RuPaul’s Drag Race: Stupid Girls

Posted on April 12, 2014

CALM DOWN BEYONCE. We finally got to our recap. Sorry it took so long, darlings, but poledancing for our book took precedence this week. All y’all who bitched about the lack of a recap are some entitled hos, but we love you, because you clearly can’t live without the benefit of our opinions, which is exactly as it should be. Now strap yourselves in. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover. 

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There it is, girls. Your Recommended Daily Allowance: Five servings of vegetables, a legume, some fruit and two pieces of meat.

Thank you. We’re here all week. Tip your drag waitress.

We think what we loved most about this mini-challenge was the HILARIOUS conceit that it had something to do with Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” program. We’re gonna go out on a limb here and suggest…

 

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… there was no coordinating with the White House on this one.

Proving once again that this is not a reality competition, but a variety show masquerading as a reality competition, Ru spewed a continuous stream of hilarious one-liners all through this segment and then gave the win to Laganja, for no other reason than to stir up shit.

Also: proving once again that Ru is a master at self-promotion, the main challenge had the queens hawking yet another Ru joint; this time her cosmetics line for Color Evolution.

 

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It seems we say this once and only once a season, but we don’t like this look at all. It feels like blasphemy to say it, but it kind of looks like a rainbow flag that got washed in too-hot water and too much detergent.

 

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Laganga and Adore were the clear front-runners in the commercial challenge. Wait. That’s only half right. Adore was the clear front runner. Because if there’s any queen here who can do the perfect bitchy mean girl character, it’s her. Her reading of two simple words, “…is ugly,” was press-the-pause-button funny.

Laganja was her usual twitchy, self-conscious, jonesing-for-a-fatty self. You can trace the rise of the withdrawal symptoms through the competition. We’re probably at about week two of their sequester, which tracks with her behavior this week. Gets high every day then can’t get high for two weeks? That’s Laganja right now. The only reason these two won this week was because of Adore. And Laganja, whose paranoia should be reaching epic levels by now, knows this.

 

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You’d pretty much have to be a queen going through withdrawal to put together a scary-ass look like this. That was some of the worst makeup we think we’ve ever seen on the show.

 

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We liked Adore’s runway look, but that hat seemed unnecessary for the look and a little distracting to us.

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And while we think Adore nailed the challenge above all others, Bianca gave her a close run for her money, while Trinity deserves most improved. The storyline developing with Bianca is both manipulative and heartwarming at the same time. Not that we think she was being phony or anything, but her new role as drag mother to both Adore and Trinity should yield some good stuff down the line. While it would be hard for us to see how she’d justify it, based solely on Trinity’s output so far, we could see a finale with Bianca, Adore and Trinity. It would be awfully tempting for Ru to put those three up against each other in the end.

Anyway, Bianca was hilarious – especially in her side-eye action, and Trinity pulled herself together and surprised everyone.

 

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And they both looked amazing on the runway. It’s getting harder and harder, in retrospect, to understand why they weren’t the winners, but then we come back to “… is ugly,” and we remember.

 

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The only interesting thing about their pairing this week was the prickliness that developed between the two of them. Let’s face it: Ru paired everyone for maximum storytelling. Courtney, a veteran performer and reality television personality, took that ball and ran with it, turning on her bitch rays and blasting Joslyn in the face.

To be honest, it all comes off a little arbitrary. Every queen slings shade at every other queen; some more effectively than others (Bianca) and some for more obvious emotional reasons (Darienne), but pretty much every bitch gets a chance to claw at every other bitch. So when someone suddenly gets butthurt because someone else got shady, we kinda have a “That’s nice, dear” reaction to it. We figure Joslyn was probably genuinely taken aback, but honestly, Courtney didn’t say anything to her that Bianca wasn’t saying about Trinity, except in a slightly harsher way. The fact is, Joslyn – who we should add is a far better queen than we originally assumed – really could use a little more polish and variety in her work.

 

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This was great. Original (for this show, anyway) and memorable.

 

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She really does need to start listening to everyone who keeps telling her to change her stage looks. Too damn much crap every week.

 

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The irony of Ben and Darienne’s commercial was that it was pretty damn funny. The problem was it was also pretty damn weird and made a pretty damn awful way to sell makeup. We think they lost the plot here and wound up making some sort of parody of a makeup commercial instead of an actual commercial. We suppose you could say that of all the entries this week, but as goofy as the other ones were, they did at least try and sell the idea that you’d wind up looking pretty if you use this product.

Darienne’s jealousy is starting to get really annoying but y’know? We don’t a hundred percent buy Ben’s act. It’s just a little too wide-eyed and “Who, me?” She comes across as phony as Laganja in a lot of ways and the judges called her out on it this week, as they should.

We realize that “vulnerability” is an arbitrary criterion to apply in a drag competition, but that’s kind of how reality TV competitions work. There’s not a lot about Project Runway that correlates to the real fashion industry or America’s Next Top Model to the modeling profession, or even Top Chef to running a kitchen in a restaurant. RPDR doesn’t define drag. But because it has to award a prize, it has to come up with some sort of codified set of skills in order to award it. And because it’s reality TV, they’re looking for emotional payoffs. Thus: “We need to see your vulnerable side.”

 

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Not a great look, to our eyes. It’s costumey, which is fine, but we can’t for the life of us figure out exactly what kind of costume it is. Is she a flower? A sci-fi space queen? It just seems ill thought-out.

 

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Props where it’s due: this is our favorite looks of hers yet. It’s nice to see her bring some campy exaggeration into her normal glam-drag.

 

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In the end, Ru decided they were the worst of the lot and put them up against each other for the lip sync. We pretty much figured this was going to be the “You both get to stay” moment for the season. Ben’s a favorite in a lot of ways. It was her turn to get beat up a little in the competiton, but Ru clearly likes her. And there was no question Darienne was staying. She’s been consistently glamorous and occasionally pretty funny. And she gave a much better lip synch than Ben did. What was with her wandering all the way to the back of the runway to take off her dress? Darienne took that moment and ran with it, commanding the judges’ attention and getting them to laugh.

But wait! There’s more!

 

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Nothing to add to this picture. Just leaving it here for your benefit, darlings.

 

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This challenge was pointless and HILARIOUS. Pointlessly hilarious, if you will.

 

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Who cares who won it? How would you judge such a thing? Although when Adore licked off her eye and spit it out, we could see how that would determine things. Again, a pause-button-funny moment. We never dreamed we’d love that vapid little girl, but she really does have pretty awesome comic instincts.

 

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Bouncing back gloriously from the previous episodes runny rainbow flag dress.

 

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We actually felt a little sorry for the rest of the queens. When Ru announced the challenge, she was essentially saying, “Here you go, Bianca. Here’s the one I promised you.”

And yes, it was a much deserved win. She was machine gun-rapid in her delivery and couldn’t possibly have been any more polished in her performance. Hilarious. And the whole Kathy Griffin/Laugh-In drag was an inspired choice. This was hers to win and she didn’t disappoint.

 

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Credit where it’s due, Darienne did a pretty damn good job herself. Polished and pretty hilarious. The ninja line was perfection.

 

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We think Trinity deserves a ton of praise for getting out of her head and really giving it her all. It was as good or better than her makeup ho performance last week. Everyone kind of over-praised it, but Ru got to have a perfectly Emmy-worthy tearful drag mama “I’m so proud of you” moment. It was sweet.

As for the rest of the girls – because they really don’t warrant a lot of examination, some quick n’ dirty assessments:

 

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The song was awkward.

 

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Her awkwardness was almost funny. “I’ll mow your lawns later” was a pretty great off-the-cuff closer.

 

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YIKES.

This TOTALLY got ignored by Ru. We’re sorry, but she definitely should’ve been back in the bottom again this time.

 

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Granted, Joslyn’s performance (or lack) is pretty hard to defend.

 

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And don’t even get us started on this twitchy mess. Even the “knitting” grannies planted in the audience were all “Girl, go give a blowjob in an alley if you need to score some weed that badly. You’re a MESS.”

But here’s what’s funny about reality TV – and we know this from blogging about it for almost 8 years now: you can, as a producer and/or a judge of a reality competition do all you can to further certain outcomes and produce certain moments, but sometimes, something true and pure happens, despite all that manipulation.

 

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Sometimes, pure fucking magic happens, right out of nowhere, coming from the last people you’d expect to produce such a moment.

Seriously, it was one of those “holy SHIT” stage moments that literally caused all the hairs on our necks to stand up. Clearly, it wasn’t planned, because why would they coordinate when they’re each fighting for their life? If we give either of them credit, we suspect Joslyn knew Laganja’s style well enough that she could figure out when she was going to try one of her splits or death drops and yanked the spotlight off her. If that’s true, she’s a much, much savvier performer than her competitors realize.

 

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Either way, Joslyn gave the better lip synch and Ru could see she’d wrung all the drama out of Laganja she could get. It was a pity-sashay, really. She’s setting her free so she can go out in the word and score weed off the first likely source she can find. Go and get yourself some, girl. Or just plain go. Whatever.

As for the Untucked meltdown, what needs to be said? For once, we were perfectly happy watching Bianca sharpen her claws. It was time for a shredding.  This messy pothead had it coming. Honestly, if we were there and we’d heard one more “OKCURRRRRR?” out of her, someone would’ve had to restrain us. Frankly, Bianca was remarkably gentle, given how annoying Laganja’s been. And Adore’s constant “Girl what the fuck” side-eyes were quietly hilarious.

 

 

 

[Screencaps: tomandlorenzo.com]

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    • RussellH88

      The whole Lasagna freakout really brought out my inner sadist. I could watch that all day and seeing Bianca and Adore call her out on it leading to her actually screaming and stamping her feet in the hallway just made my black little heart smile.

      • NinjaCate

        Oh good. I’m not alone! We can drink Cosmos in hell together :)

        • Raspberry2012

          I’ll bring the snacks.

      • Chartreusite

        I agree with you wholeheartedly. The strange thing was I was a really big fan of the idea of Laganja being in the competition, but it got to be a point where she really needed to get dressed down and forced to look in a mirror before going back out into the world. I sincerely hope she did some reevaluating on her persona or, alternately, gets the required substances to chill out.

      • Jeremy Thomas Porta

        I was alternately covering my eyes and shivering with glee. I felt like I got a huge payoff by seeing them FINALLY address her weirdness directly, but at the same time I can hardly watch reality tv sometimes because I feel the awkwardness and embarrassment too strongly.

        • Vanessak69

          Ever since someone on another site posted a few weeks ago that they knew her and were baffled by her show persona, I’ve grown increasingly, uncomfortably aware that this is a real, fairly young person. I couldn’t really enjoy hating her; nevertheless I was filled with glee when Ru seemingly heard me screaming to shante Joslyn.

      • MK03

        I love that the other queens just let her go and fall apart. She was a toddler throwing a fit, and they reacted exactly as you should to that.

      • Eveniah

        I found it to be incredibly uncomfortable as opposed to entertaining. I had wanted everyone to call her out on her bullshit, but then I thought about myself at 18. I thought about every one of my flaws and every item of my dirty laundry and I thought about how it would feel for a bunch of strangers to draw all of that shit out on national television. I am not sure I would have recovered!

        I messaged Lagunja on her Facebook page and asked her about her meltdown, and told her that some of the girls had a point however it was still uncomfortable to watch. She could have gone off on me but instead thanked me for my honesty and said that she is still dealing with the aftermath of that. So with that in mind I cut her some slack, and remain weary of a show that will happily bring up a Queens traumatic past for entertainment (hello half of the Untucked “calls from home”). I respect the Queens who keep their shit together even more now.

        • DLJoe

          I viewed it a bit differently. I was a music major in college and the competition was insane. One of very first things you should learn is how to handle criticism. It’s VERY prevalent in any art form you pursue, it surprises me that by the age of 24 she hasn’t learned how to take criticism constructively. I ran into plenty of students along the way who just couldn’t handle the criticism and yes it was always crying and excuses as well. It didn’t make me hate them (he’ll I don’t even hate Laganja). But I mean come on, 24 and every aspect of her persona has to do with weed? It’s time to take one advice and grow a bit.

