Les reines rentrent dans la salle de travail et célèbrent la victoire de Shea, qui dit que cela semble “correct”. Pour une raison quelconque, Trinity est absente et les locataires tiennent plus tard le piston. Shea tente d’expliquer sa raison en citant La résilience de Trinity comme principale raison pour laquelle elle a décidé de la bloquer. Trinity accepte l’explication et décide de prendre le bloc comme complément à sa force de compétitrice. Monét, l’autre gagnante de l’épisode, est ravie de n’avoir eu besoin de bloquer personne. Il est clair que gagner et bloquer quelqu’un met une cible sur votre dos, il sera intéressant de voir si le casting bloque perpétuellement celui qui a gagné la semaine précédente. Yvie et Jinx suggèrent que cela pourrait être la stratégie, car il est logique d’essayer de ralentir les gens qui accumulent des étoiles. Shea se rend compte que la seule façon de rester en sécurité est de continuer à gagner.
RuPaul entre et déclare que c’est Snatch Game. Ce qui était autrefois un moment de joie pour Course de dragsters de RuPaul les fans sont maintenant dans un moment d’appréhension après le Snatch Game de la saison 14. Espérons qu’avec un casting All Winners, dont quatre précédents vainqueurs du Snatch Game, le vent tournera. La tournure de cet épisode est que les candidats devront jouer deux personnages différents dans deux jeux Snatch différents. Il y a un mélange d’excitation et de peur de la part des concurrents à propos de Snatch Game, qui, selon The Vivienne, une ancienne gagnante, “teste les compétences dont vous avez besoin en tant que drag queen : transformations de maquillage, imitation de personnage et faire rire les gens”. Anticipant un Snatch Game épique, Trinity, un autre ancien vainqueur du défi, déclare cela les “Olympiques du Snatch Game”.
Alors que Vivienne, Trinity, Jinx et Shea, tous les anciens vainqueurs de Snatch Game, semblent prêts et ravis pour la compétition, Raja, Monét, Yvie et Jaida semblent inquiets. Quand il est annoncé pour la première fois, Raja dit qu’elle n’est pas excitée, bien que Tyra Banks dans la saison deux soit une solide imitation. Monét a un rapport plus tumultueux avec le défi, avoir réussi (sans victoire) en tant que Maya Angelou sur la saison 10 et échoué lamentablement dans le rôle de Whitney Houston dans All Stars 4. Jaida, qui est passée au second plan en tant que Cardi B dans la saison 12, semble renfermée et réservée à l’approche de Snatch Game. IntimidéYvie s’inquiète de se mesurer aux anciennes reines qui ont défini Snatch Game, considérant que sa performance de Whoopi Goldberg dans la saison 11 pourrait être l’une des pires imitations de l’histoire de Snatch Game, et a failli la renvoyer chez elle.
La meilleure partie de ce Snatch Game est qu’ils ont abandonné le concept Snatch Game of Love et sont revenus à l’original. La nouveauté de la saison est le jeu de double arraché, qui ressemble à une sorte de décision arbitraire. Cela correspond au «trop» de la première, mais il y a une histoire de concurrents comme Bob the Drag Queen et Nina West dépeignant deux personnages différents dans un Snatch Game. Cela aurait peut-être plus de sens s’il y avait une sorte de relation entre les deux personnages ou peut-être si les candidats devaient se faire passer pour un ancien personnage de Snatch Game ainsi qu’un nouveau personnage. La décision de faire jouer tout le monde à deux donne presque l’impression que les producteurs ne pouvaient pas décider quelle performance ils voulaient de Jinx, alors ils ont décidé de lui faire faire les deux. La meilleure façon de regarder les performances de Snatch Game est de les diviser entre les grands, les bons, les bons et les mauvais.
