Do you believe in ghosts? How about The Ghost of General Lee? This is a great time of year to enjoy some Dukes of Hazzard episodes that feature ghosts, haunted houses, caskets, and spook-talkin’ mediums! Of course, nothing is quite what it seems in Hazzard County, so there’s got to be a rational explanation behind all the spookifyin’. Well, almost rational.
The Ghost of General Lee gives us the greatest premise of the entire series. What if, Bo and Luke died during a chase from Rosco? We know Rosco would feel pretty bad about it, despite his long-running animosity with the Dukes. We also know ol’ Boss Hogg would find some way to try and take advantage of it.
Seeing Rosco get treated to a haunting by the General Lee is a moment in Dukes of Hazzard history that never gets old. If you haven’t watched this episode lately, it’s time you saw it again. You can download it from Amazon for a mere $1.99. Also check out this Ghost of General Lee model kit.
The writers of Season Two must of had a morbid streak in ’em, because they also gave us R.I.P. Henry Flatt, an episode that was pretty much a casket-and-carry gag from start to finish. Bo and Luke have been accused of a lot of things by now, but…body snatchers? The coffin and mortal remains within gets passed between vehicles like a game of hot potato. Turns out the General Lee makes a lousy hearse.
James Best gets credit for a good ad-lib during this episode, when Rosco quips a one-liner over the CB to Enos. Not surprisingly, Enos doesn’t have a comeback for it.
Another good choice for this time of year is The Hazzardville Horror. This was the Dukes answer to a Scooby-Doo episode, complete with a spooky old house, weird shenanigans, secret panels, and criminals trying to scare off the locals. Of course, with locals like Bo, Luke, and Daisy, you’re more liable to draw them in than send them running away. They got time on their hands, after all, and snooping around is irresistible to them. Will curiosity kill the cat?
Maybe not, but in the case of the Dukes, it doesn’t do ’em any favors. They manage to incriminate themselves even while solving the mystery of the haunted house and cracking the latest crime spree in Hazzard.
You’d have to agree that on the average, the Dukes made good use of things like coffins, hearses, funerals, and so on. From “Money to Burn” in the first season, to “Ding Dong, The Boss is Dead” in the fifth season, the Dukes didn’t shy away from things that some of us would find just a little creepy.
So, this Halloween, pour a big glass of apple cider, sit down with a bowl of Halloween candy, and treat yourself to some of your favorite Dukes of Hazzard episodes!