Tuesday, March 17, 2015

"RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 7, Episode 3: ShakesQueer

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 4:00 AM

On last night's "Drag Race," I got to hear eliminated Sasha Belle say "I overthunk my strategy" again which made me even happier that she was gone. Before sashaying away in last week's episode, Ms. Belle wrote "Ginj for the win" on the mirror, causing Kennedy Davenport to mutter, "Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one." Katya was up on the chopping block last week and vowed that she was going to murder the next challenge.

There is a clear divide this season between the older and younger queens with some of the older queens accusing the younger ones of not knowing anything about performing and "not wearing panties" (Violet).

In a *gag* moment from last night's episode, Jaidynn Fierce was complaining about her feet after a long day of performing in heels, to which Kennedy responded "You gotta pop them corns so them kids can eat." NO. ABSOLUTELY NOT.

Is it time for this week's mini challenge so I can stop thinking about popped corns? What is that beeping sound? Oh, it's just RuPaul on a Jazzy. This made my night (read: life). The challenge for this week is for the ladies to release their inner Golden Girls and perform in an old fashioned Soul Train dance line. It's time to "sissy that walker," ladies.

This challenge was hilarious. Mrs. Kasha Davis was rubbing her droopy chest on the pit crew, Pearl went full Elaine Stritch, and Jasmine Masters somehow found a loaf of bread to dance down the line with. The two winners of the challenge were Max and Kennedy Davenport. For the first two episodes of Drag Race, I was not a fan of Max -- I found her irritating, and that accent she was doing was tired. She's lost some of the accent and I'm slowly getting on the Max train.  

Another team challenge was on the docket for the night's episode: this time the ladies would be performing ShakesQueer -- drag interpretations of Shakespeare's most famous plays. Did you know that it's argued the word drag was first used by Shakespeare as an acronym for "dressed as a girl"? I did not. I had an "A-Ha!" moment, #Oprah. The plays that the ladies would be performing in were "Romy and Juliet" and "MacBitch."

Because of their win, Max and Kennedy got to pick teams:

Team Max - Ginger, Trixie, Kasha, Jaidynn, Miss Fame

Team Kennedy - Jasmine, Katia, Pearl, Kandy, Violet (last picked AGAIN)

After finding out that the category for the runway challenge will be "bearded and beautiful," the ladies broke into their teams to assign roles for the ShakesQueer challenge. Kennedy assigned the role of MacBitch to Jasmine, but then changed her mind halfway through the challenge, assigning Jasmine the "ghetto" role and giving MacBitch to Violet. It's time for rehearsals.

Each team ran through a rehearsal performance for RuPaul and Michelle Visage. These rehearsals were A HOT MESS. Jaidynn was totally nervous and couldn't remember her lines -- and then Jaidynn is SOBBING. She gets a pep talk from Max and pulls it together. There wasn't any crying during Team Kennedy's rehearsal, but there should have been. When RuPaul whispers "What is happening?" to Michelle Visage, we all feel her. Ru tells the team that in seven seasons of Drag Race she has never seen a car crash like this before.

It's time for the runway challenge. The guest judges for this episode were Kat Dennings (Two Broke Girls) and Mel B (Spice Girls). RuPaul announces "may the best bearded woman win" and they are off.

This challenge was fun to watch, with Max, Trixie, Katya, Violet and Pearl (in paper mache devil beard) as the standouts.  But then there was Kennedy who looked like she had glued hair from a nether region onto her face, and Jasmine, who literally just airbrushed a beard on -- no hair.

It was time for ShakesQueer. Team Max kills "Romy and Juliet" and even ends with a tribute to Heathers - "Teenage Suicide, don't do it!" I loved it. Team Kennedy -- oh, Team Kennedy -- it was bad, it was really bad. Team Max is safe and their team leader wins the challenge, and some latex! And all of Team Kennedy is up for elimination and Ru is NOT happy. The one lighter moment came when Michelle Visage praised Kandy Ho for changing her contouring -- but she took the beard away for the beard challenge! Kandy Ho, Katya, Violet and Pearl were safe, but Jasmine and Kennedy had to lip syncing for their lives to "I Was Gonna Cancel" by Kylie Minogue.

Jasmine had some interesting moves -- it kind of reminded me of the dancing one would see at Oktoberfest: lots of squatting and kicking.  But ultimately Kennedy stayed and Jasmine sashayed away.

Next week the queens will be creating their own music videos.  

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