RuPaul’s Drag Race: Cock ‘n Bull Story

Posted on February 28, 2012

Who, darlings? Who are the viciously hilarious queens who come up with challenges like “Pin a cock on Ru’s mouth?” Because we would like to shake their hands. We like to occasionally pretend that we’re funny queens, but this crew is operating on a whole different level. We salute you, queens.

Man, those briefs are ugly. Man, do we not care.

And a wigstacle course! Complete with egg-tucking! People just don’t get it: This is easily one of the most subversive hours of television today; possibly top of that list. As cheesy and campy as it is, these old broads are really doing the heavy work of bringing the most fun parts of gay subculture into American living rooms. We can’t not love the show for that.

“Snatch Game” is everyone’s favorite challenge and we were thrilled to have it back. There’s been some talk amongst the viewers that this collection of queens can’t hold a candle to previous seasons. That may be true in terms of glamour (there’s a high percentage of busted queens even at this point in the competition) and while there are some questionable performers, there are several gals here at the top of their game and we were anxious to see how they’d stack up to prior years.

Oh, and while we love Loretta Devine and occasionally love Ross Matthews, they were kind of disappointing during the game. They were fine as judges (Loretta especially), but flat during the sketch. Actually, Loretta was kind of hilarious about it in a “What the fuck am I looking at here?” kind of way.

Anyway, let’s discuss how the ladies did.

FUCKING HILARIOUS. We don’t think Ru was forcing it; he was generally cracking the hell up over this impersonation and rightly so. This was a risky choice and it could have very easily turned nasty, but he skated that razor’s edge and turned out something that was genuinely funny.

He’s also totally unrecognizable. He’s got amazing transformation skills.

Weird and uncomfortable. It’s time for this one to go. We don’t get her at all. We did laugh out loud at Ross saying her twitchy, spastic version was “Diana Ross at 4:30 in the morning.”

We’re having some problems with Willam. Like we said in an earlier writeup, he’s essentially in character non-stop (something he confirmed in the comments section). It can be a funny character and god knows, he’s got her down right to the blinking, but it makes him hard to take in the long term and he winds up saying things that don’t sound all that funny in the context of a competition, like that teary speech on the catwalk about sending girls home “so I can win.” That line would be hilarious in a spoof of beauty pageants or something like that, but there’s real money on the line and that’s kind of a nasty thing to say when you’re all competing for it.

The other thing that bothers us about the whole nonstop in-character thing is that when he gets a chance to do someone like Jessica Simpson – and he’s as tailor-made for J Simp drag as Chad is for Cher drag – it doesn’t really feel any different from the way he acts all the time. This should have been a knockout, and while it was funny, it never reached the energy level we were hoping for.

We loves us some Latrice, but there was nothing here that said “Aretha” except “fat black queen, eating.” ReRe’s got a pretty distinctive rasp and cadence to her speaking voice and we would have liked it if Latrice made even the slightest effort to sound like her.  Also, the makeup looked a little freaky.

Lazy and unprofessional. We didn’t blame Latrice and Chad for reading her and the others one bit.

All talk. The bitch couldn’t bring it if you poured it into a bucket for her.

We thought this could have been funny, but it fell totally flat.

We are SO EMBARRASSINGLY HAPPY that the judges – Ru herself, even – finally said what we’ve been thinking for a while: her drag is weird and makes us a little uncomfortable. We thought there was something wrong with us for thinking it, but could there be any doubt after this bizarre performance? You can grind your hips and snap your fingers all you want; it’s not a substitute for real talent and charisma.

Even with all the buildup, not to mention the fact that he already looks like her out of drag, we were STUNNED by this one. That’s one of the best Chers we’ve ever seen.

Poise.

Beauty.

Big fucking sunflowers.

We liked-but-not-loved this look. It’s declarative, that’s for sure – and that puts her ahead of lazy queens like Jiggly, who just put on a dress for the catwalk each week. Chad always puts together a look that also serves as a character. We’re glad she got the win because no one even came close in the Snatch Game sketch. Although Sharon really gave her a run for the money by throwing a curveball.

Thank god. Now we won’t have to feel like we’re watching child porn every time she gyrates and licks her way down the catwalk.

Not that the LSFYL was anything but extremely close – or at least, that’s how we read it. Milan’s got about 30 seconds left in this competiton, unless Phi Phi manages to fuck it up first.

[Screencaps: tomandlorenzo.com]

    • Lorettagrace

      I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been refreshing every ten minutes or so for this review. And that I <3 you!! And I agree with almost every single word you said, so I have almost nothing else to contribute, just love and appreciation. :)

      • andcoh

        Same here.

      • http://twitter.com/mirrormirrorxx Paola Thomas

        Me too…

      • Dan_In_NYC

        So much refreshing waiting for this recap.  I effing love this show.  

        Chad rocked and looked like Cher only better – impressive.  LaTrice (as much as I love her) really dropped a few notches this week – i know impersonations aren’t everybody’s thing but pick a couple recognizable aspects and just repeat them.  

        Sharon was amazing – that was a ballsy choice, and agree she is a chameleon.   I just wish she would whiten those yellow teeth .  

        The rest can go home.  Hopefully Phi Phi first – I get she brings drama, but it’s so annoying without talent.  Willam is off but at least has some wit and talent.

      • http://twitter.com/neeBarbero Debby Griffiths

        ditto

      • http://ultimatevariety.blogspot.com/ Thombeau

         Agreed!

    • MK03

      I’ll just say it: I’m not reading this until Logo’s back online & I can watch the show proper. THE WAIT IS KILLING ME.

      • andcoh

        Me too!

      • http://twitter.com/taijuuuh Taija HU!

        I have been mercilessly refreshing the logo page so I can watch untucked already! Goodness me. 

        • Stubenville

          You HAVE to see Untucked! There are a couple of outtakes from RPDR which are hilarious.

          • Pinup Ghoul

            I can’t wait to see some of the deleted scenes from Snatch Game.

          • AnotherG

            Totally.  You see a bit more of WIllam and what he did that didn’t make it to the show.  I think she’s being heavily edited in these early episodes.  Bitch is stone cold funny.

            But everyone, even her peers, agree that Chad nailed it.  And Sharon lived up to the “Nerve” part big time.

          • http://twitter.com/taijuuuh Taija HU!

            GAH, finally got to watch Untucked! Oh my goodness was it brilliant. The clips sort of, kind of redeemed Willam a little in my eyes. But only a little. It was nice to be able to fawn over Cher a little bit more though ;) 

      • gsk241

        I know!  Doesn’t Logo understand that I have to have Drag Race with my lunch on Tuesdays?

      • MK03

        Well, shit. I folded and read the recap. Now I want to see this episode more than ever!!

      • cheesebomb

        I seriously gave up and bought it on iTunes.

        • MK03

          I didn’t even think of that! GENIUS!!

        • http://twitter.com/Deac82 Mike M.

           I did the same thing!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Mo/1394736292 Joe Mo

         Site is back up and ready for watching!!! Omg I can breathe easy now hahaha

      • http://twitter.com/algaechick Crystal

        I resisted and resisted. But, I always watch Drag Race and Untucked with my daughter (great family bonding-I’m a wonderful parent), and she has her TV/computer privileges taken away until this weekend. I still haven’t watched the show, but I can’t stay away from reading the recaps anymore!

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      Oh My God!  That Cher is SPECTACULAR!  I’m incredibly impressed.

      • MilaXX

         What made it good was that not only did Chad half the look down, but she brought the one liners as well. The mistake that queens like Phi2 make is they get the look and then have no character to work with so they just sit there looking stupid.

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          Just looking at the still, the pose and the way she’s holding her face is completely Cher.  That’s a lot of what sells it, in addition to the formidable make-up skills.

        • Pannyx

          I agree, but I also feel like Chad has had those one liners in his back pocket for years. So while I’ll give her props for a wonderful job, I always feel like Snatch Game should be about wit and spontaneity. Something I felt she lacked.

          • http://www.facebook.com/adamcatkinson Adam Atkinson

            I don’t know–the line about how she’s too good for these small-time (chickensh*t, did she say?) gigs felt like a direct response to the behavior in her row. It might have been something she’s said before, but you still have to know why and when to say it.

          • MilaXX

            Which in an odd way is why Chad had to be on point with his Cher. Knowing it’s his stock and trade the judges would be expecting her to really bring it. If she had let that foolishness going on with Jiggly & Kenya throw her the judges would have had a field day.

            • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

              Agreed. Chad didn’t miss a beat. This was her challenge to lose. She brought it with Cher-approved bells on.

