RuPaul’s Drag Race: Wicky Wicky Wicky

Posted on April 01, 2014

Darlings, we won’t lie to you. We’re finding this episode a little oddly disjointed, in retrospect. First, the Library opened and Bianca did not walk away with the win, a development that really stunned us. If there was one challenge tailor-made for her talents, this would be the one. Besides, we thought Darienne’s read was quick and sometimes funny, but it veered into nasty territory most of the rest of the time.

Then the queens all got handed a ’90s rap challenge and you could feel the panic set in.

But first:

 

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Serving big-wigged, neon-scented ’90s hip hop realness.

Okay, bitches. Let’s see what you got.

 

 

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Joslyn’s really growing on us. She’s a stealth contestant, slipping into safe, week after week, because she keeps doing better than anyone expects. She’s also funnier and a better performer all around than we assumed when she was first introduced. She did a surprisingly decent job on the rap and her Library read was one of the funnier ones. Her runway look’s pretty bad, though. And it’s not good news to hear her say in Untucked that she’s going to ignore the judges’ advice about over-accessorizing. She could definitely do with a rethink of her general look. It’s not particularly distinctive.

 

 

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Ben’s another one who surprised us by being far more versatile and talented than we first assumed. Her rap was excellent. Her runway look, however, skews old once again. “I’m serving up Elizabeth Taylor realness” made us cringe because it made him sound so old-fashioned.  In other news, Ben also seems to think pretty highly of himself, because his pouting over not being picked for the “winner” group was more than a little snotty. Then again, Darienne’s getting kind of nasty about her. It’ll be interesting if Ben can dish out some stealth reading while still coming across sweet to the cameras.

 

 

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Ugh. Who cares. He reeks of white suburban privilege. We don’t care if she has a Missy Elliot tattoo which she refuses to show anyone. She just couldn’t do what the challenge asked of her. Then again, that seems to be a theme. Her runway look is just okay. Her Library read was EPICALLY BAD, proving once again that those who can’t take it are always spectacularly shitty at dishing it out.

 

 

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She really got on our nerves this week. Her tongue is pretty sharp, so when she gets threatened by a queen like Ben, she lashes out at too high a level, coming off like a huge bitch. And Ben strikes us as someone who can work the camera for sympathy a la Jinkx, so Miss Darienne betta watch herself. Her rap performance was embarrasingly, uncomfortably bad and her runway looks are starting to get stale – no variation. The only thing that kept her out of the bottom this week were her reading skills.

 

 

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Tyra Sanchez 2.0. We stand by it. She’s terrible and hard to like in practically every single challenge, but she happens to be an incredibly good lip syncher, which is going to keep her in the game longer than she probably should be. She claims to have had some sort of breakthrough on Untucked, but we remain unconvinced. We couldn’t understand a word of her rap and her Library read was the worst of all of them. That’s probably one of her better runway looks, though.

 

 

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Part of us feels like Auntie Ru is under-rewarding Bianca to avoid a Raja-like situation of crowning the winner too early. Another part of us thinks her runway skills are what’s holding her back. We don’t know… they just never seem as polished to us as we’d expect them to be. Having said that, her rap and her Read were both awesome. It’s gotta be the runway keeping her from being the favorite. She’s ahead of everyone else on all other fronts. But it’s weird because she doesn’t get very specific or consistent critiques of her runway game. Santino ragged on her for her rap look, but Michelle was right to jump in and point out Bianca got the look dead perfect.

 

 

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We agree with Ru: resting on pretty. And she’s already shown herself to be quite talented, so there’s no need. To be honest, we have no memory of her rap at all.

 

 

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Poor thing. Increasingly out of her element with each week. She clearly tried to girl it up more in response to the judges’ critiques, but her rap performance was funny in a laughing-at way and her runway look looks slapped together.

 

 

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Breakout star. Absolutely a deserved win. We knew she had it in her. So did Ru and Bianca. Her rap was PERFECT and she looked amazing. When she really polishes her look, which she doesn’t do enough for the runway (as you can see here), she looks world-class. And she got a ton of funny one-liners off, especially the one about Bianca being 57. Definitely a finalist.

 

 

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We think a lot of people thought Milk should have stayed in, but like we said, Trinity’s a much better lip-syncher, and she was handed a song that couldn’t have been better suited to her. In terms of potential, they’re both largely the same, but Milk just couldn’t save herself with this song. If the show’s fair, Trinity will probably be gone before long. If she doesn’t save herself with another perfect lip synch, that is.

 

 

 

 

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    • RussellH88

      You know, this was a pretty good episode. And the main reason I say
      this is because Lasagna didn’t have an attention whoring freak-out,
      which makes this the first episode of Drag Race this season to feature
      her and not end up with her throwing a tantrum for attention.

      The reading challenge was probably the strongest in the show’s
      history. Usually it just comes down to 1 or 2 queens but everyone really
      seemed to be on-point (Except for Laganja who was painfully bad).
      Bianca probably should have won because there’s was a twinkle in her
      eyes with every read with went over better than Darienne’s increasing
      sourness. Really, what’s going on with her? She’s become a bit of a
      bitch lately. Usually when a queen says “I think she’s threatened by me”
      like Ben did this episode, it’s a bit of delusion, but I couldn’t help
      but feel like Darienne is jealous of Ben or something and just seems
      really bitter about it. I wonder if Ben’s admission of struggling with
      weight in the previous episode had something to do with it?

      As for the bottom girls:

      Milk- I’m kinda sad to see Milk go, because she actually tried to be
      more glamorous in this episode (though she looked like Delta Work in her
      outfit for the QNN episode). But Milk served to be one of the bigger
      disappointments of the show, she didn’t particularly bring much to the
      challenges.

      Trinity- Trinity kind of reminds me of Monica Beverly Hillz in that
      she seems withdrawn with a lot of queens saying “She seems like she’s
      holding back” only to make a big admission (Though in this case it was
      being HIV+ as opposed to being trans) which ultimately seems to do
      nothing to really free them of what’s dragging them down in the
      competition. Trinity needs to realize that being game and really trying
      will get your farther in the competition than saying “This isn’t what I
      do” anytime you’re faced with anything that’s not lip syncing. To borrow
      a phrase from Alyssa: Don’t get bitter, just get better.

      Darienne- I fully expected her to be in the bottom 2, if anything
      because she’s being shown to be a bit of a nasty queen, but she’s shown
      more than milk, so I guess that’s something.

      As for the middle queens, I don’t really have much to say, they were
      fine. Though, part of me is beginning to wonder if Laganja comes from
      money. She seems to have a lot of really expensive looking outfits for a
      young queen, and her behavior seems pretty in-line with someone who was
      spoiled and coddled growing up, not to mention that she seems to try so
      hard with this ghetto affectation in an effort to maybe downplay her
      own privilege.

      Now for the Top Girls:

      Adore- I’m really warming up to her. Her catwoman inspired catwalk
      had me laughing and she really seems to have a lot of pop culture
      references to draw on, which is always a good thing. She seemed to know
      the most about the challenge and really did a great job.

      Bianca- She’s still my favorite because she’s funny, has a great
      look, and she did a great job in the video. She had the look down, and
      she really did seem like the prankster-little sister type that you’d see
      in a rap video in the 90’s. She calls herself a bitch, but she’s really
      more of a harsh mother-type. She seems to really be drawn to Adore,
      which I think is because Adore is trying and obviously wants to get
      better. I love, love, love Bianca.

      Joslyn Fox- I’m glad she was in the top, because I think she’s been a
      really solid performer which has certainly surprised me. She seemed
      like fishy cannon fodder in the beginning, but she’s shown that she’s
      sweet, articulate, funny, and actually can perform. She’s grown on me
      quite a bit.

      I’m not sure how the next episode will go. It seems to be a bit of a
      rehash of the Champions vs. Glamazons episode. I’m guessing that Trinity
      will end up going home, because she gets flustered way too easily.

      • Jacob Bowen

        I totally thought Joslyn was going to be Tatianna 2.0 but I LOVE her!

        • ScarlettHarlot

          I too misread and underestimated Joslyn, but now I love her!

      • VicD

        Trinity or Darienne next.

        • Jacob Bowen

          TRINITY PLEASE…or LaGanja.

          • Vanessak69

            LaGanja next, I beg of the rpdr gods.

      • Ray

        You know, a couple episodes Ben was telling the story of how he USE TO BE a fat little kid (complete with pictures) and how he felt like crap about himself for being fat, etc etc etc. They flashed over to Darienne but he never said anything. I wonder if part of that bitchiness directed at Ben is what brought on that direct competitiveness between them?

        • RussellH88

          I thought the same thing. I actually just replied to another comment saying the same thing.

          I wonder if Darienne is jealous or bitter about it or if Ben saying that he felt “unlovable” was offensive to her.

          • VivianAdvanced

            I thought of the same thing when the camera showed Darienne reacting to BenDeLa’s fat-kid story. It was as though she might have been envious that Ben successfully lost the weight and is now a cute boy, or that Darienne felt hurt that Ben thought that being overweight was something to be ashamed of. I liked Darienne at first, but she does have a bitchy side, which I thought came across as mean spirited during the reading challenge. I was surprised that she won because Bianca and a couple of the others (Adore, Joslyn) were funnier.

            • Luca

              bitchy side is fun, mean not.

              I also don’t understand why the big girls tend to be bitter and nasty instead of jolly and self-ironic…

            • DinahR

              Not sure about being jolly or self-ironic??? But…. I didn’t find Latrice to be bitter or nasty

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

              Latrice loved herself. I get the feeling Darienne is still working on that.

            • Eric Stott

              I know guys from Rochester (Darienne’s home) they’re rooting for her but none of them really “like” her

        • ScarlettHarlot

          Ooooh, maybe! I forgot about that.

      • SimpleSins

        Don’t forget it’s a double episode next week…maybe we’ll get rid of 2 of the 3….I’d be happy to see Lasagna and Darienne go and save Trinity for the next week..maybe a battle of pretty queens Trinity and Courtney.

        • RussellH88

          Someone would have to squat and shit on the stage during the comedy challenge to be worse than Lasagna. I have no faith in her ability to do a comedy routine at all.

          • SimpleSins

            Yeah, it would seem that would be the one that would see Lasagna and Trinity LSFYL.

          • Cambel

            Well DAMN! now you ruined Laganga’s surprise finale for her runway next week. ;)

        • MK03

          Airing two in one week seems odd. Have they ever done that? I hope they’re not trying to burn it off.

      • suzanne77

        In the first episode Bianca says Joslyn has a wooden leg for some reason and Joslyn just giggles back, “Well, I do love IHOP.” or something and I was like BOOM! I LOVE YOU FOREVER!

        • SimpleSins

          I think it was just a joke because whoever it was who had just walked in commented about how great Joslyn’s legs were.

          • suzanne77

            I knew it was a joke, I just couldn’t remember the context right that second. I thought it was a cute comeback especially against someone as quick witted as Bianca. :)

            • SimpleSins

              I agree and I was surprised that all she got for it was crickets. Although it gave us a chance to see her giggle at her self in the confessional and I think that’s when she hooked me.

            • Dandesun

              Trinity admired Joslyn’s legs and Bianca said that Joslyn was a pirate and one of her legs was wooden… that’s when Joslyn did the IHOP comment. Admittedly, I didn’t get it at first because I was like ‘What does IHOP have to do with pirates?’ and then I realized it was a joke about having a wooden leg. Stealthy bitch!

