Once again, we start back at the RuPaul Drag Race workroom. Sasha Belle has sashayed away and everyone gets to read her message on the mirror: “Love you, mean it! Ging for the win.” Lots of scowls from the other Queens. Ginger Minj tries to hide her pleasure but she can’t stop a little smile from breaking thru. Katya cleans the mirror. And that’s the end of Sasha Belle.
We get to see the girls de-drag. I love watching the wigs and lashes come off. It certainly humanizes the Glamazons. Violet Chachki has a tiny waist which she accentuates with a very tight corset. I’d have a hard enough time wearing heels that long. Add a corset and a tuck? Ouch. The things women do for beauty.
Kennedy Davenport and Jasmine Masters still have a lot to say about team Trixie. They complain that they all look-alike and only care about aesthetics. Jasmine Masters really tears into them in her TH but she has special enmity for Violet Chachki. “Wear your panties girl. We don’t want to see that Barbie doll, mannequin s***. Cover that ass up.” She recommends, “panties, bitch.”
For the first 6 seasons,“You’ve Got She-Mail” was used to introduce RuPaul’s videos giving the theme of the episode. But during season 6 a huge controversy broke out. Trans advocates were upset that the term she-mail was a play on she-male, a common slur hurled at people in the trans community. Trans model Carmen Carrera (season 3) was very public with her opposition to the phrase. Many Drag Queens and fans lashed out at Carmen for being ungrateful to RuPaul and the show that brought her fame. RuPaul took a long time to say anything about the controversy but eventually decided to stop using “She-Mail” mid-season. It has also been removed from reruns of past seasons. She has replaced it with, “She Done Already Done Had Herses.” While I’m not a fan of the new phrase, I don’t miss “She-Mail” as much as I thought I would. On the other hand, it took me 3 episodes before I noticed the new catch phrase so I guess it’s not very catchy.
RuPaul enters the workroom, perched sidesaddle on a Rascal scooter. He gives a little talk about longevity and tells the girls, “It’s time to release your inner Golden Girl!” The Pit Crew rolls out a cart of silver wigs. It’s an old-fashioned soul train dance line called “Sissy that Walker.” The Queens have 15 minutes to get into old lady drag and the 2 grooviest grannies win.
The Queens strut their old-lady stuff on the workroom dance floor. I’m really impressed with most of the painting and costumes. Mrs Kasha Davis made saggy boob jokes. Katya thinks Pearl looks like Elaine Stritch (RIP). Jaidynn Diore Fierce does a twerk that’s more Grand Mal than Grandma but her makeup is on point. Trixie Mattel did some bad makeup and loses her pants on the dance floor. Max looks like one of the old ladies with walkers from The Producers. Miss Fame has bad makeup too and she has a heart attack. Jasmine Masters is a mess and gets called out by RuPaul. “Where did you get a loaf of bread?” Yeah, she’s carrying a loaf of bread. I just don’t understand Jasmine. Katya looks like Jinkxx Monsoon doing old-face. They all have fun dancing together.
The two winners are: Max and Kennedy Davenport!
The word drag was first used by Shakespeares, as an acronym for “dressed as a girl,” back when men played all the female roles in plays. The Queens honor Shakespeare by performing in either “Romy and Juliet” or “MacBitch”. #ShakesQueer.
Once again, the mini-challenge winners get to pick the teams and assign the roles. Max starts by picking last week’s winner, Ginger Minj. Kennedy Davenport chooses Jasmine Masters as her first pick. Uh, ok. They alternate until they’re down to the last two: Miss Fame and everyone’s favorite, Violet Chachki. Miss Fame has a big ego but knows she’s not a great asset in acting challenges. Violet Chachki is just pissed. Max takes Miss Fame, leaving Violet for Kennedy’s team. “I have no idea why I’m getting picked last. Again,” she complains.
The final lineups are Max, Ginger Minj, Trixie Mattel, Mrs. Kasha Davis, Jaidynn Diore Fierce, and Miss Fame doing Romy and Juliet vs. Kennedy Davenport, Jasmine Masters, Katya, Pearl, Kandy Ho and Violet Chachki doing MacBitch. This time the teams are split more diversely. Max and Kennedy Davenport learned from team Trixie and put talent and experience over looks. Except for Jasmine Davis being picked first by Kennedy. Sometimes you have to pick your best friend first.
