The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Remember – Season 1, Episode 15

Prosecutor Tak joined forces with Ilho on Remember, episode 15, but Jin-Woo, In-A and Dong-Ho did not give up in their pursuit of destroying Ilho. Instead, they worked even harder and they made new, unexpected alliances. The end result of their hard work? Gyoo-Man was arrested.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 15 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Jin-Woo realizes that In-A knows about his failing memory.

Episode 15 passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because the entire cast was Asian and because none of the characters ever mentioned White people (i.e., only non-White individuals who never mentioned White people ever talked to each other in episode 15). As to the Bechdel and Russo test, episode 15 did not pass either of these diversity tests.

There were a couple of occasions in episode 15 where named women talked to each other, but because men where always mentioned whenever named women talked to each other, the episode did not pass the Bechdel test.

Episode 15 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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