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"RuPaul's Drag Race" Recap Realness: Finale, It Has Happened to Me

After months of waiting (at least, that's how long these 90 minutes seem), a new drag superstar is crowned. Well, sceptered.

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jasonbschmidt
 on Wed, May 21, 2014

"half of your friends are like, 'didn't she die?'" yes. YES.

main-sequence-star
 on Wed, May 21, 2014

Thanks again for hilarious recaps!  See you next season!

Mock Turtle
 on Fri, May 23, 2014

Before I say anything else, can I just say that when Lola appeared and did her little poem (which clearly legitimately cracked Bianca up), seeing her described as "Bianca's God Daughter" made me realize that Bianca is literally her fairy godmother? There's a certain amount of perfection in that.

Anyway, I remember reading an article before the finale somewhere that Drag Race is the best reality show with the worst finale, and I was like "was it really that bad last year?" And then I watched this and was like "yes, it was." Lord have mercy.

Maybe it was just because I was watching alone (I love having been read so impersonally and yet so accurately), but I was a little disappointed Kelly didn't wear some kind of actual bacon dress, maybe with egg earrings and a ham clutch. I'll give Magnolia credit for one thing, and one thing only: for her Drag Race entrance, she wore something my maternal grandmother would've worn thirty years ago, and now she wore something my paternal grandmother would've worn thirty years ago (albeit on a bad day). Vivacious's look may have been on the verge of collapse, but I do love that she was kind of giving shiny Absol realness. I don't think April got cut because of a lack of defining features, though (that lip-synch! that fashion!), but rather because she got dealt an extremely bad hand two weeks in a row.

I actually liked Milk's glam look, but that might be because I interpreted it as her making fun of glamour rather than playing it straight. And word of warning: Laganja may be gone now, but she might pull another House of Edwards staple and jump out of a box next season. That said, Michelle's reaction to her going back to that godawful voice gave me LIFE. The audience questions may not have been that exciting, but I was so happy to see Alaska call out Gia on her eyelash. I feel bad for Joslyn, though; sure, she got married on TV by RuPaul, but it seems kind of unfair that they made her sit around for the rest of the finale where it's no longer about her (and it's always about the bride on her wedding day). Of course, it wasn't nearly as unfair as no one having asked her what the story was about her silver necklace.

Ivy's stilts dress was amazing, and Dela definitely deserved Ms. Congeniality, but what a crappy prize. Ivy got a week's vacation to anywhere in the world with a Hilton, and Dela gets a gift certificate to Overstock.com? Yikes. I sure hope their commercials are right about having cheap jewlery, although in that case it's all the more reason Joslyn needed that sash. Michelle Visage probably hated it, as usual, but Jinkx's green dress made her look like a drag Disney princess, which was awesome. And I really wish Bianca and Alaska would make a video together doing Lady Bunny impressions, oh my god.

Even though Bianca's win was well-deserved, and personally I couldn't be happier that she won, I was less certain that her win was "inevitable." I was bracing myself for an Adore win. Not that I would've opposed that, since Adore is amazing, but obviously not as amazing as Bianca. The young and charming ingenue, with dreams of taking her drag mainstream, who can sing, and (as far as I could tell) had the fan vote? That's got Ru's seal of approval all over it. But all is right with the world in the end.

The one thing I'll miss almost as much as Drag Race for the next year is your recaps! Assuming you don't end up on season seven and read these queens as it's happening, will you be doing them again? If so, will it be here? Want to make sure I know where to go. :D

"RuPaul's Drag Race" Recap Realness: Final Four Discount, 25% Off!

The queens make a music video, the judges deliberate their final elimination, and the world sits on the edge of its collective seat for the next two weeks.

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main-sequence-star
 on Tue, May 6, 2014

I can't believe this season is almost over.  I hope you'll be recapping the next one!

jasonbschmidt
 on Wed, May 7, 2014

Love your recaps!! It's been a great season. #TeamBianca #TeamRoyLady

"RuPaul's Drag Race" Recap Realness: Gems, Hems, and Femmes

Things get testy when the girls show off their family jewels. This ball offers so many opportunities for jokes that it's nuts.

