Previously on RuPaul’s Drag Race, the queens were tasked with starring in Ru’s latest musical Pharmarusical – choreographed by none other than Queen *tongue pops* Alyssa Edwards – where The Vixen and her team stormed to victory. Meanwhile Monique was forgettable, Kalorie didn’t give enough and Eureka was in her head about her knee, making her lack heart. Thankfully for her she found enough to slay the lip sync and send Kalorie from the competition.
The queens returned to the werk room where Kalorie stuck to Aja’s wishes to keep exit messages kind, before we heard from Eureka who was shook to have been in the bottom two and hopefully lit a fire in her belly. What is with he listing her body parts today? Let’s see how many more I can get, shall we? Kameron, who is the sweetest in addition to being beautiful and talented, congratulated all the queens on a job well done, before The Vixen gladly spoke about her victory in the challenge which she felt was inevitable. This obviously pissed off Aquaria since her best drag look included a borrowed wig. Monet told The Vixen her leadership earned her the win, Monique was disappointed to be in the bottom three – channeling Milk in thinking she deserved to be higher – while The Vixen just felt she needed to do better.
Ru arrived to talk the girls through the next mini-challenge, where they participate in screen tests for his provocative new chocolate bar in fresh off the bus drag. While Miz Cracker, Mayhem, Dusty, Aquaria and The Vixen kinda fell flat, Blair St Clair slayed her audition, Eureka and Kameron brought a few laughs, Monet owned the competition, Yuhua was cute and Monique finally shon. Blair, Monique and Monet won the challenge, making them team captains for the maxi-challenge where they would be required to create ads for RuPaul’s new dating apps – End of Days for doomsday preppers, Fibstr for pathological liars *maybe* looking for love and Madam Buttrface for the queens with banging bods and busted faces.
Blair’s team of Miz Cracker, Eureka and The Vixen got the End of Days app, Monique picked Dusty Ray, Kameron and Mayhem to tackle Fibstr and Monet, Asia, Aquaria and Yahua were tasked with selling Madam Buttrface. Team Fibstr got to work talking through their ideas, well except for Mayhem who was super quiet outside of volunteering to be the narrator. Over at Butterface, Yuhua was on struggle street hating on all of Monet’s ideas without giving any solutions. Meanwhile Blair and End of Days were all about problems, problems and solutions. Eureka focused on eating and fat jokes, much to the chagrin of The Vixen.
Back with the queens of Fibstr, Kameron offered to take over as the narrator since she knew all the lines anyway. While Mayhem was frustrated to lose the role, she stayed completely silent. Meanwhile the Buttrface girls got to work looking fugly as hell, with Asia warting up, Aquaria pilling on noses and Yuhua … putting dots on her face, which feels like a dig at sexy Sideshow Dusty. Asia spoke to Monique about how she is concerned about their performance, which was the perfect time for everyone to notice that Yuhua clearly misunderstood the assignment to look ugly. Monet then decided to chanel the power of the sponge, which isn’t really relevant to the plot … except for the fact all the queens started Vaaaanjie-ing in canon, which gave me life.
Fibstr were up first filming their commercial where Kameron struggled as the narrator – which Mayhem reminded us she could have done better, despite never verbalising that with her team – and Monique directed herself through the shoot like the great producer herself, Alexis Michelle. Side note: new/new-to-me pit crew guy is hot. Mayhem then struggled through her one scene before getting frustrated by Monique’s micromanaging.
Team End of Days tried to avoid letting Michelle know they were nervous before Eureka ignored the rule that drag isn’t a contact sport (amirite, Mimi Imfurst). Blair, Miz and Eureka slayed their performance while The Vixen was just there. Then came Madam Buttrface where Monet owned the narrator role, though was upstaged by Asia who stole the show thanks to Carson’s advice. Yuhua then focused on exercising, which I think she was hoping would have sexual connotations.
