*For fans of Logo’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” something “precious” took place on last night’s episode.
Writer Tanner Stransky of Entertainment Weekly gives details in the following recap posted this morning:
Last year on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” one of the best episodes of the season was when Ru introduced The Snatch Game, a riff on the ’70s and ’80s staple The Match Game. You fans likely remember, but the episode very memorably saw queens like EW fave Pandora Boxx imitate Carol Channing and Tatianna take on Britney Spears. Last night was this year’s edition, and we saw Shangela take on Tina Turner, Delta Work do Cher (kinda poorly), Manila Luzon put on her best Imelda Marcos, Raja channel her inner Tyra Banks, and so on.
But, if you can imagine, this season’s queens topped last year’s, and mostly because of — get ready to be shocked to the core — none other than Stacy Layne Matthews. Yes, I’m going there! Last night’s episode was insane and beautiful and offensive because one of the most questionable contestants in Drag Race history — yes, I’m talking about SLM! — made it so by perfectly doing a drag impersonation of Mo’Nique circa Mary, the actresses’ character from 2009′s Oscar-winning movie Precious. See the screen grab above for all the evidence you need.
Just like Mo’Nique so embodied her character in Precious, SLM so embodied Mo’Nique. I was absolutely mesmerized when she was on screen. I viewed the episode with a friend, and we found ourselves rewinding the scenes of the episode that featured SLM as Mo’Nique several times. Besides the spot-on makeup, hair, and sweat suit, SLM most magnificently managed to nail every single one of Mo’Nique’s ticks, like that nasty, snorty grunt she’d always cough out.
Below, last night’s entire episode. Scroll to the third segment for Matthews’ Mo’Nique-as-Mary impression. The guest judges were model Amber Rose and actress Aisha Tyler.