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Mock Turtle
 on Tue, April 29, 2014

I'm still in utter disbelief that Dela was cut, let alone in the bottom two. I don't think I'm being overdramatic when I say that it's the biggest miscarriage of justice in Drag Race history. Or at least since Pandora's elimination.

All of the judge's critiques against her were utter nonsense; even if her looks weren't what they wanted (which is BS), they can't deny they were all at least well-executed. I'm totally biased in that Dela has been my #2 pick from the get-go and I never warmed to Darienne, but even their performance in the competition thus far proves that the wrong queen went home. With the key being win/high/safe/low/lip-synch, Dela's score through this episode was 2/3/2/1/2 vs. Darienne's 1/1/2/3/3, so the latter staying makes no damn sense. Congrats to Adore, though, for finally getting her shit back together.

Also, I know you don't give out "Award awards" with your recaps anymore (did Queerty take that away like The Stylish took Willam's Beatdown?), but I'd like to personally give Darienne the Stacy Layne Matthews Memorial "I Think It's Couture" Award for Hot Mess of a Garment. Seriously, goddamn.

AedanRoberts
 on Tue, April 29, 2014

This episode started strongly, felt right on track, and then crashed and burned bigger than Darienne dressed as the Hindenburg jumping into a fire pit. The general consensus (which is at least a somewhat small comfort here) is that even if Dela wasn't your favorite it was clear to anyone watching that she was completely robbed. She shouldn't have even been in the bottom two this week, let alone gone home. It felt so contrived, some lazy, stretched excuse to keep the only shit-stirrer left in the competition at least one more episode.

Hell, even if she had completely bombed (which she didn't- she was easily one of the strongest on the runway) she still should have been given a pass- even if Darienne had out-lipsynched her. Mock has it right: the numbers alone tell the tale. Five times in the top three, two wins (which should have been three, honestly) and only three times in the bottom three (with only one lip-synch) against a person whose been in the bottom three SIX FREAKING TIMES and on her third lipsynch? I swear this elimination wouldn't be making me so furious if it felt even remotely justified or correct- but everything about this felt wrong.

So yeah, thanks Ru. You ruined what could have been a potentially flawless season. And while I'm still rooting for Adore and Bianca a lot of the joy I've had watching this season seems gone by such a transparently wrong decision.

chgoreason
 on Wed, April 30, 2014

Ben de la cremes problem is that she is this year Jinx Monsoon, but she showed up at the same time hurricane Del Rio showed up as well. De la creme cannot lip synch for shit. Her manuvers around stage were half assed atempts at what she thought someone in her position should be doing. I mean, 500 lbs Darienne at least was jumping around and fist pumping to the beat. BendeLa needs to get out of her comfort zone and realize she isn't gonna get through with her use of language. I mean squinting at the camera for closeups will only get you so far. BendeLa never defined herself. 

"RuPaul's Drag Race" Recap Realness: Somebody's Getting Harried

It takes more than one shot to turn these roosters into hens.

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Mock Turtle
 on Tue, April 22, 2014

I'll say this, even if (by her own admission) Adore doesn't know what she's doing when lip-synching, bitch can still lip-synch the house down. Erratic though it was, she can put on a show.

This entire episode was painful, though, not just because everyone other than the almighty Bianca had at least some trouble, but because this is definitely the weirdest makeover challenge yet. I'm not sure if that's because of the challenge itself, or the supposed significance attached to it -- did RuPaul seriously just marry these people? Methinks some of the air of pretentiousness could have been lifted had script been that they wanted to do this before their wedding. And even though nothing could have saved Joslyn, her husband with a worse attitude than Magnolia Crawford (sorry, I know you love her) certainly didn't help. It's just too bad that Willam has to relinquish the trophy for "most dramatic vomiting on Drag Race."

