Thursday, February 9, 2012

RuPaul's Drag Race, Season 4 Episode 2: Laying the Smack Down

From the RuPocalypse to the wrestling ring, Season 4 of RuPaul's Drag Race is off to a roaring start. And though only two queens have sashayed away, it's already become clear who is taking the lead and who is on a crash course to elimination.

So before Madame LaQueer gets let off her leash, let's hand out some superlatives for this week's episode...

This week on RuPaul's Drag Race: The girls start with a mini-challenge creating extra-large booty padding. The three winners—Chad Michaels, Willam and Phi Phi O'Hara—become the team captains for a WTF (Wrestling's Trashiest Fighters) challenge. Each team must create a scenario that pits two beauties against two baddies in a rock 'em, sock 'em battle royale. On the Main Stage, dressed in their best flirty girl fashions, Chad Michaels and Madame LaQueer are named the winners, while Lashawn Beyond and The Princess must lip sync for their lives. Ultimately, inexperienced Lashawn is sent sashaying.

Best in Show: Latrice Royale
Though not on the winning team, Latrice Royale—my early favorite this season—totally brought it this week. She knew the wrestling challenge was made for her to shine—"I am a big bitch"—and she had the perfect balance of glamour and terror. Plus, how wonderful was she during Untucked? Mama needs her own talk show!

Worst in Show: The Princess
You can be zen and peaceful, but if you're on RuPaul's Drag Race and RuPaul tells you to wrestle, then you better motherf***in' wrestle! Her runway and lip sync were much improved, but the pisspoor showing in the wrestling ring were not cute.

Best Booty: Chad Michaels
This GIF says it all. In only 30 minutes, Chad produced an enviable padded booty.

Best Faces: RuPaul
If anything was more entertaining than the queens' wrestling matches, it was RuPaul's faces throughout them all.

Best Line of the Night: "You look like a backup singer for Luther Vandross in 1988!" - Billy B
When it comes to the judging panel, I much prefer Billy B's cutting critiques to Santino just saying "That's not fashionable." He knows just how to articulate a queen's flaws, especially when it comes to hair and makeup, and Lashawn Beyond was one of his first victims of the season.

What did you think of this week's episode? Did you love the wrestling challenge? Were you unimpressed by Princess and Lashawn Beyond? And who are your early favorites this season? Sound off in the comments!

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