Paul establishes himself as a strict, "psycho dad" type of person, creating 8 rules for the guys who attempt to date his daughters, Bridgette and Kerry: During the second season, John Ritter, who played Paul Hennessy, died during filming from an undiagnosed heart condition.

After a 2 month hiatus, the show resumed by paying tribute to John with an hour-long tribute episode titled "Goodbye" and incorporating his death into the story.

When ”8 Simple Rules…” premiered, some critics, myself included, noted that Sagal, such a strong presence previously in ”Married…With Children,” had been reduced to a curiously small supporting role.

The loss of John Ritter — his shocking death in September at age 54 — was felt anew with the return of ”8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter” on Nov. What was intended to be a touching, expanded hour-long edition of the sitcom — whose producers had decided to mirror real life and have Ritter’s character, newspaper columnist Paul Hennessy, die with premature suddenness — proved to be an awkward botch.

It did Ritter’s ebullient spirit no great honor to have his costars slog through a weepy installment of the comedy, which also tried to slide in a few mild laughs.

”’ — which just came off as selfishly bratty as everything else this irritating character has said for the past season.

The hour felt obliged to go through as many of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ five stages of grief as possible in the space of 60 minutes — minus ads for the likes of Pizza Hut.

And, it's not like all you have to go on is Kathy's voice, you have the whole routine to watch right in front of you! Some of the steps may take some time to learn, but no biggie.

I like how she calls each new move before you do it, so you can prepare yourself. I usually don't dig the dancey stuff, but I just love how this routine makes me feel so graceful & strong. It makes the 18 minutes FLY by, and lemme tell ya, you will sweat buckets! I work out w/ weights regularly anyway, and use this Fat Burning Breakthrough tape on my recovery days, so I don't push it. I think if you wanna use heavier weights, be careful cause some of the moves (lateral raises in particular) seem a bit too fast for me and possibly could be dangerous. Stick with it and after a few viewings you'll be catching on.

This episode only emphasized what a mediocre show ”8 Simple Rules…” was whenever Ritter wasn’t on camera to mug endearingly and give a cornball line a wise-guy spin that could occasionally rouse a viewer’s grin.

Just before Katey Sagal’s Cate received the bad news via a phone call, her children, teenagers Bridget (Kaley Cuoco), Kerry (Amy Davidson), and Rory (Martin Spanjers), were doing some typical squabbling — variations on the usual poor-taste, banal running gag about how ”hot” Bridget is.

Cate Hennessy, Katey's character, was a far better mother (not hard) than Peg Bundy, and much more involved in her children's lives.

Ed O'Neill had a guest spot in the final season as an old flame of Cate's looking to relive the glory days and escape his present.

Sagal invested many trite lines with a controlled emotion that made them bearable.