The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Come Back, Mister – Season 1, Episode 2

Gi-Tak and Young-Soo returned to the land of the living on Come Back, Mister, episode 2, and upon their return, they discovered that a lot had changed while they had been gone.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 2 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

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Gi-Tak and Young-Soo return to the land of the living and they found themselves surprised by their new appearances.

Episode 2 did not pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 2. Episode 2 did, however, pass the Bechdel and race test.

Women (of which there were a few in episode 2) talked to each other a couple of times in episode 2, and because on one of those occasions both of the women who were talking to each other had names and they did not mention men in their conversation (e.g., a named female employee inquired if Da-Hye was feeling alright), the episode passed the Bechdel test.***** Episode 2 passed the race test because non-White individuals talked to each other on numerous occasions without ever mentioning White people (and this occurred because almost the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned anyone White).

*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.

***** Gi-Tak will not be counted as a woman while in the body of a woman as he doesn’t actually identify as a woman.

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