It was the best of judging and the worst of judging on last night’s edition of RuPaul’s Drag Race. While it was clear right from the table reading that Phoenix (pictured, left) was destined to return to the ashes, I cannot fathom why — for the second straight week — the panel heaped praise on the loud, garish, and relentlessly obvious Mimi Imfurst (pictured, right).
Ru got things started with a pun that had me howling — “set a corset for warp speed!” — but the “ESP test” opening challenge was a bust, both in terms of measuring skill sets and bringing the funny. There are only so many times you can crack a joke about the color of a stuffed pussy cat in the course of a one-hour episode, y’know? At least Raja managed to squeeze in a delectably raunchy bon mot about her close connection with Delta Work: “She even knows how many cab drivers I’ve slept with.” Oh snap.
The queens split into teams of two to create looks and then film trailers for Drag Queens in Outer Space: From Earth to Uranus, and its sequel, Return to Uranus. While filming the former preview, Phoenix kept playing to the wall, but who can blame her when the alternative was having her “frat guy with pancake makeup and silver-duncecaps bra” look committed to celluloid? (The only outfit more tragic was guest judge Alessandra Torresani’s lethargic black bustier and leopard-print gloves.) On the set of the sequel, judge/mentor Michelle Visage asked Mimi to “lower the energy a little bit,” but the bearded lady resolutely stuck to the “louder is funnier” school of comedy that went out of style with Gilbert Gottfried.
I was stoked Ru chose flawless “twins” Shangela and Alexis as the eventual winners of a prize package from boobsforqueens.com — “Did you hear that, Lily, boobsforqueens.com?” — but honestly, Stacy Layne, looking like the fiercest kind of Disney villainess, should’ve claimed the runner-up spot from Mimi, especially since she bravely donned a body suit for the runway show.
The “lipsynch for your life” segment between Delta and Phoenix wasn’t much of a contest. Sure, Phoenix’s metalic orbit headdress outshone Delta’s deflated Jetsons mumu, but the latter lady served far flirtier — and more feminine — energy on “Bad Romance.” Plus, she’s simply a quippier queen than Phoenix, as evidenced by her zinger after Manila tested out a space-monkey language. “She just ordered the cobb salad!” Delta, work.
What did you think of this week’s Drag Race? Were you happy with the result? And did you get a surge of joy hearing Lily Tomlin praise India by noting “your bosoms look completely believable from this distance”? Sound off in the comments! And for all my reality TV ridiculata, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV.