RuPaul’s Drag Race – Season 12, Episode 13. What happened?
Are you up to speed with Episode 13 of Season 12? It’s the reunion episode.
Let’s get into it.
The reunion episode is always a bit of a filler, but despite having to embrace the technology of a Zoom call, this was probably one of the more entertaining reunion episodes that we’ve had in recent memory.
Everyone had pretty much gone for a sleep-wear theme.
RuPaul opted for a face-kini. He didn’t divulge where he was calling in from, I guess we just have to assume he was ensconced on his fracking ranch and is socially distant from any make-up professionals.
Sherry Pie’s name wasn’t mentioned (apart from the standard disclaimer at the end), and so we’re all just left to join the dots as to how the Top 4 is now the Top 3.
- Aiden Zane – Aiden seems to come across as not being particularly likeable.
- Brita – Brita did well on this. She’s clearly in reputation-repair mode, but she owned up to her mistakes, apologised, and got some good support from Jan and Jackie. Brita is going to be okay.
- Crystal Methyd – The Ebeneezer Scrooge outfit was a choice. Ru’s still ramming in the El DeBarge references at every opportunity.
- Dahlia Sin – I thought we would have had some discussion of the Broccoli. There were some references, but maybe the producers have realised that the whole exercise was a bit of a waste of time.
- Gigi Goode – Gigi was solid. She did what she had to do.
- Heidi N. Closet – Lovable as always, Heidi looked good. I’m pleased that Heidi has decided to stick with her name.
- Jackie Cox – Poised and polished. Jackie always knows who she is and what she’s there to do.
- Jaida Essence Hall – Jaida was solid. She did what she had to do.
- Jan – Jan is playing this exactly right. Making the most of the memes of her not winning, and embracing the whole experience. She’s got All Stars written all over her.
- Nicky Doll – So goofy.
- Rock M. Sakura – I want more Rock M. in my life. She’s smart and funny and entertaining.
- Widow Von’Du. Solid.
We also got a bit of a discussion on the rumoured romance between Gigi and Crystal. Nothing was denied, but nothing was explicitly confirmed. I’m not sure if we can call this canon or if we’re still in the realms of fan-fiction.
Plus there was a cameo from Vanjie – stupid funny as always.
All-in-all, this wasn’t the worst reunion episode we’ve had.
The Sherry Pie saga
Right from the get-go, Season 12 has given us an unexpected twist. Before we’d even met Sherry Pie (she made her entrance in Episode 2) she was feeling the social media heat of being a public figure.
Sherry Pie is the drag persona of Joey Gugliemelli. Before Episode 2 went to air, five men came forward to tell their stories about being catfished by Gugliemelli.
The men allege that Gugliemelli posed as a casting agent and asked them do film themselves performing sex acts as part of a casting process.
There was no denial from Gugliemelli. On the contrary, on his official Sherry Pie Facebook page, he posted a long apology that seemed to pretty much accept and confirm the allegations made.
“I want to start by saying how sorry I am that I caused such trauma and pain…” wrote Gugliemelli. “I know that the pain and hurt that I have caused will never go away and I know that what I did was wrong and truly cruel. I also want to say how sorry I am to my sisters of season 12 and honestly the whole network and production company.”
As the show went to air, the producers of Drag Race confirmed that Sherry Pie had been disqualified and wouldn’t be appearing in the final episode. We now know that she made it to the Top 4.
What happens next?
Next week it’s the Grand Finale when the Season 12 winner will be crowned.
We don’t have a lot of detail as to how it’s going to work. RuPaul mentioned something about there being five lip-sync songs, but who knows?
We should also get the crowning of Miss Congeniality – that has to be Heidi N. Closet, right?
Who are you backing to snatch the trophy of Season 12? I’m backing #TeamJaida.
We first met Aiden in Episode 2. Aiden always felt a bit inexperienced to really go the distance in this competition. She left us in Episode 6, Snatch Game was her downfall. She will be remembered for her commitment to making a wig earn its keep.
