American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior: Silent Treatment

17 Oct

October 17. 2011

Great, an episode about everyone’s least favorite guy on the show, Jason Pohl. Unless he gets shot out of a cannon or tossed into a volcano I’m not looking forward to this. That guy is insufferable.

Discovery is promoing that “Jason does the unthinkable.” Does he quit? Does he kiss Senior on the lips? I have no clue. I do not go on the net and look for information, I just take it as they air it. However, I do see the searches that lead to this site and since last week’s show there have been a lot of searches for “Jason pushes bike off lift.” So does he push a bike off the lift this week? Let’s find out.

In the first minute, Paulie says he has no plans to make amends with his father. No kidding.

Also in the first minute, Jason pushes a bike off the lift. BUT, he pushes a bike that was being torn apart, and as a joke. Or was it? The clip seemed like it wasn’t serious, but let’s wait and see it in context. OK, end of suspense. Jason is not getting fired.

DeKalb, a corn company that is celebrating its 100 year anniversary, is hiring PJD to build a bike and it will later be auctioned off for the American Red Cross. Yes, another corn company. A scientific corn company. A high-tech scientific corn company. The bike is going to be a sort of old-fashioned design with a skinny backwheel and a wood-style paint job, like farm crates. Paulie must have said “farmer” a dozen times in relation to the bike design.

OCC is working for Cell Buckle, who makes cellphone holders for bikes or cars or whatever. It is a piece of plastic. Later on Mike tried to sell it as a cool product, but it is a piece of palstic.

The Cell Buckle guys did just what Senior needs to make him happy- complained about his son. “Very greedy.” They thought JOe was arrogant and Paulie asked for too much money. Maybe yes, maybe no. They don’t have a huge business, it is a startup. But again, nice product or not, it is a piece of plastic.

Meanwhile, a group of Hawaiian fans (whom Mikey claimed were distant Hawaiian royalty) visited PJD and of course, they had to stick their noses in the Teutul’s business and ask Paulie about his relationship with Senior. I get that fans feel invested in the show and feel entitled to ask those questions since everything with the Teutuls is public, but does Paulie really need random people off the street asking him about his relationship with his father?

Back at OCC, Rick is building a fender on his own- not going by Jason’s plans- because, once again, Jason’s lack of bike knowledge made his plans unworkable, at least in part. When will this guy actually stop and learn what he needs to know to dow his job? OK, maybe he can be creative (and I would debate some of his designs) but if he didn’t kiss so much Senior ass he’d have been gone. How many times does he have to make a bad set of plans before there are repercussions?

“How do you like this bike?” -Senior to Rick
“Eh, it’s all right… It’s very generic.”- Rick
“I’m not unveiling that bike unless its hot.”- Senior
“I was a little taken aback. I take complaints personally. I try to adjust to make them like it.”-Jason

And then Jason started screaming and yelling like Senior on steroids and shoved the bike off the lift. “We’re starting over!”

And then he flipped out for real. He threw stuff around the office, screamed at Rick, and honest to goodness threw a temper tantrum. Screaming and yelling, throwing parts around like a gorilla, going seriously insane. I was sure he was fooling around at first, and senior stood back and smiled at Jason, but it quickly got serious and scary.

“You’re acting like Mikey!”-Senior to Jason

“He needs to get punched in the head. Let’s build some real bikes like we used too.”-Rick.

Rick went on to say that he’s not happy making bikes based on drawings and he liked the way things were done better when Paulie was around. And he was serious, he wanted to punch Jason in the head. He was steamed. Jason was throwing stuff all over the shop and made a wreck of the place. Remember when Paulie was fired and he stormed out? Same thing.

Senior’s response? “I’ll wait for him to calm down and talk to him.”

Even Mike was pissed. There was a lot of work in that bike and not all of it was getting trashed.

As for what happened to Jason? Nothing. Senior laughed and shook his hand. Hey, no biggie.

Here it is, simply. Senior NEEDS TO STOP LISTENING TO JASON, who knows nothing about building bikes and designs bikes that, with some exceptions, kind of look the same, and START LISTENING TO RICK, who is fixing Jason’s bad designs and telling Senior for weeks now that he isn’t happy with the way things are going there. Who is more important? Jason or Rick? One is a professional who knows how to make a motorcycle and the other is an illustrator. One draws unbuildable bikes and one builds bikes. HEY SENIOR- PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT RICK HAS TO SAY.

But I have to admit, this episode lived up to the hype. I only wish Jason got fired.

And back at PJD…
“Hey, we talk to Rick lately?”- Paulie
“He’s ticked off. Jason pushed a bike off the lift.”- Vinnie
“That’s enough to get him fired.”-Vinnie
“With all the fights and arguments I never had the nerve to kick a bike over.”- Paulie.
“Hopefully Ricker can come down here and…say hi to us.”-Paulie.

The PJD guys- Paulie, Vinnie, and Mikey, brought up an interesting point. Over at PJD there has been no fighting and no stress. Over at OCC Rick is getting pissed and Jason is blowing up. What does that tell you?


