The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Remember – Season 1, Episode 20

Remember came to a conclusion on episode 20.

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Jin-Woo has been missing for a year when In-A unexpectedly encounters him.

In the finale of Remember, the Nam family and their minions got what was coming to them. Gyoo-Man was convicted of murder and rape (amongst other things); Il-Ho’s home was searched, his documents were seized and he was taken to court; and Moo-Suk was arrested and brought to court on charges of corruption.

As to Jin-Woo, once he had seen justice carried through, he disappeared from everyone’s lives, not wanting to burden anyone. Jin-Woo’s last request of his friends? To continue his practice and protect the weak from those who would use the law to manipulate and alter truth.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 20 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Kang, Dong-Ho and In-A discuss Jin-Woo.

Episode 20 passed the race test, and the episode easily passed this test because the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned anyone White. As to the Bechdel and Russo test, episode 20 failed to pass either of these diversity tests.

Women never only talked to just one another in episode 20 so the episode did not pass the Bechdel test. Episode 20 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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