The “great” were Jinx and Trinity. Jinx is the mother of Snatch Game, as her Little Edie remains, probably, the best performance in the history of the challenge. She may have topped that this episode. Her first character, Natasha Lyonne, was an inspired choice. Learning from Willow Pill’s mistake in season 14, Jinx correctly remembered that Natasha and RuPaul worked together in the queer cult classics But I’m A Cheerleader. Not only did she play a funny person, Jinx gave a new life to a caricature of Lyonne, one that was comfortable, lived-in, and exciting. She came in with great constructed jokes and great volleying with RuPaul making for an excellent performance. It was also great that she didn’t rely on specific Lyonne characters, like others on the panel. She played the woman herself. Just when you thought it couldn’t get better, Jinx became Judy Garland. It was a stupendous performance. It could have bordered on showboating, but it was so good everyone just seemed to enjoy getting to watch Jinx perform. It’s hard to pick a favorite part. The call back to her original season, in which Garland absolved Dave the veteran of responsibility for her death, was absolutely genius. Turning to camera and asking “is this my camera,” was delightful, and the decision to sing RuPaul song’s in Garland’s voice was unforgettable. At the end, when she asks if they have time for “one more,” it is clear that Jinx is winning Snatch Game again.
While Trinity’s Caitlin Jenner was called one of the best Snatch Game performances by one judge, which was a bit of an exaggeration, this double Snatch Game proved that her victory was no fluke. It was clever to do Satan. At once constantly represented in pop culture, yet also unknowable, it was a familiar blank canvas to work with and subvert expectations. The decision to make the devil super gay made it so that no matter what Trinity said it was funny. The only quasi mistake was the tiara and lace gloves, the juxtaposition would have been stronger between the visual and the voice without the props. The decision to play an equally gay character, Leslie Jordan, was a terrific decision. The impersonation worked well with Trinity’s bawdy sense of humor. The condom-raincoat joke was superb, but her best moment was correcting Jinx after she sang the Drag Race theme song.
The good was Raja and Shea. In actually, Raja even bordered on great. Considering her apprehension about Snatch Game and confession that reentering the competition was not like “riding a bike,” her success felt that much sweeter. Her Madame the puppet–like Gigi Goode’s robot character–was an inspired left-field choice. It was a delightfully unhinged performance. Even when her jokes were a little basic, the visual of her moving around like a puppet was unforgettable. A fashion lover, Raja’s Diana Vreeland wiped clean the memory of Robbie Turner’s failed version. The eccentricity of the choice was comedic gold without doing too much. She absolutely nailed the voice and make-up, proving that Raja is a major threat in the competition. Shea, who won last week and has her own Snatch Game win, gave what is probably the best performance of a social media star. You didn’t actually have to know who Elsa Majimbo was for it to be funny. Like Jinx’s Natasha Lyonne, Shea’s performance was very present in the moment and volleyed well with those around her. A huge fan of top model, Shea’s J. Alexander looked good, but simply wasn’t very funny. It was definitely the weakest of Shea’s four Snatch Game characters.
The Vivienne and Monét turned out to be fine in the Snatch Game. Sadly, the Vivienne decided to play two actresses playing a character. This always feels like an easy way out. After all, she wasn’t really doing Joanna Lumley, she was doing Joanna Lumley doing Patsy. She took the same approach doing Catherine Tate. They were funny of course, but they lacked originality. The strange thing was the best line The Vivienne had was more as herself, when she remarked that for someone who says they will not utter the name Chris, J. Alexander said it three times. The Vivienne could have added extra points if she had complimented Joanna Lumley, by making her second character another actress from Absolutely Fabulous, like Jennifer Saunders as Edwina, Julia Sawalha as Saffron, or even Jane Horrocks as Bubbles. Monét was also fine. Her Mike Tyson was really good. It was the perfect voice and she had great banter with the judges. However, her Martin Lawrence really never took off, and again it was her playing someone playing a character. That approach, also employed by The Vivienne and many other past Snatch Game contestant, is often uninspired.
