The Dukes of Hazzard

Season 1 Episode 4

Repo Men

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 16, 1979 on CBS
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Repossessing a car for Lulu is not gonna be an easy task. This is the task that faces Bo and Luke when they want something and the price is the repo.

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  • Bo and Luke reluctantly take jobs as repo men for shady used car salesman Ace Parker. Their task is to retrieve a Rolls Royce, which Boss happens to want for his wife Lulu; and in doing so they uncover a counterfeiting operation. Another early great...moreless

    All of the original five Georgia-filmed episodes of 'The Dukes of Hazzard' are excellent, and "Repo Men" (the third filmed, fourth broadcast) is no exception; it is another of my absolute favourites.

    This is the first episode feature Peggy Rea as Boss Hogg's wife, Lula. Sadly, Peggy Rea passed away just a few days ago at time of writing, so it was nice to see this, her first of many 'Dukes' appearances, again to review. This is her lone first season appearance, and Lulu is played slightly more (excuse the term) "trailer trash"-like here; she would evolve into a more gentle, kind-hearted woman (who despised most of Boss's crooked plots) on subsequent appearances.

    Also of note is the character of used car salesman Ace Parker, played by Jerry Rushing. Rushing is a former moonshiner, and whose many tales and experiences served in part for the 1975 movie 'Moonrunners', the precursor to 'Dukes'. Some people say that he was even the basis for Bo Duke! Rumour goes that Rushing understood that Ace was to be a recurring role in 'Dukes', but this turned out to be his lone appearance, leading to some ill feeling. Although not one of my all-time favourite guest characters, I certainly wouldn't have minded him popping up again.

    The plots of the Duke boys being repo men, and the counterfeiting operation, do collide slightly awkwardly (as does the subplot of Boss planning to frame the Dukes), but it really doesn't matter too much, as the episode has such a fresh feeling and is so much fun to watch.

    One of the most notable scenes comes as, while waiting at a roadblock for the Duke boys, Enos asks Rosco why he turned corrupt, leading Rosco to give an emotional explanation of how he was cheated out of his pension. Very soon, Rosco would evolve into his more familiar bumbling loon persona, and the concept of his cheated pension would be faded away by the end of the season, but it is such a shame that we didn't get to see more of this kind of thing in 'Dukes'. Understandably, it is one of James Best's favourite scenes from the entire show's run.

    As with other early episodes, the incidental music score is also very good in this one, and features several pieces that were never heard again in the series. I love the sad version of the theme as Bo and Luke arrive home at the farm and it starts to rain. It's a shame that this slightly more moody, emotive music didn't continue for longer in the show's run.

    As mentioned in my reviews for "One Armed Bandits" and "Daisy's Song", I recorded these episodes of 'Dukes' from $ky One thanks to my neighbours leaky cable connection in 1992 (nothing illegal, quite literally a stray signal that we never did fully work out!). "Repo Men" sticks in my mind because we had family over that day, so I didn't get to watch it "live". My father, not realising it was recording, turned off my aerial amplifier midway through, resulting in my recording having about 15 minutes of snow in the middle 'til I turned it back on again! It wasn't until the episode was rerun several years later that I got a complete copy. Ahh... those days long before you could buy sets of the whole seasons; how did we survive?!

    "Repo Men" ranks amongst my favourites of the series. I never tire of watching this one. A nice, fun story, and with some welcome more serious scenes that I wish we had seen more of in the show's run. I give this one a solid 10/10.moreless
  • The boys are Repo men!

    This time the Duke boys are after a suped up engine that R. Petty used. The car is for sale in a lot owned by a crooked dealer called Ace Parker and he will not sell it for a good price unless Bo and Luke do some Repo work. Thier job is to get a car back that Lulu wants. The car is in the hands of Counterfeiters and Bo and Luke have a hell of a time getting it back. In the end the steal the car but crush it up into a small box to get back at Boss and Ace.

