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Bon soir, my lovelies. Apologies for the delayed recap/commentary. MamaCine has been quite busy in KinjaLand.


For those of you just joining us, you can check out past kikis here, here, here, here, and here.


If you're a gambler, thedjandi is taking bets on how this whole shebang will turn out:


So this week, our final four ladies embarked on their very last Drag Race challenge. Three of them — Bianca, Adore, and Courtney, OH MY! — await their fate as we crown this season's winner in about two weeks (boo). One of them, Ms. Darienne Lake, sashayed away. AND IT WAS ABOUT DAMN TIME.

Look, Darienne is a beautiful queen, and her hammy acting is always appreciated, and, yes, she does have a wicked sense of humor, but she's just not top three material. She wasn't even top four material. I am still extremely bitter that the lovely Dela was booted in favor of Darienne. Keeping Dela would have actually added a bit more drama to this week's installment because we would have had an actual "battle for the top three" instead of "the top three and Darienne's also here for some reason (I guess to please the Facebook fans that landed her on this show this season, maybe)."


I do want to say that my heart broke a little during Darienne's lunch-with-Ru confession that she's estranged from her mother. Hearing her tearfully recalling the words "how dare you stand there under my roof, living your *lifestyle* on my dime?" simultaneously made me cry and made me want to punch something.

But on a lighter note, I liked Ru referring to Darienne as "one of the great lakes" during the runway segment. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that motorboating is a popular sport on Lake Darienne. Hiyo!


As for the remaining queens: called. it. Didn't I call it? From the very beginning, I knew some iteration of Courtney and Bianca, with Adore and/or Ben dela Creme in the wildcard slot, would make it into the top three.

I doubted the lovely Courtney for a moment there, based on her lackluster performance toward the middle of the season, but she's really managed to turn it around, I think. Part of me felt like she was lying in wait, saving her energy to leave it all on the floor during the home stretch. An, albeit, risky strategy, but one she seems to have pulled off. Well done, Courtney! Though I am sad that she revealed her "Priscilla Queen of the Desert" wig to Bianca, but ended up not using it for the final runway. Y COURTNEY?!


And is it just me, or did anyone else dig her goofy "sissyography" during the video shoot? I think it was genuinely hard for Courtney to dance on that treadmill and she just decided to make the best of a bad situation by being silly.

Speaking of which, Adore took to that choreography like a duck to water. (Tangent: is she a trained dancer? I know Laganja has dance training, and Laganja and Adore have worked in the past, so maybe Adore is also trained?) She even came up with a sassy little move...that Darienne promptly stole. Not a big fan of her runway look, though, except for the hair. That hair was fierce. And her make-up. And so was her performance during the acting challenge. "The men love me, the women love me, the children love me, they ALL LOVE ME. I'm Mahogbody, bitch!" I love you, Adore. Azusa's kinda near me, so can I be your homegirl? I'll let you borrow my shoes (and my corsets when I get them, eventually).


As for Bianca, well, that bitch came prepared. So prepared, that she wasn't the least bit intimidated by any of the other queens throughout the competition. In fact, she took queens under her wing so that they would actually stand a chance against her. Of course, she never admitted as much, opting instead to say that she was once a young queen, she had older queens mentoring her and helping her at that age, and that this inspired her to pay it forward. I honestly don't see her losing the crown, but if for some incredibly bizarre reason she doesn't win, I would want her to win Miss Congeniality. And that blue gown and those gold-accented accessories were STUNNING. I want a sapphire column dress of my very own after seeing her in one, and hope I could look half as good.

So since we've reached the end of the road, here's what I'd like to happen in the final episode:


WINNER: Bianca del Rio

RUNNER UP: Adore Delano


But since I'm often wrong, and the crazy is strong with Mama Ru (i.e. booting off Dela prematurely), here's what I *think* might *actually* happen:

WINNER: Adore Delano

RUNNER UP: Courtney Act



One last thing: I am OBSESSED with Ru's single "Sissy That Walk," which was featured in this episode, and was the theme during all the runway segments this season. Logo put together an amazing lyric video for the song, which you can watch here:

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