The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Remember – Season 1, Episode 12

On Remember, episode 12, Jin-Woo took on a case from Smile Bulbs, a company that had previously worked with Ilho, and Dong-Ho dug into Ilho’s past and discovered that Ilho was connected to his father.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 12 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Jin-Woo talks to the owner of Smile Bulbs and his son.

Episode 12 passed the race test, and the episode easily passed this test because the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned White people.

As to whether or not episode 12 passed the Bechdel test, there were a couple of named women in episode 12 and there were some instances where women talked to each other, but the episode did not pass the Bechdel test because there was never an instance where two or more named women talked to each other (i.e., whenever women talked to each other in episode 12, none or only one of the women who were talking to each other had a name). Episode 12 also failed to pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 12.

*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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