    I like this episode and it is a good one to see over and over agian. I give it about a 91.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This episode suggests that Cooter works at a wrecker's yard. It is unclear if this was in place before the writers settled on him being a mechanic, or if it was just a job he had taken on the side.

    • In the scenes filmed outside the Courthouse, Christmas decorations can be seen hanging in the street in several shots. This episode was filmed in mid-November 1978; Convington (the town used for filming the first five episodes) was beginning to put up it's seasonal decorations, and there wasn't the time nor budget to remove them for filming.

    • A couple of shots of Cooter inside the wreck being towed behind the General Lee are clearly reversed back-to-front - he is sitting on the wrong side of the car, and the steering wheel is suddenly on the right hand side.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Cooter: What do you think ole Burt Reynolds would do at a time like this?
      Luke: Well I ain't sure but I know he would be doing it with someone a lot prettier.

    • Bo: I hate repo men.
      Luke: Hey, who don't? Personally, I'd like to win that race Saturday. So, A: we need that Richard Petty car to, B: get the spare parts to, C: rebuild the General Lee so he can, D and E: enter and win, F: am I getting through to you?

    • Enos: {reading the Duke boys their rights} Y'all have the right to remain quiet, anything y'all say can and will be used against you in a court of law...I'm sorry Sheriff, but my heart ain't in it.

    • Luke: Do you like scrambled eggs?
      Bo: What does that got to do with this?
      Luke: Where there's chickens, there's eggs.
      (They drive through a barn full of chickens and crash out the other side)
      Bo: That was a funny place to put a barn.
      Luke: You try that fool stunt again and I'm gonna find a funnier place to put one.

    • Daisy: Enos says you're as good as in prison right now.
      Bo: And he couldn't lie if his life depended on it.
      Luke: However, he has been known to be wrong.

    • Daisy: Why don't we just sit down and have a man to man conversation?
      Enos: I'm not sure we can. Didn't your uncle ever tell you there's a difference?
      (Daisy points to the laundry she's hung up)
      Daisy: You mean like you wear long johns and I wear these?

    • (Bo's flattening the tires on Ace's car with arrows, Luke has a chainsaw)
      Luke: Once he's done with that, I'm gonna saw this car in half.

  • NOTES (8)

    • Series producer and director Rod Amateau appears in front of the cameras in this episode playing a character named Manny.

    • The character of Lulu Hogg is considerably trashier in this episode than she would be in future appearances. As with several characters (notably Rosco, and Cooter), her character evolved as production of the show relocated to California and found it's footing.

    • Claude Humphrey, who plays Big John, was an all-pro defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles.

    • The damaged green Charger used in this episode is the same car that appeared in the series pilot as a General Lee. It was labeled as "Lee 1" (the very first General Lee made for the series!) It can be identified as the car with chrome rocker panels below the doors in episode 1. This car jumped over Rosco in the pilot episode, and is seen at the end of the show's opening credits. The car was repainted for "Repo Men" and was found in that same state in 2000. It is being preserved in its present condition, complete with the number '71' on its one remaining door.

    • This was not the first TV episode that featured Peggy Rea playing a character named Lulu alongside Denver Pyle. Some 22 years earlier they guest stared in the episode The Colonel and the Lady of the long-running series Have Gun, Will Travel.

    • The movie The Dukes of Hazzard is based on Moonrunners, which was based on the stories and experiences of real-life former moonshine runner Jerry Rushing. Rushing appears in this episode. He claims that he was promised a role on "the Dukes" without auditioning, but all he got was this guest star role. As such, he campaigned for his role as Ace, seen into this episode, to become recurring, but this is his only appearance in the show's run.

    • This episode features the first appearance of Boss Hogg's wife Lulu (Peggy Rea), who would reoccouringly appear throughout the show's run.
      We also learn that she asked Boss to give Rosco - her brother - position of Sheriff so he had a safe job!

    • This episode contains a scene where Enos asks Rosco why he went from a good law officer to a corrupt one, and in one of the series's most serious and believable moments, Rosco explains his hurt and embitterment over being cheated out of his pension, giving much background to the early version of the character.