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Let's Talk 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10, Episode 4: The Last Ball On Earth

By Kristy Puchko | TV | April 13, 2018 |

By Kristy Puchko | TV | April 13, 2018 |


Last night on RuPaul’s Drag Race the queens not only gave us looks on looks on looks for a politically themed ball, they also delivered the best Lipsync For Your Life yet! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, squirrel friends.


This season is not shying away from drama. Last week, a cornered Mayhem Miller blamed her team captain Monigue Heart for her lackluster part in their commercial. And Monique confronted her when they returned to the workroom. Miss Miller did not back down, and instead trotted out a classic RuPaul’s Drag Race line:


Mayhem also said there were too many “loud mouth bitches” for her to be heard, and her plan was to “get you bitches out of my way.” This is the kind of trash talk usually reserved for Untucked. So, assume Mayhem is out of the running for Miss Congeniality.

The quick drag challenge brought some photobomb fun, and showed a surprising side to Blair St. Clair, who pulled out a trashy flasher! But the win went to Aquaria. It was a great night for this look queen, as she stomped down the runway in three turns the judges loved. And though they also gagged over her twin/rival Miz Cracker, Aquaria took the big win. She had a slow start with three safe spots in a row, but now she’s on the judges’ radar. However, it seems like next week is a comedy challenge, and that could be bad news for the queen whose “jokes” tend to land like sloppy turds.

Can we talk about how weird the main challenge was? Like Ru announces it as, “Bad News: Global Warming is real!” Good news: We’re having a ball! They laced in some inconvenient truths like how 97% of scientists agree that climate change is real and happening. So trot out swimwear (“Alaskan Winter Realness”), winter wear (“Miami Summer Realness”), and a future look (“Life on Mars). It gave us lots of fun fashion, but as a concept, this felt undercooked.

Anyhow, most of the queens had fun with The Last Ball on Earth. The swimsuits ranged from Real Housewife to real transparent, Luchadore to Barbie Doll. And real talk: I want Blair’s darling retro look right this fucking second.

The fur-filling summer challenge was especially scintillating, with many of the queens embracing an ice fantasy. The Vixen made it snow. Dusty Ray Bottoms was an ice queen carrying the cold heart of Trump. And I don’t understand Kameron Michaels’s look, but I totally loved it. This queen stepped out of her mall girl comfort zone and got fishy, ferocious, and frozen.

But am I alone in finding the finale “Life On Mars” looks underwhelming? First off, how did no queen give a Bowie nod when it’s right there to be snatched! But of these looks, nothing really wowed me. Mz Cracker’s space cadet was fun, but expected. The pack rested on metallics. The judges were wild for Aqaria’s cut-outs, but I was more like, “What?”

Giving out three fabulous and distinctive looks, Kameron was understandably in the top with Aquaria and Cracker. Monet X. Change’s quilted monstrosity was rightly read. Dusty’s looks pulled mixed reviews, and Asia O’Hara went from last week’s winner to this week’s biggest disappointment. But the judges took pity on her, because she confessed she’d given her time in the workroom to help the other girls with their garments. (And props for the other queens backing her up instead of leaving her hanging there.) This is Bianca-like behavior that’s great to see! So, Ru let her off with a warning. Asia better bring it next week though, because this isn’t going to cut it.

That left New York queens Monet and Dusty facing off against each other in a rapid-fire Nicki Minaj number. And damn did they throw down! Dusty brought face out the gate, looking like a manic and tatted Liza. Monet played it cooler, but still brought bravado. They were nailing the lip sync, and giving attitude all day. It was neck and neck! But Monet pulled ahead by busting out some shrewd comedy.

Denying the death drop was daring. But don’t tease it if you’re not going to bring it. These queens danced like their pussies were on fire.

Next, Monet did the gag with the gas mask during a lyric break, and scored more laughs from the judges. And then she clinched the win by delivering on the promise.

Every remaining queen should be scared, because this lipsync will be the one which all others this season will be compared. And Monet is officially a lipsync assassin. But cheers to Dusty as she sashays away.

Dusty Ray Bottoms never made it to the top during her time on RuPaul’s Drag Race, but she gave fun looks, playful talking heads, and she shared a very personal story about ostracization, family, and gay conversion therapy. All this made her quickly beloved by Drag Race fans even in her short stint. (And her hotness out of drag didn’t hurt!) So, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Dusty (and of course Miss Vanjie) pop up on All-Stars in the not so distant future.

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.