After a while though, the additional viewership subsided and the sitcom averaged 9.98 million and ranked 50th for the season. can’t control himself and immediately tells Bridget. Over the phone, Cate and Ed agree that they are actually dating and she decides to take the big step of telling the kids. While they’re all arguing, it comes out that Cate’s begun dating Ed. She’s surprised that he cares so much and is touched.
(which co-stars Ritter’s son Jason), the show averaged just 6.8 million and fell to 94th for the season. promise that they won’t tell the kids, just in case it doesn’t turn out to be serious. Rory and Kerry enter and ask to borrow the mini-van (to steal the goat). The two steal the mascot and hide it upstairs in their house, where it eats Cate’s green sweater and stinks up the place. Surprisingly, they’re all okay with it and Cate feels much better. Then, Ed calls and tells her that he’s been offered a great position as a headmaster of a school in New York. She moves the phone call upstairs while the rest of the family are left to wonder what’s going on.
The next few episodes deal with his loss and how the Hennessy family moves on. Bridget was supposed to be in charge of the Ditch Day prank, in which she was to steal a rival school’s goat mascot.
Cate’s father, Jim Egan (James Garner), moves in to help and Cate’s very immature nephew, C. (David Spade), moves in for additional comedy relief. There was initially a great deal of curiosity about how the death of Ritter would impact the show. She asks Rory to do it instead and Kerry, tired of being a “goodie two-shoes,” wants to be part of it. Cate comes home soonafter and she’s not happy about the four-legged houseguest either.
Since his time as a Hennessy, Spanjers appeared as guest in Grey's Anatomy, i Carly, and Saving Grace.
Though the sitcom revolved around Ritter’s character, it was ultimately decided to keep the show going and Ritter’s character dies off-camera. When he calls, Ed’s ready to get sexy with her over the phone but she has to hang up.The incomparable Katey Sagal brought her trademark wit and protective instincts to the role of Cate Hennessy, a mother who kept the family together following her husband's death.After 8 Simple Rules, she's gone on to play more strong, complex women including Leela on [Futurama](series:200475) and Gemma Teller Morrow on [Sons of Anarchy](series:201186), a role that nabbed her a Golden Globe.Since 8 Simple Rules, David Spade's TV work includes starring roles in The Showbiz Show with David Spade and Rules of Engagement.He's also made bank appearing in movies like Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2, and next up we'll see him in Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser.