Previously on Drag Race: RuPaul’s Best Friend Race got its lunch money taken by Alexis Michelle and her drama. Sasha Velour and Shea Couleé got into their first tiff as a married lesbian couple. And Peppermint destroyed another adversary in the lip-sync.
The girls regroup in the werk room post-elimination and Sasha Velour is all “our heart is broken for our sister” but ALSO “unfortunately I feel like this was her time.”
Shea Couleé is feeling extra confident about having won the last challenge and thinks it’s basically a matter of time till she gets the crown. Let’s be real, we’re all thinking that too.
Sasha, however, throws a little bit of shade at Shea’s rainbow look and says she probably should’ve been this challenge’s winner.
Shea sweetly says this is the top 4 she was really wishing for, and Trinity Taylor has the weirdest, angriest reaction? I feel like the editing team maybe got confused there.
The next morning, the queens come in making so much noise it sounds like it’s the beginning of the season and there’s still a dozen contestants there.
Then they all decide to scream like Peppermint for the fun of it. It’s cute, but RIP every Drag Race fan’s speakers.
Michelle Visage comes into the werk room instead of RuPaul as per usual to announce the season’s final challenge – and I’m finding myself just staring at her legs because we never get to see them behind that judging podium.
Michelle announces the girls will be recording and performing a verse in a remix of RuPaul’s “Category Is…” and they’ll be doing it with recurring guest judge Todrick Hall guiding them through it.
There’s so much going on in this episode that the werk room banter is very limited, but Sasha does take a second to call Trinity Taylor’s upcoming vocal performance “barnyard noises.”
Shea Couleé goes into the recording studio first out of the four girls to lay down some vocals on the track. Todrick Hall is assisted by music producer Vjuan Allure.
Shea goes in hard with the fast-paced rapping and, besides a few stumbles on diction, literally kills it.
Meanwhile, Peppermint heads into another recording studio to guest star on the first of four podcasts with Mama Ru and Michelle Visage. They talk about how Peppermint has been struggling to juggle her lives as a drag queen and a transgender person. But she got this now. They don’t have to be separate, plain and simple.
Back in the music recording studio, Trinity is stumbling through her lyrics, big time.
Out of nowhere, Todrick sasses the fuck out of Trinity. “You’re saying ‘the talent I’ve got,’ honey. So…”
Trinity trips on her words a third or fourth time, and Vjuan makes this face:
This is not a good day for Trin-Trin, henny.
Sasha records the podcast with Michelle and Ru and talks about her mom and how she never really shared her drag with her before she passed away. But her dad is a huge fan, and she calls him Papa Velour. Fun fact: he came to a Drag Race viewing I was at in San Francisco and stood right next to me while we watched!
At the end of the podcast recording, Michelle and Ru gift Sasha with a Squatty Potty. For serious.
It’s Peppermint’s turn in the recording studio, and it lasts like two minutes because she nails it.
Shea chats it up with Ru and Michelle and talks about growing up in a predominantly white neighborhood. It’s sad, but like the weekly makeup venting sessions, this is starting to feel a little forced.
Sasha is recording her track, and y’all, this is scary. It sounds really strange, and Todrick doesn’t like it. But Sasha defends her choices and, with a few notes from Todrick, ends up selling it after all.
Trinity tells Michelle and Ru about her grandparents, and telling her grandmother she hated her shortly before her passing. It’s a moving conversation about learning to deal with things you can no longer change.
With all of that out of the way, it’s time for the queens to learn the choreography for their number. Peppermint is first, and like her recording, she kills this part of the challenge.
Todrick’s got this really intricate choreography planned for Sasha Velour, and it’s a doozy considering, as Shea Couleé so kindly puts it, “Sasha can’t dance.”
Trinity’s next, and Todrick has this to say about her: “The problem with Trinity is that her rhythm game is a little delayed. I feel like I’m always watching her on Skype.”
Poor Trinity is having some serious trouble, and she tells Todrick if she can’t do it, well, that’s how it is. And Todrick responds “then… you might not be in the top 3.”
Shea comes up, does her thing, slays it, and is done. The other girls look really, really worried now.
At long last, all the prep work is done and it’s time for the final runway of the season! RuPaul looks amazing tonight. Photoshop realness.
“Tonight, it’s just family,” RuPaul announces, meaning only the regular judges get to be a part of the panel.
Time for the big number! Peppermint is first and she is fierce, fun, and captivating.
Sasha starts her part by climbing onto the stage on all fours.
Trinity’s bit is not quite as stellar as the rest, but she still does really great regardless.
Shea’s bit involves swinging baseball bats around, and as cool as it is, I spent the whole time very worried for those backup dancers.
Y’all, that was so fierce. And look at me, I made it through this without a single Roxxxy Andrews joke!
Now for the Final Four Eleganza Extravaganza!
Peppermint is giving us glamorous 18th-century royalty realness. It’s not ideal that she recycled that wig from an older episode, but I’m a sucker for poofy dresses, so, I like it.
Sasha Velour looks gorge in a very quintessential Sasha look. There’s a felt crown, long leather gloves, and that beautiful, perfect makeup. Love it.
Shea Couleé is serving pop star realness with thigh-high boots and all that bedazzling. However, the weird bra attachment on her bustier makes her breasts look extremely disjointed. It’s very strange to look at.
Trinity is pulling out all the pageant-y stops with her final four look. The gown is incredible and she looks sickening. No astigmatism here.
The queens and judges exchange some final praises and comments, including some touching testimonials from the queens about their lives and experience in the competition.
In the Untucked lounge, the girls lighten the mood by talking about going to a bathhouse together and performing an impromptu rendition of “Category Is…” complete with runway walks.
Back on the main stage, the ladies are asked to perform one final lip-sync performance, all together, to RuPaul’s “U Wear It Well.” It’s a glorious four-way dance-off where every queen’s own personal style shines and harmonizes beautifully.
How do you eliminate someone at this point in the competition? Well, the answer is… you don’t.
That’s right, hennies, we’re not getting a top 3 for this year’s finale – all four of these gorgeous, talented girls get to move forward to the endgame!
Congratulations to Peppermint, Sasha Velour, Shea Couleé, and Trinity Taylor, for blowing past these ten other queens and establishing themselves as the best of the best. You all deserve it!
That’s that for this week’s recap, dear all. Next week, we get to find out which queen, out of these final four girls, gets to be crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar!
P.S.: What, no weekly rundown, no final thoughts on the queens’ winning odds? Never fear, dear readers! In honor of the older seasons’ pre-reunion countdown episodes, I’ll be taking a look back at the season’s most memorable moments, complete with assessments on the final four and a fun and humbling look at my first impressions of the Meet the Queens videos! Look for it Thursday at 7 AM PST. See you soon, my lovelies!