After three episodes, RuPaul’s Drag Race finally put the full cast together and gave us an elimination! The last two episodes were split into groups of six but this week we got one happy family. It kicked off with Elliott With Two T’s hiding out because one group voted to eliminate her, but she lived to see another day. It’s a bit confusing, I’ll be honest.
The “eliminated” queens were confronted by Elliott, who was not pleased with the votes to eliminate her. She came for Tamisha Iman a bit, which is a cardinal sin in my book. As to be expected, the “winning” queens from episode one thought they had the upper hand on group two. The drama!
There was no mini-challenge this week. RuPaul came into the workroom to remind the queens that this week was for real, someone was going home. The first maxi challenge as a happy family was Ru’s take on Hallmark movies. The groups were preassigned to mix the two groups together. Group one consisted of Denali, Elliott, Kahmora Hall, and Olivia Lux who were overacting in Valentines Day themed movie. Group 2 featuring LaLa Ri, Symone, Rosé, and Utica were to celebrate flag day in a wonderfully named film, God Loves Flags. Finally, Gottmik, Joey Jay, Kandy Muse, Tamisha Iman, and Tina Burner were starring in a rom-com centered around April Fools Day. Incredible.
While the groups were predetermined, the roles had to be assigned amongst the queens. That aspect seemed a bit chaotic. There were a lot of big personalities trying to find most over the top role. There were some iconic moments in the workroom as Ru was checking in with the queens on how their characterizations were going. Utica nearly put Ru into cardiac arrest with her answer when asked if she smoked weed. Ru really said “name five songs” to Tamisha when asking if she was a Cher fan. There was a lot going on in this workroom, y’all.
As the queens filmed their movies with Ross Matthews, it was smooth sailing until team Valentines Day took the stage. Between Denali forgetting her lines and Kahmora failing to emphasize the correct word for her bit, it was hard to watch. Though, the Kahmora thing was kinda hilarious. I was ROOTING for her.
Back in the workroom, Symone shared that her first time in drag was at prom! This was truly an incredible story. Her classmates and school seemed supportive and she felt empowered. These stories are why this show is so important. Tamisha also got to share that she has three biological kids, her oldest being 35 year old twins. Her drag name is actually her oldest daughters name. We have no choice but to stan.
On the main stage, Ru was joined by Ross, Michelle Visage, and Loni Love on the judges’ panel. The category on the runway was Trains for Days. I thought it was Symone’s night. She was hilarious in the movie and her look on the runway was such a creative take on a train. Rather than coming off the end of a gown, her train was coming from the do-rag on her head. It was perfection. A few performances were hard to sit through, but I thought everyone did ok!
Elliott, Olivia, Utica, Joey Jay, Gottmik, Tina, and Tamisha were safe. It was clear that Denali, Kahmora, and LaLa made up the bottom three. Meanwhile, Symone, Rosé, and Kandy got the highest praise from the judges. In the end, Symone got a second win under her belt while Kahmora and Denali fell into the bottom two.
Denali and Kahmora faced off to 100% Pure Love by Crystal Waters. The energy between the two queens could not have been more different. Denali really gave it her all while Kahmora looked a bit defeated. It was not a surprise when Denali got to stay with high praise from RuPaul.
Finally, we had an elimination and a challenge with the full cast! Next week, everyone is dressed as a baby and we get a ball challenge. Looks like a good time! What were your thoughts on this week’s episode? Sound off in the comments below!