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Cate Hennessy (Character)
from "8 Simple Rules" (2002)

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"8 Simple Rules: Mother's Day (#2.21)" (2004)
C.J. Barnes: [Bad French Accent] Hello, Cate.
Cate Hennessy: [Noticing C. J. sitting there, drinking a cup of tea] How long ahve you been sitting there?
C.J. Barnes: [Accent] Bridget, Kerry, Kerry, Bridget. What do they covet most, Cate?
Cate Hennessy: Boys?
C.J. Barnes: [Accent] Hm, yes. Many, many boys.
Cate Hennessy: Well, I was just in their room...
C.J. Barnes: [Accent] Snooping, Clarice?
Cate Hennessy: I was cleaning! Anyway, i found my suitcase, and a bunch of websites about hotels.
C.J. Barnes: [Accent] Bridget and Kerry, hotel, boys. One banana, two banana, three banana, four.

C.J. Barnes: [Bad French Accent] What we have here, Cate, is a Trash & Dash.
Cate Hennessy: What's that?
C.J. Barnes: [Bad French Accent] The coolest kids in school throw a party. They rent a fancy hotel room, trash the place, then dash out the door without paying. Trash & Dash.
Cate Hennessy: You used to do that?
C.J. Barnes: I said the cool kids! I asked all my friends about it, they're like "no! It's a myth!"
Cate Hennessy: You know, that actually makes sense. The hotels, the beauty salon, the cool kids didn't invite you. Thanks, C. J.
C.J. Barnes: [Bad French Accent] You have to admit, Cate, the world's a much more interesting place with me around.
Cate Hennessy: C. J., why are you talking like that?
C.J. Barnes: I don't know.

Cate Hennessy: Corn?
[She sits up]
Bridget Hennessy: [VO] The chips are potato and corn...
Cate Hennessy: [She stands up and knocks a bag over. A flyer falls out that reads "Evergreen - Fresh and Fun"]
Kerry Hennessy: [VO] We rented... Evergreen. I hear it's totally fresh and fun...
Cate Hennessy: [Flashback, reading a flyer] An overnight stay in a beautility salon...
Rory Hennessy: [Flashback, hanging up the phone] That's weird. Travis Stevens just invited me over to his house...
C.J. Barnes: [Flashback, sipping a cup of tea] What do they covet most, Cate? Many, many boys...
Cate Hennessy: Those girls! They are so dead!
[Hops out of the room]

"8 Simple Rules: Let's Keep Going: Part 1 (#2.18)" (2004)
Jim: Kerry's so angry. I've never seen such raw, naked hostility since... you know.
Cate: The Korean War?
Jim: No, your mother.

Kerry: Give me one good reason why I can't go to the Maeve Festival.
Cate: Actually, I'll give you three: sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.
C.J.: Sold!

"8 Simple Rules: Every Picture Tells a Story (#1.20)" (2003)
Carter Tibbits: It's okay. It's family, music to my ears.
Cate Hennessy: So, where's your family tonight, Carter?
Carter Tibbits: Well, wife number one is in Aspen with my girls. Wife number two went back to Italy with my boys. And wife number four, my current wife, she's vacationing with her mother in Martha's Vineyard.
Paul Hennessy: What about wife number three?
Carter Tibbits: We don't ever talk about wife number three! But I love wife number four.
Bridget Hennessy: You know, aren't you a little young to have all of those wives? It sounds to me like you had some mother issues.
Paul Hennessy: Bridget!
Carter Tibbits: No, no, she may be onto somethin'. You know, when you grow up the eighth of nine kids, sometimes you can get lost in the shuffle.
Carter Tibbits: Oh, mama, why didn't you love me?
[Puts his face in his hands and pretends to cry. Paul goes over to comfort him. He points his hands at Paul, revealing that he was faking]
Carter Tibbits: Booyah!

"8 Simple Rules: Kerry's Video (#1.21)" (2003)
Rory: [when Bridget breaks her nose, comes down for breakfast] I am not an animal.
Bridget: Shut Up!
Cate: Rory, are you about done?
Rory: Just about. I am a human... being.

"8 Simple Rules: Freaky Friday (#3.18)" (2005)
Cate: Oh, my god. What is he doing?
Bridget: I think he's hamsterbating.

"8 Simple Rules: Goodbye: Part 2 (#2.5)" (2003)
Cate Hennessy: [reading Paul's last article] Okay readers, today we're having a little pop quiz, it's multiple choice, so sharpen your number 2 pencils and put your thinking caps on. Ready? Here's a quote: "Dad, you're an idiot." Now, contestants, this was said to me because of which of the following transgressions? A: Coming to the breakfast table wearing pajamas and black socks? B: Asking my oldest daughter if that guy I saw her talking to yesterday at school was her boyfriend? C: Referring to rapper Fiddy Cent as "Fifty Cents"? or D: Entering the room? Okay, pencils down. Actually it was a trick question. The answer is all of the above. Now do you know how many times I called my father an idiot? Zero. Why? Because I feared him. Back then we didn't share our deep personal feelings, our deepest conversations usually revolved around the tigers bull pen. But my kids, I can't get them to shut up! There's not a feeling that my kids are afraid to express over and over and over. And my wife reassures me this is a good thing over and over and over, and she's always right. So do I wish that my kids feared me? Well my house would be quieter, and I'd spend a lot less time in the bathroom, but no. Because I know that whenever they insult me whether it's a "You're an idiot," "You're a geek," or an "I hate you," an "I love you" isn't far behind. And it's the knowledge that my wife and kids love me that makes it safe for me to wear pajamas and black socks to the breakfast table.

"8 Simple Rules: C.J.'s Party (#2.20)" (2004)
Bridget: Mom, please don't ground me.
Cate: I won't.
Bridget: Oh wow it really works. Mom, can I have twenty dollars.
Cate: No.
Cate: You're not grounded. You're going to help me with the gardening and cleaning the rain gutters.
Bridget: But what about my nails?
Cate: I guess you'll have to cut them back.
Bridget: [to CJ] This is all your fault.
Bridget: I figured out what CJ stands for... Benedict Arnold.
C.J.: That would hurt if it made any sense.