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'Cake Boss' whips up one big 'Gator Bite' on TLC

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Tonight's season premiere episode of "Cake Boss" was titled "Gator Bite." As the episode opens Buddy is shown twenty years ago in a video of the bakery. His mother and father are seen in the shots of young Buddy honing his craft. Furthermore, seen are preview shots of what is to come in the new season, including Buddy’s mother’s progress with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Buddy, Mauro and Danny are at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, N.J. As they watch the fish swim by, some small and some gigantic; they are introduced to “Mighty Mike.” He is the alligator that resides in the aquarium, at 14 feet long, and over 800 pounds. Mike will be leaving Camden to live out his life in their sister aquarium in Newport, Ky. To honor him and have a huge send-off; they would like Buddy to make a cake that looks like him. Marc and Ann Marie even asked Buddy to go into the tank and feed him. As Buddy made the sign of the cross before walking into his pen, he threw a whole chicken into the pen, that was gobbled up immediately. As he planned his escape, Ann Marie chided him for being afraid.

Back at the bakery, the alligator cake is under construction, as they even got the mouth to open and close with help of a remote control.

Buddy had a meeting with a woman named Claire, a former Mrs. New Jersey. As her title allows, she gives a gift to the pageant and this year she wants a cake symbolizing the pageant. It must be classy, glamorous and perfect. She gave Buddy the crown and sash to use as a vision or on the cake as he promised her it would be spectacular. They got to work on the cake immediately and chose royal blue for the fondant.

At St. Francis Church in Hoboken, Buddy’s mother and brother are saying a special prayer. Mary and her brother Dominic, who is a perfect match, are leaving for Israel, where stem cell research is being done for ALS patients. This treatment it is not yet approved in the United States. Because of her age and progression of the disease, they do not have time to wait for U.S. approval.

As the cake for the pageant was being completed, Claire showed up to check on the progress. She just did not feel the vibe, and from the beginning, Buddy should have known she’d be one tough customer. As she watched it being assembled, it was gorgeous, but still not satisfactory enough for her. She asked if he could put some roses on it, and they put lovely red roses on the cake, and it was perfect. She was very pleased, and Danny even got to take it to her car for her.

As the alligator cake was near completion, it was as scary as the real thing. The staff and visitors to the aquarium were astounded at how lifelike the cake was. When the mouth opened, it was a bigger surprise. Buddy rated it in the top ten of all the cakes they have made so far.

Buddy and his family got a video call from Israel with his sister Mary and mother, who was very weak. They will not know anything for at least three to four weeks. As they all wished her a tearful good-bye, they were praying that the procedures worked, and she would be back to her old self as soon as possible. Godspeed, Mary, fans are praying for you!

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