Simple rules to dating
Ritter's character in the series was not replaced following his death on September 11, 2003.
After entering a hiatus, the series continued without Ritter, incorporating the death of his character.
The consistent refrain from the network and cast has been “This happens to families,” which is of course true.
It does not happen often, however, to light-hearted sitcom families, and incorporating the Ritter character’s passing is uncomfortable terrain.
You'd throw your shoulders back and wipe your clammy paw against your sweater in anticipation of his too-firm handshake.As time passed, you learned to pick up your dates before the cocktail hour, before her dad was feeling extra social and likely to utter the worst words you'd ever heard: "Sit down, son. He meant: "Have I ever bored your folks with pointless stories at lousy holiday parties?