One thing that bothered me about this season (other than a lot of things) was how they moved Snatch Game forward one challenge to have ten queens instead of nine. At the time, I thought it was just because Ru decided to give us more of the fan-favorite challenge, but then they moved the makeovers to include six. Next week is the ball challenge, and that usually has four, but now it's five. Looking at the schedule, there's only one more episode after that, not counting the recap and finale, so unless there's a double elimination next week (which seems unlikely), that means there'll be four in the last music video challenge. Since Ru stopped eliminating for that challenge, though... I'm wondering if she'll pull an All-Stars and have a final four? God, I hope not. 

atdnext
in response to Mock Turtle
 on Tue, April 22, 2014

We'll likely have a 4 way Finale this season. Perhaps Ru will eliminate a queen during the music video episode, but I suspect there will be 4 queens vying for the final fan vote next month. Adore Delano, Bianca Del Rio, Courtney Act, and BenDeLaCreme all have unique qualities, special strengths as queens, and large fan bases. I can definitely see Mama Ru milking as much drama from this scenario as she possibly can until the very end (and maybe even after, should we get All Stars 2 later this year).

AedanRoberts
 on Wed, April 23, 2014

Sorry, I know this is long- but this is my own opinion about this episode that I wrote on my facebook:

Okay I'm just going to say this: The Ru Paul's Drag Race Makeover Challenge is by far my least favorite of Every. Single. Season.

Why, you ask? Well, it's a total crapshoot. More than any other challenge it comes down to luck of the draw more than anything else. Sure you may have some (like Adore Delano, whom I love and am rooting for) who are doomed regardless of who they would be placed with. And then you may have others who will at least be guaranteed to be safe due to overwhelming skill (Bianca, Bendela). But for everyone else it always comes down to how amenable or how naturally pretty the "makeover subject" is in comparison to everyone else's. And this season is absolutely no different (on top of other problems I'll mention in a moment).

I mean poor Joslyn. Poor, poor Joslyn. The unfairness of her situation was palpable. And while she was never likely to win this challenge I feel like she, more than anyone else, was given an impossible task. Not only was she presented with someone who seemed outright unpleasant (at first, and ultimately unhelpful overall), and riddled with insecurity, she was also placed with the only person who didn't have similar or identical skin tones to their Drag Mothers. AND THIS MATTERS. IT MATTERS A LOT. Why? Because these poor queens were not given any additional makeup supplies for this challenge. They were tasked with transforming their manly-men into Drag Daughters with the supplies they brought themselves. And anyone who has ever watched this show, or has done anyone's makeup, will know: creating a foundation and makeup illusion on the level of a drag queen is VERY SPECIFIC to the color of the person's skin! Joslyn was handed a black man while only having the proper makeup for a person as pasty and white as herself. AND THEN THEY READ HER FOR THE GUY'S HORRIBLE MAKEUP JOB ON THE RUNWAY! As if they were clueless to the fact that they literally set her up to fail.

Let me put this another way: what if Bianca had been stuck with Joslyn's guy? I'll tell you: the dress would have fit better but the makeup would have been just as busted and Bendela would have easily taken the win. It's entirely unfair to judge Joslyn based on something so out-of-her-hands. Outside the dead skin-tone Joslyn's makeup gave the poor dude, he actually looked like he was given a decent makeup job- I thought he looked like a low-rent Bebe Sahara Benet. And while the dress was also busted the outcome would have been far different if the men had been assigned to different contestants.

And it felt all the more disingenuous the way they edited things. They kept going back to "oh no! look at these scruffy men with their beards! See?! They all are a tough challenge!" And my answer is: BULLSH*T. Beards are the easiest thing to get past. Skin tone and attitude are not. Ben's guy didn't shave for seven years? Who cares! He was going to now- and him being on the show implies the guy knew it was coming. And once Darienne, Bendela and Courtney's men were shaven? The task was practically a cake-walk compared to what others like Joslyn or Adore had to deal with (though, again, Adore was doomed regardless). Mostly because those bearded men were either obvious die-hard fans of the show (Darienne's man) or simply so comfortable in their skin that this was nothing more than a great story to tell their friends.

