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The Dukes of Hazzard

Season 7 Episode 8

Go West, Young Dukes

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 16, 1984 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Boss Hogg finds a piece of paper from his great grandfather Thaddeus that Jesse's great grandfather Jeremiah signed over the Duke farm. The Dukes then discover their great grandmother's diary which relates the events leading up to it during the 1800's.

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  • This is a flashback episode which follows Bo, Luke and Daisy's great-parents in the 1800's in hope to save the family farm.

    This episode starts out with Boss Hogg receiving his inheritance from his grandfather. He finds out that he know owns the deed to the Duke farm. Boss heads out to show the Dukes. After having the signature verified, he tells the Dukes they have 24 hours to move out. As they’re family packs up, Jesse finds Daisy's great-great-great-grandmother's diary. He checks it out and finds out that his great-uncle Jeremiah Duke had some problems with Thaddeus Hogg (Boss's great-grandfather) and Rufus Coltrane (Rosco's great-grandfather) and called his nephews, Hank and Joe Duke (Luke and Bo's great-grandfather). Thaddeus was upset that the Dukes were farming and running the cattle folk off the land. So the sheriff hires Frank and Jesse James to get rid of the incoming Dukes. They fail and after coming to town, Hank is thrown in jail for horse thieving. Jeremiah signs over his land to save Hank from going to jail. After finding out that Frank and Jesse robbed Thaddeus’s safe, the Dukes help get the money back and Thaddeus signs that land back over since the Dukes saved him from the James brothers. Jesse reads the riddle and between him, Bo and Luke they figure out where the copy of the new deed is. They find it at the cemetery. They race the deed off to get it registered and keep the farm.moreless
Denver Pyle

Denver Pyle

Uncle Jesse Duke

John Schneider

John Schneider

Bo Duke

Tom Wopat

Tom Wopat

Luke Duke

Catherine Bach

Catherine Bach

Daisy Duke

James Best

James Best

Sheriff Rosco P. Coltraine

Sorrell Booke

Sorrell Booke

Jefferson Davis (J.D.)Hogg

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The Dukes - through their ancestors - could have stayed if they hadn't found the deed because of something called adverse possession; if someone occupies land for many years, etc., and the real owner makes no attempt to force them off, the occupant can claim title.

    • In the scene where the James boys rob the stagecoach, John Schneider's fake moustache nearly falls off and he has to quickly re-attach it.

    • How could Dixie be the Dukes' cousin? It's true she is never called "Dixie Duke" in the show, only "Dixie," so when she eventually had Daisy's grandfather or grandmother, then she could have changed her name when she got married. However, Sixie must only be related by marriage to a cousin we didn't meet in this episode, or she (I apologize to anyone living in the South) married a member of her own family. Or, she could have had a child out of wedlock, but somehow I think that she would have given it up for adoption.

    • We're supposed to believe that Frank and Jesse James were being outsourced to rob stagecoaches in the backwoods of Georgia? The James brothers crime sprees were mostly in the western and midwestern United States, and Hazzard is supposed to be located in the Deep South. This is a real stretch. Jesse James did rob a bank as far east as West Virginia once, and Kentucky a couple times. But, his furthest trip South was in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in 1879, after Frank had seemingly settled down. Jesse and Frank were in Nashville for a time before Frank settled down, and Hazzard is just across the state line from Tennessee (as shown in "Daisy's Shotgun Wedding.") However, it's a real stretch to say the James Gang actually robbed a series of banks there.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Boss: It looks perfectly legal to me.
      Rosco: Yeah, and if it looks legal to him, it looks legal to me.
      Uncle Jesse: J.D., we all know the only two things you ever did that was legal was be born and marry Lulu.

    • Joe: How do you know my name?
      Jesse: Makes no nevermind. Good-bye, Mr. Duke.
      Hank (riding up on his horse): That ain't no way to start a lasting friendship.

    • Joe: Well, they already know what I look like. So I'll just go on back to the farm and help out Uncle Jeramiah and Aunt Jenny.
      Hank: With any luck, they'll think you're the only kin with the time and the guts to do it.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Sonny Shroyer (Enos) does not appear in this episode, either in the present or the past sequences.

    • The cast all play ancestors of their regular characters in this episode. Duke boys Bo and Luke are dead ringers for their great-grandparents Hank and Joe, Cousin Daisy is Cousin Dixie, and Uncle Jesse is red-haired Jeremiah. Boss Hogg is strikingly similar to ancestor Thaddeus Hogg, as is Rosco to Sheriff Rufus Z. Coltrane. And town mechanic Cooter's ancestor is the town's blacksmith, Dieter Davenport.