          • Eveniah

            Again I don’t disagree, but I still find someone having a panic attack uncomfortable viewing. Some people don’t have the tenacity of mental health to deal with that aspect of reality television, you know? And the Laganja who messaged me took criticism very well. Maybe (s)he has grown?

            • Raspberry2012

              But someone who doesn’t have that tenacity of mental health to deal with that aspect of reality TV – should they then BE on reality TV at all? Because, here’s the thing – the producers *will* go after that. I remember after the Brandon Hantz freak-out on “Survivor” a couple of seasons back, someone posted on the forums at TWoP that a friend of theirs did casting for reality TV shows. And that they do screening for people who might be too emotionally fragile for the show. But here’s the thing – they don’t exclude those people, no no no, just the opposite – they cast them. If they smell a good breakdown on TV to boost their ratings? They’ll have that contestant sign on the dotted line. It’s twisted, yeah, but that’s one of reality TV’s dirty little secrets. People like that don’t fall through the cracks or put on a really good impression during the psychological screenings. The casting people actually look for them.

            • demidaemon

              Ever seen ANTM? This is that casting philosophy at work EVERY. SINGLE. SEASON. Although, I think Ru is a bit more finicky about who makes it and who should be there.

            • Guest

              For the record, I’ve worked on casting for a reality show too. And they did the screenings for emotionally fragile people – and absolutely did not cast them, and in fact directed them towards a place to get help. Casting an emotionally unstable (for real, not in the “Bitch, you stole my granola bar!!” kind of way) person is a serious liability, and a lot of companies won’t do that. I remember one girl on a show I worked on had served in Iraq, and they did extensive testing with her, and had a psychiatrist meet with her, to make absolutely sure she didn’t have PTSD and would have a problem once on the show.

      • e jerry powell

        You’re a better person than I am. I couldn’t have taken more than about two minutes of her howling before I’d have had to stand up and pimp-smack her back into the womb.

        • Eveniah

          See above for my view! :)

        • Eveniah

          I wouldn’t go that far. There were plenty of times I wanted to slap Laganja.

    • Musicologie

      Thank you for posting this on the weekend! We Bitter Kittens truly do appreciate it! Love!

      • sweetlilvoice

        It’s well worth the wait! 3 hours is a lot of TV to get through and blog–It took me several days to watch it.

    • Faerie Nuff

      I cheered out loud when Laganga was told to “sashay away”. I have never disliked a contestant on this show as much as I have disliked her. This is a “flames on the side of my face” situation.

      • Eric Stott

        I was CHEERING when she was told to sashay away, but she did walk off with a certain amount of flair. Lets hope she gets the help she needs.

        • StellaZafella

          Needy Narcissism takes a LOT of therapy…and Ganja isn’t the way to go with healing. She’s going to need people around her who don’t cop to the codependence route just to calm her down… Laganja may have to go away before Jeff can claim his wholeness as a person.

        • Linderella

          Unfortunately, she seems to have got nothing out of the experience and especially the Untucked read. I came across of post-sashay interview and she still insisted we were seeing the “real her” and expressed utter mystification that someone somehow found her affectations annoying. Girl, WHAT?!

      • Cambel

        Nicely done Mrs. White.

      • Vanessak69

        The constant need for attention was exhausting, and really I’m glad she’s gone. But Roxxxy is still my most hated queen ever. I’ve even softened quite a bit on Phi Phi.

    • indigospade

      I don’t think Dela’s comedy deserved to be in the bottom 2. Even if she did, I doubt Ru would have put her in the bottom 2. I think Ru had decided it was time for Ganj to go home, but knew the bitch could perform. So she puts her up against the one queen left she’s most okay with losing (Joslyn). If Laganja gets slayed, hooray. If she can’t justify Laganja losing a lip sync, then at least she didn’t lose one of her favorites.

      • demidaemon

        I think, too, that Dela’s act was marginally better than Joslyn’s. Dela’s problems came down to pace and confidence. Joslyn had confidence, but really only a single laugh. It could have gone either way, but I pretty much agreed with Ru’s evaluation based on what I saw. The judges seemed to think Dela had some good jokes in there, so I’ll take their word for it.

      • Aerialgreen

        Agreed, then again the judging panel missed pointing out that the scripts for the RPDR skits usually have either the timing DeLa had or are as funny as Laganga’s stand up routine in this episode.

        • demidaemon

          Well, to be fair, I think part of the challenges, in those cases, are to take the crap and spin it into gold.

    • NinjaCate

      I have been refreshing all week. I needed this! That said, so much happened that all I can coherently say is that Bianca is the secret weapon. The second Bianca took her under her wing, Trinity just bloomed, and now that I think back on it, Adore started growing on me RIGHT after Bianca took an interest in her. Before that Adore was easily my least favourite. There’s honestly something to her style of picking at people just enough to reveal to them their problem areas that makes Bianca an ideal mentor. I agree that I can see a Trinity/Bianca/Adore finale. Those two have improved by leaps and bounds since Bianca put herself in their corners, especially Trinity. I was so surprised and impressed at her comedy. I honestly thought she’d choke. As to Bianca being strategic in grooming her competitors, I’m inclined to say yes, but not in a malicious way. To me Bianca is so far and away the best contestant this season that who knows? Maybe she’s trying to give herself some actual competition?

      • VioletFem

        I agree. I’m finally starting to like Trinity, partly because Bianca help bring her out of her shell. Similarly, I also started to like Adore around the time that Bianca started taking her under her wings. Bianca is just the best.

        • Cambel

          It was a weird turnaround for Trinity, it was so large and so well done, it was like she went away and came back a month later. She acted like a winner and I’m thinking she could be top 3 now.

        • MK03

          I want Bianca in my life to straighten my ass out and give me what-for when I start doubting myself.

        • David Vaughan

          You know, although it would be very disappointing not to have Adore or Ben in the top three with Bianca, Trinity has had the best drag looks this season. As much as I didn’t like Roxxy the same was true of her. I think this competition has somewhat of an obligation to put the best drag in the top 3, at least as a nod to past winners like Tyra and Raja. I doubt anyone other than a queen with comedy chops will actually win this competition ever again, though.

          • VioletFem

            Trinity is definitely a contender at this point.

          • Ashley Ellen Wilson

            that’s a really good point. Every time a glamour queen, or “pageant queen” starts talking about looking good enough to win, I want to scream. The world does NOT need any more pretty, empty girls. Drag isn’t about winning beauty pageants–it’s a social commentary, and it takes someone who can tease out the humor (or bullshit) of any situation. That’s why Bianca is so great, it’s why Adore is finally doing so well, and it’s why Laganja just went home. I hadn’t thought about it so directly though, but i think you’re right.

      • Geoff Dankert

        I know we’re not seeing it in the show, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Bianca had been moonlighting as a RuPaul/Tim Gunn-like coach for Trinity ever since the makeup commercial challenge. Would Trinity on her own have had the idea to get everyone standing up to applaud as a way to change the energy from Dela’s performance? Or is that an idea a stage-savvy queen planted in her head right before she went on? I’m not saying she doesn’t deserve credit — she was in many ways funnier than Darienne. But I wonder if, as NinjaCate suggests, Bianca’s trying to give herself some real competition, while also making sure the other two queens in the final OWE HER. At the beginning of the season, it felt like Bianca/Adore/Dela in the final, but I think Trinity could well snatch that third spot.

        • Eric Stott

          The applause was like a church technique – an “Everybody say Amen” moment- something Trinity should be well familiar with.

    • nancymae

      I started humming the Wizard of Oz “Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead” song as soon as Josyln got her shaunte.

      I think Alyssa Edwards had a peach tree stick waiting for Laganga arse when she got home because this trick was an embarrassment of epic proportions. How on earth did the queen who gave us, “It’s not personal. It’s drag,” unleash this hot mess of misery and whining??

      • NinjaCate

        LaGanja was so insufferable. I really hated her. I haven’t had this much distaste for a queen since Phi Phi. Seeing her get read about that affected persona/voice was just EVERYTHING because I’d literally been saying the same shit every week. I’m so glad she’s gone.

        • nancymae

          I couldn’t stand Phi Phi either but at least she gave us the Party City line. Ganga was just the worst of the worst and I’m including Tyra and her screech-singing from season 2.

          • RevengeofNateSilver

            And I hated Roxxy but I had to begrudgingly admit that the Wig under a wig was amazing.

            • Cambel

              And Roxxxy new how to work camera and film. She was a bitch, but funny enough Jinx might owe her win to her. Alaska may have won if Roxxxy hadn’t picked on Jinkx and gotten her all that sympathy.

          • VivianAdvanced

            As annoying as Phi-Squared was, I quote that Party City line every time I’m near a Party City.

            • Eric Stott

              Phi-Phi at least had some drag skills. Aside from dancing Laganga has nothing.

          • Audrey

            I can never truly hate Tyra for the gift she gave the world in the live singing challenge.

            • Vanessak69

              Tyra winning will always rub me wrong, but I found her mostly likable in the second half of her season. And I secretly thought she was brilliant in the singing challenge–come on, the back bend?

          • Vanessak69

            I also thought she was genuinely hilarious in her Absolut ad (“I need new curtains anyway!”) I’ve retired my Phi Phi hate. If she comes back on the rumored mean girls All Stars season with her bitchpants on, I’ll reopen the case.

      • Cambel

        I think that Laganja thinks Alyssa was cool so she should imitate her. Not realizing that Alyssa’s mannerisms are a bit annoying but Alyssa pulls it off because she’s real. Laganga imitating Alyssa and going overboard on them was just embarrassing and sad.

    • http://recapscallion.blogspot.com/ Claire

      I have never felt so much secondhand embarrassment for somebody on a reality TV show as I did for Laganja (which probably just tells you that this is the only reality show I watch). But it was so painful.

      I’m seeing producer manipulation a lot more in the storylines this season not necessarily because it’s more blatant, but because it seems more sloppy than usual. I think it’s because there’s no clear villain this time (nobody on the level of Coco or Roxxxy or Phi Phi) so every episode they edit a different queen really shadily. And it’s annoying to see everybody turning on queens just because of this! Like everybody was into Courtney but the second she came after Joslyn everybody started acting like she was horrible and evil. Nothing Courtney said to Joslyn was half as mean as what Bianca says to everybody else all the time but the show really played it up. And I’ve been apologizing for Trinity all over internet comment sections for weeks because I loved her in the first episode and always saw her as someone sweet and very talented but a little immature and stressed out. So now that she got her redemption edit I can’t help but laugh at everybody coming back to liking her.

      • NinjaCate

        You and me both! I have spent the whole season apologizing for Trinity. I’m so glad she’s finally bringing it. Something about her just struck me and I’m glad Bianca has helped her get out of her own shell. I realize too, Trinity’s issue has been that she’d rather not try than risk failing, and of course, she failed anyway. So glad so see her go for and nail it. As to Courtney, it wasn’t so much that she was any shadier, so much as Joslyn clearly had some hero worship going on there, so I think her feelings were genuinely hurt because of it.

      • OmegaBlush

        I don’t hate Courtney now or anything, but she’s lost some of her luster for me. Sure, if you look at the words that Bianca and Courtney have said on paper you might see similarities, but Bianca’s delivery is so much different and that’s what makes it totally different. I don’t understand the early hate towards Bianca or the thought that she was the ‘villain’. She was always joking around and giving advice through her wit. She never seemed to say anything flat out nasty for nasty sake. Courtney has seemed supportive and friendly, and I’m sure she was trying to joke around with Joslyn. But eventually you have to put it away or take a different angle. In my opinion, Courtney’s behaviour has been closer to Willam in that vain, “I’m better than everyone here” way. But Willam played it so well, and was so aloof, that it came off much more hilarious than real (which was the point…I think…I’m never quite sure with that bitch). Willam never went after anyone because she really didn’t even seem to consider the other girls as competition, or real human beings in general. But in a funny vapid way.

