After starting the episode with the usual complaining…this time that there are now seven queens instead of six due to Trixie’s return, we’re treated fairly quickly to the mini challenge.
“Reading is fundamental!” That’s right ladies. It’s time for the queens to read each other. The library is open!
For those not familiar with the phrase, the Online Slang Dictionary describes it as “To lecture someone with a sharply worded barrage of painful truths about themselves. It was popularized by New York City drag queens in the documentary movie “Paris is Burning.” Needless to say, this Drag Race tradition does the movie proud.
Here’s a snippet of what the queens served:
The game is hilariously cut short when Pearl goes in to read RuPaul. The win goes to Trixie Mattel. Katya, in my opinion, should have won based on her adorable reactions alone.
This week we get yet another acting challenge. However, this one promises to be a wee bit better than the others because it’s an homage to legendary cult director, writer, producer, and actor, John Waters and the late, great, infamous drag queen, Divine. The queens are divided into three teams of their own choosing. Each team will have to screentest a scene from a famous John Waters’ film.
Needless to say, each group’s screentest seemed to be very rocky. Queens forgot their lines, couldn’t get into character, weren’t understanding the material. The list goes on and on. Poor Lucian Piane and Michelle Visage who were directing the queens.
Before the runway, Pearl and Miss Fame are extra super catty towards each other. I’m not sure what we’re missing here. Pearl claims to feel some weird, underlying tension between them.
We get an interesting insight into the world of drag as Kennedy talks about her financial struggles. Bookings are scarce. Money is tight. There is no retirement fund. It’s the life of an artist…a struggling artist. It’s a testament to the amount of passion goes into drag, especially as a career.
Our judges this week in addition to Michelle Visage and Carson Kressley, are Demi Lovato and cult sensation, John Waters. So no pressure there queens. Only the creator of your screen tests, the man who made them legendary, is there. Yikes!
Tonight the queens are trashing up the runway in their ugliest dresses.
As the queens line up, it’s time to Ru-veal the screen tests. Now I must warn you, John Waters films are not for everyone’s taste. I realize that, but I felt it was best to share the actual scenes than to do them an injustice by describing them for you.
Up first are Kennedy and Katya with “ChaCha Heels” from the film Female Troubles.
Next we have Ginger and Trixie with “Eggs” from the film Pink Flamingos.
Last, but certainly not least, are Pearl, Violet, and Miss Fame with “Poo” from the film Pink Flamingos.
Time for the judge’s critiques!
The judges aren’t impressed with her church lady look, saying it’s not ugly enough…more “ugly chic.” John Waters is pleased with her performance as Dawn Davenport saying she lived up to her name, Kennedy Davenport. He was very flattered by her performance.
John Waters compliments her on the beautiful obscenity of her performance. The judges agree her dress is atrocious.
Michelle, who hates the color green, of course thinks Ginger’s dress is hideous. She also calls Ginger’s performance in Eggs “a masterpiece.” Waters says there are moments when Ginger looked exactly like Edie (the original character) and compliments her on playing the loveliness about her.
To Michelle it’s not terribly ugly. She likes the leopard. John Waters saw a moment of pathos in her performance and was pleased.
Her dress is the least ugliest about everyone. Pearl admits she feels cute. On her performance, John Waters comments that he wasn’t even aware she was supposed to be the “good” Divine.
Carson says she’s nailing the runway look more than anyone else. Michelle compliments her on her performance saying she looked the most like Divine, but could have taken it further. John Waters says he felt she wasn’t confident with the material.
John Waters says she needs “ugly lessons.” Her performance was too “put on” and didn’t come naturally.
RuPaul then asks the question every queen dreads…”which queen do you think should go home tonight?” The results are:
Kennedy, Katya, Ginger, Trixie, and Pearl say Fame.
Violet says Trixie, because she got to come back the judges should be looking at her performances more closely.
Fame, obviously feeling singled out, says Pearl. She feels that Pearl still has the “too cool for Season 7” vibe to her and doesn’t really want to be there.
After the judges deliberate, Ginger is declared the winner of this week’s challenge!! GO GINGER! Very well deserved indeed.
As if it weren’t clearly spelled out with their cattiness towards each other this entire episode, Pearl and Miss Fame are the bottom two.
Next comes…THE MOST BORING LIP SYNC IN THE HISTORY OF ALL LIP SYNCS!
Here are pictures. I’m not going to waste your time by making you watch it. It’s soooooo dull.
In the end, Pearl, who clearly has more lives than a cat, gets to stay while Miss Fame is sent away.
Personally, I like Miss Fame. I didn’t at first, but she’s grown on me. I can see how she grew as an artist during her time on the show as well. Maybe I connect with her because we’re both very much “in our heads.” But I see a talented queen that I’m sad to see go home. Goodbye Miss Fame. And please do more YouTube makeup tutorials because those are AWESOME!