We’re almost at the end of a very interesting and drama-packed season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars and the queens have one last challenge before we discover which four queens will battle for the crown in the season finale.
As the episode opens, Ra’Jah O’Hara, Trinity K. Bonet, Kylie Sonique Love, and Ginger Minj, are still awaiting the news of which queen won last week’s lip sync smackdown and to say Trinity is pressed is an understatement.
RuPaul announces that the lip sync champion is Eureka O’Hara – who didn’t even have time to pack her bags. With Eureka back in the game, it’s time for a fun (=quick drag) challenge. The queens have 30 minutes to put together their best Pride-themed look using clothes and accessories from Levi’s.
While Eureka and Ginger took their looks in a full comic direction, Kylie and Trinity served Pride excellence and Ra’Jah won my heart with her drink (and those boots, which I need in my life stat.
For this week’s main challenge, the queens took the stage to share personal stories in the “Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent Monologues.” Each queen met with comedians Alec Mapa (who was on the season two Snatch Game that sent Kylie home all those years ago) and Secret Celebrity Drag Race competitor Jermaine Fowler (a/k/a Miss Mimi Teapot.)
The monologues were great and gave us a little insight into each of the queens. Trinity kicked things off by discussing a catfishing incident that didn’t end in the way you expected. I love that she has been so upfront about her positive HIUV status and spreading the message that it’s not a death sentence and offering support to people who share that status. It was a heartfelt and moving monologue.
Ginger Minj told a touching story about how she and her conservative mother bonded over The Wizard of Oz.
Kylie told the story of her first time in drag. It’s not dissimilar to the stories we’ve heard from other queens in the past, but the fact that it took going on stage with a fully beat mug and blonde wig to allow her to be celebrated for her femininity made the story truly special.
Ra’Jah also discusses her early drag days, reminding all of you aspiring queens out there to make sure you’re using the best adhesive to help hide your candy.
Lastly, Eureka, serving Playboy Club bunny realness talked about er most embarrassing moment on stage – and gives us the seemingly mandatory bodily fluid story.
After the monologues, the queens showcased their best “Oops, I Did It Again” looks. Trinity showed us why she’s snatched so many pageant titles. Her gown was so elegant, and I loved the oversized safety pins that went down the back of the dress.
Ra’Jah designed and created her stunning look, giving us a perfect getting caught backstage illusion.
If every employee at Hot Dog on a Stick looked as amazing as Kylie did in her runway look, I might actually wat a corn dog. I loved that she pulled not one but two of the deep fried wieners from under her tiny skirt.
Ginger Minj gave us a look reminiscent of Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink as she “made her own prom dress” in a hurry and had a major curling iron mishap.
Lastly, Eureka gave us a look anyone who has ever done a “walk of shame” can identify with. She had it all – windblown hair, sweat stains, toilet paper on the shoe and her dress tucked into her panties.
After the presentations and runway, Ru declared Eureka the winner. As much as I love a gross story, I don’t think hers was the strongest (I thought Trinity and Kylie’s were much more impactful, but I am not Ru or the producers and I know Eureka needed a win to keep drama in the big finale.)
She faced season 12 champion Jaida Essence Hall for the last lip sync for your legacy. The pair performed Little Richard’s “Good Golly Miss Molly” (a song choice I just did not get…maybe Kennedy Davenport was supposed to be here for this?)
The queens tied and both lipsticks revealed that it was Trinity’s time to go home. I hate that she made it all this way to have to be “this close” to the final four, but she definitely proved she was an All Star through and through.
Next week, it’s the finale and a new Drag Race single for you to download on iTunes as the queens write and record their own verse for a. new Ru tune. Until next week, just remember that if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an “amen”?