The show was a moderate success, ranked 43rd for its first season on the air, and was renewed with an average of 10.85 million viewers. He’s not pleased and gets his revenge on Bridget by detaining her on the school’s unofficial day off.As you may recall, Ritter died unexpectedly after completion of the third episode of season two. Rory is planning to take full advantage of Ditch Day while Kerry expects that her classes will continue as usual.The son of the late singing cowboy star Tex Ritter and the father of actors Jason Ritter and Tyler Ritter, he was best known for his role as Jack Tripper on the ABC sitcom Three's Company (1977–84), for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award in 1984.He briefly reprised the role on the spin-off Three's a Crowd, which aired for one season.The next few episodes deal with his loss and how the Hennessy family moves on. Bridget was supposed to be in charge of the Ditch Day prank, in which she was to steal a rival school’s goat mascot.Cate’s father, Jim Egan (James Garner), moves in to help and Cate’s very immature nephew, C. (David Spade), moves in for additional comedy relief. There was initially a great deal of curiosity about how the death of Ritter would impact the show. She asks Rory to do it instead and Kerry, tired of being a “goodie two-shoes,” wants to be part of it. Cate comes home soonafter and she’s not happy about the four-legged houseguest either.
Ritter, an icon in the world of American television for his star turn on Three's Company, died in 2003 from a misdiagnosed thoracic aortic aneurysm.Ritter was also nominated posthumously in 2004, losing to Kelsey Grammar for Frasier.(September 17, 1948 – September 11, 2003) was an American actor and comedian.His final roles include voicing the title character on the PBS children's program Clifford the Big Red Dog (2000–03), for which he received four Daytime Emmy Award nominations, and as Paul Hennessy on the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules (2002–03).Ritter experienced discomfort during a rehearsal for the latter on the afternoon of September 11, 2003 and died later that evening of an aortic dissection at the age of 54.