Donny Goes AWOL is the third episode of the second season of 8 Simple Rules.
The final episode with John Ritter.
When Fred and Mary Ellen Doyle ask Bridget to be a part of a video message they are sending to Donny at the Naval Academy, they are shocked to discover that Bridget has broken up with their son on the tape - and Donny goes AWOL to try and patch things up. Meanwhile, Paul is asked to help give a nickname to a neighborhood prankster who has been terrorizing the block, not realizing that the culprit may be living under his own roof.
|31||3||"Donny Goes AWOL"||Robby Benson||Seth Kurland||October 7, 2003 USA
January 18, 2006 Canada
|The Doyles are sending a video postcard to Donny, which they let Bridget have a part in. However, Bridget breaks up with Donny on the video, which leads to a feud between the Hennessys and the Doyles. Upset, Donny hitchhikes all the way to the Hennessys in the back of a pig truck to win Bridget back; however, Bridget has still not broken up with her other boyfriend, Damien. Meanwhile, there are reports of eggings and toilet-paperings all over the neighborhood. Paul tries to come up with names for this menace, unaware that the criminal is Rory.
Note: This was John Ritter's final episode. 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".