American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior: The Apprentice Bike

20 Feb

February 20, 2012

Fresh from his win as Project Manager on The Celebrity  Apprentice (Miss the show? Click here for the recap.) Paul Senior returns, on what aims to be a sad evening. Tonight’s show seems, at least in part, to have been filmed concurrently with yesterday’s Apprentice, where Senior led the men’s team to victory in a sandwich challenge. He raised the most money with a donation of $300,000 from an anonymous donor. Frankly, assuming he didn’t somehow donate the money himself, I have no idea who it could have been.

Senior deals with the death of his mother and is hurt then he does not hear from Junior or Mikey. Then, while PJD starts a build for One Call Concepts, OCC unveils a gold bike for Donald Trump.

Of course, given how many of you feel about Senior, there may not be a lot of sympathy for him.

As we found out last week, Senior’s mother died. Senior explained this later on. It was not Senior’s biological mother, it was his step-mother. Not that anything changes in the relationship, they were very. very close, but it is not Paulie and Mikey’s biological grandmother and they were simply not as close.

OCC is continuing the Trump bike. PJD is hired by One Call Concepts to design a bike. Digging in the ground? Afraid of power lines? Call them. Their joke was they were the original OCC, so Paulie is building a bike for OCC. Get it? Hey, it was their joke, not mine.

During the builds Rick did the talking for OCC and Brendon was on camera for PJD, a nice change. Most of the readers here love Rick, but Brendon is professional and an asset to PJD too.

Meanwhile, in some cross-promotion, OCC brings some bikes to Manhattan to set up in front of the shop where Senior’s team is selling their sandwiches. Good idea. Problem is, if  you watched the show last night, this only went one way. Nothing was shown or mentioned of OCC’s bikes except for, perhaps, in the background. Clearly, The Celebrity Apprentice trumps American Chopper. (Ok, that bad pun was mine.)

The builds are continuing, with a little more emphasis than usual on the builds, (not that it says much, especially compared to last week) and even Senior got in on the fabrication. For once. He’s going back and forth from Manhattan to upstate and back during downtime on Trump’s show. He was very impressed with how respectful Don Jr. was to his father. On the other hand, I wonder if Donald Senior ever treated his son like Paul Senior did.

As for family, neither of his sons reached out to him, which I will let you guys debate. For contrast, Vinnie texted his sympathies to Senior, and Vinnie can’t stand him. Senior was touched by Vinnie (his words) but hurt by his sons.

At the half-hour mark, there was the usual Teutul Trivia. I generally don’t pay much attention, but this was interesting. Helen, Senior’s step-mother, played pinochle religiously for 25 years against Senior’s mother and father. The father, mother, and step-mother all played cards together. I am wondering what that relationship was like. Years after his wife died, the father married Helen. That could have been an interesting reality show.

Over at OCC the Trump bike is moving along, and it is being painted in gold leaf. Looking nice.

As I mentioned in the comments last week, the editing of the show lately is very choppy. There is no flow. We are used to going back and forth from OCC to PJD and back, but they are also jumping between plot threads- the bikes, the death, Senior’s disappointment with his sons, the bikes, The Apprentice, etc. For example, if you just follow Senior through the show, he is happy, he is sad, he is angry, he is disappointed, he is happy, he is sad. It makes the show seem disjointed. However, unlike this week, the last 15 minutes of the show were not simply short segments and commercials. Sometimes, like last week, it seems like the show is over at 9:45, more or less.

Senior has a reason to be disappointed. His sons did not show up at the funeral. He heard that Paulie was at the wake but Senior didn’t see him. Mikey was there but he never said a single word to his father. All that left Senior determined to fix his relationship with his sons. We’ll see next week:

OCC builds a bike for Veterans Airlift Command and PJD finishes a bike for One Call Concepts. After his mother’s death, Senior is more determined than ever to reconcile with Mikey and Junior, inviting Mikey to join him at a painting class.

The Trump bike is nearing completion and OCC really delivered. It is about as gaudy with swirls and flourishes as you’d expect a Donald Trump bike to be. Love it or hate it, the motorcycle screams “Trump.”

Mikey related a story about how Helen called him gay and tried to get him to make out with a nurse. That was some mother. Mikey also claimed that he never saw Senior at the wake. About twenty minutes earlier, Senior said Mikey was not more than five feet from him. Mikey also said he didn’t say hi to his father at the funeral because it was not the place, he didn’t want it to be the focus, but Vinnie convinced him he was wrong, he should have gone up to him. Good guy, Vinnie.

At 9:57 Donald Trump made an appearance on the show as Senior arrived in NYC to unveil the bike. then at 9:58 Jason appeared on-screen and ruined it all. Two minutes more and we’d have had no Pohl!

“Thanks for trusting your brand to us.” Jason to Donald Trump. “Us?” I will bet on it, that guy will end up running OCC one day. Probably into the ground.

6 Responses to “American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior: The Apprentice Bike”

  1. My two cents…
    *huge supporter of Jr. but man, based on what was aired last night, he is so wrong to not reach out to his dad I am speechless. I hope there is more to this story that we did not see that gave him a good reason to seem so cold, but man, not sure…
    *Seniors dog died last year and the man balled for an entire hour..i am not questoning his emotions for his “mom” and her death and maybe there is some shock involved so I will give him the benefit of the doubt., but weird…
    *Anyone else think we are 2-3 epsodes away from Mikey back in rehab or something?..what a wreck…and that nasty, stained shirt he insists on wearing the last 4 seasons, especially in front of clients..just makes me scratch my head.
    *Really thought Discovery could have had some class last night if they ended the show with a pic of Helen and fade to balck, but what do I know..


    • bmj2k at 6:02 pm #

      I immediately thought of Gus as well but but with the way the show is edited I didn’t think the comparison would be fair. However, Sr was certainly presented as being more upset about Gus.

      Everything about Mikey is a head scratcher. I’m glad Vinnie was there to tell him he was wrong. Is rehab in Mikey’s future? Would not be surprised.

      Discovery is too busy with Ghost Rider promos or extra commercials to fade out to a pic of Helen.


      • Im also wondering if Junior and Vinnie may have a bit of tension since Vinnie texted his dad…Vinnie seems like a real stand up guy.


        • bmj2k at 1:22 pm #

          After the settlement when they picked up the Black. Widow bike didn’t Vinnie say hi oe shake Senior’s hand or something.


  2. Eric C at 12:24 pm #

    Vinnie’s been a class act the whole way. By the way, do y’all know the situation with V-Force bikes (vinnie and cody’s company)? I see Vinnie wearing the shirt and cap on occasion. I figured he’s only on the show to help Jr. with the big commercial bikes, but still runs v-force. Anyone know?

    Not gonna try and figure out why the boys didn’t reach out to their father. Doubt we really know the full story of their relationship beyond the show. However, Vinnie was right in telling Mikey he should’ve at least said hi to his father at the funeral.

    “George Posada” – Helen


  3. M.J. at 9:48 pm #

    It’s rather odd that in the old shows Mikey and Junior called Senior’s Mom grandma but on the recent shows she is being called Helen by them. Even though Junior finally called his dad(2 months later) to give his condolences he made a rude remark about Senior not having seen his mother in a while. I thought that wasn’t very nice. How would he know how often he visited her? I think he only called because he was getting negative feedback and he doesn’t like that. If you ever listen to him all you hear is”It is what it is” or evrything is great and if it isn’t then it’s all Dad’s fault. He and Mickey don’t want to reconcile because I think Senior has done all they asked of him and they still won’t budge. Take a good look at Junior’s house and you know it didn’t come from his own business!


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