Marilyn and her terrified smile is meeting with Ru. She admits she hasn’t danced in a while and it’s been a difficult year or so because she’s divorcing her husband and accepting the change in the relationship has been hard and this was her facial expression the whole time she was talking:
If her smile were any tighter she’d be from Connecticut.
Ru loosens Marilyn up and gets her to drop the upbeat façade by telling her she’s beautiful, talented and vivacious and her cupcakes ain’t dried out, yet. Ru sends Marilyn out with the battle cry of “My cupcakes are moist and delicious,” and for the first time in the episode she doesn’t look tightly wound or terrified behind her smile. Ru’s magic.
Out in the drag lab, since Lovely has no insecurities other than the standard issue “I’m almost 30 and not married, yet,” concerns, she and Mariah are flirting about how Mariah thinks the one thing that will really make the judges “eat her up,” is…a lollipop. Sure, why not.
Lovely’s a flirt shark. If she stops flirting, she dies.
Sarah’s in with Ru, and they talk about how hot her husband is and how insecure she is about being sexy around him…her husband. Ru suggests she try some role-playing and introduce Candy Glaze and that should do the trick. Sarah has even fewer issues than Lovely, so her segment’s short so the ladies can get ready for draguation.
Lovely’s feeling the pressure but brother is ready for her to put her work “on the back burner” and put herself first. Marilyn’s ready for the fabulosity while her bearded hipster son (I wasn’t expecting that) wants her to have fun and let loose. Sarah is beginning to feel more and more sexy as Candy comes out and her friend wants her to feel comfortable being the woman she is. With that, it’s draguation, bitches.
Maybe he and Lovely can hook up. Makes more sense than “hair expert” Jesse Jordan.
Jelissa introduces the professors, RuPaul, in his dapper candy-apple red suit and the judging panel and this shot just cracked me up:
They’re like a Russian nesting drag doll.
Seriously it’s like the small, medium and large version of the same person. I almost wished we could see wee tiny Angela Kinsey standing next to Lady Bunny’s wig to see which is taller. Without a built in hook to this episode, we go straight into the runway presentation.
They all looked like great. Just like their Dragulator pictures and just like candy-colored cupcakes, but I thought Lovely was the most comfortable on stage. Marilyn got the personal victory of loosening up and having a good time and Sarah was fun, but to me, Lovely had it.
So how did they do on the oral examination?
Lovely says the most challenging part of the experience was accepting and embracing all her curves, and is all sass until her brother says he loves her and she gets choked up. Bunny and Candis tell her she’s absolutely gorgeous all done up and Candis thinks she should think about dragging out her eye makeup in her regular life. Sage advice.
Marilyn’s all spry so Ru asks why? She says it’s the corset then shimmies…probably forgetting her son’s in the front row, but he’s an adult. It shouldn’t be too traumatic. Candis tells Marilyn that the drag gave her a real confidence boost and Angela tells her as a mom, she shouldn’t be afraid to be sexy because Angela’s a mom, and not just to the cat Dwight killed.
Ru wonders about the aspects of Sarah’s personality that came out during the transformation and she says she doesn’t know what happened, they just came out…but I think they “just came out” because she’s half in the bag. But she looks like a happy drunk. Bunny calls her a tall, frosty glass of pink champagne and Angela thinks she’s Marie Antoinette meets the street meets awesomeness.