8 Simple Rules (2002–2005)
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Goodbye Part 1: Unexpectedly, Cate Henessy gets a call telling her that her husband has passed away while shopping. The family deal with the loss of their husband and father.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Katey Sagal ... Cate Hennessy
Kaley Cuoco ... Bridget Hennessy
Amy Davidson ... Kerry Hennessy
Martin Spanjers ... Rory Hennessy
James Garner ... Jim Egan
John Ratzenberger ... Fred Doyle
Patrick Warburton ... Nick Sharpe
Suzanne Pleshette ... Laura
Larry Miller ... Tommy
Billy Aaron Brown ... Kyle
Nicole Hayden ... Jenna Sharpe (as Nikki Danielle Moore)


Goodbye Part 1: Unexpectedly, Cate Henessy gets a call telling her that her husband has passed away while shopping. The family deal with the loss of their husband and father.

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Comedy | Drama








Release Date:

4 November 2003 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Garner greatly enjoyed his late in life role in the show, especially working with such a young and vibrant cast. In his autobiography he paraphrased General Douglas MacArthur's comment on the Korea War describing his casting as "A great gift to an old campaigner'. See more »


Throughout the first half of the episode, several of the characters (Rory, Cate, etc.) mention that Paul was going to the store to buy milk and that is when he collapsed. When Cate comes into the girls' room to change at the end of the episode, Kerry says that he saw that they were out of batteries and that was the intention of the store trip. While it is possible that he was going for both milk AND batteries, it seems unlikely due to the nature of the dialogue that is used, and is more likely an unintentional error. See more »


Bridget: Oh please, the only reason you're popular is because I went out with Kyle, which made him popular, then I dumped him and you got him on the rebound which made you popular, then I had a deep relationship with Donny Doyle. Probably the most meaningful two weeks of my entire life. Totally taking me out the loop creating a popularity vacuum and voila!
Kerry: What's that supposed to mean?
Bridget: I'm not sure; it's French, but magicians do it too.
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8 Simple Rules Theme Music
Written by Dan Foliart
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Too sad... I will... not... cry!
14 October 2006 | by the_moody_youngestSee all my reviews

8 Simple Rules was canceled after the tragic and sudden death of the shows dad John Ritter. But they decided to bring it back! I was sitting down watching TV with my parents and this came on. I thought to myself, "I thought this was canceled?" (Not that I was happy about it) Then I saw that they were doing a Paul's death episode and they were gonna continue. I am not very emotional, but this changed it. A tear appeared on my face and I quickly wiped it off. Then a couple days ago, I saw it again. My mom doesn't like this episode, she says its too sad. We just kept watching it and my eyes got watery. I hid my face so she wouldn't see that it got to me. It is still a good episode though! But very sad.

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