The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Remember – Season 1, Episode 18

Jin-Woo managed to clear Dong-Ho of all charges despite his failing memory on Remember, episode 18, and he also leaked Gyoo-Man’s confession tape to the media.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 18 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Jin-Woo discusses his health with Dong-Ho.

Episode 18 passed the race test, and it passed this test because the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned anyone White (i.e., only non-White individuals who never mentioned White people ever talked). As to the Bechdel and Russo test, episode 18 failed to pass either of these diversity tests.

Named women talked to each other a couple of times in episode 18, but the episode did not pass the Bechdel test because men were always mentioned when named women talked to one another. Episode 18 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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