        For my money, it’s Darrienne is the one who’s getting on my nerves. Another big girl who directs all her energy into bitterness. I don’t even think Dela knows that there’s a “feud” going on. I do buy her wide eyed “Who me?” because, honestly, wtf? Where did this come from, and why did this come at all? To me, Darrienne refuses to drop the act much more than Dela does. At least boy Dela seems like a real person, and at least girl Dela is funny, entertaining and positive. Girl/boy Darrienne can be funny and entertaining at times, but mostly bitter, angry and passive aggressive. Total Delta Work vibe from her.

        • demidaemon

          I totally disagree on your read of Darienne. Now, I’m partially biased, as she is the hometown girl, but I think part of the reason Ru put them together for the commercials was to get them to both snap out of different things, which was the same reason she put them in the bottom. In the comedy episode, they definitely seem like they have at least come to a truce, if nothing else. Delta clearly let what was going on in the challenges (and her lack of success) feed into her feelings of self-worth; Darienne has done nothing of the sort, continuing to perform relatively well, even if it isn’t always received perfectly by the judges. Their commercial could have been a total trainwreck performance-wise–based on interpersonal issues–but both were professional and did their best, even if it wasn’t to the judges taste or met the “qualifications” of the challenge.

          • Eric Stott

            I hope Darienne pulls out of what ever shit she’s in- she’s from 4 hours northeast of me but we’re still both from Upstate. She’d better have some pretty fabulous gowns in reserve because she NEEDS them.

            • demidaemon

              She seemed to in the last challenge. Let’s hope she can keep it up.

        • JJJ

          I think it also comes from the fact that Courtney and Willam actually work together a lot in real life – she’s taken some of Willam’s character but it doesn’t read the same way because Willam is much more vapid, dry and clever

      • Zaftiguana

        Yeah, I don’t care that Courtney read Joslyn a bit. Sure, she should maybe have eased up a bit at some point, but I actually kind of appreciated when she offered Joslyn help and Joslyn said that felt condescending and Courtney was like, well yeah, I guess it is. Because yeah, it was, because Joslyn is likable and has tons of potential, but she truly ISN’T at Courtney’s level of polish and taste, and Joslyn doesn’t know it, but Courtney does and doesn’t care to play games about it. And you know, good on her.

        It’s Courtney phoning it in the rubs me the wrong way. I still like her, but for her to not do well or even crack the top 3 that often and then sort of pat herself on the back for being all been-there-done-that with the challenges smacks of a complacency that I don’t find charming.

        • http://recapscallion.blogspot.com/ Claire

          Well the thing about Courtney is that I don’t really think she’s trying to win. I always kind of assumed (especially based off her “Meet the Queens” video) that going on the show is her way of getting exposure to a new audience to get the kind of fame she had in Australia. And as many contestants (*cough*Willam*cough*) have shown, you certainly don’t need to win to get that.

          • Zaftiguana

            Oh, I don’t know that she cares about winning it all. But to constantly be safe well less polished or talented queens outshine her? To frequently get read for the judges for not really doing that well in the challenges? I can’t imagine that was her goal.

            • Eric Stott

              Courtney can bring it when a certain sort of realness is needed, but so far she hasn’t brought anything else to the table. She’s also getting passive-aggressive.

        • Jeremy Thomas Porta

          Agree completely. Her blase attitude is quickly eroding the considerable goodwill I had towards her. The youtube videos she does with Willam are HILARIOUS, but I’m now seeing that that must be due in large part to Willam and not so much Courtney.

      • JoeyB

        The editing and producer manipulation on this show is INSANE, ESPECIALLY on Untucked; you can spot it from light years away. At the end of the day you really can’t take the “drama” and the queens THAT seriously, just have fun with it!

        • anneland

          The way they edit Untucked so that every time a statement is made there is shocked silence is ridiculous. Just show us the conversation please.

      • Tomek

        I think there is a real difference in the way Courtney will throw shade and Bianca throws shade. Bianca is always on point and says the thing you need to hear. Courtney seems full of herself and seems to like to stab at the heart. When Bianca is confronted back – she will back down and apologize when she sees someone is hurt. Courtney will just keep being shady and hurtful. I get two different vibes from them. Bianca’s I LOVE. Courtney’s I do not. And I want to like Courtney.

      • anneland

        Did you notice how cute little giggle puss Joslyn Fox turned FIERCE during the lipsync? That was also unexpected.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

          Dat bitchface!

          • demidaemon

            Perfectly executed for the song! She knew what kind of attitude was needed.

    • poklapy

      I have watched that lipsync way too many times…. Laganja may be flexible, but she really overdid it – I mean we didn’t need the second death drop. Plus, her splits were terrible – she leaned her whole body forward, so she wasn’t really doing the splits. Joslyn, though, who hasn’t constantly shown off her flexibility, did splits the way they were supposed to be done. (Sorry, I did way too much gymnastics as a kid.)

      Also, I’ve read a lot of comments where people have just been tearing into Courtney for what she said to Joslyn, which I didn’t understand at all. Like TLo noted, it seemed more like Joslyn was just being too sensitive. The internet is weird.

      • Nathan

        I think Laganga landed the first split fine, but she rolled out of it too quickly, making it look weird. I’m a dancer, and I think in this case the leaning forward is more a stylistic thing than a sign of poor technique.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

          Joslyn’s performance looked a lot more deliberate and purposeful, while Laganja looked too twitchy and spastic. It was like the difference between Britney Spears dancing and Miley Cyrus “dancing.”

      • demidaemon

        I’m not going to say I hate Courtney now, but some of her comments have lessened her luster. I think Joslyn pretty much has the lock on Miss Congeniality now, and I do wonder if Courtney will even make it to top 5, as it doesn’t seem as though she is performing at the same passion level as some of the other contestants.

    • nancymae

      On a glass half full note, Courtney’s black and white ensemble made me gasp and squeal. It was a showstopper and she ramped up the fishyness by hiding her midsection.

      Trinity really turned it around in these episodes. Her sister’s ear infection joke was comedy gold.

      But, Bianca simply killed it. The other queens didn’t even throw any shade her way because… what would be the point? When she offered to put new tennis balls on all the seniors’ walkers, I fell out! God bless that queen!!

      • Chartreusite

        Courtney’s runway singlehandedly bought her a little more time in the competition, I think. The judges have been side-eyeing the whole resting on pretty thing and I think it was such a declarative move that it put a lot of respect for her back into how the judging shakes out.

      • OmegaBlush

        Yeah, Courtney’s look was great. The rainbow trout platter was a nice touch.

      • anneland

        On the logotv comments more than one person says Trinity took that routine from a comic on Kings of Comedy. I don’t know if it’s true. And I still think she did an awesome job.

        • demidaemon

          Maybe, but she would have had to do it from memory and hit the pacing and punchlines needed. So, I won’t hold that against her, as stand-up is one of the most difficult types of performance.

        • Eric Stott

          Maybe so, but Darienne’s routine was hardly original- the Ninja joke was great, but I’ve heard it before.

        • Daxx2513

          That may be true, but that’s been more or less “accepted” in comedy since Milton Berle. As long as you can take a small piece of another’s perfomance, without using any big ticket catch phrases, and make it sound fresh or in line with your character, you’re usually given a pass.

    • elzatelzabelz

      I ADORE Bianca. She is one of my favorite queens in years. I think the win for Adore and Laganga in the commercial was totally off base, but Ru rarely agrees with my judging assessments (cough-Tyra, ahem)…

      • Cambel

        It’s funny, I went back and rewatched Season 2 and I grudgingly had to admit that Tyra’s runway looks were so pulled together that I get why she was in the finals, not sure she should have won, but I didn’t realize how well she put together her looks.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

          Someone who kicks Jujubee in the face should definitely not have won.

          • demidaemon

            I agree. But Juju messed up that final runway, and she probably had been in the bottom too many times to warrant top two. :(

        • AnotherG

          My memory of Tyra’s performance is similar. She could rock a look, she could pull a decent performance out of her ass and rise to what the challenge was asking for, and she never wound up in the bottom 2 the whole time. The LSFYL she did against Raven was the first time we got to see her do it, and she was on fire. Didn’t like her then, and I still think Raven was better all around, but credit where it’s due.

    • VioletFem

      SO HAPPY to see Lasagna go home! Oh my gosh, she was so annoying, delusional, and phony. Ben really stumbled these last two episodes, but hopefully that has lit a fire inside her to really outshine the others next week. Bianca, on the other hand, has not stumbled once in this competition. At this point I don’t see how anyone is going to beat her. I also love how her Trinity interact now, now that Trinity seems to finally be out of her shell.

      Also, thank you for posting the recap over the weekend after such a busy week!

      • OmegaBlush

        It’s interesting that out of the three girls who Bianca went after from the beginning, two decided to take her guidance and have blossomed as a result (Trinity and Adore) while the other just fought back and is now gone (Laganja). I just wish she’d throw a little advice Joslyn’s way in the wardrobe department, but I guess the girl can only rehab so many young queens.

      • VivianAdvanced

        I was puzzled that Ben De La Creme tanked so badly in the stand-up routine. I mean, she was brilliant in her impersonation of the Dowager Countess. So quick witted and polished. I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears. Of all the queens I thought would fail, Trinity got it together and sailed through. She even made me laugh, after weeks of wishing she’d been sashayed out of there. My favorite joke of the night was Bianca telling the old folks she’d get them all brand new tennis balls for their walkers, they were such a good audience.

        • Eric Stott

          I’m starting to get annoyed with Ben, and find myself agreeing with Michelle: each week it’s another campy vintage showgirl look that ages him (I see Dita von Tese without the charisma) and that affected voice. He seems a genuinely nice guy but with a very limited range.

          • Cambel

            But you could just as easily say similar about Michelle “Every week another ridiculously overdone hairstyle and a boob-top.

            • Eric Stott

              Very true- and it’s been said, as recently as this last episode. I think she’s reply “But I’m not in a competition!”

        • demidaemon

          I think Ben just let nerves overtake her. That can undo even the best performers. At this point, though, any mistake can be your last.

    • MilaXX

      At this point sending Laganja home was a mercy killing. I also think putting Ben & Dorriene together in the bottom was a warning shot to both of them. I hadn’t thought about it, but I think I would like a Adore/Bianca/Trinity final 3. My choice for the win is Bianca.

      • demidaemon

        I agree, totally on all points. That was a “get your heads out of your asses” moment for Ben and Darienne. Darrienne seemed to benefit the most from it, at least so far. I do wonder if Trinity will make it all the way to the end. I think there is a good chance she may slip back into her old habits. Of course, she can kill a LSFYL, but, depending on the song and her opponent, she could be undone.

      • Linderella

        I was wondering why they were having two back-to-back episodes, and as soon as Darriene got the “Chante, you stay” I knew they were both safe. If you’re contracted for, say, 12 weeks and you film 13 episodes, you gotta figure out a way to end on schedule. That means two episodes on one night or a double elimination later. Just my theory (though on this particular night it worked, because they both stayed).

    • Drunken Housewife

      Weirdly I found myself feeling sorry for Laganja because she was wearing that gawdawful giant pink wig while everyone was explaining to her how annoying her “werq, mama!” persona is. I once had a very uncomfortable meeting, the sort at which one wonders whether to bring an attorney or not to, when I had huge green extensions in my hair, and it made it much more difficult for me to draw myself up and throw my weight around, metaphorically speaking.

      So glad she’s gone, though. She was a mountain of awkward. And when she babbled on about how Alyssa thought she was too talented to waste her time on drag? Bitch, please.

      • Eric Stott

        Reading between the lines, Alyssa thought she was talented but had no drag skills. BTW- Alyssa look pretty fierce in that clip, but I’m sure someone else wrote that pep talk.

        • Cambel

          And she couldn’t even deliver it.

        • Jeremy Thomas Porta

          Have you seen any of the Alyssa’s Secret videos on the WoW youtube page? I was legitimately shocked at how funny and charming she is on there. Her pep talk seemed in keeping with her performance in those videos to me.

      • Linderella

        I am so glad to read this. Yes, Laganja was hideous and needed to sashay, but seeing her read to filth did not give me the deliciousness I anticipated. As I stated somewhere above, she lacks what Serena Cha-Cha had, the guts and stupidity to fight back. She just…crumbled, and it made me sad. Then it made me kind of mad for feeling sorry for her.

    • RevengeofNateSilver

      What gets people mad about Courtney Act throwing shade at Joslyn is that Courtney has COMPLETELY disappeared from the competition. She was a front runner in the beginning of the show but she hasn’t done anything interesting in weeks. The only thing she’s done of note is talk about Joslyn, which lets be honest is an easy target.

      • Chartreusite

        I do think that naturally comes from her just being low-drama and how the field has shook out. She’s been safe because there have been a lot of strong challenge performances, and she’s not giving too much drama so the editors don’t really seem to know what to do with her. I’m not a big fan of her by any means, but I do think she’s one of the rare contestants on the show who hasn’t really been giving the show much to work with while still being polished and qualified enough to escape criticism. It’s a very strange scenario.

        • OmegaBlush

          Good assessment. I think Courtney has been doing very well on the challenges (comedy aside), but her runway has been one note. That tuxedo runway (the artist’s name who it’s based on escapes me atm) stepped up her game.

          • Chartreusite

            Klaus Nomi. We can only hope she serves up that crazy caliber for future runways.

            • OmegaBlush

              Yes, Klaus Nomi. Thank you. A bit slow this Sunday morning.

          • MilaXX

            Agreed it’s time for Courtney to pull off a glamorous gown on the runway. Her bodysuits and bikinis are reading rather one note.

            • Eric Stott

              She could use a little padding as well.

            • MilaXX

              Agreed. Her legs may be toned but they aren’t really femme

            • Linderella

              And that note is, “I’m a boy.”

      • Cambel

        But did she throw shade? She said it fairly gently, and it was nicer than what the judges were saying. And she isn’t incorrect, Joslyn’s look that day was kind of slapped together looking.

        • demidaemon

          It’s still shade, no matter how sweetly you say it.

    • PeaceBang

      Thank you, fairy god uncles!

    • Mary Phinney

      My love for Bianca is over the moon, and Adore is not far behind. I loved Adore when she first showed up, having remembered Danny Noriega on AI, and Bianca won me over as soon as she opened her mouth.
      I want to love Ben de la Creme, but I’m losing interest. Sweet as can be, but she’s done nothing of interest lately. I’ve enjoyed Trinity the past couple of episodes, but I’m not joining the love train until I see if she can keep improving. The rest, including Joselyn, who all of my friends seem to love, just bore me.

      • OmegaBlush

        I don’t know, Joslyn is my cup of soup…err…I mean tea. Black horse indeed.

        • demidaemon

          Joslyn is just like a cute puppy; you can’t help but love her, even if she does have a tendency to make poo-poo where she shouldn’t occasionally.

        • Cambel

          And her STUPID jokes, they are endearing. That stupid “Are you allergic to Oxymorons?” LOL

          • trapperkeeper

            She’s just darling. I want a little Joslyn in my pocket to laugh with at all times. “Her chin looked like Vivacious…it was sooo funny…”

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

          And who knew Joslyn could do a jumping split like that? I was totally floored and amazed. Go girl!

          • anneland

            I put this comment above also: I was so surprised how cute little giggly Joslyn became so fierce on the lipsync. She has hidden fires.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

              She snorted while giggling during one of these two episodes’ confessionals. Cutely, of course. She’s just too much.

          • MK03

            She very wisely kept quiet about her dance abilities so she could take her competition (and everyone else) by surprise.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

              No kidding. What else is she going to do?? Juggle? Forge the Mona Lisa? Perform brain surgery? Lift a car one-handed?

    • Chartreusite

      It’s really exciting to see both Adore and Trinity get upward momentum despite seeming lackluster early on in the competition. I think Adore’s really gotten into a strong challenge groove (although the last challenge was a misstep and I think that might start to disorient her a bit), and it’s nice to see Trinity make a go at it even though I think her time is coming up, regardless. The most polished performing queens are Courtney, Bianca, Adore, Darienne, and Ben, and I think it’s getting down to the wire. That being said, each of the queens left are strong in their own way and it’s really cool to see a season with such a strong batch of queens.

      As for Courtney, I don’t get the hate. She’s been in a lot, but she hasn’t had any missteps yet and I think she’s proved she’s a really polished performer and runway walker the entire season despite not getting much recognition yet. Yeah, she dissed Joslyn, but just because Joslyn is a sweetie doesn’t mean she’s immune from reading and critique. I do think next week is going to be Courtney’s return to form; in Untucked she kinda acts like a talk show host anyway (especially when interacting with the other queens and getting the ball rolling), and she’s got the Ru sentimentality vibe going off of her that would make her a natural at such a challenge. Her Klaus Noomi drag, by the way? LIVING for it. One of my favorite looks on the show ever and it displays a reference pool that is way bigger than I expected of her. She managed to do quirky and off-the-beaten path (and witty as hell) while maintaining her personal, glamorous drag style. She’s still a contender, I think, but next week could be the deciding factor.

      • VanillaLuzon

        I don’t get the Courtney hate either. She may have a somewhat limited range (runway presence, Broadway + showgirl style acting and singing are her strengths), but what she does, she does extremely well, and if you’re only going to be good at a couple of things, hers are at least as valuable to a great drag queen as comedy (Bianca) or on-camera acting (Adore). She reminds me of Bebe Zahara Benet, the first season winner.

        • Chartreusite

          Agreed, although I don’t think she’s that limited. In a regular drag career, she’s actually extremely qualified (experience with public performing on a large scale, wigs, etc.) and perhaps more qualified to be a drag superstar than Adore (who is still very inexperienced and definitely more of a character than a well-rounded individual; love her all the same though) or Bianca (who is definitely divisive in sense of humor and can be a little “edgy”). If Ru’s looking for the next Ru-lite, in terms of message and mainstream appeal, Courtney is the safest/most accessible choice of the top contenders. That’s not a bad thing by any means, and I think Courtney would actually be the winner most like Ru if she were to win.

          • demidaemon

            True. As I said above though, I’m not sure if she’ll make it to the top three, though.

            • Chartreusite

              Understandably. I think her butt’s on the line and she needs to win one of the next couple challenges to still have a shot. I do think if she pulls it out for the talk show challenge tonight (which seems to be a test that would be really close to ru’s heart) she could pull herself back up. I’m excited to see how this season turns out because I think you could make a legitimate case for almost everyone except Joslyn (and probably Trinity) as a finale contender if not winner.

            • demidaemon

              True. I think, unless Joslyn or Trinity win a challenge within the next couple of weeks, they will probably be eliminated shortly, if they haven’t already. Everyone else has at least one win to their names.

    • Damien W

      So glad you cranked these out, mamas!

      While Ru had a mostly good idea in taking away immunity as a prize for mini-challenges, the downside is that mini-challenges are now superfluous time-killers. There are no longer any stakes associated with them. I say bring back immunity once in a while (not every week), since the final decision is Ru’s anyway, and if she wants to keep or toss a certain queen, she will find a way to do it.

      • JoeyB

        But C’MON, these mini challenges have been HILARIOUS this season!!! That drag-up-your-chin challenge was EVERYTHING!!! I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard in my life and neither has Ru, I bet!

      • OmegaBlush

        Mini challenges have never give immunity, have they? It was the winner of the main challenge who had immunity the next week, and I’m glad they did away with that.

      • MilaXX

        The winners of the mini challenge never got immunity. They would sometimes get first choice or some other added bonus going into the main challenge, but never immunity.

        • demidaemon

          Mila’s right. Mini-challenges never gave out immunity. Sometimes they didn’t even give you anything (which Ru brought back for maximum drama potential, of course). I think taking away immunity in general was a good choice, as many queens would coast when they had it, or win an early challenge on a fluke and then bomb the next one, avoiding elimination when they shouldn’t have been afforded the opportunity.

    • JoeyB

      I had never realized just how much I look forward to your Ru-caps, even more than I do for the actual show! Thank you both so much for even taking the time over the weekend to post this on-point recap. After the busy week you’ve both had, I wouldn’t have blamed you guys for letting this one slip under the radar.

      So, so disappointed about Laganga, and I honestly don’t know what to think of that whole situation; that was the most uncomfortable Untucked I’ve ever sat through. Having met her several times prior to the show, I can tell you the she is NOT the character that she portrayed herself as; every time I’ve chatted with her, she’s been very sweet and down to earth. I distinctly remember when the meet-the-queens segments first came out, I immediately thought something was way off. There seems to be a lot of debate going on whether or not the girls were bullying Ganga, but I really think they were just confused about what was going on and were trying to get through to her. Bianca and Adore were right to call her out her behavior and her “act” when the camera’s were rolling. What’s so interesting though, is if you watch the exit-interview Michelle Visage does with Laganga, she is acting COMPLETELY NORMAL!!! She maybe says “MAMA” once, and that’s it. She says that she portrayed herself exactly as she is, but ironically in the whole five minute clip, she was more herself and more genuine that she was on the ENTIRE season. Had she carried herself more like that, I think she could have gone much further and wouldn’t have gotten so much backlash, because she truly is a talented queen. It’s disappointing to see her leave on such a sour note.

      I feel like I’m in the overwhelming minority here, but DeLa does absolutely nothing for me. He’s definitely talented and can be funny, but there are just so many other more interesting queens here this season. You guys nailed it on the head by saying in many ways, he’s putting on a character like Ganga, but at least he knows to step out of it when he’s out of drag. He’s honestly a much more interesting person to me when he’s out of drag. What troubles me though is that this whole season, I feel like they’ve been giving us a very DeLa-centric narrative, à la Jinkx. From the start of the season I feel like they’ve been telegraphing Ben as the winner, and I’m really hoping it doesn’t go down that way because it just feels so obvious and forced.

      All in all I’m really loving this season. I think this is probably the first time where I really don’t know how things are gonna shake out and who’s gonna wind up on top. In past seasons you can always get a pretty good sense of who makes it all the way, but at this point, I really can see any of the remaining queens in the top 3 and be able to justify it. But I will just say that I’m Team BiancAdore all the way!

      • Chartreusite

        DeLa does nothing for me either. She’s really talented, but she is very much all artifice and character that doesn’t quite have the charisma because it’s very put-on. I would be disappointed to see her win since she is in a lot of ways too similar to Jinkx, but I do think she deserves to make it far because she is incredibly polished and professional. That being said, her look is CRAZY dated.

      • MilaXX

        I think that’s what the other queens rather unsuccessfully were trying to tell her. Several of them said they liked the person she was off camera. For whatever reason Laganja just kept insisting that she didn’t realize how fake and annoying she was being.

        • NinjaCate

          That’s what frustrated my so much about LaGanja. How do you not see how affected you are all the time? The “YES GWORL”s and the “MAMAS” even out of drag? The attention seeking workroom outfits? I keep saying this but it’s like she was doing a performance of what she thought a drag queen should be instead of just being herself, in drag.

      • Cambel

        Honestly at the end it was just embarrassing to watch Laganja. I get the idea that queens like she and Gia are a big deal at their home clubs and nobody takes them down and everybody pretends that they are so funny and wonderful, so that when they get out into the real world they don’t realize who obnoxious they are. Either that or Laganja made the mistake of thinking that Alyssa was more worldly than she is, so she should try to act like her, not realizing that Alyssa is really damn annoying.

    • Annette Nicole Borg

      I think my other comment wasn’t approved because I linked a photo to it, but Laganja’s look tonight with the pink afro is a DEAD RINGER for tyra sanchez’ elderly sister doppelganger! I thought Laganja was kind of insufferable so this probably made me laugh a little more than it should have.

