First off, I loved the mini-challenge. Not only was it unique and fun (using paper to recreate famous red carpet looks), but it also paid some great fan service to the amazing @paperdragrace. And the results were surprisingly better than expected…
As for the pairings, I would have given the mini-challenge win to Max and Pearl for sheer accuracy in recreating the famous Bob Mackie dress, but the win went to Katya and Mrs. Kasha Davis not only for the absurdity of the swan dress…
…but for Kasha’s great instinct of trying to channel Joan Rivers. While I could ding her on the accuracy (another Drag Race alumna did a better job of it), I give her points for the audacity and throwing it together at the last second. So while I would have given it to Max and Pearl, I could see why they won.
As for the main challenge, the girls must remain in their same pairs and present at the first annual DESPY awards; writing banter and then presenting the award (and coming up with an acceptance speech if they win – the girls vote who should win which award). For winning the main challenge, Kasha and Katya are hosting the show. To help them, longtime friend of the show Kathy Griffin will be coaching the girls on their presentations.
Okay, let’s talk about the big moment of the episode; that exchange between Ru and Pearl. As I heard from a trusted insider, it was just as tense as it looked on screen. But they were both right at that moment; Ru was right in trying to drag something out of Pearl by any means necessary, and Pearl was right in feeling picked on (though comparatively speaking she has nothing to complain about – when Shanel mentioned in Season 1 that she was getting picked on by Ru, that was accurate).
But enough chatting it’s time the DESPYs!
Katya and Kasha were up first and frankly they were just okay, which considering these two is a shock. Given how witty both are, they should have both nailed the challenge. Katya redeemed herself with a great line about Pearl (“the drag equivalent of a Valium taking a Xanax in a K-hole”) and an inspired acceptance speech for winning Meatiest Tuck (“I believe it was the great American painter Bob Ross who said: ‘The key to a swollen vagina is courage.’”). Kasha, however, was surprisingly flat after fumbling her first line. As guest judge Isaac Mizrahi aptly put it, a workhorse queen like Kasha (which he meant as a compliment) has to deliver on the comedy. And unfortunately she didn’t.
I have to give Kennedy and Jaidynn credit; they really delivered. First off riffing off of Katya’s set up line (“Please welcome to the stage the stars of Tyler Perry’s ‘Roots’”), Kennedy and Jaidynn were hilarious and had great chemistry together in presenting the “Sexy Sexy Drag Queen” award. Whatever Kathy Griffin did to them it worked. The bit about the hourglass and the wall clock was hilarious. Plus Jaidynn got in a great speech when she won later for busted drag queen. In my mind these would have been the two to win the challenge…
…but that win went to Max and Pearl instead for their presentation of “Most Busted Drag Queen” award. Time and again, Ru has proven that she loves it when a queen has her eureka moment and busts out of herself to deliver on a challenge, and Pearl did that and more (especially her inspired impersonation of Ginger). While they both were hilarious, the quality of the material and the delivery was just a little lacking when compared to Kennedy and Jaidynn by a hair’s breath. I’m not disagreeing with this win, but it could have gone either way.
Ginger and Kandy. Talk about a mismatched pair. As they presented the “Shadiest Queen” award, it was painfully clear that Ginger set herself up to get all the punch lines. In fact, if Kandy didn’t have her one punchline that she failed to deliver and she just rested on being a strong straight woman (which, surprisingly, she was), the judges would have come harder for Ginger than her. That said, I have to give Kandy credit for a fantastic look and face, and Ginger for her facial reaction when she found out she was nominated for “Shadiest Queen.”
Miss Fame and Violet tanked as presenters for the “Meatiest Tuck” award. To be fair they both looked gorgeous, but their banter was stilted and none of the jokes landed. While I would have put them towards the bottom and made them lip sync, their acceptance speeches were good. Miss Fame in particular had a perfect acceptance speech for winning the “Sexy Sexy Drag Queen” award.
In the end, Kandy and Kasha had to Lip Sync for Their Lives to Teena Marie’s “Lovergirl.” And while it wasn’t as much of a nail-biter as last week’s lip sync was, it was still a great performance as both women acquitted themselves well in the song, Kasha in particular surprising me with a highly energetic take on the song. That said, Kandy actually brought some variation in the energy to her performance and it caused her to live to see another day, while Mrs. Kasha Davis is told to sashay away.
– Last Night, I heard from a highly reliable source that there was a lot of hilarious material cut from the episode. Who is this source you may ask? Why a statuesque chanteuse, who was at CAMP Bar last night!
– There were so many killer lines last night, but my favorite was when Ru was kiki-ing with Michelle, Ross, and Isaac before the event; especially when she gave an homage to Laganga with her death drop joke, followed by “Can you imagine if I did a death drop right now? I don’t know if the AARP covers death drops.”
– I have to give my props to Isaac for being a pretty damn good judge last night. Not only does he get the show and the sense of irony buried at its core, his critiques were amazing and accurate and actually constructive.
– The thing that is keeping Kandy in the competition (aside from the fact that she can be gorgeous) is that her lip sync is on point. If she could channel that into the challenges, she’d be unbeatable.
– I wish a judge had been in with Kathy Griffin’s critiques so they could see where she’s coming from. And is it me or is she starting to look a lot like Valerie Cherish in The Comeback?
– I admit that I had to giggle over Miss Fame this episode. She is completely looney and god bless her for it. Her chicken story was weirdly endearing.
And now, onto…
This Week’s Breakdown: 1 for the mini challenge win, 4 each for the winning pair, 2 for second place, 1 for the safe girls, 0 for the bottom three, -1 for “Shante, you stay.”, -2 for “Sashay, away.”
And our local girl made good is nailing with two wins under her belt! Yay Max! Keep it up darling!
NEXT WEEK: Ariana Grande helps us answer that burning question “Whatever Happened To Merle Ginsberg?”
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