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Paul Hennessy is a sports writer. His wife, Cate, stays at home with his three kids: Bridget, 16, Kerry, 15, and Rory, 13. That all changes when Cate gets a job as a nurse at the hospital and Paul has to stay at home with the kids. Paul has a big problem when Bridget starts dating his co-worker's son, Kyle. And both Paul and Cate are shocked when Kerry, an honor student, is suspended for ditching school.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 101
Airdate: Tuesday September 17th, 2002

Director: Gil Junger
Writer: Tracy Gamble

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Guest Stars
Billy Aaron Brown
As Kyle
Larry Miller
As Tommy
Mo Gaffney
As Mrs. Connelly
Bryan Neal
As Jesse
Edward James Gage
As Security Guard
Main Cast
John Ritter
As Paul Hennessy
Katey Sagal
As Cate Egan Hennessy
Kaley Cuoco
As Bridget Hennessy
Amy Davidson
As Kerry Hennessy
Martin Spanjers
As Rory Joseph Hennessy
Episode Notes
17.3 million people watched the pilot episode, easily #1 for the timeslot and the entire night.

This episode premiered on the same day as John Ritter's 54th birthday.

Episode Quotes
Cate: Hi.
Paul: I'm mad at you about something you said.
Cate: What?
Paul: Let's start a family.

Kerry: I just think it's funny that your'e worried about me when Bridget says stuff like "I'm going to the library."

Paul: You should have seen the way my daughter dressed this morning.
Tommy: Which one? The hot one?
Paul: No! You can't call her that!

Paul: Kerry, sweetie.
Kerry: What?!!
Paul: Problem in the coven?

Bridget: Mom says I'm ready to drive.
Paul: Mom also thought I was ready for fatherhood.

Paul: You know this is a really bad day for me. I've got a huge deadline. Ed needs 800 words on the boat show at Auburn Hills.
Cate: I'll just tell the guy without a liver to hold on because there's a boat show.
Paul: I owe you.

Warning: 8 Simple Rules season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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