      • Cambel

        Except Tyra would have done it perfectly polished

        • Annette Nicole Borg

          tyra’s face might have been polished but she didn’t do a great job with her elderly sister in that episode… laganja and she really look identical to me

    • Krista Nielsen

      I am so excited for Monday, now that Laganja is out. I actually really enjoy watching everyone else, and think they’re pretty evenly matched. I like it when I can root for everyone – Coco ruined most of last season for me with her sour attitude and tantrums. Darienne can come off a little bitter in some of the comments she makes but most of the time I think she’s funny and enjoy watching her.
      That being said, I really wish we could have seen more of Michelle Visage and Leah Remini! They were hysterical together!

    • Zaftiguana

      So Bianca will clearly be in the final three, and Joslyn clearly won’t, and the other two spots/five queens are more of a toss-up than I thought they’d be. Trinity is a long shot, but the fact that she’s got any kind of shot at all isn’t something I’d have predicted a couple of weeks ago. And Courtney and Ben aren’t the clinches I thought they would be.

      I’ll be curious to see if Ben can drop her character. At first I wasn’t sure I agreed with Michelle that she should, but I get where she’s coming from. I’m sure Ben’s character is a ton of fun at Seattle burlesque shows, but at Ru’s level of fame, too much kitsch and character can be a hindrance. Ru is a heightened, feminine version of herself, but still herself. I noticed that we saw less and less of Jinkx’s middle-aged single mom character as last season went on. Courtney may be suffering from Detoxitis here; a fierce queen who’s experienced so much success pre-RPDR that she’s too complacent and insufficiently hungry to really be a competitor. I still like her, but…I’m bored :(.

      I almost felt bad for LaGanja in the end (but not really, because gotdamn was that girl obnoxious). From day one she’s been the reality competitor who is INTENSELY and painfully aware of being on TV. It clearly fucked with her head. I appreciated that Ru got real with her about what this show is all about, i.e. giving the queens who do well a platform to go beyond the club circuit. Ganja clearly wants to stick with her local friends club where she gets her ego fed, so it’s just as well she’s moving on.

      If Adore can wrestle up some more polish, both in her performances and her look, I actually think she could win it all. I’m sure she can pull off the former, but the latter is one of the big challenges of the model of the show; she’s only got the wigs and fashions she brought with her. I keep wondering if it might be fun if they did something more like Project Runway, especially now that they delay the final anyway. Give each of the girls a lump sum of cash, let them go home with everything they’ve learned, and come back for the final.

      • NinjaCate

        “Ganja clearly wants to stick with her local friends club where she gets her ego fed, so it’s just as well she’s moving on.”
        SO MUCH THIS. I think it was a few weeks ago when Adore won where Ganja came back in Untucked and shaded the shit out of her saying she thought Adore would be in the bottom. I don’t even remember the challenge, but I remember that week that Adore was far and away the best and she earned her win. It was SO painfully obvious that Ganja was jealous and couldn’t take that Adore was getting attention and not her, and it was even more obvious in the ColourEvolution challenge. Adore shined and Ganja just could. not. handle. it. She spend the entire episode making shady eyes at her like the bitter bitch she is.

      • Enferdame

        I’m curious about DeLa dropping the character too. I’m torn about it though. The thing is Jinkx is an actor in and out of drag, so switching in and out of her “single mom character” is a lot easier for her, and not unusual. I’m not as familiar with Dela’s work (I’m in the theatre scene, not so much the drag scene), but my understanding is that the “terminally delightful” character is a lot more tangled into Dela’s drag. Now, we’ve seen her do other characters as well, but they usually sooo far from what Dela does (Maggie Smith, Granny) that it’s not quite the same thing. I want her to be versatile enough to give Dela some breathing space, but I’d also hate to lose that character completely, cause I do love it.

    • e jerry powell

      And I was so done with the Alyssa bit during Untucked, too.

    • hughman

      As its written in the Gay Bible, Book of Cece Peniston, about this elimination :

      FINALLY!

      • StellaZafella

        If nothing else, it’s death to annoy Ru during the critiques…but Laganja made her big mistake bringing her back stage “act” onto the runway.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

      1) I’ve gotten my husband to watch this year and after all that he’s seen, it took the non-elimination for him to say, “That is so gay.” 2) “If we give either of them credit, we suspect Joslyn knew Laganja’s style well enough that she could figure out when she was going to try one of her splits or death drops and yanked the spotlight off her. If that’s true, she’s a much, much savvier performer than her competitors realize.” This. Forever. I had the same hope because I know there’s a bit of Eve Harrington in Joslyn Fox.

      • Cambel

        Your husband may have thought THAT was gay, but you making an “All About Eve” reference in relations to a drag competition. Now THAT’S so gay! ;)

    • Derrick Austin

      It’ll be interesting going for the rest of the season. For the first time in the series, I like all the queens about equally. Near this point in the season there are clearly two or three phenomenal queens on top, and we’re just waiting for Ru to give one of them the crown. Ru could give it to any of the remaining girls and I wouldn’t be mad.

    • http://www.ueberdesuper.net/ Ueber de Super

      I pity the people who had to edit Laganja’material. Just imagine going through tens or even hundreds of hours of “OKAYYYY!! “YES MAMA!” “HEY MAMA RU!” “COME ON…(add something random)”… and all those spastic movements and scary faces she pulled. I guess the editors had to go through intensive therapy afterwards. BTW, the thing that made me laugh most was Laganja’s voice from the off screeching “OKAYYYY” during the end credits. Hilarious. It was the revenge of the tortured editor.

      • Cambel

        Do you think they threatened to quite if Ru didn’t get rid of Laganga? ;)

        • http://www.ueberdesuper.net/ Ueber de Super

          I sure would have.

    • Nathan

      I absolutely died when the double split happened. A friend of mine called it “the gay gasp heard around the world.” I’m a bit disappointed in Joslyn this week, but she absolutely delivered when she had to.

    • VanillaLuzon

      I am enjoying this season, but there’s nobody I love love love, and there usually is. Alaska, Manila and Raven were my faves from prior seasons – the combo of deadpan humor and cute boy out of drag apparently is the way to my heart. By that formula, I should be loving Bianca, but I just like her, without feeling particularly invested in her win yet. I think it might be drag mama thing that’s turning me off her – the other queens I’ve loved were nobody’s mamas. I am really, really overthinking this.

      • Cambel

        Although Courtney does have some great lines “Welcome to Mediocrity” was a favorite. lol

    • Glam Dixie

      Bianca has quite possibly become my all-time favorite RPDR queen. I wonder if Trinity realizes just how much she owes her marked improvement in performance and confidence to her being paired with Bianca? Miss Del Rio is so confident in herself that she isn’t afraid to try and raise others up. I love it and she did indeed MURDER the comedy challenge. A well-deserved win.
      I think Trinity built off of her confidence and success from the commercial and used it to good effect in the comedy challenge. If she had bombed in the commercial, say if she were paired with Courtney or Joslyn, I don’t think the comedy challenge would have been nearly as successful for her.
      She had a self-defeating attitude before and it tended to take over. A taste of praise and a pep talk from Mama Ru was just what she needed.
      Darienne was doing an amazing Jennifer Coolidge impersonation and also did surprisingly well in the comedy challenge. I still don’t like her attitude. Loved her pretending to take tips during the lip synch.
      Langanja is an attention seeker to such an extreme level that it is either an act or she is delusional. I felt bad for how upset she was, but boy was I glad she went home. Joslyn pulling off the simultaneous splits jump move during the lip synch was priceless. Way to steal Langanja’s thunder, girl!
      Courtney really needs to step it up. She has a lot of talk about polish and how awesome she is for someone who is pretty much coasting through at this point.
      Ben faltered badly but I still think she deserves to be here longer than queens like Joslyn (whom I still love) and Trinity and even Courtney. She needs to pull it together quickly.
      Alyssa’s video in Untucked was kind of embarrassingly bad and Langanja’s snapping and tongue popping just made it so much worse. Bye gurl!

      • demidaemon

        I think the other competitors need to watch out for Darienne during the LSFYLs. She is EXTREMELY savvy on how the winner is chosen, knows how to perform a song, and is totally on for those four minutes of time. Ben could have easily been eliminated at that point and I would have agreed with it, because she made so many mistakes that Darienne was able to capitalize on.

      • NinjaCate

        Completely agree with your assessment of Trinity. I think having Bianca basically DEMAND that she do well in the makeup challenge, and then seeing how well she did when she actually TRIED, helped Trinity see that she has the potential to really shine when she actually puts in the work, instead of resting on her laurels and hiding behind excuses. Between that and then doing well in the comedy, I think she’s gotten the much needed infusion of confidence that will finally get her to the top of her game. Trinity has always been capable, but she’s so self defeating that in past weeks she’s been content to not bother trying because she was so sure she’d fail. Now that she sees what she can do, I think her star will keep rising in the competition, even if she doesn’t win it all.

      • Cambel

        Two things, First, YES, Alyssa was irritating and embarssing, but Laganja doing Alyssa is more irritating than 10 Alyssa’s! And I LOVED it when everybody was acting kind of depressed and bitchy in the back room and Trinity mocked them all. “Oh, gee, you’re upset because some of you FINALLY got a bad critique?” LOL! And Bianca’s reaction toasting her just made it even better! LOVE that!

        • Linderella

          As affected as Alyssa could be, all the catchphrases and mannerisms seemed like her real personality. It may be her years of seasoning that made this so. But Laganja was ALL affectation. Look at the first episode again: she does not act this way until one of the judges (Lambert, maybe?) says “I need to see more drag queen.” Then, BOOM: “Yes, Gawd, okuhrrrr?” And she never stopped from that moment on.

    • Nicoclaws

      Thank you ! I started watching RPDR because of your recaps, and no episode feels complete without them !

      I thought Joslyn was being really sweet (even too much) by trying to put on the best comedy show instead of placing herself as the star. It wasn’t a winner’s attitude, though.
      Dela is completely loosing it. The vulnerability critique really shook her (and really, Michelle pulled it at least 3 times on different queens this season). I think she’ll be bottom two and leaving soon.
      I know it won’t happen, ever, but I reaaally want to see Courtney vs Bianca on a lipsynch for their lives.

      In other notes, I loved most of the judges on the few last episodes. Good critiques and funny. But I guess with so many things happening, you cannot comment about everything :D

    • demidaemon

      The only thought I wanted to add is that I think Laganja deliberately roughed up her look in the last two challenges, first by putting on something really cheap looking and second, by throwing on one of Adore’s big-ass wigs, in order to grab herself some of the attention she feel has been wrongfully (in her eyes) put on Adore.

      In the end, it only succeeded in furthering what she’s shown us all along, just, this time, with a visual rather than verbal punchline: She’s a hot fuckin’ mess.

    • http://reneshiro.tumblr.com/ kingderella

      I was under the impression that the girls weren’t really that sequestered. Wasn’t there some (admittedly, manufactured) drama about Willam going to see her boyfriend between shoots? Didn’t Pandora once mention that she was glad they all had their own hotel rooms?

      Anyway, great recap. As always!

      • neeBarbero

        Willam’s husband allegedly made conjugal visits to the hotel. Willam also said they all had phones or access to phones and that there is an incredible amount of producer editing going on at all times. He also said at times he refused to go along with their “story lines”.

        I feel sort of bad for Courtney. Yes, I think like Detox, she really can’t get more famous really from Ru, so that has to take some of the hunger off the “competition”. Makes me wish Vicky Vox doesn’t get on Season 7, yet, it is still a badge of something or other for those who do get on.

      • demidaemon

        I believe I read something somewhere that Sharon, Chad, and Latrice would get together at night after filming to smoke joints. So, I’m not sure there is a definite lack of availability of marijuana. So, if Lasagna was jonesing, it was only her own fault.

        • AnotherG

          That sounds like the most wonderful, gayest, dorm-room toke-up ever, and I pray it somehow got recorded for Ru’s personal viewing amusement.

