The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Twenty Again – Season 1, Episode 5

In the fifth episode of Twenty Again, No-Ra managed to resolve all of the issues that she had with the other students and she joined a dance club. However, just as things were making a turn for the better for No-Ra, both her husband and son discovered that she was going to school and it is suffice to say that neither of them were pleased to learn that she was attending college.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 5 passed the Bechdel and race test but did not pass the Russo test.

Hye-Mi works on a school project with her classmate.

Women (both named and unnamed) talked to each other a couple of times in episode 5, and while men were almost always mentioned in all of their conversations, there was one occasion where named women talked to each other without mentioning men (e.g., No-Ra thanked Hye-Mi for telling her that their classroom had been moved) so the episode passed the Bechdel test. Episode 5 also passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because while White people were mentioned once or twice, the entire cast was Asian so there were plenty of times where non-White people talked to each other without mentioning White people.

As to the Russo test, episode 5 of Twenty Again did not pass this test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 5.

*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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