'American Chopper' season finale finds Teutuls negotiating rough waters at OCC

Does Paul Jr. really expect to finally clear the air with a single meeting on the season finale of the Discovery Channel's American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior?

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.

Stay tuned.

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Comments

Submitted by Nora (not verified) on
Life is too short, nobody promised us tomorrow. Leave the past in the past, live for today n hope for tomorrow!!! Should Sr. And Junior decide to build a bike together for a charity, please consider The Phelan McDermid Syndrome foundation. It's a chromosome deletion syndrome, only 600 diagnosed world wide. Parents of the affected children have fundraisers to raise money for the research. There is no government funding, we need all the help we can get. Visit PMSF.org & best of luck to Tetul family!! E

Submitted by RT O (not verified) on
IN THE BEGINNING, PAUL ALWAYS, I MEAN MOST OF THE TIME, DISREGARDED HIS WORK ETHICS. AND MIKE WAS NO CRAFTSMAN AT ALL...THE BOSS (DAD) COMPLAINED TO NO AVAIL....HE SHOULD HAVE FIRED THE TWO SONS.......THEY ALL SPLIT..... VICIOUS STATEMENTS WERE MADE ON ALL SIDES, AGAINST ONE ANOTHER... LAST CHAPTER?...MIKE OPPED OUT...NOTHING TO SAY...PAUL STILL COMPLAINED.. DAD..APOLIGIZED.......WAY TO GO DAD! :)

Submitted by EBAY Frank (not verified) on
I agree that father and son should have separated years ago. There is a total lack of respect, work ethic, and appreciation. JUNIOR should have years ago. Senior was more concerned with the neatness of the shop than of deadlines. He made an issue of Junior's lateness, but never acknowledged the extra late hours. Does anyone really think that Junior was designing bikes only at the shop, but to and from work, on the toilet and while eating? Take Junior away and all you have is a shop full of tools and equipment that Senior couldn't do squat with. If you take Senior away, you have an undeniable creative hands on fabricator that leads by example. Senior has repeatedly shown his skill at micro managing, unappreciating everyone around him, and his lack of integrity for trying to make us and his son believe Junior's shares in OCC were worthless. Look at the common tread.... he has alienated Mikey, Vinnie, Cody, Nub, his other son Danny, ex wife Paula and other vendors and clients. If Senior thinks so little of his son, why would he care if he competes with OCC? I'm sure as front man for OCC, he developed great bond with their clients and certainly everyone can agree that they offered the finest custom motorcycles as well. Ten years from now, we'll see who is more remembered, Junior for the fabrications and designs of Senior for keeping a neat shop and getting his son's part to him on time.

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