    • katiessh

      god laganga, so glad she’s gone. even the ‘chasse’ away had me rolling my eyes. I don’t even know if that was a purposeful joke or not. I was actually really surprised by trinity- i loved her ‘something really unfortunate happened to let me eat, my sister starved’ or whatever it was.

      someone needs to talk about what was happening with leah remini- kind of seemed like she was on something, and about 2 seconds from having michelle visage hitting her in the face

      • fiddlecub

        I am so glad you brought that up. I don’t know anything about Michelle and Lea’s history with each other, so I couldn’t tell if it was wink-wink, nudge-nudge bitchiness, or the the claws had actually come out. Either way, Leah came across as caustic and supremely unlikable, though to be fair, I highly dislike Leah Remini. She used to guest on DC’s Don & Mike radio show, and between her behavior on the show and some behind-the-scene shenanigans that led to bad blood between her and Don & Mike, I had long ago dismissed her as unworthy of our time and attention. It may be my lingering dislike speaking, but I don’t think she won herself any new fans on RPDR.

        • demidaemon

          I actually kind of enjoyed that interaction, because 1) It was nice to see Michelle get some shit for once 2) We got to see another judge supremely unhappy with Ru’s decision, which was kind of awesome. I am enjoying all the side-eye and general discord at the judges table this season.

        • katiessh

          I just thought it was really weird. I don’t know much about Leah Remini apart from her recent separation from scientology. But it was just really over the top, and michelle is already over the top without another woman yelling over her

        • Farthingale

          I just read an interview with Michelle on an anti-scientology blog where she talks about Leah. Apparently, they have been dear, dear friends for years and Michelle was disgusted how Leah was being shunned (disconnected) by all her church friends for leaving the cult.

          I assumed they were so comfortable with each other because they are so close, so the bitchery flew freely.

    • Chrissy

      Thank you! From Beyonce! (Aka a bottler kitten who could not wait for your opinion).

      I must say I was so relieved to see The Ganja go. I really think Bianca had it wrong though. I’d be suprised if she has enough brains to “play the game” the way Bianca was suggesting. I think that Ganja was clearly intimidated from day 1 and retreated into a very bad defense mechanism that did not serve her well.

      Hoping Ben steps it up for final 3 of Bianca Ben and…. Trinity? Can’t believe I said that.

      • Cambel

        I know! It’s how I felt when I first thought…..could Adore or Joslyn be in the top three? Now Trinity is coming on strong. I’m loving that it’s anybody’s game.

        • fiddlecub

          I can’t not see Adore being in the top 3. If she can clean up her runway a little more, she’s a potential winner in my eyes.

    • Cambel

      Ok, FIRST of all TLO, if you every make us wait that long for a recap, we’ll hold our breath! :)

      1. You liked Darienne’s outfit? Am I the only one who notices that every single week it’s a sequined top and a black skirt? She looks like an older woman with 6 kids whose husband is going to take her out to the “Nice” bar in town for their anniversary so she borrows her friend’s sparkly top she bought for an Elks Lodge dinner 5 years earlier. And her bitchy attitude is just irritating.

      2. What is with Michelle Visage this season? Irritating, entitled, bitchy, and the commentary is just stupid. Maybe it’s time to offer the job to Leah Rimini or bring back Merle Ginsburg.

      3. Bianca, Love her, Adore….killed it in the commercial, somebody please give these two their own TV show where they travel around the world making comments about the places they visit. It would be like the old Tara Reid show “Taradise” but with somebody talented.

      4. Joslyn, really like her but get a thicker skin, Courtney didn’t say anything that the judges didn’t. As for Courtney, it’s weird to see a drag queen seem so little invested in this. Maybe it’s just her edit.

      5. Trinity, LOVED the line about her sister getting an ear infection and starving.

      6. Ben, (Yawn)

      7. So it’s ALYSSA we have to blame for Laganja’s stupid mannerisms?!?! That bitch! And frankly Alyssa wasn’t hated because Coco was picking on her and she didn’t seem as phony. But her mannerisms were somewhat irritating. So Laganja not only imitates them but goes overboard with them. Stupid Stupid girl. Oh, and didn’t anybody catch another one of Laganja’s Passive Aggressive “I’m better than all of you” comments? When she said that she first went to Alyssa to say she wanted to do drag and Alyssa supposedly said “Oh no, you’re way too talented and have too much going for you to do that”. Ugh, she is as see through as Motel 6 sheets, and just as irritating. Get her outta here. Didn’t like Roxxxy or Phi Phi or Shangela but at least they all had some talent. Laganja needs to lip sync her entire life, that way we would never have to hear her speak again.

      • Linderella

        That is totally what I’ve been saying about Darienne! When she comes out on the runway, I always say, “Hmmm, I think I’ll have the lobster.” Because her looks scream, “Came straight from the office to have Date Night with hubby.”

      • BobStPaul

        Totally agree about both Darienne’s outfit and Michelle Visage – though in the case of the latter I think she’s been that way ever since she joined the show. I much preferred Merle Ginsberg.

      • DLJoe

        The permanent judges should be Mearle and Billy B. Both witty and incisive without being vague and obnoxious.

        • Aerialgreen

          THIS! oh Ru, make it happen please

      • demidaemon

        I disagree about Darienne’s look. First of all, I don’t know many women who wear so many sequins on a regular basis. Second, loved the black and white look. Different silhouette, very polished. In truth, I think she’s only done this variation of sequins and black once, in the very first challenge where they had to make their own look.

      • MilaXX

        Darriene does wear a LOT of sequins (like very look) but honestly, her wardrobe has been one of the best for plus sized queens on the show so far. I would say she’s second only to Delta, but Delta’s personality was so stank I honestly cannot remember a single look she wore. Also in her favor is the fact that she paints her face really well.

    • http://vispreeve.tumblr.com/ Den Milano

      At this point I don’t know who is gonna be in the top 3 with Bianca. I thought it would be DeLa and Adore, but I’m not so sure anymore. I loved DeLa from the begining and I still love her, but I don’t know if she can make it that far. She wasn’t that bad in the commercial challenge, but her stand-up was bad. She’s briliant when she’s playing someone else, but when she has to be BenDeLaCreme she’s just too much.
      Trinity surprised everyone for lasting this long and she proved that she’s not just a one-trick pony, but she’s not top 3 worthy. She is like the love child of Tyra Sanchez, Carmen Carrera and Coco Montrese. Pretty queen and a great lip-syncer but insufferable when she’s doing something that’s not her ‘thing’.

    • Caity

      I think at this point it’s a race to see who joins the top 3 with Bianca and Adore. Either Bianca or Adore could take the whole thing and I would be happy with it. I’ve youtubed both of them and I love them both even more now. I want Adore to break out the Budweiser swimsuit.

      Joslyn is great but she needs more time. Imagine if she had a couple more years’s experience and polish.

      Courtney is the biggest disappointment for me so far. The bit where she said none of the challenges have been difficult was obnoxious. If the challenges aren’t difficult, why aren’t you putting in more effort?

      Trinity could very well be in the top 3 and I would be okay with that, but she won’t win because Adore or Bianca will win. I really enjoyed her in the last two episodes. She was funny AND sweet during Untucked.

      Darienne is growing on me. She was less of a jerk in the comedy episode.

      DeLa needs to get her groove back because I still want her to be in the top 3.

      • Montavilla

        Joslyn is great but she needs more time. Imagine if she had a couple more years’s experience and polish.

        I agree that Joslyn is great, but I don’t think a couple years would have done it. I think she needs this experience to help her realize where she needs to go next.

        • Linderella

          Much as I’m living for Joslyn, I think you’re actually right about this. Just wait–in 2016, she is going to kick major ass!

      • Cambel

        Agree, and if none of the challenges were difficult then why wasn’t she in the top three but once?

    • Eva_baby

      I would have given episode 7 (Glamazon comemrcial) win to Trinity and Bianca. Their commercial + their runway looks give them the edge, imo over Adore/Laganaja. Let’s face it, both Laganja and Adore looked busted on the runway. Laganja doesn’t know how to edit and Adore just looks cheap. OTOH, i think the little details in Trinity & Bianca’s commercial (she had condoms peeking out of her bra, LOL!) had a lot more understated wit than Ganja & Adore. And outside of Courtney’s look on the runway I think those two looked the best.

      In the comedy challenge, yes, if Bianca hadn’t outright murdered it I would have packed my knives and left. But she did and it was fantastic. And I honestly do not think Trinity was over-praised. Even if most of the other queens had not outright bombed, her shit was really, really funny. She also had some good timing beats and some great facial expressions. Also there was an intimacy and authenic feel to her material that, imo, elevates some stand up comedy over others.

      And finally, although they didn’t do a runway for the comedy challenge, I LOVED both Bianca and Trinity’s looks on that one as well. Bianca’s pucci-esque print dress pair with her super-red wig had a great print and shape. And Trinity’s Asian inspired dress also had a fab print and cut. Joslyn’s Harlequin inspired dress showed a level of intelligence that reminds me that she is underestimated a lot…..And Ganaja looked like a sad clown, Adore looked cheap and Darienne trotted out her regular dark dress with glitter.

      • Montavilla

        I agree that Trinity and Bianca should have won the commercial challenge. For just the reasons you mentioned. When I watched the filmings, their commercial was the only one I was excited to see in its finished form — and that was even better than I thought it would be. In addition to the condom-stuffed bra, there was the shot of Bianca juggling the babies that made me laugh my butt off.

        I’m still trying to figure out where that Trinity comedy performance came from. That was so unexpected. So confident. So good. It’s hard to believe she could kill it like that on the first try.

        And her runway oeuvre is the best I’ve seen since Season Three. Think what we’ve seen: The princess Amidala look, a couple of excellent red carpet looks, that beautiful handmade RuPaul gown, the flower child look, the black-and-white gown, and this latest gorgeous Asian-cut dress. To my mind, Trinity is everything Tyra Sanchez should have been.

        • anneland

          In the comments on logotv some say Trinity’s comedy is based on a routine from The Kings of Comedy. Even if that’s true, I still think she did a great job.

        • somebody blonde

          The thing is, Trinity’s bad performances mostly weren’t actually bad. They weren’t great either, but it was mostly her negativity during rehearsals that got her in the bottom. She was always talented, she was just so intimidated by the obvious talent of the other girls that she was handicapping herself.

      • demidaemon

        I like Adore because she makes cheap look somewhat expensive. Let’s all be honest: Adore had a shit budget coming into this competition and now has to make due. So, she is going to be stuck with that level of quality. If you compare her look to Lasagna’s, which come across as more cheap to you? yet, I bet if you compared the prices, Adore’s outfit would cost significantly less than Lasagna’s.

        • Imasewsure

          The effects of big budgets definitely hit home during Shannel’s season since she had an entire Vegas show room while some of the other girls’ wardrobes and wigs, shoes, etc. were home-sewn for sure. Luckily it’s not everything though and glad Adore has the talent to shine over and through her budget. Helps to be funny, smart and beautiful… Adore (and Bianca) for the win (tie)!!!

          • demidaemon

            As Santino alluded to in that reunion (and as regretful as I am to agree with him but he did have a point), expensive does not always equal taste or fabulousness.

      • Cambel

        “”and Darienne trotted out her regular dark dress with glitter.”” Exactly! It’s Southside Boston, Date night with husband drag over and over again.

    • Patrick Cleary

      Joslyn is friends with the son of friends of mine (how convoluted is that sentence) and I’ve been rooting for her because of that, but the split in the lip synch just took the wind out of Laganja, and for that, I will forever love her. Saw a poster for her up in Ogunquit, ME, and I’m hoping she’s around for a bit, so I can say how much I liked her in this show.

      • Cambel

        The problem with Joslyn for Laganga is that Laganga I think always gets by with hyperactivity, and Joslyn was prettier and just a better lipsyncer. Her jokes are so stupid that they are endearing. I swear if we were at a table and the waiter made that stupidly funny oxymoron joke we probably would have doubled his tip.

    • understateddiva

      You guys nailed it on the head about that lip synch – things like that are the reason I watch reality shows – every now and then something real happens that makes your jaw hit the floor.

