The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Twenty Again – Season 1, Episode 14

On Twenty Again, episode 14, No-Ra and Woo-Chul divorced; No-Ra came down with a cold and Hyun-Suk nursed her back to health; and a student blackmailed Woo-Chul.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 14 passed the race test but did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

Episode 14 passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because while a White man was mentioned a time or two, the entire cast was Asian so there were plenty of instances where non-White people talked to each other without mentioning White people.

When it comes to the Bechdel test, there were a couple of named women in episode 14 who occasionally spoke to each other, but because men were always mentioned when named women talked to each other, the episode did not pass the Bechdel test. Episode 14 also failed to pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in the episode so it was obviously impossible for the episode to pass any of the Russo test’s requirements.

*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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