The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Beautiful Mind – Season 1, Episode 11

Young-O confessed to Jin-Sung on Beautiful Mind, episode 11, and while he waited for her reply, he worked with a patient who was a surrogate and in danger of not only losing her baby’s life but her own as well.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 11 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

The entire cast of episode 11 was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned White people. As such, there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White people so the episode easily passed the race test. However, while episode 11 managed to pass this one diversity test, it passed no others.

There were a couple of named women in episode 11, and while there were instances where some of these women talked to each other, the episode did not pass the Bechdel test, and episode 11 did not pass this diversity test because men were always mentioned whenever named women talked to each other.

As to the Russo test, episode 11 did not pass this test 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.