The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Come Back, Mister – Season 1, Episode 13

On Come Back Mister, episode 13, it was revealed that Han-Na was not Young-Soo’s biological daughter and Suk-Chul kidnapped Gi-Tak.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 13 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

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Gi-Tak kisses Young-Soo after he learns that Han-Na is not Young-Soo’s biological daughter.

Episode 13 did not pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 13.

As to the Bechdel test, episode 13 passed this test, and the episode passed this test because there was an instance where the very few named women that were in the episode talked to each other without mentioning men (e.g., Da-Hye scolded Han-Na for running away). Episode 13 also passed the race test, and the episode easily passed this diversity test because there were numerous instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White people as the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned White people.

*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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