      • MilaXX

        ITA about Courtney. She seems nice and she has talent, but she does not have the body for these nearly naked looks.

        • http://logansrogue.livejournal.com napalmnacey

          I think the problem is that she doesn’t get flack for having the body she does here in Australia, because *so* many women have athletic figures like that here, and people are pretty liberal and positive about drag queens on the East Coast of Aus, so they also don’t particularly care if she’s got the figure or not.

          • MilaXX

            That may be true, but she’s not competing in Australia. She gonna have to bring more to the table. There’s a reason why the only challenge she truly did well in was the Rusical. She wasn’t relying on body. She used her talents and really put on a show. She’s never gonna won based on body alone. Especially not on drag race.

            • SimpleSins

              She did really well in that scary movie challenge, too. I don’t think she’s going to win it, but I don’t really understand those that say she’s not bringing anything to the table. In many ways, she’s bringing the equivalent skill set as Adore, who both have wardrobe choices that need work. I’m not sure why people seem to think Courtney brings nothing to the table. Granted, she’s only won one challenge, but the same could be said for all of them, and, while I could be mistaken, I don’t think she’s ever been in the bottom 3, but has been frequently in the top 3.

            • MilaXX

              For me it’s that she’s not really standing out as much as I would expect one with her talent to do. I think she’s mostly middle of the back. Not bad enough to be in the bottom, but other than that one challenge she hasn’t really stood out. I don’t think she’s going to win, I don’t even see her in top 3.

    • VicD

      Bianca, Ben and Courtney for final three.

      • KingCrazy

        I think thus far it should be Bianca, Ben, and Adore. Joslyn is showing huge potential as well. Courtney really hasn’t given us anything except for her great Broadway performance.

        • VicD

          I want to see Adore be good enough to be there, but her runway looks are pretty rough. She just doesn’t seem ready. As for Courtney, let’s see if she can ramp it up now that she’s been cautioned about relying on pretty.

      • Luca

        For now, Courtney hasn’t showed anything to be worth of the final three…

        • Eric Stott

          Courtney is great at a particular kind of Realness, she’s a great actress & a decent singer- she’ll have a fine career, but she’s not a Drag Superstar.

    • KingCrazy

      Milk wasn’t long for the show, HOWEVER, I don’t think he deserved to be in the bottom 2 based on his rap performance. Obviously rap isn’t his forte, but he did something interesting that was fun to watch. I don’t particularly think it should have mattered that it was laughing-at-him funny rather than laughing-with-him. He did something interesting and made it enjoyable.

      Trinity has proven she can’t do anything other than lip synch. She should have gone.

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

        I agree. Milk was never going to make it to the end but they were way too harsh on her this week. Laganja was supposedly working in her wheelhouse and was completely boring (and way off in her video look), whereas Milk was out of her element but still delivered a memorable and committed performance. And I didn’t the the mermaid dress was great, but it was probably the closest to glam that she had in her wardrobe and you can’t blame her for trying to give the judges what they asked for. But at the end of the day, Laganja gives workroom drama so they weren’t going to keep a low-key personality like Milk over her.

      • PeaceBang

        God Almighty, if Trinity says “I don’t sing/do comedy/act, I lip sync” ONE. MORE. TIME….

        • Ramon Figueroa

          So true. Last night I wanted to yell “Have you ever seen the show?”

        • MilaXX

          Funniest part of Untcked was when Bianca asked, “What DO you do?”

        • Robert Johnston

          “I’m not the kind of queen that makes excuses” had me literally spit out my soda all over my computer.

      • shanteUstay

        I feel you! I liked his more femme look last night.
        And it’s clear that some people don’t get forray out into all types music. It was kinda just a huge boot to milk the second the song came on :(

        • Eric Stott

          Trinity did nail the 90′s look – but all she has is looks and lip syncing.

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

      I’m kind of struggling this season because at the end of the day, I don’t really want any of them to win. Which isn’t to say I don’t like them, because other than Laganja (and depending on the week, Bianca) I actually like them all. But nobody has the full package to me. I like Trinity’s personality and style, but she can’t handle the pressure and underperforms. I like Ben’s sense of humor and out of drag persona, but the campy drag persona and old lady looks aren’t that great. Darienne has great makeup and is often funny, but just isn’t very exciting or interesting to me. I love Adore’s personality and humor, but her wardrobe and makeup skills aren’t there yet. I think that Courtney is more well-rounded than we’re seeing (she’s been practically edited out of the last couple episodes) but she’s also a queen who isn’t there to win, she’s there for exposure to a new audience (which is fine, but she doesn’t have the fire of someone like Adore who really wants the crown).

      Every other season I’ve had a clear favorite by this time, and based on general reaction to the season I think I’m supposed to want Bianca to win but I just can’t bring myself to like her.

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

        And I just realized I forgot Joslyn! I sort of love Joslyn but she has no sense of style. I want her to stick around until at least the top five though.

        • Jacob Bowen

          I do like that she understands that she’s tacky and that she’s going to stick with it…I am TOTALLY like her, the tackier the better in my eyes (in regards to drag).

          • NinjaCate

            Joslyn isn’t going to win it, but she’s gonna come away with a lot of new fans. She’s diplomatic and funny, while also being genuinely sweet.

            • Eric Stott

              and she’s very cute as a boy

            • Introspective

              Diplomacy is a skill many of these queens could use but are totally lacking in– another reason why Joslyn is endearing as hell!!

              (wish her looks werent so eye searing but maybe the new visibility from doing the show could hopefully mean better paying gigs and a new wardrobe to match…)

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

              Sometimes in the silver lounge when the camera would switch form Joslyn to Laganja, I was wishing Joslyn could steal Laganja’s wig and makeup. Soften those wigs, Miss Fox, and panda face is not for you.

            • PeaceBang

              The white lips last night were so horrible. But I love her more and more.

            • Eric Stott

              Those lips looked like some kind of mistake

            • MitchellGilburne

              You’re exactly right. She’s going to sashay out of this competition with a bigger boost to her fanbase than just about any other queen this season. Being a pleasant surprise doesn’t suck.

        • Eric Stott

          I want to tell Joslyn “That oversized rhinestone necklace you wear with everything? Honey, you should retire it or give it to your Grandmother”

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

            I noticed that too. It seems to be her signature. She even wore it in her wig once.

    • Eva_baby

      Did Gillian Jacobs call it last week or what?

      Yeah…still not seeing the hu-ha about Adore. I think she excels in the challenges because they are solidly in her personal wheelhouse. But I still think her runway look is a mess. I agree with Michelle on her. She def has a little ‘Teacher’s pet’ vibe going on.

      Like Taylor Swift should thank Kanye West for the boost in her career, i think Darienne Lake should thank Trinity for escaping bottom two. Darienne had B2 on lock until Trinity showed, once again, that she can’t take criticism. She should have taken a page from Joselyn’s book and rolled with it. Trinity’s rap look and her runway look were good enough to make her safe even if her rap was bad. Darienne, otoh, lookedt he same as she always does and her rap look was terrible. Like Eve said, if you are going to wear a garbage bag, then you better channel Missy Elliot.

      This was Bianca’s best runway look yet.

      I thought the Ru-Tang Clan had a better video than the Panty-Hos. They brought more realness in their looks. With the exception of Adore, that group just looks like, well, drag queens in a rap video.

      Poor Milk. I think she was the right pick to go, but if I had to pick B2 it would have been Darienne and Laganja.

      Gia can fuck herself sideways.

      • PeaceBang

        “She’s reading you from the dead!” I love Bianca so much.

    • sojourneryouth

      I think Bianca got a bit ripped off, but I think Ru is just mixing things up. Bianca’s read was BRILLIANT, an she’s a confident queen, so she will be rewarded. I do think runway is holding her back, because her makeup never looks good. I’m not sorry Adore won, because it is lovely to see someone gain confidence and faith in their skills. I think Darienne is just letting her insecurities get to her, which is unfortunate. She has the prettiest face of all the queens, and some solid skills, so she doesn’t need to go there.

      • LJCdoc

        I concur with this, although watching the bonus scenes online, Darriene really did have some fabulous reads. That crap she pulled out for Dela was probably the worst of her reads, but got edited in because of their “story”. I also concur with the uncles that Bianca is being Raja’d.

    • Fall

      COME ON INSECURITY COMPLEXES!!!

      For real what’s with all the insecure queens this season? I mean snap out of it ladies.

      I also looove Bianca/Adore, and their step mommy dearest relationship. It warms my heart : ) Also how the hell did Santino not get a Left Eye reference from Bianca? No wonder he didn’t win Project Runway, dude doesn’t get references.

      Also can we pleeeaaaaseee send Lasagna home? She’s like a high school girl who is literally stuck up her own ass. She’s just simply infuriating.

    • NinjaCate

      I finally FINALLY understand your love for Adore. Between her Anna Nicole last week and her performances this week, she’s finally grown on me. I’m loving her. I think that now she’s found her groove she’s going to catapult to the top.

      I have no idea what is going on between Ms. Lake and DeLa. I’m all for a drag rivalry, but this one seems to have come completely out of nowhere, and you’re right about Darriene coming off as bitchy rather than funny. She seems quite cruel to be honest.

      LaGanja is just…. I’m so over her. Can she go home now? She spent the ENTIRE EPISODE pouting about Adore succeeding. It was so disingenuous and silly. And when she said in untucked that she thought Adore would be in the bottom? BITCH. I see you. Denial is not just a river in Egypt.

      Trinity upsets me because I really like her. She killed the lip sync, and her rap look was amazing, but she’s just WAY. TOO. DEFENSIVE. I thought DeLa’s note about her enunciation was given in a helpful way, and I it was weird to see her lash out about it. I understood her rap, but she does need to articulate better. I’m also annoyed because I feel like she does make excuses. So she’s not an actor or a comedian. So what? Take the critiques and do better. Don’t keep pouting because you aren’t perfect. I kind of just feel like she needs to lighten up maybe? And in Untucked when Bianca asked her what she did well and she dodged the question? I was pissed. Because it WAS a fair question, and she should have been able to answer it. If you can’t answer a simple question about your strengths in drag, why are you competing in the Olympics of drag? I just want her to get it together. I see why you’re calling her Tyra 2.0, but I like her much more than I even liked Tyra. I want her to do well, but she just INSISTS on getting in her own way. Her lip sync really was straight fire though. Nailed it.

      Bianca is my new favourite though. I really love her. I’ve realized too, that as often as she reads, her reads are always… constructive. She hasn’t lied yet. And I get a distinct den mother feel from her, especially with regards to Adore. And I liked seeing her open up a bit when discussing Trinity’s status. I thought what Adore said about her being a softie was spot on.

      Other than that, Courtney really does need to stop resting on the body, because she is boy from the neck down. She needs to step it up. Also, I really wished Gia had be there to open the library!

      • Jacob Bowen

        Yep, Trinity is SO defensive, and I laughed VERY hard when she said something to the effect of “I’m not normally one to make excuses….”??? REALLY GIRL??? I feel like that’s been her game so far. I’m glad someone likes her (I don’t hate her at all, just not in love) because I would just like to see her be good at something other than lip synching, which may be what she only sees drag as.

