Elektra Shock as Catherine O’HaraAll I can really say for this one is “????????????” I’m really really trying to be kind to Elektra Shock, but she makes it hard when dishing out this kind of impression, which goes for Catherine O’Hara realness and lands, in terms of voice and manner, somewhere closer to Tilda Swinton in old-man prosthetics in Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria realness. Something something something … blue ring octopus? It was also one of the smarter choices of the bunch: We know that Ru loves when contestants do old British lady drag, meaning that this performance goes over wonderfully. In Untucked, Dannii Minogue Zooms in to give the queens some “advice,” which, in this scenario, means some extremely low-energy dance moves. As with last week’s Taika Waititi guest spot, we get a very special prerecorded message from Kylie Minogue this week, one that can’t help but feel a little flat. VULTURE NEWSLETTER
Keep up with all the drama of your favorite shows! Why does she look, sound, and move like an extra in a German senior centre’s production of Chicago? In the New Zealander section of the room, Kita (boss) is asking Elektra (employee and competitor) whether to do Dr. Both Art and Scarlet have prepared a Bindi Irwin, and both are trying to pass off their bitchy passive-aggression as fun banter. Seuss is not altogether terrible. There’s a little tension between Karen and Art, which is to be expected, given how polished both of their runways were. She openly tells us, “I think I’m hilarious” in confessional, and I guess that confidence is really working out for her. Terms & Privacy Notice
By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us. Art’s made me feel like I was having the gayest stroke ever. Still, a Zoom call from Kylie is better than pretty much any other Zoom call, so the queens are justifiably thrilled. A question for another time.) Either way, this week Coco is 100 percent that bitch who disappointed me because of her huge potential, but who could still come to surprise in the overall scheme of the competition. Coco and Art seem to take that advice to heart: When they’re called upon to lip-sync for their lives — to RuPaul’s “I’m That Bitch,” a better RuPaul song but altogether a jaw-dropping, ghastly choice in an episode where Miss Kylie Minogue was a guest star!!! Anita Wigl’it as Queen Elizabeth IIAnita’s gags as Queen Elizabeth were disgusting, bizarre, and surprisingly dark — in other words, probably the best overall performance this week. As Kita alluded to earlier in the episode, Anita’s bubbly persona is something of a shield, and it’s nice to get to know her beyond the performance. The next day, Scarlet says she thinks the Snatch Game was one of the strongest in the show’s history, which Art agrees with, thereby vaulting the cast of Down Under way, way up the Drag Race delusion rankings. The next day, the Australian queens explain to the New Zealand queens what a shoey is (gross), and then Scarlet suggests that next week the New Zealand queens teach them how to fuck sheep. (Can I believe in prison abolition and still think users of the word “bussy” should go to jail? Elektra responds with a confused “They’re completely different,” in a tone I can identify from years of personal experience as the cadence one adopts when not wanting to be fired. As Anita Wigl’it might say: It’s time to play the Snitch Game. RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under
Snatch Game

Season 1

Episode 2

Editor’s Rating

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Crikey, sheilas! Hooroo, haters! Art’s dress looks a little constricting for such a high-energy song, while Coco just walks back and forth across the stage. You think because I recap this show I wish anything other than pure, unmitigated chaos upon these contestants? Lucky for Elektra, she gets a couple of confused laughs from the judges and is genuinely not the worst performer this week. Perhaps by the virtue of lowered expectations, what transpires is altogether just … fine. A bad Snatch Game isn’t necessarily a curse — although, in this particular case, it did feel a little like some kind of malevolent spirit was casting plague upon my brain cells one-by-one — so I’m going to maintain that Art still holds overall front-runner status, but it’s tenuous. Seuss. Coco Jumbo as LizzoCoco joins Detox, Phi Phi O’Hara, and Lil Kenya Michaels in the ‘Misunderstood Snatch Game and Did a Weak Pop Star Impression’ Hall of Fame. Etcetera reveals she’s doing Lindy Chamberlain — cue Ru in stitches — and Karen rightfully points out that, well, her baby literally died. Scarlet Adams as Jennifer CoolidgeIn her nude gown, Scarlet looks once again like, to borrow a phrase from RuPaul, “a human fleshlight.” But this week, make that a human fleshlight with a half-decent Jennifer Coolidge impression! Two weeks in and Scarlet has not yet done anything that could remotely be considered damage control for her off-show antics, but hey, every season needs a villain, right? On the runway, the theme is Sea Sickening, and everyone does swimmingly. Ru seems to think so, too, because this week, we’re getting into one of the show’s most real-deal, high-pressure challenges. SeussDespite her two closest allies in the competition straight-up attempting to sabo her by recommending this character choice, Kita Mean’s Dr. Once again, I am left praying for Anita and Kita’s so-called best-friendship, which is looking more and more like a Caroline Calloway–Natalie Beach–style vortex of hate-fueled worship. Still, hats off to Etcetera for seeming to survive on sheer confidence and commitment to the bit alone. Had the show filmed in Sydney as planned, she probably would have been filming in real life, and the thought of what could have been will probably haunt me for years to come. When it comes time for critiques, Ru, for what I think is the first time ever, calls out Anita first, announcing she’s the “hands-down” winner, a definitive victory that spells disaster for the rest of the queens: Aside from Kita and Etcetera, they’re all in the bottom this week, on account of that heinous Snatch Game. — neither queen really turns it out. Let’s go through queen by queen:

