We are in the middle of a Drag race cold War. Gone are the days of open conflict during which Alexis moves in his makeup chair to give Miz Cracker a direct dressing, or when Derrick moves in her make-up chair to give India a direct dressing (hmmm … I feel a pattern). This episode, our girls are doing their best to display a kindness veneer (in addition to their actual veneers). At the top of the episode, the queens are back in the Werkroom, counting the lipsticks. Lo and behold, Shea discovers that not one but of them of his compatriots All Stars tried to elect him from the island, giving him the second highest number of votes after Mariah. Alexis and Mayhem quickly went to the votes (choosing not to draw a BeBe) and attempt to rotate their votes for Shea as a by-product of their deep and meaningful friendships with Mariah. Why, they just wouldn’t do it dream to send their best friend home! And how dare you even ask! In the confessional, Mayhem openly admits that his strategy has “failed”, but Alexis keeps his cards a little closer to the breastplate. To her credit, Shea buys no explanation from the queen. “These girls have no idea what kind of games I can play,” she said. ” So. Let’s have fun. »GAG!
For this week’s main challenge, the girls must honor one of the country’s most revered journalistic institutions, the backbone of the Fourth State, TMZ. In truth Drag race fashion, queens must improvise a scene of celebrities caught in various scenarios ~ delusional ~ by the network of flirting SheMZ. As a bonus, the ladies also enter the boys’ trail to play the editors of the SheMZ newsroom. It’s a really fun concept, and one of the strongest and most accessible places for an improvisation challenge to date. Unlike last week, I found myself truly engaged in each scene. And as with the actual TMZ, I can confidently say that I would moralize with friends about how SheMZ is exploitative and trash, while watching him behind their backs. Ru renounces any claim and chooses the teams, apparently for maximum dramatic ends: Shea and Alexis; Blair, Jujubee and Miz Cracker; and India and Mayhem.
The first is the Shealexis team. For their scene, Shea and Alexis play two queens from their Real housewives openness to be false and trash, respectively. There are a lot of discussions about their typecasting, which I don’t quite understand. I never associated Shea with being “false” and I always thought that Alexis was more energetic or noisy than “trash”. Am i stupid Don’t answer that. In any case, we are entitled to a real master class of passive-aggressive jokes in the Werkroom while Shea and Alexis do their best to be cordial (no drag queen behavior). The scene itself takes place in a COVID-friendly restaurant where Housewives eat outdoors. SheMZ appears, of course, which means that this restaurant is probably the equivalent of the Ivy’s trail (the Ivy Winters?). The scene goes off without a hitch, and the two queens have moments to shine. The judges rightly point out that Alexis is bulldozing all over the shea, but it is not ultimately at the expense of the scene, and I do not know how they can really be crazy when all that Alexis says is funny anyway. I think my favorite moment of Alexis Moment ™ is when she does air quotes one day after she finishes her sentence. Either that or when she shouts her seminal slogan “BAM!” in his butchest boy reporter voice. Shea is in full control of the stage, an important feat when your partner is Alexis Mateo. She shines with tiny facial expressions and follows absolutely as Alexis advances the scene at a rapid pace. After burning the runway (again), Shea is also safe.
Then let’s talk about Team Mindia (ugh, weak…). India plays a celebrity shoplifting, and Mayhem plays a renowned greedy store owner who catches her in the act. India wants to channel its own shoplifting past into another challenge victory (this is not the case), and Mayhem is determined to prove that it has improved in improvisation since its season (this it’s not the case). However, it would not be fair for these girls to claim that they are “in pain”. The scene is perfectly fine, but it derails when they move away from the initial premise. We learn that India is a … lick? And, thereafter, this Mayhem is also a … lick. India introduced the bit by licking a donut (a very normal thing to taste), then in 90 seconds progressed to lick the broken glass on the concrete. The Drew Carey of drag !!!
The judges do not log into any of these performances, and Team Mindia becomes our second team. Mayhem seems resigned to her fate, whatever it is, but India is certainly not. As Mayhem practically bids farewell, India whispers to girls that she thinks Mayhem has dragged the whole scene. I don’t think Mayhem wants to return home, but while India is broadcasting announcements of attacks and delivering stubborn speeches, Mayhem has not even set up an external office in Wisconsin (too soon?). Mayhem is an L.A. bar legend, and it’s frustrating that she never had her star moment Drag race. However, it is touching (not to mention deeply relevant) to watch her discuss her addiction and DUI experience from this episode, as well as recounting a horrific experience of police abuse when she was arrested in a trail. Throughout this season, Mayhem has spoken of addiction in a nuanced way that I don’t often see reflected on television. We are lucky to have it, and I am sure it will be the life of the party for years to come. Farewell, my queen!
Finally, let’s talk about the strongest of the three teams: Saint Crackbee. (Better not have teams next week – I’m sick of that track I signed up to.) Saint Crackbee gets the group’s strongest premise, which parodies the summer college admissions scandal latest. The scandal also has the distinction of being the last cycle of news to make me happy. Do you remember when Lori Loughlin signed autographs outside the courthouse just before she was charged? God, I love him … Miz Cracker plays the orchestrator of the love scandal of Jujubee, the authoritarian mother. To complete the cast, Blair plays the obnoxious and prissy girl from Juju. Before arriving at the scene, however, Cracker confronts Blair based on information she received from Alexis last week. Cracker asks Blair directly if she has plotted against her, and Blair vehemently denies it. I don’t think Cracker really believes that Blair is on something sinister, but as the old saying goes: trust, but check.
The scene unfolds without a hitch. Cracker, the smart cookie that it is, does what other girls should have done: write jokes !! Yes, it’s an improvisation scene, but if you have the outline ahead of time, what keeps you from throwing a few well placed galvanizers to give the scene that extra edge? Cracker has the best lines, which include, “Our friendship has been more difficult than your foundation stick” and “No one has attended your shows in years. When Lady Gaga said there could be 100 people in a room, you were shocked. It’s a massacre, and Jujubee and Blair have no problem staying so engaged. Cracker rightly snatches the win while Juju and Blair are safe. (It should also be mentioned that Blair BURNS the track – credit where credit is due!)
Back on the main stage, we RuVeal that the lip sync assassin is none other than the legend himself, Morgan McMichaels. Cracker even takes a knee when Micky’s WeHo’s artist-in-residence goes on stage, which I fully support. Nothing but respect for my Nazi queen. I’d say it’s the lowest lip sync this season, but the previous three have set a very high bar that won’t be easily erased. To me, singles from the Rihanna club talk about sex, and I was finally Not That Horny after watching this performance. (I’m sure that’s exactly the kind of data-driven science you all expect from my recaps.) So it’s strange to me that this is the double win of the season. That said, Morgan’s double-Dutchman with Miz Cracker’s leg while breakdancing is drag excellence. The double win turns out to be irrelevant (except for Cracker, who is now $ 20,000 richer) and Mayhem is the only queen eliminated tonight.
The eliminations are getting tougher and, as Shea learned this week, no one is safe. In addition, the conflict appears to be reaching a boiling point in the Werkroom, and we may see the consequences next week. Anyone could go home then, from India Ferrah to India Ferrah, so we’ll just have to wait and see. Until next week!