Team Kennedy checks out the script for MacBitch, a teenage cheerleader parody of MacBeth. Pearl has no familiarity with MacBeth. “Call me young. Call me, like, illiterate. Whatever. I’ve never seen MacBeth.” She’s probably never heard that it’s unlucky to say the name of that play in a theatre, either (foreshadowing?). Jasmine doesn’t want to be the ghetto character so instead of giving Lady MacBitch to Violet Chachki as originally planned, Kennedy gives it to Jasmine. She explains that she doesn’t want people in their comfort zones. She wants to make you work for it, ladies. Violet is cast as Laquisha, the ghetto bitch. She rolls her eyes and gets snappy but Kennedy stands firm. In her talking head, Violet acknowledges that Jasmine got her role because she’s friends with Kennedy. I kind of agree. Kennedy sees it differently. “It’s no pleasing Violet. If it don’t go her way, she always have a stank face. She’s… just a bitch!” Ok, I agree with both of them. They’re not contradicting each other.
Team Max starts work on Romy and Juliet, a lesbian version of Romeo and Juliet. Max is young but she has experience with Shakespeare. Whew. I was starting to worry about the younger generation. Mrs Kasha Davis isn’t excited to be cast as the older character. Jaidynn Diore Fierce has a hard time pronouncing the name Capulet. Miss Fame doesn’t do any better with Montague. Uh oh. Maybe I spoke too soon. Trixie Mattel looks as nervous as I feel.
Team Kennedy does a table read. Jasmine Masters can’t quite bring it to Lady MacBitch. “Sound more like Regina George,” Violet explains. Jasmine ignores her but I don’t think she got the reference. Violet Chachki is having just as much trouble playing the ghetto character, although she thinks she’s killing it. “I get the ghetto girl and I’m serving it really well. I think.” No you’re not, sweetie. Luckily, Kennedy notices and has Violet and Jasmine switch roles. Violet huffs and puffs about learning new lines and blames the whole thing on Jasmine. Wow, that girl is delusional. Violet wants to run thru the whole thing with the new characters but Kennedy is over it and vetoes the practice. “Just read on your own.”
Team Max shows up on stage to perform “Romy and Juliet.” RuPaul and Michelle Visage are directing. First take, Miss Fame messes up Capulet. Ginger Minj is Romy and Max is Juliet. They’re both great and the difference in their sizes add some comedy to the tragedy (I never realized how tall Max was until I saw her next to Ginger). Mrs Kasha Davis is channeling Raven (season 2) in her masquerade mask. Jaidynn Diore Fierce has to be prompted and then flubs her lines. She gives the “I’m not experienced in acting” line we hear every season. As Michelle tells her, “girl, you are a Drag Queen. You are experienced at acting.” Jaidynn gets emotional. Looks like we’re headed for trouble. Max talks her off the ledge. “You got this, girl.” “I got this!” And she’s back. We believe in you, Jaidynn. They do another take and Jaidynn tears up the stage. She even does the too-tight weave head tap. Mrs Kasha Davis thinks Jaidynn lost it for them but I disagree. She came thru in the end.
The cast of MacBitch make their way on stage. Pearl uses a weird deep, manly voice. Ru doesn’t like it. Violet Chachki is perfectly bitchy as Lady MacBitch but Kennedy Davenport and Kandy Ho forget their cue. Jasmine Masters can’t remember her lines. RuPaul and Michelle try to encourage the rhythmic flow she needs but she keeps stumbling over her lines. It just goes from bad to worse. Costumes are falling off, Queens are walking into scenery. RuPaul actually asks, ”Kennedy, did you rehearse your team?” Says it’s the worst he’s seen in 7 seasons. Yikes. The curse of MacBeth strikes again.
Back in the workroom, Mrs Kasha Davis tries to console Jasmine Masters. Jasmine moves on because she’s really excited about the dress she’s going to wear. “I wouldn’t be surprised if Ru got up now and said, ‘Bitch, just because of that gown, girl, you’re safe as f***.’” That better be one special dress, Jasmine. The younger girls are talking about aesthetic and the more experienced Queens are complaining about the younger girls. “They don’t even know who they are yet.” Mrs Kasha Davis, Jasmine Masters, Kennedy Davenport and Ginger Minj call themselves the Bitter Old Lady Brigade. “But we don’t mean any harm, girl,” Ginger explains. “Except when we do.”
