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Why wasn’t The General Lee on S1 Ep.3?

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Welcome to HNet, GigGuy.

In all seven seasons, 'Mary Kaye's Baby' (S01E03) is the only episode in which the General doesn't appear. I guess the people making the show had no idea by the third episode that the General would become so iconic, and end up being at least as famous as the stars of the show. Many shows in the '70s and '80s were based around a vehicle, e.g. KITT in 'Knight Rider', the Coyote X in 'Hardcastle and McCormick' etc., but early episodes of Dukes weren't like that. The show's formula wasn't really established until filming was moved to California for episode 6, and maybe even as late as the start of season 2.

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Hey there GigGuy. Welcome to Hazzard County. Tell us a little more about your love of the Dukes.....favorite character, episode, scene, vehicle, season...etc. Do you watch them a lot? Ever met any of the stars? Do you have any Dukes toys or all the DVDs? We're happy to have you here and hope you stay a long time. YEEEHAWW!!

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I was just listening to the Kibbe & Friends show where they were talking about the passing of Henry Holman Jr who owned H&H Auto. They made 6 additional General Lees for the Georgia episodes.

Cinema Vehicle Services made the first 3 General Lees and the crew thought those 3 would be enough to film 5 episodes. Well... After episode one they we're all damaged/trashed. For episode 2 the ones which could be repaired were. Which is why in Episode 2 'Daisy's song' most shots have a General Lee with damage like a caved in front or left front quarter damage.

So in other words. All 3 General Lees made for the shows were so damaged, they simply didn't even have one presentable enough to be in a background shot for episode 3.

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19 hours ago, Roth Potter said:

So in other words. All 3 General Lees made for the shows were so damaged, they simply didn't even have one presentable enough to be in a background shot for episode 3.

That makes a lot of sense. When Warner Bros. realized how popular the General Lee was, they obviously made sure there was never a shortage again (excluding the episodes where they used models for the stunts, which I believe was partly down to costs and partly due to lack of available Chargers).

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