Rosco sat quietly at his desk in the Sheriffs Office. Boss came
barging in. Rosco! What happened this time? Why didnt you
stop them? They said you didnt even chase them.
Boss then noticed Roscos expression, a seriousness he hadnt seen in his brother-in-law in years. What is it? he asked, growing concerned.
Boss, Ive been thinking. said Rosco quietly. Ive decided something.
What? asked Boss.
Boss, Rosco began, as of quittin time today, Im resigning as Sheriff of Hazzard County. Ill get Enos lined out on what he needs to know to run the place, then Ill be on my way.
Boss stared at Rosco, speechless, as the 30-plus year veteran lawman silently got out of his chair, and walked out of the room.
I dont know, Enos. Said Luke, as he stood on the front
porch of the farmhouse, talking to the newly sworn in Hazzard County
Sheriff, Enos Strate. He hardly said two words to us, and let
us go, just like that.
After a long silence, Jesse said, I think I know what might be buggin him. Ill go talk to him.
A little while later, Jesse sat on Roscos mamas front porch,
and looked at the ex-sheriff. You and me go back a long ways,
Rosco, he said. Wanna tell me whats on your mind?
Aw, Jesse, its a lot of things. For one thing, Im getting old. I shoulda been able to retire 10 years ago, but I couldnt afford it, because of losing my pension. Tell you the truth, I still cant, but theres other things, too.
Boss wont spend a stinking dime on the Department, aside from what little he pays me and Enos. Our cars and equipment are ridiculously out of date, we got no computer system, and Ill bet anything Enos dont get a raise, or a deputy, unless maybe Cletus comes back. And we both know Cletus aint much help.
The two men laughed. Yeah, ol Cletus sure aint much of a threat to crime, agreed Jesse.
And another thing, said Rosco, You Dukes. Yall never done me no wrong, but Boss has had me buggin yall so much all these years, Im surprised youll even speak to me. Ive felt bad about it longer than Ive let on, but what was I supposed to do?
Now, Rosco, dont worry too much about that. Weve always known it was more J.D. than you. Besides, we all enjoy a good chase now and then.
Rosco smiled. Yeah, well, I guess my chasing days are over.
Sounds to me like you still care, said Jesse, Maybe under the right circumstances, youd come back.
I do Jesse, but nothingll change with Boss unless theres something in it for him.
Hmm, said Jesse with a mischievous grin.
What, asked Rosco.
I gotta go tend to something, said Jesse, See you later, Rosco.
The next morning, Boss Hogg sat in his office counting money from some illegal scheme. Suddenly, his door exploded open, and there stood his wife, Lulu, who was also Roscos sister, with a look on her face that would make the Devil himself run for cover.
That afternoon, Enos pulled up in front of Roscos mamas.
Rosco smiled. Nice to see you, Sheriff. Hows it going?
Well, for one thing, I dont know how Cletus ever survived when he worked for you.
Why, just this morning, he locked himself in the jail cell, fell down the steps to the courthouse, ran his patrol car into mine, and its still early. I got mad at him, and even called him a dipstick.
Rosco laughed. Sounds like Cletus, alright.
Listen, Rosco, if youre not busy, could you come down to the station and help me with some paperwork? Im still having trouble understanding some of it, said Enos.
Sure thing, Id kind of like to look in on the old place, anyway, said Rosco.
A while later, Rosco stepped into his old office and stared at Enos
desk. On it sat a brand new, top-of-the-line computer. What th
Enos was grinning ear-to-ear. Something, aint it? Tied in to the State Police and the Feds. And that aint all. Follow me.
Rosco was silent as he followed Enos out the back door. There on the curb sat three brand new patrol cars, complete with on-board computers, radars, cell phones, and big engines.
Rosco was angry. Is that what you brought me down here for? To rub all this new stuff in my face? How the heck did you talk Boss into it, anyway? Im going home, and all of you can just leave me alone!
But Rosco, isnt this what you wanted? called Boss Hogg from the door.
Isnt it a little late for you to care what I want? I hope Enos and Cletus enjoy it! said Rosco angrily without looking back.
He stopped. One thing. Why are there three cars?
Boss grinned. Because one of ems yours, you lamebrain! Youre gonna have two deputies from now on to take some of the load off.
Me? asked Roscoe, surprised.
That is if you want to come back, said Boss.
Well Rosco said with a grin.
Thats when he saw the Dukes standing on the sidewalk.
He walked up to Jesse. You old coot, you sicced Lulu on him, didnt you? he said, laughing.
We had to do something, Rosco, said Bo. "It just isnt as much fun without you.
Well, thank you Dukes very much. I appreciate it. Said Rosco.
Hey, Rosco, said Luke with a twinkle in his eye, You wanna see what that new cars made of?
With that, he and Bo hopped into the General and took off.
Rosco looked up at Enos and Cletus as he headed for the lead car. Well, what are you two dipsticks waiting for? Lets go get em!
And so, Rosco was back on the job, and things were back to normal, for Hazzard, anyway.