And now for the other reason this episode particularly irked me: Ru had an opportunity here with a wedding challenge. The glaringly obvious choice, in my opinion, would have been to have six GAY COUPLES on to get married. It would have changed NOTHING about this challenge. Gay men are just as likely to be manly, scruffy, and un-used to drag. Hell- it also would have possibly evened-out the playing field a little bit. Having a choice of which person in the couple the queens would drag out would have given them a little more flexibility and would have felt oh-so-slightly less like they were getting shafted simply by being placed with the wrong person. And it would have gone a lot further with the message of marriage equality than what I got here.

We've seen the straight guys do drag thing before, Ru. You didn't need to do it with this particular form of the Makeover Challenge. And it baffles me why she chose to do it that way. Straight allies are INCREDIBLY important. They are wonderful and vital to our success in the quest for true equality. But they are not the ones being told they can't marry, and it's not like there aren't fifty-zillion shows about straight marriage already on the air. So how about we take one of our few Big Gay Hit Shows and, I don't know, let it be about Gay Couples getting married?

This was a long one. I'll just end with this: I was incredibly sad to see Trinity go last week after warming up to her (but was ultimately okay with her departure) and I was incredibly sad to see Joslyn go this week (though she wasn't likely to last much longer regardless and she is pretty much GUARANTEED to be Miss Congeniality this season). My current top three has also not changed: Bendela, Bianca, and Adore/Courtney (The third-place slot could go to either at this point).

AedanRoberts
 on Wed, April 23, 2014

Also: a little birdy told me this season will have a final Top 4. But don't hold me to that.

This season more than any other is worthy of such a thing, though, in my opinion. We may have had some extreme lows (Magnolia ((sorry, I know you are good friends)), Gia, the lady from the first episode) but it also had an overall quality level that has put nearly every other season to shame. Like I said from the very beginning- this is the first season where I couldn't directly point out the top 3 from the first epsiode to save my life.

So to me it just makes sense to break the mold a little. I just wish that all top five (with Joslyn taking the place of Darienne) could be winners!

ThePinkSuperhero
 on Wed, April 23, 2014

Adore's lipsync was messy, messy, messy.  When she said, I don't usually plan my performances, I just do whatever, I was all, I KNOW BITCH I WAS WATCHING.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” Recap Realness: In-Depth Probing

Cher's mother and son sign up to be interviewed by drag queens, not realizing that the results will be awkward enough to be classified as torture porn.

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colinpc
 on Tue, April 15, 2014

Adore got boxing because Ru said "Heeeeeeere's Johnny!" and she heard "Let's get ready to rummmmmmble!" 

Still stupid as hell but I think that's it. #themysteriesofadoresmind

atdnext
 on Tue, April 15, 2014

I'm still wondering how Joslyn did NOT land in the Bottom 2 this week. That interview was truly cringe worthy... As in "Piers Morgan throwing shade at Janet Mock" cringe worthy! 

Adore & Trinity really turned it out in the LSFYL. That's what a lip sync is supposed to be all about! Jeez, if only Adore had been on top like that during the interview...

 

And speaking of on top, Courtney & DeLa are officially back on top. It's nice to see that they've finally turned it around. And the race to the top seems to be tighter than ever as we head into the makeover challenge. 

Mock Turtle
 on Tue, April 15, 2014

The only reason I'm sad to see Laganja go is because we won't get to see any more of your parody names. Please post any more you have; I have this theory that you've compiled an encyclopedia's worth. And I'm almost tempted to see what the wrath of a thousand Biancas looks like, especially over an issue as stupidly divisive as this, but I won't risk it.

This season keeps upping the runway game, and I think this is my favorite yet. Everyone, or almost everyone, did so well, especially Dela and Courtney (who I initially mistook for Vivacious and April, respectively, in the trailers). This to say nothing of the fact Bianca literally looked her fiercest yet. The lip-synchs have been similarly awesome from the get-go, and this one was incredible. I didn't think Adore, or anyone for that matter, could keep up with Trinity. Plus, I had major flashbacks to the Raja vs. Carmen lip-synch from season three, where they weren't trying to outshine each other so much as they were playing off of each other and having fun. Weirdly enough, that was also to a Paula Abdul song...

