In Friday’s fifth episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” Season 4, the six queens still standing proud had to compete in a comedy roast. Each was asked to write and perform a “Rulogy” for drag legend Lady Bunny. Judging them on how well they did this were the regular panel plus this week’s guest judges Cecily Strong from “Saturday Night Live” and actress Yvette Nicole Brown.
Which contestant came out on top as the winner of this game and of the evening? And were Gold Derby’s predictions correct that this would be a non-elimination episode? If one of the girls is sent packing, viewers are predicting that it will be Monet X Change who falls short.
Below, check out our minute-by-minute “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” recap of Season 4, Episode 5 — which was entitled “Roast in Peace” — to find out what happened on January 11. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite queens and who you think will ultimately join the list of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winners.
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8:00 p.m. – Previously on Drag Race, Latrice Royale continued to struggle to perform up to par and despite being one of the most beloved queens in Drag Race herstory was cut from the competition by the lip sync for your legacy winner Monique Heart.
8:02 p.m. – It was somber city in the work room following Latrice’s exit and as hard as it was at the end of the day Monique’s decision to keep the game fair by sending the weakest overall performer home felt right. Amidst tears Manila showed Monet that had she won the lip sync she would have sent her home in the interest of saving her close friend Latrice. That was a decision that didn’t set well with anyone else who have already gleaned that Manila is prepared to play the game more cutthroat than them.
8:06 p.m. – In the spirit of Ru’s philosophy that gay people get to choose their families, he presented the queens with a funeral-themed roast challenge where they’d give humorless eulogies in remembrance of her “twisted sister” Lady Bunny. As the winner of the most recent lip sync Monique was commissioned with deciding the order the queens would present in: Monet, Trinity the Tuck, Monique, Naomi Smalls, Valentina and then Manila in last. Because she’s been performing well so far, Monique strategically put Manila last in order to give her the most pressure.
8:15 p.m. – For the first time this season Ru stopped by the workroom for a check-in while the queens prepared their material. Monet didn’t seem flustered by her own high-pressure spot as the opener, but Valentina showed that she has no shame about not being a comedy queen and instead set her sights on just being her glamorous self. Trinity’s pressure was in her own head, knowing that she bombed the roast challenge on her original season, and Manila, having performed with Lady Bunny before, felt comfortable with her ability to lay the jokes in on her.
8:24 p.m. – Later the queens got to bounce ideas off of SNL’s Cecily Strong during a stage rehearsal. Of all the sessions, Cecily seemed most receptive to Monique’s plan to perform hers as a Southern church sermon, but questioned where Monique herself was receptive to all the advice (as opposed to just wanting to take her own). Once again Trinity’s jokes did not appear to be land so she had more writing to do, as did both Valentina and Naomi who only had a few to present to Cecily.
8:32 p.m. – While putting on their faces for the night, Manila took the opportunity to further explain her decision making process on the Monet/Latrice vote to which Monet responded positively, but Trinity still questioned the authenticity of.
8:39 p.m. – At the roast, Monet played in her opening spot with joke after joke landing while also maintaining the spirit of a eulogy. Trinity followed-up by stumbling through her flat jokes and Monique’s performance was heavy on the church character she created. Naomi’s bombing was probably the most explosively bad, but then Valentina came next and wasn’t any better! Luckily Manila was able to bring the humor back in the closing eulogy which she smartly shaped around reading Lady Bunny’s will, giving her an opportunity to take digs at the other queens.
8:53 p.m. – On the “Angelic White” runway Money wore perhaps her most creative look of the season, but it was still just the same leotard silhouette she always does. Trinity, Monique, Valentina and Manila all stunned in glamorous and elegant dresses though each a little too literal for the category. Naomi’s Prince inspired look was so out of the box that it worked perfectly and was by far the most inspired ensemble.
9:01 p.m. – In terms of runway, the judges loved Trinity’s garment, but were underwhelmed by her roast. Monique’s response was exactly the opposite while Monet earned high marks for both parts of the challenge. Naomi was at least receptive to the harsh criticism she got for the roast, but Valentina attempted to excuse her poor performance–like showing up for it with her eye makeup incomplete. Like Monet, Manila earned impressed in both the roast and on the runway. Based on those critiques, Manila and Monet were named the top two of the week, but unlike in the last four episodes Ru offered up ALL the other queens (not just two of them) for elimination.
9:11 p.m. – Backstage Manila noticed that the competition reached a point where everyone in the bottom had report cards that averaged out to the same place and so the position of the other queens that decisions should be made fairly no longer made easy sense. Valentina was willing to admit that she didn’t think she belonged in the bottom and instead thought Naomi and Monique were least deserving of staying. The consensus among everyone else was that it was Valentina’s time to go for showing less growth and consistency than them.
9:23 p.m. – In the “Lip Sync for Your Legacy” to Aretha Franklin‘s “Jump to It,” both of the comedic girls had the judges rolling with laughter once again. As expected, Monet gave a physical and energetic performance of the song while Manila relied more on facial expressions. In the end, Ru selected both as winners and declared that… “All Star rules are suspended until further notice,” meaning no one would be going home and that they should return to the workroom to receive further instructions.
9:28 p.m. – In the workroom they were surprised to find all four of the eliminated queens: Latrice, Gia Gunn, Jasmine Masters and Farrah Moan!
NEXT WEEK: The four returning queens are all shown selecting lipsticks from the box, suggesting that they might be the ones with the power to decide whether one of them returns and if someone else in the competition goes home in their place. The queens also engage in heated discussion over which of those previously eliminated queens is even deserving of a second chance.
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