    • http://twitter.com/taijuuuh Taija HU!

      Phi Phi needs to go – I’m bored of her. She is all talk. And to add insult to injury, her make-up was wonky on the runway again! 

      But I am officially jumping out of the Willam band-wagon. I liked her dry humour from day one, but after that crying incident on the stage RIGHT AFTER they told her to be vulnerable? BITCH, get the fuck out. It was just too much. And you know it’s bad if something’s too fake for a damn drag queen competition.

      • MilaXX

         Phi2 needs to stop the double lashes if she can’t apply them correctly. Half the time the left eye looked fused together, making it seem like she’s either cross eyed or winking at the judges.

        • CrazyAuntie

          “Phi 2″ – too funny!!  (or is it phunny?)

      • Sweetpea176

         “And I’m not acting, I swear!”  Oy.

        I’m guessing Phi Phi has no idea how ridiculous she’s making herself look by continually spouting that Sharon Needles has no talent.  Bitch is delusional.

      • vmcdanie

        I cannot figure out that crying thing. It was schtick right? It was weird and off-putting  with that “Sniff, and I have to send them all home” bit and it’s hard to say without being there (who knows what shenanigans go on in editing) but it looked like it pissed Ru off as well.

        • http://twitter.com/taijuuuh Taija HU!

          I found it funny, until she name-dropped whatever show she had been in. That was just too much, then she mentioned how she had to send all her friends home for her to win? It just grated on my nerves more than made me laugh. I liked her because she had that really subtle, dry humour but NO. SHE HAD TO FUCK IT UP.

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

          I thought it was really funny, although I agree about Ru. She did not look happy. Or, as you said, it could just be shenanigans (one of my favorite words. It’s not used often enough.)

      • http://promiscuouslola.blogspot.com/ Cate

        all of this. exactly how i feel.

      • willam belli

        I was crying when i went back out on stage. THEN RuPaul told me I was safe. It’s called editing. There’s no reason you should know this because they made the best TV show possible. When they cut away to Chad’s face when i said “so i can win” you can hear my laugh. I think seeing my face and my little shrug woulda shown i wasn’t taking it serious and was trying to bring levity to a moment where i was crying my ass off because I love Kenya so much and it was painful to see her hurt. So get back on my wagon. I’ll give you chili and Adderral. WILLAM

        • http://twitter.com/taijuuuh Taija HU!

          The bribe is tempting… But I’ll have to get back to you after next week’s episode, babe. You better have brought it like no other!

    • http://www.revivify.net Alex Smith

      Logo’s website is down for maintenance (why now? WHY?!) so I haven’t seen the episode yet, but I am so very much looking forward to it, especially after seeing this post. The picture of Chad as Cher is just… wow. Love her. If she, Latrice, and Sharon aren’t the final three, I’ll be sorely disappointed.

    • rawrgrowlrawr

      I felt embarrassed watching Kenya’s Beyonce impersonation. It wasn’t even laughably bad. It was just off-putting.

      And I loved Sharon Needles’ McCain/Palin shirt. Hilarious.

      • Pinup Ghoul

         God, I know. It was just wretched watching her. A fart joke? Really? COME ON. That is the lowest one can go in terms of humor. It takes no talent, no effort, and no one wants to put up with it. I was ecstatic when she was sashayed away. Milan’s boring, but at least she’s not an embarrassment to herself.

        • http://www.facebook.com/adamcatkinson Adam Atkinson

          Plus Milan’s vogueing was totally respectable. And if she’d tailored that suit, she’d have had a respectable look to go with it.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2SYNWNMDUBJBJL66NUNMGZEIDI AnonMom

            I’m not in love with Milan, but I must say that her makeup on the runway was GORGEOUS!

          • vmcdanie

             I totally agree. I’m not a Milan fan but I did like her voguing.

      • vmcdanie

        I don’t want to pile on Kenya but man, that was one of the worst things that has ever been on Snatch Game. Actually that was one probably the worst Snatch Game ever. Still, it was in the vein of so bad it looped back around to being good again.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mary.nease Mary Nease

      Milan should have done Janelle Monae instead of Diana Ross. 

      • Pinup Ghoul

        It’s a shame, too. Her Diana could have been so much better, in terms of both visuals and presentation.

      • Pinup Ghoul

        It’s a shame, too. Her Diana could have been so much better, in terms of both visuals and presentation.

      • hearkentoit

        Janelle is like Gaga, though—all visual and no character.

        • JosephLamour

          She talks a lot in her songs like a little boy excited about something in the 1950s. Think Lassie. All you would have to do is talk like that, say things like “watoosie” and “slap-whistle” and sing a few notes every now and again and you’d be fine. 

    • Terrie_S

      Honestly, if I’d seen that picture with no context, I would have thought it was really Cher. It’s eerie how good it is.

      • Mefein

        And I have no idea what Cher’s signature looks like, but given Chad’s obsessiveness with her, I bet the bitch even nailed her handwriting!

        • Jessi03

          I was thinking the same thing.

        • Pinup Ghoul

          Not quite, but that WOULD be obssessive!
          http://www.qotd.org/sigs/Cher.png

          • Mefein

             LOL, okay, that makes me feel good for Chad, that he knows when to quit.  And, wow, that signature is so…. Cher, isn’t it?

          • amywinns

            God DAMN  I love the Internet.

    • Stubenville

      Loved the show last night; Chad was phenomenal and managed to be very funny without being insulting to Cher (the outtake about Kathy Griffin later in Untucked was hilarious.) The downside was at least three of the queens in the Snatch Game segment were incredibly childish and unprofessional. Latrice was justifiably pissed at them.

      • Mefein

        I agree that Latrice was justifiably pissed at the front row (minus Chad), but as I said over on ScottyF’s site, I think it was also rather unprofessional for her to let it derail her as it did. Her Aretha just kind of fizzled out.   “I’m just so over this competition”???  Ru was clearly speaking directly to her when she chided the safe girls, and rightly so.  Keep your focus, and read them the riot act AFTER the show.

        • http://www.facebook.com/mary.nease Mary Nease

          I think DiDa was also kind of caught in the madness on the front row. Bless her heart, getting pushed about between the psychos. 

          • Mefein

            You’re right, I forgot she was part of the front row.  Phi-Phi also wasn’t so bad as the terrible twos, but screw it, his Gaga was unforgivably bad, neck and neck with Milan’s Diana!

            • http://www.facebook.com/mary.nease Mary Nease

              Seriously, has she not watched any of Gaga’s interviews? How she presents herself in shows isn’t the same has how she presents her self in interviews and stuff like that. She’s much more reserved, classy, and has a very sarcastic sense of humor. All of that carrying on was more of a parody of her onstage persona and didn’t come close to her sit-down, non-singing personality. 

            • andcoh

              I feel like Gaga probably makes a fine club persona, but her clothes are outrageous, not her personality.  Which is very hard to parody.

            • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

              I think Ru hit it on the head when she said Gaga is more visual. Unless you’ve seen her in interviews, you (the general “you”) know nothing about her. I guess that was Phi2′s (credit to MilaXX. I love it) idea of “visual”, but in hell was she doing? She looked like she was having spasms. Is that what Gaga does when she performs?

              I laughed when she said Snatch Game would prove Sharon has no talent.

            • http://www.facebook.com/mary.nease Mary Nease

              No she doesn’t do that. I’ve been to one of Gaga’s concerts (which are AMAZING) and she doesn’t perform like that at alllll.

            • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

              Thanks. I’ve never seen her perform, so I was genuinely curious. All that gyrating from Phi2 was completely bizarre.

            • andcoh

              That is totally true.  And Gaga’s interview personality is so totally not what I would expect based on her look.  I think Phi2 (agreed MilaXX rules with this) did an alright job with the look.  But no Gaga, doesn’t really spasm when she performs.

              And she definitely needs to let go of the Sharon hatred.  I know it’s probably hard coming into this show thinking you’d be the one praised every challenge, but damn girl.

            • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

              Envy makes people do horrible things. I generally don’t put things down to “just jellus”, but that is a seriously raging case of envy Phi-Phi has against Sharon.

            • hearkentoit

               I actually think Gaga does have a hilarious, parody-able personality, but I’ve yet to see anyone nail it. Back when she was in her coming-out-of-eggs period she had that whole thing with wearing horns on her face where she was like “It’s not makeup. It’s who I am. These points come out when I’m inspired. Everyone has them inside, they just haven’t emerged yet.” That shit is gold. She completely has a diva side—not in the sense of “I’M A DIVA” like Phi Phi played her, but in the sense of thinking that everything that comes out of her mouth is the most important wisdom because all her fans are listening to her every word. If someone picked up on those facets it could be truly great.

