This week, the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars teamed up to write, star in and produce their own commercials to sell their very own side hustles, and in the Rudemption runway, they brought elevated looks of their past fashion failures. Who sold the challenge and the looks this week?
As we open the episode, we discover that Trinity K Bonet was the lone queen who voted to eliminate Yara Sofia – was it retribution for Yara picking TKB to sashay away last week? Conspiracy theory anyone? Ru enters and, in keeping with his mantra “It do take skills to pay your bills”, challenges the queens to promote their own “side hustles.” In a Drag Race first, the teams are selected by height. Ru lines the queens up from shortest to tallest and assigns their respective hustle.
Team one, made up of Ginger Minj, Silky Nutmeg Ganache, A’Keria C Davenport and Jan promote their “Rent A Queen” service. Team two, Trinity K Bonet, Pandora Boxx, Yara, and Ra’Jah O’Hara are the “Drag Fixers” and team three, consisting of Scarlet Envy, Kylie Sonique Love and Eureka are the “Exor-cise Queens.” Catch the drama of the first act below:
You know we are dealing with All Stars here when you see their commercials. Team Rent A Queen came to the shoot with too many ideas for one commercial, but they managed to pull it off – and Ginger’s “Richard Slimmons” was a scream.
Kylie and Scarlet made fantastic “Exor-cise Queens” and Eureka gave a performance as a possessed victim that rivaled Linda Blair in The Exorcist.
Ru’s (and my) favorite spot was for the “Drag Fixers” – or “Fix it Bitch” I have watched this numerous times today and it cracks me up every time. From Yara being Yara to Ra’Jah and Pandora working their duct tape magic, this clip is all kinds of perfect.
Of course, the Rudemption runway looks were on point. Kylie revisited her Lady Gaga Snatch Game look, Pandora brought a greatly improved version of the dress that sent she and Mimi Imfurst packing on All Stars season one and Scarlet gave us a stunning reinvention of her season 11 entrance look. The winner in our book was Ra’Jah, who gave us an elegant take on her “Farm to Runway” look, replacing her burlap pants with crushed velvet eleganza.
If the winner of this week’s challenge wasn’t obvious, Ru let us know that Team Pandora, Trinity, Yara and Ra’Jah know how to “fix it, bitch.” And the top of the heap was Trinity. I wouldn’t want to pick a losing team this week, but it was decided that Ginger, Silky, Jan and A’Keria are all up for elimination.
Trinity had to lip sync for her legacy against a true lip sync assassin, Laganja Estranja, who made an unforgettable entrance.
The pair lit up the stage, performing “Physical” by Dua Lipa. While Trinity brought he energy and ferocity, she was no match for our dancing queen. As the winner, Laganja had to reveal the lipstick with the name of the queen the cast vote to eliminate and the name on it was Silky Nutmeg Ganache. We will miss the good reverend (and if you haven’t seen her episode of “What’cha Packin’?”, I suggest you do it right now. If any queen needed a redemption, it’s her.)
So, who’s his week’s MVP? She didn’t get the love from her sisters, so we’re not going to let that happen again. Our MVP of the week is the pride of Atlanta, Trinity K. Bonet. She was absolutely hilarious with her “cliffhangers” on the “Fix It Bitch” ad (her line reading of “I feel fabulous..? makes me laugh every time.)
Her Rudemption look, a take on her entrance look was everything. And, if nothing else, she is passionate and even inspiring to her fellow queens after being congratulated for her win. .
So, yes, Trinity K. Bonet, you’re a winner baby!
And, since this clip now lives in my head rent free, I am dubbing Ginger Minj as this week’s MVP runner up. Her Richard Slimmons is definitely one for the ages.
So, another episode of All Stars comes to an end, and we’ve got our top 10 (ut, the “game within a game” is still in play, so we probably haven’t said goodbye to Serena, Jiggly and Silky yet, right? Until next week, remember that if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell can you love somebody else? Can I get an “amen”?