There's one thing I'm wondering, though. In the words of Bianca, let me ask you a very fair question: do you legitimately dislike Joslyn, or do you take shots at her because she's such an easy target? I'm kind of dumbfounded at the thought that anyone could not like her, simply because if nothing else she's so sweet, but then again, I suppose her vapidity could be too grating. Don't get me wrong, your reads are always on point, but the ones you throw toward Joslyn seem a little bit more... well, pointed, as it were.

Chris J. Kelly
in response to Mock Turtle
 on Tue, April 15, 2014

I think Joslyn's a doll. I guess I just have a shady sense of humor. Someone else just commented to me that my jokes about Laganja seemed too personal! I'll try to be nicer next week. But still funny, obviously. It'll be a good exercise.

(Oh, and I do have a LOT of nicknames for Ganj written down. Two more, since you asked nicely: LaCheeto Dorito and Galoshes McGoggles.)

jasonbschmidt
 on Wed, April 16, 2014

"supermodel turkey." i live.

Mock Turtle
in response to Chris J. Kelly
 on Thu, April 17, 2014

I see. Ain't nothing wrong with being shady! Even my subconscious is; I had a dream last night which included a book by Sarah Paulson entitled "Accepting Being Average." I don't know where that came from.

Laganja at least deserves it, though. Or, should I say, LaCheeto does. XD

"RuPaul's Drag Race" Recap Realness: Stand Up and Deliver

The second half of the massive broadcast has more laughing, crying, and other mood swings than Joan Rivers on a whole medicine cabinet full of pills.

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Mock Turtle
 on Wed, April 9, 2014

"Laglobal T-Mobile" *dead*

Also, am I crazy, or did I clock last season's Dave the Veteran in the audience? That guy in the sunglasses in that pic you used, the one Bianca told to stop sleeping?

The dual splits had me rioting and screaming, but not nearly as much as finally seeing Laganja go home. My dog was so confused. I think she's actually surpassed Gia and Magnolia as the one I hate most this season. If I had to sit through one more episode with her, I was going to pull my hair out. This to say nothing of the fact that her stand up made Delta Work's look like Louis CK.

Since you mentioned it, I really want to know what the story is with Joslyn's necklace. Does it literally go with every outfit she owns, or is it a sentimental favorite? Inquiring minds demand to know.

Laglobal T-Mobile
jon.herzog
 on Wed, April 9, 2014

Joslyn's necklace is one of Shangela's horcruxes.

colinpc
in response to Mock Turtle
 on Wed, April 9, 2014

hahah I noticed Dave too! 

ThePinkSuperhero
 on Thu, April 10, 2014

Trinity is such a mystery to me- I've never seen a reality show contestant who's so insecure and can then deliver so well!  For someone who can't act, can't do comedy, can't do anything, she does everything so well!  Maybe that's her MO?  Lower expectations to the floor, blow 'em away!

"RuPaul's Drag Race" Recap Realness: Nice Pair

In part one of the epic two-hour presentation, Ru makes it clear who's boss. She's Oprah, they're a bunch of cosmetic-selling Gayles.

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Mock Turtle
 on Tue, April 8, 2014

Can I just say that your reads are simply beyond clever? Like, if you, Bianca and Willam were locked in a room together, I think your powers combined might blot out the sun. 

Like Michelle, I was shocked to see Adore and Laganja win that challenge instead of Bianca and Trinity, but fortunately that was partly rectified by the next episode. Plus, it worked out better for Bianca; custom dress > soap. Seriously, what kind of prize was that? Makes me miss the old days where every other challenge win was greeted with a cruise. But, at least now everyone in my personal top three has two challenge wins under her belt. 

Darienne might've had a better gag with the invisible tips (can we get a cat version of this?), but I felt like Dela was the better lip-syncher overall. Then again, I'm completely biased. And I'm not sure if I'm psychic or just Jessica Fletcher reincarnated, but I figured that they wouldn't air two episodes in one night unless one of them featured a non-elimination. In the words of Adore Nicole Smith, "whaddo I wiiiiiiiiin?"

main-sequence-star
 on Tue, April 8, 2014

I can't tell if the episodes are getting better or if I'm getting trashier, but godDAMN I was entertained!  Looking forward to tomorrow's recap. 

