Long-running Discovery Channel reality series American Chopper may be leaving viewers on a sour note.
This season, the feuding Teutuls have been trying to pull it all back together, with the Pauls trying to rekindle their broken father-son relationship. It appeared to be working, but the two quickly went from building a bike together in Senior’s garage to working together on a production bike between OCC and PJD. Good idea?
No, not a good idea. In fact, it appears it may have been a very, very bad idea.
People around them—show-absent Mikey Teutul included—expressed happiness that the two were trying to build their personal relationship, but were wary of the jump into business dealings. Some workers, like Vinnie, did not want to revisit Junior’s trip down the OCC memory lane. And, overall, it just made a lot of viewers shake their heads and ask, “Why?”
Last night, the venture took a turn back to where the Teutuls, their employees, friends and fans had hoped it would not, and Junior once again stomped out of OCC in a rage, leaving Senior behind in a fury. Will it be the end of any attempt at reconciliation off-camera? One would hope not. But, it did open up some interesting questions that may or may not be answered in the short time American Chopper has left on the air.
American Chopper: Paper vs. Paperless
First, why would Junior be so absolutely unmovable on the point of putting things on paper? It was not an unreasonable request from Senior. Crews cannot work out of Junior’s head. His “rolling chassis” setup may work for him and his small shop, but is hardly practical when working with another team of builders in another location. But, as is classic Junior, things ultimately had to be his way or the highway—and it appears he chose the latter.
Jealousy Behind Junior's Distaste for Jason?
Also, speaking of putting things on paper, Junior has demonstrated a specific, unrelenting hatred for OCC senior designer Jason Pohl. To be fair to Junior, Jason can act like a complete idiot at times, and it is perfectly understandable how he could seriously get on someone’s nerves. But, perhaps in the case of the Junior-Senior-Jason triangle, there is more there? Senior definitely has an affinity for his senior designer, and there is nothing but admiration for Senior when it comes to Jason; when it comes to work, anyway, Senior appears to prefer Jason’s company to his son’s. So, it’s not unlikely—or unreasonable—that Junior is somewhat jealous of the apparent father-son-type relationship Senior has with Jason—a relationship that appears to work easily and well—and that is adding fuel to the fire of the growing friction between the actual Teutul father-son. It could definitely explain why Junior has been so steadfastly unreasonable about sitting down with the OCC design team and putting something down on paper.
Will Discovery Bring Them Back?
And, of course, the question many fans keep asking: After American Chopper is off the air, will the Discovery Channel find a new vehicle for returning one or both of the Pauls to the small screen? Fans remain fascinated with their favorite Teutul, whether it be Senior or Junior, but the current show is just played out, it’s hard to argue. Discovery made the right call, cancelling the show after a strong 10-year run. But, it was cancelled once, fans know, and was revived as American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior. Could a similar resurrection be awaiting the stars once the current show is put to bed for the last time?
The series finale of American Chopper is scheduled to air on the Discovery Channel on Monday, December 3, at 9 p.m. E/P.
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