A seasoned New York queen, Brita was first into the work-room in Episode 1 and made a strong start. However, from thereon in it was hard-going for Brita. She got the villain-of-the-season edit, which suggests that she was a bit of a headache for the production crew. Episode 7 saw her lip-syncing for her third (and last) time.
Super-likeable Crystal hit the ground running from Episode 1. But then things got a bit rocky. There’s so much to love about Crystal, but it’s taken her a while to find her feet in this competition. But she’s made it all the way to Top 3.
We first met Dahlia in Episode 2. She looks great, and she’s got plenty of sass. The improv challenge proved to be her downfall and she was the first to leave the show, saying goodbye in Episode 3. However, she’s going to be forever haunted by that sexy broccoli costume – the cameos have been totally overdone. Who finds this funny? No one. Hopefully she can turn it into a merch opportunity.
Her mother makes her outfits and she’s big on Instagram. Finishing in the top-two of Episode 1 demonstrated that Gigi is more than just a look-queen, she’s got some personality. What we didn’t expect is that Gigi is an all-round talent. Beyond the looks – which are flawless – she’s funny, she’s got personality, and she can do back-flips. She’s in the Top 3.
Everyone agrees it’s a terrible name, but Heidi can dance and her personality really shines. She’s also allergic to kale. Despite my predictions that she’d probably reached the end of the road several episodes ago, Heidi made it all the way to Episode 11. We’re going to be seeing a lot more from Heidi.
She’s a New York City girl and Jackie Cox is pure entertainment. She made it all the way to Episode 12, before losing a lip-sync against Crystal. Jackie has won a lot of fans from her time on Drag Race.
We first met Jaida in Episode 2. She’s beautiful, she’s funny, and she also makes all of her own clothes. Jaida is the kind of all-rounder who is going to make it to the finish line in this show. She is drag excellence. She’s made it to the Top 3.
We first met Jan in Episode 2. She came into this competition with a big New York reputation, and she totally backed it up with a strong showing straight out the gate. Jan was eliminated in Episode 8. I don’t understand why. I’m still angry about it. She deserved better than this. Not happy, Jan.
Originally from France and now based in NYC, Nicky is beautiful and serves looks. We also love how she rolls her eyes in the confessionals when the producers don’t understand her accent or get her references. She survived the lip-sync in Episode 3, finished Top 3 in Episode 4, but was back in the Bottom 2 for Episode 5 and was knocked out by Heidi.
We first met Rock in Episode 2. With her really strong anime aesthetic, it was a bit hard to know what to expect from Rock, but she’s got loads of personality and looks really comfortable on stage. She got a raw deal in Episode 4 and was eliminated when she lost the lip-sync to Brita.
A theatre queen, Sherry Pie has landed in some hot water before even hitting our screens. We first met Sherry in Episode 2 where she made it into the Top 2 and she’s continued to perform strongly since then. Sherry made it to the Top 4 but wasn’t included in the filming of the Grand Finale. Cancelled before the show even gets going – a new record!
The winner of Episode 1, Widow is a performer with personality for days. She’s started strong and was fairly solid throughout the competition. However, Episode 9 was the end of the road when she lost a lip-sync to Jackie.
There’s been some serious fire-power on the judging panel this season.
- Episode 1 was Nicki Minaj.
- Episode 2 was Thandie Newton and Robyn.
- Episode 3 was Olivia Munn.
- Episode 4 was Leslie Jones.
- Episode 5 was Normani.
- Episode 6 was Daniel Franzese and Jonathan Bennett.
- Episode 7 was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Winnie Harlow.
- Episode 8 was Chaka Khan.
- Episode 9 was Jeff Goldblum and Rachel Bloom.
- Episode 10 was Daisy Ridley.
- Episode 11 was Whoopi Goldberg.
- Episode 12 was Jamal Sims.
The recurring judges of the reality drag competition remain Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, and Ross Mathews.
The Pit Crew
We’ve hardly seen the Pit Crew at all this season – they seem to have been a bit of a wasted resource.