January 2, 2012 episode of Next Great Baker takes us to Turtle Back Zoo in Essex County New Jersey. Marissa Lopez and Chad Fitzgerald win the first Bakers Challenge and both get to pick a team they do not work with for each other. After the teams are picked, Buddy tells Marissa and Chad to change places. They are now the team leaders of the people they prefer not to work with.
After arriving at the zoo, Team Chad's bear, made by Heather Macia starts to fall apart and the beak of Team Marissa's toucan, made by Megan Hart starts breaking off. Overall, Buddy states Team Marissa had the stronger cake and they win! Buddy narrowed it down to two people for elimination, Chad and Heather. His choice was to send Heather home because of the bear falling apart. He told Chad he expects to see more from him because he knows he has it in him.
I do not think Heather should have been sent home yet. Do you think Buddy made the right choice or was Heather sent home too soon?