'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10, Ep. 5: Daytime Talk Show Trash & Shania Twain
Thursday (April 19) night on RuPaul’s Drag Race, the show delivered its take on trashy daytime TV talk shows a la conflama mavens Jerry Springer, Maury Povich and Geraldo Rivera (which as Ru pointed out, he’s a veteran of -- if you haven’t lost yourself in the NYC club kids/Geraldo YouTube videos, put a kettle on honey, it’s time).
It’s shocking that it’s taken 10 seasons for the show to do its spin on the campiest TV this side of wrestling, but it was well worth the wait. With tomcatting cacti and the Laurel and Hardy of adult babies facing off, The Bossy Rossy Show (hosted by Ross Mathews) is the kind of challenge that needs to return for next season.
Here’s what Joe Lynch and Stephen Daw thought of the episode.
Joe: Like you said last week, I feel like every S10 episode I have no idea who is in the top overall this season. Eureka winning I did not expect, but damn, that girl was one perfectly hysterical big baby. Aquaria never stood a chance. Improv challenges are always interesting because people you expect to do well sometimes flatline and others who you never expect really deliver. I could have seen Eureka going either way and she absolutely dominated, whereas some of the so-called comedy queens didn’t really shine on The Bossy Rossy Show. That being said, I can’t believe Cracker hasn’t won yet! She bring it to you ever Ball!
Stephen: I sound like a broken record at this point, but once again, Cracker should have won this week’s challenge. Do not get me wrong — Eureka was really funny in her challenge, but to me, Cracker brought a certain level of wit to her Dr. Dill performance. And frankly, I liked her runway a lot more than I liked Eureka’s basic denim bodysuit. But I definitely agree with you about Eureka and Aquaria performing way above expectations — The Vixen’s pettiness did not pay off, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not completely, 100 percent HERE FOR IT. What did you think of the girls who ended up in the bottom this week?
Joe: I really liked Mayhem and wanted to see her go far, but it was her time based on the challenge and lip sync. Monet is fabulous but she’s left me wanting more every episode; Ru has a point that her personality and charisma are at 11, but that only goes so far when you have specific tasks to complete. She did not bring laughs on Bossy Rossy, and somehow Kameron Michaels -- who has been pretty flat this season so far -- was running laps around her in terms of comedy and characterization. Like, what happened? Which of the pairs was your favorite on Bossy Rossy? I adored Dr. Dill but I think the feud over the cactus was my favorite. It was just so stupid and weird.
Stephen: Oh, the cactus feud was incredible, and by far the best of the bunch!! The only reason Monique Heart didn’t win this week was because she decided to throw on a giraffe print top and say it was a “brown cow.” Girl. I went to school in Missouri. Monique is from Missouri. That. Is. Giraffe. Not cow. I was so upset when she took off her denim top, because she is slaying this competition, and yet every single week, there’s one small thing she does that holds her back! My girl needs a win! Special shoutout to Blair St. Clair in that challenge — she clearly was having a rough go of it when she started saying “Vanjie” (I swear this meme is eternal and is never going to die), and instead of giving up, she ran with it. That was great improv. Now Joe, I need to discuss this lip sync with you. What did you think of Monet and Mayhem’s performances?
Joe: First off, after last night’s episode, I saw a drag queen named Lady Havokk insert “Vanjie” into a lip sync of “Call Me Maybe” with “Vanjie” replacing “maybe” so I’m convinced it will never die and I’m 100 percent fine with that. But the lip sync on last night’s episode -- I mean, I would not call Monet a lip sync assassin, but she had some very funny, clever moments. Mayhem was perfectly fine but pretty boring. When you think of “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” as a RPDR lip sync, you’re hoping for more than what we got last night to be honest. And when Shania Twain is a guest judge? Let’s just say Monet’s wig slipping off vs. being yanked is the appropriate metaphor here.
Stephen: I had a conversation with our good judy Patrick Crowley last night, and he and I both agreed that this performance was really underwhelming. This is “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” This song is BEGGING to be a lip sync! Monét had a lot of funny moments, but she also spent about half of the lip sync taking off that jumpsuit. Ru's two rules for lip syncs are not to take off your wig (unless you’ve got one under it, so Monet’s good there), and don’t lose your outfit! And I think you’re right on the money about Mayhem’s lip sync — ok, but blah. I’m really sad to see her go, but it was absolutely her time.
Joe: I really feel like next week could be anyone’s game. Cracker is overdue for a win considering how damn solid she’s been, but queens keep popping up with knockout main challenge performances! The only thing we know for sure: Someone will invoke the name of Vanjie, and it will spread like a virus.