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” Recap Realness: Straight Outta WeHo

Classic hip-hop is like sausage: if you like it, don't watch what these drag queens do to it.

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main-sequence-star
 on Tue, April 1, 2014

I knew this episode was going to be especially painful after they announced the rap battle challenge and Laganja exclaimed, "THIS is the challenge I've been waiting for!"  

atdnext
 on Tue, April 1, 2014

Someone on another review thread compared Milk to Tammie Brown. And the more I think about it, the more that makes sense. Both have this crazy rebellious streak. And neither likes to take direction from the judges. Oh yes, and both may end up being cult favorites. 

 

It seemed like Milk was ready to sashay away anyway. She clearly marches to the beat of her own drum... And ain't nothing wrong with that.

 

(Just don't come into a competition and expect to win by breaking all the rules of engagement. Was Milk even really competing? Now I can understand your soft spot for Magnolia Crawford.)

 

Adore, however, is competing. And she's increasingly becoming a real contender for the crown IMHO. Her rap was fly. And her looks fit the "Crazy Sexy Cool" theme, even though the gown could have used more length.

 

I came into this season rooting for Courtney Act. WTF?! Caught in what act? Resting on pretty? Grrl, we all know you are hella talented. Try showing more of that to the judges for a change!

Mock Turtle
 on Tue, April 1, 2014

Can I just say that I love how, for two weeks in a row, Bianca has displayed some downright tsundere qualities, first with Adore and now Trinity? It kinda makes me want to see season six adapted as a manga.

Anyway, great review, as always. Your read about the runway theme was spot-on, I laughed so hard. The only thing I'd say is that Dela being excited over winning two challenges wasn't why she was on cloud nine, it was that she was the first to win two challenges, and thus the Shangela analogy doesn't quite fit. Historically, the queen that does so on her season goes far: Tyra Sanchez, Sharon Needles and Jinkx Monsoon all won, and Alexis Mateo finished 3rd. The exception that proves the rule is Ongina, who finished 5th, but let's be real, she should've gone father than, at the very least, Rebecca and Shannel.

Even though I like her, Trinity is so frustrating to me. Her fashion is always amazing, and bitch knows how to lip-synch the house down, but her attitude wins her no favors. She's kind of like an anti-Laganja, in a way, because while Laganja wants all the attention to be on her (all the time, but especially when she's not in the top, which is literally always), Trinity wants absolutely no attention after she's critiqued. And then, to make matters worse, when people try to talk to her about it and even cheer her up, she just locks down and goes on the defensive, usually for no reason. I like her, and I want to like her more, but her personality and her challenge performance keeps me away. And what Trinity needs to figure out real quick is that, no matter how amazing you lip-synch, this show is won and lost on the challenges; if she keeps sucking, she doesn't stand a chance. Alyssa Edwards said last season that she'd just lip-synch her way to the end if she had to, but it didn't work for her and it's not going to work for Trinity. And to top it all off, despite her undeniable skills, she's ultimately sent not one but two more deserving queens home too soon. 

Speaking of Alyssa, I think I figured out why I hate Laganja so much, whom I shall henceforth and forevermore refer to as Maria Von Crap after last week. Laganja is Alyssa's drag daughter, we know, but the problem is that she's too much Alyssa's drag daughter. It's like she took all the catchphrases, mannerisms, and persona of Alyssa, amplified it by about ten (and when it was at Alyssa's "one" it could be a little grating at times), and then completely sucked the soul out of it. Alyssa could be annoying, but she was still endearing because she wasn't so in her own head. Laganja, I think, planned from the moment she was cast on Drag Race exactly what she would do and how she would do it each episode, and since that has quite obviously fallen apart, she's sort of imploding and showing us her true colors, which are downright pungent. Is that the term I'm looking for? Pungent colors? Eh. The best example of this is her Untucked meltdown, because it was so weird the way she reacted once Bianca tried to lighten the mood. At the time I couldn't figure out why, other than the fact she's Laganja, until I saw Trinity in that exact same position the very next week. For Trinity, it wasn't necessarily something she expected, it was something that she didn't plan for (not unlike the rest of the competition, no T no shade); Laganja not only planned for and expected it, but she felt entitled to it, and once it didn't play out like the fairy tale in her head, thanks in large part due to Disney villain Bianca Del Rio, she went ballistic. 

