Witness for the Persecution

The Dukes of Hazzard: Witness for the Persecution

Synopsis:

Old lawman Tom Pryor wants Jesse’s help providing a safe house for a government witness in an upcoming trial in Savannah.

The Dukes of Hazzard: Witness for the Persecution

What Jesse doesn’t know is that the witness is Boss Hogg, who’s hoping his testimony might help him into the Governor’s mansion. Boss moves in complete with his barber chair, and expects to be waited on hand and foot.

The Dukes of Hazzard: Witness for the Persecution

As (bad) luck would have it, Bo and Luke accidentally run into the guys looking for Boss and nearly get shot in the process. When Bo asks “Who the heck could be shooting at us?” Luke replies “Any one of the number of them fathers of the girls you’ve been dating.” Their escape is complicated by the General’s engine cutting out intermittently.

The Dukes of Hazzard: Witness for the Persecution

Enos hears that “a couple of city dudes” are looking for Boss, and since he doesn’t know where Boss is hiding, he heads out to the Duke Farm to discuss it with the Dukes. Boss tells them that Enos is “a bigger blabbermouth than my wife, Lulu”, so he gets Bo and Luke to drive him away. Back in town they swap the ailing General for Cooter’s pickup truck. In the meantime, Rosco has adopted the role of temporary Boss, and is smoking Boss’s cigars, driving his car and wearing a white suit. In fact, he’s so convincing that the bad guys nearly shoot him before Bo steps in and drenches him in old motor oil.

The Dukes of Hazzard: Witness for the Persecution

Eventually they get Boss to safety, only to find that the racketeer has changed his plea to guilty. For his troubles, Jesse gets a certificate of valor, although they misspell his name.

The Dukes of Hazzard: Witness for the Persecution

Commentary:

Despite their differences, and to the surprise of Bo, Luke and Daisy, Boss and Jesse find that their situation makes them remember the old friendship that once existed between them.

The Dukes of Hazzard: Witness for the Persecution

Highlights:

In a scene reminiscent of Bo and Luke finding Amy and Frankie in their beds in Luke’s Love Story, Daisy returns home late to find Boss in hers.

The Dukes of Hazzard: Witness for the Persecution

Trivia:

The tunnel used by the Dukes to escape from the bad guys also featured in the Steven Spielberg movie Duel.

The Dukes of Hazzard: Witness for the Persecution

–synopsis and vidcaps by Hoss (with info from The Dukes of Hazzard Unofficial Companion).