            • amywinns

              Gaga definitely vacillates dramatically between taking herself WAY seriously and not seriously at all. I think it’s similar to mood swings and related to whatever creative phase she’s in. Like, there’s no laughing with horns glued onto your face. But a telephone hat? Grinnin’. http://www.sofeminine.co.uk/fashion-trends/lady-gaga-fashion-d14461c217857.html

          • vmcdanie

             Dida did a good job of staying out of that. I really like her. I hope she gets the funds from this to upgrade her wig budget.

        • Stubenville

          I can’t disagree with you. I wish Latrice had been able to keep her focus like Chad and Sharon, but as someone who has a hard time concentrating in the midst of bedlam, I completely understand her difficulty. It’s very quickly becoming apparent that barring a shocker, the final three are Chad, Sharon and one of the others. 

        • rose88

           Scotty F has a blog?  Could I get a link please?  I truly miss the wit and wisdom of Scotty F!

          • Mefein

            He’s out there as Scotty F, Fierce Black Queen.  I’m sure he’d be thrilled if you made your way over.  Willam has commented there a couple of times.

            • http://onebluetree.blogspot.com/ Sara L.

              I was just wondering where Scotty F had gone. I miss him too! Always such a great commenter.

          • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

            I found him under “Scotty” + “Fierce Black Queen”. With the “F”, all I got was a link to Mefein’s comment above. I think that makes Mefein internet famous.

            • Mefein

               Oh, crap!

      • Celandine1

        I was LMFAO at the Kathy Griffin line especially after reading in her book about the time she was at Cher’s house and tried to order pizza. The wigs changes and the rant about wtf with her agent booking her on these shows was hilarious. I don’t blame Latrice for being pissed, that behavior was ridiculous, but you can’t let that affect your own performance. After awhile I started to wonder if some of the complaining was too distract from her Arethra falling so flat.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hank-DeCat/100001190387982 Hank DeCat

          I agree that I think the complaining by Latrice was a tad too much about her own performance — other than the plate of food, what exactly was her “Aretha” act that got messed up by the terrible 3? And let’s not forget: Chad was IN THE FRONT ROW with all that f*ckery & I didn’t notice her missing a beat.

    • Frank_821

      I am so annoyed I forgot to DVR this episode. Must wait for reruns to record. Chad looks amazing indeed

      And your comments about the briefs are true and true

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hank-DeCat/100001190387982 Hank DeCat

         You can watch it online at logotv.com — the site was down for maintenance earlier today, but I’m sure it will be up soon (if it isn’t already up).

        • AudreysMom

          Nope, 4 hours later (midnight eastern) – still not up. They’ve been saying to check back soon for the whole day.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Mo/1394736292 Joe Mo

      ***SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS***

      For those who haven’t seen the episode yet and were able to scan over the recap by Tom and Lorenzo, skip my post too, don’t wanna ruin the fun for you.

      Ok love the Snatch Game episode but I’m with Latrice, this was some Romper Room F*#$ery! The annoying attention seekers almost completely detracted my attention from the funny parts. Phi Phi, Jiggly, Milan, I’m hoping to see y’all follow Kenya VERY soon. Ugh. Just obnoxious.

      Chad was great and was just funny enough without being stereotypical Cher and over the top like the other offenders. Loved it.

      Sharon was my second favorite. She knew how to take the character far but still, ya know, be funny about it.

      Willam was funny I thought. Nothing to write home about but she does serve some quick wit consistently.

      Dida was meh. The how you doin thing was the correct way to open, but I felt he rested on that stupid phrase WAY too much. If the other queens weren’t such a trainwreck she would have been clocked for a crappy character.

      Latrice was very lackluster. I get the feeling she shut down because of all the buffoonery and just gave up. Definitely not a good strategy but shoo, I understand.

      Milan was just awkward from the get go. The makeup, the inappropriate actions. I mean what WAS she doing?

      Phi Phi, get your leg off that damn table. Not EVEN the way to open your character by being obnoxious and in your face. Believe it or not, off stage Gaga is nothing like that. I told my friend I thought it would have been more appropriate and funnier if she had a adopted a more subdued, cosmonautical free love cray cray philosophical attitude that Gaga tends to spew forth and incorporated that kind of persona into the game. Phi Phi is not much of a performer though and it’s showing through more and more every week.

      Jiggly, girl you are done for very soon. What were you thinking?! You acted nothing like Snooki, and when you were acting, you were just running over people and being obnoxious. Next.

      And finally Kenya. Da fuq?????? seriously girl, TOTALLY off base and in no way funny. Slap stick can be funny, but this missed the mark by a parsec. Beyonce is always cool, calm, collected and full of grace in the spotlight. I kinda get where she wanted to go with that, but I have no idea how she could have gotten there, apparently she didn’t either. A definite deserved sashay, and Milan, you better send Kenya a thank you basket from The Body Shop, cause girlfriend saved your no talent behind from going home this week.

      Whew, I have never written a post this long before. I feel closure now though. Thanks for sharing everyone :-)

      • MissMariRose

         I agree with nearly everything, but I have to give Dida a pass. She was screwed simply by being placed in between Kenya, Phi Phi and Jiggly. How do you do your own thing when three juvenile bitches are literally invading your space the whole time?

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Mo/1394736292 Joe Mo

          I agree, she was in bad character by proxy. If it was distracting for us to watch I can only imagine how distracting it is to try and act in character when you have all kinds of craziness going on around you.

        • Zaftiguana

          Totally. They were literally climbing all over her and knocking into her and shoving her around. Sure, a solid queen has to be able to hold her own and keep the show going under pressure, but I have a hard time not giving her a little bit of a pass.

    • MilaXX

      William was funnier in the out takes shown on Untucked, especially when he put up the card board Jessica Simpson and left saying he was “Going to Macy’s”

      As far as I’m concerned Sharon deserves to win this year. She has shown herself to be the most versatile.  My other choices for top 3 would be any combo of LaTrice, Chad & Wlliam.

      Milan and Kenya were too weird in Snatch Game. Jiggy was her useless self. Phi2 tries too hard to rest on pretty. Didi needed to pad her boobs. Wendy is as known for her ginormous boobs as she is for saying, “How you doing?”.

      Forgot to add that while Santino was harsh on Milan’s Janelle Monae, there was a kernel of truth to it. Yes Janelle wears the mens suits & saddle shoes, bust she also wears stilettos and pencil pants. For purposes of this competition, she would have been better off going that route. Nonetheless, as desperate as it was I enjoyed the double death drop in the LSFYL.

      • Zaftiguana

        Exactly. I really loved the idea of someone going for Janelle Monae and I think it could work like crazy, but Milan had to know that since, unlike Janelle, she is not an actual woman, she had to go well-padded, tailored, and in heels, not in Janelle’s more genderfuck Sammy Davis Jr. drag king incarnation. 

        • MilaXX

          I don’t think Milan realized his variation was just wrong and I hate that I had to defend Santino.

          • Zaftiguana

            I didn’t even understand why he was saying this meant “being true” to her when it’s not like she wears the same exact outfit at every appearance. She actually mixes it up quite a bit, and her suits are almost always very femininely, form-fittingly tailored and feature a ribbon or silk scarf “tie” far more often than a masculine one. Heels or even a ruffled collar aren’t at all uncommon. Just a weird choice on Milan’s part. 

      • Linderella

        “Going to Macy’s” was the funniest bit in the whole show–and they cut it out of the show!  I don’t usually watched “Untucked” (I’m the rare queen who HATES watching catfights and bitchiness on television) but I’m so glad I did.  That was seriously funny, Kaufmanesque shit.

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

          I just about died over the “going to Macy’s” bit. Then Ru: “We couldn’t afford the royalties.”

          I’m also not a fan of catfights and bitchiness on television, and I avoid that type of reality show like the social plague that it is. But I watch Untucked religiously. I just can’t enough of my Queens.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hank-DeCat/100001190387982 Hank DeCat

      My top 4 are still Chad, Sharon, Willam & Latrice (really, are the others even close to the same league as those 4?) However, I’m starting to think Latrice, as FABULOUS as she is, is really *only* Latrice; that is, she has one persona, which is the same in & out of drag (this is different from Willam who is staying in character for the context of the show — Willam is a character; Latrice is the same person, just sometimes dolled up). I’m saying this not only based on the flat Aretha performance, but I just watched her “meet the Queen” video last night & she admits the same. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I mean, I still think she is awesome — loving & warm & her looks are usually fierce, — but she isn’t as quick witted/funny as Chad, Sharon & Willam are & I kind of expect that in drag queens.

