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American Chopper: The Lost Episodes, by Allan Keyes

1 Jan

January 1, 2013

American Chopper may have ended but its legion of fan (yes, fan) will not let it die. Number One Chopper Viewer Allan Keyes checks in this week with a look at one of the Discovery Channel’s Lost Episodes.



This week’s build: The Dr. Z Bike

Two weeks ago was the last official episode of American Chopper. The show was mercifully canceled, and Mr. BTR thought he was finally free from having to endure his own personal television Vietnam every Monday. But I’m sorry to burst his bubble – Discovery just announced that over the past decade, they’ve been sitting on several “lost” episodes that never made it to air…..until now that is, in an attempt to wring out every single drop of cash from this dried up cow. Mr. BTR didn’t see this announcement, so I’m taking one for the team, and giving you your American Chopper recap.  Enjoy!

9:01 – Paul Jr.’s wife, who is much too hot for him, is at the PJD shop going over the books. She informs him that unless business picks up soon, she’s going to have to leave him for a man who can support her lifestyle better, specifically the guy who owns the two Subway franchises in the local mall.

9:06 – Over at OCC, Paul Sr. is angered by the news that the OCC Café is now serving tofu on brioche. While he bellows, Jason Pohl huddles under his desk and stains his pants

9:11- Time for some Mikey hijinks! While whistling the theme to the Beverly Hillbillies, Mikey combs his beard and finds that chicken wing he lost last week. Proceeds to eat it.

9:13- Paul Jr. calls a team meeting. He announces PJD’s newest client: Dr. Zizmor, the famous NYC subway ad dermatologist. PJD has been contracted to build the “zit bike” to celebrate Dr. Z’s 1000th fruit peel. Paulie’s wife puts down her suitcase, but does not yet unpack.        Dr Z               

9:20 – Over at OCC, the team discusses Jason’s latest business idea: bikes for the blind. “We can make the gauges in braille! It’s terrific!” Jason says. Paul Sr. bellows in rage, while Jason runs and hides in the crawlspace

9:22- Rick quietly goes about his work as always, displaying a professionalism and work ethic that nobody else in either shop possesses

9:30 – Time for more Mikey hijinks! He’s taking a blank canvass to the zoo so the monkeys can make more “Mikey Teutel Originals” for his gallery

9:35 – Paulie and the gang meet with Dr. Z to discuss the build. His suggestion for a mottled red and white paint scheme is enthusiastically accepted by the PJD gang. On the way out, Dr. Z slips Paulie’s wife his phone number on the sly, and she looks around before pocketing it.

9:40 – The OCC crew blows stuff up. Scared by the loud noises, Jason runs and cowers in the back seat of his pickup truck. After getting hit by shrapnel from the explosions, Paul Sr. bellows a lot. Why no, I don’t think they’re going to build a bike over at OCC this week.

9:45 – Paul’s other son Daniel Teutul, who has been rarely mentioned on the show over the past decade, stops by OCC to say hello. Paul Sr. is utterly perplexed as to who this guy is. Like any confused animal, he bellows – a lot. Jason Pohl proceeds to call the suicide hotline begging them to “make it stop! Make it stop! Make it stop!”

9:50- Vinny gets his usual 5 minutes of camera time, the only purpose of which is to wear his V-Force gear to remind all the viewers that he did indeed fail on his own before Paulie offered him a lifeline. Cody putters around in the back of the scene, proving that like most former child stars, he is not very relevant as he gets older.

9:55 –Despite not seeing any fabrication this week, somehow the Zit Bike is completed, and being wheeled out for an unveiling.  Paulie and company unveil the Zit Bike at Dr. Zizmor’s headquarters above the West 4th St. Greys Papaya to a small but enthusiastic crowd of Dr. Z’s subway ad contemporaries. “Celebrities” in the crowd include M.D. Tusch, The EZ Pawn Guy dressed like Uncle Sam, “The Face of Herpes” from the health department ads, the fatty from the anti-obesity campaign, Mrs. Subway 1946, the Fox 5 morning team, Aggressive Panhandler, and Johnny One Train.

 NYC Sbuway all stars

 9:59 – Dr. Z talks about what a success the zit bike is, while Paulie tries to keep Mikey from harassing the Fox 5 morning team. Paulie’s wife slips the Face of Herpes her cell number. End credits.

American Chopper: THE END

17 Dec

December 18, 2012

One last time, check back as I update this blog as the show, and the series, draws to a close.

series finale reallyAmerican Chopper (Season 9)
The End
Senior, Junior and Mikey make a lasting impression by donating the TEUTUL Bike.   Senior pulls one last prank and the threesome takes a raucous ride through the most dramatic  and defining moments of American Chopper.

One last prank. They really are going out with a whimper. The pranks on this show have almost always been lame or embarrassing. I think the biggest prank has been on the viewers. Well, at least Mikey is back. I can’t wait to hear how many finger paintings he’s sold.

This is going to be a clip show and I generally don’t like clip shows. I skip them, but not this week.

Look at Senior from ten years ago- he was huge back then. Sorta like how Mark McGuire was huge…

The show opens with Paulie, Senior, and Mikey (back for the finale) looking back on the past. The first bike they built? The Jet Bike.

Jet bike

Jet bike

Senior said (complained) that discovery showed all the screaming and yelling “things you don’t want people to see.” NOTE TO SENIOR: If you didn’t want people to see it, you shouldn’t have done it.

The focus shifts to Mikey, who has some nice things to say about his father. WTF? Last time we saw him, he had zero nice to say about him and wouldn’t even face him. Maybe since the show is over he feels he can step out of character?

Senior: “We did corporate bikes and what they got was a 42 minute commercial.” This may be the most honest thing he has ever said.

The next montage is of Senior in psychotic mode, driving his car through walls, tossing a sofa out the window- but safety first! At least he wore a helmet.

Remember the very first episode of american Chopper? Wow, how things have changed.

Remember the very first episode of American Chopper? Wow, how things have changed.

9:17: The show highlight! Senior wipes out on a surfboard.

They next had a montage of celebrities that came to OCC for a custom bike. I mean that Discovery set up.

And of course fight after fight after fight after fight after fight after fight after fight after fight after fight after fight after fight after fight after fight after fight after fight after fight after fight after fight after fight after fight after fight.

Senior: “Looking back some things you wish you didn’t do.”
But even better, he said “it’s pretty obvious I didn’t care how I came off on TV or I would have changed it.”

And he said “I’m not too good with words.” True dat.

(In a clip) Senior: “My outbursts aren’t good for morale.”
Rick: “Yeah, it kind of sucks.”

At 9:30 came the PIVOTAL breaking stuff and blowing stuff up montage.

Senior: “We had a basement full of doors because we broke them all the time.”

When talking about firing Paulie, he said that all the stress was causing his health to fail, and after he fired Paulie he got healthy again. No comment.

BLAST FROM THE PAST #1Whatchoo gonna do? Vrooom!

Whatchoo gonna do? Vrooom!


Separated at birth?

At 9:43 they showed what was probably Paulie’s lowest point- unsuccessfully pitching a line of PJD dog toys.

Paulie: “Me and my father have no business working together.”

Meanwhile, here is Mikey hugging and joking with his father. Why? Because Paulie is talking with Senior again. Mikey is a follower. Always was, always will be.

The Teutul bike got donated to a museum because, you know, it is that important. “I think people will like to see it,” Senior said.

The show ends with everyone from the show riding off into the sunset.

And from me, thank you for reading this blog, week in and week out.

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