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TODAY's Takeaway: Prince George debuts cheeks, proud dad wins hearts

Oct. 23, 2013 at 4:19 PM ET

Kate and George don ivory frocks, a viral video embodies father-son love and Al makes ASU journalism students cry.
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Kate and George don ivory frocks, a viral video embodies father-son love and Al makes ASU journalism students cry.

1. Have you seen Prince George’s adorable, massive baby cheeks? They’re wonderful.

The world got a glimpse of the 3-month-old as the royal family arrived at St. James’s Palace for his christening on Wednesday. He wore a long, lace christening gown that Prince William wore in 1982 (don’t you see the resemblance?), while Duchess Kate wore Alexander McQueen, one of the new mom’s favorites.

Video: Prince William and Duchess Kate arrive with their son George at St. James's Palace for his royal christening.

2. In other proud papa news: Farnoosh Shahrokhshahi, the dad who warmed hearts when he wailed with joy over his son’s improved grades in a now-viral video, told TODAY he’s “overwhelmed by the generosity and the kindness of everyone who has communicated with us.”

His son, Aria, said he recorded the moment because wanted to share “one of the happiest moments in my life with the world.”

Warning: You may shed tears of pure happiness while watching the interview.

Video: Farnoosh and Aria Shahrokhshahi, the father-son duo that recently went viral for a taped reaction to Aria’s passing math grade, Skype in to explain that touching moment seven months ago. Aria, who is now in college, says he wanted to share “one of the happiest moments in my life with the world.”

3. Johnny Weir visited the plaza this morning to announce his retirement from figure skating, and his new role as an NBC Olympics analyst at the upcoming Sochi games.

Video: Two-time Olympian figure skater Johnny Weir talks to TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie about his announcement that he will be joining NBC Olympics as a figure skating analyst for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

The two-time Olympian then scored his skating style through the years for TODAY.com. The result: 10 out of 10.

4. TODAY fans at Arizona State lost it this morning when Al surprised them dressed up as the school’s mascot. Nearly 100 journalism students tweeted their love for the show in hopes of getting on it, and they got their wish — and more.

Video: A viral tweet from two Arizona State University upperclassmen showed off their fandom of the show with a decked-out dorm room, even decorating their dorm halls with a TODAY theme. TODAY’s Al Roker visits the fans and NBC’s Doug Meehan reports.

5. Gavin MacLeod, who steered “The Love Boat” for 10 seasons as captain, told Savannah he played a leading man despite having what was at the time a physical detriment: "a bald head."

"I had to get a hairpiece when I came to New York!" he confessed.

Video: The actor who played the famous Captain Stubing of the hit TV show “The Love Boat” tells TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie about his time shooting the TV series and the moment when he knew it would be a hit.

6. Meet 12 people who look uncannily like their dogs — a.k.a. doggie doppelgangers

Rachel and Jamie Lipson pose with their pup, Rocky.
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Rachel and Jamie Lipson pose with their pup, Rocky.

And that's TODAY's Takeaway!

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