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After Paul's funeral, friends and neighbors gather at the Hennessys' for the wake.Nick Sharpe asks Cate to find the last article Paul wrote so the newspaper can publish it in his memory.8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter is an American television sitcom that originally aired on ABC from September 17, 2002 to April 15, 2005. Bruce Cameron's book of the same name, the show starred John Ritter during its first season.After Ritter's sudden death, Katey Sagal took over the show's starring position for the rest of the series' run. Bridget finds her popularity waning because of her exclusive, long distance relationship with Donny, while Kerry's social status skyrockets because of her relationship with Kyle.That night, Cate is finally ready to sleep in her own bed again; she is joined by the kids who want her to read Paul's article, which she does.It's an article about how no matter how much his kids may resent him from time to time, Paul knows that deep down, they love him, even when they say "I hate you;" this helps Bridget to finally overcome her guilt.Rory feels that now he's the man of the house it's his job to assume Paul's role of being against every guy his sisters date, not to mention the carver of the turkey which he does with clumsiness, inexperience and a lot of humor, which in the end helps the family to make it through the first of many milestones without Paul.Bridget plays the role of Anne Frank in the school play, which makes Kerry jealous since all she does is background work.
Cate teaches sex education at Bridget's school and gets suspicious when she reads a submission where a girl's older boyfriend was coming from Maryland and she felt pressured to have sex.
Paul tries to come up with names for this menace, unaware that the criminal is Rory. In his memory, clips of his past two years on the show are shown, ending with the message: "John Ritter 1948–2003 We will never forget you".
On what begins as just another morning in the Hennessy household, Cate receives a phone call.
Bridget is wracked with guilt over the last words she ever said to her dad (which were "I hate you") and Kerry tries to talk to her to ease her guilt.
Cate is afraid of sleeping alone in her bed and sleeps on the couch.
Upset, Donny hitchhikes all the way to the Hennessys in the back of a pig truck to win Bridget back; however, Bridget has still not broken up with her other boyfriend, Damien.