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Previously on Drag Race: The queens competed in an outfit design challenge and Plastique Tiara slayed the world. Yvie Oddly got into some major tiffs with Silky Nutmeg Ganache and Vanessa Vanjie Mateo. And resident shade monster Ra’Jah O’Hara was sent home after doubting Plastique’s story.

This week, we don’t even acknowledge Ra’Jah’s mirror message and immediately move on to the queens getting shady with each other. Silky Ganache tries to play coy about the person she’s annoyed with, which is ironic because everybody in the damn room knows her beef is with Yvie.


Okay gurl.

To her credit, Miss Vanjie airs her grievances out in the open at least. She and Yvie pick up right where they left off in Untucked and tear into each other all over again.


“Oh wow”

The next morning, the girls just sit there waiting for RuPaul in semi-silence, all bitter and shit.


“Did everyone try the chicken? I thought the chicken was lovely”

For this week’s mini-challenge, the queens dress up in quick drag to promote their autobiographies.


Miss Vanjie has to read a card in order to remember her own name. Hilarity ensues.


Plastique Tiara throws some subtle shade at the judges and producers for telling her over the past few weeks that she doesn’t have much of a personality. Points for nerve.


Yvie’s thing is very Yvie. Worth noting: this is the second time she talks about eating babies this season. I am officially concerned.


Silky Ganache says “I wrote this book due to the fact that I was hungry” and that is all I need to hear. Sold.


Brooke Lynn Hytes‘s presentation is much more subdued but still excellent. Also, her quick drag is damn flawless.

Silky wins!


Very fair.

Morgan McMichaels comes in for a minute promoting Postmates, because apparently we’ve graduated from Pit Crew boys doing that to actual queens now.


I am confusion.

Now for the exciting part: this week is the Snatch Game… at Sea! It’s basically the same thing except they’re pretending to be on a cruise.



A little later, as the queens are getting their impressions ready, Ru comes back for a little walkthrough with another Drag Race legend: Jinkx Monsoon!


She looks damn good.

Brooke Lynn Hytes is doing Celine Dion, but she’s not an impersonator. Comedy isn’t her strong suit and she’s feeling very insecure about it. It doesn’t help that she totally fails to entertain Ru and Jinkx when they ask for a sample of her Celine act.



Miss Vanjie may be in danger, too. She plans on doing Danielle Bregoli, the teenage rebel famous for the “cash me ousside how bout dat” line. Problem is that is literally ALL ANYONE knows about her (no offense Danielle I’m sure you’re a lovely person). So Ru and Jinkx put the fear of God into Vanjie for potentially picking a poor character.


She not getting these cookies today ma’am.

During Plastique’s walkthrough, she explains how her often-used Asian accent is actually her real voice/accent, and her more American English accent is a put-on affectation for her drag character. Listening in, Miss A’Keria Chanel Davenport does not believe a word of that. She tells as much to Silky Ganache.


Sis… The T is hot today.

Now for the Snatch Game at Sea!


So yeah. Snatch Game but bluer. Werk.


Silky Nutmeg Ganache is playing Ts Madison, who happens to be very similar to her own persona. It’s a smart choice because it allows her to be her own crazy Ganache self. Naturally, she’s a laugh riot.


Nina West pulls a Bob the Drag Queen and does two characters: Harvey Fierstein and Jo Anne Worley. Both of them are solid interpretations and are different enough to show off some diversity.


Plastique Tiara’s Lovely Mimi doesn’t look like she’s going to be a very interesting act at first, but luckily for her, Silky interacts with her enough to give her some comedic material. She definitely owes her performance to Silky.


Yvie Oddly looks convincing as Whoopi Goldberg, but her comedy is just… really, really out there. None of what she says makes that much sense, and even when it does, it’s not funny at all. Ouch.


Shuga Cain is playing celebrity and friend of Ru’s, Charo, and does a killer job with it. She’s fun, the accent is on point, and she really looks the part too.


