The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Come Back, Mister – Season 1, Episode 16

 

On the finale of Come Back, Mister, Suk-Chul was dealt with (i.e., he died) and Gi-Tak and Young-Soo made their final goodbyes to their loved ones.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 16 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Suk-Chul overhears the revelation of Da-Hye’s true identity.

Episode 16 passed the race test and the episode easily passed this test because there were many 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.

As to the Bechdel test, there were a few named women in episode 16, but because none of these women ever talked to each other, the episode did not pass the Bechdel test. Episode 16 also failed to pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 16.

*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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