RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10, Episode 2 Recap: PharmaRusical
Alyssa Edwards is back up in this gig to choreograph this season’s Rusical…
If “Miss Vanjie…Miss Vanjie…Miss Vanjie” hasn’t been stuck in your head for the past seven days, did you even watch last week’s episode? As this week’s Drag Race started, it seemed RuPaul and Michelle Visage found Vanessa Vanjie Mateo’s exit tagline as amusing as the rest of us mere mortals. After Vanessa’s lipstick message was ceremoniously wiped off the mirror, it was back to business, and The Vixen had pots to stir.
As the queens settled into the couch to chat post-elimination, Vixen added more fuel to the fire that is the drama between long lost twins Aquaria and Miz Cracker. Though both Aquaria and Cracker wanted no part of the discussion, Monét X Change was probably right when she predicted Vixen to be the whistleblower of season 10.
Joining Ru in the werk room to judge this week’s mini challenge was Bravo’s professional tea-stirrer, Andy Cohen. The queens had to get into 20- minute quick drag, and compete against each other in a country western dance showdown to RuPaul’s “Lady Cowboy” (now available on iTunes). It was a sea of denim and gingham, and wigs flew. Ultimately, there were two winners of the mini challenge, Asia O’Hara, and The Vixen.
Their prize for winning the mini-challenge was unsurprisingly, getting to pick their own teams for the Musical challenge. As the queens divided, tension quickly began to build between team leader Asia, and the last pick Eureka. Though the tension didn’t stop Team Asia from preparing some quick choreography while Team Vixen were picking parts and designing their outfits. When it came to putting music to movement, Ru enlisted the help of a highly trained professional. *Tongue pop*
Waiting for the queens in the rehearsal space was yet another special guest, Alyssa Edwards, in full showgirl drag glory. Though Alyssa was impressed that Team Asia had choreography prepared, she was worried that Eureka wasn’t performing to her full potential. It was later revealed that Eureka was afraid to give the performance her all, due to her knee injury in last season’s big dance number.
When Team Vixen had time to rehearse on the main stage, Alyssa read them for not coming prepared with basic choreography. Miz Cracker couldn’t be big enough with her movements, and Blair St. Clair looked like Bambi on ice dancing in her heels. Would Team Vixen be able to pull it together for the performance?
When it came time to perform this season’s all new PharmaRusical: The Musical, Team Vixen surprisingly came out on top with their strong dancing, and tight lip syncs. Team Asia was close behind, but struggled with Eureka and Kalorie not knowing the words, and fading into the background.
This week’s runway category was Very Best Drag, and the queens did not shy away from rhinestones and bodysuits. As Team Vixen won the maxi challenge, her group was safe from elimination. Leaving Team Asia to be critiqued by the judges. This week’s additions to the judging table were musician Halsey, and actress Padma Lakshmi.
Standing out on Team Asia were Dusty Ray Bottoms, Aquaria, and team leader Asia O’Hara. The bottom of the pack included Yuhua Hamasaki, Kalorie Karbdashian Williams, and Eureka. For not having confidence in their performances, and doubting their own fierceness, curvy queens Eureka and Kalorie were chosen as this week’s bottom two.
After their lip sync to Best of my Love by the Emotions, Ru decided to give Eureka a second, second chance, sending Kalorie home after her second consecutive place in the bottom two. Through tears she declared, “carbs are friends, and food”, and we won’t ever forget it.
Takeaways from this episode:
-The tenth season will have no shortage of special guests.
– The Cracker VS. Aquaria argument is definitely sticking around for the season.
Most confusing moment of the week:
– Andy Cohen’s cameo in PharmaRusical: The Musical.
What we’ll see next week:
– A commercial challenge based on dating apps and Courney Love on the judge’s panel.
MISSED LAST WEEK? Read our recap of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10, episode 1: 10s Across The Board right here.
BIANCE GUZZO is a 23-year-old writer based out of the GTA. She spends her free time watching Trixie Mattel makeup tutorials, though she still has yet to nail the look.