The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Twenty Again – Season 1, Episode 13

On the thirteenth episode of Twenty Again, No-Ra learned that she was Hyun-Suk’s first love, and she caught her husband in a lie and discovered why they really didn’t go to her grandmother’s funeral.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 13 passed the Bechdel and race test but it did not pass the Russo test.

Episode 13 passed the Bechdel test, and the episode passed this test because of the couple of times that named women talked to each other, there were two instances where men weren’t mentioned (e.g., Sang-Ye and No-Ra talked about worked and teenage Yoo-Young told teenage No-Ra that her [No-Ra’s] grandmother had died). Episode 13 also passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because while there were a couple of White people in the episode and White people were occasionally mentioned in conversation, the vast majority of the cast were Asian so there were plenty of instances where non-White people talked to each other without mentioning White people.

As to the Russo test, episode 13 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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