Jaida and Yvie, sadly, fell into the bad category. Jaida’s lackadaisical take on Prince had some good moments, but they felt like accidents. Likewise, The Lady Chablis, though an inspired choice, fell flat. The look was excellent, but it felt like she was just doing Jaida. It was an opportunity to teach a new generation about this queer pioneer and legend, but it felt like Jaida hadn’t done any research. Overall, it felt at best that Jaida was timid and at worst unprepared. Yvie came in with the most to prove, bombing her original Snatch Game. She sadly didn’t really get rudemption. Her portrayal of Rico Nasty, no matter how potentially accurate, was loudly one-note. The editing and laugh track were enormously kind to her. In a regular season it’s a performance that would have landed in the bottom. The Boogie Man was an interesting choice, like Trinity’s Satan. In retrospect, it might have helped to have them on the same panel. Despite an interesting take on the character, it really lacked jokes.
The next day, Yvie enters the work room seeming to understand that she didn’t do great but pleased at her own effort. It’s clear in the room that the top performers are Jinx and Trinity, which were somewhat expected, and Raja, somewhat unexpected. Even Raja didn’t have high hopes for her Snatch Game, but she really gave a good performance. The conversation eventually turns to strategy with Jinx, bluntly, confessing her plan to block someone who already has a star. While Monét appears somewhat shocked, perhaps because she has one of the only stars awarded at this point, Jinx simply calls it a question of statistics. In a way, it is sort of spoiler moment as it seems clear Jinx will win, leaving her only two options to block, Monét or Shea.
On the runway, RuPaul enters in a mint and silver dress to welcome judges Michelle, Ross, and possibly the worst guest judge in history, Daphne Guinness. Having her on a comedy challenge feels like a mistake. This is doubled when you realize that the next episode is a design challenge ball, which would be much better suited for Guinness. The runway category is Pleather Principle.
Monét is the first on the runway in an exquisite brown recreation of a Schiaparelli design. Yvie follows in a campy vinyl anime look. It’s a fine look, but something about the proportions doesn’t work. Raja continues to amaze in looks that feel modern and effortless, this time in contrasting snakeskin prints and a feathered fascinator. Trinity comes out in pastel pleather puffer jacket-inspired look. After what she wore last week, this feels like it was a bit of an afterthought. The styling and fit just don’t seem up to Trinity’s standards. The Vivienne’s red pleather with the exaggerated shoulders and cool cap is a showstopper. It feels like she and Raja are going to the same party and are the two best dressed in the room. Jinx’s fetishized Mary Poppins is a great concept that matches her persona perfectly. She also looks like a dead ringer for one of the step-sisters in Cinderella. Jaida’s ’90s inspired look is pure The Matrix and an unexpected reference for a queen known for pageant excellence, but it’s expertly done. Shea’s reimagination of Catwoman is a little disappointing. Perhaps it’s the disconnect of the punk aesthetic that doesn’t coalesce well with Shea’s normal polished fashion-forward looks.
The judging, like last week, is overly complimentary. There is really no attempt at constructive criticism. There are some slight critiques, but it seems clear that the judging is just a formality at this point. Again, when the queens return, they have all oddly changed outfits. Is there a huge break in filming and they got bored? Even stranger, Monét, Shea, and Jaida have changed back into their Snatch Game characters. Is there a continuity issue going on? The judges declare Trinity and Jinx the top two of the week.
While Trinity is unable to win a star, she is able to win 10,000 dollars and the power to block someone next week. They lip sync to Adele’s “Rumor Has It.” It was a fine performance overall. It did feel like Trinity actually gave the more compelling performance. It was comedic and dynamic; however, she almost briefly lost her wig and it seems like this is the cardinal sin of a lip sync to RuPaul. Jinx is declared the winner. Despite explaining exactly what she would do if she won, Jinx stalks the runway with the plunger before landing on one of her only two options, handing the plunger to Shea. It’s an important decision that sets a possible new precedent of blocking someone who has blocked someone else.