Tonight, the Teutuls are at the long-awaited season’s end of American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior. It could be a turning point for the father and sons; then again, it could be a complete disaster.
It is not surprising, the way the season has evolved; after all, Paul Sr., Paul Jr. and Mikey have basically been communicating via television cameras. It’s kind of like that old game, “telephone line” (at least, that’s what we called it—you may have had your own name for it): Line up a bunch of players, tell a secret on one end, have them pass it down from person to person, and see if the end result even slightly resembles the secret that was told at the beginning of the line. People interpret things differently. We all know that. And, when you are hearing something as a passive listener, with no opportunity to clarify, well, things get mixed up.
And that has definitely happened this season.
What has happened between Senior and Mikey has been a real puzzle. Mikey has acted almost terrified of his father, refusing to be alone with him. Senior even received a text—still not clarified to this dated—stating, more or less, “You lie. Please stay away from me.” Senior seemed genuinely puzzled by the text, and there was nothing from Mikey’s end that explained why he would have sent such a harsh command. So, who knows?
Meeting Behind Closed Doors a Mistake?
Senior and Paul Jr.’s relationship has been basically non-existent throughout a great part of the season, falling flat after the infamous “build-off” show. When Junior did finally decide to reach out, he insisted that it be off-camera, stating that it was the only way to get a shot at having a genuine conversation between the two of them. He then acted completely surprised and mystified when they each had a different interpretation of the conversation specifics and, of course, there was no way to truly verify and clarify it all, as the whole thing was basically a “he-said, he-said” situation. Who knows if Senior’s interpretation was reasonable, or if Paulie’s explanations confusing? It was all behind closed doors.
So, this week, it’s all on the table—and in front of the cameras.
Paul Jr. seemed truly fed up with the entire situation when he decided to just go for it in front of the cameras—it’s easy to wonder, in fact, if he is ready to follow Mikey and just leave the show behind. So, now he is determined to just march into OCC for the season finale, lay it all out, and either be done with it or fix it, one way or another. It is easy to understand his frustrations, but it seems unlikely that a relationship that has taken years to crumble to this point will be fixed in one air-clearing conversation.
But, at least it’s on camera.
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