The next few episodes deal with his loss and how the Hennessy family moves on. Bridget was supposed to be in charge of the Ditch Day prank, in which she was to steal a rival school’s goat mascot.Cate’s father, Jim Egan (James Garner), moves in to help and Cate’s very immature nephew, C. (David Spade), moves in for additional comedy relief. There was initially a great deal of curiosity about how the death of Ritter would impact the show. She asks Rory to do it instead and Kerry, tired of being a “goodie two-shoes,” wants to be part of it. Cate comes home soonafter and she’s not happy about the four-legged houseguest either.After a while though, the additional viewership subsided and the sitcom averaged 9.98 million and ranked 50th for the season. can’t control himself and immediately tells Bridget. Over the phone, Cate and Ed agree that they are actually dating and she decides to take the big step of telling the kids. While they’re all arguing, it comes out that Cate’s begun dating Ed. She’s surprised that he cares so much and is touched.

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As you may recall, Ritter died unexpectedly after completion of the third episode of season two. Rory is planning to take full advantage of Ditch Day while Kerry expects that her classes will continue as usual.

The show’s production was shut down to give the cast and crew time to grieve and also to give the network and producers time to decide if and how they should proceed. Cate is waiting for Ed to call her when Rory comes into her office, depressed.

Though the sitcom revolved around Ritter’s character, it was ultimately decided to keep the show going and Ritter’s character dies off-camera. When he calls, Ed’s ready to get sexy with her over the phone but she has to hang up.

8 Simple Rules (formerly titled 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter) is based on the best-selling book series of the same name.

The series follows the lives of the Hennessy family, who in the second and third seasons, dealt with the loss of their father and family patriarch, Paul, and the next chapter in their lives.

His wife, Cate, now a single mother, is still with a full time job at the hospital and still tries to raise her three kids: Bridget, Kerry, and Rory.

Luckily for Cate, her father Jim and her crazy nephew C. have decided to stay at her home and help her raise her children. 8 Simple Rules enjoyed three successful seasons on the ABC network, but was abruptly canceled after the end of the third season due to dwindling ratings.

8 Simple Rules starred John Ritter as Paul Hennessy, Katey Sagal as Cate Hennessy, Kaley Cuoco as Bridget Hennessy, Amy Davidson as Kerry Hennessy, Martin Spanjers as Rory Hennessy, James Garner as Jim Egan, and David Spade as C. The series has been caught in syndication and the first and second seasons have been released on DVD.

In memory of John Ritter(1948-2003): will be missed.