The Dukes of Hazzard

Season 5 Episode 1

The New Dukes

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 24, 1982 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Bo and Luke have left Hazzard to full fill a life long dream of racing on the NASCAR Circuit. Boss is so happy about it, that he unleashes his ultimate secret weapon: The mean green machine, monstrous vehicle to rip off the bank in Capitol City, and plan to steal $100 engraving plates from an armored truck that's suppose to pass through Hazzard county. But he's unaware that cousins Coy and Vance Duke have returned to Hazzard after 6 years to help uncle Jesse run the farm and are on to his shenanigans, and driving around in the General Lee. Also, Enos returned to Hazzard and is back on the force.moreless

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  • This is what downed the Dukes

    When John Schneider & Tom Wopat left

    The creators thought the General Lee was the star

    But audiences proved the creators they were wrong

    Coy & Vance and the actors that played them

    Though they mean well, ruined the Dukes

    And the ratings fell down in a heartbeat

    As the producers tried to bring back John & Tom asap and they reached a settlement

    But despite die-hard fans loving Bo & Luke back

    It was never the same

    As the Dukes can thank this episode for ruining the once might hit!moreless
  • Coy and Vance gave it a try even though people seemed to be against them from the start.

    Bo and Luke leave the show to go race for Nascar and Coy and Vance step in. Tom, and John and WB did this and it is not fair for the fans to take it out on Coy and Vance. Despite Bo and Luke not being there there were quite a few good stories in the Coy and Vance era of the 5th season. I agree you cannot replace original characters of that nature and not have an impact but everything worked out and the show went on for a couple more years. The show would have went down any way because all stories get old.moreless
  • New Dukes...

    As every one knows for season 5 John Schneider and Tom Wopat left the show I'm not really sure why because I have heard different stories But then the y brought in Christopher Mayer to play Vance duke and Byron Cherry to play Coy duke. This didn't go over well with the fans and I don't blame them. I didn't seem to mind them but Bo and Luke were better and I didn't like how they tried to make the new guys look like Bo and Luke. I have the season 5 DVD set and it is alright not every episode is bad. The best part of this entire episode is when they brought Enos back. Later...moreless
  • The beginning of of the era Dukes fans hate.

    The beginning of of the era Dukes fans hate. Coy and Vance are now on the show. This episode was not too bad in my opinion. Bo and Luke leave for the Nascar episode. Daisy speaks for all Duke fan. Boss Hogg acts like they are better than Bo and Luke, but they aint.
  • Bo and Luke leave for the Nascar circuit and are replaced by other cousins Coy and Vance.

    I actually liked this episode. I\'m one of the few Dukes fans who liked Coy and Vance. Ok so they arent the best actors in the world but I thought Byron Cherry and Christopher Mayer did a good job of being Dukes. Granted, they aren\'t Bo and Luke but thats part of the fun of the episode. Coy and Vance provide a good change for the series. I mean dont get me wrong, I love Bo and Luke but Coy and Vance were a good addition (even if it was temporary). Ive heard the argument \"but they arent Bo and Luke\" used to provide a reason for alot of people disliking Coy and Vance. Isn\'t that the idea though?

    Enos coming back was also great. The way Rosco and Cletus reacted was very funny and the dynamic between Enos and Cletus is hilarious (i wish they had kept them both on).

    Not a great story line for this episode though. It gets a bit boring after a while but I still liked it just for Coy/Vance/Enos.

    (By the way...just an observation I made...Vance is the exact double of Eric from the little mermaid)

Rick Hurst

Rick Hurst

Deputy Cletus Hogg

Denver Pyle

Denver Pyle

Uncle Jesse Duke

Catherine Bach

Catherine Bach

Daisy Duke

James Best

James Best

Sheriff Rosco P. Coltraine

Sorrell Booke

Sorrell Booke

Jefferson Davis (J.D.)Hogg

Sonny Shroyer

Sonny Shroyer

Deputy Enos Strate

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Uncle Jesse reads the article about the $100 plates, you can see some of the paragraphs are repeated on the same page.

    • How were Bo and Luke able to tour with the NASCAR series when their probation prohibited them from leaving Hazzard County? Plus, in later episodes it's mentioned that they are still on probation. Plus in the flashback episode Happy Birthday, General Lee it's mentioned that they were on probation even then--eight years prior. That must have been a stiff term and it's yet another inconsistency that's never fully explained.

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  • NOTES (3)

    • In the opening credits when it shows James Best as Rosco Coltrane it is changed with the new credits and it says Rosco P. Coltrane but when Tom Wopat and John Schneider came back it was changed back to just Rosco Coltrane.

    • Bo and Luke leaving Hazzard County is a result of Tom Wopat and John Schneider leaving because they claimed that Warner Bros. cheated them out of their rights and royalties. Their replacements, Byron Cherry and Christopher Mayer were chosen out of over 2000 actors who auditioned for the part of Coy and Vance. Sonny Shroyer returned when his show, Enos, failed after 18 episodes.

    • Bo and Luke were said to have gone to race professionally on the NASCAR circuit. The bulk of the scripts were simply adapted from using Bo and Luke to Coy and Vance. The two new Duke 'clones' proved unpopular with many legions of fans, and ratings took a severe dip as a result.