      • Sally Brownson

         I think she’s just as funny as the other queens, and honestly, not everyone in drag needs more than one persona. I mean, really, when is RuPaul anyone but RuPaul?

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hank-DeCat/100001190387982 Hank DeCat

          Well, I wrote I didn’t know how I felt about it, I didn’t say it was bad or not and I specifically said I still thought Latrice was fabulous. But since you asked, RuPaul out of drag is not the same as RuPaul in drag — he’s actually quite shy & reserved, especially earlier in his career (he’s built more confidence being out of drag over the years as he became such a big star).
          I’m not going to argue about Latrice being as funny or quick witted as Chad, Willam & Sharon, that’s a matter of opinion (I even wrote “I THINK”) but IMO the Snatch Game performances speak for themselves.

    • http://twitter.com/mirrormirrorxx Paola Thomas

      What gets me is that you get a place on RPDR, you KNOW they’re going to play the Snatch Game, and you don’t even bother to choose a character in advance, prepare a costume and take the trouble to learn a little bit about the person you’re impersonating.  Even if you’re not a performance queen, you could at least rehearse some funny catchphrases and mannerisms. I can see why Latrice was so bummed. She’s not a actress per se, she normally gets through the challenges by displaying her own gorgeous warm personality, but at least she was somewhat prepared. The lack of preparation from the other queens was mesmerisingly unprofessional.

      • Pinup Ghoul

        For real! Most of these queens have decent careers and fan followings. They could have taken the character to their favorite club to test it out with other local queens. You KNOW their local queens wouldn’t let any crappy characters slide, either. Maybe I’m being unfair, but I am a performer myself, and when you go into a project with at least some idea of what is expected of you, you make sure you’ve at least got an idea of what you’re going to do, if not have it down cold. Chad has spent a lot of time perfecting her Cher, and it shows, not just in the visuals, but in Cher’s unique mannerisms. I know Chad probably began as a Cher impersonator specifically, but there’s no excuse for the sloppy presentation we saw from some of the other queens. One of the most important things I ever learned as a performer was, “If you don’t know what you’re doing on stage, at least LOOK like you know!”

        • Mefein

          And yet when Ru tried to warn Phi-Phi away from Gaga, Phi-Phi’s defense was that she was known for her Gaga, so she already had her character that she had tested out and so apparently was playing it safe, which says it all about the limits of Phi-Phi.  Besides the generic look (and, hell, it was a mild-for-Gaga look at that, so when the person you’re dragging on does more outrageous drag than you….), all she did was the claw thing and the leg on the table, and all she read into the character was that she was the next diva in line.  “My monsters and I are going to steal the diva crown from you and you and you.”  But Gaga is nothing like that.  If anything, she can kind of put out a bit of this Messiah complex, like she’s a martyr to her Art and her mission to liberate the misunderstood, and there’s plenty of opportunity for parody there.  But what she doesn’t do is, “I’m Gaga, Bitch,” and that’s how Phi-Phi was playing her.  Clueless about his divas, he is.

          • Zaftiguana

            See, that’s what I was thinking. Yeah, Gaga’s all about the look (and by “performing” as her, Phi Phi’s probably just meant lip synching, which made this a laughably bad choice for her), but it would be hilarious to see someone send up her very self-serious, sanctimonious side. With love, of course. That would require talent, humor, and solid references, though, none of which is really in Phi Phi’s wheelhouse.

    • MzzPants

      Holy Mother of God, he pulled off Michelle Visage????  I canNOT wait to watch this episode!

      • MilaXX

         Sharon nailed Michelle Visage. That’s some serious talent.

      • Sweetpea176

        Brought it and took it home with her. 

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        It’s an absolute hoot. Is there anything Sharon can’t do?

        I hope you’ve had a chance to see it by now.

    • Tam Duong

      rupaul’s dress looks like a fluffier version of the dress alexis mateo got clocked for last season…

    • putonabus

      I found myself wishing they could send more than one person home. It was more than time for Kenya to go, but I’m also so thoroughly done with the incoherent Milan and the corrosively mediocre, self-obsessed Phi Phi. Milan’s Janelle Monae thing was kind of bold (and I thought her dipping of Kenya during the lip-synch was actually a moment of real grace), but it was also incompetent as both performance and construction. Janelle’s masculine clothes are tailored closely around her feminine body. Milan was a man in a suit.

      I read Willem’s catwalk tears as a purely sarcastic response to being told to be more human, and a cruel sendup of Chad. After Untucked, I thought it was maybe less cruel and more complicated, but still essentially phoney. I like Willem and think she’s actually bolder in her subversion than Sharon, who tells you she’s about to be subversive and then does it — and there’s room for both of them in my heart, but probably not in the top 3. Sharon remains the one to beat, and this episode only brought that further home.

      Latrice’s performance was disappointing this week; I still have huge respect for her as a performer, and obviously as a leader and mentor to the other girls (I believe 100% that she’s been the reason for the increasing tolerability of Jiggly) — but it was a weak attempt even before the front row started fucking up and pissing her off. I think maybe her strength/interest is just not in celebrity impersonation, though as someone pointed out, she brought a little Divine to the wrestling show and it paid off really well.

      Chad is a perfect lady. I love her.

      • vmcdanie

         when I was watching the other night, I was pondering how Jiggly was surprisingly kind of likable (She apologized for the Snatch Game thing pretty gracefully and others took the opportunity to be graceless back.)

        I think you are onto something. I wish I could sign up for some Latrice mentoring.

    • xay

      Loved Sharon and Chad in the Snatch game. I think that Latrice and Dida were a little thrown by the ridiculousness of some of the other queens.

      I don’t really share the distaste for Kenya – she bombed the Snatch Game for sure, but her robot runway stomp read as more doll like than prepubescent to me. In any case, I was so sick of Milan that I was disappointed that she didn’t go home.

      Willam. I said this at AV Club and I’ll say it here: Willam is not a drag queen, he just plays one on TV. His runway look from this episode was the best he has worn this season, makeup and all, but although his Jessica Simpson was appropriately vapid, his wig and makeup were still not good. I really don’t see the pretty or the queen in him at all, he’s just an actor playing a drag queen. His personality is great and the character he has crafted is hilarious (up to and including the fake crying and contrition WHILE NAME DROPPING on the runway). But the total package isn’t there.

      • Musicologie

        I liked the comment at the A.V. Club, and I’ll like the comment here (albeit with a different account). And, as I said over there in a different thread (but actually thinking of your post): I’ve warmed up to Willam and I think he may be the sharpest of the group (except possibly for Sharon; their wits are so different that it’s hard to compare them head-to-head), and he has a long, successful career ahead of him, but this just isn’t his type of competition.

        • putonabus

          I think you put it best on all counts. I find it very hard to compare Sharon and Willam.

        • hearkentoit

           Yeah, Willam is a lock for third or fourth place, and that’s as it should be. But I want him to get his own show.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      i’ve been looking at cher since i was a tiny child. pretty much since i was born, actually. & my mother looked a remarkably lot like [pre-nose job] cher. super long hair & all. but if you hadnt told me that wasnt cher, or if i didnt trust you, i never woulda believed it. best non-cher cher i’ve ever seen too. yowsa.

    • lojoso

      Walking Dead now please? :D

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Welch/1030574114 Matt Welch

      This episode angered me.  It can easily be one the most entertaining challenges of the season.  But the entire thing was brought down by the childishness of a few people who just obviously didn’t understand the challenge (imitation and spoof).  It shows that this season there is a bigger divide between the quality and everyone else.  Can we please get an all star season (Season 4 only needs to nominate Chad, Latrice, and Sharon)?  The obvious attention-seeking desperate behavior of the bottom row completely wrecked and prevented a cohesive, great challenge from happening.  When you have quality around you – it challenges you to elevate your game.  PhiPhi, Jiggly, Kenya, and Milan just didn’t think about how to elevate their game – and showed a total lack of understanding about character and choices. 

      And, right as I was starting to get slightly less angry, they finally gave us “Vouge” as a LSFYL – and neither of those queens could strike a pose.  Is a queen who can’t vogue on a runway really a queen?  Important question. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hank-DeCat/100001190387982 Hank DeCat

        I agree, but I’d add Willam to the talent here. Chad, Sharon, Latrice & Willam better be top 4 because none of the others are worthy — heck, none of the others are even worthy of making it this far — there should have been a quadruple elimination this episode (Jiggly, Didi, Milan & Kenya) so we can just cut to the chase.