        • NinjaCate

          Yeah, I take it that Trinity really is just a performer. Her lip syncs are good and she says that’s what she does for a living, so I guess that’s her talent, which is fine. I just feel like…. it’s seaon 6. You’ve seen the show. You don’t get to say you didn’t know you’d have to be versatile you know?

          • Eric Stott

            I hope she doesn’t keep bringing up her HIV+ status. These days it isn’t really all that big a revelation, and as she said herself, she’s not dying.

            • AnotherG

              I had much the same reaction, as did my roommate. I’m assuming, in part, that’s because I live in a big gay-friendly metropolis, and it would be weird NOT to know someone who’s HIV+. That said, it’s still a thing, just moreso outside of my bubble, and Trinity’s not-so-metaphorical little gulp before saying anything about it suggests that too. But yes, it would be a shame if she goes to that well over and over.

            • NinjaCate

              That’s a little… crass and insensitive, don’t you think?

            • Kent Roby

              I don’t think anyone was being crass (is it even possible for a fellow BK to be crass? Ha!). But anytime there’s a Big Revelation in a show (HIV, Abusive Father, Bullied At School, etc), it’s generally something that viewers and fellow competitors remain aware of, even if it’s not brought up again. I would love to see Trinity become stronger and freer now that she’s made her disclosure, which would be the best example of truly “living with HIV”. I would also love to see her let go of her insecurity with her speech issue; it truly pains me to see someone feel personally hurt for whatever reason.
              Back when Mondo revealed his HIV status in the make-your-own-print challenge on PR, I was particularly moved, probably because I had already spent several weeks getting to “know” him on the show. And it made me really happy to see him blossom creatively as the season progressed from there.

            • NinjaCate

              I don’t disagree with anything you’ve said re: how knowing this about her helps us relate to her on the show, but “I hope she doesn’t mention it because it’s not even like she’s dying” is a little…. rough when talking about a member of the LGBTQ community dealing with HIV. Especially a MoC. My opinion. Wouldn’t have worded it that way is all.

            • MilaXX

              It’s because the sob story in whatever variation is a much abused trope in reality competition shows. Nowadays it feels like little more than a manipulative gesture designed to create a sympathetic narrative for the contestant. A little education is a good thing but when it becomes predictable that their will be at least one contestant per show with some BIG HEARTFELT REVEAL, it loses it’s impact. We the viewers become desensitized and no longer care.

            • Eric Stott

              Sorry, I could have said it better. It’s still an important thing, but I know quite a few men with HIV status who live ordinary lives- contrast that to only a couple decades ago when getting that news meant you planned for the end of your life in the near future. I can’t help seeing the statement as being as much a ploy for sympathy as it is a personal revelation. Again, I’m sorry I said it the way I did.

            • Red

              I was really confused by how she chose to do it. It’s isn’t like she had a big reveal that was relevant to the show, like Mondo or Ongina. Instead, it was just weird, and I don’t know what she wanted everyone else to do. It would have been more authentic to do this in the first episode if that’s really how she defines herself and the message she wants to get across. Instead, she gets in some trouble and suddenly has BIG NEWS.

            • http://logansrogue.livejournal.com napalmnacey

              It had come out in Untucked and she wanted to be the one to tell the others rather than gossip or finding out other ways. I don’t see how that’s weird at all.

      • SimpleSins

        It was funny about the Trinity dodging the question…someone on another board showed two screengrabs from that part (and sho’nuff, on second viewing it was easily spotted), and when Bianca asks the question, Trinity’s glass is almost empty, but when Trinity appears to be dodging it, her glass if just about full. So I’m not sure what the editing was there.

        • NinjaCate

          Really? Hmm… well that does put a new spin on it. Franken-editing for drama? It wouldn’t be the first time. I still would have liked to hear her answer though.

        • Eric Stott

          There’s a LOT of manipulation in this show- I still find it to be very entertaining but it’s feeling almost scripted

          • http://logansrogue.livejournal.com napalmnacey

            It’s feeling *very* scripted this season. I’m just accepting it for what it is.

            • Eric Stott

              There’s a certain format to the recent seasons, especially in Untucked- it seems that someone unpopular will always get a call from home so we can go “awwwww”, or they’ll make an inspiring confession. That’s what got me with Trinity’s HIV+ confession- I don’t doubt it, and she was very positive about it, but it seemed as if it was saved for the right moment- and I wouldn’t be surprised if the production staff didn’t coordinate things.

      • Harry

        I love that the show can show you that process. I think it’s really interesting. We get to see this amazingly insecure queen, but then she is so fluid in her lip synchs. Like it is a part of drag, of becoming the character, I love seeing that

      • VioletFem

        If that nasty letter was any indication of Gia’s “humor”, then I’m glad she didn’t get to read the library. On the other hand, it would have been hilarious to see the other queens (especially Bianca) read Gia since she she probably would be able to get most of the jokes.

        • NinjaCate

          I actually didn’t realize it until last week, but Gia is actually kind of…. stupid, isn’t she? I feel bad to say that but I don’t think she actually even understands what drag is.

          • MK03

            “Kind of”?

          • Alex Weidman

            You didn’t get that when she complained about the one horror skit being in black & white and the other in color, and the producer asked her if she thought it might be b/c one was set in the 60′s & the other in the 80′s and, I love it b/c it’s SUCH good television, YOU CAN SEE THE WHEELS TURNING IN HER HEAD for like 10 seconds and, god bless her heart, she sticks with her “gunns” and just denies, denies, denies. “No….”

            That’s what made her so good on the show, she was the one character that DIDN’T get the joke. We’re all laughing AT her, not with her.

            • NinjaCate

              No I got it. It as more of a “maybe she’s sheltered” thing before, but I get now that she just… doesn’t get it.

            • MK03

              The kicker for me was thinking Selena would be a good Snatch Game pick. Not that her eventual choice was any good, mind you; she picked low-hanging fruit and still had no fucking clue what to do with it. But Kim Kardashian is at least mockable. How in the hell are you going to make someone who’s mostly known for her tragic death funny?

            • J. Preposterice

              The only way I can think to do it — and I don’t think Gia had anything like the smarts to pull it off — would be to do it as Murdered Selena, bullet wound and all, and somehow make all the answers relate to the murder. But that’d be difficult, challenging, and gutsy, and I don’t think Gia has that in her at ALL.

            • SimpleSins

              That’s one of the reasons I would have rather she hung around than Lagrungia when they did their LSFYL. At least I could laugh at Gia’s numbskullery. For me, Lasagna’s pissy attitude does not bring any kind of entertainment value.

            • Alex Weidman

              I totally agree. Gia made for great TV. Laganja just needs to leave and go smoke so ganja and calm the fuck down.

          • Red

            WTF was that nasty letter??? Doesn’t she understand that every single person on that show is a dude in a dress? Has she seen this show? There are plenty of styles represented.

            And doesn’t she get that THIS IS HER CAREER AND SHE WILL SEE THESE PEOPLE AGAIN??? Seriously, WTF is she doing?

            I would have liked to see Mama RU read her about gender and so on, but I don’t think it would have worked. Her nastiness and her anger and her closed-mindedness are a reflection on her. Girl, bye!

            • NinjaCate

              Yeah I’m very confused about what she thinks drag IS. This isn’t the first time she’s made some weird comment where it was clear she didn’t quite understand how gender worked.

            • http://plantsarethestrangestpeople.blogspot.com/ mr_subjunctive

              It’s staggering, how many of the queens don’t seem to realize that, in addition to competing for the big prize on RPDR, they’re also auditioning for every club gig they’re ever going to get in the future.

        • neeBarbero

          Back in S 4 they got a “letter” from Kenya Michaels didn’t they? I seem to recall Willam saying at a later date that the letter was in better English than Kenya showed. Willam is also constantly calling it a game show and referring to multiple producers and story people. I’d be shocked to find that Gia actually wrote that letter.

          • Eric827

            They probably get help writing the letters. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t sign off on them.

            • Eric Stott

              Those letters are just to stir the pot & get the catty conversation going.

      • trashywilma

        This is the second time Courtney has popped up in a bikini with her thick man middle. It really destroys the illusion.

        I initially did not like Adore. Her vocal fry was kind of grating. Seeing that side eye she made to the camera last week during Laganja’s act of delusions sealed the deal for me. Team Mermaid.

    • Jacob Bowen

      I CANNOT BELIEVE that Bianca didn’t win the read! I didn’t laugh HALF as hard at Darienne’s as I did at Bianca’s. I thought Adore was pretty witty too, I especially LOVED, “Ms. Laganja Estranja. Next time you death drop reverse that and drop dead”. But the Adore reads were also SO funny, “Adore Delano. You know you’re from the west coast because it’s a 3 hour delay before you finally get a joke”.

      I have consistently loved Bianca. She is probably my 2nd favorite queen besides Jinkx. I love that even though her wit is pointed and “mean” it isn’t mean spirited. She really BRINGS the Charisma Uniqueness Nerve & Talent. I am also loving Adore. She’s totally Shangela 2.0 (as in RuPauls baby) but she is actually bringing it FULL ON NOW, instead of waiting to blossom later. I think she’s proved the past two weeks to be a real contender.

      Lasagna PLEASE be next to leave.

    • bejopu

      I’m guessing that Trinity won’t get such a good song for her when she inevitably has to lip sync for a third time (like Latrice Royale vs. Chad Michaels – though that is the only time I will ever compare Latrice Royale and Trinity K. Bonet!)

      Favourite moment of the show: Bianca del Rio picking the dollars off the floor in the rap video.

      • Red

        Exactly. Give her some Miley or Taylor Swift against anyone else and send her home.

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

      Adore is a role model for all of us ex-American Idol alums that rest on Charisma.

      For Ben and Darienne…I am team Ben. I would have the same question. The way Darienne shut it down made it clear she isn’t here for Miss Congeniality, though.

      • Linderella

        Can more than one queen per season use the “It isn’t RuPaul’s Best Friend Race” line? Gia already said it (of course!), but I’m just waiting for Darienne to pull it out.

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

          I would love it if that was said and one of the queens said, “It isn’t?” and just left for effect.

        • SimpleSins

          I think Bianca used a variation of it, but I can’t for the life of me remember the context (the hell of getting old).

          • Kent Roby

            Bianca said something about the fact that they were all there to compete, but i don’t think she uttered a version of that overused line.

            • Linderella

              I think you’re right. And she also said she’s met some queens she likes very much. (If I weren’t so lazy, I’d probably go through my DVR’d eps until I found it.)

            • Team Dela

              She said this isnt the sisterhood of the traveling pantyhose alluding to the competition aspect…she has utter her variation of it ….love her after this episode….i feel like she is doing so well and isnt getting the wins her performance deserve….Im def #TeamDela to the death of me going to see them in Orlando in April but it would be an injustice for Dela and Bianca to not make it to Top three….I wanted courtney to be my third but im ambivalent to her now i love her and will follow her career post RPDR cause i already was both feet in before but meehh….I like adore….but i dont want Bianca & Adore vs. Ben DelaCreme Dela for short De for shorter ms. Creme if you nasty lol

      • SimpleSins

        I thought the same thing about Ben/Darienne. I think Ben thought they were friends, and given that Ben has done pretty good in every challenge, I don’t blame him for wondering why his “friend” didn’t pick him. Sure, maybe it sounds a little insecure, but I think we’ve seen that quite a few of our beloved queens have a bit of neediness. So I didn’t take the questioning as Ben being full of himself, but rather the result of NOT being so egocentric.

