So, tell me: How much did you miss me? Between coming down with a nasty cold and being in my friends wedding last week, the weekly Round-Up got missed — which obviously means I was as well…right? On second thought, don’t answer that. Let’s just move on and get back into the swing of things!
It’s been a week of battles, both literally and metaphorically, out here in Reality TV Land. There were the usual challenges — like trying to reel in a long line of rope using an oversized hamster wheel — and other, much more demanding ones — like taking a long look at your friendships and marriage, trying to determine where things went wrong and where to go from here. (We are rooting for you, Shannon!)
Speaking of (lip sync) battles, RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars is back, or will be in a couple of months. So, while you settle in and catch up on everything you might have missed this week, I’m going to go light my Mother Ru prayer candle. May she grant me the patience I need to make it through to January.
Where we’re at: Just three episodes ago we had almost 20 people left in the main house. Now we are down to just seven. As it stands there are more people in the Redemption House than there are in the main one, meaning we are finally closing in on the end. Unless the cycle of Redemption House-Main House-Redemption House continues on an infinite loop. Then, honestly, who knows?
The episode started with a daily mission, switching things up a bit for us viewers. Players had to walk across a very small balance beam, on top of a 600 ft building, to hit one of three X’s on the other side. Each X corresponded to one of the other players in a specific heat; hit the X and send that player plummeting.
After all was said and done, Hunter walked away with the win for the guys, and Jenna for the girls. Jordan and Veronica were both chosen to head to the Redemption House — which did not please CT and Cara Maria once they arrived there.
Jordan and Cara Maria ended up getting into it with one another pretty much right away. His bags ended up in the pool and Cara tried her darnedest to kick him out of the shared bedroom everyone sleeps in there. I mean, he wasn’t kind to her — that much is true. She is one of, if not the, strongest female competitor and he spent a lot of time talking smack about her. However, Cara Maria took it to another level this week, showing an incredibly immature side.
In the elimination round we had: Johnny Bananas vs. Derrick Kosinski, and Camila Nakagawa vs. Britni Thornton. To stay in the main game, the players had to use a giant wheel to reel in a long line of rope; first player to reel their rope in wins. Just think of a human-sized hamster wheel with a ton of rope attached to it, and you’ve got the idea.
This week’s elimination sent Bananas and Britni to the Redemption House.
What’s next: CT, LeRoy, Bananas and Jordan are all in the Redemption House together, with Dario — who I kind of forgot was in the game still. Which, at the very least, will make for a couple interesting episodes. And, again, Cara Maria should probably make it back to the main house.
Odds that Cara Maria gets Redeemed back into the game: 2/3
I said it up there, but I will say it again: Cara Maria is at the top of her game.
Odds that Hunter gets eliminated next week: 2/1
He has a broken hand, so his survival is really dependent on what the daily challenge ends up being.
Odds that The Challenge is actually on some sort of infinite cosmic loop, cycling between Redemption House and main house over and over, ad infinitum: 100/1
All I am saying is that I will not be surprised if this is the present reality we are all a part of.
Where we’re at: If you called me up with an invitation to 1) a fully catered meal where I could 2) have my aura read by someone named Mystic Michaela, I would be in the car and on my way over before you could hang up the damn phone. That sounds like a literal dream night to me, but it was anything but for most of the Wives this week. Meghan decided the way to smooth out the wrinkles in literally every relationship on this show was to have everyone over for dinner and a psychic reading — the only hiccup being that only two people (Shannon and Tamra) actually wanted to participate. Peggy at least still came for the dinner, while Vicki and Kelly didn’t even bother to go.
Vicki had a cardiologist appointment, because she feels like she’s under a lot of stress. Cue the clip reel of Vicki screaming at people for literal years. More often than not I find myself feeling bad for not feeling bad for Vicki. Listening to her tell her cardiologist how woefully stressful her life is this week was a sincere test of patience. Where is my Mother Ru candle? As it turns out, however, Vicki’s heart isn’t in as good of shape as it could be — a statement that works on oh-so-many levels. Despite her doctor really not being too worried about anything, Ms. Gunvalson is now convinced she is suffering the same condition her mother did, and is determined to surround herself only with positive vibes only. We will see how that one goes. Remember, Vicki: we must be the change we wish to see.
