Previously on Drag Race: Miley Cyrus visited the werk room to say hay to the fifteen new queens competing this season. Returning diva Vanessa Vanjie Mateo learned from past mistakes and killed the sewing challenge this time. Brooke Lynn Hytes emerged as this season’s first big threat. And sweet Soju with the oozing cyst got the boot after making the same mistake Miss Vanjie made last year.
The queens return to the werk room and celebrate Brooke Lynn Hytes’s first challenge win. Brooke Lynn is now on the map as a fierce competitor, and she knows it.
Scarlet Envy is bitter at not winning the first challenge. She says as much, and Brooke Lynn gently claps back by pointing out holes in her dress’s seams. Everyone laughs.
Scarlet is officially making it her mission to prove everyone wrong this week.
The next morning, RuPaul shows up to start the episode off with a mini-challenge: a quick drag celebrity photo-bombing session.
Silky Nutmeg Ganache gets naked. Full-on exposed. Gurl that’s a lot of Ganache.
Speaking of crazy, Yvie Oddly is also going all out with this wild, semi-inexplicable monstrosity. My goodness.
Brooke Lynn Hytes’s slutty showing isn’t the craziest thing we’ve seen from the Trumps.
The mini-challenge’s co-winners are Brooke Lynn and Silky!
This week, the queens will be split into two teams to act in scripted parodies of popular blockbusters celebrating black empowerment. Yas.
Brooke Lynn and Silky pick their teammates one at a time, and at the end of the day, the last two standing are Ariel Versace and Scarlet Envy. Ariel is picked up by Brooke Lynn, so Scarlet gets to be that one kid in gym class (me) this week.
The ladies sit down with their scripts. Brooke Lynn suggests for Plastique Tiara to pull a Vietnamese accent with her part and make it a stereotypical Asian nail technician.
Over in Silky’s team, Kahanna Montrese realizes her part only has two lines of dialogue. Scarlet tells her it’s an advantage because she doesn’t have a lot to memorize and can just focus on stealing the spotlight. But Kahanna worries she may not be able to do that, and having been in the bottom last week, she NEEDS to stand out.
Ru returns to the werk room to check in on his girls and asks Brooke Lynn’s team who they think is a threat on the other side. Threats don’t come up, but Ariel Versace does take a second to rant about how obnoxious her favorite nemesis, Silky Nutmeg Ganache, has been. The other girls agree.
So Ru, being that messy bitch, goes straight over to the other team and tells Silky just how the other team feels about her.
Silky tells Ru about how she has a master’s degree in organizational leadership and is working on a PhD. But more importantly, she cracks Mama up something good.
Silky may have an overwhelming personality, but she knows how to get Ru’s attention. Now Ariel just looks like the bitchy jealous one. Nicely done, henny.
The first team to film their movie is Brooke Lynn’s, doing a parody of Black Panther. Brooke Lynn gave herself the lead role, and immediately, it’s looking really obvious that she’s a little too white for this character. Same goes with Ariel Versace, who’s struggling to pull the correct attitude for the part.
Ra’Jah O’Hara has the role of the big sexy villain but flubs her lines repeatedly.
Over on the other team, things are going quite a bit better. Yvie Oddly is fully committed to her role, pulling an evil laugh for the ages.
Miss Vanjie attempts a few different takes on the “cool dorky dad” role, each of them more ridiculously funny than the last. She manages to crack everyone up, willingly or not.
Mercedes Iman Diamond and Kahanna Montrese are up next with some overexaggerated voguing shtick, but Mercedes cannot, for the life of her, properly say “Opulence! You own everything!” So between the poor gal’s accent and Kahanna’s extremely over-the-top flapping, the whole bit looks completely ridiculous.
Silky Ganache also struggles with her lines, but she makes up for it with personality.
The next day, the queens go straight to putting their makeup on for the runway. Silky asks the queens on Brooke Lynn Hytes’s team who specifically called her out to Ru. Suddenly, crickets. Ariel Versace is the only one who owns up to it.
