On a snowy spring night in New York, we sat down with the freshly crowned Trixie Mattel to talk All Stars 3, her new album "One Stone"(now available on iTunes *wink*), The Trixie & Katya Show and our hot takes on Season 10. I'm writing this episode description waiting for the "JK," but there was no JK, Kimora. This really happened and it was amazing.
The very first podcast episode of "Alright Mary!"!
We'll be recapping and reviewing our favorite episodes, moments, themes, lip syncs and of course queens of RuPaul's Drag Race every week. This week we share our thoughts on the All Stars 2 queens, give some love to an under-appreciated queen, reveal our All Stars 2 snubs and predictions for the upcoming season!
This week, the girls help Rupaul sell makeup! They're strategically paired to film commercials and push producer storylines. Bianca helps Trinity bring out her own inner Bianca, while Courtney labels Joslyn as a second-rate version of herself. Then it's black and white on the runway, and a lip sync with a twist!
RuPaul's recent comments about trans and cis female drag queens in his latest interview in "The Guardian" have been making waves on social media for all the wrong reasons, and we are here to break it down, Alright Mary style. We also take a deeper dive into BenDeLaCreme's self-elimination and other nuances we may have missed in our Hot Take recap of the last episode, answer some Mary emails and send you out with a Last Chance Lipsync you might recognize.
An episode of Drag Race so good we recapped it twice! (We reviewed it way back on Episode 4!) We cover the highlights--Bianca gets it in one, Adore and Trinity look the part, Darienne stumbles into a garbage can--and go in on all the Untucked shenanigans this week. But first, we need to talk about how amazing Katya was on What's the Tee!
The All-Stars girls are reunited "Housewives" style--except there's not much drama to go around, because Phi Phi sat this one out. We talk about Ru's not so subtle shade, the magical wonder that is Alyssa Edwards, the most important element of drag(according to Ru herself), and doing drag in the age of YouTube and social media. Plus: trivia is back!
"A little...bidi bidi." It's Snatch Game this week, and our last episode with the iconic Gia Gunn. We talk Trinity's saboteur, queens with good advice, the impending meltdown of Laganja, and Milk doing pants on the runway long before All Stars 2. Props to ya, mama!
Our queens are looking for love in all the wrong reality shows this week with a pitch-perfect satire, "The Bitchelor." Bendelacreme and Kennedy get roses from us, but Milk's crazy stalker and workroom delusions about her performance were, well, a little thorny. We dig into everything that's wrong with "The Bachelor" franchise, our troubles with Trixie, Aja's runway redemption, those Game of Thrones references, and Kennedy's stellar work in that lipsync.
Six camera ready social media mavens make for good TV in this season's makeover challenge. Cracker finally catches a break with Miss Cookie, who joins the legion of breakout makeovers (like Sarge...). We look back on previous season's narrators, spend an inordinate amount of time talking about ugly crying, theorize about the future of Miss Vanjie, thirst for Chester See and ponder a season without our bespectacled narrator as we say a fond farewell to Monet X Change.
Before we say goodbye to a season that has truly been a production, often an ooh-ahh sensation, and occasionally quite brown cow stunning, we celebrate our favorite looks, quotes, moments, queens, and of course nuances of Season 10, and discuss what we'd love to see happen in future seasons. Facts are facts, America--this season may have not always known its words, and its wig may have fallen clear off its head at times, but you've got to give to Season 10: it, nevertheless, still wiggled. (And it also gave us Monique Heart!)
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It's officially All Stars season, Mary's! We already covered the first 15 minutes in Episode 84, so we get right into it with the reveal of the not-such-a-mystery queen! (We clearly just couldn't wait, so this episode is dropping a little early this week!)
We get the highlights of a mostly successful reading challenge before settling in for a variety show--because if it ain't broke, why not kick things off the exact same way they did in AS2? Ben pulls a Bianca and sails through EVERYTHING, Aja has the comeback she deserves, Kennedy cartwheels onto a box and Chi Chi makes a choice about those shoes. Plus: the sad tale of the queen who forgot it wasn't Season 2 anymore. And yes, we talk about Vanessa Hudgens being really into voguing right now, before wrapping things up with a glorious Last Chance Lip Sync.
The queens team up to write, produce and star in television pilots that range from must-see TV to you-must-be-kidding-me. Sasha and Shea continue their reign as frontrunners, while Nina and Valentina concoct a fever dream of ad-libbing and literal pancake makeup and Trinity just steals the entire show (both her pilot and Drag Race itself). Then it’s an acid trip on the runway with an outlandish ode to club kids—but let’s be real, Mary’s, this episode is ultimately about one thing and one thing only: that MASK.
It’s family reunion time at RuPaul’s Drag Race, and let’s just say, sh*t got real. It truly is Asia O’Hara’s Drag Race when she stands up to Ru in The Vixen’s defense, reminding us once again that beyond the glitter and glam, this is supposed to be a community of people. Tears are shed with Dusty and Monique, Vanjie reminds us that she’s so much more than a catchphrase, Kalorie eats popcorn from a sandwich bag, Mayhem creates screen time for herself when none is given and Kameron is crucified in the 11th hour for her coyness. We of course spend a significant portion of this episode dissecting Ru’s interactions with Asia and The Vixen and where things went astray.
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Mary, if you are gonna start Drag Race Thailand anywhere but the beginning, start here. We go in this week and love on the nuanced faces of JaJa in the mini-challenge, gag over every runway look (Every. Single. One) and name B Ella as the Pizza Queen we all need right now (Pizza = always good even when its bad). We also hail the production of the runway which sets Drag Race Thailand apart from RuPaul's Drag Race in a very important way. Get into, Mary!
Oh beautiful for spacious skies, Mary! The final challenge is upon us fooling nobody with any suspense of the outcome. But we gotta let the kids play, right? Hate all you want on this follow-through episode, but we insist on its importance. We go deep into how these queens are positioned before the live finale, celebrate arguably the most important segment RuPaul’s Drag Race offers to its viewers, and Colin recounts meeting a rather grand “friend” in the lovely Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We're almost done with this season. Who do you *want* to win?
The queens are tasked with creating their own fairy tale princesses (and problematic sidekicks) in this week’s episode. Despite it being season 9, some of the girls still don’t know how to sew. (In the wise words of Shea Coulee, why y’all acting brand new?) We discuss the queens’ powerful POV’s post-Pulse, filtered drag on Instagram, whether or not Valentina is totally conning us, Kimora’s monkey, Aja’s untucked meltdown, our deeper love for Shea, continued adoration of Sasha, the importance of supporting local drag, and an impossibly dreamy Last Chance Lipsync.
All of Shangela's Game of Thrones references were terribly prophetic this week; much like many of the queens fighting for the throne, things took an unexpected twist for our professional comeback kid, landing her in ostensibly third place of a competition she was killing from the start. We spend quite a bit of time discussing how it all went down and what the response has been, highlights from the music video, and of course, all the nuance of that final lipsync...
It’s Season 9 at its most meta—the queens are dragging up members of the production crew for this season’s makeover challenge. We discuss the inevitable conclusion of Nina’s self-sabotage storyline, the wonder that is Wintergreen (and Sarge…), the importance of three wins, Peppermint without her wig on, dropping appetizers and, of course, our predictions as we hit the home stretch. We wrap things up with a queer hipster Last Chance Lipsync in honor of Colin’s move to Brooklyn!