American Chopper wrapped up its 10-year run on the Discovery Channel last night, and fans were no doubt relieved to see that the two Pauls ended the series on a high note.
Fans of American Chopper are nothing if not loyal. The typical American Chopper fan is either pro-Senior or pro-Junior. This division has, of course, been great for TV ratings, but when it comes right down to it, Senior and Junior are father and son, and being anti-each other was a sad thing to watch over the years. Both had a hand in the on-going feud, although some fans are loathe to admit that their favorite had any fault in the matter. Senior was hard-headed, controlling, insensitive and sometimes downright mean. But, on the other hand, Junior was spoiled and overflowed with a sense of entitlement, while being just as hard-headed and controlling as his father. Their work styles clashed, with Senior wanting to push hard and get it done, and Junior preferring to wait around for inspiration to hit. And, neither was ever willing to give an inch to the other.
While this season had been all about healing and building, the resulting negativity of the Teutuls' clashing work styles was brought back to the forefront and replayed all over again in recent episodes, with Junior and Senior attempting to build a production bike together. Senior was again being driven crazy by Junior’s lackadaisical designing whimsy, and Junior was again throwing his hands up in frustration at being pushed to do things in what he considers an old-fashioned way of working. Was either “wrong” in the way they did things? No, their own personal styles work just fine for their own businesses. But, the two should seriously consider accepting that they do not work well together, and never try it again.
No Mikey on Final Episode
One question some fans were wondering about the series finale was whether or not younger Teutul son, Mikey, would make an appearance. The answer was no. It was a bit surprising, considering he came to be a favorite of many fans during his time on the show, and a last appearance would have been a nice gesture to the fans. And, he did recently appear on an episode. But, he and producers may have simply felt that he said his goodbyes when he officially left the show, and no return was necessary, since the focus this season has been completely on the Pauls. But, it still would have been a nice touch for some fans. Perhaps he will show up on the Live Build-Off?
PJD Pranks OCC--Kind Of
Speaking of the Live Build-Off, PJD had a pretty lame “retaliation” to the OCC prank of last week, where the OCC guys fixed up a car, complete with Junior’s sayings, rivets, and Vinnie eating a cheeseburger, and left it chained to the PJC front gate. The PJD guys took the stripped-down car back to OCC and ran another junk car into it in the parking lot. Not much of a prank, as Senior said, but at least they did retaliate, such as it was.
Ending the Working Relationship
As the show ended it was obvious what one of the major problems between father and son is: Junior takes everything Senior says to heart, and in a negative way, whether it is meant that way or not. When Senior went by his son’s shop to see the production bike—which Junior had to get out of storage because he had not actually been WORKING on the bike—to see how things were coming and discuss direction, it was pretty obvious things were at a breaking point. Senior was asking Paulie questions about his intentions, and all Junior could hear was, “He doesn’t like anything I am doing.” Senior was not criticizing what little work he had done, or slamming any ideas he had; he was just asking questions and throwing out his own ideas. But, all Paulie could hear was criticism from his dad. So, it was a relief when Junior just stepped up and put an end to the working relationship.
“Business comes back into play, messes everything up," Junior said. "I don’t want it. I mean, I just want to have a relationship and just be ... friends. But we've got to start somewhere, right? I mean, we’re a father and son, but it’s been a long time coming."
And, Paul Sr. agreed immediately, saying, “You got it. I’m okay with that.”
And, with that, Junior gave his dad a big hug. “I’m gonna hug you,” he said, as Senior reached out his hand, “because I love you and I appreciate it.”
“We’re lucky in a way, to have this second chance,” Paul Sr. told the camera, “and the last thing we need is a bike in the way of it.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, the finishing scenes of the series finale were filmed just last week. So, while fans were left hanging in some sense, wondering what could be brewing between the two, they are pretty much as up-to-date as the Teutuls themselves. Perhaps the Teutuls and the Discovery Channel will at least film a few periodic specials after the Teutuls are sent on their merry way following the Live Build-Off event, just to let fans know how things are coming along for the father and son?
Chopper Live: The Revenge is scheduled to air on the Discovery Channel on Monday, December 10, at 9/8c, and wrap-up on Tuesday, December 11, at 9/8c.
Image: Discovery Channel