Last week’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will go down as one of the most eventful twisty, turny, and chart-topping episodes in the franchise’s history. It begins with the queens finding out, from their total mid-reality-season-taping isolation, that there is a global pandemic raging beyond the walls of the werkroom. They’re sent home, and we smash-cut to seven months later, when they return to the show, only to find out that one of the season’s brightest and most compelling competitors, Veronica Green, has contracted COVID and will not be returning. In her place, the first-eliminated queen, cabaret star Joe Black, makes her triumphant return … only to be absolutely torn apart on the main stage by RuPaul in what has already been dubbed online as the “H&M incident.” Did we mention that during all of this, the competitors did a girl-group challenge that resulted in a No. 1 single on the U.K. pop charts? We caught up with Rats: The Rusical star Veronica Green and Brighton’s finest Joe Black to talk eliminations, reads, and drag in the age of COVID.