‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 13 Episode 2 Recap — Condragulations, Squirrel Friends!
After a confusing (and super exciting) premiere, the “Pork Chopped” queens have to eliminate a fellow competitor — but the challenges don’t stop there. This week’s episode includes more lip-syncs and some complex choreography. Here’s our Ru-cap of the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
[This article contains major spoilers from the second episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13. Read at your own risk!]
The ‘Pork Chopped’ queens have a lot to discuss
Thankfully, not all of the “Porked-Chopped” queens will be sashaying away from the competition. Instead, similar to All-Stars, the queens who lost their respective lip-syncs will vote on who will be the first performer eliminated from season 13. Talk about a gag-worthy twist!
Elliott doesn’t know how to pick so Rosé says, because they didn’t even see the lip-syncs, they have to vote based on first impressions. Just like All-Stars, there are lipsticks with each of the girls’ names and, individually, the competitors cast a vote for who should go home. Then, RuPaul makes an announcement over the loudspeaker — it’s a tie.
Those chosen for elimination are Elliott and Utica. The queens pick again from those two in the bottom. Elliott gets the official “Pork Chop” and she’s disappointed that she didn’t have any real say in the decision. It’s fine, Rosé says, the others are one step closer to the crown.
The ‘Pork-Chopped’ queen, Elliott, doesn’t exactly go home
The winning queens are kiki-ing in the Werk Room, wondering if the eliminated contestants will come back. RuPaul walks in and confirms there’s another queen returning to the competition. That’s Elliott, who joins the other performers in the Werk Room. Gag.
RuPaul says that queens will be eliminated in the competition, yes, but that doesn’t mean that they’re losers. They’re all winners, baby. So, it’s time to get started with a runway themed mini-challenge, Season 7 style. They’ll be serving two looks and everyone is excited.
While they’re getting ready, though, Elliott starts some drama with Kandy, asking if she’s nervous to go home early because her drag mother was already on the show. Kandy says no, whispering about how that was a shady thing to ask.
During the mini-challenge, the queens serve a daytime and nighttime look, and everything goes well until they head back to the Werk Room. Kandy Muse is still talking about her conversation with Elliott. Then, RuPaul shares what the maxi-challenge is. They will be writing original verses for RuPaul’s song, “Condragulations” and coming up with choreography as a group.
Tina Burner is feeling pretty confident because of her boy band history. Olivia Lux is also a musician, so now’s her chance to shine. Elliott, on the other hand, feels a lot of pressure, being the “red-headed stepsister” of the group.
The queens head to the mainstage to figure out the choreography. Unfortunately, no one wants to take charge but everyone has something to say. Symone is nervous about getting the moves down but Elliott just wants to move on, they have a lot of ground to cover!
Eventually, Elliott, with her background in choreography, takes over, but Tina Burner doesn’t really trust her. Meanwhile, Gottmik gets a little caught off-guard by their own lyrics. Hopefully, everything will work out because they run out of time.
Gottmik and Olivia Lux talk about Gottmik’s uncomfortable moment on the mainstage, but now she’s feeling a lot better. Then, the contestants ask Elliott why she came back and she tells them. Elliott basically says to expect more people in the Werk Room soon.
It’s time for another ‘lip-sync for your life’ moment
It’s time for the season 13 debut of “Condragulations.” The contestants sashay onto the mainstage with silver balls and sickening outfits. Then, on the runway, category is “lamé you stay.”
When it comes to the judge’s critiques, they love Gottmik’s fashion, Kandy Muse’s spontaneity, Lala Ri’s confidence, Olivia Lux’s performance, Symone’s star-quality, Tina Burner’s attention to detail, and Elliott’s energy.
After deliberating, RuPaul decides that Symone and Olivia Lux are the Top 2 queens of the week. The rest of them are safe, meaning no one will be eliminated. However, the two Tops lip-sync to “Break My Heart” by Dua Lipa for a cash top of $5,000. Symone is a winner, baby!
New episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race premiere on a weekly basis on VH1.