They start talking about why take drag so seriously. Ginger tells a story of meeting a woman at a show who was working on her bucket list. She had terminal cancer and always wanted to see a Drag Show. They gave her 2 weeks to live and she kept going to shows for a year. “And we were, like, ‘One day she’s just not going to show up.’ And she didn’t.” The Queens found out she was in hospice so they got all painted and tucked and drove over to hospice “and gave that girl one last show.” That story hit a nerve with me. Last year I went thru treatment for breast cancer. I had a really hard time during radiation so I bought myself a ticket to the Drag Race cruise to Mexico. Planning my cruise and talking to the other fans who were going really got me thru some of my hardest times. In December 2014, I went on that cruise as a cancer Survivor. And I had the time of my life. As Jasmine Masters said, “Every time you go on stage, you’re ministering to somebody in some type of way.” Can I get an Amen?
The guest judges are Kat Dennings and Mel B of the Spice Girls. Ross is AWOL.
The runway theme is “Bearded and Beautiful.” Very interesting. Bearded Drag Queens are becoming more accepted in the industry but it was only last season that Milk shocked the judges by wearing a beard on the runway.
Max looks like Mathu Andersen and claims to be a mixture of Tim Burton and Salvador Dali. Gorgeous. Ginger Minj looks like Kathy Bates in AHS: Freakshow. She still looks very feminine. Trixie Mattel is channeling Jesus, complete with angel wings and a crown. Mrs Kasha Davis looks like my Uncle Henri, with her chinstrap beard and muscular arms. That’s not a complement. Jaidynn Diore Fierce is also wearing a chinstrap but it’s working a little better for her. C’mon, chin strap. Miss Fame in red hair and beard, looking like a lovely bearded lady should. She’s doing a harlequin look. Kennedy Davenport turns around and she has the patchiest beard I’ve seen in a long time. She’s giving us bearded Phaedra Parks. Katya is doing Abraham Lincoln is a sequence dress. Yes, ma’am, Mr. President. And Porsha, I mean Jasmine shows us the dress she’s been bragging about. It’s quite nice. Black and white beading, just lovely. Unfortunately, she has drawn on a chinstrap 5 o’clock shadow. If you were going to break the rules, couldn’t you have done the full shadow. I know you know what that looks like, Jasmine. This is just sad. No one can even look at her dress with that crap on her face. As Ru says, “It’s very lumber Jackée.” Pearl is the most original. Her beard is made from strips of red glitter paper. And her hair is in the shape of a heart. I almost forgive her for her ignorance of Shakespeare. Almost. Kandy Ho in a Fu Manchu. She looks lovely. Violet Chachki in a pink debutante dress and ginger beard. She’s giving me Conchita Wurst.
They show us the final, edited version of “Romy and Juliet.” Trixie Mattel is a pretty good narrator. Mrs Kash Davis is hamming it up too much for my taste. Ginger Minj is adorable as Romy. Pearl plays more modern that usual, and she does it well. They show a nicely edited version of Jaidynn Diore Fierce. She did pull it together, after all. Miss Fame tries but she’s a bit flat. The death scene is cute. I really like Max and Ginger together! RuPaul pretends to cry.
Right away, you can tell that “MacBitch” is pretty rough. Even editing couldn’t save this debacle. Violet Chachki is doing great as Lady MacBitch. She knows who Regina George is. Everyone else is ratchet. Katya does a pretty good death. Oh, it’s over. Thank goodness. Even the judges forget to clap.
Top Queens: Team Max. Max is the winner. She won for her runway look and for leading her team so well. Brava, Max!
Bottom Queens: Team Kennedy, especially Jasmine Masters, Kennedy Davenport and Pearl.
Jasmine Masters explains why she faked stubble. “I don’t glue stuff to my face. The slightest thing will break me out.” She never explained why she faked chinstrap stubble, tho. Oh, Jasmine. You just don’t get it.
RuPaul had a mini-breakdown about excuses. “F***ing make it happen! I don’t want to hear any goddamn excuses… anymore!” She has had it… officially.
Lip-Sync For Your Life
The two Queens up for elimination are Jasmine Masters and Kennedy Davenport. They perform I Was Gonna Cancel by Kylie Minogue (I guess RPDR couldn’t afford any Spice Girls songs).
Both Queens start dancing in place. They hate competing against each other because they’re such good friends. Suck it up, ladies. You’re lip-syncing for your life. Jasmine Masters is somewhat hampered by her beautiful yet heavy dress. I can’t get over how much Kennedy Davenport looks like a bearded Phaedra Parks in this episode. It’s Phaedra vs. Porsha. Oh, good, Kennedy is getting into it more. Now she’s twirling. I guess it’s a RHOA kind of night on Drag Race.
Kennedy Davenport, shantay, you stay. Jasmine Masters, sashay away.
Next week: The Queens create parody videos of RuPaul songs. And don’t forget to watch Untucked, available every Tuesday. You can watch this week’s episode right here on TamaraTattles.com !