Going on vacation is great but not when it interferes with RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. You know I live for this show. I’ve somehow managed to stay spoiler-free so here I am, 24 hours late, diving into one of my favorite episodes: Snatch Game. Things are getting shady in Ruland. First, Milk is sent home instead of Chi Chi and the girls murmur that the decision was personal. Then we get notegate. Departing queens often leave notes for their friends. And those notes sometimes get hung in their personal area. The only problem is, Thorgy’s note calls Shangela a shady bitch. When Shangela finds it hung by Trixie’s geish, she gets mad at Trixie. Trixie claims there was no shade intended. She loves Thorgy and wants to honor her by hanging her note. If she wanted to offend, she would have shown it to Shangela. Shangela sees no good reason for hanging up a note that denigrates another queen. It’s clearly an example of Trixie being hurtful. Trixie removes the note but the damage remains. The cast is split down the middle on the issue.
It’s All Stars Snatch Game! Trixie is desperate for a win. BenDeLaCreme is stealing the show and Trixie knows safe isn’t going to win the crown. But she’s not crying about it. Trust. Marc Jacobs
buys an advertising spot joins RuPaul for a workroom walkthrough. Shangela is doing Miss Cleo, the telephone psychic. When RuPaul points out her Jamaican accent sounds Irish, she switches to her second choice: her Hollywood mentor, Jennifer Lewis. Snatch Game requires you lovingly make fun of your character. I don’t know how far Shangela can push things before she gets kicked out of Jennifer’s pool house. And Kennedy is doing Phaedra Parks! How many times have I mentioned that she looks like her? Plus, she sees Phaedra. This should be good. But before we can get to the fun, Trixie has to apologize to Shangela. Again. Shangela pretends to accept but this isn’t over. Trixie better watch her back.
Carson Kressley and Michelle Visage are the Snatch Game celebrity contestants. They’re joined by RuPaul (Trixie Mattel), Phaedra Parks (Kennedy Davenport), Paul Lynde (BenDeLaCreme), Maya Angelou (Chi Chi DeVayne), Jennifer Lewis (Shangela), Ball legend and founder of the House of LaBeija, Crystal LaBeija (Aja), Grace Jones (Bebe Zahara Benet), and Kristin Chenoweth (Kristin Chenoweth). Since no one has ever done her on Snatch Game (and
she’s already in the building judging the runway this week), Kristin decides to play herself.
Right away, things are rocky. Although Chi Chi has Maya Angelou’s voice down, she misspells her name. Then she can’t answer the obvious question, “Why does the caged bird sing?” Oh, Chi Chi… Kennedy brings Phaedra’s mixture of church lady/thot but she’s just not funny. It’s a wasted opportunity. And while I find Trixie hysterical as RuPaul, between stopping the game to give the other contestants scathing critiques and her constant pleas to find her on iTunes, everyone else acts insulted. Especially RuPaul. Uh oh. My girl Trixie might be going home early. On a positive note, BenDeLaCreme is hysterical as Paul Lynde. As if we were worried. Shangela brings just enough camp to Jennifer Lewis to make it great and her zippy one liners don’t hurt. While I don’t know enough about Crystal LaBeija to judge Aja’s impersonation, she’s deliciously bitchy and continually cracks up her fellow panelists. I’d say she’s sitting pretty.
Michelle Visage and Carson Kressley are joined by comedian Nicole Byer and Kristin Chenoweth. Category is: Flower Power. Aja is pretty in pink. Shangela recreates Beyoncé’s pregnancy photo, Bebe is in all black, Kennedy is covered in sunflowers, Chi Chi is all about the lilies, Trixie is hippie/antebellum (a combo I’ve never seen and don’t need), and BenDeLaCreme is an orchid.
Top Two: Shangela and BenDeLaCreme
They step aside and, for the first time, everyone else gets critiqued. Kristin Chenoweth offers Aja a beat down if she doesn’t hand over her runway look. Michelle thinks her Snatch Game performance was one note but Nicole Byer disagrees. Bebe’s look is loved by all. Although Carson gushes over her Grace Jones, Michelle thinks she lost her way. Bebe is a mole. Carson thinks Phaedra Parks is going to send Kennedy a cease and desist because she looks better than her (shade). Unfortunately, her character wasn’t as successful. And her runway look is unsophisticated. Chi Chi gets love for her runway look but her Maya Angelou is panned (no surprise). Michelle thinks Trixie’s runway look is too much and rips into her RuPaul impersonation. It turns into a therapy session on stage, with Trixie crying and the judges building her back up. Hopefully this is what it takes to bring out the Trixie Mark and I know is in there.
Bottom Three: Chi Chi DeVayne, Kennedy Davenport and Trixie Mattel
Now Shangela and BenDeLaCreme have to eliminate either Chi Chi, Kennedy or Trixie. Please don’t let Shangela win the lip-sync. This isn’t Trixie’s time! In one-on-ones, Chi Chi asks BenDeLa to be fair. It’s the fourth elimination and her fourth time in the bottom. She doesn’t necessarily want to go but she doesn’t want to be the Roxxxy Andrews either. Shangela already has issues with Trixie. Now she needs to figure out if she can turn Trixie into a minion. Kennedy doesn’t think she deserves to be on the bottom.
Now Shangela and BenDeLaCreme perform I KIssed A Girl by Katy Perry. BenDeLaCreme knows she needs to win. She’s been in the top every episode but only won a single lip-sync. She is fierce from the get-go, stalking the stage like a lion. She’s the DeLa version of Katy Perry and I’m buying it. It takes a while to see where Shangela is going but apparently she’s giving us librarian who takes off her glasses and takes down her hair and suddenly she’s sexy. I don’t get it. Shangela is a dance queen. There’s a reason she’s Alyssa Edwards’ drag daughter. So why doesn’t she dance? She relies on gimmicks while BenDeLa performs her ass off. Ben even steals her death-drop moment. I’m going to be pissed if Shangela wins.
Winner: Shangela. Bah. And BenDeLaCreme!
They both win prizes and each queen gets to send a girl home. It’s double elimination time! This is too much for my fragile nerves. Both queens choose Chi Chi. So… it’s not a double? Ugh. I mean, I’m relieved Trixie is safe but tired of production manipulation.
Next week: The queens design wearable soup cans inspired by Andy Warhol and Studio 54 disco looks for a Pop Art Ball. Tituss Burgess and Shay Mitchell guest judge.