    • http://cheeriosnotapplejacks.tumblr.com zob rombie

      I’m glad TLo talked about the Bianca-Adore-Trinity potential final trio because while I hated two out of the three of them when the show started they’ve all grown on me so much. Beyond my personal feelings on it they also just really seem to have all had a lot of reality TV show style growth in the past couple of episodes so that’s definitely working in their favor. Even though I could see the machinations behind it I still bought in as I was watching. If you had told me that I was going to be a Trinity fan four episodes ago I would’ve laughed but I think she’s honestly been growing since her “Whatta Man” lip sync in the hip hop episode. Plus, them pushing each other to be better (mostly Bianca mothering) then being turned to them having to try and finally beat the other ones would be great TV.
      Sidebar: Adore is exactly the right kind of airhead for it to be adorable when she switches between that and the intuitive wit she possesses. I can’t help but remember someone saying she had an x-factor that not all of the girls had in a really early episode, nodding along, and I think that’s really starting to come out.

      I think that’s enough praising those three so let’s talk about these other ladies.
      Joslyn- She’s sweet and much funnier than she’s been given credit for a lot of the time. Re: Colorevolution commercials I thought she actually carried Courtney almost completely. And I think the comedy competition was a missed opportunity for her even if she said it wasn’t her cup of soup/tea. Her runway is becoming a barrier for her, but I really like her so I hope she steps it up.
      Courtney- Wow okay, she should probably be aware that the pretty blonde girl talking down to another girl like she’s her pet looks really high school, sort of ruining any experience or polish she may demonstrate otherwise. At least her look for B&W themed runway was amazing?
      De La- Is obviously going through the wringer so she make a comeback or have an arc or something reality-TV engineered. I just don’t know if I care. She’s pretty talented but the “vulnerability” issue is so boring to me, and she lacks some versatility in her aesthetics, as well as thinking.
      Darienne- She’s another talented one with a lot of funny moments, great lip synching ability… But she doesn’t end up quite as memorable in challenges as someone needs to in order to excel in this competition. She’s been slowly stepping up some of her looks though so that’s solid.
      Laganja- As a fellow 420 friendly drag queen I have to say: GIRL YOU SHOULD HAVE DETOXED EARLIER. Like, I don’t know that it would make a huge difference to be honest, but holy shit TLo hit this nail on the head. Whatever, dug her own grave, bye.

      • neeBarbero

        Willam said he and Kenya Michaels used to smoke pot that one of the techs sold them. Now, given that it’s Willam that said this, it MAY all be hyperbole, but usually he tells the truth. I doubt it was detoxing that got to Lasagna. She’s young. She probably is a big fish in a very small pond, so she might have been scared to pieces the whole while she was filming. At least, that is what I put her overboard mannerisms down to. And she needs MUCH counseling!

        • demidaemon

          I think she thought that this persona is what the show wanted from her, which is why she turned it off when the cameras weren’t rolling. How wrong she was.

        • http://cheeriosnotapplejacks.tumblr.com zob rombie

          I believe that you could totally smoke up with the crew because lol it’s Drag Race, and it’s obviously speculation whether or not she was detoxing. If it was the case it would simply explain a ton. Her insecurities obviously go deeper, but a smoker who isn’t smoking reacts in a certain way, has a certain type of anxiety, etc. Laganja’s actions when lashing out could believably have been influenced by that factor. The over the top mannerisms I think were more of a defense mechanism that intensified when it didn’t work. She eliminated herself more than Adore or anyone showing her up. I don’t even know if she needs counseling as much as to grow up a bit more.

        • Cambel

          I think LAganga and Gia are both used to being queen bee’s and couldn’t handle it when they went outside their own club.

          • http://cheeriosnotapplejacks.tumblr.com zob rombie

            Based on runway back-and-forth that seems very true for Laganja and I wouldn’t be surprised if Gia had a similar entitlement. Although, with Gia I think it was also her certainty that her drag was the true BEST DRAG that existed in the competition.

            • demidaemon

              And the only kind of drag that was drag! No other drag exists except hers!

              PLEASE.

            • http://cheeriosnotapplejacks.tumblr.com zob rombie

              I mean, I think all of the queens are encouraged to push their personal drag brand so it isn’t surprising to me when they try and read each other in a narrow way. However, I think some queens do it as performance for the show, and then there are queen like Gia who genuinely think their drag is only the part of that spectrum of expression that counts.

            • demidaemon

              I totally agree. She (and Roxxxy to some extent) just seem to end up looking narrow-minded and ignorant as a result.

        • somebody blonde

          Someone upthread said that it’s actually coke she’s withdrawing from. That makes a lot more sense to me at least- I can’t imagine coke being all that easy to score from the crew.

    • Linderella

      As much as I looked forward to it, I found I could barely watch all the queens come at Laganja on Untucked. It was sad and uncomfortable. Not that she didn’t deserve to hear all of this (and if you’ve read any post-sashay interviews, you already know she didn’t learn a damn thing from it), but she didn’t have Serena Cha-Cha’s spine or level of delusion to fight back.

    • rickimatsu

      3 Things

      1: Accordingly to my friends who’ve seen Laganja perform, it isn’t weed she’s withdrawing from, it’s coke.
      2: I fully support the idea that Jocelyn is one smart, shady queen. We’re so used to verbal shade; how fun was it to see physical shade being thrown? Can you imagine having your whole identity be define by a death drop only to have this quirky bitch do it at the same time as you? It was priceless.
      3: Pretty sure this season will see the crown on a Drag Mother. An older queen hasn’t won yet and (almost always) they’re voted for Miss Congeniality. This is the first season where the older queen actually has enough guts to go all the way. #sorrylatrice

      • DLJoe

        The coke thing makes SO MUCH sense. Good catch.

      • neeBarbero

        As I said above, not pot she’s withdrawing from. Coke makes more sense. Especially with the manic personality! Good call.

        Oh and thank you Uncles, for posting this on the weekend.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        “Physical shade.” What a phrase! And it’s just what it was. I think even Bianca, or someone, admitted in a confessional about Joslyn being smarter than anyone thought with the comment “‘dumb’ as a fox.” I swear I heard the quotes around the word “dumb” there. Joslyn is no dummy.

      • Cambel

        Raja was older wasn’t she? And I thought BeBe was, but that could just be because his drag character looked older.

        Good point about the coke, makes more sense than pot.

        • MilaXX

          I agree coke makes more sense. Didn’t William have a script for medical marijuana? I would think if it was just needing some pot Ganja could score that easily.

    • LC3203

      What I love about the Bianca, Trinity, Adore triumvirate is these are all likable, decent people. I’d pretty much be happy with any of these 3 taking the crown.

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

      I love Courtney’s Klaus Nomi costume – I find it interesting that she almost perfectly looks like Amanda Palmer as well. I wonder if that was the intent? It’s perfect either way.
      I loved BenDeLa’s space flower drag, but yeah, her standup was painful. And I don’t know if it was the intent, but the outfit she wore for her standup made her look 3 feet tall.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      I got really worried for DeLa’s mental sanity in the workroom for the stand-up challenge. She was sitting at her table mouthing and gesturing a lot. I wondered if she got the Alyssa table and was possessed.

      • Amelia Ross

        Seemed like a legitimate way to practice stand-up delivery to me. Even if her delivery ended up being a bit manic and unfocused she had some decent lines….”moist area”

    • Jacob Bowen

      The first mini-challenge was stupid….somewhat funny, but stupid. But even though the second one was stupid, it was HILARIOUS. Adore should have own HANDS DOWN. I thought. Bianca was SO smart during her comedy routine, because she played to her reading strengths. You could tell she was a bit prepared, but she clearly used her off the cuff one liners to her advantage. So glad that Joslyn is still around…and SO GLAD that Adore has been stepping it up weekly.

      • http://vispreeve.tumblr.com/ Den Milano

        I just noticed your profile pic – is that you with T Lo? You lucky bitch!

        • Jacob Bowen

          Yep…it was amazing. #sorryboutit…all shade aside, I know it must stink to not have them come near. I am glad they decided to come to Chicago, it was beautiful.

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

            You’re so kind about us going out of our way to publicly humiliate you!

            • Jacob Bowen

              Uncles, as a teacher, public humiliation is part of the job description. I split the crotch of my pants in the middle of teaching a class of 7th graders…and even then I tied a sweater around my waist and carried on.

    • BobStPaul

      Trinity was so much improved that I almost thought she’d been sandbagging the competition up to this point. But I don’t think she’s quite a good enough actress to accomplish that. I do think that her and Bianca’s commercial was the best and she was genuinely funny in the stand-up.. Adore has some great moments but she’s pretty consistently a mess on the runway. While I admit Darienne has some good comedy chops and makeup skills I find her both annoying and boring – perhaps more the former than the latter. I have really liked DeLa but she really screwed up in these two episodes. Courtney is perhaps the biggest disappointment of all given her experience. At this point, it seems as though it’s Bianca’s to lose.

    • Lilyana_F

      Bianca has been giving me LIFE all season. I can see her going places beyond this show, she has the brains and the talent.

    • DLJoe

      The standup show was one of my favorite episodes in a LONG time. Everything from untucked to the judges critiques to Trinity’s improvement to the joint reading session of Laganja was just perfect. I really enjoyed what Ru said about “this isn’t the nightclub we want next level” to Laganja. The critiques of her and Ben also shed a little more light on the “vulnerability” thing which, up until then, always seemed like a catchall critique Michelle used when they wanted to criticize a queen who didn’t show any weaknesses.

      And about Courtney, in an interview on Drag Official Willam mentioned that he realized that being good at drag helps, but being good at Drag Race is more important on the show. It seems like Courtney realizes this and maybe that’s why she’s not seemingly trying all the way. Just maximizing her exposure.

      The great thing about the queens left over is that it’s such a talented bunch that the only shoo in for top 3 is Bianca. At this piont in the past seasons there were still a lot of filler and drama vortex’s kept around just because of looks/drama (Rebecca Glasscock, Carmen, Kenya, Jiggly, Phi Phi, Coco, etc). The cast remaining is so solid the rest of the season should be amazing.

      • http://cheeriosnotapplejacks.tumblr.com zob rombie

        I think it’s a great point you have about past seasons’ build-up. At present in this season it seems as if the remaining queens all have at bare minimum a lot of potential and pretty much every queen has managed to have some standout moments. Of course, things are still bound to intensify and it won’t be until top 5 or 6 that it will really become clear who has a shot at the finale. There are bound to be some planned “shocking developments” between then and now.

    • Alice Dennard

      Okay so I’ve been considering the Courtney thing for a few days now and I think I know what the problem is- she cannot read someone, it just comes off MEAN. Bianca, Adore, and Darienne say much meaner things than Courtney but their delivery and comic timing make the whole thing come off as entertainment. Every time Courtney says something mean it just leaves a poor taste in my mouth. That also might have something to do with her reads almost always having a second layer where she talks about how great she is. EYE ROLL. In no way would I have considered Joslyn a threat to Courtney Act before these episodes but now after Courtney’s effort to tear her down she has acknowledged Joslyn as someone equal enough to rival her. The whole thing just made me like Joslyn a million times more.

      • DLJoe

        In Bianca’s case, I think it’s that when she reads someone there’s legitimate criticism behind it. It’s not “Oh well who would ever think you’re the ‘after’ model” as opposed to something like “This is what you’re claiming? Then back it up!’ It’s still a bit confrontational, but it is valid to ask someone to back up what they’re saying.

        So I guess what I’m trying to say in my long winded way is I agree with you lol

        • Alice Dennard

          Yeah totally! Bianca is a master at it. She somehow criticizes and offers to help the other queens without implying it’s because she’s better than them. It’s great. I want Bianca and Adore to have a spin off where they fight crime.

          • DLJoe

            Bit off topic, but I digged how Joslyn seemed to be giving quite the side eye to Laganja during the whole lip synch.

            • http://cheeriosnotapplejacks.tumblr.com zob rombie

              I GOT THAT TOO and was LIVING for it. Joslyn is “on” as a performer more than people give her credit for in my opinion.

