“This season is all about my comeback kids,” RuPaul said, descending into the workroom with hands clasped. And, indeed, “All Stars” provides a chance for all of them to amend their previous performance — well, all of them but one, a surprise tenth contestant, announced with car-chase underscoring: BeBe Zahara Benet, winner of the decidedly cash-strapped first “Drag Race” season, yes, but a winner nonetheless.
“She’s already had the crown,” Milk complained in a confessional. “Grandma, sit down!”
BenDeLaCreme won the first mini-challenge — reading each other à la “Paris is Burning” — with a great dig at Thorgy. “I love this whole outfit,” she said. “I usually get to see about this much when you’re handing out balloons from that sewer grate.”
Each week on “All Stars,” the top two queens lip-sync to win — a rule that more properly esteems performance ability than on “Drag Race,” where you only perform if you’re about to lose. The winner then decides who’s eliminated.
“I’m going to send the bitch home who I think is the strongest,” Morgan admitted, not in a confessional but out loud, to everyone. “Why lie about it?” (Category is: uncalled-for sniper chic, bad sport eleganza.)
The episode’s maxi-challenge was a variety show in front of a live audience, in which the queens had to showcase their best skills. Particularly strong were Aja, who leapt from a platform into a frisson-inducing death-drop; Shangela, who lip-synced and danced with verve; and Trixie, who sang and played the autoharp. BeBe and Milk, who also lip-synced, and Thorgy, who played the violin, avoided both elimination and triumph. BenDeLaCreme, doing daffy burlesque, was named top two with Aja, and they squared off in a spirited lip-sync to Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda.” BenDeLaCreme’s playful take gave her the edge, and she emerged victorious.
“With great power comes great responsibility,” RuPaul intoned, tasking BenDeLaCreme with cutting one of bottom two: Chi Chi, who twirled a baton in jazz flats (the judge Michelle Visage’s face visibly dropped), and Morgan, who lip-synced too tentatively to an original song that, quite frankly, could’ve used Fred Ebb on lyrics.
Morgan was swiftly eliminated, but I doubt that’s the last we’ll see of her. The gods may not reward hubris, but Reddit certainly does, and America is gagged for subterfuge. (Give me deferential British home-bakers any day.)
“Blessed be, kitty girl, I’ve got your back,” RuPaul cackled from a television in the workroom as Morgan gathered her things. Behind her, the two Ofrupauls lurked.
Will Morgan return? Did Chi Chi bring a heel? Is there an Ofmilk? Until next week.