American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
Communication Breakdown
Mikey and Senior both say they want to  meet up, but go back and forth about the conditions they will meet under. OCC  uses every last minute to complete their bike for US Biker Law. PJD unveils their bike for Dekalb.

For a second I was sure that was a repeat but it isn’t, PJD is still working on the DeKalb corn bike. So one more time we get to see Mikey jerk his father around. Wonderful. And again, Mikey tries to get Senior to go to a therapist. Are they sure this isn’t a rerun?


12 Responses to “American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior: Silent Treatment”

  1. Craig October 18, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    Thank you for the recap- I missed the show but had seen the previews and was hopeing Jason had been canned. Your observation about the working conditions at PJD are right on, other than the little idiot Paulie fired, everyone gets along, works hard and deliveres on time. All the things senior accussed Paulie of being unable to do- Paulie has shined at. Everyone at PJD shows up for work, works hard, stays late and meets the deadline every time and the designs get better each week.

    seniors shop is going under financialy, they are just as late on schedule now as when Paulie worked there but he doesn’t bring it up. The designs are sad, and everyone but Jason and senior are miserable because of how jason and senior act!! It is time for Rick to pack his tools and head to PJD!!!


    • warner October 30, 2011 at 12:06 am #

      Everybody thought they would close OCC big shop but they were wrong. As for Jason,s meltdown, what he did was wrong but he did apologize and was ready to get fired which is something that I don’t see from Mikey. Rick better be careful about backbiting or he wind up like Odie.


      • bmj2k October 30, 2011 at 12:10 am #

        Rick is going nowhere unless he decides to leave.
        As for Jason, the apology didn’t save his job, the constant ass kissing did.


  2. WASP October 18, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    I see it a little different on the Jason deal. You may be a big senior fan but most of us are not. What we see is Senior doing his “dry drunk” psychotic mind F job on Jason instead of Paulie now that Paulie is gone and getting back exactly what he programs in. Of course Rick doesn’t like it. I wouldn’t either. That’s how I see it.


  3. southernlady23 October 19, 2011 at 12:37 am #

    I wonder if Rick stays there because he’s got a non-compete in his contract? Can’t blame the guy for working to put food on his table because if he leaves OCC he won’t be able to work at PJD – or anywhere that makes bikes – for a year. I’m thinking Rick is waiting for OCC to go under so he can get out of the non-compete contract and join up with the rest of the gang at PJD. Unless Paulie finally makes Brandon move to the area permanently – then I’ll still have hope for Rick at PJD.

    Love your post and your comment on ‘it’s a piece of plastic’ LMAO!


    • bmj2k October 19, 2011 at 12:44 am #

      Thank you so much! I’ve always felt it was either a contract or the chance that Paulie couldn’t match salary or benefits that keep Rick at OCC.


  4. bmj2k October 20, 2011 at 12:44 am #

    By the way, isn’t Silent Treatment a lousy title for this week’s show?


  5. Rachel Dalmation October 20, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    I read the comments of the Cell Buckle owner on another Web site. He said that Paul Sr. is an investor in his Cell Buckle company. Reading between the lines, it appears that the guy was looking for a deal where Paulie would accept some piece of the Cell Buckle company for the bike build. Paulie apparently wasn’t interested in the deal and told the guy what the cash price of the bike build was. Senior apparently was willing to take a piece of Cell Buckle as payment. Hence all the talk about Senior being a better businessman and Paulie being rude. So the OCC Cell Buckle bike build was partially an infomercial for Senior’s new company. On the Cell Buckle Web site, Cell Buckles cost $20 + SH.


    • bmj2k October 20, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

      Now that’s interesting…


      • Jeremy H October 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

        From what I can tell from online searches, OCC bikes cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $50,000 and up. I know being featured on the show is probably great advertising, but is a custom bike really the best use of funds for a startup company, especially one that sells such a simple product?

        The notion that Sr. was willing to take a cut of the company in return for the bike is very interesting, indeed. If the company goes belly up (and given how generic the product is, and how many similar products like it there are), he essentially built a bike for nothing, or at least for what is likely a pretty drastic discount. And he considers this being a better businessman that his son. Wow.


    • warner October 30, 2011 at 12:09 am #

      Bottom line is that Sr. was willing to build a bike for them and Paulie didn’t.


  6. Andre Rodrigs November 3, 2011 at 1:06 am #

    I have ALWAYS felt Jason’s designs were cookie-cutter . . . To me they all look the same. When you see Paul Jr. “design” a bike as a work in progress, you realize the severe limitations imposed by Jason’s computer generated designs. Add to that a maniacal father screaming at you to “hurry up and finish the bike!!!” it’s a wonder Paul Jr was able to build ANYTHING when he was at OCC. Now that he is on his own he is much better off, and able to actually “create” bikes.

    For me, the best part of the show is watching Paul Jr. “conceptualize the bike as he goes along . . . HE is the true artist here.


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