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The Dukes of Hazzard

Season 1 Episode 8

The Big Heist

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 30, 1979 on CBS
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Boss is robbed of his illegal liquor money by farmer Neil Bishop whom he ripped off. Unfortunately for Bishop, his car has been towed away by Rosco so he escapes in the General Lee thus making it appear that Bo and Luke committed the robbery.

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  • A masked, armed thief robs Boss Hogg of $30,000, and hijacks the General Lee to make his getaway, leaving Bo and Luke wanted for the holdup, while Daisy innocently takes the real thief home to stay. An enjoyable episode that's hard not to like...moreless

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    Although it often seems to get overlooked, I personally think that "The Big Heist" is a great first season instalment of the series, and, beyond the excellent original five episodes filmed in Georgia, is actually probably one of the best episodes of the remainder of the season.



    By this point, the comic template that would dominate most of the rest of the show's run is starting to set in place, but – while some of those late examples may be a little too heavy on the slapstick – thankfully this one still has a decent and plausible enough plot to keep viewers engaged.



    Ben Jones (Cooter) does not appear in this episode, making it the only first season story where he, or any of the main cast, does not appear. (Although remaining as one of the main billed cast, Jones would become more of a semi-regular in late seasons). It doesn't matter as it doesn't affect the story in any way; although it is odd when we see Rosco pull up to the Garage for gas, to see some other, unknown mechanics working there (maybe Cooter left them in charge whilst he was out of town?).



    Of course, as the show went on for a number of subsequent seasons, there would be *many* more armed holdups in Hazzard, but here in the first season, with it's more varied plots, this is the original, and handled with much more care as a result. Plus, at least here, Boss and Rosco believe they have a valid reason for pursing Bo and Luke, instead of the sometimes flimsy reasons given in later stories.



    When Bo and Luke escape from jail (the first of many times in the series, by the way), they tie Enos up and hang him on the wall; Although episode continuity wasn't usually that strong in the series, this event was referred to in a number of future episodes – even by Cletus, when he replaced Enos in the third and fourth season.



    Throughout the story, we are given clues that the real robber, Neil Bishop, may not be as bad as is assumed – he comes across as shifty, but innocent seeming; so it almost comes as a relief when in the final act, he reveals that he robbed Boss of money owed to him after Boss sold him some duff farming equipment. Cue a fun "reverse robbery", where the Dukes return Boss's money (from illegal moonshining), but call in revenuer Harvey Essex to ensure that the cash won't be back in Boss's hands for long.

    As part of this rouse, this is also the first time that we get to see Daisy driving the General Lee, and, as with some future examples, it is even subtlety suggested that she might even be a better driver than Bo and Luke! It certainly seems she may be, as she drives the General on two wheels around Hazzard Square.



    All-in-all, "The Big Heist" is a really likeable tale, with a fun plot, and a satisfying payoff that wraps the story up nicely. As I say at the top, it is an episode that often seems to get overlooked, and it might not necessarily make it onto any Top 10 episode lists, but even so, I've always enjoyed watching this episode enough to give it a solid 10/10.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

Fred McCarren

Fred McCarren

Neil Bishop

Guest Star

Bill Meadows

Bill Meadows

Station Attendant

Guest Star

Kris Marquis

Kris Marquis

Willis

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Nitpick: When Enos is tied up and gagged as Bo and Luke escape, both Rosco and Boss look around the Courthouse wondering where he is (with Enos frantically nodding his head trying to attract them), but do not find him for the remainder of the episode. Even if Enos was gagged, he would still have been able to make noises with his throat to attract their attention.

    • Revenue agent Harvey Essex is called "Harley" by Boss when he approaches him on the street.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Bo: He's going right back to town.
      Luke: You wanna hobble after him in your new mail order boots and tell him that?

    • Bo: Luke, how come you didn't stop for me?
      Luke: Ask the dude with the gun.

    • (Enos has been tied to a chair and attached to the wall. Boss Hogg comes in.)
      Boss Hogg: You would think in a police station you would find at least one cop hanging around.
      (Rosco tries to contact Enos on the radio, unaware that he is behind the door.)
      Rosco: Enos, I promise you, if I catch you, I will hang you on the wall like a side of beef.
      (Rosco is unaware that someone has already beaten him to it.)

  • NOTES (5)

    • We see Daisy driving the General Lee for the first time in this story.

    • We see Boss Hogg's office at the Courthouse for the first time in this episode. However, it is a noticeably different room and set than is used from the second season onwards.

    • When Bo and Luke escape from jail (the first of many times in the series), they tie Enos up and hang him on the wall; Although episode continuity wasn't usually that strong in the series, this event was referred to in a number of future episodes – even by Cletus, when he replaced Enos in the third and fourth season.

    • Bo and Luke escape from the Hazzard County Jail for the first of many times in this episode.

    • Cooter (Ben Jones) does not appear in this episode - making it the only first season episode where one of the regular cast does not appear. (Jones, while remaining in the main cast, would become more of a semi-regular late on in the show's run).

      Despite Cooter not appearing, his Garage is still featured - with mechanics are working there.

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