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Previously on Drag Race: Yvie Oddly got into a tiff with Ra’Jah O’Hara, then won the week’s challenge along with Scarlet EnvyMercedes Iman Diamond came close to being eliminated, but she slayed the fuck out of her lip-sync and sent Kahanna Montrese home instead.

The queens are back in the werk room and Mercedes Iman Diamond is celebrating her win, but in her confessional, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo says Mercedes needs to get her shit together. She’s been doing poorly at both the challenges and the runway, and she needs to, as Vanjie puts it, “pick a struggle.”

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“You gotta pick a struggle” is my new go-to read.

 

Scarlet Envy announces she hopes the queens are sold now on her talent and that they’ll think twice about underestimating her going forward.

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Awright.

Meanwhile, Ariel Versace is shook that she came close to landing in the bottom two for this challenge. Silky Nutmeg Ganache, however, thinks this is very on-brand for the “Instagram ho,” stating in her confessional that Ariel is basically not good at anything else.

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Party.

The next day, the queens get a fun new mini-challenge: they need to dress up as groupies and attempt to negotiate their way into Michelle Visage‘s concert’s backstage area. Wouldn’t be the first time Michelle had queens up in her backstage area. Wonk wonk.

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Plastique Tiara‘s quick drag is phenomenal. That’s a woman, Maury.

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Ra’Jah O’Hara’s high-pitched voice and intonation are hilarious. She really sells the (sad, desperate) fantasy.

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Nina West goes in another direction by pretending to be Michelle Visage’s dorky, butt-ugly daughter. It’s a fun act.

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Silky Ganache straight-up tackles the door, shaking the entire damn studio. Don’t piss this bitch off.

The mini-challenge winners are Nina West and Ra’Jah O’Hara.

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Werk.

Ra’Jah and Nina are this week’s team leaders in an evangelical diva worship challenge, where each team will need to praise a musical icon of their choosing and perform live conversions, all in a comedy improv format. Mercedes Iman Diamond and A’Keria Chanel Davenport are chosen last.

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She mad girl.

Nina West’s team decides to go for Britney Spears as their evangelical icon. Silky Ganache wants to take one of the singing parts, and immediately, Ariel Versace volunteers to team up with her to sing together.

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Exqueeze me?

Silky doesn’t understand why Ariel would want to associate with her after she called her out publicly for being an annoying loudmouth. But she quietly accepts the situation for now.

Over on the other side, Ra’Jah’s team goes for Mariah Carey. Except they quickly start to realize none of them really knows that much about the gal. Even after RuPaul reads them for filth for not knowing anything about Mariah, they still decide it’d be best for them to stick with her as their diva.

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Good luck with that…

The improv challenge filming starts with Nina West’s team, doing a tribute to Britney Spears.

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Nina kills it as the evangelical busybody stereotype. It’s a great performance and she keeps everybody else on their toes.

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Brooke Lynn Hytes does a better acting job with this challenge than she did last week and manages to hold her own next to Nina.

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Vanessa Vanjie Mateo is going full Vanjie on this challenge, saying crazy shit nonstop and getting everyone around her to giggle incessantly. Werk.

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Yvie Oddly is playing an emo teen girl who gets converted to Britney-ism. It’s a good performance, though she makes me a little nervous with the scissors she’s playing with.

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Mercedes Iman Diamond is once again not doing the best. She flubs one of her only two lines. As Ariel Versace says, “you had one job!”

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Silky Nutmeg Ganache doesn’t mesh very well with Ariel (because duh), but her bombastic character does the job she’s supposed to.

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You can tell Ariel is struggling a bit to get her jokes out with Silky monopolizing the scene, but she still does a great job and draws some good laughs.

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Meanwhile, on the Mariah Carey team, things are not going nearly as well. Scarlet Envy falls flat as the hostess, with really poor comedic timing.

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Shuga Cain struggles with timing as well and doesn’t seem to have a whole lot of jokes. Overall, there’s a lot of flailing between the two of them.

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Plastique Tiara stumbles as well with some attempts at a comedic demon-like voice, but it doesn’t work.

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A’Keria Chanel Davenport is a decent actress, but she’s not able to do much with Plastique’s poor performance. Plus she calls the movie Glitter “Sparkle.” Oof.

