Rosco’s latest scheme to frame the Duke Boys is to make them cross the state line and break the terms of their probation. To do this, he first removes the state line sign, and then chases them over it without them even knowing. He soon replaces the sign and calls Boss with the good news.
Meanwhile, Bo and Luke find themselves on an unfamiliar road that leads to a racetrack where Cale Yarborough is testing a secret turbocharger that he hopes will help him win the Illinois 500. After Cale and his mechanic Chet accept that Bo and Luke aren’t trying to help the Jethro Brothers steal the turbocharger, they give Bo a run in Cale’s white Charger.
The Jethro Brothers soon pick up Cale’s trail when the Dukes take Chet to meet Cooter at the Boar’s Nest. Back in town the Jethro Brothers plant bugs in the General and Cale’s Charger before cutting a deal with Boss Hogg to get their hands on the turbocharger. When the Dukes try to sneak Cale out of Hazzard on a bus, they find two patrol cars waiting for them. They become more suspicious when they’re beaten to the railroad station (who knew Hazzard had one?).
When Boss even beats them to crop-duster Amos Stigger, they realize they’ve been bugged and give Boss a blast of Dixie.
Regrouping, the Dukes and Cooter then hatch a plan that involves painting Cale’s Charger to look like the General, along with a third that Cooter conveniently has behind his garage, and using both as decoys. Despite Luke saying about the third car, “Don’t worry. It don’t have to be exact. As long as it’s the same model car,” all three cars end up with perfect paintwork, correct wheels and nudge bars. They even take out Cale’s black interior and replace it with one that’s tan!
We always knew that Boss was fond of money, but in this episode we find that he meditates in front of what he calls his “shrine”.
If anyone’s been wondering how the show got through so many Dodge Chargers, here’s a landing that made it through the edit.
The game of musical deputies continues as Enos returns in place of Cletus.
NASCAR legend Cale Yarborough becomes one of the first celebrities to appear on the show, and the first to appear as themself. He would have to wait until season 7 to make a return appearance.
The racetrack used in this episode can also been seen in Hazzard Connection and Carnival of Thrills, as well as other popular ‘80s shows like The Fall Guy and Knight Rider. In real life it’s the Saugus Speedway in Newhall, Santa Clarita. The last race was held there in 1995, but it’s still used for swap meets.
Mabel (Maybelle/Myrtle) Tillingham at the phone company is revealed to be Boss’s cousin.
Harrison Page (Chet Garvey) has had many television and film roles over the years, including recurring roles on Hill Street Blues, Ally McBeal, JAG and Gimmie a Break! He was also Captain Trunk from the short-lived ’80s series Sledge Hammer!
–synopsis and vidcaps by Hoss (with info from The Dukes of Hazzard Unofficial Companion).