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RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 7 Episode 8 Recap: Santa’s School For Girls

It’s Christmas in July as the queens compete in a holiday themed over-acting challenge… 

Last week our all winners all stars took to their sewing machines and hot glue guns in this season’s second design challenge. The Vivienne was feeling a little regret for blocking Jinkx, as we all know design challenges are her one and only weakness. Jaida and Trinity took top toots for their legendary legend looks, but it was Trinity who got top queen of the week and bestowed the platinum plunger onto Yvie, making her ineligible to receive her third star pin during this week’s challenge. The competition is heating up this week with an acting challenge. Let’s get into it.

This week’s episode starts in the werk room and Trinity is celebrating joining the two star club, and Jaida is celebrating her third (making her the first queen to have a trio). Trinity would have three stars if Shea hadn’t blocked her in episode one. The newly blocked Yvie enters the room and asks Trinity why she chose to block her. Trinity tells her it came down to logistics, which Yvie accepts. Everyone does the math to calculate how many challenges they’ll need to be in the top for to make it in the finale, and the numbers aren’t looking good. The race for star pins is more intense than ever. Who will win one this week?

It’s the next day and the queens enter the werk room and Jinkx is feeling optimistic about this week. Ru interrupts to tell the queens what’s in store for this week’s main challenge. For this week’s maxi they’ll be starring in a new cult classic Santa’s School for Girls, which is part holiday flick, part slasher, and part teen comedy. Since Trinity won last week’s challenge she’ll be assigning the roles. Everyone heads over to the couches to read through the script and pick their roles. There’s a bit of a tussle for one of the roles between Jinkx and Monét. The two audition for the group, and while Jinkx is better for the role, the twinner alliance pushes through and the role is given to Monét. The Viv is chuffed that she got her first choice role and has BIG plans for how she’ll play it. Raja is thrilled with the aesthetic of her role, and can’t wait to roll her eyes through the filming. Jaida and Yvie talk logistics with winning this challenge with a lot of great actors in the group. Trinity checks in on Jinkx and apologizes for not giving her any of the roles she wanted, but Jinkx says she’s ok and she’ll make sure she still shines in her small role. 

It’s time to film, and the queens head to the set where they are met by their directors Ru and this week’s special guest, writer and director Janicza Bravo. The Vivienne and Shea are up first and while Janicza is impressed with Viv’s performance, she says Shea could be more snappy with her lines. They move onto the next scene and Monét needs a little bit of direction but eventually nails her character.

Filming wraps with all of the queens feeling confident in their work. After a quick break it’s runway day and everyone is excited to see the finished movie. Everybody compliments each other on their performance and Trinity brings up that there are still a couple of queens who haven’t gotten blocked yet. Jaida is campaigning to not get blocked as she already has three stars and that’s probably enough to get her to the finale, but nobody else is buying it. 

Out on the main stage Ru interrupts this week’s judging panel Michelle, Ross, and this week’s guest Janicza Bravo. On the runway the category is “Knitty Knitty Bang Bang” and the queens strut in showstopping knitted gowns and garments, and I can only imagine how hot it is wearing wool under stage lights.

After everyone walks on the runway it’s time for the world premiere of Santa’s School For Girls. One thing is for sure, this is a strong group of queens when it comes to acting and there wasn’t a weak performance in the whole movie. The judge’s critiques begin with The Vivienne. Michelle tells her that she enjoyed her performance so much, which the rest of the judges agree with (they also love her runway look). Ru tells Shea that her outfit will go down in Drag Race history, and the judges say she did a great job with her dialed-back performance. Janicza tells Yvie she plays mischievous well and Michelle tells her that her look is stunning this week. Ross tells Jinkx that she has an incredible ability to let us know who she is immediately. The judges tell her that she did a great job adding texture to her small role in the movie. Janicza tells Trinity she was so much fun to watch and direct in the movie. Ross tells her that her commitment to the dumb character really payed off. Michelle loves her knitted look. Ross loves Monét’s cool teacher roll and tells her she didn’t miss on any of her funny lines. Michelle tells her that her knitted look is uniquely Monét. The judges tell Jaida she had really great attention to detail with her nerdy character. Michelle tells her she played off of Raja’s character really well. Michelle gets her Big Comfy Couch reference and it IS giving Lunette realness.

Finally, Ru tells Raja that her outfit is to DIE for, and all of the judges agree. Michelle tells her that her Scrooge character was HILARIOUS, and Janicza commends her on how big she played her character. Everyone did REALLY well in this challenge, which should make it super easy for the judges to pick a top two.

After the judge’s deliberations Ru announces that the op two all stars of the week are The Vivienne and Raja! Each of them has earned another legendary legend star, and one step closer to the grand finale lip sync smackdown. First, the two tops have to lip sync for their legacy (and ten thousand dollars/ blocking powers). Raja and Viv lip sync to “Superfreak” by Rick James and after a spirited performance that included a wet t-shirt element Ru announces the top all star of the week is Raja! At the end of the episode Raja chooses the platinum plunger to block Jaida from receiving a star next week. 

On the next episode of All Stars: The queens create their own viral social media dance challenges, and the plunger game is still going strong. 

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