The Duke Boys, Luke (Tom Wopat) and Bo (John Schneider), drive to the Hazzard post office to pick up Bo's new mail-order boots. Luke waits in their racing car, General Lee, while Bo goes inside to claim his purchase. Suddenly a masked man flees...... Read Full Episode Summary »
The Duke Boys, Luke (Tom Wopat) and Bo (John Schneider), drive to the Hazzard post office to pick up Bo's new mail-order boots. Luke waits in their racing car, General Lee, while Bo goes inside to claim his purchase. Suddenly a masked man flees from the county building where Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke) is headquartered. He runs right up to the General and, pointing what appears to be a gun at Luke, commandeers the car. Luke drives off with his bandit passenger just as Bo comes out of the post office wearing his new boots -- which are enormously uncomfortable. Bo waves for Luke to stop, but Luke just drives by. Bo thinks that it's a game, so he chases the General down an alley and jumps in through the window. But he is surprised to find out who's riding in the back seat! Meanwhile, Boss is hollering for Sheriff Rosco Coltrane (James Best) and yelling that their liquor money (from illegal sales) has just been stolen. Out on the highway, Neil (Fred McCarren) politely tells Bo and Luke that he needs the General for a while. They really have no choice, so they begin the long walk back to town. Boss, by now, has Rosco chasing the Dukes, since it was the Duke's car, General Lee, into which Boss saw the robber climb. Rosco slams on his brakes when he sees Bo and Luke walking along the road. He arrests them and orders them into the car, but Bo and Luke are not so easy to tie down. By the end of the afternoon, Sheriff Coltrane wishes he never saw them walking. Neil now stops at the Boar's Nest while trying to plot his next move. Daisy Duke (Catherine Bach) brings him another beer and strikes up a conversation. Neil reveals that he's been having bad luck lately. She invites Neil to spend the night in their barn. Neil steps outside to take his sack of money out of the General and tosses it into a nearby pickup truck filled with sacks of fertilizer. Although he doesn't know it, the pickup truck is Daisy's. Deputy Enos Strate (Sonny Shroyer) soon pulls up at the Boar's Nest and seeing General Lee parked outside impounds the car. Daisy now drives Neil up to Uncle Jesse's (Denver Pyle) where she asks his permission to let Neil stay the night. On the way, they pass the sheriff's car, and Daisy sees Bo and Luke sitting in the back seat. The boys manage to escape. They meet Jesse at the site of an old whiskey still, where they proclaim their innocence and ask for help. Their conversation is interrupted when Rosco recaptures his prisoners, Jesse is furious at the boys for letting Rosco follow them, but the sheriff announces that it was actually Jesse who they followed to the site! Jesse returns to the house and discovers Neil aiming Daisy's shotgun at her -- and now him. Jesse seizes control of the situation by talking to the nervous bandit. Neil tells them that all of this is the result of Boss Hogg's sale of some faulty chicken-breeding equipment to him. Boss wouldn't give him his money back, so Neil came to town to steal it back. Neil never intended to cause so much trouble. Jesse thinks that he can help Neil -- and cause Boss Hogg a little trouble in the process. Remembering from the boys that his missing money is actually Boss' and Rosco's liquor money, Jesse thinks that a call to the local federal revenue officer (Kris Marquis) should stir up some action. Since the money was illegal to begin with, there is no way that Neil can be charged with stealing it. Jesse establishes the plan. Neil returns the money to Ross and Rosco releases the boys. But the revenue officer is there when the action begins, and Boss is coaxed into saying that the money came from liquor runs. That's all the agent needs to fine Boss and give Jesse a percentage of the fine for information about the offender. In turn, Jesse gives his money to Neil to replace the money Neil lost to Boss Hogg. "And that," says the balladeer (Waylon Jennings), "is the story of the Big Hazzard Heist."