      • RussellH88

        I’m curious of Ben talking about being overweight had something to do with it. Either it could fuel more bitterness and jealousy in Darienne or maybe she took offense to Ben saying that he felt “unlovable” when he was heavier.

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

          It’ll be like to Highlanders going at it the more we get into the season.

        • Kent Roby

          I thought It was pretty insensitive (but probably unintentional) of Ben to go on about the horror of being overweight, right in front of Darienne.

          • RussellH88

            I can see how it could bother Darienne, but at the same time Ben mostly talked about how he felt and how his weight made him feel. He didn’t really say that he was unlovable, he said that he felt unlovable.

      • AnotherG

        I’m thinking Courtney Act for Ms. Congeniality, depending on how things unfold. She can be sassy (she keeps up with Bianca and makes her laugh too; recall the “I’m going to hang on to my birth control” line while hugging Bianca), but she seems to be genuinely supportive and kind to the other queens.

        • demidaemon

          I don’t know. I think Joslyn could possibly sweep that award.

          • AnotherG

            Agreed! Too close to call at this stage.

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

          She is definitely gunning for it (but I internet-secretly hope Bianca wins it)!

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

            Bianca winning Miss Congeniality would redefine the meaning of the word congeniality. LOL!

    • Enferdame

      I’ve been biased about Miss BenDeLa from the beginning, partly because I’m a Seattlite, but I also love her “terminally delightful” campy looks. What’s not brought up ever I don’t think, is that she actually came from a burlesque background, working with the Atomic Bombshells, and that’s what her aesthetic leans towards.
      I’ve also been saying that while Adore’s kind of a mess she’s got a whole hell of a lot of potential, and now that’s she’s really shining in these last couple of episodes, I think she could make it a loooong way.
      I just freaking love Joslyn more than I ever thought I would, and every episode she makes me smile when she’s on screen.
      And I love Bianca. Period.
      I’d say that there’s a lot of editing to make both Darienne and Ben look worse in this episode. Darienne’s certainly a bit of an angry person, and Ben is a bit needy, but I think some of the stuff they were saying about each other was edited to sound more serious than it was. At least some of Ben’s lines were clearly meant to be jokes in context.
      Lasagna needs to go the frack home. I’m so done with her.

      • http://batman-news.com boweryboy

        I keep forgetting Ben is a Seattlite (fellow Seattlite BK here). I will definitely have to check him out the next he performs. |

        I do find it interesting that R Place is advertising upcoming performances by some of this season’s queens (Milk, Laganja) but not Ben. I wonder if that means he won or is in the final three so his time is being spent doing show related stuff.

        • Enferdame

          He’s been hosting a viewing party on Mondays at Century, but according to his twitter he’s all over the place the rest of the week.

          • http://batman-news.com boweryboy

            What!? How did that slip under my radar? That’s so perfect. Rumor has it that next week is back-to-back new episodes and my bestie and I were thinking of hitting somewhere in town to view it. I know where I’ll be next Monday. Thanks.

            • Kyle

              Get there early. I went last night, and the line was pretty long at 6:30, when it opens. The place fills up really fast if you want a table.

            • http://batman-news.com boweryboy

              Awesome! I love Jinkx too. Oh, and that’s the plan to arrive early. Trust. We’re usually the first in line hours before a Dina Martina show. Woudn’t it be a hoot to see her on Drag Race? Of course, she would get voted off first since her drag goes waaaaay beyond drag.

            • Kyle

              Also, Jinkx is going to be there next week, too. I’d go but I’m going to be in Canada :(

    • Glam Dixie

      For a hot second there I thought Bianca might get tripped up on a Rap challenge but I should have known better. She killed it, second only to Adore. She is definitely getting under praised.
      Darienne is such a disappointment. I really liked her a first but now, not so much. What a bitter bitch she is turning out to be.
      Laganja was supposed to do well in this, but as usual she is underwhelming. She cannot go home too soon.
      Trinity, one question, what do you do well? Quickly now! Well? That’s what I thought.

      • Alex Weidman

        I agree, I think Bianca is getting SERIOUSLY under-praised, or at least we’re not seeing it on the TV.
        However, I love the fact that we’ve never seen her bitter, or complain, about a supposed “deserved” win.
        It shows just how much self confidence she has & that she practices what she preaches.

      • Zaftiguana

        The vast chasm between queens like Bianca and Trinity really came out this week. You ask Bianca to do something that isn’t her real life bread-and-butter, and she does it. She calls up her references, opens up her toolbox of drag skills, and pulls off at least a solid (often top three) showing. You ask Trinity to do anything that is even marginally outside the dead center of her comfort zone and you hear all about how she doesn’t do that. Like she’s never seen the show or doesn’t know who RuPaul is.

    • Introspective

      Adore was a rap star last nite. Point blank period. She brought it hard. Undisputed winner. And i kinda liked the runway look. Tacky but the midi length worked for me.

      Bianca was a great second runner up for me. Agree w the uncles that her runway might be whats holding her back. Waiting for a moment where she fully dispenses with all the eye frou frou and lets her face fully show as that may be part of what is jarring about her look for some.

      Darienne and Laganja both felt so white and awkward as to be *painful.* Just horribly bad. Agree with whomever said above that Laganja has some family cash bankrolling her wardrobe cause she cant be making that much money in drag to put out such consistent polished looks. Cause that girl is so unengaging.

      Trinity is a master at lip synching. Which makes it crazy to me that shes such a failure at enunciation. Agree that it saves her every time but seriously she needs to get tripped up by a bad song so not suited to her look/groove that she can be put out of her misery.

      Sad to see Milk go because she had more potential and had way more clever drag that could have shaken up the competition in interesting ways. But for now I hope she has made a name for herself as an unconventional queen thats a victory…

      Lastly Joslyn makes missteps but she continues to be the little drag queen that could. And Im loving that actually!!

      • Harry

        Agree with you about Adore, love how Ru shut up Michelle tonight when she was going on about the length

      • thinkzinc

        One of my favorite things about Adore is how she just laughs and laughs every time someone reads her. Great attitude and no wonder her and Bianca love each other.

    • jeanzhane

      Bianca served up such dead-on Left-Eye Lopes realness it was practically a tribute. Santino knows nothing.

      • Kent Roby

        I’ve had major problems with Santino’s judging from the beginning. Why is he still around? He should have been told “Oh no she better don’t” when his contract was up for renewal. I want to see the awesome Billy B back.

        • RussellH88

          Or at least someone that brings more fun to things. He just sort of says stuff just to get a sound bite. With Michelle, you get a sense that she really wants the queens to improve. With Santino it’s just him acting like what he says is important.

          I swear, if I were a drag queen and I made it on the show and they had a roast challenge, I’d wear an outfit modeled after one of his Project Runway disasters.

          • Kent Roby

            That’s funny; I have had the same thought, that I would come out week-after-week with runway versions of “The Worst Of Santino”, with an occasional Visage knock-off for good measure! You are evil; come sit by me!

            • SimpleSins

              One of those sexy lederhosen lingerie outfits would be perfect.

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

              With “auf wiedersehen” on the butt.

            • Introspective

              yaaaas!!! booty auf wiedersehen action ftw

          • zenobar

            Hahahh! Woodland Sprite Panty Realness!

            • Ramon Figueroa

              What about the jumpsuit that was falling off Kara while she was standing in front of the judges? I can just imagine Milk doing that.

            • Harry

              oh.my.god that was quite the read I.AM.DYING.LAUGHING GURL

          • Cambel

            That 300lb ice skating outfit disaster that had more feathers on it than a live Ostrich?

        • Aerialgreen

          Agreed, Billy B. is insightful and his criticisms come from a place of massive experience.

        • Cambel

          He and RuPaul are friends, and since his clothing line tanked I guess Ru Feels like she’s gotta give him a job.

          • Kent Roby

            Well, Ru needs to sit her friend down in the Formerly-Absolute Lounge, hand him a big ole Not-Absolute cocktail, and tell him that she’s decided to absolutely “go a different direction” with the judging.

            • SimpleSins

              I’m sorry, but I read that in Gia Gunn’s voice. Absolutely.

              But you’re right; Santino has long overstayed his welcome, much like he did his season on Project Runway. If they insist on a designer, bring in Chris March there. He would probably be hilarious, although he might compete too much for screen time with Mama Ru.

            • Kent Roby

              I heart Chris March! I’m ready for a costume version of PR, with him as a judge.

      • hellkell

        Why is he still around? His aesthetic sucks out loud in almost way possible.

        • Cambel

          RuPaul and he are friends.

      • MilaXX

        I was thinking da’ Brat, but Left Eye works as well.

        • camdiggidy

          Right Eye Rio!

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

      I liked Trinity’s runway, but it needed a little padding. Just a little. Or the bottom hem of that top should have been lower. The torso front was looking too much man. But it was a very pretty and unique look.

      Joslyn, I love you, but your wigs are too crunchy.

      “Wide and Sassy” was my prison name. Oh, Bianca! Tell me more!

      • Jacob Bowen

        “Wide and Sassy” was HILARIOUS.

        • Eric Stott

          One of Gia’s best shots was telling Joslyn “You SHOULD have been read for that wig” – the bitch was right about that.

          • Cambel

            And if that was the best she had, no wonder she is gone.

    • Chartreusite

      I was thinking last night and I’m glad you guys commented on it…Darienne’s runway is really bland. She’s glamorous, yes, but probably the most repetitive queen so far in terms of runway looks. Everything, from hair to makeup to dresses are all starting to bleed together. Plus she is coming across kind of stank (and not in a fun-sour way like Bianca, more desperate than anything) and it’s really dragging her down. I don’t even like Ben all that much and I was thinking “geez Darienne needs to calm down.”

      • Linderella

        In look and attitude, Darienne is really turning out to be this season’s Roxxxy. I didn’t see that coming!

        • Chartreusite

          She’s definitely one of the more abrasive queens, for sure. I think Roxxy at least shook it up a bit in terms of look every now and again (not ALL the time, but she was capability of some things). I wonder if Darienne’s experience is working against her, as she has a set look and character that works for her so she sticks within that wheelhouse because that’s always been her thing. I think Bianca suffers from a similar issue; all of her runway looks have been dresses at a very similar hem length, although she has been trying to improve her makeup a little bit, it seems.

      • MK03

        She’s turning out to be as poisonous as Delta (“I AM pretty!!”) Work.

        • Chartreusite

          She seems like she can talk herself better than Delta, at least. She still is definitely one of the more skilled big girls the show has and she’s got the charisma when she’s not getting wrapped up in drama. Hopefully she tones it down soon.

      • ScarlettHarlot

        I’ve been underwhelmed by her runway looks as well. Latrice just set such a high bar for big girls.

        Technical question – maybe no one knows – but do big girls like Darienne still need to tuck? Darienne’s outfit last night (and Courtney’s “tightest tuck ever!” comment) made me wonder if she even has to, since she’s heavier in that region. If not, I feel like it’s kind of easier for them in that regard, one less thing to worry about that smaller competitors have to focus on. I’m not snarking, and it’s not that big girls don’t have their own concerns, but it seems like that might be an aspect of drag they can get away with less effort.

        • xay

          In one episode of Untucked, Latrice said that she tucks, so I guess tucking is a matter of personal preference.

          • ScarlettHarlot

            Oh ok, I missed that ep. Thanks!