The queens returned to the Werk Room to start preparing for the runway where Blair spoke to Eureka about feeling alone in the competition and missing her mum, before Eureka offered to take her under her wing. The Vixen and Aquaria then had some drama over The Vixen borrowing her best-drag wig before a spider caused even more chaos, until Kameron – of course, swoon – caught the spider and released it into the wild. Blair then shared about her religious upbringing and how her parents are super supportive of her career. This made Dusty open up about her own experience in a conservative household, being exorcised for being gay and how traumatic it was. He was told he would never find love, happiness or success as a gay man, leading him to packing up his car and moving out. It was harrowing and is so absurd that we still need to experience these things in the ‘00s … but sadly, some of us do. Aquaria tried to make a joke about joining Monet for brunch before The Vixen continued to come for Aquaria for upsetting her. This led to Aquaria excusing herself from the Werk Room while the other queens tried to get The Vixen to calm down and be the bigger person.
Pausing the drama my love Nico – and dear friend Courtney Love, who I really need to see soon – joined RuCo on the judging table where they were gagged by the feather runway. Blair looked cute if not boring, Miz Cracker delivered a tribute to her deceased friend, Eureka slayed in crow-Ursula realness, The Vixen made a beautiful peacock, Monique looked like a gorgeous phoenix and Mayhem looked good but kinda left me bored. Dusty looked ok, Kameron looked perfect, Monet brought glamour and then Asia owned everyone dressed as Tweety Bird. Yuhua came out flanked by crows while Aquaria was an injured dove. The End of Days commercial was hilarious, Kameron and Mayhem were unwhelming or non-existent in the Fibstr ad while Asia completely owned the Buttrface commercial.
Blair, Eureka and Asia placed in the top while Kameron, Mayhem and Yuhua landed in the bottom. While the judges were conflicted about her outfit, they loved the way she lead her team and slayed the performance. Nico fanned out over Eureka with Michelle excited she finally joined the competition, slaying the performance and runway. While the judges loved her runway look, it couldn’t overcome her lack of role in the commercial. The judges asked if she spoke up about her concerns, which she admitted she didn’t and it was ultimately on her. The judges adored Kameron’s look with Nico shocked he was in the bottom, while Michelle quickly pointed out it was her beige performance in the ad. Asia deservedly received universal praise for her runway and performance in the commercial. Yuhua was called out for being confused on the runway and for performing horribly in the challenge.
Asia obviously took out victory, while Blair and Eureka were given their orders to use their feet – I forgot I was listing Eureka’s body parts, ok – to join the safe girls. Kameron’s killer runway ultimate saved her from the bottom two, leaving Mayhem and Yuhua to battle it out to Celebrity Skin. While Yuhua tried her best to bring rocker-chick to the stage – complete with air guitar – Mayhem owned the performance from the very first note, channeling the years of auditioning into saving herself. Then she added some shady moves at Yuhua and ripping feathers out of her dress when Courtney sang about people wanting a part of her and it was over – Mayhem was saved and Yuhua was given her marching orders.
Given Yuhua is so delightful, she wasn’t too heartbroken when I found her in the Werk Room packing up. As with most of the NYC queens, Yuhua and I have been friends for a couple of years after meeting through Bob. I was his less photogenic assistant when he was prepping for season 8, so spent a lot of time with Yuhua while collecting looks and we became the fastest of friends with our wild sense of humour. As such, we quickly started getting crazy in the Werk Room as evidenced by her Untucked exit where she was hopped up on sugar … in the form of my Yuhuagurt Hamacaki.
Light and fluffy, sweet and sticky and full of warm, exploding pockets of raspberry, this yoghurt cake is so good. And moist. So, so moist. Like, more moist than I am when Kameron and Dusty are on screen at the same time.
¾ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, whisked
2 lemon, zested and juiced, 1 tablespoon juice reserved for the icing
1 cup Greek yoghurt
1 ½ cups raw caster sugar
2 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 cup raspberries
1 cup icing sugar
1 tsp boiling water
Preheat oven to 160ºC.
Whisk the oil, eggs, zest, juice, yoghurt and caster sugar in a large bowl, and combine the flour and baking powder in another. Fold the dry into the wet and stir until just combined before folding through the raspberries.
Grease a non-stick bundt tin and pour the batter into it, smoothing the top. Transfer to the oven and bake for 45 minutes, or until golden and an inserted skewer comes out clean. Allow to stand in the tin for ten minutes before transferring to a cooling rack and allowing to cool completely.
Meanwhile combine the icing sugar, extra lemon juice and boiling water in a bowl to form a thick glaze. Pour over the bundt and allow to drip down the sides before slicing, serving and devouring.