            • Imasewsure

              Joselyn just needs to step up her looks. She has the beginnings of Cunning, Nerve and Talent but not the Uniqueness (at least not in a good way anyway). Definite potential though and I like her personality off the runway a lot

            • http://cheeriosnotapplejacks.tumblr.com zob rombie

              I feel like Joslyn is a queen who has a really healthy relationship between her drag and boy selves compared to some of the others (Darienne anybody?) and that’s allowed her to be pretty unspooked in this competition. Courtney reading her somewhat is the first real challenge to her identity the show has given her, and while I think Courtney did a poor job of making a valid criticism (Courtney can’t read without just being snotty rather than clever, another commenter made the same astute observation elsewhere on this board), but that critique is the only way for Joslyn to go up from a point in her drag where she’s obviously been very comfortable. I think the reason people are interested in Joslyn is that she does have the potential, but also a chance of recognizing it while still on the show.

            • Alice Dennard

              Completely. As someone who prizes the runway looks above everything else I am so surprised by how much I am loving Joslyn these days!

          • jtabz

            “I want Bianca and Adore to have a spin off where they fight crime.”

            THIS!

    • Audrey

      I hate to take pleasure from other people’s pain, but the shots of Laganja on untucked standing behind the set, facing the wall with her giant pink hair did me in. She’s just The Saddest Clown in the World and I fucking lost it.

      • LC3203

        also, her big stocking feet.

    • LongAl

      This week’s episodes have been some of the best episodes, if only for the Lasagna mini-drama. Her ‘I’m feeling VERY ATTACKED’ was one of those moments that you know is going to come up in a reality TV show but still makes you smile when it does. I’d feel sympathy for her, because going cold turkey off whatever she’s on can’t be fun, but she’s such a blithering moron I couldn’t help enjoying it. #byefelicia.

      My opinions of the other queens have been changing repeatedly (except for Bianca, I am in love with her):
      Adore and Trinity are really growing on me, and that’s down to the support that Bianca has given to them. I still don’t expect Trinity to do well but she’s sticking around longer and now that she has a more positive attitude I’m happy to see her around. Adore’s just perfect and I love how she can switch from dumb bimbo to self-deprecating to incredibly savvy about her competitors.
      Darienne and DeLa are becoming very hit and miss for me. DeLa has struggled recently and I am begging her to do well but she REALLY needs to tone this damn character down because I swear down I’m gonna smack a bitch upside the head. And I love me some Darienne but sweet Jesus bitter Betty much? One of them needs to go soon and I’m banking on Darienne because she still has this smugness about her and I’m hoping DeLa has that fire under her from these disastrous two weeks.
      I adore Joslyn and I love that’s she’s stupid as a Fox (pun intended) and underneath all her giggliness and tacky nature she really understood how Laganja was going to act in that lipsync and turned it out! Having said that, I think she needs to give herself more credit and not have to listen to Courtney Act’s reading of her.
      I’m really worried Courtney has the ‘Detox/Willam’ edit, seems very above it all, and really doesn’t give her all in the challenges where she could easily shine. Luckily for Willam and (to a lesser extent) Detox, their sense of humour translated much better on TV, whereas Courtney has a very dry sense of humour which my caustic British self loves. The problem being that there’s a very thin line between Courtney’s sense of humour and when she’s just being mean, as in the case of Joslyn.

      There’s other things I have on my mind after the past 2 episodes, maybe I’ll remember it when it’s not 11pm

      • Cambel

        Courtney’s “Welcome to Mediocrity” still cracks me up.

    • Eveniah

      I found Laganja’s meltdown to be incredibly uncomfortable to watch as opposed to entertaining. I had wanted everyone to call her out on her bullshit, but then I thought about myself at 18. I thought about every one of my flaws and every item of my dirty laundry and I thought about how it would feel for a bunch of strangers to draw all of that shit out on national television. I am not sure I would have recovered!

      I messaged Lagunja on her Facebook page and asked her about her meltdown, and told her that some of the girls had a point however it was still uncomfortable to watch. She could have gone off on me but instead thanked me for my honesty and said that she is still dealing with the aftermath of that. So with that in mind I cut her some slack, and remain weary of a show that will happily bring up a Queens traumatic past for entertainment (hello half of the Untucked “calls from home”). I respect the Queens who keep their shit together even more now.

      • Cambel

        Far from “Bringing Up” a traumatic Past, Laganga said her parents were supportive and nice, and only seemed upset because somebody lightened up her moment. The way you can tell it was fake, is that in every single other instance when a queen got a REAL emotional phone call from home they were all overjoyed when somebody lightened up the moment. Laganga was infuriated that somebody may have stolen her attention. At that point I pretty much wrote her off.

        • Eveniah

          My call from home comment was more directed at other calls from home, not Laganja’s. Again I don’t disagree with you, but I still find someone having a panic attack uncomfortable viewing. Some people don’t have the tenacity of mental health to deal with that aspect of reality television, you know? And the Laganja who messaged me took criticism very well. Maybe (s)he has grown?

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

            I think any time phrases like “mental health” and “panic attack” get used to describe a VERY basic reality TV meltdown from a VERY basic reality TV attention whore, it’s making it all out to be much more serious than it is.

            • Eveniah

              I guess its all down to perspective. Once he stormed off he was hyperventilating and muttering/ yelling to himself, and maybe I don’t watch as much reality tv as other people but I found it uncomfortable, and I know other people who watch the show felt the same. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of it was attention seeking BS, but it tipped over into crazy territory by the end.

            • Eveniah

              Either way, Laganja needs to learn how to take criticism.

            • Eveniah

              Its all down to perspective. The meltdown ended in hyperventilating and muttering to oneself, and it was uncomfortable to me. I’ve been there, albeit over actual crisis. It looked like a panic attack, even if it wasn’t. And by mental health I meant it as a very general term (I have a mental illness, so I may be more needlessly sensitive to this then others). The Laganja that messaged me was still reeling from the whole thing, which brings into question a fair bit. Deluded or unwell? Or both?

              Either way TLo, between you guys and TinTim, yours are the best Drag Race recaps out there. Keep them coming. X

            • Eveniah

              (Also, if I wrote similar comments twice, I apologise, my Disqus messenger is being funny).

    • Stephanie Wirthwein

      Has anyone else noticed that Joslyn has worn that same necklace with every single outfit besides her Ru look and Snatch Game?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        Maybe she was wearing it in those looks… elsewhere. She seems to love that necklace so much.

    • ScarlettHarlot

      Ding dong LaGanja’s gone! I could not take one more “Mama” “Okay gurrl” or weird mouth pop thing she did. Did she remind anyone else of Sweet Dee failing at comedy during her stand up? (I’m thinking of the episode where Dee tried to pretend she was a Puerto Rican protestor)

      Snaps for Trinity! She did so well in both challenges, I really thing Bianca was able to help her feel more confident. They looked divine together in the black and white runway walk. I loved Courteny on Untucked: “I don’t know if we handled that the best way…..”

    • Daktari100

      Thank you for this hilarious recap. It was worth the wait.

      • Cambel

        NO! Stop saying things like that to them! They might think it’s ok to make us all wait so long THIS week!! ;)

    • http://www.ueberdesuper.net/ Ueber de Super

      Am I the only one who is disappointed in Ben de la Creme? He started strong, but his latest runway looks just scream MINNIE MOUSE to me. When he’s in drag, he is so hysterical he does not even seem like a human being, almost more than Laganja (out of drag oto he is very smart and calm, unlike Laganja). BTW his heckler was Jinkx’ veteran who admitted he might have killed Judy Garland. What a record this guy has.

      • Imasewsure

        I’m afraid De La’s days are numbered but it’s starting to seem like the right choice. Just not bringing it and as many have said, Jinxx did that same sort of schtick better. I really like Ben though so I would love to see a comeback here. If not, then hugs and sashay away…

      • somebody blonde

        You’re not. I like Ben a lot, but she’s not bringing it to the challenges or the runway lately. Her outfits just aren’t very creative.

        • shanteUstay

          I liked her in the outfits until the hip hop challenge. The air bag/barbie boobs are getting awkward

      • MichaelStrangeways

        Ben also received a TERRIBLE edit for the comedy challenge. He’s a VERY accomplished stage performer with EXCELLENT comedy timing.

        I’m surprised no one on here has mentioned the OBVIOUS bad editing on the comedy challenge…howls of laughter on lines that weren’t very funny.

    • WESCOBear

      WTF was the Minnie-Pearl-like tag on Lasagna’s head during the workroom and mini-challenge? Her wig washing instructions?

    • mozzer0906

      If Lasange didn’t leave soon I was going to find her and claw her eyes out myself. The affected voice was worse than any nail on a chalkboard!

    • shanteUstay

      Joslyn’s comedy act was funny as in she was just completely random in her own world. It seemed like she just wandered onto the stage and started babbling lol

      Courtney and Joslyn clearly both think they’re a little more real than they are….their naked/skimpy looks are giving pure teenage boy in lingerie…..

    • Elsewhere1010

      Ben’s runway look is based on the black and white column in the entrance foyer of Mame Dennis’ Beekman Place apartment after it’s been redecorated by Yul Ulu. the column stands where the fish pond used to be, and the creator of the piece is standing right there and has a brief discussion with either Patrick or Pegeen about whether it has been installed upside down.

      I believe those flower petal things represents an ironic statement on the mobile that Pegeen is trying to hanging, the one that Mr. Babcock walks into when he enter the room.

      Or it could just be bad design.

      • AnotherG

        I shall mull this over some pickled rattlesnake and flaming drinks.

        • Elsewhere1010

          “Oh, Ito! Two Flaming Mames and the long matches, please.”

    • Cambel

      Anybody else have a problem with somebody like Michelle Visage, with her criminal taste in fashion judging anybody else’s outfits? lol

    • Alex Gabriel

      I think Laganja’s pothead persona is like everything else about her: spoilt, entitled rich kid affectation. She’s probably never been within a mile of a joint.

      • trapperkeeper

        I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that Laganja’s not the only pothead in this season’s cast. She’s just the most immature/obvious about it. I think people are reading too much into her “withdrawals”, and I call BS on that. Put on your big girl panties, and keep on truckin’!
        Her behavior reeks of desperation and a need for validation. I think she grew up privileged and cushy, and the weed front makes her feel “BAD”, hard & edgy. Like she’s such a rebel against the law because she wears a no smoking sign atop her pompadour. It’s just huge shades of awkward middle school angst, and I am stoked her time on the show is done.
        Cannot wait for tonight!!

        • AnotherG

          Am I the only one tickled by the fact that you’re making (perfectly good) commentary regarding middle school behavior, and your nom de TLo is trapperkeeper??

        • MichaelStrangeways

          MAAAAAAANY queens who’ve been on this show have had…addiction issues. They all seemed to have coped. (Also: it’s been rumored that they’re not THAT sequestered. And, tv shows know how to “take care of the talent’s needs”…..)

          Laganja is just a self entitled brat.

      • somebody blonde

        I both agree and disagree with you there: it’s definitely a spoilt, entitled rich kid affectation, but I bet she is a pothead. Tons of spoiled rich kids are potheads- they can afford more.

    • AnotherG

      Cannot now be unseen!

    • Cambel

      Damn, I figured to make up for the delay last week that TLO would have stayed up all night and had this week’s review up already. Ok, just kidding, I didn’t mean to be ALMOST as bitchy and irritating as Michelle Visage has been this season. ;)

    • Glenn1441

      I can’t get my head around the fact that not one judge has called out Courtney for her offensive-to-drag boy body. HIP PADS. Bag the bikinis. HIP PADS. Unless the waist cinches so that hips are naturally revealed, pads are part and parcel of drag. And Courtney’s make-up is far too washed out — club fish if you will — to be called drag. She’s pretty. Absolutely. And she’s got talent. That’s clear. But she’s f’ing lazy. Tatty runway looks (again, those bikinis). Her brows sit too low and her eyes are shut down as a result. There too — expressive eyes are essential to drag. Ru called her out for resting on pretty, but she could have gone one further — you won’t grow hips by sitting on your ass.

    • Glenn1441

      Postscript — Act’s Klaus Nomi tribute runway look was by far her best… the glittery ‘hair’ headpiece was a nice touch. But damn, those shoulders and hips have GOT to be in proportion girl.