Following last week’s unexpectedly bonkers lip sync battle (which resulted in perhaps the most shocking elimination in RuPaul’s Drag Race history), it makes sense that the reality show’s subsequent episode takes a deliciously catty turn as the remaining crop of contenders sashay back into the work room to continue the competition.
In EW’s exclusive sneak peek at this Friday’s episode (below), tension is the name of the game as six remaining competitors — Trinity Taylor, Alexis Michelle, Peppermint, Sasha Velour, Shea Couleé, and Nina Bo’Nina Brown — kiki without Valentina, widely considered a frontrunner for the Drag Race crown until she royally upset the show’s Emmy-winning headmistress by refusing to remove a lace cloth that covered the bottom half of her face (“It’s a lip sync. What part of that do you not understand?” Ru asked) while duking it out with Brown to remain in the competition.
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Season 9’s resident complainer, Brown unloads the weight of her notoriously negative attitude on her sisters’ shoulders yet again after giving one of the season’s best lip sync performances against Valentina in a move that would secure her standing among the Drag Race cast.
“Yeah, I mean, it was cute. I did what I had to do, but, for me, this is not a happy moment,” Brown says. “I feel horrible. I feel bad because I feel like maybe if she wasn’t in a group with me, she’d probably still be here… I’m just saying… The negative one is still here, and the positive one [is gone]. I just feel bad.”
Couleé attempts to build up Brown’s spirit, however, asking: “Is there a little piece of you that feels victorious after this?” to which Brown gives a succinct, “No.”
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“Can we just stop talking about this, actually? I’m not having this conversation anymore,” Velour butts in.
In a confessional, Peppermint adds: “I’ve never heard of that in any situation in humanity. I need to make you feel good about the fact that you did a great job? So I’m not going to do it. Bitch, snap the f— out of it.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on VH1. Watch EW’s exclusive first look at this week’s episode above.