The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Remember – Season 1, Episode 9

In-A was kidnapped by an assassin on Remember, episode 9, but before the assassin could kill her, Jin-Woo and Dong-Ho rescued her. This was one small win for In-A and Jin-Woo in their efforts to thwart the Ilho family, and they experienced further success when evidence relating to Jae-Hyuk’s case fell into Jin-Woo’s hands and Jae-Hyuk’s case was approved for a retrial.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 9 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

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Jin-Woo demands that his father receives proper medical treatment.

Episode 9 did not pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in the episode. The episode did, however, pass the Bechdel and race test.

Women talked to each other a total of two times in episode 9, and on each occasion, the women involved had names (In-A, for example, talked to Prosecutor Chae on two separate occasions). Because men weren’t mentioned on one of those occasions (e.g., In-A and Prosecutor Chae exchanged greetings), the episode passed the Bechdel test.

As to the race test, episode 9 easily passed this test because the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned White people.

*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.