The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Remember – Season 1, Episode 13

Jin-Woo finally started to win his battle against Ilho on Remember, episode 13, (e.g., Prosecutor Hong retired, Detective Bae turned himself in and Ilho’s slush fund was exposed), but his success came at a step price – his memory.

At first only forgetting small things, Jin-Woo’s memory eventually became so bad in episode 13 that In-A began to pick up that something was wrong with Jin-Woo. She asked Bo-Mi what was going on, but when Bo-Mi brushed off her question, In-A dropped the subject and she let the whole Jin-Woo situation be. However, when Jin-Woo later forgot that his own father had been falsely imprisoned and that he had died, In-A could no longer pretend that nothing was going on and she was forced to confront the reality that something was seriously wrong with Jin-Woo.

The Bechdel, Russo and Race Test

Episode 13 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel and Russo test.

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Soo-Bum and Gyoo-Man discuss Jin-Woo and In-A.

Episode 13 passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because the entire cast, which was Asian, never mentioned White people (i.e., only non-White individuals ever talked to each other and they always did so without mentioning White people). As to the Bechdel and Russo test, episode 13 did not pass either of these diversity tests.

There were a couple of named women in episode 13 (e.g., In-A, Yeo-Kyung and Bo-Mi) and there were a couple of instances in episode 13 where some of these named women talked to each other, but because men were always mentioned whenever named women talked to each other, the episode did not pass the Bechdel test. Episode 13 did not pass the Russo test because there were no LGBTI characters in the episode.

*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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