The Dukes of Hazzard/Cool Hands, Luke and Bo

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Cool Hands, Luke and Bo
Season 7, Episode 7
Airdate November 9, 1984
Production Number 185507
Written by Michael Michaelian,
Michael Severeid
Directed by Ralph Riskin
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Cool Hands, Luke and Bo is the seventh episode of the seventh season of The Dukes of Hazzard, and the one hundred thirty-seventh episode overall.

In an episode heavily inspired by the classic Paul Newman movie Cool Hand Luke, Bo and Luke are captured by corrupt lawmen in neighboring Osage County, pawns in a scheme by County Administrator Col. Cassius Clayborne to lure sworn enemies Boss Hogg and Rosco to his prison camp. Once Boss and Rosco are also taken into custody, Clayborne executes a plan to blackmail longstanding rival Hogg out of everything he owns ... by exploiting his voracious appetite.


Guest cast

Guest Stars: Peggy Rea (Lulu), James Avery (Charlie), Morgan Woodward (Colonel Cassius Clayborne), Claude Earl Jones (Sheriff R.P. "Droopy" Cathcarte), Brion James (Captain Slater)

Plot Overview


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

  • Cool Hand Luke – The episode title and much of the plot is taken from the 1967 movie starring Paul Newman. Included: The movie's most famous line, "What we have here is a failure to communicate!" (spoken by the chief villian, Col. Cassius Claiborne).
  • Pac-Man – During one of his asides, Waylon Jennings notes that Col. Clayborne plans to obtain Boss Hogg's holdings "faster than a country Pac-Man," referencing the blockbuster arcade game of the early 1980s.

Memorable Moments



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