The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Liar Game (Korean), “Minority Game II” – Season 1, Episode 4

On Liar Game, “Minority Game II,” Jung-A revealed that she was Betrayer X and that her true name was Jaime.

When Jaime revealed her true identity, she thought that she had already won the game, but it ended up that Jaime wasn’t the only person in the game who was capable of deception. For example, Jaime had thought that she had kept her identity secret and that she had played everyone for chumps, but Woo-Jin, Da-Jung and Sung-Joon had been aware of Jaime’s true identity for quite some time, and the trio had used their knowledge to their advantage and created a strategy that would enable their win and guarantee Jaime’s loss. It is suffice to say that Jaime did not take kindly to this news and that she freaked out when she realized that she had lost the second round of Liar Game.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

“Minority Game II” passed the Bechdel and race test but did not pass the Russo test.

There were several named women in “Minority Game II,” and there were a couple of occasions where named women talked to each other without mentioning men (e.g., Da-Jung talked to Jaime about her [Jaime’s] coffee and Da-Jung told Jaime she already knew about her identity) so the episode passed the Bechdel test. “Minority Game II” also passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because the entire cast was Asian and White people were never mentioned by any of the cast members.

As to the Russo test, “Minority Game II” did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in the episode.

*The Bechdel test entails three requirements:
1. It has to have at least two (named) women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man

**The Vito Russo test entails three requirements:
1. The show contains a character that is identifiably lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and/or transgender
2. The character must not be solely or predominately defined by her sexual orientation, gender identity and/or as being intersex
3.The character must be tied into the plot in such a way that her removal would have a significant effect

***The race or people of color (POC) test has three requirements:
1. It has two people of color in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something other than a White person

****Just because a show passes the Bechdel, Russo and race test does not mean that it is not sexist, heterosexist, racist and/or cissexist, etc. The Bechdel, Russo and race test is only a bare minimum qualifier for the representation of LGBTI individuals, women and people of color in television. The failure to pass these tests also does not identify whether the central character was a woman, a person of color or a LGBTQI individual and it does not dictate the quality of the show.