After Trixie's unexpected(?) departure last week, the pressure is on Pearl to deliver. Meanwhile, I totally understand the Runimosity over Trixie's elimination, but that's the nature of the reality TV beast. And for a comedy queen not to shine in a comedy challenge is an almost immediate pass home. Besides I'm still not convinced Ru won't pull a Shangela and bring Trixie back at some point in the very near future.
For this week's mini-challenge, the goils had to re-create red carpet fashions out of paper.
Katya and Kasha won, not just because Katya's Bjork swan dress was on point....
...but how can you say no to anyone who invokes the spirit of the late Joan Rivers?
Is There Something On My Face?
Ru, perhaps feeling torn over sending home someone who wanted to be there instead of someone who might not, really stuck it to Pearl in a Mexican telenovela stare-off. Max is caught in the middle, while Pearl has the audacity to talk back to her mother.
Yeah, it's called impertinence.
Now wipe it off before Ru smacks it off and get back to twerk.
What the Cluck?!
Turns out Miss Fame was an adorable little thing once with an unhealthy friendship cum obsession with chickens.
She's either talking about chickens or Violet, I'm not sure.
Speaking of Violet, seems like she's finally warming up to someone.
The feeling's mutual...ish.
Joke's on Ru
The queens are tasked with staging their own awards show, meaning they have to come up with some snappy banter.
Of course, some queens wouldn't know banter if it squatted over them and took a shtick on their chest.
This may be my favorite look from Ru this season, if not in a couple seasons.
She's serving me statuesque statuette with a Louis Vuitton rabbit ear homage.
Guest judge Isaac Mizrahi and I were both gasping for air.
Drag Race is Burning
The legendary Mr. Mizrahi also inspired this flawless Paris Is Burning moment. Of course, this show is built on Paris Is Burning moments, but still.
Every. Goddamn. Day.
The Trophy Snatch Game
And this year's DESPY Award winners are...
Sidebar: this is, verbatim, my future Oscar speech. Followed by, "I beat Meryl."
Biggest Missed Opportunity
Ru set Miss Fame up for one of the easiest punchlines in comedy history...
....leaving Michelle to get behind the wheel and drive that joke home.
Best Runway Look
Miss Fame. High praise from the Mother and/or Father of the House of Mizrahi
Best Runway Read
Michelle is not a fan of Mrs. Davis' shenanigans
The Poehler-Fey MVP Hostess with the Mostest Award
Ginger Minj, for her performance in this face. Kasha and Katya were going for the Amy-Tina dynamic with their hosting gig, which fell as flat as Katya's Brooke Hogan hair.
There's a real dearth of witty queens this season so thank god someone knows how to do an Arthurian take. Bea Arthur, that is.
And the Real Winners Are
Though Ginger did the best as an individual, this time around the gurls were judged as a team and thanks to the shadening Ru gave earlier, Pearl stepped her game up to take this week's challenge with current frontrunner, Max.
Life-Giving Lip Sync Moment
Someone told me that Kandy was this amazing performer so I really expected her to send Mrs. Davis home in a body bag.
No doubt used to being on her knees, that Ho's drop slightly edged her past Mrs. Davis, who, if she tried it, would probably have to be sent home in a leg brace.
Kasha, part of a balanced breakfast. And another comedy queen bites the dust.
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Kathy Griffin was on hand to share her invaluable advice.
Pearl, sans shell
FYI, this is what Max looks like completely distraught
Les Fabian Brathwaite would like to thank, first and foremost, the Rucademy for this tremendous honor.