On How to Get Away with Murder, “Meet Bonnie,” Asher was told by Bonnie that she had killed Sam, and once he had this information, he struggled on whether or not he should use her information to buy himself a plea deal for his past misdoings.
Annalise, in the meanwhile, worked on discrediting Caleb and Catherine’s aunt’s testimony.
The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test
“Meet Bonnie” passed the Bechdel, Russo and race test.
There were a couple of occasions in “Meet Bonnie” where named women talked to each other without mentioning men and non-White people talked to each other without mentioning White people so the episode passed both the Bechdel and race test. “Meet Bonnie” also passed the Russo test, and the episode passed this test due to three different LGBTI characters – Annalise, Connor and Oliver.
Annalise passed the Russo test because she is LGBTI and she was in the episode; because she was not solely defined by her sexual orientation (e.g., she was also defined as being a lawyer); and because her removal from the episode would have significantly affected the plot of the episode as Annalise is a main character and she played a large part in “Meet Bonnie.” As to Connor and Oliver, they passed the Russo test because they are LGBTI and they were in the episode; because besides being defined as LGBTI, Connor was also defined as being a law student and Oliver was defined as being a hacker; and because their removal from the episode would have significantly affected the plot as Connor is a main cast member and he played a somewhat large part in “Meet Bonnie” and Oliver helped Annalise illegally obtain evidence.
*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.