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  1. Rai

    S16.E10: Hoop Dreams

    I recall Brian doing that on the houseboat challenge, and everyone basically ignored his whining. And I was okay with that . because I really felt Brian was more in love with his own cooking than was necessarily merited.
  2. Woof, this is one episode where I feel like I'm on a very different page. Trinity did fine as a performer, but pretty terrible as a Kim Cattrall impersonator. I don't know if Money could've really stuck that landing, but her confessionals were definitely on point. Everything should be knowing and purring and slightly breathy, but mainly with confidence (you can tell who was one of my faves). Alaska updating her Mae West impersonation would've been PERFECT. What could have been. So I thought Trinity was clearly on the bottom, underwhelmed as I was by almost everyone except Monique. I also liked Monet's look because the pink panther has those weird-shaped ears, so her inspiration seemed really clear. And her face was so transformed. So basically, what do I know. Naomi's SJP was the worst by a mile, no lie. She should kiss Trinity with tongue for still being in the game. I didn't love Latrice in the sketch and I hated her dress, but Naomi was just so terrible.
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    RPDR: In The Media

    Here's an article recounting some of fandom's worst moments in regards to RPDR. I don't really follow the queens on any social media, and these forums are about as much fan talk as I tend to do online, so I knew it was bad, but I didn't know how bad. I don't know how people can be a fan of queer personalities who have all been marginalized in one way or another and still think racism is cool. I know race issues are something the LGBTQ+ community struggles with, but I'm still shocked. We need to talk about toxic fandom, folks. https://www.out.com/entertainment/2019/2/04/8-times-drag-race-fandom-was-actually-terrible?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=entertainment (Minor spoilers for All-Stars 4 included)
  4. Rai

    S16.E10: Hoop Dreams

    Trash talk in a basketball setting seemed totally appropriate to me, and Sara needs to toughen up a bit. But I get why she feels humiliated. It's just she could've laughed it off (although if she'd gone home, I'd be more sympathetic, I guess, it just seemed like her fear of going home made her oversensitive). Still rooting for Eric. Still rooting for Kelsey too. And now I'm rooting for Michelle to come back from LCK. I actually don't have much to say about this episode, but the preview for next week made me tear up unexpectedly. Muhammad Ali tribute? I love it. Don't know what he has to do with Top Chef, really, but any excuse to honor the Greatest is fine by me. Lastly, I'm not sure how I feel about Padma's braids, but the reasons why Black communities historically have been torturing themselves with hair straighteners and skin bleachers are rooted in unfair beauty standards and white supremacy, so calling that cultural appropriation is so far off the mark, it's mind-boggling.
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    RPDR: In The Media

    Locas! If you haven't ever read Tom and Lorenzo's recaps for RPDR, you have been missing out (they introduced me to the show all the way back with season 1). But now they've upped their writing game and have announced a whole book about Drag Race! Specifically, it will examine and explain queer history through the lens of Drag Race. I'm stoked to hear about this, and I can't stand waiting a whole year for it! The details!
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    S16.E09: Music City USA

    For some reason, I could've sworn she kept saying "Gumbo" was the song title. Oh well!
  7. First of all, Naomi, I didn't even know you were a bitch. But I mean that with love. Of course I hate that Manilla went home and was in the bottom for such BS reasons. I hate that Trinity wasn't in the top over Monet. Monet looked great, but her Judy's make-up was unblended and clown white and messy. It was okay in the werk room, but HORRIBLE on the stage. I hate that we don't get the worthy top two of Manilla and Trinity. I think Monique also skated by unfairly, although her costumes were marginally more interesting than Manilla's. I hate that Manilla stuck herself and her husband in graduation gowns and called it a day when the makeup was so flawless. I hate that the top five are going to be a little less exciting now without the heights of Manilla pushing them upward. But I love that finally someone has embraced the cut-throat drama that having the power to eliminate someone is supposed to generate. And I dig that Naomi is kind of a stealth bitch this whole time. I found her lip sync delightful but absolutely nothing to do with Judy Garland. Monet really looked like "Chocolate Judy" as she called herself and she channeled her beautifully in the lip sync. However, she probably should've thrown in a tiny bit of hoofing for the younger audience out there. I have no quarrels with Naomi winning it, but let's be clear as to who was actually channeling La Garland. Naomi will be bounced next week if the queens get a chance to do so, I'm sure, but yeah, bitch. You go for it. I hope future all-stars take note.
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    S16.E09: Music City USA

    I thought making a salad with grilled cheese croutons was a great idea and one I would like to see more often out there. My love of grilled cheese knows no bounds. I don't know how everyone is supposed to eat a dish after a real downer of a story. It's not wrong that Michelle shared it, but I have to say, I'd be feeling incredibly awkward shoving something in my mouth after learning about her father. I wouldn't even be able to register what I was eating at that moment. It's so sad. Also, I found it hilarious that Sara's dad would sing a song about gumbo -- so she made jambalaya. Probably that's more realistic to make in a competition than gumbo, and I'll support her strategic thinking, but still I'm amused, and I'm surprised no one said anything. I'm rooting for Eric and Kelsey and maybe Adrienne or Michelle. I'll probably get Justin or Eddie though, as much as I hate to admit it.
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    Past Seasons Talk: The Stew Room

    Every time she tells someone to suck a dick, I live.
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    S04.E07: Queens of Clubs

    Hee. Steve Dallas was Bloom County, actually, but I'm in love with this reference all the same!
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    Where Should They Go Next?