Vanessa Vanjie Mateo followed through with Danielle Bregoli and as expected, her act is one-note. Except she starts Snatch Game with a girly voice and then switches back to her normal voice halfway through for some reason. It’s pretty messy.


A’Keria Chanel Davenport does a great job as Tiffany Haddish. She’s snappy, fun, and stays in character throughout.


Poor Brooke Lynn Hytes wasn’t lying: she can’t do impersonations. Her Celine Dion has zero jokes. Nada. The cringe is real.

The next morning, as the queens are getting ready for the runway, Yvie Oddly tells Silky Ganache she’s sorry for calling her talentless in Untucked and that she proved her wrong with that Snatch Game performance. It’s a nice gesture, but Silky is beyond done with Yvie—and has been for a while.


She ain’t havin’ none of that.

Speaking of apologies, Miss Vanjie reaches out to Yvie to say sorry for blowing up the way she did in Untucked (and afterward). While Silky wasn’t interested in any of Yvie’s reconciliation attempts, this conversation goes a lot better. Yvie and Vanjie kiss and make up, Vanjie apologizes to everyone else for causing a scene, and things feel a little brighter in the world.



Shall we move on?


Oh you betta werk bitch.

Category is “Sequins on the Runway!”


A’Keria C. Davenport is giving us glam zebra realness (that’s a sentence I never thought I’d use). The dress is gloriously sparkly and the tail is a really cool touch.


Miss Vanjie is not following the judges’ directions again because she’s wearing a bodysuit, and that’s not great. But I don’t even care because she looks so damn good in this getup.


This is a great look for Nina West—silly and fun, but still really pretty and glamorous. It’s a great combination.


Shuga Cain is slaying the runway this week with a gorgeous Hispanic flamenco gown. It’s really, really beautiful, and so detailed.


It is official: I have been slain by this Brooke Lynn Hytes lewk and reveal. R.I.P. me. I shall miss myself.

SLAIN, bitch.


Brooke Lynn’s slayage is a hard act to follow, but Yvie Oddly’s Bowie lewk is pretty cool. It’s just a tad ill-fitting around the waist area. More padding would help.


Silky Nutmeg Ganache looks damn good in this turcoaahze fantasy. It’s a very Silky lewk, and a lovely Diana Ross homage as well. I approve.


Plastique Tiara’s splashy tilapia lerk feels very similar to Brooke Lynn Hytes’s Pisces outfit from the Zodiac runway, but aside from that unfortunate resemblance, it’s super gorgeous and really polished. Her makeup is fierce as fuck.

A’Keria and Plastique are safe this week. Vanjie is clocked again for her silhouette. Nina and Shuga are praised for their lewks and performances. Brooke Lynn and Yvie really messed up their Snatch Game. Silky gets glowing reviews, but she also keeps giving nasty side-eye to other queens during their critiques, so that’s really not cute.


Sportsmanship, girl. Ever heard of it?

Backstage, Plastique is dishing the T for A’Keria about Ra’Jah O’Hara’s crazy outburst in last week’s Untucked. She tells A’Keria all about how Ra’Jah accused her of lying about her family and being untruthful to get attention and all that jazz. Little does Plastique know that A’Keria is the one who put that idea into Ra’Jah’s head in the first place. A’Keria just sits there acting shocked when really, she is playing some mind games up in this bitch!


Sneaky ho.

Yvie Oddly is in her feelings about her Snatch Game performance as well as the ongoing fight she’s had with Silky, who has so far not been seeking any sort of reconciliation. Nina West sits with her, lends an ear, and gives her some words of encouragement.


Miss Congeniality realness.

When she heads back inside, Yvie gets a video message from her mama, encouraging her and also gently teasing her for being a crazy kid. It’s a sweet moment.



Then there’s ANOTHER video message, from A’Keria’s mom and grandma, and A’Keria’s surprised laughter immediately turns into this incredibly emotional breakdown. It’s painful to watch.


Ouch, my feels.

When the dust has settled on all those emotions, the queens return to the main stage, where Silky Ganache is crowned the winner of the week.


