Latest Update: February 19th, 2004

Jonathan Taylor Thomas stars as Jeremy in the episodes “Opposites Attract, Part I, II & III”

Air dates:

  • February 10th, 2004
  • February 17th, 2004
  • February 24th, 2004

Synopsis’ for the episodes:

(From the official website)

Opposites Attract – Part I

Bridget hires Jeremy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) – a socially inept, fellow student – to tutor her in order to boost her grades to better her chances at being accepted by a good college. But with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Bridget soon finds herself without a date when her boyfriend gets sick, and her friends begin to wonder if Jeremy is taking his place. Meanwhile, Kyle treats Kerry to an very un-corporate Valentine’s Day celebration, Rory gets pointers from Jim and Cate about the perfect gift for girlfriend Missy, and Jim sends C.J. on an errand that lands him in Canada.

Opposites Attract – Part II

Bridget decides to make a move on her brainy tutor, Jeremy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas, “Home Improvement”), but discovers that he may have his sights set on her debate team opponent. Meanwhile, after accidentally setting fire to C.J.’s van, Jim is not-so-thrilled when Cate forces him to share his basement room with his now homeless nephew.

Opposites Attract – Part III

After being told that she’s fickle when it comes to relationships, Bridget is afraid that she may end up hurting Jeremy’s feelings (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) 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 (Academy Award-winner Tatum O’Neal), a member of the high school’s PTA committee.

Introduction to the show:

It’s a time for healing and learning to deal with life without family patriarch Paul as the Hennessys discover the frailties of life and the strength of the family unit, on the second season of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. The series was awarded the 2003 People’s Choice Award for Best New Comedy, as well as two 2003 Teen Choice Awards for Choice TV Comedy and Choice TV Breakout Actress for Kaley Cuoco, and two Family Television Awards for Best Comedy and Favorite Siblings.

Cate (Katey Sagal) now finds herself in the precarious position of raising three teenagers on her own while holding down a full time job as a hospital nurse. She does, however, get a little relief, thanks to her father Jim (James Garner in a recurring role), who’s been staying at the house since Paul’s death. Retired and separated from his wife, Jim mostly spends his days making home improvements to the house – with arguably mixed results – and, in his own inimitable way, gives comfort and guidance to his daughter and grandchildren during their time of need.

Now more than ever, Cate needs to be there for her kids – especially her daughters. Oldest daughter Bridget (Kaley Cuoco) has matured into a beautiful and popular teenager – especially with the boys. But since her father’s death, she has begun to question the importance of running with the “in crowd” at school. By contrast, middle child Kerry (Amy Davidson) is intelligent and cute, but her continued lack of self-confidence has led her to hide behind a mask of sarcasm – which makes it difficult for her to get in touch with her true feelings. And youngest child Rory (Martin Spanjers), fondly referred to as “The Boy,” is trying to fill his father’s shoes by becoming the man of the family, while at the same time entering the world of puberty and discovering one of life’s true mysteries – girls.

Dating boys and fitting in with their peers will once again become a top priority for the girls. But no matter what, Cate will continue to enforce Paul’s number one rule – “If you make my daughters cry, I’ll make you cry.”

From the Official 8 Simple Rules website.


  • 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 Widdoes: Director
  • Gayle Abrams Writer


Other info:

  • The episodes were taped on 16th, 23rd & 30th January 2004.

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