RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: Episode 2 – Gaff-In

The celebrity impersonation episodes on RuPaul’s Drag Race each season are probably my favorite because we get to see the girls pull hilarious shit out of their pockets. I’m so happy it’s making its way to the shortened All Stars season. It’s with great sadness, then, that I have to say that this episode felt a little tired. Yikes it was kind of bad! Still, it remains watchable simply based on the presence of these lively characters, not to mention Ru. Yet the pacing and humor were noticeably off this week, and you’ll see this reflected below in the patented Drag-o-Meter ratings.

Drag-o-Meter Rating 1/5: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Nothing, Julie Newmar!

  • Ru’s grey and yellow plaid with red and white striped tie with pyschedelic paisely shirt with lavendar pocket square. Need I form that into a coherent sentence? Let’s talk.
  • Jujube breaks her joke wall door.
  • After three different segments, really none of the jokes are funny except when the girls mess up still in character.
  • Yikes…the producers kept in a part where Manila Luzon describes her relationship with Sahara Davenport, who definitely died like a month ago. They couldn’t have edited it out? It was a really uncharacteristically macabre moment.
  • Tammie Brown looked a mess and was maybe a little out of it. At one point my husband laughed and exclaimed, “Tammie Brown is an all star? Ah ha ha ha.”
  • Am I wrong, or does the “shemergency” button need a little more bling? OK a lot more.

Drag-o-Meter Rating 2/5: You bettah work!

  • Tammie Brown confidentaly states she doesn’t tell jokes because she’d rather dance around and make people laugh. I applaud the adherance to dragiples, but why are you on this show?
  • Vicky Lawrence appears as Mama. Hey, the 90’s!
  • Vicky Lawrence was clearly happy to be on TV again, but Busy Phillips looked a little out of place.
  • Chad’s mod look vastly outpaced his partner Shannel’s puffy hippy look. Mirrors, girls.
  • Raven and Jujube’s runway looks were pretty forgetable but not terrible? They were pretty.
  • Nina’s look is legimately 70’s, but I have no other comment.

Drag-o-Meter Rating 3/5: [snaps!]

  • We learn the Spanish for panties: panteletas.
  • The winner of the first challenge gets two “creamie pies” in the face. Dare i link to that meaning?
  • The camera zooming into the Pit Crew’s junk is getting out of control. If that’s possible? It’s possible.
  • Yara Sofia totally blunders her first take, but I seriously thought she was still in character as Charo, so it was kind of OK.
  • When Michelle Visage criticizes Manila’s white eyeliner for making her look cross-eyed, she hams it up, which is what you need to do in this case.
  • I’m sorry, but I will never say no to a marginally good Madonna, Fran Drescher, or Betty Davis impersonation. The ends justify.
  • Tammie is a mess and needs to go, but you can’t fault her pitch-perfect lip-sych to “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” She isn’t showy enough for Broadway, perhaps, but she wasn’t overdoing it like Latrice was. Both were fun to watch, though.

Drag-o-Meter Rating 4/5: Heyyyyyyyy Girl!

  • The fake prize ticket in the intro lists LAX as the origin airport and Lake Titicaca as the destination. Yes!
  • Latrilla’s Madonna/Oprah “you get an african baby, and you get an african baby, and you get an african baby” I thought was pretty hilarious.

Drag-o-Meter Rating 5/5: Sickening!

  • The team aspect this week adds to the typical catch phrase, “Charisma. Uniqueness. Nerve. Talent. AND Synergy.” YES GIRL. Someone call Gem!
  • When Ru asks Chad to reveal Shannel’s, um, position she caresses Shannel’s face and says, “well, it’s been so long.”
  • Raven and Jujube attempt a joke for Ru, who makes a sour face and then says, “oh…are you done?” Cackle-inducing!
  • Yarlexis’ 70s chic supermodel realness was on top. Loved it. Plus a bonus swimsuit change.
  • Ru’s runway dress and look overall were gorgeous. I loved that tropical print, and her styling were as vibrant as ever.

Quotey Quote Quotes!

“The devil wears nada.” -Raven
“Girl I’m a funny bitch, but I ain’t write no jokes.” -Jujube
“Knock knock…” “Who’s there?” “Ohdontfuckitup!” -The girls and Ru
“Put it in me. I said in not on me you asshole!” -Raven to the cream pie-wielding Pit Crew
“Sexy orangatang…shake it and do your thang.” -Tammie
“I’m so jealous of your…everything” -Vicky to Ru
“i thought id bring a little culture…” “…to our tacky little show” -nina and ru, never missing a self-deprecating beat
“my humor’s a little dry, but that’s ok. put a little butter on it.” -tammie
“if i had to pick one person to come out here and just walk around for a while, i’d pick tammie” -vicky
“your charo was a real coup. a coochie-coup.” -ru
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