And on the subject of villains, Darienne's gradual turn into one makes me sad. She's Pandora's drag mother, and I adore Pandora, and we know Darienne can be funny, but she's got this cool, jaded nastiness emanating from her that I'm guessing we'll see more of. She's got the insecurity of Delta Work, the shadiness of Phi Phi O'Hara, and the self-entitlement of Roxxxy Andrews. I guess what I'm trying to say is that she's turning out to be worse than Serena ChaCha.

Mock Turtle
 on Tue, April 1, 2014

Oh goddamn, that ended up longer than I intended.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” Recap Realness: Why It Gotta Be Blank?

The ladies fill the existential void in the season's most anticipated challenge.

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AedanRoberts
 on Tue, March 25, 2014

Awesome review again, as always. The only part I would comment on: while I agree that the past couple seasons have left us with much to be desired from their respective Snatch Games I must disagree that this was only "the tightest Snatch Game Ever" simply because the bar had been set so low. This was a phenomenal Snatch Game in it's own right (even without taking the poor level of previous seasons into account) and overall best episode of the season. To put it another way: just because the flawlessly cut diamond may appear to shine all the brighter because it was nestled next to dried-up turds doesnt mean the diamond would be any less perfect when placed somewhere far more appropriate.

Last season we had a phenomenal Jinkx, a great Alaska and a moderately competant Roxie (the only time you'll hear me give her anything resembling praise), and the season before we were given Sharon and Chad and a lot of dishwater. This season we had FIVE stand-out performances (in my opinion) all of whome had me laughing out loud: Darienne put her penchant for self-effacing fat jokes to good use, Bianca was a pitch-perfect and hilarious Judge Judy, Joslyn was damn funny as the Real Housewife (and was among the best in my opinion, definitely top-four), Adore was a HILARIOUS caricature of Anna Nicole, and Ben did Downton-Abbey Maggie to perfection. FIVE standout performances with only two mediocre performances in MILK and Courtney and three train wrecks in Trinity, Laganga and Gia. If there had been any higher a ratio of fantastic impersonations there wouldn't have been enough screen-time to capture it all! (and in all honesty there wasn't even enough for this level)

And while I ultimately ended up agreeing with Ru's decision (I'm completely done with Laganga and am so sick of her attitude and obnoxious idiocy- but the bitch can perform) I really secretly hoped it would be a double-elimination. Ah well. A man can dream- and hopefully we will see Laganga leave next week (though I'd be just as happy to see Trinity go. I love the lady for coming forth with her status in the untucked, but it doesn't really save her from her previous tired, boring, monotone, negative attiitude and general Tyra-like mannerisms. And lets be real- this kind of "I just had to get it off my chest" stuff has been said by ladies before. I forget her name but the queen who came out last season about her gender identity: she said it and had this big moment of catharsis, saying she would be more focused and able to give it her all now that she had it off her chest- but ultimately she went home the very next episode because honestly it didn't really matter- she just wasn't polished or interesting enough to make it. And I kind of see that with Trinity. She may have polish and she's VERY talented, but she just hasn't developed the personality or character to take her all the way yet. Maybe in a couple years, but for now she's just not on the same level as Ben or Bianca or Courtney.)

smartguyd
 on Tue, March 25, 2014

I'm am so tiered of Laganja, this bitch crys EVERY EPISODE.

main-sequence-star
 on Tue, March 25, 2014

Any chance that you'll recap the Untucked episodes? 

