The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Remember – Season 1, Episode 2

Jae-Hyuk was assigned a defense attorney on Remember, episode 2, but his attorney was so terrible that Jae-Hyuk began to lose his case the second his lawyer opened his mouth. In an effort to rectify the situation and save his father, Jin-Woo chased after Dong-Ho, a lawyer with a 100% success rate when it came to representing criminal cases, but he (Jin-Woo) was rebuffed by Dong-Ho no matter how he tried to convince Dong-Ho to take on Jae-Hyuk’s case.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 2 passed the race test but did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Jae-Hyuk and Jin-Woo meet with Jae-Hyuk’s appointed lawyer.

Episode 2 passed the race test, and it passed this test because the entire cast was Asian and because none of the characters ever mentioned White people. The episode did not, however, pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

Episode 2 did not pass the Bechdel test because while there were a couple of instances where named women talked to each other, men were always referenced. The episode did not pass the Russo test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 2.

*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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