The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Teen Wolf, “Condition Terminal” – Season 5, Episode 4

Lydia underwent surgery; Scott realized that the masked villains were creating chimeras; and Liam acted as Mason’s wingman at a gay club on Teen Wolf, “Condition Terminal.”

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

“Condition Terminal” passed all of the diversity tests.

There were several named women in “Condition Terminal” and there was one instance where some of these named women not only talked to each other, but talked to each other without mentioning men (e.g., Lydia told her mom not to tell anyone about Tracy) so the episode passed the Bechdel test. “Condition Terminal” also passed the Russo test, and the episode passed this test because there was one LGBTI character in “Condition Terminal,” Lucas, who met all of the requirements of the Russo test. For example, “Conditional Terminal” passed the Russo test because Lucas is gay and was in the episode; because besides being gay, Lucas was also a were-scorpion; and because Lucas was important to the plot and couldn’t have been easily taken out of the episode since a large part of the episode revolved around him.

In regards to the race test, there were several non-White characters in the episode and there were some instances where some of these non-White characters talked to each other without mentioning White people (e.g., Scott told Kira that he loved her, Lucas and Mason flirted with each other, and Scott and Dr. Deaton talked about the chimeras) so the episode passed the race test.

*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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