Some days even collecting a water heater can go wrong for the Dukes. When Bo and Luke are pulled over by Rosco for not having a red flag on their cargo, they discover that it’s actually a box load of marijuana (or “mari-jew-wana” as Rosco calls it).
Roving private investigator Mason Dixon Jr. gets a tip about the marijuana seizure and hears that it might be linked to a criminal named Dempsey. He heads for Hazzard with his two female associates, Tinker and Sam, and gets on the Dukes’ trail when Boss lets their name slip.
When they catch up with the Dukes, Uncle Jesse manages to convince Mason that Bo and Luke have nothing to do with the marijuana, so they agree to join forces to find the real drugs suppliers. Mabel Tillingham tips off Boss and Rosco about where to find them all, and they’re briefly arrested.
Once they escape custody, Mason analyzes a soil sample that leads them to the old copper mine up at Razorback Mountain. They know they’ve got the right place when they spot sentries in the road. Unfortunately, a couple of sentries spot them, but after a short fight, Bo and Luke head off to the copper mine in the sentries’ coveralls. Meanwhile, Tinker and Sam climb the steep side of Razorback Mountain.
Bo and Luke get captured, but are rescued by Tinker and Sam. The bad guys move out with a whole truckload of marijuana, and are pursued by Luke and Sam on hang gliders, and Bo and Tinker in the General (Bo even lets Tinker drive after she gives him a kiss!). The chasers are joined by Mason, Jesse and Daisy, Boss and Rosco, and Enos.
When Luke and Sam catch up with the truck, they land and climb aboard. After fighting off one of the bad guys, they place some explosives in the cargo, and jump off into Mason’s car.
Mason, Tinker and Sam end up with the reward for catching Dempsey, while Rosco and Enos get some of the glory.
The anti-drugs message is very clear in this episode, unlike the 2005 movie! Boss is happy with general corruption and swindling, but says “even I draw the line on dope and drugs for any amount of money.”
This is the second episode of season 2 that was intended to be a pilot for a spin-off series. Writer Bruce Howard planned a series following the exploits of Mason Dixon and his girls, but it never took off.
Cooter’s Farm on Jessup Road is introduced in this episode, although there seems to be no real need for it. It only provides a location for the Dukes to hide the marijuana, and for Mason to confront Bo and Luke before they’re all arrested.
The finale sees the bad guys chased by up to five cars and two hang gliders. The shots of the hang gliders give some great views of the Californian hills.
As if to welcome Rosco back, there’s a subtle comic moment between him and Boss when they accidentally put on each other’s hats.
It’s only visible briefly, but this episode has the third appearance of Swamp Molly’s pickup truck. It’s one of the background vehicles that can be seen at the bad guys’ distribution center.
This is the acting debut of former Miss Florida, Mary-Margaret Humes (Tinker – below left). She went on to appear in many other ‘80s favorites such as Knight Rider, The A-Team, Hardcastle and McCormick and The Fall Guy, before landing a regular part in Dawson’s Creek.
The Trans-Am driven by Tinker and Sam is one of 250 convertibles made in 1979 by National Coach Engineering of Michigan.
Morgan Woodward (Dempsey), who played Boss Godfrey in the 1967 Paul Newman movie Cool Hand Luke (and would appear in the Dukes version Cool Hands Luke & Bo in season 7) also guest starred on the short-lived Dukes spin-off series Enos.
–synopsis and vidcaps by Hoss (with info from The Dukes of Hazzard Unofficial Companion).