Karen From Finance as Dolly Parton     Karen’s choice to do Dolly, made in light of the fact that nobody’s ever done her, is risky — nobody’s done her for a reason, babe! Did any of her responses make any kind of sense at all? — and other times, as when she uses the word “bussy,” I feel like she should go to jail. While she looks the part, it’s hard to consider this Lizzo as anything other than misguided. Art Simone is sent home, and I am gagged. The rhyming gags are sometimes funny, and it’s at least a bizarre kind of bad, as opposed to Coco and Art’s more predictable style of terrible impersonation. Email

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Terms of Service apply. Maxi Shield as Magda SzubanskiThere’s a lot of great Magda bits to draw from for a bit like this, so it’s disappointing that Maxi and her big unnaturals avoid them all like the plague. Some outfits have a little less polish than others — Coco’s Ursula look can’t help but pale in comparison to Kita’s, while Maxi’s outfit feels only tangentially sea-related — but overall, it’s a strong runway. This is a decidedly nothing Snatch Game act, but given the material available, that’s pretty unfortunate. Seuss or Carol Baskin (wildly disparate American cultural figures). Scarlet doesn’t get that much screen time, but she does get to say “fat ass” in a Jennifer Coolidge voice, which is a win in my book. “I guess there’ll be two Bindis, ’cause I’m not changinggggg!” Art trills, a white-hot, murderous fury clearly visible in her eyes. I truly thought she was the one to beat. I’m team Art in this conflict, not because I hold any particular allegiance toward Art but because Scarlet’s other option, Jennifer Coolidge, is clearly a train wreck waiting to happen. Etcetera Etcetera as Lindy ChamberlainAlthough Karen and Art may have found the idea of doing Lindy Chamberlain objectionable, Ru clearly doesn’t mind a bit of blue humour, and seems to genuinely enjoy what, in the episode, feels like a pretty one-note “dingo ate my baby” bit. Post-elimination, the queens read and erase JoJo’s parting message before getting into the nitty-gritty of the judges’ critiques. Anita, called over to consult, is, like Elektra, completely ready to sabotage Kita — she openly admits it in the confessional, which, honestly, I stan — and advises her to do Dr. Maxi is given the task of asking what the queens’ relationships with their parents are like — as delusion reaches new highs, producer subtlety plumbs new lows — which leads to a touching moment where Anita talks about being rejected by her father. This isn’t RuPaul’s Best Friend Race Down Under recaps, bestie! Although she gets in a couple of good zingers, Karen’s gags are mostly overlong and extremely confusing, which seems to be a trend this Snatch Game. Either way, this leaves the competition wide open, and hopefully means that some of the girls who have been fading into the background will get to hock their wares come next episode. Sometimes, the gag is overprepared — you can’t get him out of your … DNA test? Tags: At least somebody is, right? Art Simone as Bindi IrwinKaren’s confused, winding answers were mildly disappointing. RuPaul arrives to check on the queens’ progression, and seems delighted by Anita’s cracked-out kids’ entertainer persona. Kita Mean as Dr. It’s the first whiff of a conflict being set up, but in confessionals, Art seems to have picked up on the reality-TV-ness of it all, so who knows whether it’ll come to fruition. Preparation for the Snatch Game begins, and, as expected, things immediately get off to a rough start. We’re only at week two of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under, but the catty aggression of this small group of queens means that it already feels like we’ve reached the heated middle stretch of the competition. There were rumblings during filming that Drag Race Down Under’s Snatch Game was one of the worst in the show’s history, and this is the first clue that things are about to go downhill. Until then, I’ll be in my psychoanalyst’s office, trying to make sense of Elektra Shock’s Catherine O’Hara.