Chris J. Kelly
in response to main-sequence-star
 on Tue, March 25, 2014

I love that there's more demand for my writing. I've thought about it, but it's a lot harder to recap 30 minutes of screaming and crying. Like, there's usually one or two good moments per episode (I will now spend the rest of the year encouraging my friends by telling them to "glue that bottom lash on"), but not enough to make it worthwhile to recap the whole thing. Besides, watching Untucked without the pressure of recapping it is sort of a gift to myself at this point; I get to stop taking notes and just revel in the garish, over-manipulated drama for a moment.

atdnext
in response to AedanRoberts
 on Tue, March 25, 2014

Mostly agreed. It's just that I wasn't getting much out of Darienne's Paula Deen. By the time Drag Race was taping, Paula Deen had fallen into a giant pot of hot water. There was so much material ripe for the picking... And Darienne instead dropped a few fat jokes? IMHO that was such a wasted opportunity. 

 

Still, it was far from disastrous. I'd peg her performance with Joslyn Fox's Teresa Guidice in the middle-of-the-pack. However, I do agree with you that both of them probably would have scored higher if they were on past seasons.

 

That's because this season, we had BenDeLaCreme, Bianca Del Rio, and Adore Delano soar all the way up to near perfection. All 3 of them were phenomenal on Snatch Game IMHO, though Ben was just so amazing as Maggie Smith that she deserved the win. It also helped that she nailed the RuPaul inspired runway look. (And it's reassuring to see that she won't run into trouble in the fashion department like fellow Seattle queen Jinkx Monsoon did last season.)

atdnext
in response to smartguyd
 on Tue, March 25, 2014

Seriously, Laganja needed a(nother) ganja break. Can't someone just give her a medical marijuana card already?

ThePinkSuperhero
 on Wed, March 26, 2014

I'm afraid I have to disagree; I think the right person went home.  Laganja is extremely annoying, but there's an earnestness, a heart, an open wound that needs some air.  Gia is just snotty as hell and I cannot abide it.  Good riddance.

ThePinkSuperhero
 on Wed, March 26, 2014

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main-sequence-star
in response to Chris J. Kelly
 on Wed, March 26, 2014

That makes sense.  When I think about it, finding a way to recap that hot mess of a show would be a daunting, time-consuming task.  My friends and I are usually left feeling speechless and little ashamed after watching the queens' D-level shenanigans in the silver room.  Thank god it exists. 

"RuPaul's Drag Race" Recap Realness: Looks - 10, Dance - 3

Did you ever dream about a community theater production of "Starlight Express" that used high heels instead of roller skates? No? Well here it is anyway.

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Comments

main-sequence-star
 on Tue, March 18, 2014

April deserved so much better, although it just wouldn't be Rupaul's Drag Race without Ru trying to squeeze every last drop of malice out of the queens who show even an ounce frustration with another cast member.  April was too friendly for that.   Totally agree with you about the mini-challenge too. This one, aside from the reasons you listed, was particularly bad because it required literally no skill. 

atdnext
 on Wed, March 19, 2014

After that intro, I was expecting some reaction to this week's Untucked. Hmmm...

April certainly has some charisma, uniqueness, nerve, & talent... But I suspect that wouldn't have been enough to take on this season's top-notch queens anyway. The producers are probably letting go of the "middle of the pack" drama-free queens (Vi & April) now to let the problematic drama queens (Gia & Trinity) give us a couple more weeks of shade. 

colinpc
 on Wed, March 19, 2014

So glad you said that about the mini challenge! I was thinking the same thing, it totally bummed me out..

chgoreason
 on Fri, March 21, 2014

I enjoyed the recap. The writing is fresh, concise, and quite positive. My only gripe with the article, if anything, is the author's use of the word oppression in his reflection of the mini-challenge. The mini-challenge consisting of the current lineup judging other individuals' ability to conform to standard deliniation of masulinity/femininity based on a snapshot of a human anatomy. The problem I see, (besides the ironic and inappropriate laughter of current drag contestants at the expense of other people's deviation from social norms,) is that the word oppression has a sort of Medievel connotation. That word has a more forceful meaning to it, than say, repression. I don't remember quite the episode but I think Kathy Griffin made a reference to it in season two. One of the contestants used the word oppression. And she responded, it's not slavery.