    • http://twitter.com/MeinHermitage Hermitage

      When I saw Milan and Latrice sitting near each other I was SO hoping they would play off the series of Arsenio Hall shows where Diana threw major shade at Aretha being fat. I believe she made a comment that Aretha would eat her own eyelashes, and then Aretha showed up the next show, rolled her eyes and neck and made a snappy retort that she eats steak and chicken wings,or something like that. It would have given Milan something to do, AND played into Latrice’s neck-rolling talents. I bet Ru would have immediately understood the joke and played the role of Arsenio, if they had had the originality to do something like that.

    • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

      I don’t watch this show but I like reading your reviews.  When I scrolled to Cher I thought it freaking’ WAS Cher!  That is amazing!

    • hughman

      I was DYING when Michelle Visage’s big complaint was Sharon “made her older”! ROFL. Really girl? Your persona is nailed by a fierce drag queen who really didn’t have to change her look TOO much and THAT was your concern? Oh honey, go grab a cocktail and a cig because your Interior Illusions Lounge has done busted all it’s mirrors. 

      • hearkentoit

         HAHAHA, perfect use of Interior Illusions Lounge.

    • Zaftiguana

      If it weren’t for the recognizable Snatch Game background, someone could have passed that off to me as an actual picture of Cher. Her one liners were fabulous, too. I felt that Sharon maybe beat her out just on sheer creativity and for those hilarious ad-libbed imaginary “memories” she shared with Ru, but Chad was the remaining Top Queen who needed a win under her belt, and this was more than justifiable.

      Of the remaining Busted Queens, DiDa and (I’m serious) Jiggly have some potential. I wonder if they don’t have strong drag mothers. They both seem to improve dramatically under Latrice’s wing, and the three of them were super fun together on Untucked. Jiggly seems to have some gender issues to work through, though. The strong, visceral reactions to ki ki and now to a queen in tux drag are starting to tell a story on her. I was expecting more from DiDa in the Snatch Game, but I kind of wonder if she was badly thrown off by being directly in the middle of the Ritalin Brigade.

      I kind of wanted Milan to go home, but Kenya was done, too, and her performance this week was painful to watch. I honestly thought it should have been Kenya and Phi Phi in the bottom. 

      Phi Phi has GOT TO SHUT UP ABOUT SHARON. This is just getting embarrassing. Milan reeks of desperation and Kenya was just…bizarre, but Phi Phi is downright unpleasant on top of being busted. Ru doesn’t like a bitter queen, and Phi Phi seems to have a lot of excuses from her past for her piss poor attitude, but guess what? So does everyone else. So does Ru. These are effeminate gay men who wear dresses and wigs, for god’s sake, and some of them are of color to boot. ALL OF THEM have difficult pasts, and plenty of them still manage to scrape together some genuine joy, maturity, and manners.

      • Mefein

        “I felt that Sharon maybe beat her out just on sheer creativity and for those hilarious ad-libbed imaginary “memories” she shared with Ru…”

        Yes, that exchange was absolutely hysterical, and I agree with TLo that those were some spontaneous Ru giggles there.  Maybe it wasn’t entirely as ad-libbed as we think, and she prepared weeks in advance, knowing there would be a Snatch Game.  Maybe.  Still, damned impressive.  And I agree it might have edged out Chad, given that Cher had been Chad’s gig for years, and with plastic surgery to boot.  But I didn’t really mind at all.  Kinda nice to see that the two of them seem to be becoming friendly.

        • Zaftiguana

          That’s totally true, she may have thought them up in advance. Making them sound so fresh and off the cuff if she did would be pretty awesome, too. But yeah, I don’t think she begrudged Chad the win. Chad was also the shit, and I’m with you, it really does seem like they have a good rapport. 

        • OmegaBlush

            
          I look at it as a challenge win for Chad but an overall win for Sharon.  Yes, in this challenge of impersonating someone famous Chad won, but overall it probably reinforces the belief that the judges have that Chad is one note, just a Cher impersonator.  Sharon’s performance proved/solidified the fact that she has the Creativity, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent required to win the whole thing.  Everyone knew it was a race for 2nd behind Chad, and he rightfully won this battle.  But Sharon might have just won the war.  

          • andcoh

            I don’t think it’s fair to say this challenge makes Chad a one note.  Five episodes in and this is the first time she’s pulled out Cher.  Between her evil wrestler, 80s valley girl, and Bea Arthur character, I think she’s proved that she is highly versatile too.  Let those two duke it out in the end.  

            Versatile… hahah.

            • OmegaBlush

              Absolutely agree.  But my sense is the judges are looking for any reason to get rid of Chad in the long run.  What will it say if Chad wins?  They’re looking for an up-and-coming talent not an established pro.  So, in the end, this is what the judges (and viewers) wanted from Chad and they got it.  Like I said elsewhere, I can’t imagine a challenge that will send her home but it does give them an excuse to pick Sharon over her.  But in the end, this challenge alone and the show as a whole has probably increased Chad’s fee at least 5 fold, so good for that bitch.  She deserves it.

          • Zaftiguana

            I don’t think for a second that that’s the impression the judges have of Chad. If they do, I’d have to wonder what show they were watching.

    • CrazyAuntie

      It’s interesting that the girls who have no wit and no special talent always opt to protray Gaga, Madonna or Beyonce.  I was not a BIT surprised about Phi Phi’s choice.  I agreed with Ross in the little argument he had with Michelle about Cher being “safe” for Chad to do.  Chad  really did have a lot riding on this.  And I agree, TLo, even with all of the build up, her Cher was hilarious and spectacular (and I really hope that the real Cher sees it!) 

      I LOVE LOVE LOVE Loretta and I LOVE LOVE LOVE RPDR!!!

    • http://6things.blogspot.com par3182

      Jiggly’s whispered “oh my god” reaction to Rupaul’s Cher hairflip in front of Chad was the highlight of the show.

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        Ha! I loved that whole thing.

        I’m convinced that Ru knows every last thing that goes on in that room, and did the hair flip to torture Chad. Not that he wants to torture Chad specifically, but I think he occasionally does things like that to see how they react, e.g., last week when Willam corrected the guy from Will & Grace when he pronounced Willam name incorrectly. Then Ru mispronounced it too. That was a test to see how Willam would handle it.

    • rose88

      Chad and Sharon killed it on The Snatch Game!  But as much as I love Sharon, I’ve never seen a drag queen who looked or sounded more like Cher than Chad, and she really did deserve the win.  I hope Cher was watching!

      Latrice was pretty disappointing as Aretha, but I’ll give her a pass, I don’t think she’s into celebrity impersonation so it wasn’t her strong point – she’s still fierce as shit.

      Willam is talented and funny, but there’s something very creepy about the whole persona, I found that pseudo crying very off-putting, and the whole thing made me uncomfortable.  Is Willam the Andy Kaufman of drag?  And if yes, is that a good thing?

      Speaking of uncomfortable, Jiggly, PhiPhi and Kenya were the worst performers ever on The Snatch Game (and Milan was a close fourth place contender)!  I mean, Morgan and Sonique weren’t near the same league of awful and unfunny as those three were.  Dida fell flat, but I didn’t envy her position of being in the middle of that “romper room fuckery” as Latrice put it.  At least Jiggly apologized for it.  I felt bad for Kenya because she seemed to have some promise early on, but her lack of English skills, combined with her total inability to create a character left her way out of her league.

      I agree that Milan is boring and uninspired and won’t get much further in the competition, but I thought the bottom two should have been PhiPhi and Kenya.  I actually liked the risk Milan took with her runway look and also enjoyed her dance down the runway.  PhiPhi is a big nothing and a whiny bitch.  I hope Milan is spared one more week so PhiPhi can go home first.

      • Zaftiguana

         Is Willam the Andy Kaufman of drag?
        Lol, perfect. I love it. I think the answer is “Maybe,” and as to whether or not it’s a good thing, I’m digging it but it means he won’t win this competition. 

      • Mefein

        Willam as the Andy Kaufman of drag, what an inspired suggestion!  I guess another alternative is he’s the Chauncey Gardner of drag?

        • Foodie Squarp

          HaHA! If he asks any of the other contestants if they are Raphael, we’ll have our answer.

