The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Agent Carter, “Hollywood Ending” – Season 2, Episode 10

Agent Carter and the gang devised a plan to capture Frost and send Zero Matter back to where it came from for once and for all on Agent Carter, “Hollywood Ending.”

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

“Hollywood Ending” did not pass the Bechdel, Russo or race test.

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Agent Carter and the gang try to close a rift.

There were four named women in “Hollywood Ending” – Carter, Frost, Rose and Ana – and there was one instance where two of these named women talked to one another (e.g., Ana begged Carter to allow Jarvis to drive her [Carter]). “Hollywood Ending,” however, did not pass the Bechdel test, and the episode did not pass this test because in the one instance that named women talked to each other, a man was mentioned. “Hollywood Ending” also failed to pass the Russo and race test.

“Hollywood Ending” did not pass the Russo test because there were no LGBTI characters in the episode. The episode did not pass the race test because while there were two non-White individuals in “Hollywood Ending” (Wilkes and a Black orderly), they never spoke to one another.

*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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