Junior still laid-back, Senior still hits ground running on American Chopper

Did the Teutuls make a mistake in going forward on an OCC-PJD commercial project?

The combining of shop forces on the Discovery Channel’s American Chopper is looking more and more like a recipe for father-son disaster as it moves forward.

Vinnie missed the group meeting held at OCC, because he was out on vacation. Coming back and being informed of the changes, he was less than enthused about the idea.

“I always hoped they’d get together as a family,” Vinnie said, “not in business.” After Junior told him about the project, he looked as if he had been punched. “This doesn’t mean that I’m working with them directly, right?” he asked.

“In 2007, when I left there, I also said, to myself, that I would never go back and work with that same regime ever again,” Vinnie later explained in a camera cameo. “It’s definitely not something I would choose to do. It’s something I said I wouldn’t do. So, doing it is kind of, definitely more for him than me, I’ll tell you that. Give you a good analogy: I guess it’s like nobody wants to get a prostate exam, but I guess you got to.”

Less than enthusiastic, definitely.

“I think he was a little taken aback by it,” Junior said in a camera cameo later. “He may not feel the same way I feel about it.”

An understatement, to say the least. But, the bigger concern will likely just be the working relationship between Senior and Junior—has it changed?

Two Different Work Styles

Junior has a more lackadaisical work style than his father. When a project is in motion, Senior just wants to get on it and work; Junior wants to look around for inspiration. And, Junior seems to be pretty weak in the area of specifics and guidelines when it comes to a commercial build. He wants to just put a frame up on a lift and add to it as ideas come to him; he doesn’t really seem to grasp that with the type of partnership they are trying to form, “freestyle” may not be practical. Additionally, Junior’s tendency to become distracted with other ideas—currently, his playground project—does not bode well when it comes to his father’s desire to just get going, get working, and get things accomplished. When they worked together in the past, their work styles contributed strongly to their inability to work together; it is starting to look like that same issue is rearing its head once again.

“You know, I think this getting back into OCC, it’s some dangerous waters,” Mikey (who looked little like the person who left the show last season, by the way) commented in a commercial tease for next week’s episode.

And, again, that may be an understatement, to say the least.

Stay tuned.

American Chopper airs on the Discovery Channel on Monday nights at 9 p.m. E/P.

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