widdoes

39 :02x11 - Get Real

Jan/13/2004
Cate's nephew C.J. Barnes comes to visit and pay his respects to Paul. C.J., however, can't seem to stay out of trouble when he helps Rory on getting better in kissing girls and takes the blame when Kerry, who only has her permit, not her driver's license, takes Cate's car and accidentally dents it while driving Bridget on a late night errand.
Guest Stars: Daniella Monet as Missy Kleinfeld
Director: James Widdoes

40 :02x12 - Consequences

Jan/27/2004
C.J. tells Rory about how he stole his old school mascot, Rory goes out and steals a police dog. Cate is very shocked when she finds out the dog finds marijuana in Kerry's backpack. The reasoning Cate thinks Kerry is doing drugs is because of Paul's death, but finds out is because she wants to rebel against her mother. Finally, Bridget is brought home by a police officer for not wearing a helmet while riding with her boyfriend on her motorcycle, after Cate told her she had to.
Guest Stars: Phill Lewis as Cop | James Garner as Grandpa Jim | David Spade as C.J.
Director: James Widdoes

41 :02x13 - Opposites Attract (1)

Feb/10/2004
Bridget hires Jeremy to tutor her in order to boost her grades to better her chances at being accepted by a good college. But with Valentine's Day fast approaching, Bridget soon finds herself without a date when her boyfriend gets sick, and her friends begin to wonder if Jeremy is taking his place. Kyle treats Kerry to an very un-corporate Valentine's Day celebration, Rory gets pointers from Jim and Cate about the perfect gift for girlfriend Missy, and Jim sends C.J. on an errand that lands him in Canada.
Guest Stars: Jonathan Taylor Thomas as Jeremy | Deborah Levin as Teacher | Daniella Monet as Missy Kleinfeld
Director: James Widdoes
Writer: Gayle Abrams

42 :02x14 - Opposites Attract (2)

Feb/17/2004
Bridget decides to make a move on her tutor, but discovers that he may have his sights set on her debate team opponent. Meanwhile, after accidentally setting fire to C.J.'s van, Jim is not-so-thrilled when Cate forces him to share his basement room with his now homeless nephew.
Guest Stars: Gloria Gifford as Teacher | Kala Savage as Lacy
Director: James Widdoes

43 :02x15 - Opposites Attract: Night of the Locust (3)

Feb/24/2004
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, chaperoned by her mom and Grandpa, 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.
Guest Stars: Tatum O'Neal as Mrs. McKenna | Dana Workman as Ashley | Monique Lea as Student | Kaitlin Cullum as Beth Doyle | Marisa Theodore as Megan | Paul Wesley as Damian | Jonathan Taylor Thomas as Jeremy
Director: James Widdoes

44 :02x16 - Daddy's Girl

Mar/02/2004
Cate is encouraged to pursue a once-thought-unobtainable dream of becoming a singer. Meanwhile, C.J. and Jim find themselves trying to bond in a bar when Cate encourages C.J. to take his grandfather out after he is dumped by his wife — in a letter — and Bridget angers Kerry by dyeing her hair blonde after she complains that the romance is fading from her relationship with Kyle.
Guest Stars: Connie Stevens as Tina | Marcus A. York as Construction Guy | Kathryn J. Larsen as Amanda
Director: James Widdoes

45 :02x17 - Mall in the Family

Mar/16/2004
After Kerry is promoted to assistant manager at a fast food restaurant in the mall, Jim is hired to handle the register. But when she witnesses his disdain for the customers, Kerry is faced with the dilemma of having to fire her grandfather. Meanwhile C.J. — who has been employed as a mall cop — busts Bridget for sneaking into a movie without paying, and Cate catches Rory selling worthless family items on the internet under false pretenses.
Guest Stars: Tyler Case as Little Boy | Keir O'Donnell as Derek | Jonny Acker as Ric | Liam Kyle Sullivan as Zac | Inny Clemons as Supervisor | Lorna Scott as Woman
Director: James Widdoes

46 :02x18 - Let's Keep Going (1)

Mar/30/2004
Cate sends Bridget and Kerry to their grandmother's house for a visit after the Hennessys decide against vacationing at the family cabin. But while on their road trip to grandma's, the girls are shocked to find Cate at their father's favorite saloon with a mysterious stranger. Meanwhile, Kerry makes Rory's life miserable when she discovers that he has a crush on her friend, Rachel.
Guest Stars: Peter Gannon as Bartender
Director: James Widdoes