Okay, yeah, that tracks.

Now for a wild plot twist: Vanjie is declared safe, which means the bottom two this week are our two frontrunners: Brooke Lynn Hytes and Yvie Oddly.



Brooke Lynn and Yvie lip-sync to “Sorry, Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato, and y’all, I’m not gonna sugarcoat it: this is possibly the best lip-sync in the herstory of this mothertuckin’ show. Period.


Yvie covers herself in hairspray before acrobatically dumping her wig to reveal another one (the audacity!), while Brooke Lynn is serving irresistible goddess with her dance moves.


What follows is a procession of wild flips, twirls, and contortions. Brooke Lynn and Yvie match each other move for move and it is fucking incredible.

So naturally, neither of them deserves to go home. They’ve just solidified their frontrunner status, and Ru allows them both to stay.


Now that is a power duo.

To be continued, hennies—eight queens still remain.

Back to the run-down!

A’Keria Chanel Davenport – Miss A’Keria is playing an interesting and dangerous game with Plastique. Her Nancy Drewing with Plastique’s propensity to exaggerate things could land them both into some serious drama soon. Or maybe it won’t! Time will tell.

Vanessa Vanjie Mateo – Vanjie is stuck in repetitive runway lewk hell. She always looks good, but Michelle Visage is 100% done with Vanjie’s silhouette and that is really not a good sign.

Nina West – Nina killed the Snatch Game, and I think she maybe even deserved the win more than Silky did. Her two distinct characters were both really well portrayed, whereas Silky’s character was basically Silky. But hey.

Shuga Cain – Shuga did so well this week. It’s such a shame that the show has apparently decided she’s not a contender. Maybe she can still surprise us, pull a Kameron Michaels, and slay all the way to the end.

Brooke Lynn Hytes – Bitch, that runway reveal will go down in herstory right alongside the lip-sync. Brooke Lynn may have tanked the Snatch Game completely, but she was so incredible beyond it that it hardly matters anymore.

Yvie Oddly – Yvie’s definitely murdering this competition too, and she’s also been getting somewhat of a rudemption storyline this week from being so aggressively honest with everyone in recent episodes. Let’s see if her penitent streak lasts.

Silky Nutmeg Ganache – While Silky’s Snatch Game win was a bit easy, she did deserve it. What I am more bothered by is her very unsportsmanlike behavior this week. Refusing to reconcile with Yvie is one thing, but pulling stank faces all throughout the judges’ critiques of the other queens is another level entirely. Talk about “attitude check.”

Plastique Tiara – Plastique looked great and did decently this week. But this running storyline about her being a “pathological liar” could potentially blow up in everybody’s face. Girl, the drama this season never ends.

We’ve got eight very strong contenders on our hands now. Things are about to get extra tough going forward, and I can’t wait for the competition to get crazy.

Thanks for reading as always, darlings! While you’re at it, make sure you check out my ongoing Game of Thrones Season 8 recaps too. She a multitasker.

3 comments on “RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11, Episode 8 Recap: Sinking Ship

  1. Dan Parrot says:

    Not addressed is the Michelle / Ross tension over Vanjie. Wasn’t it Michelle who sent Vanjie packing over the first look last season – because she didn’t show off her body?! Now that she is, she is still not happy. What is Michelle even doing there? Talk about a tired look.

  2. tartanpartan says:

    As you point out, Yvie got progress in her story arc this ep, but it’s worth noting that so did Brooke Lynn. She’s been so crisp and perfect so far that this felt completely necessary at some point.
    The obvious front-runners usually come to grief in a singing challenge or the dreaded makeover — not usually snatch game of course!
    But this epic fail gave the show exactly what it needed — vulnerability, fall and then very speedy rudemption for both Yvie and Brooke.

    I totally agree that Nina really should have won, or even Suga — whose Charo I enjoyed way more than Silky’s loud = funny schtick. But … hey …

    1. Very true! This episode and the previous one humanized Brooke Lynn. It’s good for even the frontrunners not to look invincible, or they end up being boring.

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