The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Remember – Season 1, Episode 16

While Gyoo-Man got out of jail quickly on Remember, episode 16, his trail did commence, and it looked like Jin-Woo and In-A were finally getting somewhere and Gyoo-Man could no longer squirm out of his crimes.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 16 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

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Jin-Woo and Dong-Ho join forces and Dong-Ho begins to realize that something is wrong with Jin-Woo.

Episode 16 did not pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because it was just as LGBTI free as every other episode (i.e., there were no LGBTI characters in episode 16). The episode did, however, pass the Bechdel and race test.

Named women talked to each other a couple of times in episode 16 and while named women almost always mentioned men in their conversations, there was one instance where named women talked to each other without mentioning men (e.g., a named female client told In-A that when she talked with her she felt like she was chatting with a friend) so the episode passed the Bechdel test.

As to the race test, episode 16 passed this test because the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned White people (so only non-White individuals who never mentioned White people ever talked to each other).

*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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