8 Simple Rules: Season 2
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It's a time for healing and learning to deal with life without family patriarch Paul (the late John Ritter), as the Hennessys discover the frailties of life and the strength of the family unit. Widowed mom Cate (Katey Sagal), now finds herself in the precarious position of raising three teenagers on her own. She does get a little relief from her father, Jim (James Garner), who's been staying at the house since Paul's death. But the family is thrown for a loop when Cate's wayward nephew, C.J. (David Spade), moves in and finds it hard to resist getting himself into trouble or offering questionable advice to the kids.
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John Ritter's untimely death greatly affected this show, putting it in a three week hiatus.
As a result of killing off Paul, Tracy Gamble and ABC brought in James Garner and David Spade and made sure Cate (Sagal) wasn't the only one who was taking care of the children. I am not saying season two is god-awful, I think it's on par with season one.
The characters have started to develop more, Bridget is more of a character than a stereotype, Kerry goes from a bitchy sarcastic redhead to a more nicer person, Rory goes from a tattling pain in the butt to an oddball child. Cate herself goes from the stereotypical working mother, to a mother who actually has time for her kids. James Garner is hilarious as Cate's father Jim Egan, a Korean war veteran who can be just like Paul (Ritter). Jim often butt heads with C.J. (played hilariously by David Spade) who is a wise-ass and a man child. Among this season you will see Jim often trying to swing at C.J. with his cane. The idea of adding Spade and Garner to the series was to give it a more comedic atmosphere compared to the long one hour dramatic episode where we learn Paul has died.
Now for the problems I have with the set
My big issue with the bonus features being blank is we have no tributes to John Ritter and No Audio Commentary and not even a segment with David Spade or James Garner.
Final thought: The release is great if you want the show, but if you're looking for bonus features nope you will be disappointed. This set probably had terrible sales and that's probably why Lionsgate cancelled season three's DVD release.
This, like the first season, is also in a decent box set and has separate places for each DVD.
The DVD is OK. All episodes are uncut, but the introductions to John Ritter's final episodes are missing. There are no special features, which is disappointing.
(an untimely death), the show carried on. The addition of James Garner as Kate's dad was terrific. Later they added David
Spade as C.J. who was the nephew of Kate and grandson of Jim. He was another great addition to the show. The two men played well off of each other. I thoroughly enjoyed the second season and will also buy Season Three if/when it becomes available.