The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Remember – Season 1, Episode 10

On episode 10 of Remember, In-A quit her job as a prosecutor and she began working with Jin-Woo on Jae-Hyuk’s retrial; Dong-Ho attempted to assist Jin-Woo from behind the scenes; Jin-Woo passed out on the first day of his father’s retrial; and Jae-Hyuk was sent to the hospital.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 10 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

vlcsnap-2016-01-14-19h03m00s270_zpss8b2iaj7
Jin-Woo is sent to the hospital after he passes out in court.

There were no LGBTI characters in episode 10 so the episode did not pass the Russo test. The episode did, however, pass the Bechdel and race test.

Women talked to each other twice in episode 10. In the one instance, the women who talked to each other didn’t talk about men but only one of the women had a name (e.g., In-A told her nameless mother that she had quit her job), and in the other, two named women talked to each other and they did so without mentioning men (e.g., In-A informed Prosecutor Chae that she had quit her job). The episode passed the Bechdel test due to the latter conversation, and the conversation (and thus the episode) passed the Bechdel test because it met all of the Bechdel test’s requirements (i.e., there were at least two named women in the episode who talked to each other without mentioning men).

As to the race test, episode 10 passed this test as 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.

Advertisements