As fans of American Chopper know, the Discovery Channel show is focusing on rebuilding this season, going from “Senior vs. Junior” back to just “American Chopper,” not combining the two businesses, but healing the rift in the personal relationship of the Teutuls. So far, it seems that the pair is on the right track.
Paul Jr., in particular, has changed his approach this season. Previously, he has been unwilling to give even an inch. When his dad told him in their meeting at the end of last season that he had changed over the last three years, that Paul Jr. did not even know him anymore, Paulie rejected the idea completely, saying over and over, “I just feel like nothing’s changed.” Now, however, Paul Jr. is looking at things from another point of view, as he stated clearly in the episode last night:
“There’s no question that over the past three years, with all the things that have happened between me and him in our relationship, we’ve both changed. Considerably.”
And, he seems to accept that they don’t have to agree on everything to have a relationship that works. Previously, when they saw things differently about the meeting they had at the end of last season, Paulie said, “You see things the way you see them, I see things the way I see them, and they’re not in the same realm.” And, he made it clear that he did not know how they could possibly move forward with such differing views. Now, however, the younger Teutul appears to have mellowed a bit (well, a lot, actually), saying, “The idea of fighting, it doesn’t work for me anymore. That’s not to say you couldn’t disagree on things.” He also made an interesting comment about their history and the awkwardness around it:
“It would be unnatural if it wasn’t a little awkward. But, we both want to be here, we both want to be doing it [the bike build]. But, you know, there’s a lot of history there, so it’s a little uncomfortable here and there, too bad.”
Good for you, Paul Jr.
Father and Son in the Same Realm
Junior is definitely impressive at this point with his willingness to lay hurt feelings aside and move forward.
“I miss hanging out with my father, frankly,” Junior said. “I feel like I don’t even know who he is. There’s a downside to that. The upside is there’s an opportunity to find out.”
Good job, Junior; hopefully, you’ll build the relationship you and Senior are both looking for:
“I think at the end of this build, we’re going to walk away with trust,” Senior said. “And, I think that’s the beginning of everything, because without the trust there’s no relationship. Everything has to grow from there, you know, the respect, everything that comes along with a relationship, has to start somewhere, and has to begin with trust.”
Sounds like the two Pauls are finally on the same page or, as Paulie would say, in the same realm.
Good luck Teutuls; you’re on the right track.
American Chopper airs on Mondays on the Discovery Channel at 9 p.m. E/P.
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