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The Dukes of Hazzard

Season 7 Episode 1

Happy Birthday, General Lee

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 21, 1984 on CBS
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Episode Summary

It's been 8 years since the Dukes got the General Lee and we see the story of how they got it. When it was originally used as a getaway car for some gold dust thieves and Bo and Luke got it from a junkyard because they needed a car to race in.moreless

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  • miniatures

    actually the miniatures started at the end of season 6. They used them in the season 6 episode "the fortune tellers" which was the second to last season 6 episode.
  • Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear General Lee, happy birthday to you!

    It's a very special day in Hazzard. It's the General Lee's eighth birthday. And the Dukes remember that very day that the General Lee became a part of the Duke family. Bo was just getting out of high school and he and Luke wanted a racecar to race in one of Boss Hogg's races. They searched around and found a black Dodge Charger in a junkyard. They paid for it and brought it to Cooter's garage to have it worked on, not knowing that the car was the car that two crooks used as a get away car in a robbery, and they stashed what they robbed in the car. Bo and Luke run into those two and one of them pulled a gun on them, demanding to know where the car was. They get away and as usual Rosco didn't believe them when they tried to report it. Bo, Luke, Daisy, Uncle Jesse, and Cooter work on that car for about two days straight and they finally get a racecar. Boss and Rosco make a bet with Bo and Luke that if Bo and Luke's car beat Boss' car, Rosco would shave is moustache and Boss would eat his hat. I sure hope that hat was tasty because Bo and Luke won the race. This was one of the best episodes yet. It was a great way to explain how the General Lee came to be.moreless
  • Great story on how they got the General Lee

    This was average at best but great on how they

    Got the General Lee in the last season of the show

    As Bo was in high school and Luke was out of the Marines

    When they went to find a car and accidentally took a car that was stolen by some thieves!

    What would had become otherwise a nothing car is the best recognized car in the world!
  • this is the beginning of the.....

    This episode is the beginning of The end of The Dukes of Hazzard, because this episode is where they start using miniatures to do unbelievable jumps. They started using them in this episode to try and make costs cheaper, but in the long run it started the downfall of the greatest TV show of all time The Dukes of Hazzard! Sorry to say but this was the last season of The Dukes of Hazzard, I guess everything has to end eventually though it is sad, but it's true but The Dukes of Hazzard will live on in our hearts and in every generation forever! It is and is the only best TV show ever made and I don't care what anyone else thinks! YEEHAW!moreless
  • Great episode on how the Dukes got the General Lee.

    This was a great episode on how the Dukes got the General Lee. It started off as the bad guy's car, and got a paint job and new engine. I enjoyed this story on how everything started. I am glad they decided to do this "flashback episode." Cooter only had some orange paint in the garage. Great episode.
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)

    • If this is 8 years in the past --the episode aired in 1984 -- the events took place in 1976. They say that Bo was fresh out of high school making him 18 and thus born in 1958. But John Schneider was in fact 19 when the show started in 1979; thus born in 1960. Bo's age is off by 2 years! Also, what is so special about 8 years? It would make sense to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the car. That would make it 1974. If Luke was in the Marines at that time, then he probably would have been deployed in the Vietnam War. Whereas by 1976, the Vietnam war was over.

    • This flashback features some ties to early episodes, such as Uncle Jesse's trilby hat (which he wore in some first season episodes), and Rosco's black Sheriff's jacket (which he wore in many first and some second and third season episodes). Of course, there are also some differences - it is the regular Hazzard set as opposed to the real Georgia town used to film the first five episodes, and Cooter is clean shaven, not the bearded wild man of early episodes.

    • The 01 on the General Lee is created by Bo saying "O represents when we had nothing and 1 is what we will be for now on"

    • In this episode we find out they have had the General for 8 years (1 year prior to the beginning of the show). We also find out that the original color was black and it was painted orange because that was the only color Cooter had.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Uncle Jesse: How'd your first day go over to the Boar's Nest?
      Daisy: Oh, not so good, Uncle Jesse. I mixed up orders, and then I managed to spill a whole tray on Boss Hogg.
      Uncle Jesse: Well, that ain't so bad.
      Bo: Sounds to me like you did just fine.

    • Rosco: We're gonna impound this General Lee.
      Luke: You have to catch us first.

    • Cooter: You know, there ain't a soul in Hazzard County, including Boss Hogg, that hasn't been bailed out one time or another by the ol' General.
      Daisy: It's hard to believe we were ever without him.
      Bo: Yeah, but we were, though. It's been, uh...my gosh! It's been eight years.
      Luke: I was just outta the Marine Corps. You were just getting outta high school.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Leading into the flashback story, Luke comments that, eight years ago, Bo was just out of high-school, and that he (Luke) had began serving with the Marines. This is possibly the only instance in the entire series to reference the age difference between Bo and Luke, with Luke being a year or so older than Bo.

    • Janie Fricke is a country music singer who had several hit songs in the 1980's including Down to My Last Broken Heart and Come a Little Bit Closer- a duet with Johnny Duncan.

    • Enos does not appear in this episode because 8 years prior Boss, as County Commissioner, only coughed up enough money to hire one law enforcement official--Roscoe.