I’m not late with my episode 5 review. I wanted episode 5 and episode 6 to battle each other for REVENGE or whatever it is that would make me look less lazy.
I’m going to try to keep these short but I won’t/can’t promise anything.
I am so glad I didn’t know what to expect with the revenge angle they’ve built up over the past 4 episodes. It was well-executed and truly proves why RuPaul deserved her Emmy. For a short recap: The eliminated queens returned and had to pair up with a girl who was still on the show for a standup comedy challenge (ugh. No.) The eliminated queen who was paired with the winning queen would get a chance to lip sync her way back into the competition. Alyssa and Tatianna were in the top while Phi Phi and Roxxxy Andrews were in the bottom. Both Alyssa and Tatianna were let back in and they both chose Phi Phi to sashay away.
So….Phi Phi. Jesus christ. I try not to follow a lot of the Drag Race drama online because I’d rather focus on the show itself, but even I heard all about how Phi Phi has been screaming to the heavens and her mama and anyone else who would listen about how this show did her dirty with the editing. I don’t think anyone can believe that after watching what happened on this episode.
Telling Alyssa she was playing the “victim” made absolutely no sense at all. I’ve said before that I think Alyssa is a fierce queen but her style of drag is not for me. I don’t connect with it. That said, in no way do I think Alyssa was trying to “play the victim” in this confrontation. You don’t like someone’s drag, you don’t like it. I actually agree with Phi Phi that Alyssa gets a little too much slack from the judges for her looks because she’s got such a great personality. But instead of owning that, Phi Phi tried to make Alyssa look bad. It backfired. Then she was talking trash to Tatianna about how Detox wasn’t very funny in the challenge. Not only was she talking trash, she was talking trash while she was supposed to be making Tatianna want to keep her in the competition. And then she pouted her way off the stage, thinking that writing “no hugs because tears!” on the mirror was going to make people believe that she wasn’t a petty, lipstick-throwing mean girl.
And then for her to take to social media and claim to be the victim of underhanded producers just out to make a buck when she knew how she walked off that stage at the end…it’s baffling. That’s not to say that I don’t think the show specifically invited her back on to be the villain or that the producers weren’t purposely trying to get her to say bitchy things. That’s kind of their job. But for her to act like everything we’ve seen is an editing manipulation after what went down the day she was eliminated takes a Donald Trump level of delusion and self-aggrandizement.
What’s particularly irritating about this entire thing is that I really was rooting for her after I saw the first episode. Like I said in my first review, I was never a Phi Phi fan but I know she’s extremely talented and super creative. I wish we could have seen more of that creativity and talent and less of what we got. If she had embraced her bitchiness and just slayed the runway every challenge by pulling out some of those Instagram looks, I probably wouldn’t have liked her but I would have respected the hell out of her.
Comments on the rest of the episode:
- I hate the standup challenges because it’s almost always terrible. The only group I thought was halfway decent was Alaska and Alyssa. Even Detox and Tatianna were terrible, but they were better than the other girls.
- Coco and Phi Phi looked horrific. Stereotypes are so fun! Wait, no. They’re the opposite of that.
- RuPaul is so beautiful it makes me angry
- Tatianna’s lip sync outfit was perfection
- I’m glad Phi Phi and Coco are gone
First post-Phi Phi episode! It was a very run of the mill episode as far as Drag Race is concerned, but it was so fun (and the looks were so fucking good) that I didn’t care.
The girls are tasked with creating a product and then filming a commercial for that product. Katya and Alaska are on the top while Tatianna and Roxxxy are on the bottom. Alaska wins, and in a move I don’t necessarily agree with, and she sends Tatianna home again. Let’s talk queens & looks.
Queens (in the order they play golf):
As sad as I am to say it, Roxxxy should have gone home this episode. Her wig reveal thing wasn’t that great, especially since she’s done it better before. She’s been in the bottom four times and she’s not stepping up her game. She’s gorgeous but that can only take her so far. Sorry, Roxxxy.
Butt Butt Golf look – The hair is perfection and I think I owned those jeans in 1991.
Commercial look – I don’t love the color but I love the outfit. I would like one in black, please.
Runway – Cute, but compared to the other girls it wasn’t that special.
Detox is starting to fade into the background for me. Her looks are on point but she’s in the same boat as Roxxxy – her time is coming. I know she wants to win, but that’s not going to happen unless she can seriously step up her game in the challenges. I forget she’s on the show until she steps on to the runway.
Butt Butt Golf look – Sure. Great legs, though.
Commercial look – OMG. I LOVE THIS. GORGEOUS. PERFECT. AMAZING. She looks so good. I want this cape.
Runway – I LOVE THIS MORE THAN THE COMMERCIAL LOOK. She looks like some edgy French designer on her way to her first show at fashion week.
I’m so sad she went home over Roxxxy. Her product wasn’t that great, but I think it was better than Roxxxy’s. I even think her commercial was better than Roxxxy’s. Her runway look was inspired (and better than Roxxxy’s!) Damn it.
Butt Butt Golf look – As If Realness.
Commercial look – It’s ok.
Runway – Holy shit, T-Boz! I’m 14 again! Now I can stop myself from making all those terrible mistakes like going to college and that dude (you know the one)! Thanks, Tati!
She’s fine. She’s way to frenetic for me but I know she is beloved by many. I didn’t find her product that good, and damn if RuPaul isn’t right that she should have called it TonguePop! (And FUCK YES is Ru a marketing genius. Get it, mama.)
Butt Butt Golf look – Eh.
Commercial look – Eh part 2.
Runway – This look is very Alyssa. I hate it.
Thank God she listened to herself and not that guy I’ve never heard of before. He didn’t understand that this product was 100000000000% Katya’s brand and she showed she knew exactly what she was doing by sticking to her guns. She didn’t doubt herself and she knew that she could turn it out. She was hilarious and she deserved to be on top. Plus – SHE MADE RU LAUGH.
Butt Butt Golf look – LOL. Only Katya can wear something this ugly and get away with it.
Commercial look – Houndstooth maxi dress? YES PLEASE. GIVE IT TO ME.
Runway – As Ru says, it’s so wrong, it’s right. It’s great on her and the hair completes it.
I’m beginning to think she’s unstoppable. She knows her brand and she knows how to sell it, so it’s not a surprise that she was on top this week. I think Katya’s commercial was funnier, though.
Butt Butt Golf look – I must amend my previous statement. Only Katya and ALASKA can wear something this ugly and get away with it. They actually look like they’re friends who made the same poor life choices before discovering golf and getting clean. Now they meet every morning for a quick round before hitting the estate sales of those born before 1912.
Commercial look – It’s very Alaska.
Runway – I don’t love this but it is very Alaska. The fringe is fun.
It should have been Roxxxy. And it kind of seemed like Alaska didn’t eliminate Roxxxy because she was nice enough to lend her her clothes?
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