Our Rating: ★★★☆☆
L Factor: Major lesbian content – 1 episode
Short Take: Supporting lesbians at the high school prom.
Alternate Titles: 8 Simple Rules… for Dating My Teenage Daughter
Year: 2005
Duration: 30 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: Not Rated
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Starring: John Ritter, Katey Sagal, Kaley Cuoco, Amy Davidson, Martin Spanjers, James Garner, David Spade

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8 Simple Rules

8 Simple Rules was a television sitcom about the Hennessy family. The show was originally headed by Paul (John Ritter) and Kate (Katey Sagal) and entitled “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.” Their three kids all attend the same high school where Kate is also the school nurse, and their uncle CJ (David Spade) is a teacher. During filming, actor John Ritter passed away, and Kate’s father Jim (James Garner) came in to help.

321 After Party 
Air date: March 4, 2005
The prom is coming up, and Kerry (Amy Davidson, The Truth About Jane) writes an article in the school paper about gay couples who don’t feel welcome at the Liberty High School prom. Kerry is straight but wants to make a political statement in support of gay equality. Monica (Vanessa Lengies) feels the same way and asks Kerry to go to the prom with her.

Everyone assumes the two girls are a couple, and in fact, they both think the other is a lesbian. They go to the alcohol-free after party thrown at Kate’s house, where the girls talk and find out that each is trying to support the other, but really they are both gay allies, not gay themselves.

Rory (Martin Spanjers) brings his date Nikki (Leighton Meester, Gossip Girl) to the party too. The big surprise is that she comes out as a lesbian to him. Seeing Kerry and Monica together inspires her to be herself. Meanwhile, Bridget (Kaley Cuoco) is busy throwing another party in a hotel.

The episode is a bit of light sitcom fare with a nice message of acceptance. (AB)