When Boss reads that Loretta Lynn is heading for the state fair, he sends out Rosco to detour her into Hazzard.
Loretta is surprised when her arrival at the Boar’s Nest is met with a fanfare welcome.
While Cooter looks at an oil leak on her RV, Loretta gets ushered into the Boar’s Nest for photographs. After a short stay, Loretta says her farewells and gets driven away, not knowing that her driver has been ambushed and she’s being kidnapped. Inside the Boar’s Nest, Boss is trying to sell off the glass used by Loretta when the real driver comes out and explains what’s happened. With a flat tire on the General, and the patrol cars chained together, the pursuit is left to Bo and Luke in Daisy’s Road Runner (back from the dead for this out-of-sequence episode).
The very polite kidnappers reassure Loretta that she’s quite safe. They tell her that they have a singing group called The Pine Valley Rockers, and all they want for ransom is the $1,136.15 that a phony producer at Platter Records charged to make a demo.
To help people find her, Loretta leaves a trail of publicity photos.
While everyone is looking for Loretta, her road manager escapes and finds Bo and Luke. They track the photos to the stockyard and try to get help from Rosco, although he still believes that the Dukes are behind the kidnapping. When the kidnappers realize they’ve been discovered, they break out of the barn in the RV, narrowly missing Bo and Luke. The boys give chase, and are briefly joined by Rosco and Enos. After taking out the car driven by kidnapper Cindy, Luke ties the General to the RV and he and Bo climb aboard. Once there, Bo hangs one of the kidnappers on a coat hook, and Luke holds up the other with a banana; both decide to give themselves up.
The kidnappers get let off with “a real tongue-lashing” from the state police when Loretta refuses to press charges. She also promises the help them make a record in Nashville. As a reward for being rescued, Loretta treats the Boar’s Nest to a rendition of Y’all Come, accompanied by Bo, Luke and Cooter. Enos immortalizes the scene with a photograph, although Rosco stands a bit close to the flash.
Loretta’s road manager would make a terrible witness. When she escapes from the kidnappers she leaves a large barn, runs between some animal pens, past a “Hazzard Stockyards” sign, and over a covered bridge. When the Dukes try to discover where the kidnappers are hiding Loretta, all she can tell them is that she smelled ham! Still, the poor description gives Luke a chance to follow the trail of photos while sitting on the General’s hood.
Cooter must have Chip Foose and the Overhaulin’ team in his garage, because the General gets restored to perfect condition almost immediately after it’s rolled!
To cash in on Loretta’s visit, Boss has imported some wigs direct from Hong Kong. When he tries one on, Daisy says “I declare, Boss, I never realized you were such a looker. Ain’t he cute, Luke?” Luke replies “You know, Boss, I still ain’t got a date for that church picnic.”
The stockyard and barn buildings are still standing on the Disney Golden Oak ranch. When this episode was filmed, the Boar’s Nest was only about 100 yards away!
To soothe Luke’s eye, Uncle Jesse uses Grandma Duke’s famous recipe: boiled hickory leaves, a nice toad liver, and a scoop of bear grease.
Henry Gibson (Squirt) was a regular performer on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In in the late 60s/early 70s and had roles in several TV shows and films including The Long Goodbye, Charlotte’s Web (as the voice of Wilbur) and The Blues Brothers (as the Head Nazi).
–synopsis and vidcaps by Hoss (with info from The Dukes of Hazzard Unofficial Companion).
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