‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 13 Episode 3 Recap — Rudemption for the Pork-Chopped Queens
It’s time for the Pork-Chopped queens to prove they can compete with the unofficial “Winners’ Circle.” Can all of them even make it to the runway on time, though? Here’s our Ru-cap of the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
[This article contains major spoilers from the third episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13. Read at your own risk!]
The ‘Pork-Chopped’ queens return to the Werk Room
The lip-sync winners sashay back into the Werk Room after the non-elimination. This is a Drag Race tornado, Tina Burner observes. What’s next? Symone, as the first official winner of the season, says how thankful she was for the critiques.
Kandy and Gottmik say they are so thankful they didn’t have to lipsync against each other, but Kandy is not getting comfortable. She needs to step it up. Then, Tina Burner mentions that the “Pork Chopped” queens will really have to fight to get a leg up on the competition. Especially because this group nicknamed themselves “The Winners’ Circle.” Tea.
After the title sequence plays, the Pork Chopped queens enter the Werk Room to officially compete for the first time. Joey Jay notices that they’ve had a wake-up call already, which gives them an advantage over the other contestants.
RuPaul comes in and tells these performers they have to get ready for a sickening fashion show, just like the one from last week. Denali starts making jokes about Kahmora, saying she takes so long to do her makeup.
Turns out, she can’t get ready as quickly as the others and starts to panic. RuPaul, the judges, and all the other queens are standing by for the mini-challenge, while Kahmora still doesn’t have her wig or outfit on.
Will Kahmora make it to the runway?
Yes, Kahmora makes it to the runways, both the “Lady 2021” theme and the “Vamp 2021” theme. After strutting their stuff, the queens return to the Werk Room and share that they’re getting more comfortable, both with each other and with RuPaul.
Tamisha tells the others that she’s won dozens of pageants and notices that her biological children, (yes her three kids,) are all older than the contestants. Age difference aside, these queens hear what this week’s challenge is from RuPaul.
The queens write and record original verses
They’ll be creating original verses and choreography for one of RuPaul’s songs. Rosé and Denamli are pretty excited because this is what they’re good at. Utica isn’t as excited, but she’s ready to try her hand at rapping.
In her confessional, Tamisha says that she’s a choreographer but because the others are so young, she’ll let them take the lead. That kind of backfires when Rosé, Joey Jay, and Deanli all have opinions about how the performance should be.
With three loud queens, it’s hard to have a set vision for this song. On the mainstage, everyone is shouting things out and Kahmora, who isn’t a dancer, is like a deer in headlights. Eventually, Tamisha decides to lend a hand.
On the runway, category is ‘We’re here, we’re sheer, get used to it’
While they’re getting ready, Kahmora says there’s a lot of pressure because she generally keeps her drag life separate from her boyfriend. Tamisha and the others give her support, though. They’re sisters now!
That’s all nice, Rosé says in her confessional, but she’s here to win and stand out from the pack. It’s time for the maxi-challenge and the queens perform “Phenomenon.”
After that, on the runway, the girls bring their best sheer looks and get their critiques. Ross brings up that Rosé looks “crafty” and all the shade he got online for giving Shea Couleé the same critique.
After deliberating, Denali and Rosé are in the Top Two. The rest of the queens are safe and head to the back of the stage. Denali and Rosé then lip-sync to “If U Seek Amy” by Britney Spears for the cash tip of $5000.
Complete with flips and splits, Denali is the winner and the rest of the contestants live to slay another day.
New episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race premiere on a weekly basis on VH1.