Speaking of realizations, poor Shannon came face to face with some of her own this week. A blow-out with Peggy resulted in Shannon spiralling, until it hit her: She has been taking out her anger and sadness about her marriage in all the wrong places. Tamra suggested some time away might be good, which is a perfect segue into this…
What to expect: We’re heading to Iceland! Thanks to Lydia, Nobleman magazine, and the RHOC showrunners for setting this little trip up for us. At this point I can’t imagine any of the Wives organically agreeing to travel to Iceland for Lydia’s lifestyles-of-the-rich-and-male magazine. Or, for fun. I wouldn’t say that this is the most self-realized group of women I have ever observed, but I’m pretty confident that even they wouldn’t isolate themselves on a small, cold island in the Atlantic if their contracts didn’t dictate it. That being said, this season has started to feel a bit like Groundhog Day — except that there is no Bill Murray and no one has figured out that they need to become better people in order for this to end yet — so whether or not things implode, I’ll take it. This soup is starting to need a bit of spice.
O/U how many fights the Wives have on their Iceland trip: 3
It’s a small island and they are volatile women. I have a feeling that being removed from certain scenarios (ie, David.) will give some of the women (ie, Shannon.) a good amount of space to reflect, and open up about their feelings — which, unfortunately and inevitably, tends to lead to others feeling their own emotions quite strongly. You don’t end up a Real Housewife if you know how to keep your mouth shut.
Odds of someone crying while in the Blue Lagoon: 1/4
First of all, they are absolutely all going to go to the Blue Lagoon. You don’t go to Iceland without going to the Blue Lagoon. And, what better time for a heart-to-heart than sitting in naturally-fed hot spring in a foreign nation? I’m not even being sarcastic! That sounds ideal; just oh-so intimate. Unfortunately, what I deem a lovely, intimate, friendship-enriching moment may not be seen in quite the same light by these ladies.
Odds that at least one of the Wives cancels on the trip last minute: 9/1
And, name her probably starts with a “V” and ends with an “icki”. I just sincerely hope, and am assuming, the producers are pushing the women into this trip — Icky Vicki included.
Where we’re at: The Blind Auditions are over, and the Battle has begun! This means two things for sure: 1) Power housing and 2) lots of it. Battles on The Voice tend to toe the ever-so-delicate line between really fun (Duets!) and kind of terrible (Hopes dashed!). We watch as contestants enter what is essentially a vocal cage match, desperately fight-singing for their lives. If they win, they are safe another day. If they lose, it’s the end of the road — unless another coach decides to steal them, then hooray! Safe another day!
Highlights from last week:
Team Standings: After losing a few contestants and moving a few others around, here’s how our teams are looking:
What to expect next: We have some more Battles to get through, so at this point you can expect more of the same — which is not a bad thing! That just means more singing, which means more harmonizing, which is something I am physically incapable of doing. So, I will sit and listen to others doing it any damn chance I get.
Odds of Davon Fleming meeting Chris Weaver in the Finale: 2/1
One has been described as a force of nature. The other, a freight train. There are many wonderful performers so far, but these two are front-runners right out the gate.
Odds of Noah Mac making it through the Knockout Round: 9/2
He has a wonderful, soulful quality about him that the judges find intriguing, however a vibe won’t be enough to keep him around. That being said, Noah is a really wonderful singer, and with the right direction from Jennifer he could fight his way through the next round.
O/U Whitney Houston songs Davon Fleming sings this season: 4
Davon has been on stage twice, and has managed to sing Whitney the same number of times. Granted once was at the bequest of Jennifer Hudson, and most likely as an opportunity for her to sing Whitney Houston, but still.
Where we’re at: I tell ya. You miss one week of Survivor because you’re sick, and all of a sudden you’re drowning in idols, advantages, and tribal switch-ups. I’m going to do my best to quickly catch us all up to speed here; all I ask of you, dear friends, is to have grace on this old gal.
