The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Remember – Season 1, Episode 14

In-A learned of Jin-Woo’s secret on Remember, episode 14, but in an effort to respect his decision to hide his illness, In-A pretended like she knew nothing and she continued assisting him in his pursuit to destroy Ilho.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 14 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Il-Ho tries to buy off Prosecutor Tak.

Episode 14 passed the race test, and the episode easily passed this test as the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned White people. The episode did not, however, pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

There were a couple of named women in episode 14 and there were a few instances in the episode where some of the named women of episode 14 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.

As to why episode 14 did not pass the Russo test, well, that’s 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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