I'm another Netflix watcher delurking to say how happy I was Frances won. After the technical challenge I figured it was Kimberley's to lose, and her showstopper really did seem to fall short, and Ruby's was full of problems. That left Frances for the win.
Ruby. as always, was just such a downer.
And I didn't like the edit Frances got. There were several times in the last couple of episodes where I thought the show was laughing *at* her, rather than with her. For a show that normally goes to such great lengths to portray its contestants positively it troubled me. There was one sequence where Glenn was saying that nobody with friends, or family, or a life, would ever waste their time making puff pastry. Then cut straight to Frances saying she loves making puff pastry. Then in the finale there was the (very funny) exchange between Ruby and Sue once Ruby'd realized she and Frances were both making picnic basket pastries. Ruby said something like it's like finding out you're both wearing the same dress to a do, only the other girl is a 6'3" Brazilian supermodel. Given the show's favoritism for Ruby, and her conventional good looks, this seemed like a shot at Frances' appearance. Then when Ruby pulled that challenge off, Paul told her she'd finally done as well as Frances in the style category (her substance always being good), and again it seemed like a sleight against Frances, who the show has been criticizing every episode. I just kept getting the impression the show was happy to mock Frances in a way they never did with any of the other contestants.