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RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4 episode: Was this entire season rigged?

Charlie Jones January 12, 2019
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 4 queen Manila Luzon

Manila illustrates my feelings towards this episode (VH1)

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4 kills off Lady Bunny this week and invites the queens to pay homo-mage in a Ru-logy.

Did it slay, or was it dead on arrival? Find out below.

Drag Race All Stars 4 Episode 5 Roast in Peace: the verdict

How much Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent was episode 5 packing?

Overall: C.u.

This episode was 2-10 because it was not the one. I have trust issues after all those broken promises.

Challenge: C.U.

I’m hot for a roast challenge, but the queens were largely lukewarm. Only Monet killed at the funeral—Manila was funny, but she barely roasted the actual Bunny meat, instead focusing on the other queens.

Lewks: C.U.

Everyone was strong, but overall it lacked the ooh ah ah sensation of previous weeks. Monet was—again—the best, but even even her runway was a slightly less sickening version of Monique’s entrance look.

 

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 4 frustrated drag queens
My level of frustration at this episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4. (VH1, Logo)

Drag Race All Stars 4 Episode 5: Unfair edit of the week

Manila’s talking head is giving me many complaints.

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 4 queen Manila Luzon during confessional
Manila Luzon said in her Drag Race confessionals that Naomi Smalls had not shone this season. (VH1)

“Naomi has been really fading into the background.”

Yes, that’s what tends to happen when you’re edited out of every episode.

Manila and the producers are—yet again—taking full advantage of 20BiTeen to work together in a truly bi-partisan fashion.

They are shutting down—without a shutdown—Naomi’s sun, building a tighter wall around her C.U.N.T. than Manila’s menstrual pad.

Naomi, please for this one and only time listen to your president:

Drag Race All Stars 4 episode 5: the shade of it all

Winner winner, roast dinner

The roast contained shady shade and shade thrown by a translucent umbrella.

The roast you’d get from a bougie bistro on a crisp Sunday afternoon:

Picture of a Sunday roast.
Artist’s impression of Monet’s roast this week on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4. (The Refuge restaurant)

“She was often called the Beyonce of drag, not because she was rich or beautiful or famous. But because she was carrying twins.” – Monet

“Dearly beloved—and Michelle Visage.” – Manila

The queasy roast you’d see on Insta by a student having their first Christmas away from home:

A picture of a poor Sunday roast.
Artist’s impression of Trinity, Valentina and Naomi’s Lady Bunny roast. (Imgur: hashbrownlover)

“Doctors use a picture of her to solve Viagra users with v—to solve Viagra users with erections that last longer than 4 hours.” – Trinity

“Could you imagine being born in a time with no Nintendo 64?” – Naomi

Drag Race All Stars 4 episode 5: Winners and—well, Valentina

Alliances or a-lie-at-sis

Valentina tells everyone she meets that she’s a star. But it’s burning up fast.

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars queen Valentina
It’s her… Villaintina. (VH1)

Monique wanted her to go. Naomi probably wanted Valentina to go too. Tucking hell, even Trinity—who went above and beyond to get her on side—wanted her to channel Rosamund Pike and be gone, girl.

I wouldn’t bet my life, but I’d bet about a tenner—no small sum for a journalist I assure you—that Monet and Manila chose Valentina to sashay away.

But she’s still one fan’s favourite and can form an alliance with RuPaul Andre Charles herself.

Or maybe it was just a coincidence this was the week nobody went home.

Lip sync, lip sink, or split lip?

Split lip. Monet snatched that win but the format snatched it right back. If everyone is staying, we might as well make it look like two queens could leave for a few more seconds, right?

Gag of the season?

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 3 queen Bebe
Bebe says what none of us are thinking during this week’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4.

I need an actual reason to gag at the gag of the season. I’ve gagged more—wait, actually, never mind.

But don’t brag you have a drag gag if its just… nobody is going home.

Especially when the far greater gag would have been sending any of the bottom queens home.

I wasn’t gagged.

I might be next week, but for now my reflexes are fully functional.

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4 episode 6: what will happen next week?

Was this entire season rigged?

Theory one:

Theory two:

https://twitter.com/senhorgarcia/status/1083923814675869696

Theory three:

During an interview, Monet X Change was asked what it was like to lip sync against Latrice Royale—which never happened.

The interviewer meant what was it like to be in the bottom with Latrice.

But Monet replied “that was Monique.”

Monique has neither been in the bottom with Latrice, or lip synced against her—yet.

If this is a slip-up, it could mean the eliminated queens will lip sync against the one who sent them packing.

Latrice vs. Monique, Gia vs. Manila, Farrah vs. Valentina (!) and Jasmine vs. Trinity.

And Naomi vs. Monet, I guess. Or Stacey Lane Matthews.

RuPaul's Drag Race star Stacey Lane Matthews
The true fan favourite of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4: Stacey Lane Matthews. (VH1)

If this actually is the set up—and I’d probably bet about £2 it is—it’s way too perfect to happen naturally.

It would also explain the biggest fail of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4—the dodgy judging.

Drag Race All Stars 4 episode 5: A Queen-by-queen ru-view

We continue to map who is leading VH1’s fantasy league.

Manila Luzon: 750 points

Edit: comeback queen (see: Katya)

Oh she’s come back all the way to the top and it doesn’t look like she’s moving soon.

Trinity the Tuck: 583 points

Edit: the one to beat / lip sync assassin (see: Alaska, Ben DeLa Creme).

Probably the worst in the challenge this week, yet none of us thought she’d be leaving. That’s the power of a winning edit right there.

Monique Heart: 528 points

Edit: narrator (see: Trixie)

She should not have been in the bottom this week. That was a strong safe if ever I did see one. My fav is going above and beyond even my expectations, and I’m starting to let myself believe she could have a place in the top.

Monet X Change: 526 points

Edit: comeback queen (see: Katya)

Yes Monet! She got the full winners edit this episode which was lovely to see. Like Monique, she looks well placed to be a surprise spot in the top.

Valentina: 446 points

Edit: villain-lite (see: Milk)

Last week she was ‘kooky potential winner (see: Jinx)’ but that was one shady edit she received this week, which makes me think she’s back to square one. Putting Valentina’s confessional criticising Monique between clips of the audience howling at the latter’s set was very Milk’s edit.

Naomi Smalls: 233 points

Edit: Fan favourite that loses out on a top place (see: Alyssa, Chi Chi)

Yep. Gutted.

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