On Madame Antoine, episode 6, Soo-Hyun realized that he had true feelings for Hye-Rim. He thusly felt like it was no longer appropriate for him to participate in the study so he removed himself from the experiment and he began searching for a replacement. However, finding a replacement proved to be a difficult task as no matter what male candidate he interviewed, Soo-Hyun was never satisfied and he always found an excuse for why a potential participant was not an appropriate match for Hye-Rim.
The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test
Episode 6 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.
Episode 6 passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because the entire cast was Asian (so only non-White individuals ever talked to each other) and because none of the characters ever mentioned White people (so White people were never mentioned whenever non-White individuals talked to each other). Episode 6 did not, however, pass the Bechdel or Russo test.
Women talked to each other once in episode 6 (e.g., Yoo-Rim asked Hye-Rim if she had kissed Ji-Ho) and while the women who talked to each other had names, the episode did not pass the Bechdel test because men were mentioned when the women talked to each other. Episode 6 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.