The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Wayward Pines, “One of Our Senior Realtors Has Chosen to Retire” – Season 1, Episode 4

WAYWARD PINES: Pam (Melissa Leo) gives a toast in the "One of Our Senior Realtors Has Chosen to Retire" episode of WAYWARD PINES airing Thursday, June 4 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Liane Hentscher/FOX

Ethan was appointed the new sheriff, and Ben adjusted to his new (super creepy) school in the newest episode of Wayward Pines, “One of Our Senior Realtors Has Chosen to Retire.”

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

“One of Our Senior Realtors Has Chosen to Retire” did not pass the Bechdel, Russo or race test.

There were several occasions where named women talked to each other in “One of Our Senior Realtors Has Chosen to Retire,” but because men were always mentioned in the women’s conversations, the episode did not pass the Bechdel test. “One of Our Senior Realtors Has Chosen to Retire” also failed to pass the Russo and race test, and the episode did not pass these tests because there were no LGBTI characters in the episode and because the two non-White characters who made an appearance in the episode never talked to each other.

*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.

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