Previously on RuPaul’s Drag Race, the queens scruffed it up for a masc for masc mini challenge before turning their attentions to making over social media influencers for the mainstage. Finally Miz Cracker shone, in no small part to Chester See who lived for himself in drag like the second coming of Alyssa Edwards and turned it out as Cracker’s Cookie. On the flipside, Monét and Shortchange relied on glasses for family resemblance which led to her landing in the bottom two with Kameron, who was basic. Once again, Kameron turned out her lip sync and sent Monét packing from the competition, breaking my heart in the process.
Back in the Werk Room the queens lamented their loss, though didn’t seem interested in missing her and the damn sponges. As the queens anointed Kameron this season’s lip sync assassin, she shared that TBH she would rather be eliminated rather than have to wipe off her message. This got Asia riled up, since she would rather Kameron just quit if she would rather be in Monét’s shoes. Cracker being the sweetest, told her to focus on doing Monét proud before chucking her a sponge and getting her to wipe away the message. I assume in honour of both her entrance look and first runway. The queens took some time out to congratulate Cracker, well except for Asia who kinda felt like she is lacking that star power and as such, needs to go. Eureka was proud to still have Kameron, Aquaria was proud of herself and Cracker appears to have found her confidence.
The top five returned to the Werk Room for this week’s Drag Brunch mini-challenge where the queens were tasked with dragging up a pancake and giving it an absurd backstory. So, kinda like this place? Anyway Ru was joined by guest judge Cheyenne Jackson, who was tasked with eating the girls cakes and all of a sudden, I wish I was there with he and Kameron. Speaking of which Kameron’s pancake Patty Puta was a sex-positive queen, Miz’s Miss Wedding Cake was a trashy hen, Asia’s girl Panquisha was a glorious junky, appearing inspired Eureka’s Cindy Ann was thirsty and loves heroin while Aquaria was artsy with Pancake’s Labrinyth and I love her, despite it not looking overly edible. Once again Asia took out the mini-challenge, though Cheyenne’s twins are the true winners getting to smash Panquisha when he got home.
With Cheyenne ushered out, Ru announced that this week’s maxi challenge would pit the queens against their inner-saboteur – Nina Bonina Brown forever – strutting the runway as both their best and worst selves, complete with killer commentary. Bravely Eureka asked the queens to help her identify her best and worst qualities, leading to all the girls helping each other out. The takeaways being Eureka looks expensive though doesn’t shut up and Miz Cracker never lets her guard down.
Ru returned to kiki with the Queens, with Asia proudly wearing only outfits she made and sharing that her bad side will highlight her comfort being angry and dark. Eureka too was working on a look for her evil twin, who spends her time berating herself for her weight and being talentless. Aquaria was focused on looking glorious and having an evil twin that encourages her to drink to work through being shy, which, preach … however Ru was not sold, forcing Aquaria to get introspective and up her self-loathing game. Cracker and Ru worked through her desire to produce how people see her and letting go of control so the judges can see her for who she is. Kameron was focusing on staying out of the bottom – damn – using what she has left in her suitcase to get her sab-o-tore dressed up. She and Ru then did a deepdive on her shyness and tried to add some depth to her reads. RudePaul then joined RuPaul to talk some smack and show the girls how it is done. With Ru gone, the girls started working on their monologues before Miz Cracker had a breakdown over her issues with a sewing machine. Thankfully Eureka gave her a pep talk, got her head back in the game and told her to style something she already has rather than force herself to make something.
Elimination day rolled around with Kameron and Cracker terrified about lip syncing, showing that their inner saboteurs were firmly in control. The rest of the queens agreed that Michelle Visage just may be their inner saboteurs. The girls spoke about how their confidence was affected by doing drag, with all of them agreeing that their confidence as men had taken a hit. Aquaria then spoke about the magic of peeing clear, with Cracker admitting to being close to death since her pee is fluro. No joke. That is where we left off.
On the mainstage, Kameron’s good side served comic queen realness though her evil side put her in her place and TBH, looked better. Eureka’s good side served Cher Horowitz realness, while her bad side also slayed however her eyes kinda showed she was going through liver failure. Cracker’s good side was glorious Marie Antoinette while her bad side didn’t seem to work for the challenge, though as a prehistoric look slayed. Aquaria served pastel realness for her good side while was a bloody vicious diva for her bad side. Asia’s good side was a cross between a calippo and a cat, but in a good way while her bad side slayed in all black and bald head.
The judges felt Kameron looked good but didn’t seem to go in hard enough, they ate up everything Eureka was serving, they loved Cracker’s good side though felt the bad side felt completely detached from the competition and her voiceover was still too produced. Aquaria received universal praise and the judges couldn’t get enough. Asia slayed the runway, with the judges loving everything and Michelle going so far as to admit she was wrong to critique her balloons. Ru asked the good twins to exit before asking the bad queens to identify who should go home, with Kameron wanting Aquaria to go home, Eureka thinking Cracker should go home, Cracker thinking she would be in the bottom with Kameron, Aquaria wanted Kameron out and Asia thought it was Cracker’s time to go as she wasn’t a star.
As expected Kameron landed in the bottom two while Eureka and Asia were deemed safe, leaving Aquaria to take out her third challenge of the season and Cracker to see if she can fare better against Kameron in a lip sync. Both queens served their inner nasty girl in the lip sync, however once against nothing and no one could complete with Kameron’s acrobatics as Cracker was sent from the competition and Kameron lived to lip sync another day.
Poor Cracker only seemed to be able to get out of her head for one glorious moment this season, so I focused on lifting my dear friend up and reminded her that she is beautiful, she looks like a model. Did she stone those … sorry, Valentina tangent. Anyway – I’ve known Crack for years and while she admittedly is thin white a salty, I decided she needed something more to cheer her up. Like a Miz Prawn Cracker.
Melt in your mouth, these babies were the absolute joy of my childhood until I discovered that prawn crackers contain prawns. Then they were dead to me until later in life, drunk, I let them back in and have never looked back. While manhandling the prawns and making them from scratch can take away from some of the magic, they are even more delicious. So thanks to Oh, The Things We’ll Make who I shamelessly ripped the recipe from.
Miz Prawn Cracker
250g prawns, peeled and depoop-shooted
250g tapioca flour
¾ tsp salt
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp Chinese five spice
½ tsp baking powder
vegetable oil, for fryin’
Place the prawns in a food processor and blitz until completely pureed. Add the flour and spices and blitz to form a thick dough. Remove from the processor and knead on a clean working surface, dusted with tapioca flour and shape into a thick, large sausage shape.
Get a steamer going. Once rollicking, place the dough-sausage on baking paper and steam for an hour, or until rubbery … making sure to add water as required. Remove and allow to cool.
Cut the dough into thin discs and allow to completely dry into hard discs. I used an oven at its lowest heat.
When you’re ready to rock, get the vegetable oil nice and hot and cook the crackers a couple of time until they pop up to surface and expand like a poppadom. Remove to kitchen paper and repeat the process until done.
Then, obvi, devour.