RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 episode 7 begins by letting us know a teeny-tiny bit of T. Apparently Derrick talked for a LOOONNNNNGGG time during the last mainstage judging. Thorgy thinks Chi Chi wasted everyone’s time yesterday. How she did that, I have no idea. She may have wasted her own time, but that’s on her. Let it go, Thorgy.
The mini-challenge has the queens placing the expanded pit crew into the top or bottom of a giant bunk bed. I would hope that if you’re watching Drag Race & reading this blog, I don’t have to explain it to you.
How can they put Miles Davis Moody in the top bunk? He was the star of This Boy is a Bottom. FYI, you’ll have to log in to see the video because it’s naughty & might harm the children. Eyeroll.
So of course Derrick Barry wins the silly, just an excuse to see lots of men in underwear mini-challenge. He wins a prize package from Casper Mattresses worth $2000! Which I think means he wins a mattress.
Working in pairs, the queens need to create political ads. Ads supporting themselves and ripping their political rival. So the teams are:
Chi Chi and Thorgy Thor
Kim Chi and Naomi Smalls
Derrick Barry and Bob the Drag Queen
It’s a redo of season 4’s Frenemies episode. You know, the one where Willam got disqualified, even though she won the challenge with Latrice. Or the season 6’s Glamazon by Colorevolution. During that challenge no one went home. We’ll see what happens in the season 8 version.
Once again Thorgy has too much material & she doesn’t want to cut anything. Well Thorgy, that’s not going to be possible.
While everyone expects Bob & Derrick to drive each other insane, they both want to win so they work really well together. They’re both willing to do whatever they need to do to win the challenge. Derrick is willing to smear ketchup all over his face & eat plastic baby parts. They both do whatever the other person wants them to do. It appears to work & they seem to have fun.
And then there’s Naomi & Kim Chi. Sigh. Kim Chi can’t deliver the line “what a fat ass.” Naomi’s platform is that she’s a model. We’ll see how this turns out.
Chi Chi is trying to seem presidential, so she’s losing her accent. Directors Michelle & Carson think she sounds like John Wayne. While Chi Chi is trying to sound professional, Thorgy is all over the map. She keeps reading her notes & giggling. She talks to herself. She gets distracted by various things off stage. She doesn’t take Michelle’s advice for B-roll shots. Oh, Thorgy.
The runway is black & white movie realness, inspired by the Detox reunion look from her season. Oohh, let’s see if anyone can get close.
We learn about Bob’s political activism. He’s been arrested for protesting for marriage equality. In drag. Kim Chi has to educate Derrick about North Korea and everyone about the lack of drag & gay culture in South Korea.
Our guest judges are Thomas Roberts (who? Oh, I guess he’s on MSNBC.) and Vivica A Fox.
The black & white looks are fun – Naomi channels a classic Raven look. I wonder if Raven loaned her the jumper.
Kim Chi is a piece of modern art.
Bob finally has a different makeup look!
And then there’s Derrick:
And finally Chi Chi:
Naomi’s ad was better than was set up, of course. Kim Chi didn’t do so well & she gets upset during the judging. She’s got a fear of public speaking because of her lisp.
Chi Chi & Thorgy weren’t smeary enough against each other. Thorgy can’t edit. Chi Chi doesn’t want to be ghetto. We’re not learning a lot about those two.
Bob and Derrick are the winners of this challenge & they each win a couture dress. Naomi & Kim Chi are declared safe. That means it’s Thorgy Thor vs Chi Chi Devayne in the final lip sync for your life. They’re performing to And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going from Dreamgirls. They are both fighting to stay – Chi Chi’s train of beads comes apart at just the right moment after getting caught on her heel. It’s pretty great. Did they tell the girls that they should hold back on the lip syncs until the end of the season?
In the end after tearing it up, Chi Chi stays. It’s the end of the race for Thorgy Thor. She let the race get to her. The positive energy she started with has devolved into too much focus on the other girls instead of her own performance.
So Bob is the only NYC girl left. Did you think the series was going to play out that way? I didn’t. Who do you think is going to go next?
Update: And here’s Untucked!