    Portland and Atlanta both seem like natural fits. I would really love to see something southwestern though, especially since Texas was pretty terrible. Albuquerque or Santa Fe would definitely be excellent locations! I think there's also a large Vietnamese population in Minneapolis, so there's that to draw on as well. ...how about Kansas City?
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    Past Seasons Talk: The Stew Room

    I liked Richard on his original season. I liked him on All-Stars until he kept hammering this whole idea that he had choked and that was the ONLY reason he'd lost to Stephanie, and when he seemed to be leaning into Mike Isabella's more obvious sexism toward the female chefs, especially Antonia. What lost me on him is when he came back on Season 12 to be a judge. It was like a 180 personality flip, and he hasn't stopped with it, and it is TERRIBLE. Just cringe-inducing. I don't HATE him. I just never want to be stuck in an elevator with him.
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    S04.E07: Queens of Clubs

    I was excited for this challenge, and I just don't know how it hasn't been done before. It's such a natural fit for a drag queen competition. This is like the real world practical challenge, to me. Also, this is probably the closest I'll ever get to Suzanne Bartsch in real life. I've been to parties where Amanda Lapore showed up, but otherwise, my NYC club days were far, far away from the Kids. (Also, I just looked up Bartsch, and you guys, she is 67 YEARS OLD. WHAT. THE. HECK. BEST WORK EVER. Suddenly, I'm more in favor of plastic surgery.) Out of the clubs, I thought the Black Hole was the most authentic. It reminded me of a lot of space/future concept nights that I've been to, and their outfits were fantastic (although kinda bee-like. Was there going to be a bee-themed runway or something?). I also thought how they did the catwalk entertainment was great. However, I was in the tank for the Bee Hive right from the start, what with the bee puns and the VIBs and then Sean's sexy Beekeeper hat thing. The design looked most like an actual club space, and Latrice got to shine as the hostess, but Trinity and her spelling bee were the best entertainment. I have to wonder if she kinda threw that lip sync, but that's so antithetical to her work ethic that it's quite the reach. Michelle totally nailed it when she said [whisper] Club 96 [/whisper] was like an SNL sketch The moment she said that, it was so blindingly obvious. Like, somehow Jennifer Coolidge with one of her outrageous accents and Jennifer Tilly were co-hosting in the '90s, and this was one of their sketches or something (or on the gone-too-soon SheTV that only I remember). I think Valentina's rhymes were decently funny and a little overlooked, and Naomi's repeated whisper touch was absolutely hilarious, but that space was BASIC. It really was a parody of a club night, not a club night. Rita Ora's whisper punchline really drove that home. Like, a club where you are the glamor queen of the night is a great idea. Not super original, but a really great concept if the execution is strong. And I thought Naomi was great in their brainstorming session, coming up with concepts, riffing off Valentina's, etc. But she was burdened with a legend in their own mind, so nothing translated all that great. (Sidebar: If they had played into Valentina's strengths, they should have done something like TELENOVELA or FEEL THE FANTASY and went for a more latin-themed over the top night. But hey, easy to coach from the arm chairs, I know.) I figured Latrice would pick Valentina by the way they were talking during deliberation. It reminded me of last All-Stars where Bebe was telling Aja how far Aja had come and to be proud of that and so on. And Trinity really is hard-nosed about coming correct and putting the work in, so I wouldn't be surprised if she had picked Valentina too. I don't know that Latrice won that lip sync, but sure, okay. That said, Latrice isn't obligated to give any of her prizes or money to anyone else, and how she spends it is her business. Really stoked for makeover challenge next week. Manilla and Trinity still feel like the ones to beat.
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    S16.E08: Whatever Floats Your Boat

    Finally, Brian's overdue ouster has happened. I'm pretty reserved, but I would've wanted to be on the Green Team too. Kelsey and Eric are two of my favorites, and they just kept it light with each other, even when critiquing each other's dishes. I was surprised Eric didn't win, but Kelsey's sounded good too. Eric's story about his dad was amazing, though. What a good memory to have about your father!
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    The Chefs/Cheftestants of Top Chef

    Oh no, that's so sad. I adored her, and I kept hoping somehow this day was still going to be delayed.
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