The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Twenty Again – Season 1, Episode 12

On the twelfth episode of Twenty Again, Hyun-Suk discovered that No-Ra was getting a divorce and No-Ra learned the identity of her husband’s lover.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 12 passed the Bechdel and race test, but it did not pass the Russo test.

There were a couple of named women in episode 12 and there were three instances where some of these named women talked to each other without mentioning men (e.g., No-Ra told Sang-Ye that she was quitting, Yi-Jin told No-Ra that she had a job opportunity for her and No-Ra told a named actress that it was time for her audition) so the episode passed the Bechdel test. Episode 12 also passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned White people.

As to the Russo test, episode 12 did not pass this test, and the episode 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.

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