The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Remember – Season 1, Episode 5

On Remember, episode 5, several years had passed since Jin-Woo’s father was imprisoned, and Jin-Woo was a defense attorney and In-A was a prosecutor. The two (i.e., Jin-Woo and In-A) hadn’t seen each other since Jin-Woo had left, but the two crossed paths once again in episode 5 when Jin-Woo took it upon himself to represent an Ilho Life employee who was being tried for sexual assault and prosecuted by In-A.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 5 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

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Jin-Woo is confronted by the losing side of a case he had just won and In-A is scolded by her superior.

Episode 5 did not pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in the episode. As to the other diversity tests, episode 5 passed both the Bechdel and race test.

Episode 5 passed the Bechdel test because while men were almost always mentioned the few times that named women talked to each other in episode 5, there was one instance where men weren’t mentioned when named women talked to each other (e.g., In-A talked to a named woman about the woman’s stolen money). The episode passed the race test because the entire cast was Asian and White people were never mentioned by any of the characters.

*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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