        • Cambel

          Not just Latrice, but Delta work was a VERY big girl and rocked the runway.

      • Kerri Baker

        I think Darienne’s insecurity stems from her birth secret. She’s the love child of Larry Bud Melman and June Squibb. She should get it off her ample, voluptuous chest and be F-R-E-E, like Trinity.

        • Eric Stott

          I’ve been thinking Melman every time I see her.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      There’s always one queen who works my every last nerve, and this season it’s Laganja. I found it outrageous that she assumes she’ll be in the top three and that she’s miffed that Adore didn’t support that enough. She’s just too needy and full of herself, but she does give me a reason to yell at the tv, which I enjoy. I like Ben and Bianca, but both seem a little dated in their approach. (I’m dated too, so I don’t mind, but I’m not a judge.) I’d like to see Joslyn come to the front an win a challenge because I think there’s more to her than we’ve seen. Trinity and Darienne bug, and Courtney Act never really impresses me. I almost forgot about her until I scrolled up. Good for Adore, she’s picking up speed and making her mark.

      • Harry

        Yeah and ugh Laganja in untucked was all like “I think Adore is in the bottom” then Courtney and Ben were like “uhhhh she’s most likely gonna win” and then Laganja totally changed her comments….bitch say what you mean and mean it damn. And Joslyn <3

    • Linderella

      So many thoughts I’m not sure where to begin.
      Every single time Adore opened her mouth last night, I was on the floor. HIGH-LARIOUS. She needs to bring her confessional wit to the runway.
      The second Laganja opened her mouth last night, I flinched and knew I was 100% over her. Officially!
      I thought Bianca’s runway look was perfect J-Lo realness! Why did no one on the panel catch the reference?
      Darienne continues to not impress. Sour patch bitch needs to go before my last nerve snaps.
      Please tell me we aren’t going to have a running commentary from Gia. I thought we were through with that thing.
      More than anything, I loved Joslyn saying she’s intentionally tacky so she doesn’t look like just another fishy queen.

      • RussellH88

        That made me respect Joslyn even more, really. At least there’s an effort to take it to drag as opposed to just wanting to be a Carmen or a Tatiana.

      • Dandesun

        Joslyn’s explanation made so much sense to me. Her style of drag is fishy but she just tends to look like a pretty girl so she over-accessorizes to play up the fact that she’s a Drag Queen. I find that downright refreshing in light of the girls in the past that are JUST about looking like women… like Miss Stank-Attitude Gia.

        • DinahR

          Yup, it made a lot of sense to me as well. Especially considering Joslyn is very petite physically. Her natural dainty looks would seem to go fishy when made up. Love hearing how she’s trying to work against it.

          In general I love hearing the thought process behind why the queens make the choices they do, or how they deploy their skills to achieve the illusions they want. I wish there was more of this kind of talk in general, from all the queens.

    • Carriganak

      I actually had a dream last night that Trinity was so frustrated with all these challenges that are “not what [she] does” that she actually walked out of the competition. Sadly, I doubt that would happen, but I’m definitely starting to get the idea it’s plausible for her.

      Adore is really growing on me as of the last few challenges, and I definitely see her reaching Top 4. But I definitely think Trinity and Laganja’s days are numbered. Darienne keeps landing in the bottom, so she needs to really step up if she’s going to stay alive. Joslyn’s harmless, but I do feel like there will be a challenge that trips her up and sends her home (like the makeover challenge, if they do that this season). Courtney’s really faded for me, so the pretty comment might be true. DeLa’s still one of my faves, I just hope she doesn’t become a diva.

      • SimpleSins

        The guide description for one of next week’s double pleasure says for Untucked: “One of the queens threatens to leave the competition.” Do you have any suggestions for lottery numbers?

        • PeaceBang

          My money’s on Trinity.

        • Carriganak

          Whenever they do the “threatens to leave the competition” thing, I always see that as more of a big Untucked freakout, like Jiggly in her last Untucked, or Laganja the previous week. I really doubt anyone will quit, but I can see someone losing their shit and threatening to walk (probably Trinity or Laganja, but I have a weird feeling Joslyn could be hiding something).

        • Red

          Trinity, I hope. Girl, bye!

        • MilaXX

          My money is on Leganja. She seems like the type to want people to beg her to stay.

        • Eric827

          I really hope this isn’t the case – but could this be the moment when Bianca rants about how she’ll show versatility when Santino wins a sewing competition, and Visage wears a turtleneck?

      • Cambel

        Laganga trying to get attention no doubt. HOPING that everybody will say things like “Oh no, you are SO wonderful, PLEASE stay!”. Hey Laganga, don’t let the door hit your whiny, delusional ass on the way out.

        • Carriganak

          I’ve actually paid close attention to the preview clips for the show and the Untucked previews to help figure out how long people will last. Basically, if you see a clip with a person in an outfit, and it’s the runway outfits that are the most important ones to pay attention to, until they wear that outfit, they’re safe. Once they’ve run out of clips or have worn every outfit that has appeared in the preview clips, they are likely to go soon. It’s how I was able to figure out Magnolia would be eliminated before the episode aired.

          From what I’ve noticed, Trinity is out of clips. Laganja’s only going to be around until she wears a giant pink afro wig, which the recent previews showed her wearing. From the context I’ve found, the first of next week’s two episodes is a black and white themed runway, which will probably eliminate Trinity. After that is a stand up challenge, where Laganja will probably wear the pink afro wig. After she wears that wig, Laganja’s time is likely over.

          As a bonus, Adore has at least three outfits she has yet to wear from the clips, DeLa has two, Courtney has about two, and Joslyn has at least one. Darienne is safe based off a clip I believe is a mini-challenge, while Bianca is a lot more open. I’m probably reading too hard into this, but I’m sure the double sized special will be the end of Trinity and Laganja.

    • MK03

      YAAASSSS GAWD MAWMUH LAGANJA WENT AN ENTIRE EPISODE WITHOUT HAVING A MELTDOWN.

      • Linderella

        She was too busy pouting.
        Don’t worry, her meltdown’s coming. In 3, 2, 1…

      • SimpleSins

        When she was Untucked and talking about how she thought Adore was in the bottom, I was sure we were headed for another epic showdown with Lasagna expressing her belief that Adore won out of pity for not having won yet or something. I was cringing at that point, but fortunately we were spared.

        • Cambel

          She would have but she was smart enough to back off when she realized the others thought Adore did well. The only thing Laganga hates worse than losing is if one of her friends wins.

      • VicD

        And we got to see Alyssa on the Orbitz commercials, so that was fun too.

    • Harry

      -Darienne is becoming so sour, not attractive, she’ll be gone soon, really had higher hopes for her representing the big girls
      -Trinity gave.me.everything with that lip synch, holy shit I could not believe it, loved her hair with it (loved her whole runway look), damn she is a force in the lip synch
      -LOVE LOVE LOVE Joslyn, I think she’ll make it to top 5. She is better than orginally thought, and she’s so sweet, and she sticks up for herself, and she wears the same necklace with every outfit (she even sneaked it in her Ru outfit on the head piece…..sneaky, maybe it means a lot to her?). Also did anyone notice they kept showing her looking upset when Milk was eliminated, I think they were friends (came in the same episode, were safe a lot, so they bonded in untucked, aw seems like a real friendship)
      -Courtney is reminding me of Detox, she seems a legit contender, but never gets to the top
      -Glad Adore won, she was clearly the best (although I DIED laughing at Bianca)
      -If Bianca changes up the silhouette of her gowns, she’d get more runway praise (always floor length, usually some one shoulder detail)
      -Poor Milk, aw. She has the fanbase to over come this, wish she’d stay longer, but i was disappointed in her lip synch. Thought she did a great job on the show though. She gave it all she had, she’s like the Amy Sarabi (from project runway 7) of Drag Race, just too much in her concepts, and it bit her in the ass when dulled down. Still love her (and Amy)

      Getting excited to see some other girls in the lip synchs from here out, can’t wait to see how Adore and Bianca lip synch. It’ll be a fun ride

      • neeBarbero

        Re Courtney/Detox. I wonder if they are too successful outside of the Ru Paul circle to be hungry enough to be what Ru or the producers are looking for. When Detox did the show, Courtney substituted for her in DWV, and she’s done some things with Willam over the year, not to mention how very successful she is at home. Last year I wondered if Detox was phoning it in. I KNOW she has prettier clothes, I’ve seen the pictures! I figured maybe she knew she wasn’t going to win – given how produced Willam always says it is. Also, Vicky Vox said there were shenanigans as to why she wasn’t in this year’s group.

        • Cambel

          The old black and white movie look Detox did for the reunion show was one of the most amazing looks I’ve ever seen.

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

      And another thing: where is the Pit Crew?? Why were they expanded to four, and now not even around these past two episodes? Did the producers blow all their Pit Crew funding too early? Someone said, “Hey, let’s hire two more guys,” and then realized the Crew could then only show up in half as many episodes? Scruff didn’t sponsor enough undies for every episode?

      • RussellH88

        I don’t really understand why they added 2 new guys, especially since they’re just kinda the same. It’s not like Rupaul was trying to mix it up and offer different “types”.

        • PBL5094

          Well any time 4 hot guys is too much for you let me know I will be more than glad to take a couple off your hands

    • W A

      You could see Ru hesitating to send Milk home, but Trinity’s lip-sync really was better, and “lip sync for your life” would mean nothing if Ru considered other factors. Ah, well!

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

      Also, when Ben does his drag voice, does anyone else picture Bruce McCulloch as Kathy?

      • Dandesun

        “Hi, Cathy with a C!”

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

          “Temp.”

      • zenobar

        Tanya?

      • Kent Roby

        I hear him as trying to imitate Varla Merman

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

      My favorite part of the episode was from the Untucked when Bianca asked Trinity: “What do you do successfully?” I mean, it’s painful to watch her at this point. I think Darienne should’ve been on the bottom instead of Milk. Her style is so repetitive – how many glittery gowns does that girl have? Milk looked cute on the runway and she definitely wasn’t the worst in the rap challenge nor during the reading. Adore, Bianca and Ben are a joy to watch as always. Courtney’s face, arms and legs may look fishy, but her midsection doesn’t. I think Adore is the fishiest of them all.

      • SimpleSins

        How many glittery dresses does Lane Bryant carry?

        • Eric Stott

          Darienne dresses like a real woman, one who tends to buy the same thing with variations of color and detail, I know part of it is being a big girl, but surely she knows who Divine was?

          • Cambel

            Or Delta Work. She was big and had tons of variation.

    • http://batman-news.com boweryboy

      Josyln Fox: She’s forgettable. Even though she’s safely sliding through each week I think her days are numbered unless she brings it on the same level as some of the other girls.

      Ben de la Creme: Easily one of my favorites. However, she needs to youthen up her look. I love that her drag references older queens and pop culture of yore but the judges are going to get bored with that really quick, and I so want her to be one of the finalists.

      Laganja Estranja: I’ve had it. Officially. It’s time for her to go home.

      Darienne Lake: Boy, did she do a 180 and turn into a royal bitch all of a sudden. If she’s so threatened by Ben then step. up. your. game. Also, her runway is fast becoming one note: good hair, great face, simple and servicable yet boring dresses. Show us what you got. Put your money where your mouth is hunty. And I was so embarassed for her rap. Yikes!

