As the first new episode of Cake Boss that premiered Monday night opens, the recently fired Mary enters the Lackawanna factory. “I'm back,” she says, as she already starts rearranging things on a desk. Frankie, Joey and Mauro all give skeptical looks. “Mary's here now,” Joey says with a sarcastic woot.
Mary says the bottom line is that she was born into the family and she owns a part of the bakery. “Whoever don't like it, oh well,” she says.
Buddy approves of her return. He says he and Mary talked and they agreed she could come back as long as she doesn't yell at anyone. “Let me tell you what I expect,” he says. “Come in, do your work, hello goodbye to everybody and that's it.” She agrees.
With all that settled, Buddy meets with Dario and John, the owners of Finish Line Car Wash. They're celebrating their millionth wash, and they want a cake of a car wash, with a car going through it. The cake will be self-cleaning, apparently.
As Buddy explains his idea his employees give incredulous looks. “This cake is going to blow debris of the car, wash the car, and send it out steamy and shiny baby,” he says.
Meanwhile Mauro, who's really taking a lead with consulting lately, meets with customers Julie and Lisa, whose grandparents Dot and Bill are celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary. They're both in their mid-1990s. “I want to do a special cake for this couple,” Mauro says.
He reflects on his own 20 year marriage to Madeline. “I don't think it's any secret, you just gotta love each other,” he says.
While Mauro is doing that Buddy and the rest of the bakers are building the car wash cake. They're going to put a box over two treadmills, while a cake car glides through the wash, which will use steam to clean the car.
While both Buddy and Mauro are working on their cakes Mary is using a work computer to look up Caribbean hotels. She has to get one of the employees to help her. “I'm one of the bosses, who's going to question me,” she says.
She's already decorated her desk with a lot of expensive knick-knacks, which her sister Grace, who's managing the company budget, questions. Mary says Buddy told her to buy whatever we she wanted, though she's probably stretching it. “How am I supposed to reason with Mary that she can't buy something,” Grace says. Buddy happens to walk by and reminds Mary that she needs to fill out the correct expense report forms, no exceptions.
But Buddy doesn't have time to deal with Mary, because he's making the car wash cake. He had Maurizio install two panels of plexiglass that will contain spraying water, but there's a leak which threatens to ruin the cake. Buddy says he's frustrated.
At least Mauro is doing a good job on the wedding cake. It's white and three-tiered, with pictures of Dot and Bill on the sides and two small figurines of them on the top.
Mauro and Madeline deliver the cake to Pennsylvania. “It's shaping up to be a beautiful day,” he says.
Dot and Bill both say the cake is special. Madeline asks them the secret of being married so long. “There's no secret,” Dot says. Bill has a slightly different answer. “Yes dear,” he jokes
“I think today was an awesome day just to be there and see how happy they are,” Mauro says.
Back at the factory Buddy is struggling with the car wash cake. He says it's one of the most difficult mechanically that he's ever made.
But he and the team get everything to work and begin putting on the final decorations. The cake is mostly red, yellow and blue, just like a Finish Line car wash. Even Buddy is impressed.
They deliver the cake to the party at the car wash. “We had to do something spectacular because this is the best car wash in town,” Buddy says.
The car, topped with white salt enters the wash. We see it go through and getting blasted with steam. Water and soap run contained inside the repaired plexiglass.
At the end, presto! The car is clean, and even shiny. Buddy has outdone himself yet again. Now if he can just get Mary to fill out those expense forms.