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'RuPaul's Drag Race' recap: 'Snatch Game'

Let the Snatch Games begin—and may the shade be ever full of flavor!

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RuPaul's Drag Race

TV Show
Reality TV
Current Status:
In Season

Wow. America is gagging right now. I’m gagging right now. If Ornacia had an esophageal sphincter, she’d also be gagging right now. Not just about the twist—check out the EW Exclusive in which the eliminated kweens sound off on why they should be the one come back—but the crazy-ass elimination! I wouldn’t say it was unfair, exactly. It’s hard to say if a frontrunner has crashed and burned in such spectacular fashion before. But seriously, this season is getting kind of delicious, and just in time for Snatch Game!

As any good Drag Race fan knows, these girls pack and prepare ahead of time for certain challenges, including Snatch Game, so it’s not that easy to switch characters at the last minute. (However, a true drag superstar would have packed backup costumes to her backup costumes in the event of a glitter drought or global sequin shortage). Luckily, knowing how inconvenient it would be, Ru came to the Werk Room to stir the pot—as Violet quipped, “RuPaul, do you want a spoon?” Ru quickly dismantled plans and even some kweens’ sense of self without even breaking a sweat, although I don’t think Ru sweats anymore since she became a deity in 2008.

First, Ru put a kink in Miss Fame and Violet’s newfound BFF status. They had both been planning on doing Donatella Versace, but Miss Fame had generously offered to switch to the Long Island Medium until Ru planted a few evil seeds in her ear: “Go for the jugular. … Being kind is one thing, but being the winner is a completely different thing.” Miss Fame immediately went back to Donatella—even though the Long Island Medium could have been the better choice—and Violet was left to scramble. She settled on Alyssa Edwards, but I don’t believe for a second that Violet hadn’t planned that weeks in advance.

Other kweens were a little more stalwart with their choices. Kennedy Davenport faced ridicule for her choice to do Little Richard, a celebrity who doesn’t have a snatch (that we know of), but she stayed firm. Katya chose Suze Orman, and Ru tried to guilt her into doing a Russian character, which sent Katya into a tailspin of insecurity. Katya explained that she was terrified of doing the Russian character because it’s the thing she does best, to which Ru responded, “You are addicted to the anxiety.” Way to cut to the core of a person, Ru! Then Katya confessed that she had been addicted to alcohol, crystal meth, and cocaine. (Crystal meth??? Whoa.) Later in the episode, Katya pulled Miss Fame, the only other sober girl, and had a heart-to-heart. It was a full-on nervous mini-breakdown but a really nice moment nevertheless, as Katya admitted that the show was bringing up every insecurity she had. To Miss Fame’s great credit, she wrapped Katya in a hug while cooing, “You are love. You are loved”—and she brought the moment back to herself, but only a little bit. Progress!

Sidenote: How many times can Ru do the “LaGuardia, Newark, Kennedy” joke? I know she repeated a similar joke when Milan was on the show, but I counted five instances in this episode alone, and I’m willing to bet she’s done it every week thus far without fail. Not that I’m complaining—I laugh every time.

Let the Snatch Games begin! And may the shade be ever full of flavor! (I’m so ridiculously, embarrassingly proud of that one).

Tamar Braxton and the adorable Michael Urie, who was brilliant in Buyer & Cellar, were on hand to be the Snatch Game contestants and later to guest-judge, and they were both delightful additions to the proceedings, knowing when to laugh exaggeratedly and when to stay viciously silent.

Katya had nothing to worry about, and she killed it as Suze Orman—seriously, who would have been a good Russian character anyway? Also love that she kept hurling shadeballs at Fame the whole time. Pearl did fine as Big Ang; we’re learning Pearl comes alive whenever she’s wearing giant boobs. Violet was actually amazing as Alyssa Edwards. She knew how to make her chin disappear and nailed the iconic click. Kennedy did some great acting as Little Richard, although I’d argue the wail came in handy as a crutch—but there’s no denying she was quick with the one-liners. She left me curious as to how she would have been as Sweet Brown.

The real and only winner in my mind, however, was Ginger Minj as Adele. The look was on POINT and I love the decision to make the character eat constantly due to her “low sugar” and to be polishing her awards. Ginger could have done more with the voice, but we can’t all be Aidy Bryant.

NEXT: And now for the other half…