SNATCH GAME! Finally, everyone’s favorite episode of every season (since Season 2)! I love a good celebrity impersonation and I am SUPER excited to see who everyone (tries to) do this year! My favorites of the past seasons? Oh sure. Tatianna as Britney Spears, Raja as Tyra, Chad Michaels as Cher, Jinkx Monsoon as Little Edie, Adore Delano as Anna Nicole Smith AND Bianca Del Rio as Judge Judy, Ginger Minj as Adele, Bob the Drag Queen as Uzo Aduba/Carol Channing and Alaska as Mae West tied with Katya as Bjork. With all of that
unnecessarily said, let’s move onto the Season 9 queens and see how they hold up!
We’re getting right into it, because damn there is a lot to unpack here. Farrah coming for Nina was so juicy and awkward and hilarious I couldn’t get over it. But then I got over it when Ru came into the work room and says it’s time to Snatch Game! How exciting! But then he announces that the runway category is: Night of 1000 Madonna’s: Part 2. Ugh. I get it, but like I really wish they would have done something more original… Oh well. I was excited to see a whole new cropping of totally, different, not at all similar looks from these queens.
We get some quality workroom time as the girl all prep their snatchiest celeb impersonations. Let’s break my first impressions down, shall we?
Trinity as Amanda Lepore – Smart choice, looks wise. Trinity has about half the plastic surgery of Amanda, but can definitely pull it off. But *RuPaul voice* Can you make it funny? I am not convinced she can.
Sasha as Marlene Dietrich – Meh. I could see her making this very funny, but I am not sure she can let loose like that. The look seems to be really good though. Cautiously optimistic here.
Aja as Alyssa Edwards – Nope.
Nina as Jasmine Masters – Ok, this is hilarious to me. I really can’t wait for her to look Ru in the face and say “RuPaul’s Drag Race done fucked up drag!” This could be so good.
Farrah as Gigi Gorgeous – SO much potential here, but I do not see Farrah making this funny. Or entertaining. But damn, she does kind of look like Gigi huh?
Alexis as Liza Minelli – How is this the first Liza in 9 seasons?! I know Alexis does Liza often, so I expect this to be good!
Peppermint as Nene Leakes – Nene is a catchphrase machine. Peppermint can totally make this hilarious. Really excited to see this.
Valentina as Miss Colombia – Ok, this is an odd choice. She is basically only known for being incorrectly announced as the winner at Miss Universe by Steve Harvey’s mustache.I put Valentina in my top 3 because I think she can totally sell this and make it really funny. Fingers crossed.
Shea as Naomi Campbell – Absolutely. Can’t. Wait. For. This.
Cucu as Sofia Vergara – Meh. She said she was going to do this and she did and I am a little bored. Also, her sense of humor is…off. So, I am pretty sure this will be a trainwreck. I would be pleasantly surprised if she turns this one out though.
We get to witness a touching moment with Peppermint revealing to the cast that she is in fact a trans woman. The support of this cast is kind of like no other. They have all been through a lot and they are there for each other through every episode. It is really sweet.
Ok, Snatch Game time! Let’s compare my first impressions to the actual game play! Trinity and Shea did a decent job with big characters. I laughed at Shea’s Naomi though.
Trinity never really got me smiling. Sasha pulled a great characterization out of Dietrich and I was happy to see she got Ru laughing.
Alexis did a fantastically wacky and hilarious Liza! I was so happy to see her do so well this challenge.
Aja’s Alyssa Edwards fell totally flat. I think we should make it a rule that we can no longer do other queens on Snatch Game. Not a fan of that trend. Nina’s Jasmine Masters had SO much potential, and while she was funny, it never quite got me laughing and I just still don’t see what everyone sees in her… Peppermint! What was happening? That Nene was atrociously dull. And Cucu… That’s what we waited a year for?! That was embarrassing.
Now, let’s talk about Valentina.
She chose a very obscure reference, but stayed in character and sold it so well. I think she killed it. It was funny. It was quick. I think she did a better job then most.
We get to the runway and oh boy – some fantastic looks. Some not so great looks. And some repeat looks. AGAIN?! Promise me we won’t get a part 3 in season 10! Aja comes out in some cheap, Raggedy Anne dress and I hate it. So boring. She did so well with the Gaga challenge, but where was that creativity here? Alexis. Looked. So. Hot. I screamed when she came out. I knew she would win this week. She finally looked good in the runway AND slayed the challenge!
Peppermint and Shea come out in the same damn look from “Material Girl” and I rolled my eyes so hard, I saw my brain. I think they both looked good, but Shea won the battle for me. I think her look was much better realized and looked gorgeous. Trinity and Nina come out in the same damn look from the 2013 Met Gala.
Trinity had the look down and really stunned. Nina looked like she got her look from a bargain bin in a Halloween store and I was very unimpressed. And then Sasha comes out onto the runway and I felt my heart stop beating and I think maybe I blacked out? I don’t remember. But damn girl.
Farrah’s Superbowl-inspired look was beautiful, but not enough to save her from the Snatch Game disaster. Cucu gave us some comedy and a gorgeous look, but that makeup was so weird. Why did she have a mustache? Super confusing there. As much as I did love the look and runway, she is definitely in the bottom after the challenge. And then my heart stopped again and I died and came back to life and thanked the VH1 censorship goddesses that we got to see Valentina’s look in all it’s glory.
I mean. This won the runway for me. It was bold and sexy and creative and so unexpected! I loved it so much. It was enough to elevate her above Nina and the other mediocre Snatch Game performances. I was certain she’d be in the top looks of the week. Which is why I was shocked to see Ru call her name and say she is safe. I could not believe it. Anyways, Alexis finally gets a win and we all cheer and let out a sigh of relief that she finally proved herself. It comes down to Peppermint and Cucu in a lip sync and I have been waiting for Peppermint to finally get to show off her performing skills.
She kills. It is possibly the most exciting LSFYL this season. Cucu doesn’t even hold a candle to Pep’s lip sync and I really couldn’t take my eyes off her this entire performance. She apparently becomes the first queen to do the robot during a lip sync and not sashay away… (Someone fact check that for me?) She gets to stay and Cucu walks off for (what we can only hope) is the last time.
This was the most exciting, fun and entertaining episode yet and we are half-way through the season! Which is actually sad and scary and who is going to win?! Next week we get to the oh-so-silly acting challenge and I am really pumped to see how the remaining queens do. I am almost scared to put the “actors” in my top picks, but I can say I think Alexis, Sasha and Valentina will do very well with this one. We’ll just have to wait and find out!
Stay tuned! xoxo