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Honey Davenport‘s sense of timing is as terrible as everyone else’s here. Plus she can’t sing, oh, at all.

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Ra’Jah O’Hara’s gospel church lady idea is good on paper, but she can’t escape out of this whole production’s stench. Plus the hat she wears completely obscures her face.

Ross Mathews, completely shook by how terrible this whole thing just was, gives Ra’Jah’s team some advice: “Bring it on the runway.”

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B I C T H

The next morning, Shuga Cain brings up that she’s nervous about how poorly they did. Honey Davenport is confused because she personally thought she did a great job.

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Oh you poor sweet baby.

Brooke Lynn Hytes and Miss Vanjie are getting very close. Like, kisses on the mouth and flirting close. A’Keria Davenport has taken notice, and she’s very entertained.

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We have a shipper.

Speaking of A’Keria, Miss Thing questions Mercedes Iman Diamond about her religion, asking about “mausoleums” and stuff.

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Oh lawd.

This would be a great time for Mercedes to educate the ladies (and the world!) about her culture and religion and open some eyes to the true nature of Islam, but instead, the girl gets nervous, scurries off to do her makeup in a corner, and refuses to discuss it even in her confessional.

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Girl, bye.

Silky Ganache attempts to lighten the mood by leading some gospel chanting in the room, but not everyone is into it.

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Miss Ariel is thrilled.

Meanwhile, Yvie Oddly is butt-naked and painting her entire body pink.

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WHAT IS HAPPENING

Now for the shiny part!

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Lil’ basic, I gotta say.

Tonight, the category is fringe!

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Honey Davenport looks pretty in this latex thing she’s got going on. She says the look represents the people she’s lost to gun violence, which is both sad and a bit confusing.

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Scarlet Envy is giving us Marilyn Monroe and looks good, though she flips her hair a lot and the darker hair underneath is a bit too visible. Oops.

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Shuga Cain is paying homage to her Apache roots with this gorgeous Native American look. It’s pretty fierce.

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Plastique Tiara’s look is gorge. She’s rocking the high pony. It’s lovely.

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A’Keria Chanel Davenport is werking this absolutely gorgeous outfit with a headdress that she—gasp—made herself. The talent jumped out.

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Ra’Jah O’Hara’s outfit is decent, but the hair and makeup are a bit rough. It’s not very flattering.

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Nina West has this crazy-looking bedazzled mop outfit that’s just bouncing around all over the place. I’m personally not a fan, especially of the color.

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Brooke Lynn Hytes’s hippie flower girl look is simple but effective. It’s super pretty.

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Vanessa Vanjie Mateo looks great in this Cher getup, but this is three for three episodes now that she’s worn red clothes and black hair on the runway. Hopefully, she changes that up soon.

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Yvie Oddly is THAT. BITCH. Her look is like nothing we’ve ever seen on this main stage, and it is incredible. Crown this bitch. Now.

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Yvie’s look was going to be a tough act to follow no matter what, but this outfit by Mercedes Iman Diamond is not the T, henny. Sorry, next.

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Ariel Versace looks gorge in this iridescent reinterpretation of the theme. She’d fit right in with the All Stars 4 promo. Ah, I miss that season.

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Silky Nutmeg Ganache’s look is pretty basic and has very visible seams on the sides, so, not great. Her makeup is nice though.

The verdict is in: Nina West’s Britney Spears team is the winning group (obviously), and Nina West herself wins the week!

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Look at that, she mopped up a win—I’m so sorry.

Miss Vanjie and Ariel Versace are praised as strong performers this week before the whole team is declared safe and sent backstage.

Scarlet Envy, Shuga Cain, and A’Keria Davenport are praised for their lewks. But overall, basically everyone fucked up the acting and the team dynamic. RuPaul reiterates that maybe Mariah was not the best choice for the team if they barely knew her, and Plastique Tiara counters that being from Vietnam, she did not know anything about pop culture until four years ago.

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Hmm.

Ru decides to stir some shit up and ask the whole team who’s responsible for this massive fuckup. Honey Davenport takes the lead and says she’s to blame for the mess. One by one, all the queens on the team chime in saying they’re responsible, refusing to throw anyone under the bus. Not what Ru wanted to hear.

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You have disappointed RuPaul.