47 :02x19 - Let's Keep Going (2)

Apr/06/2004
Upon discovering Cate in the arms of Artie — Paul's successor at the newspaper — Bridget and Kerry decide to blow off their planned trip to their grandmother's and take to the open road to sort out their feelings. But after meeting up with C.J., the girls find themselves at a familiar location that was beloved by Paul. Meanwhile, Rory continues to pine for Rachel, who confesses her true feelings for him.
Guest Stars: Melanie Pleasure as Waitress | Peter Gannon as Bartender | Nicole Mansour as Rachel | Michael Faella as Trucker | Artie Lee Anderson as Artie
Director: James Widdoes

48 :02x20 - C.J.'s Party

Apr/20/2004
After discovering that Bridget lied about her whereabouts in order to attend C.J.'s college kegger party, Cate grounds Bridget and banishes C.J. from the house. Meanwhile, Jim is forced to take a written driver's test with Kerry after he's pulled over for reckless driving and carrying an expired license.
Guest Stars: Joe Thornton, Jr. as Policeman | Cristina Ann Williamson as Haley | Sarah Domin as Heather | Rhomeyn Johnson as Instructor | Erik Von Detten as Erik |
Co-Guest Stars: Nicole Hayden as Jenna
Director: James Widdoes

49 :02x21 - Mother's Day

May/04/2004
After witnessing some strange behavior from Bridget and Kerry, Cate tries to find out what they are up to — not suspecting that they might be trying to set up a special Mother's Day getaway for her. Meanwhile, C.J. and Rory doubt Jim's ability to put an engine back together after he falls in love with a classic car — which is in for a wax job at Rory's new detailing service — and decides to fix a noise in the motor.
Guest Stars: Lee Garlington as Fran | Terri Mathieson as Attendant
Director: Pat Doak

50 :02x22 - The Principal

May/11/2004
When Bridget is busted over a school dress code violation, Cate is called upon to meet with her new principal, Ed Gibb. But Cate is in for a shock when she discovers that she went to high school with Ed — who remembers it vividly — though she doesn't remember him at all. Meanwhile, when C.J. becomes his massage therapist, Jim hurts his feelings when he refuses to admit that his wayward grandson has become good at something.
Guest Stars: Adam Arkin as Principal Ed Gibb | Liam Kyle Sullivan as Zac
Director: Lynn McCracken
Writer: Seth Kurland

51 :02x23 - Finale Part Un (1)

May/18/2004
Kerry is accepted to a trip over the summer to Europe while CJ and Rory double date with sisters Missy and Sissy, although Sissy is currently engaged. Also, Kerry jeopardizes her trip to Europe while having a sit in to stop dissecting frogs.
Guest Stars: Billy Aaron Brown as Kyle | Connie Stevens as Tina | Adam Arkin as Principal Ed Gibb | Daniella Monet as Missy Kleinfeld | Kaitlin Cullum as Beth | Elena Lyons as Sissy Kleinfeld | Jan Hoag as Secretary | Liam Kyle Sullivan as Zac
Director: James Widdoes

52 :02x24 - Finale Part Deux (2)

May/18/2004
Cate finds herself in the awkward position of having to deal with Principal Gibb when she forgets to turn in a health form for Kerry's trip to Europe. Then, when she discovers that Bridget took the fall for Kerry for organizing a school sit-in, she agrees meet Principal Gibb again over coffee in order to set the record straight. But the girls are convinced that their mother's innocent coffee meeting is really a date. Meanwhile, Kerry is furious when Bridget is elected student body president and wins a trip to Washington, D.C. because everyone thinks she organized the school sit-in, and Jim's new relationship with Tina irks Cate because she still hopes that her father will reconcile with her mother, on the double-episode season finale.
Guest Stars: Adam Arkin as Principal Ed Gibb | Dana Workman as Student No. 1 | Michael Burger as Reporter | Marisa Theodore as Student No. 2 | Kevin Farley as Steven Tyler's Roadie | Jan Hoag as Secretary | Billy Aaron Brown as Kyle
Director: James Widdoes
Warning: 8 Simple Rules guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy
Status: Canceled
Network: ABC ( USA)
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: September 17, 2002
Ended: April 15, 2005
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