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Canada’s Drag Race Season 4 Episode 5: A Tale of Triumphs and Turmoil in the Legendary Snatch Game

by Jonathan Currinn
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The latest instalment of Canada’s Drag Race Season 4 delved into the heart of the competition, unravelling a web of emotions and talents as the queens tackled the much-anticipated Snatch Game challenge. The episode served as a canvas for both drama and entertainment, offering viewers a front-row seat to the queens’ highs and lows.

The fallout from the previous Untucked reverberated throughout the werk room, setting the stage for intense confrontations and heartfelt apologies. Nearah Nuff states that she’s glad that Aimee Yonce Shennel is still in the competition too and is sorry for what she said in the heat of the moment during last week’s untucked. Melinda Verga’s emotional journey from contemplating departure to a resolute return sparked discussions and reflections among the queens, once again firing up to explosive drama.

As the next day begins, Melinda apologises for her reactions and temperament from the previous day and that everything just got too much for her. The queens all understand and explain how much they love her and the she’s just human like the rest of us and there will be highs and lows in this pressure cooker environment. This highlights the supportive camaraderie amidst these Canadian queens – they clearly love the drama, can throw shade around, and can take it as much as the next queen, but also they all have kind-hearted spiritedness, really showcasing the drag queen sisterhood.

Melinda Verga posing for Canada's Drag Race Season 4 promo for Meet The Queens in a gold outfit.

The new day in the werkroom means a new Ru message and a mini challenge. Brooke Lynn Hytes appears and states that the library is officially open, because “reading is what? FUNDAMENTAL!” Denim goes on to win the mini-challenge managing to read the queens to filth!

As the queens geared up for the Snatch Game, tensions bubbled over the choice of character portrayals. Nearah and Kitten Kaboodle’s decision to channel Jennifer Coolidge brewed conflict, with neither willing to back down, underscoring the competitive spirit and determination to stand out in the impersonation challenge. Leading to two Jennifer Coolidge’s on the Snatch Game.

Under the spotlight of Brooke and the judging panellists Brad Goreski and Traci Melchor – who are the contestants – the Snatch Game unfolded, revealing the queens’ comedic prowess and improvisational skills. We got to see Venus playing Tiger King’s Joe Exotic, Melinda playing boxer Manny Pacquiao, Aimee playing Jesus, Luna as Real Housewife Mary M. Cosby, Aurora Matrix as child emperor Zhao Bing, Kitten and Nearah both impersonating Jennifer Coolidge side by side, Denim as Julia Fox, and Kiki Coe as Elizabeth Taylor. While some dazzled with spot-on impersonations, others struggled to connect with the judges’ expectations, resulting in a varied spectrum of performances that left both laughter and critique in their wake.

Aurora Matrix posing for Canada's Drag Race Season 4 promo for Meet The Queens in a baby pink outfit.

Transitioning from the impersonation challenge to the extravagant “Steampunk” runway, the queens unleashed their imaginative ensembles, infusing the stage with whimsical creativity as Brooke, Traci, and Brad are joined by RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 winner, Jaida Essence Hall. The judges’ critiques brought forth a mix of praise and guidance, shaping the queens’ trajectories within the competition.

Melinda emerged as the episode’s shining star, clinching the coveted win after delivering a standout performance in both the Snatch Game and the runway presentation. Doing a brilliant 180 flip from being in the bottom three last week to now coming out on top – proving exactly why she deserved that golden beaver save. Her resilience and artistic growth echoed a narrative of redemption, earning praise and admiration from the judging panel.

The bottom three queens are Kiki, Aurora, and Luna, with Melinda going on to save Kiki in a perfect response to last week as Kiki won and saved Melinda, so now she manages to repay the favour. However, it was unclear who Melinda was going to pick during the Untucked segment as the bottom performers explained why they deserved to stay.

The exciting golden beaver save culminated in a gripping lip-sync showdown between Luna DuBois and Aurora Matrix. They lip-synced to the global sensational hit “She’s All I Wanna Be” by Tate McRae. The impassioned performance by both queens captivated the audience, but it was Aurora who clinched it, meaning Luna had to sashay away, leaving behind a legacy of determination and growth throughout her journey – plus, can we truly ever forget her memorable tiger look in which she had to lip-sync in? Plus she completely left this week showing body ody ody.

As the episode comes to a close, Brooke Lynn Hytes stabs an unexpected twist. After letting the music play and while the queens dance to RuPaul’s “U Wear It Well”, Brooke cuts the music, shocking the queens – this season is truly bringing the epic twists and turns from the early RuPaul’s Drag Race seasons that we absolutely loved! Brooke announces that the queens will have to brace themselves for an unprecedented challenge – a Lip Sync Slayoff Extravaganza which promises to test their mettle, raising the stakes and intensifying the competition to new heights. This challenge is new for Canada’s Drag Race and, not one, but two queens will be sent packing – we cannot wait.

Luna DuBois posing for Canada's Drag Race Season 4 promo for Meet The Queens in a purple outfit.

New episodes of Canada’s Drag Race Season 4 are dropped every Thursday night on Crave in Canada, BBC Three and iPlayer in the UK, and WOW Presents Plus in the US and the rest of the world.

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