        • SteveKl

          I think Willam’s definitely smart and he knows exactly what’s he’s doing at all times. I also get the impression that he isn’t drinking nearly as much as some people in the Interior Illusions lounge because I have yet to see him not in control and on message. His stiffest competition is Chad and Latrice, but he’s in it to win it.

      • cheesebomb

        I feel like Latrice was also just seriously angry/upset with and bothered by the behavior of some of the queens in the first row – not that I blame her – and she was trying to hold everything together and not reveal that on the set. 

      • OmegaBlush

        I just re-watched S2+3 and somewhere in there Ru makes a reference to Kaufman.  I can’t remember exactly when or to whom (it’s all a glittery blur of eleganza extravaganza) but I do remember it was in a positive light.  I think Ru was with Willam’s comedy until that display on the catwalk just because it pretty much mocked the other girls.  Still, he’d have to screw up pretty bad to go home before most of the others.  I kind of really want to see what he’d do for a LSFYL.  

        • http://www.revivify.net Alex Smith

          It was in reference to Yara Sofia’s comedy routine, I think, and Yara ended up coming in fourth, which is exactly where I think Willam will land.

      • edgeoforever

        Is Willam Andy Kaufman? What an excellent question. My mind is still trying to wrap around her little speech to the judges. Was it just her “I can be too vulnerable” audition sample? or was she doing a more elaborate joke – “I am super-bitch – the only tears you’ll see out of me are the ones I will fake to play with your puny minds?”  I am still not sure – and I like that about Willam.

        • http://twitter.com/SIxGablesBags SIxGablesBags

           I’ve had the same thought.  Willam is just so…controlled and contrived that I’ve come to suspect that the whole thing is an act.  Since he’s said himself that he’s always in character, I assumed the tears were part of the act.  It’s kind of brilliant, but not particularly funny (much like Kaufman himself).

          Sharon, on the other hand?  Unbefuckinglievable.  she WAS Michelle Visage.  Well, Visage by way of Janice Dickinson.  Sure, Chad’s Cher was spot on, but we knew that.  But even bopping around with just make-up on, Sharon had transformed into Michelle.  He’s so much better than the others.  Just a whole other level of awesome.

          And seriously, is this not just the best show?  It’s warm in ways the Oprah wishes she were warm.  It’s funny, and it’s clever and it’s on the edge.  Love. it.  Love Ru.

          • OmegaBlush

            Of course it was an act!  That was the point!  Exclamation points!  It was brilliance in a drag costume, but it’s not the sort of brilliance that Ru is looking for.  Ru is smart enough to get it which will get Willam to 4-5th, but it’s not broad enough to be a superstar.  Not to blame her, obviously it’s not for everyone, and maybe too subtle for a drag queen.  I’d tune into her show and/or movie and/or one wo/man show.  And I think that’s what she’s creating here.  She’s similar to Pandora Boxx in that there’s much more going on upstairs and I would see anything with her name on it.

      • vmcdanie

        Is Willam the Andy Kaufman of drag?  And if yes, is that a good thing?

        Yes, perfect description. It’s too bad Fred Blassie isn’t still with us.

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        I always found Andy Kaufman impenetrable. I honestly never had a clue what in hell he was doing. I can understand Willam. Maybe this is something new for Willam, and he just hasn’t gotten to the impenetrable phase yet. I don’t know for sure. But I will say I think he’s doing performance art, and he has it down to a T. So, in that regard, I think you could be on to something.

        It might not be a good thing for him on this show, although Ru is definitely smart enough to get what he’s doing. But I’m not sure Willam is what Ru wants in his Next Drag Superstar.

        Someone upthread called Willam’s performance “Kaufmanesque”. I thought she meant Charlie Kaufman, and I couldn’t make the connection. Andy Kaufman makes more sense.

    • GTrain

      So glad Kenya is gone. She made me very uncomfortable and her lack of talent grates. Her Beyonce was beyond ridiculous.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hank-DeCat/100001190387982 Hank DeCat

         Seriously, why didn’t Kenya do Lil’Kim — she is a dead-ringer for her. Of course, her lack of talent would have been just as noticeable, but at least her look would have been spot on, and she didn’t even have that much for Beyonce.

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

          Someone over at the AV Club said Kenya chose Beyonce because all she cares about is looking pretty. That’s very possible, although she could have still been pretty as L’il Kim. I think that poor girl became increasingly lost as she got further into the show.

    • SeriousStyle

      Chad was incredible in the Snatch Game but Sharon had me ON THE FLOOR!  The crap flying out her mouth was so quick-witted and hilarious, I was laughing out loud right along with Ru.
       
      “Uppers, downers and Candy Corn!” needs to find it’s way into my everyday conversation…

      • andcoh

        A classic Karen Walker quote.  I use it at every party.

    • Cindy Claussen

      What an entertaining episode! Chad’s Cher, and Sharon’s Michelle were brilliant. Dida had the beginnings of a good Wendy Williams, just needed a few more lines to be able to nail the character (and much bigger breasts)

      It was time for Kenya to go. Her portrayal of Beyonce was disrespectful and just wrong. This had the makings of the reality show where the judges decide to send home 2 contestants in one week, as they had ample reason to send home Milan too- bad Diana ross, her runway look was too masculine and she was in the bottom two last week also. Milan’s been saved so far on her dance skills I believe. 

      During the Untucked episode, backstage they were all going on how they love each other and are family. Wonder how long that sentiment will last? I don’t think PhiPhi and Sharon are likely to play nice ongoing.

    • Mariah J

      I thought Milan’s LSFYL was really good..but outside of that she doesn’t seem to have much talent. 

    • Markatha

      Oh I wish I could quit you Ru Paul’s Drag Race but I’m so far gone it’s impossible. 
      I am as giddy with love that the show exists at all as I am about the show itself. 
      And this is a show where the ride, not the final destination,is the real treat & pleasure of it.

      Each season the Queens who kill the snatch game are always my favorite.
      I knew Chad would be great & I wasn’t disappoited. Deevine!
      Sharon really nailed a ballsy choice and I loved her. 
       Plus her runway was terrific again. That Needle was so funny.
      Willam was funnier in the section they showed on untucked.

      Those fushia briefs certainly got my attention.  Hairy pit crew daddy is such a cutie.  I just want to lick him up.

      The cock games!  Cum On!

      Who in the world would not like Ru Paul.  He seems like the coolest & sweetest. And he can bring the bitchiness.
      Loved when he read the “Safe” Queens this week and the way he says “Lip Sync for your life” each week is classic.

      Plus Michelle was a great sport & fun this week.

      My Favorite part was Ru cracking up over Sharon during Snatch Game!

    • phiphihater

      I loved Sharon’s Michael Alig meets Amanda Lepore. It was really fitting since Rupaul apparently can relate to all of them.

    • AlieMichelle

      I actually think that last night’s show is what sold me on Willam entirely. I’ve been enjoying her consistently, but last night’s crying “so I can win” was so fucking funny to me. Everyone was getting so worked up over Willam showing some vulnerability and emotion, and she stuck it to them again. Her dedication to being as unlikable as possible while still being hilariously funny is fascinating to me.

      • hearkentoit

         Agreed, I started laughing out loud when she came out with “I’VE NEVER HAD ANY GIRLFRIENDS. I’VE NEVER BEEN FRIENDS WITH OTHER DRAG QUEENS.” It was pitch-perfect satire, and I know it pissed off Ru because Willam was basically mocking what Ru asked her to do, but it was still hilarious. I’m just sorry it fell so flat on the show.

      • http://twitter.com/dawazevermaat Dawazev Ermaat

        I have to agree with you, she has created this character and sticks with it _at all times_, even through adversity and misunderstandings, I can’t help but respect her for it. It doesn’t hurt she’s so funny either :D
        I don’t think she’s going to win this show, since Ru has to actually like the queen for her to win, but it doesn’t even really matter because imo she has the guts and talent to make it on her own.

    • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

      I CANNOT BELIEVE LOGO’S SITE IS DOWN. On the most favorite and important day of my TV watching week. I think I’m gonna go cry. :(

    • AnotherG

      At this point, I’m betting on Latrice as MVP/Audience Fave/Ms Congeniality/whatever they’re calling it this season.  That could change if any of the other queens manages a breakthrough.

    • Good Shot

      Why don’t they wait to do Snatch Game when there are only six queens left? Then they could maybe get an entire round in. 

      (What would be fabu too if a queen did Brett Somers…)

      • http://twitter.com/sassybabydes Anne White

         I was wondering last night if Brett was even relevant anymore, but I would laugh my a$$ off.

