Saturday, May 26, 2012

American Chopper: Senior Vs. Junior Season Finale

Other than the great choppers built by both OCC and PJD, viewers are also keen on the latest development in the relationship between Senior and his siblings.

In the season finale which aired last May 21, Mikey finally decided to quit the show in the hope of mending his ties with his father.  Many were saddened by his decision especially the crew of PJD.  Viewers such as myself also felt the same way.  Mikey has been part of the show for 10 years and his decision meant losing the comic relief that he provides.  Oh no, no, no!  Jason's antics are not funny!  He tries to be funny but it only results in irritating scenes worthy of being edited out!  

In episode 9, Junior reaches out to his father in an off camera meeting to achieve what he hopes to be a "genuine" conversation with his father.  Unfortunately, the interview after the meeting showed two different versions of what went down.  Personally, I'm more inclined to believe Junior's version.  Senior has been the one dishing out verbal assaults at his sons since the start of the Senior vs. Junior spin off and his version of the off cam meeting again puts Junior in a bad light.

In order to break the impasse, Junior again offers another meeting---this time with cameras rolling---and offers the OCC shop as the venue.  You can feel the awkwardness of the situation as father and son meet at the OCC showroom and walks the distance to the conference room intermittently filled with small talk to dissipate the unbearable silence.  

It was three years since we last saw father and son in a man to man conversation (which as you may recall did not end well and eventually resulted to the break-up).  It almost got heated as both again butted heads about who's at fault. I would like to commend Senior for averting further aggravation and always steered the conversation to a more civil atmosphere which showed a hint that he truly wanted to make peace with his son. 

Although we did not see father and son hug and make up, Senior placed on the table a collaboration option that he thinks would move their relationship in a more personal level---a joint bike build for charity.  Junior's response is something to look forward to in the next season.

1 comment:

Mike said...

Just watched my DVR recording of the season finale. At the end of the meeting, they hugged each other and even said "I love you" to each other. I had to rewind and replay twice to make sure I saw it correctly.