      Trinity K. Bonet: She brought it looks wise for the rap, but that was it. I’m so tired of her lousy attitude. Josyln was right. She does sit around and pout in the lounge. I bet dollars to donuts if no one said anything to her she would be just as annoyed as she is when they do. Bitch can’t even enunciate enunciate. Sheesh. Send her home already.

      Bianca del Rio: I LOVE HER! I love her as Bianca, and *phew* she’s such a cute boy. Sooooooo my type. I digress. Initially, I thought she was a bitchy mean queen. Now I appreciate her bluntness. It’s tough love. What she says and how she says it may sting but there’s a genuine undercurrent of constructive criticism to all of her reads. She may not take the title but she’s definitely a shoe-in for the final three. If only she could step up her runway looks.

      Courtney Act: Resting on pretty is right. Next.

      Milk: Bless her heart, she tried. I love her brand of drag but unlike someone like Raja or Sharon Needles she just wasn’t skilled enough (or maybe too afraid) to bring the glam. I hated to see her go but she was past her expiration date.

      Adore Delano: She’s fast becoming another favorite. Her rap look was spot on and she’s starting to show her Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent. She still needs to work on polishing her overall look, but I definitely think she’s a contender for the final three.

      And can we talk about Gia? I mean, c’mon she got voted off and she’s still spilling her vitriol in the untucked lounge? She’s such a sour, delusional person and that letter just reeked of a sore loser. I can’t express enough how glad I am that she sashayed away. It was the humbling reality check that she needed, but based on that letter it didn’t do any good.

      • VioletFem

        Gia’s letter was the only sour note on this episode. Truly unnecessary!

        • AnotherG

          Approaching Phi-Phi levels of delusional. Actually, that should be the standard unit of measurement. Ex: “My god, Gia was like at 3 Phi-Phi’s last night, did you see?”

          • VioletFem

            …and Dariene was like at 1.5 Phi-Phis

            • Eric Stott

              I’m wondering if Darienne is getting the Phi-Phi treatment this season- being kept on and encouraged to think she’ll win.

    • VioletFem

      Adore – alright it’s official she’s a real contender. I’ll be surprised if she doesn’t make it to the top 4 at this point.
      Bianca – still a favorite and as usual performed (and frankly outperformed most of her competitors) for each challenge. I would have picked her or Adore as the winner for the reading challenge.
      Joslyn – continues to surprise me with her performances. This queen is better than I had expected.
      Trinity – If she doesn’t change how she approaches these challenges, then she is going home next week. I couldn’t help but notice that Ru quickly shut her down when she started making excuses about how this “is not what she does”. She needs to drop the defensive attitude, because it is hurting her chances of winning.
      Dariene- I realize that post-editing by the producers probably has something to do with this, but I am still surprised at how mean she came off this week. It’s obvious she feels threatened by Ben, but the nasty comments were still a little surprising.
      Milk – disappointing. I felt like she never really lived up to her own potential to be a truly interesting quirky queen this season.
      Overall, a good episode.

      • http://batman-news.com boweryboy

        When Trinity said: “You know I’m not a queen to make excuses,” it looked like it was all Ru could do to not roll her eyes and say, “Bitch please! That’s all you do every week.” I’m so over her and her busted grill. Send. Her. Home.

        • VioletFem

          Seriously. Sympathy will only cary her so far, she needs to step it up with her performances.

      • Cambel

        Interesting that you didn’t even bother to mention Laganga. You did the worst thing anybody could do to her. Forgot about her and didn’t give her attention. lol

    • coco ebert

      Adore has REALLY grown on me. She was hilarious last night.

    • ScarlettHarlot

      Husband and I were hoping for a double elim last night. They have both consistently performed below the rest of the cast. No way is Trinity there for more than 2 more eps.

      I adore Bianca, and love that Adore mentioned she’s secretly sweet. Bianca is like Rizzo.

      Darienne needs to slow her roll. She is talented, yes, but not enough to merit her diva turned bitchfest she’s been dishing out. It’s not fun to watch, it’s awkward. I know he’s getting the sympathy edit, but I felt bad for Ben. (And not just because Ben is a cute boy out of drag!)

      • columbinnati

        Really? I thought it should have been a double ‘chante last night. They were both good, to me.
        Bianca and Adore should kaikai.

        • ScarlettHarlot

          Yes, I don’t see the point of keeping Trinity since she is only good at the lip synch, but is otherwise surly and sulky and incapable of acting/singing/comedy/dancing. As for Milk, I just don’t think she has the chops. I like her potential, but I think she needs more time to refine and strengthen her aesthetic and her performance skills. (Her Julia Child was a good start, but again, needed work.) I could see her blossoming with some mentoring from more seasoned queens. Maybe she should contact Detox, I think she could help her.

          I think sometimes people come on the show too soon, or it’s just not a great medium to show off their particular talents. Ivy Winters, for example, didn’t wow me on her season, but I saw her live recently and holy goodness is she one hell of a performer.

          And I love Bianca and Adore, but no kaikai! I like their mother/daughter vibe!

          • columbinnati

            Maybe you’re right about Trinity… I just love the underdog-turned-lady narrative. Did you see that season of Top Model when they fixed that girl’s teeth? That would be so awesome if Ru did that for Trinity.

            Milk definitely has a gorgeous body BUT that face is something else. If she asks Detox for pointers, then she will get some referrals to cosmetic surgeons but that’s about it. Milk simply can’t do glamor with a mug like that.

            • ScarlettHarlot

              That would be great for Trinity, it would probably boost her confidence and also make her easier to understand without the flippers she wears during performances.

            • SimpleSins

              She apparently didn’t have them in this week and I still couldn’t understand her. If you listen to the version up on YouTube, you can tell they did a lot of work in the studio because it’s actually possible to get most of the words.

    • Dandesun

      Bianca, Adore and Joslyn were definitely the best rappers and Adore was on fire with the talking heads, especially in regards to Laganja’s choreography. “I don’t want to be N’SYNC, I want to be Salt N’ Pepa!” The reads were stronger than most seasons, too. Before there’s always the one queen who’s like ‘I don’t like to throw shade’ and they just totally freeze. Even with the reading, Joslyn was good, Bianca was unsurprisingly great, Laganja was awful, Adore’s Laganja read was fabulous.

      While we didn’t get typical Laganja drama we did get a long rambling apology from her to Adore that Adore didn’t even buy as well as her commenting that she thought Adore would be in the bottom while Ben and Courtney were giving her ‘Bitch, are you high right now?’ looks. Courtney’s runway look started off so good… wrapped up in bed with the pillow and the sleep mask and then opening up to be… a bra and panties. Boring. (Though I did like the monkey stuffed animal.) Dress that up with some ruffly baby doll nightgown, Courtney!

      I can’t say that Milk definitely deserved to be in the bottom two this time around. I’m kind of sorry to see her go just because I did want to see more looks from her but I never expected her to go very far… in fact, I had expected her oddness to oust her before this. I was sad but I was already resigned to it.

      Joslyn is going to be much harder for me to say goodbye to so I hope I don’t have to for awhile. She’s a supportive type, definitely a sweetheart, but she clearly has her limits. “You’re sitting in the corner, pouting!” I love that little GlitterKitten (kitten made of glitter… which is what she is) — she better damn well outlast Laganja and her constant parade of ‘Hold my hand!!’

      • J. Preposterice

        “Dress that up with some ruffly baby doll nightgown, Courtney!”

        Right? I think this is where Ru is going with “resting on pretty”: pretty face, cute (if boyish) body, although she gets her boobs looking good every time, and…..bra and panties? Boring. Snooze. At least get some complicated lingerie on or something; COMMIT to your bedtime look!

    • Qitkat

      RPDR is not my cuppa, primarily because “proving once again that those who can’t take it are always spectacularly shitty at dishing it out” is something I can only take in small doses, but I never miss reading one of these posts, mostly for the pictures. I never cease to be amazed at the transformations taking place. These drag queens go to more extraordinary efforts in one episode than most women do in several months. And RuPaul never fails in becoming the most beautiful woman in the room, I dare say, and would be, in nearly any room. Although LSFYL is always fun.

      • coco ebert

        I get what you’re saying, but the episodes themselves feel less nasty and more fun than they may come across here. I thought last night’s episode was especially fun and hilarious.

    • JaCory Deon

      Credit where it’s due: Trinity killed that song and have served up one of the two best (her former being the other one) lipsyncs of this season. That said, her attitude is so defeatist that it’s tiresome. I hope she’s learned to have some confidence watching this show. Adore is, if she keeps going this way, a finalist and is the only one imho apart from Bianca showing full C-U-N-Tness (though Josalyn in creeping up there). She really is the breakout star of this season so we’ll see how long Bianca continues her kindness towards her before turning against her (if she does). Bianca is like those older queens who are mean to you but will get you water when you’ve had too much or hold your hand and let you cry: she’s kind under all that anger I think.

      For Courtney to be as seasoned and as polished as she is, she’s really disappearing into the background. For someone who’s such a star in Australia, she’s really not serving it like that (unlike Chad Michaels who wore his polish clearly). Thank god for them keeping Darienne and Ben around for a bit: I want to see where this shadiness goes and how far. Ben is good but perhaps not as good as he thinks. As far as Laganja, can she please take a seat! Ugh, she’s so “down” til she gets checked then it’s “like, like, like.” Bitch please, she’s as natural as that hair she sports in the confessionals. Milk, bless her heart, was outranked all around. She should have been gone a few challenges ago imho.

      • somebody blonde

        Yeah, I agree with you. Trinity saddens me because she’s clearly talented and she hasn’t actually been bad at any challenge until this one, but she decides in advance that she’s not good at the challenge if it’s not runway-based. I think she needs to go home because the competition is clearly not making her better. Milk just wasn’t suited for reality TV, as far as I’m concerned.

    • MilaXX

      I thought Milk would have to have a knock out of a runway in order to redeem herself. Her rap performance was about what I expected.
      Dorrience is turning out to be far nastier than I ever expected.
      I got Da’ Brat realness from Bianca and Salt n Pepper realness from Trinity. I think Bianca’s runway is holding her back. It’s very “meh” middle of the road, but Trinity’s runway is saving her. Trinity’s performances vary from okay to bad, but that flipper she insist on wearing is doing her no favors at all.
      I think I am n the minority with Courtney’s fishyness. Everything from the waist down still reads boy to me.
      So far my top queens are Bianca, Adore, Ben and Joslyn. Whether or not these are the final 4 remains to be seen.

      • columbinnati

        I’d like to see Bianca sex it up. I know she’s a comedy queen, but she should show some range.

    • BlairBear

      I was shocked by the challenge win. I thought it was the least funny and most mean. I have to say I am a bit surprised by how I ended up feeling about the contestants. I started out hating Jocelyn but she has really grown on me. Also I really enjoy Bianca, he seems smart enough to make it clear that he has a heart underneath all the insults and he comes off as less mean/petty than some of the other queens who schtick isn’t insult.

      • ScarlettHarlot

        I thought it wasn’t least funny (Tyra & LaGanja took that for me) but it was definitely the most mean.

        • ScarlettHarlot

          Oops, Trinity, not Tyra.

          • Jacob Bowen

            Freudian slip…

        • BlairBear

          It was the least funny for me. I mean the Adore read was a less funny version of what the other queens said. I mean 3 hour delay was hilarious. Speaking loudly and slowly to Adore was obnoxious not funny. I didn’t find a single one of her reads funny. I liked Trinity’s if you can’t read yourself that made me lol.