Yvie Oddly praises Ariel for her honesty and shades just about everyone else for being two-faced. Ra’Jah O’Hara is not having that shit.
One thing leads to another and Ra’Jah and Yvie start insulting each other’s makeup. As one does.
Once things have cooled down, Mercedes Iman Diamond talks about how she was on a no-fly list for a while because of her name. And she had a stroke one time from the stress and pressure of not being able to fly.
This week, the runway category is “What’s Your Sign?”, a Zodiac theme!
Brooke Lynn Hytes, a Pisces, is giving fishy glamor tonight. Her makeup is a tad harsh, but the lewk is good.
Plastique Tiara is representing Aries beautifully with this gorgeous, elaborate number. Mama looks expensive.
Ra’Jah O’Hara is a Capricorn, which is harder to work with. The hair and hooves are a nice touch, but the gown is pretty dull.
For the second week in a row, Nina West fails to shine on the runway. The headpiece is nice, but the rest looks pretty cheap.
As opposed to Nina, Honey Davenport has managed to improve on her look from last week and is serving a better Leo for sure. The nose makeup is a little distracting, but the hair is fierce.
Shuga Cain‘s Scorpio look is only loosely inspired by the scorpion theme, but it’s still pretty cool. I love the fake hair.
Ariel Versace looks gorgeous in her My Little Pony-esque Aries fantasy. It’s a really pretty lewk.
Silky Nutmeg Ganache has the unenviable Capricorn theme, and she did her best with it. It’s not bad.
Yvie Oddly looks incredible with this futuristic, super weird interpretation of Leo. Bitch, this is art.
Vanessa Vanjie Mateo has gone and done it with this insane Libra lewque. It is everything. Everything!
A’Keria Chanel Davenport is going all-out pageant gown with her Pisces runway. It’s pretty, but nothing revolutionary.
Mercedes Iman Diamond’s Sagittarius look is pretty basic. Also, she’s incorporated a bow and arrow but doesn’t know how to hold them properly. Ho-hum.
Kahanna Montrese’s Aries look is really cheap-looking, her makeup is not great at all, and she also ruins her reveal by stepping on her skirt and tearing it off. Tragic.
Scarlet Envy comes out in this incredible aquatic look, shooting out bubbles everywhere, and just looking like a damn mermaid. My goodness.
“Why It Gotta Be Black, Panther?” is the first of the two film parodies up for judging. Nina West does a decent job, but Shuga Cain and Plastique Tiara are the definite standouts.
The other four are pretty cringey.
Overall, Brooke Lynn’s team’s parody is pretty iffy.
Silky Ganache’s “Good God, Girl, Get Out!” is much better. Scarlet Envy and Yvie Oddly have excellent chemistry together, and Miss Vanjie is hilariously weird. A’Keria Chanel Davenport also does a great job with her role.
Mercedes, Kahanna, and Silky’s performances aren’t quite as great, but the team is leaps and bounds above the other one still. Part of that is definitely due to the writing for this parody being much better, though.
Also: Derrick Barry cameo!
Unfortunately for some of these queens, the contestants are being judged as individuals tonight. Nina, Vanjie, Silky, Honey, A’Keria, and Ra’Jah are safe.
Plastique, Shuga, Scarlet, and Yvie are praised for their performances. Brooke Lynn, Ariel, Kahanna, and Mercedes didn’t do so good. Mercedes breaks down about her stroke and how it makes her feel insecure and unattractive.
Backstage, the safe queens are having a kiki. Silky Ganache is obsessed with being the season’s big (or biggest) girl and wants to represent, but her constant talk of big bitches winning over “skinny bitches” starts to come across as insensitive. Honey and A’Keria Davenport both point out how inappropriate it would be if the situation were flipped and Silky was a skinny girl hating on big girls.
