The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Doctor Crush – Season 1, Episode 2

After witnessing Ji-Hong rescue a pregnant woman on Doctor Crush, episode 2, Hye-Jung was inspired to turnaround her life and what a turnaround it was. Hye-Jung became obsessed with studying, and in just a week, she became number one in terms of math in her school, but her new transformation came with consequences. To be more specific, because Hye-Jung did so well so quickly, a new friend wound up turning against her due to jealousy and she (Hye-Jung) and Ji-Hong wound up in a bad situation.

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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Hye-Jung talks to Ji-Hong about her mother.

Episode 2 did not pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass the Russo test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 2 (and no, Yoo-Na does not count as being a lesbian because it seemed like it was just a joke instead of a reality). The episode did, however, pass the Bechdel and race test.

There were several named women in episode 2 and because there were many instances where some of these named women talked to each other without mentioning men, the episode easily passed the Bechdel test.

As to how episode 2 passed the race test, 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.

*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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