      • columbinnati

        Bianca thinks she’s good at figuring other people out… but will we ever know the true Bianca?

    • suzanne77

      I remember Courtney’s rap only because she invites people to lick her… FOOT. Right in the part you screen capped. Her previous line ended in stunt. I was like, GURL! BE A LADY!!! LOL!

    • AnotherG

      Come on, people, Laganja hit the 90s reference just right. Marilyn Manson was huge back then!

      Oh, this was for rap? Never mind.

      • Harry

        I am in no way a fan of Laganja, but I really didn’t mind her look in the video, it was really channeling Brooke Candy, which I kind of loved.

    • ScarlettHarlot

      I still don’t understand how LaGanja was safe – she bombed on the read and the rap, and her runway look was forgettable.

      • columbinnati

        I agree about the lip-synch, but not about the runway. Her runway looks are always good to me. However, she missed the opportunity to go Christina Aguilera circa Lady Marmalade. That should have been her precedent.

    • Midwestern refugee

      I marvel at this show. If someone had told me as a scared gay teenager in the early 70s there would be a relatively mainstream TV show featuring drag queens, I would have never believed it.

      • columbinnati

        I hope it goes mainstream… Most people I know have never heard of it.

    • shanteUstay

      Courtney needs to stop relying n that body because that’s a MAN’s torso with a beautiful lady’s face. Willam, Yara, or Carmen could have pulled it off. But it read boy body completely IMHO
      Bianca looked amazing and killed it. I would have split the win because Bianca and adore were both amazing this week.

      Not to be rude but can anyone tell me the lyrics to trinity’s rap. I didn’t understand one word of it…..

      • Linderella

        Isn’t it though? I mean, when Courtney’s in those skimpy outfits, I’m genuinely attracted to her. But that’s because, y’know, I’m gay and she’s got a GREAT MALE BODY.

      • columbinnati

        So right about Courtney. Someone needs to get her a full-length mirror.
        Her skinny arms and legs shows that she’s at least trying to get a little middle, but it’s just not going to happen.

    • anyalama

      I love Adore and Bianca more and more every week.

    • Kyle

      I’m a big fan of Ben (I’m from Seattle and I’m biased). Last night I went to the viewing party where she was, and she would give updates about the show during commercials, or what had gone on. The crowd last night turned pretty anti-Darienne pretty fast. As for the drama in the workroom, here is what Ben said (and I guess it should be taken with a grain of salt, but I believe her – again, though, I’m biased).
      I guess she had thought she and Darienne were really good friends, and that once the two groups finally met, she had taken an immediate shine to Darienne, so when the read happened she was genuinely shocked that that’s what Darienne thought (but she took it as a joke). Then she said she was hurt when Darienne didn’t pick her because she thought they were friends, and so she asked about it in an attempt to clear the air, or at least not let things fester… and when that happened, Darienne immediately told her that it was none of her business, which sent the room into silence.
      My top three are Adore, Bianca, and Ben, with Joslyn as the wild card. I’m hoping that those four make it to the end as they’re the ones that I find most entertaining.

      • SimpleSins

        That was pretty much what I thought regarding not being picked by Da Lake, especially since it obviously isn’t because Ben lacks talent. Instead of being a jackass and having a meltdown in Untucked, Ben tried to do the mature thing and clear the air. We see how well that worked. I have to say I was a bit surprised that people saw it as Ben being full of himself; I didn’t see ego involved in that at all.

    • indigospade

      I shouldn’t be surprised that Lake is so bitter. She IS Pandora’s drag mama. Lol.

      • Cambel

        And her daughter outshines her.

    • nancymae

      As a native Atlantan, I have no choice but to rebuke the embarrassment some call Trinity Bonet. Atlanta queens are so much better than this one, even when they screw up (e.g., Mariah as Joan Crawford). She is the worst of Tyra combined with the lip syching survival skills of Coco Montrese. God hr lp us.

      • columbinnati

        I love me some Trinity. She’s definitely the underdog.

      • somebody blonde

        Honestly, I think Trinity needs a few years to bake. She’s just too young. Not that there aren’t queens who can compete at 23, but she honestly doesn’t think she’s good at anything and it’s completely holding her back. She could be world-class in a few years.

    • Emily Smith

      So this amazes week to week as I read these recaps and look at pictures, how do they get their cleavage so realistic looking? Because when they’re not dressed in drag, no boobs. When they’re in drag, amazing boobs and cleavage. What is the makeup and such involved in making that happen?

      • DonnaL

        A lot of duct tape?

      • SimpleSins

        I would think the larger queens have an easier time…a tight enough cincher is going to give someone like Darienne “real” bust and cleavage. The others probably depend on inserts and those breast plates, and I suspect the cleavage is done much in the same way with shadow contouring that Magnolia Crawford managed to whittle her nose down to, as Bianca put it, a swordfish.

        • Emily Smith

          So they have an entire breastplate they put on? Do they go like…over the shoulders or just on the front? I have so many questions. That must require some intense make up skills in order to make it look so natural.

          • SimpleSins

            It’s an informative google (plus I figure it spices up the NSA’s day). Some of the ones I’ve seen sort of hook/velcro around the neck like a halter, and their own weight tends to hold them in place under clothes that’s you’d wear with something with an open back. That’s why you’ve seen on some of the more vigorous lip syncs that they kind of bounce around. There are others that are sort of like a “foundation garment” with zippers or hooks or even velcro. You can get them anywhere from an A cup on up. I think the good ones are relatively pricey, in the several hundred dollar ball park, which is I guess why they were a great prize for a challenge in seasons past.

            • Emily Smith

              Oh that is informative. I will refrain from googling until I am home and not in my office though lol.

      • JenFay

        There’s lots of ways. Breastplates are used for some, someone like Darienne can futz with undergarments and tape to create her own cleavage. For some, if they’re going for not too much cleavage, there’s actually something nicknamed “chicken cutlets”, little self-adhesive silicone cups that act as an invisible push-up bra (for women, in the case of men, it’s just another way to add padding). And of course there’s makeup, which adds the appearance of depth to cleavage, no matter how much is there. People tend to use heavy duty stage makeup for that, or something that doesn’t sweat off easy. If they’re really good at make up, it’s almost impossible to tell that it’s fake from more than like three feet away. I think in one of the videos that Jinx did, he says that he uses a combination of makeup, and a specific Victoria Secret push-up bra that makes it look like you’re at least a cup size larger.

      • columbinnati

        Darienne’s boobs are all her. The rest of them contour.

    • e jerry powell

      The next ep should be a literal death match. Thin the herd a little bit and have a couple of no-elimination weeks to make up the episodes.

      The screeching harpies this episode had me reaching for some Vicodin for the migraines.

    • Alex Gabriel

      Honestly, I find it kind of bigoted how you (and the judges) dismiss DeLa’s looks as ‘just another old lady’. So what if her persona/style is older? Queens turn up looking 25 week after week and no one tells them they need to be more varied – isn’t it a really a bit reductive to say every look that reads as over 40 is the same?

      • http://batman-news.com boweryboy

        I hafta say I think “bigoted” is a harsh choice of words. Perhaps “biased” is more in order here?

        And while I love Ben’s “old lady” drag, it’s isn’t what the judges – or Ru for that matter – are looking for in their queen. In my post, I mentioned that Ben should youthen up his look a bit if for no other reason than to prove to the judges that he can. Versatility (and a willingness to mix things up a bit) is what determines the win – not stagnation.

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

        LOL.

        “Bigoted.”

      • columbinnati

        Dela’s looks are boring and cutesy… But they look clean.

      • Harry

        I think it’s because the theme for the cat walk was “crazy, sexy, cool” and Ben’s outfit was more like a shopping upper east side widow that would be featured in a 101 dalmatians knock off. I’m a huge fan of Ben, but the look was weak. She should have done her kitten pin up pink bow look this week.

    • Alex Gabriel

      As to Bianca not winning the minichallenge, I think her weakness is the same as Chad’s in season 4: she’s incredibly versatile, polished and professional, but her polish sometimes stops her being as full-on and committed as she could be. That’s why I think DeLa was slightly better in the Snatch Game, and why I think Darienne was slightly better at reading: Bianca was a 10, as always… but they both turned it up to 11. (Darienne seems to be going the way of Delta Work, though. Let’s hope her insecurities don’t drive her into nastiness and put her off her game.)

      • Meelah

        I think Darienne for the read was strategic with production knowing about his riff with Ben. Of course I’m only basing my opinion on the reads we saw.

    • Siege

      Did anyone find the runway a little odd? Like Ru told the queens “Crazy Sexy Cool” and not all of them seemed to get that it was supposed to be 90s themed? And then she told the judges it was 90s themed, and they in turn were confused by some of the queens’ choices. It seems that on occasion they are set up to fail on the runway because the theme isn’t clear.

      • columbinnati

        Good point. Trinity was from the seventies, Ben was from the fifties, early sixties….

        • SimpleSins

          Yeah, everything was pretty much all over the place. Was it here that someone mentioned that they send them a list of looks like they’ll need to compete in (in last week’s Me Be Ru thread)? It’s almost as if they sent everyone a different decade to dress in. I don’t think any two of them covered the same time period. Except Lasagna. Who knows what the hell she was supposed to be.

          • Harry

            Knd of over that whole look…..it’s the stereotype to “edgy,” and it’s so overdone. Dida did it in her lip synch against the Princess, Willam did it in one of the earlier episodes of her season, Phi Phi kind of did it in the Snatch game episode. Metallic spikes on yr shoulder, we get it

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

          And Courtney was from bedtime.

          • SimpleSins

            Actually, there apparently was a fashion designer in the 90s who sent a very similar look down the fashion runways. So she essentially was correct, too.

      • somebody blonde

        Man, I completely missed that. I think everyone in my little Drag Race party missed that, we’re all too young. It makes a lot more sense now, it seemed like an awfully vague theme. I guess this is what I get for not listening to TLC?

        • http://logansrogue.livejournal.com napalmnacey

          I guess you never chased waterfalls.

    • Luca

      Ben already slipped some stealth reading here and there (like the one on Vivacious’ photos the first episode, “it could be a great photo without your real face!”) so the skill is definitely there.
      But I agree she didn’t come out well tonight, between the childish fight with Darienne (insufferable! the worst) and the “I never saw the gold bar, I was always on the top three!” on Untucked.

      I kind of liked Milk’s look on the runway, but that clip on the back was unforgivable. But between Trinity and Milk I would have much preferred to see Laganja go away. “” White suburban privilege” is perfect for her.

      • AnotherG

        Courtney’s comeback to Ben was perfect: “Welcome to mediocrity.” Heh.

      • columbinnati

        Laganja reminds me of a stuck-up southerner.

    • Audrey

      Does anyone else find Courtney Act . . . kinda boring? I feel like I should be more impressed with her than I am.

      • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

        Outside of being simply gorgeous, I’m not feeling “Next Drag Superstar” about her at all.

        • Audrey

          You know what though; I don’t really see her as gorgeous either. I mean, she’s pretty, but not in a particularly interesting or unique way. Raja and Tyra rested on pretty to some extent, but both of them were so dramatically beautiful that they could get away with it. (Raja was beautiful enough that I could have just watched her standing around and been more than happy!) Courtney just reads to me as “high school girl” pretty, if that makes any sense.

