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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Henny, I Shrunk The Drag Queens (S13 E12)

Another week, another episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race for us to watch as an attempt to forget the world we’re living in. I’m not the only one who does this, right? The queens took on another acting challenge and the results were… interesting. Let’s get into it!

The queens returned to the workroom after Utica‘s elimination. Symone struggled with being in the bottom two so close to the end of the competition, while Kandy Muse celebrated her first challenge win. Gottmik also celebrated her performance in the roast. Everyone said Gottmik got it, but Symone coined the phrase “Gottmit”. Brilliant.

It was a new day in the workroom and we did not get a mini-challenge but RuPaul did have a fake mustache for some reason? Through her mustache-covered lips, Ru shared that the queens would be acting in a Honey I Shrunk The Kids-inspired shrinking drag queen movie. Kandy and Symone were competing for the same role, but in the end, Symone took the character she didn’t want. This usually means she was either going to win the challenge or go home. No in-between on this television show.

While the queens were practicing their lines, Kandy rubbed her hand on Rosé‘s face and apparently, her stubble made a noise everyone heard. My favorite part was the sound effects the editors added in to really sell it. After that fun moment, the queens got to chat with Scarlett Johansson to get some acting advice. The most exciting part for me was the cameo by Saturday Night Live‘s Colin Jost.

It was time for the queens to shoot Henny, I Shrunk the Drag Queens. Symone was second-guessing her characterization, using the voices she did in past acting challenges. Olivia Lux was another queen who relied on her past characterizations for the challenge while asking about a million questions. Olivia is so cute you can’t be mad at her, though. It was no surprise that Rosé and Gottmik really thrived in the challenge. I think the best part of the filming was Gottmik’s encounter with the cat paw.

Back in the workroom while the queens prepared to hit the runway, they had a great conversation about LGBT representation on TV. While this show is fun for us to watch, I think we often overlook the powerful social impact it has. Dag is mainstream. So many LGBT youths have this show to help them feel like they are not alone. It’s really powerful when you think about it.

On the main stage, Ru was joined by Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, and guest judge Cynthia Erivo. The category on the main stage haute pockets? I don’t know, but I was into it. I loved Rosé and Symone’s looks, but it was Gottmik who had my favorite look. Her Hercules -inspired flasher look definitely had me wanting to buy a sundial.

For the judges critiques, Symone, who struggled in both the practice and filming, got rave reviews! Rosé and Gottmik joined Symone in the top three, while Olivia and Kandy were clearly the bottom two. The judges thought Olivia was fine in the challenge, but her character has been overdone and her outfit wasn’t pocket-focused. Kandy got negative critiques for both her performance and her look on the runway.

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Ru asked everyone’s favorite question: Who should go home this week? Olivia really struggled with this question. She didn’t want to say herself or any of her fellow contestants. In the end, her response was Kandy. Everyone else said Olivia should go home. The awkward silence was broken when the queens went to leave the stage and Symone had a shoe malfunction.

It wasn’t surprising that Rosé won the challenge while Olivia and Kandy found themselves in the bottom two. They faced off to Strong Enough by Cher, which was perfect. Kandy had glitter hidden in one of her 100 pockets to throw on the stage during her performance. Of course, the judges couldn’t resist it. She stayed while Olivia sashayed away.

So we have Gottmik, Symone, Rosé, and Kandy as our final four! This is certainly a strong group. Who are you rooting for? Sound off in the comments below!

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One small brushfire away from completing the Serial Killer Triad, Haley is a hell-raising college student and sports journalist. Calling the suburbs of the gayest city in America home, she's sure to bring it to you every ball.

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