Backstage, Silky Ganache is telling the other safe girls that she had a problem with pretending to worship Britney Spears because she’s a woman of God. But Yvie Oddly confronts her, saying that’s bullshit and she’s just mad they didn’t get to do Whitney Houston. Things escalate beyond an appropriate level and suddenly Silky gets up, screams she was ready to lip-sync for her life, and tears off her outfit to reveal a bodysuit underneath.

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There’s an awkward, confused silence, then Yvie screams back “What does that have to do with anything bitch?!”

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These are the best 20 seconds in the history of Untucked.

Yvie storms off to vent with Brooke Lynn outside about how people here are not being honest with others or themselves.

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Just two ethereal goddesses having a smoke.

The bottom girls, a.k.a. Ra’Jah’s team, rejoin the winners. A’Keria mentions to a couple of the other girls that she doesn’t buy the fact that Plastique knew nothing about Mariah Carey or pop culture until four years ago.

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Oop.

After some backstage visits from super-cute and super-talented guest judges Guillermo Diaz and Troye Sivan, everyone returns to the main stage, where a pissed-off Ru has a little twist for everyone. All six of the bottom queens will be lip-syncing for their lives.

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GAG.

What follows is a panicked couple of minutes where six queens are desperately trying to make a good impression to Jennifer Lopez‘s “Waiting For Tonight.”

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Scarlet Envy saves herself with a good wig reveal, Plastique Tiara kills the hairography, and Ra’Jah O’Hara is fearlessly selling the song.

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But the other three are having a lot more trouble. A’Keria’s beautiful headdress falls off and she is left snatched. Shuga Cain is having trouble with the words. And poor terrified Honey Davenport has lost her shoes and looks like a child who has been given way too much Coca-Cola at the family party.

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Everyone readjusts themselves, and then comes the moment of truth. One by one, queens are saved and allowed to continue in the competition. Plastique Tiara is first, then Ra’Jah O’Hara, then Scarlet Envy, then A’Keria Chanel Davenport.

Shuga Cain is the last queen to be saved.

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Phew!

Which means poor Honey Davenport is the one to go home this week.

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Oh Honey. Hooooooneeeyyyyy.

There are a lot of talented bitches with big personalities this season, and Honey sadly got lost in the crowd and repeatedly failed to stand out. That’s the way the cookie crumbles.

Who asked for a run-down?

Scarlet Envy – Scarlet had a pretty big tumble this week compared to her performance last time. I still think she’s got a lot more to show, though. She’s surprised me.

Shuga Cain – Shuga came close to being sent home, and hopefully that lights a fire under her booty that’ll get her working harder. Her lewk was great, though.

Plastique Tiara – Like Scarlet, Plastique fell hard from her high position last week. Here’s hoping it was a temporary moment of weakness, because she’s really promising.

A’Keria Chanel Davenport – A’Keria was serving all kinds of Bitter Betty realness this week, which was really entertaining. Now she’s going to need to work extra hard to redeem herself. I know she can werk it.

Ra’Jah O’Hara – Ra’Jah’s a good lip-syncer, and that might allow her to stay longer than I’d anticipated. Her mini-challenge performance was also fun.

Nina West – As opposed to a lot of these girls, who’d been doing well and then tanked this week, Nina went in the opposite direction. I’m still not in love with anything she’s done aesthetically so far, but let’s see if she can build momentum.

Brooke Lynn Hytes – Brooke Lynn did a solid job with the acting this time around, and her look was really nice. I’m pretty sure she’s still going to stick around for a while.

Vanessa Vanjie Mateo – Miss Vanjie’s been killing it, but she really needs to serve the judges some versatility on the runway before it becomes a problem.

Yvie Oddly – Yvie is just so far beyond so many of these girls right now, it’s not even funny. She is murdering this competition. Call 911.

Mercedes Iman Diamond – I hate to be a bitch, but like Miss Vanjie said, Mercedes is failing on both ends—aesthetics and personality. There’s just not much there, and I think she’s most likely next to go.

Ariel Versace – Ariel is finally doing better, and about time—one more failure and she might’ve been in serious danger in the competition. Let’s see if she can keep it up.

Silky Nutmeg Ganache – Silky’s still struggling a little, performance-wise. Her personality is really carrying her through a lot of this competition so far. That Untucked outburst is already legendary.

Till next time, divas! Adios!

 

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