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

          I assume a lot of people have no clue who she is, but she’ll always be relevant to me.

    • Emily Scott

      Thank goodness they got rid of Kenya. I was afraid that the judges were completely taken in by her. I truly think that she just _doesn’t get it_; she’s been so off on almost everything.

      I do like Milan because of her (generally) positive attitude, but I grudgingly admit that she doesn’t have the goods for this competition. I did, however, love her Janelle Monae. What a fun twist on female/male impersonation, and she was completely committed. I was very pleasantly surprised that she managed to pull it out again in LSFYL. That girl can move!

      Chad’s Cher is truly uncanny. There is a drag queen in my city who does an incredible Reba McIntire, but Chad blew her out of the water (which I didn’t think was possible). I was leaning towards Sharon to win for taking a huge risk and pulling it off (and yes, I do believe she was genuinely cracking Ru up), but I do get what Ross said about Chad having the extra pressure of delivering on her signature persona, something that has tripped up plenty of reality contestants before. I’m perfectly happy with Chad winning, and I’m not surprised that they didn’t want to give Sharon another win just yet.

      Oh, and I was already over Phi Phi, but I’m really over it this week. For all her bragging about her Gaga, she was AWFUL. I think I yelled “Wrong!” at the TV at lease half a dozen times. As someone who admittedly worships at the altar of Gaga, I was offended.

    • Elizabido

      It’s too bad Kenya didn’t study up on Charo for the Snatch Game. She probably doesn’t know who she is, but the character would have been much better suited for her. All she would have had to do would have been to say “Cootchie, cootchie!” every now and then and wiggle around or strum a fake guitar.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

         Problem is, would anyone recognize Charo in these “NewNowNext” days?

        • andcoh

          If they watched season 1 they would.

        • http://caffinatedlemur.wordpress.com/ caffinatedlemur

          Wasn’t Charo a guest judge in a previous season? Or am I thinking of a different show?

        • Elizabido

          I know. And I’m sure Kenya had never heard of her. However, Charo is very camp, and I do believe she has appeared on some gay-oriented shows in the past. Anyway, Kenya’s Beyonce was beyond tragic.

    • PeaceBang

      I will always love Latrice for bringing the term, “Romper Room f**ckery” to the lexicon. Indeed, it was. Dida was the only halfway bearable queen in that front row peanut gallery, and her Wendy Williams wig and make-up were really subpar. I just wish they had double-auf’d Kenya and PhiPhi, and thrown Milan in for good measure. That Diana Ross make-up was a travesty. I love Milan as a person but she really needs remedial drag make-up classes. My thing about Willam was that I was thoroughly enjoying his hilarious J Simp routine but then he stood there onstage (oops, see how I don’t think of Willam as “she?” That’s a problem right there) and mocked the judges and the other girls with his “I can be vulnerable and cry” moment. Not only was it not funny (humor includes people in the joke — but Willam likes to exclude and insult people too much for that) but as nasty and very poor sportsmanship. It was so nasty as to be almost chilling. Willam is snakey. I don’t trust anything about her. She doesn’t have the heart to be America’s next top drag queen. Chad, Latrice or Sharon do. Sharon continues to astonish me. She’s special, indeed.

      • OmegaBlush

          While I love Willam, I agree she won’t be the next Drag Queen Superstar ™.  But I’m not even sure she’s entirely here for that.  I was also put off by what happened on the runway at first but just because I actually believed her for a second, then BAM! (as Alexis Mateo would say) she threw sand in my eye.  So for a minute I hated her for making a mockery of me, then I realized she’s a drag queen doing a schtick on a reality TV competition and the very idea of her being asked to show vulnerability, or me wanting it as a viewer, is completely not only worth mocking, but demands it.  Her tears weren’t any less fake than all the other Queens who shed them on that runway through the years.  Or as Sharon would put it, the factory in China that manufactures those tears has been busy since this show came on the air.  

    • Sweetpea176

      Sharon Needles IS the next drag superstar, IMO.  Creativity, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent personified.  I thought her Michelle Visage was brilliant — ballsy move, and she pushed it just far enough and no farther.  All you need to do is watch the other queens to see how hard that can be. 

    • AudreysMom

      I would love to see a Snatch Game with Pandora Boxx and Sharon Needles.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Holy crap.  I don’t watch the show, and was scanning the pictures before reading, and thought that Cher did an amusing guest spot, a la an SNL drop-in from Madonna!  That’s some good drag.

    • http://twitter.com/skylyon Luke Sky

      sorry guys, but guess what?  phi phi o’hara is going around all of chicago “discreetly” telling people that she won…

      • http://shootingshoes.wordpress.com Amanda Gun

        Any winner who did that would probably have their prize taken away post-haste, so if she did, she wouldn’t, and if she is, she didn’t. If you get me.

      • OmegaBlush

        Yeah, and PhiPhi is just the type of queen who would do that when she didn’t actually win. 

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q5ZHI6HF3M77JXNU5L5HIPJAFY Tiffany

          As if no one would ever find out!  Didn’t we all know someone in grade school or high school that would lie about random stuff (e.g. getting to meet a celebrity backstage at a concert)?  You always found out their lies eventually, but I guess the time in the spotlight is worth it for these types.

    • Verascity

       I have to admit, when Willem burst into tears I laughed so hard I almost cried. I couldn’t tell if she was manipulatively trying to show her emotions or mocking the entire idea of being “oneself” in a TV competition. I hope it was the latter, because I was just dying.

      Unfortunately, though, she can’t match Sharon and Chad, who were H to T flawless this episode. I actually sort of wanted Sharon to win, just because she took so much more of a risk, but I can’t fault Chad for taking it.

    • edgeoforever

      The Snatch game is supposed to produce epic hits AND epic misses. Which is why this one was the best of all – it had both in spades. Latrice got pissed because her spotlight was stolen. But as a viewer I enjoyed the whole thing – good and bad made one hysterical show.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=601016544 Amy J Albin

      Why… oh why can’t Logo get fixed! I need to see this show!

      • AudreysMom

        Hooray! it’s fixed. Now I can watch Untucked. Watching the show w/o Untucked is like a martini without the olive.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=601016544 Amy J Albin

           Finally! Now if only I could watch it at work….

    • TxMom2011

      There is such a great divide between the talent.  I am ready for the bottom dwellers to go.  Still lovin me some Latrece!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emily-Smith/12431153 Emily Smith

      wait that’s NOT cher?!  she’s so spot on it’s insane

      • mjude

        seriously i cant believe that is not cher.  wow

    • http://twitter.com/Athenabast Athena Bast

      That Beyonce looks more like Lil Kim or LaToya Jackson

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      TLo needs to make an emergency visit to the Logo TV servers headquarters to fix the website for me, so that I may view this episode. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2SYNWNMDUBJBJL66NUNMGZEIDI AnonMom

      Milan’s Diana makeup was terrible, but her makeup on the runway was perfection.  I thought she looked gorgeous on the runway.

    • vmcdanie

      You thought that lip sync was close? Or you didn’t? The volume of negatives confused me. I know there’s a language issue but the fact that Kenya clearly didn’t know the words sealed the deal. I had to root for Milan on that one although I can’t wait for her clock to run out.

      I was bang the table like Latrice angry at first to see those bitches fuck up Snatch Game but I came to appreciate the hot mess of it after a while (plus Sharon owned. I’m glad Chad won a challenge but he definitely coasted into that since Cher is his well-established thing.)

      I love Latrice but that schtick was done already by Stacey Layne last year.

      Goddamn, Kenya really gave me the creeps. I kind of hate to say that about someone but I’m not sorry to see the back of her.

      Will anyone be foolhardy enough to try Gaga next year?

    • http://profiles.google.com/valencia.lucia87 Lucía Valencia

      I really don’t know about Willam. I know drag is all about being irreverent and poking fun at the status quo, but what he’s doing feels somewhat disrespectful to the queens who have devoted their life and talent to build a career (Chad and Latice are the best examples). I was onboard with Willam’s shtick until that weird effing thing he did on the runway, that was taking it too far for me. So I guess Im off the Willam wagon too.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      I couldn’t wait for the Logo website anymore so I acquired the episode through other means…

      So glad Latrice called out the bizarre front row trio on their behavior on Snatch Game. I can fully sympathize with her frustration in the behavior of others. She should be on all future seasons of Drag Race as The Warden, who will lecture any other contestants on bad behavior or lack of class. Could have used her for the previous season on the lip synchs. Sheesh. And the day when (more likely “if”) someone goes up against Latrice in a rage will be the day when you see the biggest fool on Drag Race.

