“You can’t be lifting up drag queens!” Those seven words from horrified onlooker Manila Luzon pretty much summed up the “Lipsych for Your Life” shenanigans that went down between Mimi Imfurst and India Ferrah on this week’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Indeed, Mimi’s shocking decision to forcibly hoist a stunned India over her shoulders — midway through performing Thelma Houston’s “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” no less — provided a violent but entertaining shock paddle to an otherwise flat episode.
The crazy thing is, prior to Mimi’s “lift and conquer” maneuver, it appeared as though she’d be getting the “chanté, you stay” treatment from Ru. Sure, her fitness video shtick was stooo-pid, as Michelle Visage so aptly put it, but it was at least more memorable than whatever India did. (I could comb through my notes to get the specifics, but why waste my time or yours?) Plus, annoying as Mimi has been all season, her leopard-and-black-ruffles runway ensemble trampled India’s circus-ringleader-meets-low-rent-stripper number.
Not surprisingly, self-absorbed Mimi huffed that she didn’t agree with the judges’ decision, and that she was going to “keep doing me.” Uh-huh. That ought to work out really well. Look for Mimi to be playing her bathroom mirror — audience of one — every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 and 11p.m.
The good news is that as Mimi bobbled and staggered with India over her shoulders, the latter queen got shaken out of her episode-long stupor. It’s not every day you see a drag lady toss her long auburn wig to the floor and perform a series of showstopping somersaults down the center of the runway. Git it, mama!
I will say, however, I was a little surprised not to see Shangela at the top. Her halle-hula-hoop routine slayed — both in workshop mode and in front of the cameras. And while she may not have the most, um, refined runway look (loved Ru’s reference to the lost Kardashian sister, Kiki) Shangela delivers the best sound bites of any queen this season. Exhibit A: “Ru’s probably thinking, ‘This ho don’t even know how to hula-hoop!” Exhibit B: “Get it, Stacy! Eat that chicken, you bitch!”
Other highlights from this week’s show:
* Raja’s introduction of the term “garage doors” to describe the lids of a lady sporting a single shade of eyeshadow.
* Raja popping the cork on a bottle of bitch, and imagining Stacy Layne Matthews’ “listening to bullfrogs and drinking sweet tea in the backwoods.”
* Susan Powter!
* And guest judge La Toya Jackson reminiscing about having had a fitness video back in the day, despite the fact that she never worked out (!).
What did you think of this week’s Drag Race? Did the right queen go home? Will you miss Mimi, if only for lack of having a contestant to root against? Sound off below, and for all my reality recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV.