The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Uncontrollably Fond – Season 1, Episode 18

On Uncontrollably Fond, episode 18, Joon-Young finally got a confession out of Jung-Eun, but as soon as he did so, he was arrested (thanks to his father) on allegations of illegal drug use.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 18 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Eul learns the identity of her father’s killer.

There were many instances in episode 18 where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning anyone White as the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned White people. Episode 18 thus easily passed the race test, but while the episode managed to pass this one diversity test, it did not pass other diversity tests like the Bechdel or Russo.

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Eul tries to forget what she has just learned about Joon-Young and Jung-Eun but everyone keeps talking about Joon-Young.

Episode 18 did not pass the Bechdel test because while there were a couple of named women in the episode and there were even instances where some of these named women talked to each other, men were always inevitably mentioned whenever any of the named women talked to each other.

As to why episode 18 did not pass the Russo test, 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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