The top and bottom queens return, and the spat between Ra’Jah O’Hara and Yvie Oddly comes up. Yvie starts to drum up an apology, but Ra’Jah doubles down and snaps at Yvie something fierce. Yvie’s apologies aren’t gonna do shit here, apparently.
Ra’Jah takes Plastique outside to rant about the situation, and the whole time, Plastique just stands there, fully silent.
Guest judge and lovable SNL goofball Bobby Moynihan drops by the Untucked set to visit the girls, spill some tea, and do a gentle death drop in heels.
After Bobby leaves, Ra’Jah sits down with Yvie to smooth things over and finally accepts her apology.
Guess she just needed a moment to be in her feelings.
Back on the main stage, the co-winners of the week are announced: Scarlet Envy and Yvie Oddly!
Ariel Versace comes close, but this episode’s bottom two are Mercedes Iman Diamond and Kahanna Montrese. And the lip-sync song is a gay anthem: “Work” by Britney Spears. Derrick Barry found dead (twice).
Kahanna is incredibly acrobatic, and she does this full backflip with no hands, in heels, which is wild. But shy little Mercedes has a surprise planned. With a wig reveal and newfound confidence, the girl tears up the runway with her groove.
And so Mercedes unexpectedly sends Kahanna Montrese home. Kahanna is a fierce dancer and performer, but she was not quite ready for this gig. Hopefully, she gets to learn and grow from this experience.
Now for the run-down!
Brooke Lynn Hytes – Brooke Lynn was on a high from her win last week, and it may have distracted her from doing a good job this time around. That performance was pretty mediocre, and hopefully she won’t be this bad in all acting challenges.
Plastique Tiara – Week two and Plastique is still killing it, solidifying her place as a strong competitor to watch out for. I’m very much into her whole thing.
Ra’Jah O’Hara – Ra’Jah’s largest amount of screen time this week was her fight with Yvie Oddly, which is not the cutest thing. Performance-wise, she’s just doing okay so far.
Nina West – Nina did decently in the challenge, but I have concerns about her runway looks. It’s all been very uninspiring as of these first two weeks.
Honey Davenport – Honey didn’t get much screen time this week, but she at least did better on the runway this week than the last. Still, she’s going to want to stand out soon.
Shuga Cain – I still don’t really understand Shuga’s drag style, but she is doing well regardless. Uniqueness concerns aside, the gal is a great performer.
Ariel Versace – Ariel is definitely a look queen, but as of now, she hasn’t yet been able to prove she’s more than that. She does, however, make good TV with her outspokenness, and a villain is always good to keep around.
Silky Nutmeg Ganache – Silky didn’t do too well in the challenge, but her personality—and the other queens’ reactions to said personality—are what’s keeping her in Ru’s good graces for now. She’s going to have to start doing well performance-wise, though.
Yvie Oddly – Yvie is absolutely a talented, imaginative bitch. She killed the challenge and then slayed the runway, doing two completely different things excellently. Werk, cyst.
Vanessa Vanjie Mateo – Girl, that runway look was amazing. Vanjie clearly got some coins since Season 10, and it shows. She’s doing well so far—I doubt Vanjie is going away any time soon.
A’Keria C. Davenport – I can see A’Keria becoming a frontrunner at some point. She’s polished, smart, and a real professional. She’s got the Davenport brand of excellence stamped all over her.
Mercedes Iman Diamond – Mercedes gagged everyone during the lip-sync, but she’s going to have to step her pussy up if she doesn’t want to just be sent home right after Kahanna. She still feels like she’s far behind these other girls.
Scarlet Envy – I am starting to suspect that Scarlet did a horrible makeup job on her entrance look on purpose so everyone would underestimate her. She’s clearly a talented bitch, both in terms of acting and lewks. Consider me shooketh, officially.
That is all for this week, gals! Join me next week for some more drag goodness. Byyyyeeeeeee.