This week on American Chopper on the Discovery Channel, the quest to reunite father and son continues, with a new bike project bubbling for Senior and Junior.
It is a slow process, mending fences and calming hurt feelings. For the Teutuls, it will be, as Paul Jr. told David Letterman in a recent Late Show interview on CBS, “baby steps.” But, what better way to come together than to work on a project just for them—no business deals, no charity pressures, no outside influences, just a regular, everyday bike for Junior and Senior to piddle around with as they have time?
“If we could do something that’s more like we used to do before we professionally [built] bikes," Paul Jr. suggested to his dad in the season premiere. "Doesn’t have to be any business anything, it can just be me and you having a project."
And, this week, hopefully, the path to relationship recovery will official begin there.
Of course, that doesn’t mean everything will go perfectly, but, it will go, hopefully.
Just Father and Son, Having a Chat
When Junior showed up at Paul Sr.’s home garage this week, they had some chit chat about weight loss. Both have lost weight, viewers might notice—Junior about 30 pounds, Senior about 70; good job, Teutuls. And, then they got down to what type of bike to rebuild. Junior was thinking a stock Harley, but Senior, having some nostalgic moments, brought out some pictures of the first bike they built together, and suggested—nervously; everything he says to Paulie seems to be hedged at this point—that they do something similar.
“My father brought out some pictures of a bike that we built together, which was my bike, that years ago we sold, to try and keep the business afloat. And it’s been a long time, like 10 years, since I’ve seen that bike, so it did bring back some memories, which is nice. And, I think it’s a nice gesture on his part, to say, ‘Hey, let’s kinda rebuild this, since we had to give it away so long ago.’”
It was nice to see Paulie be positive, and to see him laughing and smiling with his dad.
“I really hope to kinda start getting back into a relationship situation with my father,” Paulie said in a camera cameo. “It really isn’t about the build as much as it is about spending some time together and see how things work out.”
Hopefully, rebuilding a few memories together will work out, and will indeed help them build a bridge to a strong future as father and son.
American Chopper airs on the Discovery Channel tonight, Monday, September 10, at 9 p.m. E/P.
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