|Mr. Wolfe (Terry McGovern), his teenage paramour, Jane (Kay Lenz) and Curt (Richard Dreyfuss).|
Way back in 1967-68 it was the last season of the Andy Griffith Show. Opie (Ron Howard) who would later play big man on campus, Steve Bollander in American Graffiti and Phoebe (Kay Lenz) who would depict Mr. Wolfe's lust interest, Jane in George Lucas's humorously sentimental film appeared together on The Andy Griffith Show in the episode, OPIE'S BAND, 6 years before Graffiti was released.
|Opie gets asked to join a rock and roll band and they begin practicing in the Taylors' garage.|
|Soon the band, The Sound Committee gets its first gig playing at a friend's birthday party|
|Phoebe (Kay Lenz), a girl who goes to school with Opie winds up infatuated when she realizes he’s part of the rock band, The Sound Committee|
|When Phoebe is flirting with Opie, he shines her on using terms like “Cool” and “Groovy,” already acting like a conceited musician on his first gig.|
|Hey, Opie, you dope, look at her she's talking to you!|
Opie's attitude and behavior begins to change. The band becomes all-consuming and he is staying out late in the evenings. He begins to get Fs on his school assignments. Is heroin addiction the cause? Has Sheriff Taylor's son started banging H like so many rock and roll tragedies? Will Aunt Bee find a syringe hidden under Opie's pillow??? Not likely. But the more important question is, will Opie ever ask Phoebe out on a date or will he just treat her like any other groupie and take her in the back room to receive oral pleasure?
|Aunt Bee and her friend Clara confront Opie about his behavior with results that are surprising.|
This was the final season of the show. Fred Roos was Casting Director for both Graffiti and The Andy Griffith Show. When it came time to cast Graffiti Roos remembered her and recommended Kay to play the sexy high school student in American Graffiti who was infatuated with… not a musician in Herbie and the Heartbeats at the sock hop but a teacher, Mr. Wolfe talking to Curt (Richard Dreyfuss) while Opie (Ron Howard), was inside dancing as Steve Bollander with Laurie Henderson (Cindy Williams).
There must have been some truth to Lenz' character being infatuated with a musician because eventually she married rock musician David Cassidy who appeared as David Partridge on the weekly TV series, THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY.
Lenz and singer-actor David Cassidy married on April 3, 1977, and divorced on December 28, 1983.
|After Graffiti, Kay had several amazing parts in movies however, Kay's medium of choice has been TV and she has garnered two Emmy awards in the process. She continues to make appearances to this day on TV. For a small bio please see our post BIT PARTS & PIE PIECES: BEFORE & AFTER: http://kipsamericangraffiti.blogspot.com/2011/12/bit-parts-pie-pieces-before-after.html|