7.3
515 votes
8 Simple Rules

8 Simple Rules

ABC 2002

Paul Hennessy has grown accustomed to his stay-at-home wife Cate taking care of their son and two daughters. His job as a sports writer kept him on the road a lot during the kids' formative years. But when Cate decides to return to work as a hospital nurse, Paul takes a job as a columnist and agrees to make the duties of raising the kids a shared experience.Paul fondly remembers the days when his daughters would sit on his lap singing silly songs, and he was their hero for scaring away monsters from under the bed. But those days are long gone.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of 8 Simple Rules

8 Simple Rules - S3E1

#1 - First Day of School

7.59

Season 3 - Episode 1

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.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of 8 Simple Rules from 68 votes.

8 Simple Rules - S3E21

#2 - The After Party

7.65

Season 3 - Episode 21

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.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of 8 Simple Rules from 51 votes.

8 Simple Rules - S3E19

#3 - Torn Between Two Lovers

7.68

Season 3 - Episode 19

Valentine's Day finds C.J. in a predicament when he commits to two different Valentine's Day dates - Principal Gibb's ex-girlfriend, Cheryl (Pamela Anderson), and Bridget and Kerry's uptight math teacher, Mrs. Krupp. Meanwhile, Bridget's excitement over being elected to the court of the Valentine's Day dance -- with a chance to be crowned Queen of Hearts -- quickly turns to shock when she discovers that Cheryl is also in the running.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of 8 Simple Rules from 59 votes.

8 Simple Rules - S1E5

#4 - Son-in-Law

7.69

Season 1 - Episode 5

A sports-struck Paul lets Bridget do whatever she wants when she breaks up with Kyle and begins dating high school basketball wonder Travis ""The Rainman"" Smith - whose father just happens to be Michigan baseball legend Steve ""Canned Heat"" Smith (Terry Bradshaw). Meanwhile Kerry resents the fact that Paul still thinks of her as a little girl and not as a budding teenager ready to take on the dating world.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of 8 Simple Rules from 128 votes.

8 Simple Rules - S1E23

#5 - Career Woman

7.69

Season 1 - Episode 23

Paul's job as parental guardian becomes more of a full-time position when Cate is up for a promotion and has to spend more time at the hospital. Meanwhile, after Paul introduces the boy to the hobby of baseball card collecting, Rory trades the cards for something not exactly associated with the sport.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of 8 Simple Rules from 75 votes.

8 Simple Rules - S3E18

#6 - Freaky Friday

7.70

Season 3 - Episode 18

Following a viewing of ""Freaky Friday"" in which she fell asleep, Cate awakens to find that she and Bridget have switched bodies, as have C.J. and Grampa along with Rory and his hamster. While Kerri sits back and enjoys their predicament, Bridget begins enjoying having her mother's voluptuous body while Cate can't stand her being in her daughter's body all of the time.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of 8 Simple Rules from 57 votes.

8 Simple Rules - S3E10

#7 - Vanity Unfair

7.71

Season 3 - Episode 10

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.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of 8 Simple Rules from 63 votes.

8 Simple Rules - S3E23

#8 - The Sleepover

7.71

Season 3 - Episode 23

After Principal Gibb (Adam Arkin, ""Chicago Hope"") 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.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of 8 Simple Rules from 49 votes.

8 Simple Rules - S2E20

#9 - C.J.'s Party

7.72

Season 2 - Episode 20

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.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of 8 Simple Rules from 68 votes.

8 Simple Rules - S2E12

#10 - Consequences

7.75

Season 2 - Episode 12

Rory steals a police dog when he hears about CJ'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.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of 8 Simple Rules from 65 votes.

#11 - Changes
7.76
Season 3 - Episode 2

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.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of 8 Simple Rules from 66 votes.

#12 - Bridget's First Job
7.76
Season 1 - Episode 3

After seeing how much money Bridget spends on keeping up with the latest fashions, Paul tells her to go out and get a job to learn how to be fiscally responsible. But when she lands a job at a trendy mall clothing store that offers its workers a 40% discount, Paul and Cate begin to worry that she may not be learning the true value of a dollar.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of 8 Simple Rules from 150 votes.

#13 - Thanksgiving Guest (a.k.a. Thanksgiving)
7.76
Season 3 - Episode 9

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 (Adam Arkin, ""Chicago Hope""). 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.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of 8 Simple Rules from 59 votes.

#14 - Queen Bees and King Bees
7.77
Season 1 - Episode 24

Bridget and Paul are surprised to find themselves in similar situations when they are both alienated in their social circles. But they devise a plan to settle the score, leading Paul to crash a poker game with co-worker Tommy (Larry Miller) to get closer to boss Nick (Patrick Warburton), and Bridget trying to break up ex-boyfriend Kyle and her nemesis, Jenna.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of 8 Simple Rules from 64 votes.

#15 - Princetown Girl
7.77
Season 3 - Episode 11

Bridget is ecstatic when she learns that tennis scouts from Princeton are coming to her school to watch her play for a possible scholarship. But when Bridget's school forbids her to play because of a poor grade, Cate has to decide whether to use her clout as school nurse to help her daughter out. Meanwhile, Jim promises a nervous C.J. that he'll give up his room if he can spend one night alone in the attic.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of 8 Simple Rules from 64 votes.

#16 - By the Book
7.78
Season 1 - Episode 8

In an effort to win back the love and respect that his daughters used to show him when they were young, Paul turns to a parenting book for some quick advice. But when Bridget and Kerry discover Paul's teaching tool, they try to use it to their advantage to get their father to let them go to a rock festival.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of 8 Simple Rules from 101 votes.

#17 - Opposites Attract: Night of the Locust (3)
7.79
Season 2 - Episode 15

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.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of 8 Simple Rules from 66 votes.

#18 - Wall of Shame
7.79
Season 1 - Episode 2

Paul is left home alone with the kids while Cate is at a seminar on the day of the big Michigan/Ohio State football game. But much to Paul's dismay, the game soon takes a backseat when Bridget is accused of shoplifting and Kerry gets upset over her latest cause.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of 8 Simple Rules from 163 votes.

#19 - Volleybrawl
7.79
Season 3 - Episode 17

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.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of 8 Simple Rules from 58 votes.

#20 - Mall in the Family
7.79
Season 2 - Episode 17

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.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of 8 Simple Rules from 68 votes.

Last updated: oct 26, 2020

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