          God, I sound like such a bitch! I swear I don’t hate her or anything.

          • columbinnati

            Courtney definitely passes for female, even though she’s not statuesque like Raja or Tyra. BUT, she has a flirtatious personality and has great wigs.

      • columbinnati

        Courtney thinks she has body-ody-ody… But she has a man’s waist. Some men (like Trinity and Milk) have teeny waists, and they can flaunt them. But Courtney’s middle is just too wide.
        She is, however, fascinating. Dead ringer for Naomi Watts.

      • Cambel

        Yes, boring, Carmen Carerra had a much better body.

    • Linderella

      So I just rewatched the episode, and in Gia’s “Untucked” letter she says YET AGAIN that drag is “dressing up as girls.” I suddenly thought, “Oh, man, in her pea-brained little head, does she actually think it’s an acronym? Like, DRessing up As Girls?!” Oy.

      • Cambel

        How sad that Gia thinks she is good at Reading and yet it took her a week and help from others to come up with that sad little letter.

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

      Adore- It was a tiny bit sloppy but I loved her runway and she sold it the whole time. She knows she’s the judges’ pet which is both a good and awful position to be in so she’s playing the game as best she can from there. This week really worked out for her.

      Joslyn- Is growing leaps and bounds. I predict a well timed uncluttering of her looks “out of the blue” to get her to top 4, maybe even 3. And surprisingly I’m okay with it, I’m actually a fan at this point. I think an ability to win people over is special in itself. Also her rap look was great.
      Bianca- Showed a tiny bit of variation in her look and showed some comedy queen chops in the rap challenge. Slowly emerging as the team mom even though she refuses to be on some level doesn’t hurt her chances.
      Trinity- Good god her looks are fabulous and she can lip sync, which means it is going to take way too long to send her home on her shitty attitude and lack of delivery when asked to perform.
      Courtney- I thought the runway look was adorable, but also a repeat of THE REVEAL which we’ve gotten from her. I know she has more than this and as far as I’m concerned she’s in contention with Joslyn to be the sleeper queen if she plays her cards right. Pretty big if though.
      De La- Is entitled and dated and I think it might keep her out of top 3. Her win last week was deserved, but somehow she (for all her sweetness) just doesn’t come off to me as genuine or likeable. There’s something jarring about the bipolar swing between in and out of drag.
      Laganja- Is on my last nerve. Get it the fuck together or go home. I don’t care that you can do a little femme style dance choreography, I don’t care about death drops at this point, and certainly could not care less about the splits. If your foundation as a queen is your dancing you better display something more than what was going on this week. I can’t even remember her look or rap or anything, just ugh.
      Darienne- Is kind of a bitch? And getting bitchier? Settle down, your looks aren’t varied enough nor are you polished enough to be reading everyone to filth. She needs to work on herself.
      Milk- I had high hopes for this one, but she came out sloppy even though it was something more glamorous. And her main challenge performance was by far the worst so the elimination is 100% justified. She did well in the sync but Trinity is a glam gladiator in that arena, there was no way.

    • Caity

      I continue to love Bianca, and Adore gets better every week. I will be surprised if both of them aren’t part of the top 3. Adore is far more intelligent than I suspect most people thought she was at the beginning of this season.

      I also think that if Joslyn had used a dark lip color (not black, but still dark), then her runway ensemble would have looked a whole lot better.

      • columbinnati

        I hated her nude lips this week.

        • somebody blonde

          They weren’t nude, they were WHITE. If she’d worn nude, that might’ve been okay-ish. But her lips looked awful.

        • Caity

          ME TOO. A deep purple or blue would have looked great.

    • MCM

      Is Adore the one that was on American Idol?

      • SimpleSins

        Yes, and Courtney was on Australian Idol.

    • Harry

      Why did Laganja have different reading glasses????

      • SimpleSins

        Why did she wear a macrame plant hanger on her head? Why does she have catch phrase Tourette’s? Why does she have Missy Elliot tattooed on her foot?

        • Linderella

          Honey, I wish I knew.
          (And thanks for “catch phrase Tourette’s,” which I will be stealing immediately.)

      • columbinnati

        Obviously because she is scared to read someone while looking them in the eyes.

      • Cambel

        Because anything Langanga does has to be about getting that extra little bit of attention.

    • Brent Wolgamott

      I swear I got the feeling going into the LSFYL that Ru was ready to send Trinity home. I really thought it was going to be Darienne and Trinity in the bottom two. When Ru said that Darienne was safe, i thought she was keeping Milk in the bottom 2 to make *sure* that Trinity went home. But a funny thing happened on the way to the forum…LOL. Trinity WOWED me by producing a perfect LSFYL – the first time I’ve ever been wowed by her. The whole eppy I thought it was Trinity or Darienne going home,and BOOM – Milk soured. Even when Ru said “Ladies, I’ve made my decision,…” i felt like she was vacillating. You could see it in her eyes. I think she wanted to send Trinity home, cause she’s HORRIBLE at the challenges, but if ever someone totally saved themselves by producing a perfect lip-synch, this was it. She was amazing to watch. Didn’t over play the song. Just felt it.

      • AnotherG

        I think that’s her strength, which she basically admitted. I wish, too, she’d admitted that when Bianca asked her what she was good at. Because, damn, Trinity gave me everything I wanted in a LSFYL.

      • Harry

        Totally agree, also I rewatched the episode with a lot of friends and they all could not believe Darienne was not in the bottom. She was a HOT MESS, not saying Milk or Trinity were great, but Milk was at least watchable, Darienne was cringe inducing. Poor girl was so out of her element in that dress and the whole “big girl walking down the dirty street,,,,with dirty feet,,,,,blah,,,,”

        • Cambel

          I think they knew Darienne was going to blow the wrap and that is why Ru gave her the win in the “Read”.

    • Linderella

      I don’t even know what to say to that… Had no idea this was an actual “thing.”

    • Kelsey

      It was sad. I WANTED Trinity gone and Milk to stay, but I was watching the lip sync and Trinity knocked it so far out of the park that if Ru had done what I wanted, I would have been outraged at how unfair and ridiculous the call was. It’s too bad it came down to that, but Trinity was by far the better lip-syncer.

    • columbinnati

      Trinity deserved to go home this week for her look last week. Ru was only too kind to make her lip-synch without a wig and heels.

      • columbinnati

        Oops, I meant Milk deserved to go home this week.

    • columbinnati

      Laganja’s ass is probably next.

      • Cambel

        You mean the small pause between those two sticks she walks on and her back?

    • columbinnati

      Trinity was serving Spinderella realness, and without her flipper she has Cher’s 1970s teeth.

    • columbinnati

      The best read was Bianca saying that Darienne was thinking about a sandwich. LOL

    • columbinnati

      Adore was serving Katy Perry realness last night.

      • somebody blonde

        What I want to know is where the hell that wig goes when she gets on the runway…

    • In_Stitches

      Bianca’s face is the one thing really holding her back. It’s interesting, I think Courtney sort of touched on it when she said that Bianca’s face IS her face. She’s been in the game so long, to switch it up at this point would be to risk her established image. She’s built her livelihood around her act and her very harshly painted face is part of that. To succeed in the show, she’s going to have to let that go and paint for a softer beauty at least once or twice. I hope she can.

      Dela…I’m kind of over. Her character isn’t funny, isn’t pleasant, isn’t silly…she’s an attempt at a charming, old fashioned lady, but it doesn’t land. She tries hard and I respect it, but she comes across AS a try hard and that’s never good. You want it to feel natural…which I realize is a hilarious thing to say about a competition featuring men dressing up like caricatures of women.

    • DLJoe

      Totally in love with Bianca. She just gets better with every passing episode. For me she could wear the same dress and make up every episode and I would let it slide.

      Cut and paste what TLo said about Josilyn Fox. Totally did not expect to be a fan. At the very least she seems like a shoo in for Miss Congeniality.

      I’m not really feeling Darienne Lake all that much. It’s not that she came off bitchy this episode, or her repetitive looks. I just find her kind of hard to pin down. She seems to have a lot of armor on her.

      DeLa is fine, top 3 frontrunner. I hope he tones down his mannerisms just a little bit as they can feel a bit put on.

      Laganja needs to go. Yesterday. It’s such a shame because I saw a youtube video of him lip synching to Britney and he was amazing. Too bad he didn’t learn charm or looks from Alyssa.

      Milk should have gone sooner, sad to say. Her comment about the wanting to laugh with her and not at her struck me. She doesn’t seem confident in her persona to say something like “THIS is what I feel is beautiful and glamorous, not rhinestones and jewelry and all that.” I think that’s why her runway looks were always a felt a bit incomplete for me. I hope she takes the time to examine her confidence issues so she can take her looks and go crazy with them, not use them to just cover herself up.

      Trinity not being able to reply quickly to Bianca was also telling. It’s easy to see that lip synching and dancing are two things she does very successfully, but I’ll chalk that up to her youth and lack of confidence.

      Courteny Act is cool, talented, and funny. I think turning up the energy juuuust a bit will take her at least to final 4. And yeah less bikinis and more campy Australian flag type wear lol

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

      Laganja gets too much screen time. I just don’t want to see her whiny pouting hysterical face anymore. And btw how do you get so many lines in your face at 23? These sure ain’t laugh lines. Top 3 together with Adore? How delusional. But I guess we have to endure at least 2 more episodes with that child because Trinity and Darienne are stumbling a bit more than her.

      • DLJoe

        Staged or not, saying something like “it’s hard for me to see my friends doing so well” is the kind of thing an awful person says.

    • VioletFem

      It took me a moment to recognize it, but Courtney Act is outfit is inspired by the Britney Spears 1999 Rolling Stone.

    • Cambel

      No change for me this week. Still love Ben and Bianca. Still think that Adore and Courtney may fight for the 3rd spot. STILL think that Joslyn is going to surprise everybody and bump off one of the top three for a spot in the finals.

      That said, Courntey, stop with the two pieces. You looked great during the broadway challenge, try something like that. We’ve all seen Carmen Carerra and no offence but she has a better body than you so enough.

      Milk, spent more time telling people what she was all about than showing them.

      Trinity, stop whining.

      Laganga, you commit the worst sin of any drag queen. You’re boring, predictable, and yet have the nerve to think you are interesting.

    • Cambel

      Oh, and Darienne, Remmeber the line Laura Linney said to Gaborey Sidobey in “The Big C”. You can either be fat and jolly or skinny and mean. But nobody likes a fat bitch.

      Darienne’s look is boring, and there is no excuse. Delta Work was very heavy and turned it out on the Runway time after time. Darienne looks like somebody’s grandmother going to a “Fancy” night out at the Elks Lodge.

    • Cambel

      And lastly, the ONLY thing Laganga hates worse than losing….is thinking one of her friends might win.

    • janegray

      If I have to hear anything about Courtney Act giving body-ody-ody again, I’m going to lose it.

      • Aerialgreen

        …and saying body-ody-ody during the voice over of her own runway looks :P

    • Cambel

      When is the next review going to be up? Come on T&L can’t wait to see it! :)

    • ratgirlagogo

      Yes, it’s such a big part of the fun.

    • SimpleSins

      Am I the only one that has an empty space in my soul where this week’s review should be?

      • necroromantic

        nope!!

    • Jeremy Thomas Porta

      Did I miss the new recap somewhere? I want to hear their thoughts on the two new episodes…