The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Twenty Again – Season 1, Episode 3

In episode 3 of Twenty Again, No-Ra attended a freshman welcoming party for the humanities students. While she was at the party, a humanities professor showed up and she noticed that he kept inappropriately touching the female students but that none of the other students were doing anything about his sexual harassment. No-Ra thus decided to take matters into her own hands and she called the professor out on his inappropriate behavior.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 3 passed the Bechdel and race test but did not pass the Russo test.

Hyun-Suk finds No-Ra’s diary and discovers that she is dying.

Women talked to each other several times in episode 3, and of those several occasions where women talked to each other, there were a couple of instances where the women had names and they did not mention men (e.g., No-Ra told Yoon-Young how there’s so much that she wants to do and No-Ra talked to some named female classmates a time or two without mentioning men) so the episode passed the Bechdel test. The episode also passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because while White people were mentioned a time or two, the entire cast of episode 3 was Asian so there were plenty of instances where non-White people talked to each other without mentioning White people.

As to the Russo test, there were no LGBTI characters in episode 3 so the episode did not pass the Russo 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.