The General is still running fine, and Bo and Luke are still as good as ever, but because of declining ratings the 1984-85 season was the last for The Dukes of Hazzard. As Ben Jones said later about the show’s ending, “There are only so many ways you can wreck a car.” The episode Strange Visitor to Hazzard, and the fact that model cars were used for many of the jumps in these later episodes, are clear signals that the show had run it’s course.
SEPTEMBER 21, 1984
The seventh season opens with Bo and Luke recalling the race eight years earlier – with the mortgage to Uncle Jesse’s farm riding on the outcome – that led to the creation of the General Lee.
SEPTEMBER 28, 1984
Series narrator and balladeer Waylon Jennings visits old friend Jesse, carting along his mobile museum of country-music memorabilia, which Boss plans to hijack for ransom from the insurance company.
OCTOBER 5, 1984
Luke’s personality changes after drinking contaminated pond water, leaving him ripe for two crooks who enlist his aid in holding up Boss’s bank.
OCTOBER 12, 1984
Rosco loses his job to a robot stolen by thieves planning to frame the ex-sheriff and the Dukes for the robbery of Boss Hogg’s bank.
OCTOBER 19, 1984
A bump on the head transforms Boss Hogg into a gentle, caring man.
NOVEMBER 2, 1984
After the Dukes save a movie star whose car’s brakes failed, they’re offered a part in the picture he was making and invited to Hollywood, where the leading man’s “accidents” continue.
NOVEMBER 9, 1984
The Dukes land on a chain gang, pawns in the scheme of a neighboring county’s crime lord to acquire the holdings of his bitter rival Boss Hogg.
NOVEMBER 16, 1984
When Hogg produces a deed indicating Jesse’s farm is really his, the Dukes consult the diary of Jesse’s great grandfather and flash back to the events in 1862 that helped create the curious document.
NOVEMBER 23, 1984
Stock-car driver Cale Yarborough comes to Hazzard to visit a seriously ill fan, but winds up framed for a bank heist along with the Dukes.
NOVEMBER 30, 1984
Boss Hogg’s crooks steal the General Lee and rig it with explosives to crash the car into a train filled with gold.
DECEMBER 14, 1984
Two convicts, one of them busted by Luke in his Marine Corps days, break out of prison and force the Dukes to help them escape across the state line through a forest fire.
DECEMBER 21, 1984
After wrongfully accusing the Dukes of a theft, Boss Hogg uses Bo and Luke to find the real culprits who hijacked a shipment of cash.
JANUARY 4, 1985
Bo and Luke try to spook Boss Hogg and a crooked lawyer who are scheming to destroy the second will of Boss’s late Uncle Silas – a document that would transfer executorship of $100,000 earmarked to charity from Boss to Uncle Jesse.
JANUARY 11, 1985
Hughie Hogg schemes to seize his uncle’s fortune and control of Hazzard County by having a pair of con artists make Boss Hogg believe in a magic lantern.
JANUARY 25, 1985
A rash of UFO sightings around Hazzard inspire Boss and Rosco and a pair of hoods on the lam to concoct separate scams.
FEBRUARY 1, 1985
Bo and Luke race after a pair of crooks who have framed Enos for a bank robbery.
FEBRUARY 8, 1985
Rosco’s magic act may have worked too well when Boss Hogg really disappears along with $3 million and an armored truck.