After Opie joins a rock band he starts to stay out late and gets F's in all of his schoolwork. Aunt Bee has Clara talk to him about the situation.




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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Jim Kidwell ...
Clifford Johnson
Joe Leitch ...
Wilson Brown
Gary Chase ...
Jesse Clayton
Joy (as Kay Ann Kemper)


Opie gets asked to join a rock and roll band and they take to practicing in the Taylors' garage. Andy isn't too concerned about it all and is happy for the boys when they get their first gig, playing at a friend's birthday party. Soon however, Opie's attitude and behavior begins to chance. The band becomes all-consuming and he is staying out late in the evenings. When he begins to fail tests and assignments at school, Andy decides the time has come to lay down the law. Aunt Bee thinks that they should ask Clara Edwards to have a chat with Opie but Andy is convinced that it will only make matters worse. Aunt Bee goes ahead anyways and Clara's talk has surprising results. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family





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6 November 1967 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Opie is standing by the table talking with Phoebe a girl in a yellow dress can be seen walking up behind Phoebe. When the shot changes to show Opie turning around the girl can be seen walking up behind Phoebe a second time. See more »


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Emmett Clark: I didn't say that.
Goober Pyle: Well, you better not.
Emmett Clark: You may like music as much as I do.
Goober Pyle: Watch your step.
Emmett Clark: Oh, yeah? Did you ever hear the Raleigh Philharmonic?
Goober Pyle: I been busy.
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This is one of the best things I've seen on television
13 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

Baby Ron Howard playing the guitar with an enormous grin on his face, then looking disinterested and telling people "groovy" is great. Effusively explaining to Andy that he needs new "threads" and can't go to church or make other family commitments because he has to go hang out in front of the drug store is absolutely classic.

The budding rock star issue is the perfect context for Aunt Bee's neurosis, and the episode brings in a nice twist. A period episode that explores an issue that had just begun, but persists to this day. The only reason I would go 9 instead of 10 is the absence of Barney, who could have been worked in to wonderful effect.

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