Has Mikey Teutul finally had enough of the father-son conflict on Discovery's American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior?
After months of anger, accusations and hurt feelings, Paul Teutul Sr. and Jr. finally sat down to have a face-to-face conversation. But, what really happened fans may never know, as the entire thing was off-camera, and, after the fact, the accounts of whether or not the meeting went well from the perspectives of Senior and Junior seemed as muddled and confused as ever.
“It went okay,” according to Junior, who seemed to believe that, post conversation, they were on the right track. “The fact that we met, I thought it was important to meet. … I think our meeting, it turned out to be more about setting ground rules than making any major changes in our relationship.” According to Junior, it is now all about respect, but he seemed to be less interested in any type of true relationship building. “We have to have a starting point. His life is his life, and my life is my life, now. Hopefully down the road, they can come together at some point in time, but it doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen right at this moment.” Junior seemed not just relieved, but happy with the outcome as he told his wife about his view of events.
Senior, on the other hand, was obviously unhappy with the outcome as he spoke to his wife, and was unsure as to whether or not to even continue to try.
“I was kinda thrown back, because I was looking for a little bit more than that,” he said. “It wasn’t really about me and him and all." Senior described Junior’s attitude as being all about business—an unsatisfactory resolution, in his point of view.
“Basically, he doesn’t really want to have a relationship with me, other than what he said about the business,” he said. “So, really, what was the sense of going there and talking in person? The whole purpose of that thing was meeting face-to-face, which we haven’t done in years, and, hopefully, face-to-face, discussing some of the issues, and being able to say, well, let’s move forward, in whatever area it is, even if it’s a little bit, just the littlest thing.”
While Junior seemed to think they made progress, setting some kind of ground rules, Senior seemed distraught at the outcome, as well as even more frustrated. “If he doesn’t want a father and son relationship, I can’t make that happen. I think at this point, I gotta figure, what’s the next step, or is there a next step? Where do you go from here? You’re the father, you need to keep trying. And, I have been, I really believe I have been, if you count how many times I’ve reached out to him.”
Overall, unfortunately, things don’t appear to be looking up for the father-son relationship between the two Pauls. And, as for Mikey?
According to the teaser for the upcoming episode, Mikey may be considering getting out of the reality show grind. One cannot help but wonder what he would do should he actually quit the show—he doesn’t display any marketable skills on the show, and it is hard to believe that his “art gallery” would fill that ticket. But, again, the idea that he could be leaving the show is simply the subject of a teaser at this point—and teasers are notoriously misleading.
Will Mikey actually leave American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior? And, will Paul Sr. finally decide he’s finished reaching out to his sons, only to have his efforts slapped down in the end?
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