WARNING: If you haven’t seen episode three of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 6, there are major spoilers ahead!
Ah, so here we are — Three episodes in, and we still haven’t been told what the “game within a game” is. All we know is that after each episode, RuPaul appears on the screen in the Werk Room to secretly tell the eliminated queen not to leave yet… Followed by cackles, of course. This is a lot of drama, and frankly I’m tired of it. I need to know what’s going on!
So, we start this episode as the queens are coming into the Werk Room after last week’s lip sync. Ra’Jah O’Hara, who tied in the lip sync with assassin Brooke Lynn Hytes, got the $20,000 cash tip, and Miss Jiggly Caliente went home… Or so they think. Since the lip sync was tied, two queens could have gone home. But alas, BOTH lipsticks had Jiggly’s name on them. Damn, Jiggly. Damn.
It’s RuVealed that Trinity was the only person who voted for Yara to go home. This isn’t surprising since last week, when Trinity was in the bottom, Yara voted for her to go home. Yara also told Trinity that if she was in the bottom, Trinity could vote for her in retaliation. To which Trinity just responded with, “I got you.” But, of course, Trinity tells the group that’s not why she voted or Yara… Side eye, activated. Kylie didn’t buy it, and neither did I.
Ru comes into the room the next day and splits the queens into three groups based on height for their maxi challenge: Side Hustles. The teams are: Ginger, A’Keria, Jan and Silky as the “Rent-a-Queen Service” team (“RAQ Escort Service”), Trinity, Pandora Boxx, Yara and Ra’Jah as the “Drag Fixers” team (“Fix It, Bitch”), and Kylie, Scarlet Envy and Eureka as the “Drag Exorcists” team (“Exor-Size Queens”). Immediately, I thought, “This should be interesting.”
And, indeed, it was. To be honest though, none of these teams were as bad as I expected them to be. Everyone knows that in every acting challenge, there’s always one queen who either doesn’t understand her character, can’t remember her lines, or has absolutely no comedic timing — or all three.
While A’Keria and Silky were obviously the weakest links this week, I think it’s safe to say that no one was as bad as I thought they would be. Even Scarlet and Kylie, who I personally believed were saved by having a huge personality like Eureka on their team as a demonically possessed woman who needed to “exercise” her demons away by weight lifting crucifixes.
But let’s go back to Silky for a second, shall we? She confessed while putting on her makeup that she was having trouble with coming across as “too much” and not feeling as confident as she usually does. She spoke about the hate she received from the fans after her season, and how it even caused her to get some of her bookings canceled.
This ties in to what I said last week about Silky coming across a little bit more reserved this season. I knew she was recieving hate from fans, but I wasn’t aware to what extent. I’m not surprised, though. Overzealous Drag Race fans can be some of the most callous and cruel people on the planet. Silky may have annoyed many of us the first season, but that’s no reason to try to tear her down so much. Damn, Drag Race fanatics, can y’all please chill the fuck out?
Nevertheless, it was obvious in the maxi challenge that Silky may have pulled back a little too much, which was the direct cause of her being in the bottom this week. I don’t think her runway had anything to do with her placing in the bottom this week. It was honestly probably the best I’ve ever seen her look. How ironic is it that the week Silky looks great, she gets placed in the bottom?
Speaking of runway looks, I have to say that this week’s runway theme was — interesting. For the “RuDemption Runway” category, the queens were told to do-over a fashion fail from their previous season. All of the looks were nice, but none of them were breathtaking — even though, as far as I’m concerned, Silky still looked her best. Take that however you want to take it.
The queens were then gagged when Ru told them that they wouldn’t be judged individually, but as teams. Ru just LOVES to see these girls gag. I can’t wait until they find out the eliminated queens are being kept around secretly.
The “Exor-Size Queens” end up safe, while the “RAQ Escort Service” team lands in the bottom. Yes, all FOUR of them — A’Keria, Silky, Ginger and Jan — are in the bottom. Meanwhile, team “Fix It, Bitch” is named the top team, with Trinity K. Bonest winning the overall challenge.
To be fair, the way this was judged annoyed me a bit. It was particularly crushing for Ginger, who I feel gave a very good performance, but just happened to be in the bottom group. I really don’t like it when someone who doesn’t deserve to be in the bottom lands in the bottom, but this is the way the cookie crumbles on Drag Race.
Can we also talk about that awkward exchange after the critiques when the queens headed to the werk room to “untuck” and Trinity almost has a breakdown because no one congratulated her? I really didn’t understand why she got upset. Trinity, girl, do you watch the show? This is what they always do. No one was ignoring you. I like Trinity, but I think that was a bit much.
I also didn’t agree with the lip sync winner. The secret lip sync assassin was Laganja Estranja, who entered the stage with a death defying jump-into-a-split, after making us believe no one was behind the curtain. I really don’t understand how she did this without breaking her knee caps, but hey… That’s drag.
She then proceeds to lip sync against Trinity K. Bonet, the lip sync assassin of her season, to Dua Lipa’s “Physical” — and I felt like it was more of a gymnastics show, to be honest. I was more captivated by Trinity’s performance. Laganja did a little bit too much for me — but I’m also still wondering how her knees and back are ok.
Langanja wins the lip sync and reveals that the group has voted for Silky to go. Silky’s exit is probably one of the most melodramatic exits I’ve ever seen on Drag Race, however I still felt kind of bad for her. Wait, did I just say that? I think I did.
But wait… Is she really gone? Ru needs to hurry up and tell us why she’s keeping all these queens around. The suspense is killing me!