Let’s see. What happened last last week? Patrick was voted unanimously out of his tribe, Ashley couldn’t get enough of what JP had to offer (ie, his body.), Cole cannot keep his mouth shut no matter how hard he thinks he is trying, and Ryan held his own private fashion show with everything Simone left behind. I think that’s most of the important stuff.
Which brings us up to this week, where it was once again affirmed that Cole cannot, for the life of him or anyone he may love, keep his damn mouth shut. When Jessica, Cole’s showmance, found an advantage in a bag of chips, he went right ahead and decided that this information would become an olive branch of sorts for the opposition. He thought it would gain people’s trust. He was wrong.
Something kind of new and exciting for the show happened this week with the introduction of the disadvantage. Basically, Devon thought he had a mystery advantage, so he tried to play it at the Tribal Council, but ended up just being blocked from voting. I like the idea of advantages and, now, disadvantages; I just really hope they don’t over do it. I want to see people win (Or lose.) because of their game play, not random (Or staged.) advantages.
The tribes were also switched up, so now we don’t have the Healers, Heroes or Hustlers — we have the Levu’s, Soko’s, and Yawa’s. I don’t know if that is a step up from the 3 H’s, or not, to be honest. From now on just don’t be surprised if I resort to my pre-K days and refer to them by the most basic identifiers possible: Blue, Yellow, and Red.
It seems as though the theme this season may have unofficially become ill-timed oversharing, first with Cole and now with Joe. Ol’ Joe decided to tell Devon that the Heroes — not the team, but the people from the original team — wanted him out. Not bad thinking, to be honest, but Joe did not go about it the right way. He thought he would garner Devon’s swing vote, but it had the opposite effect. Then, dear Joe decided to launch another poorly laid plan, thinking he could protect both himself and Desi during the Council. See, Joe had an idol to keep himself safe. So, he thought if he could keep the votes away from Desi and focused on himself, then he would just present the idol at Tribal Council and wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am — neither goes home.
Except that he straight up yelled his plan to his tribe the moment he got a little upset. Not that it even mattered, because more votes came through for Alan anyways, meaning Joe wasted an idol and showed his cards pretty darn early. It was entertaining to watch Joe fist pump the air as the votes were read out, but I am interested to see how the rest of this saga plays out over the next few weeks. Did he just make himself even more of a legitimate target by using his idol so frivolously?
What to expect next: Can I be completely honest and admit that at this point I don’t really even know what to expect? I am interested to see how the tribe switches affect things — a couple people stand as important swing votes, while others stand out as outsiders. There is a reason that the show runners do this at some point in every season. It keeps us on our toes, forcing alliances to shift, change and form — which is, and always has been, the point of this show.
Odds that Joe will become a target in the next week: 2/3
Yeaaaaah, he kind of already is, right? So, that’s very likely just going to continue.
Odds of an advantage/disadvantage happening every week: 3/1
The disadvantage is a new thing that I sincerely hope they don’t overdo. Part of the fun, and I believe success, of Survivor is that it’s about people surviving — aka, using one another to climb to the top. Once in a while is fun, sure, but this isn’t Big Brother. We don’t need plot twists every darn episode.
Odds of anyone joining an alliance with Cole: 9/1
If they do, then that’s on them. Would I, you ask? Hard pass. Absolutely not. No, thank you.
Ok, that is a bold-faced lie. I’m sorry. I absolutely do care and I do have my fingers crossed for certain queens to return (Trixie Mattel! Please, please, please!). All I am trying to say is that I trust Mama Ru implicitly. Has she steered us wrong before? The answer: How dare you?
The long-running reality competition has earned namesake RuPaul two Emmy’s for her work as host. There have been nine “regular” seasons to date, and — obviously, as this is the third — two seasons of All-Stars. The third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars is set to air January, 2018.
I cannot wait.
Featured Image: Bob the Drag Queen, at RuPaul’s DragCon, 2017 (dvsross (flickr [CC License]))
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