Paul tries to come up with names for this menace, unaware that the criminal is Rory. In his memory, clips of his past two years on the show are shown, ending with the message: "John Ritter 1948–2003 We will never forget you".
On what begins as just another morning in the Hennessy household, Cate receives a phone call.
Bridget is wracked with guilt over the last words she ever said to her dad (which were "I hate you") and Kerry tries to talk to her to ease her guilt.
Cate is afraid of sleeping alone in her bed and sleeps on the couch.
Cate and the kids rely on the message Paul is sending them: no matter what happens, family bonds are never broken.
It's been two weeks since Paul died, and the kids are going back to school for the first time.
Bridget jumps right back into her social circle and begins planning the upcoming dance while Kerry refuses to allow herself to feel anything but sad (which is made worse when Kyle declares his love for her) and Cate's attempts to make them feel better only backfire.
Meanwhile, Rory worries that he is taking advantage of a girl he has a crush on who is offering to help him catch up with his school, but Jim advises him that she's the one taking advantage and to let her.
At first, Bridget is the same non-serious girl, which frustrates Kerry even more since she feels Bridget doesn't deserve the role.In fact, the only support Cate seems to be getting is from her nosy neighbors, the Doyles, who share a well-kept secret about their own family – namely, all their children are adopted.Cate teaches sex education at Bridget's school and gets suspicious when she reads a submission where a girl's older boyfriend was coming from Maryland and she felt pressured to have sex.Cate sees this too, so she gives Bridget The Diary of a Young Girl, because she thinks it might help her, which it does – Bridget suddenly becomes a serious, focused girl and gets a better understanding of the role she is going to play.Rory gets a ventriloquist dummy he names Skeevy and uses it to constantly make fun of other people.
Cate later finds out that Rory didn't make the team and when Rory comes home, he says he only said it because he was embarrassed that he let down his dad.