Hello my squirrel friends! Guess what time it is? SNATCH GAME!! For those not in the know, Snatch Game is essentially Drag Race’s version of the original Match Game, but way better. I absolutely live for this episode. Not only do I love seeing what celebrity (or reality star) the contestants dress up as, but this episode really separates the Queens who truly possess Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent from those who may have just…Nerve.
The entire episode is dedicated to the Snatch Game. No sense wasting time on a mini-challenge. RuPaul informs them that two contestants for the Game (as well as the guest judges) will be Michael Urie (of Ugly Betty fame) and Tamar Braxton (I literally only know her as Toni Braxton’s sister, I have no idea what she’s done and I’m too lazy to Google it).
A couple of the girls have surprisingly prepared quite a bit for this episode. I’m lookin’ at you, Violet Chachki and Miss Fame, who’ve both been perfecting their Donatella Versace look for months. Of course shade was thrown when neither wanted to budge on their celebrity look, but in the end Violet wins in the obvious category by realizing the odds of them having to lip synch against one another for playing the same celebrity is pretty darn high. So she decides to play Season 5 contestant Alyssa Edwards. Miss Fame sticks with Donatella, which is an unfortunate choice. But more on that later!
Here are the other Queens’ celebrity impersonations:
Pearl: Big Ang from Mob Wives fame (look her up, she’s HILARIOUS)
Katya: Suze Orman
Jaidynn Diore Fierce: Raven-Symoné
Ginger Minj: Adele
The biggest shocker is Kennedy Davenport making the decision to play Little Richard. No one has ever played a man on the Snatch Game. I mean hello…the name of the game alone says it all. Even Katya & Ginger try to talk her out of it, but Kennedy holds steadfast, and thank GAWD she does. Her impersonation is a breath of fresh air – it’s just the right amount of drag with a thin mustache painted on that really blurs the line of masculinity and femininity. Also, she’s f’ing hilarious as Little Richard. Case in point, when Ru asks what a gay Batman & Robin would change the batcave into, Kennedy quips, “A bathhouse in a dark room with gloryholes,” followed by a Little Richard signature howl we all know and love. I literally laughed out loud, rewound it and then watched it again, it was that funny.
The other girls who turn it out are Ginger, Violet (applause on changing to Alyssa Edwards), Katya and Pearl. I’m most surprised by Pearl’s performance, who rocks it as Big Ang and whereas before, I was bored with her Ambien-esque personality, I’m now beginning to see how funny and smart she really is. Also pretty. So really I hate her.
And then there are the girls who don’t do such a bang-up job:
Max: While her Sharon Needles look is truly spooktacular, she is boring as f**k, so basically the complete opposite of Sharon Needles. Way to go Max.
Jaidynn: Oh girl, just because you think you and Raven-Symoné would be friends IRL does not mean you should impersonate her on the infamous Snatch Game. As Ginger said when she read your bad performance, “Ooo Jaidynn, I just got a vision, you might be lip syncing for your life tomorrow baby.”
Miss Fame: And then there’s Fame, who’s so much funnier than she realizes. Her Donatella is tragic, her accent completely off (since when is Donatella Russian??) and let’s face it, nobody can play the fashion icon quite like Maya Rudolph. Also just for kicks, as Katya playing Suze Orman said, “ Honey, that wig was a bad investment.” #truth
It’s elimination day and my fierce and funny Katya’s anxiety is getting to her. See, Katya is a recovering alcoholic & drug addict and while she’s been clean for 1 ½ years, the stress of the competition and inability to talk to her support team is taking its toll. She looks to Miss Fame, also a recovering addict (9 years sober) for help. The two bond and it’s really a heartfelt moment. It makes me love both of them even more than I already do (I sorta forgive Fame’s horrid Donatella because of her obsession with chickens).
For their runway look, the girls are asked to vamp it up with leather & lace. Basically the moral of the story is, I hate some of these bitches for looking so damn good. Also, I want to raid their closets, kthx.
Pearl and Violet are safe, leaving the rest of the girls to stand on the stage for critiques. When they come to Max, Michelle tells her that while she had Sharon’s look down, she was missing everything else, aka Sharon’s personality. As Michelle talks, Max decides to remove her corset, and then proceeds to sit on the steps bare-chested and sing to the judges. When she finishes, she simply states, “I took advantage of the moment.” To say it’s a bizarre moment is an understatement; no one quite knows what to say.
So of course they move on. RuPaul announces that for the first time in Herstory – two queens – Kennedy & Ginger – win the challenge. Now, did I think Ginger did a good job? Sure. Plus her runway look was gorg, and as Tamar said, she “owned being thicker,” but did she really deserve to win? Not really. That should’ve been Kennedy’s win, but moving on.
Max and Jaidynn are in the bottom two and must lip synch for their life, the song being “No More Lies” by Michel’le. Shocker, Jaidynn wins the battle and Max is told to sashay away.
Pause: Not that I’m sad to see Max and her ever moving drawn on mole go, but one can’t help but conclude that the lip synch played to Jaidynn’s personality, and the poor awkward girl was left in the lurch. Meh.
Unpause: At the very end of the episode, where normally Ru condragulates the remaining contestants, she drops a bomb on them. She’s bringing back an eliminated girl, she just doesn’t know who yet. And for those wanting to show their love for their favorite ousted queen, Ru wants you to spam social media with your pick, #BringBackMyQueen
God, I love this show’s use of hashtags. Tune in next week to see who returns!