The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Doctor Crush – Season 1, Episode 4

In the newest episode of Doctor Crush, episode 4, Hye-Jung, Ji-Hong and Seo-Woo reunited after 13 years as doctors at the same hospital and things between the trio were the same as they always were – Seo-Woo was hostile towards Hye-Jung; Ji-Hong was friendly towards both Seo-Woo and Hye-Jung (though a bit more, uh, “friendly” towards Hye-Jung); and Hye-Jung acted indifferent towards Seo-Woo and Ji-Hong.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 4 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Hye-Jung sees Ji-Hong for the first time in years.

Episode 4 passed the race test, and the episode 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 mentioned White people. As to the Bechdel and Russo test, episode 4 failed to pass either of these diversity tests.

There were a few named women in episode 4 and there were even instances where some of these named women occasionally talked to each other, but the episode did not pass the Bechdel test because whenever named women talked to each other, men were mentioned.

As to why episode 4 did not pass the Russo test, that is because there were no LGBTI characters in the episode.

*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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