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American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior: A Meeting Is Set

16 Apr

April 16, 2012

For those of you who missed it, Donald Trump fired Paul Senior on last night’s Celebrity Apprentice. His task? Put on a puppet show. He failed. But did he really lose? His teammates loved him, he was (until last night) universally praised by Team Trump, and he never lost his temper. In fact, other than badgering George Takei in week one, he came off as easy-going and affable. Millions of people who never saw him on American Chopper have a very different opinion of him than we do. It was an amazing job of spin control and changing his image.

A MEETING IS SET April 16, 2012
 OCC starts a 1970s-themed build for MyPillow, while PJD puts the finishing touches on a bike for Newmont Mining. Then, in a promising move, Senior and Junior agree to meet in person.

A lot of Jason to begin with. Sorry. MyPillow has hired OCC to build a 70’s bike and of course, who do you think of when you think 70’s? Jason Pohl of course. Luckily Senior has some ideas.

PJD is finishing the bike for the mining company and the centerpiece will be a lump of gold straight from the mine.

Vinnie and Rick got together in the usual diner and the topic was the odd text (U lie stay away from me) that Mikey sent to Senior last week. These are the two sanest guys in their shops and they genuinely care but really, they should both butt out. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Rick, surprisingly, reported back to Senior that Vinnie knew nothing about it. Rick, stay out of it! Meanwhile, the man himself, Mikey has not appeared yet this week.

At about 9:30 Paulie called Senior to set up an off-camera meet. I think he’s right. Senior agrees but he also says it is like he is cheating his fans. Why is he worrying about his fans when his son is reaching out him? I think someone is really managing his image behind the scenes.

“The bottom line is that I have to make a phone call and reach back out to him.” Where would this show be without cell phones?

Meanwhile, and forgive me giving them short shrift, the bikes were built and unveiled and the show ended without Mikey but it did have a phone call between father and son to set up the meet.

American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior: Breakthrough

9 Apr

April 9, 2012

Before we get to the show, I hope you saw The Celebrity Apprentice last night. I have been doing a weekly recap of that show for one and only one reason: Paul Senior. And while he was in a feud early on with George Takei, it was last night where he made his greatest contribution. Here he is, acting in a commercial in a dramatic role, really stretching his chops in a role that is very foreign to him, a father.

This is why you must watch that show. Amazing! He looks so normal, so calm, so un -Paul Senior that words fail me. But you guys are never at a loss for words. Leave me your best comments and captions for that picture and I will come up with some sort of prize for the best.

 American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior Breakthrough
After receiving a puzzling text from Mikey, Senior calls Junior to make amends. PJD starts a build for Newmont Mining while OCC unveils a bike for CIMA Green. Then, Junior asks Senior for a face-to-face meeting, sans cameras.

A puzzling text from Mikey? I don’t believe it, he is usually so well-thought out.

Anyway, the last time we saw Paul Senior he was not wearing a sweater or reading a book, he was stalking his sons. He went to Mikey’s “art” studio, no Mikey. Went to Paulie’s house, no Paulie. Where in the world will Carmen I mean Paul Senior show up next? Let’s watch.

OCC is still working on the double build for CIMA Green, a pair of street-legal bio-diesel bikes.

Meanwhile, Vinnie and Mikey (yeah, what a representative)  are taking a client meeting in Nevada with Newmont Gold Mining Corp, a gold refinery. They got to see gold poured into bricks, worth thousands of dollars. They were way down underground, in a mine. If your only experience with mines is with trapped miners from south America, this is way more high-tech. Mikey and Vinnie got to set off some explosives, and Mikey and dynamite is a scary combination.

Over at OCC, Senior called Rick in to decipher a text from Mikey: “U lie, stay away  from me please.” Very mature. I feel sorry for Rick getting dragged into the middle of that. Senior manages to come across as sad and sympathetic but then you need to remember this:

PJD’s mining bike is going to incorporate tools and mining equipment. Paulie wants a rugged, tough looking bike.

Meanwhile, if it were not for cell phones where would the Teutuls be? Paul Senior left Paulie a message saying that he had tried to see him and, more importantly, that he loved him. How will Paulie respond? The episode description seems to have given it away: Junior asks Senior for a face-to-face meeting, sans cameras.  No cameras. Smart move.

Meanwhile, a mystery at PJD: who broke the hydraulic press? Vinnie suspects Cody and Petey. Cody denies any knowledge but he implies it is Pete. My own mystery: who is this Petey kid? But who is on the case? Mikey. After all, there is nothing else for him to do.

BTW: It is 9:45 and as usual, the big tease remains just that, a big tease. As usual discovery builds a show around some sort of family tension and then ignores it for most of the show.

Also BTW: You might want to stick around because next is the debut of the new Jesse James program, Outlaw Garage. Seriously, you knew his appearance in the build-off had to lead to that.

9:51. Commercial break. Still have not seen Paulie’s reaction to Senior’s message.

9:54. The bio-diesel bikes get unveiled.

9:57. Paulie finally listens to the message. He decides to see his father in person. About time. anyway, he leaves Senior a message and it just begs the question, do any of them ever answer their phone?

NEXT WEEK:
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior A Meeting is Set
OCC starts a 1970’s themed build for MyPillow while PJD puts the finishing touches on a bike for Newmont Mining. Then, there is promise that all the family drama could finally end as Senior and Junior agree to meet in person.

BUT THE BIGGER NEWS: Deadliest Catch premiers tomorrow!

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