‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ episode 8 recap: Did Peppermint read the house down or was she evicted from competition?

With the field of contestants on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” narrowing down, the queens began this week concerned with who and who hasn’t pulled in a challenge win so far in the competition. In that regard, the spotlight is on Peppermint and Farrah Moan, the only two queens left who haven’t. Were they able to rise to the top this week or did they continue to bring up the rear? To find out how it all went down, read my recap of Season 9, Episode 8, titled “RuPaul Roast,” and then update your predictions in our weekly event to reflect who still remains in the hunt to win.

For this week’s mini challenge RuPaul Charles opened the library for one of the series’ shadiest tasks, the “Reading Is Fundamental” challenge. Each queen was given the opportunity to “read” the other girls with their shadiest jokes, all in, as Ru says, “the great tradition of Paris Is Burning.” The winner of that challenge was Valentina with part of her prize was to determine the performance order for the main challenge.

Continuing in the vein of the mini challenge, the week’s maxi challenge was a remix of a challenge from Season 5, the RuPaul Roast. Though this time instead of reading Ru, the queens were asked to roast series judge Michelle Visage instead. In rehearsals, Sasha Velour struggled with finding her comedic voice inside her intellectual persona while Alexis Michelle was in her head about the queen’s reading her weight issues in the mini challenge.

In addition to the guest of honor Michelle, on the dais for the roast were guest judges Fortune Feimster and Tamar Braxton, as well as series judges Ru and Ross Mathews. Opening the roast, Shea Coulee set the tone with a lot of laughs, topped only by Sasha who was smartly funny and Peppermint who read the room for filth and was declared the winner of the challenge, her first time this season.

Fairing not as well were Farrah, Trinity Taylor and Alexis who closed out the show inexplicably painted green. Of the three, Trinity earned safety, leaving Farrah and Alexis to lip synch for their lives to Dolly Parton’s “Baby I’m Burning.” In the bottom two for the second time and performing with less enthusiasm than Alexis, it was Farrah Moan’s time to sashay away.

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