The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Remember – Season 1, Episode 7

Jin-Woo requested a retrial for Jae-Hyuk on Remember, episode 7, and he (Jin-Woo) also found a witness for Jae-Hyuk’s case, but before he could get any true work done on his father’s case, Jin-Woo was framed for murder.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 7 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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In-A searches for Jin-Woo after he is accused of murder and she discovers his secret lair.

Episode 7 primarily had an all Asian cast, but there were a few White individuals in the episode which Asian characters occasionally spoke to or about. The episode, nonetheless, passed the race test as there were several instances in episode 7 where non-White individuals spoke to each other without mentioning White people. The episode did not, however, pass the Bechdel test.

Named women talked to each other a couple of times in episode 7, but the episode did not pass the Bechdel test because men were always mentioned whenever named women talked to each other. Episode 7 also failed to pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 7.

*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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