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The Dukes of Hazzard

Season 1 Episode 9

Limo One is Missing

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 06, 1979 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Hot wiring the Presidential Limo and hiding it in the Duke's barn is even something Bo and Luke didn't think of. Who did?

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  • When officials park the President's Limo outside the Boar's Nest, Cooter can't help but take it for a joyride – and leaves it in the Dukes' barn afterwards! As they try to find a way to return it, they uncover Boss' chop-shop racket. Fun, but not a fave..moreless

    This review contains spoilers.

    I know that "Limo One Is Missing" ranks as a favourite with some fans. Personally, I don't hate it – there is far, FAR worse from the series (particularly in late seasons) – but for whatever reason, it never really did that much for me personally; there are other episodes in the (great) first season that I like better.

    Probably the most notable thing about this story, is that it features Cooter's last real "wild man" act, before the character settled down for subsequent seasons. In these early episodes, we have seen him steal the Sheriff's patrol car (in retaliation for impounding his), run moonshine for Boss Hogg, and crash a "borrowed" motorbike into the Boar's Nest (after possibly breaking into Boss's house to retrieve a trophy). This final "wild" act witnessed in this episode, is more one out of child-like innocence – he just can't help but take the Limo for a little outing. But it is still a far cry from the more squeaky clean Cooter we would become accustomed to in following seasons.

    ...In a way, I did go on to miss this early, more unpredictable Cooter, unshaven and with long hair, and with a rough personality to match. But with Cooter "borrowing" the President's car being the basis for this story, personally it's one that I've never fully been able to get my teeth into and enjoy as much as some other entries in the series.

    That's not to say it's a bad episode. If nothing else, it has a lot of charm and a great feel of fun, something which 'The Dukes of Hazzard' does so well when it's on form. It is also one of the most Cooter-heavy episodes of the entire show's run, with him being present with Bo, Luke and Daisy throughout. Even as a kid, I loved Cooter (and was disappointed when he became more of a semi-regular in late seasons), so any episode featuring him a lot is good with me.

    In fact, the bulk of this episode revolves around Bo, Luke, Daisy and Cooter, a formula the show used occasionally, and one that I always liked (with Cooter being an "honorary Duke").

    Also, being a first season episode, it is pretty light on featuring the General Lee – after the chase early on, with the Duke boys chasing the borrowed Limo and being pursued themselves by the agents, the General is barely featured at all (instead, we get a lot of scenes with Daisy's yellow Plymouth Roadrunner, something that, as much as I love the iconic General, I don't mind, as I also love the Plymouth). By the way, I hope this doesn't come across as sexist, but Daisy looks HOT in this episode. She was my first ever crush as a child! One of the most common Daisy photos, of her looking off into the distance, was taken during this episode.

    So one things leads to another – the Dukes try to hide the Limo from Rosco and Enos while finding a way to return it (Boss wants to return it himself to the President), and somehow stumble upon Boss's chop-shop racket along the way.

    Although 'Dukes' wasn't always the sharpest on plots, I did feel the whole chop-shop element could have been expanded on, as it never really felt to be fully thrashed out enough to work within the episode. But look out for the gate guard, played by Gordon Hurst, brother of Rick "Cletus" Hurst; you can see the resemblance!

    The plot is fair, I suppose, but compared to some of the more interesting storylines of the first season, it feels more like one of the later examples from the show's life, with less solid plot, being more a series of ongoing incidents. Things at this point are also slowly starting to evolve into the slapstick shenanigans that would dominate many later stories.

    All that said, this is a watchable, reasonably fun episode – and I enjoyed it tonight, watching it on DVD to review, much more than I expected to, not having watched it since my off-air recording many years ago now. I love the final scene, with the President phoning Uncle Jesse to thank him for returning the Limo; when the others ask him why he didn't invite the President to dinner, Jesse replies "probably bring his family along, and we only got six plates – and two of them are chipped". It is this kind of family-friendly charm that makes 'The Dukes of Hazzard' such a joy.

    Although not one of my favourites, this episode has enough fun moments (and lots of Cooter!) to at least merit it an 8.5/10 in my book.moreless
  • Crazy Cooter.

    Every time I tried to watch this episode something turned out wrong and I had to stop watching the episode. To tell ya' the truth, it took me like ten times to finish watching the whole thing. It was great! Cooter had fallen in love with his true love. A shiny, black, limo that actually belonged to the president of the United States of America. Wow. Everybody can agree on this: Cooter had done something very stupid in a funny way, but I guess that is why everybody calls him Crazy Cooter. I mean, you'd really have to be crazy to hotwire a limo that belonged to the the most important man in the USA! And again, that's Cooter.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 (6)

    • One of the agents said they were watching the limo from the Men's Room at the Boars Nest. We never see any restrooms from the Boars Nest or any place in Hazzard.

    • Unusually, for this episode, Boss Hogg's chauffeur is a much older man, wearing a chauffeur's suit. Normally, it would be a younger man seen in a checked red shirt and cowboy hat.

    • During the chase near the beginning where Bo and Luke are chasing the stolen Limo and themselves being pursued, Bo jumps the General (a shot that would be used on the opening credits from the next season onwards); when they land, the shots of Bo and Luke are recycled from the pilot, "One Armed Bandits" – notice that Bo is suddenly wearing a brown t-shirt instead of his regular blue one.

    • During the fight scene at the end of the episode,Bo and Luke fire their arrows which explode but they didn't light the fuse on the dynamite.

    • You can clearly see that when Cooter is driving the limo it isn't hotwired, it has the key in the ignition.

    • In the first part of the episode when the General Lee is being chased by the secret service, the Dukes make a jump and then drive into what looks like a ditch. The "01" on the side of the car is reversed.

  • QUOTES (6)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Cooter commits one final, ultimate 'naughty' deed before the character is toned right down, when he borrows the President's car for a ride!

    • Gordon Hurst, who plays the gate guard, is the brother of Rick Hurst, who would make his first appearance in the next produced episode, Money To Burn, as Cletus Hogg.