      And good for Jiggly for apologizing right there in front of everyone. Is she the person from which we have seen the most growth in character?

      Though Milan was not good on the Game, I much preferred what she was doing to the front row shenanigans. At least she was trying not to be a total boor. 

      A also felt bad for Dida being in the middle of the shenanigans. I liked how she adapted and used the “how you doing” line the one time when “Gaga” bumped into her. It was difficult to see both Dida and Latrice collapse during the Game.

      I was never squicked out by Kenya’s look. She can’t help the way she naturally looks. At least she was putting a lot of effort into the challenges, and was mostly good natured in her participation. There was just a cultural divide between what she knows and what Americans expect. Her boxer’s outfit was pretty cute and fierce.

      • PantherontheRunway

        I agree! I loved Kenya. I think Billy B said it when he said shes half the size with twice the spunk!
        she had way more makeup skill and (honestly) more fashion savvy than that of miss dida, jiggly, phi-phi and milan!
        And I’m sad that T-lo were happy to see him go!
        And that’s something I would love to see on the panel of judges, another experienced Queen. Ru is the host and has to be slightly unbiased, but a queen like lady bunny or even latrice would be a nice addition to the panel!
        And yes I know its a competition to grab focus from others but it was seriously tasteless and tacky to the fullest extent!
        screaming, fart jokes, and feet on the furniture(I’m talking to you phi-phi!!) are things left in a nursery school!

        • CrashSUCKS

          Poor Kenya. Pretty, just dumb as rocks. Ru suggested that she do a Latina character and she had no idea what he was saying. Now I see she didn’t understand anything anyone was saying the entire time.

          • PantherontheRunway

            I don’t think she was dumb, but I agree with you, its super clear she didn’t understand anything.
            Maybe if Ru had a translator, it would have yielded a better perfomance lol

    • http://promiscuouslola.blogspot.com/ Cate

      I agree that Latrice fell flat this week, but I think it was more that after the other shenanigans of the other three, she was just OVER it. not an excuse really, but i got the impression that she just felt like they were carrying on like children and she wasn’t having it.

    • MissFern

      CHAD FOR THE WIN!

    • Enferdame

      I’m not one to normally comment, but I have to say, I think this may be my second most favorite cast of RPDR ever. With a few exceptions, those ladies are delightful.

      I started laughing when Willam busted out the tears. Although I think perhaps she could’ve waited to pull them out if she ended up in the bottom, but what with both Kenya and PhiPhi crying, I could see why she though it was a good idea. Willam clearly shouldn’t win this game, but man, I would watch a show about her in a heartbeat. That one is so smart. That being said, I fear for her eventual LSFYL. I can’t imagine how that schtick will translate.

      I actually though Dida’s Wendy could’ve been decent, if she hadn’t been caught between the crazies. Chad at least was at the end and take advantage of moving as far away from them as she could. Dida is proving herself to be one smart cookie, who just lacks the finesse and polish of some of the older girls. I’ll tell you though, I’d watch her perform live drag any day, and I hope that she gets some help refining her look. She’s so close.

      I love love love Sharon, but you know, Chad kind of has my heart. Couldn’t tell you why, but she does. I’m so glad she won. The wig changes and her Snatch Games answers were hysterical. The Kathy Griffin stuff, the line about the chickenshit gigs, I died. They both bring me so much happiness when I see them do pretty much anything.

    • http://twitter.com/theblackqueen Bat Hewitt

      Even though Kenya is eliminated, I will not be able to erase the memory of her shakira performances from my mind. http://youtu.be/qZwE9DMEsbY

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q5ZHI6HF3M77JXNU5L5HIPJAFY Tiffany

      I am loving Untucked and I love Latrice, in spite of her lackluster performance during the Snatch Game.  In addition to giving us the term ‘romper room f****, I love the fact that she takes off her clothes as soon as she receives word that she’s safe! LMAO

    • enonymous

      I am so ready for Phi Phi to go home. What a sour, nasty little bitch.

    • http://twitter.com/Miri81 Miriam F Diaz

      I thought that was really Cher for a second. Holy crap!

    • AWStevens

      I used to think TLo was too hard on Jiggly but she lazy as fuck…

      Spot-on review per usual!  THANK YOU!

    • Addicted2Glamour

      Sharon Needles as Michelle Visage is why I am FINALLY getting her. She is fantastic.

    • http://twitter.com/_swarm swarm

      All the contestants have to submit an impersonation with their audition tape submission, so there’s no excuse for the awful lack of characters and preparation. They had plenty of time to perfect something.

       Chad had a TON to lose. He could have had no funny lines and not delivered especially with the chaos next to him, but all of his replies were on point. As far as plastic surgery goes, Ru’s had a TON, and supports it. It’s described on his blog over the years, still up on his website. Even Yara did, including lipo to give herself a waist. (unlike Carmen, who still has the man waist)

      Sharon was inspired and DOES have intelligence and the gift of gab. She loses points with me for stress, however, in the acting challenge whining about the line etc. You’d NEVER see Chad do that. He DELIVERS. (so far) But like Raja said, the pressure is incredible so time will tell about these two likely final two. They both have a story and something to say from the heart, and I think that scores high with Ru.

       Latrice failed mentally and so did Dida because they could have taken charge, especially Latrice as Aretha. Instead of being influenced by the fugery. I don’t see Latrice making it past final 4 because as sweet as she is, in the end, she’s still a regional style pageant queen who needs alot of direction and even admitted she has a short fuse. If you spent 18 mos surviving in prison, with nut cases, you can’t block out or take charge over 3 rowdy drag queens? Um, no.

      I thought Willam was hysterical especially the crying on queue part on the main stage. I was LMAO seeing that. Now that he says it was wonky editing, I believe it but still, appending the line “so I can win” was genius. Willam , I know you say you didn’t care and it’s only a game but I see your chest heaving a bit and heavy breathing when you’re on the main stage waiting to find out if you’re auf’d or not :) 

    • ccm800

      that is Cher. 

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      If you pause the video at 3.57 in HD, you can see the tip of pornstache’s penis sticking out in the sheer part.  

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      If you pause the video at 3.57 in HD, you can see the tip of pornstache’s penis sticking out in the sheer part.  

    • http://plantsarethestrangestpeople.blogspot.com/ mr_subjunctive

      I was thinking earlier today about how the criteria for RPDR are supposed to be Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent, right?
      The problem with Kenya was that although she doesn’t rate particularly
      high on any of the four, her biggest problem was Charisma: she’s like,
      anti-charismatic. I don’t know how many comments I’ve seen at AV Club
      and elsewhere that singled her out as being unsettling or creepy. (Mostly
      that seems to be in a child-porn sort of way, which isn’t really her fault, but charisma is unevenly distributed like that.)

      Latrice, on the other hand, is doing better in competition (and viewer
      affection) than she ought to because she’s got ridiculous amounts of
      charisma. Not saying she’s not also talented, just that she (as well as
      Sharon and Chad) are the ones people are always saying they’d want to hang out with in real
      life.

      (It’s hard to figure out where Willam fits in; he definitely has Nerve and Talent, and I’d bet that he’s Unique enough that we’ll remember him five years from now when RPDR is on season 9. But the down side of choosing to do an unlikeable character for the whole show is that it cuts the legs out from under you on charisma. Maybe that explains why a lot of his funniest stuff got edited out of the show, and only showed up in Untucked and the bonus footage?)

    • Catiline

      With Willam, I’m like… I get it.  I respect the commitment to the character.  I can appreciate the subversiveness.  But it kind of ceased to be entertaining about three episodes ago.  Sharon does a much better job of being subversive while also having FUN with it, which I think is the key thing missing from Willam’s act.

    • JANE LANE

      I just wanted to say that Miz Phi Phi O’Hara better start bringing the goods to back her mouth or her ass is going home. She’s always got something to say about Sharon and then falls flat, meanwhile, Sharon brings it every week. Like y’all said, bitch couldn’t bring it if you put it in a bucket. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=14301272 Kate Gorton

      I feel like Latrice’s makeup is freaky most of the time. The shading along the bottom third of her face is often garish and too light. 

      And it’s Kenya’s weird facial stuff that creeps me out most. Last week, I picked up on her catwalk crutches–the slow closing and opening of her eyes and mouth–and now it’s all I can see in whatever she does. Heebie. Jeebies.

      And for God’s sake, she made BEYONCE fart/shit her pants. Does Beyonce even poop?

      In that still of Chad Michaels, anyone would think that’s really Cher.