The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Jealousy Incarnate – Season 1, Episode 5

Na-Ri, alongside another weather forecaster, just barely managed to pull off a weather report on Jealousy Incarnate, episode 5. The aftermath of her broadcast? She was slapped by her superior; she collapsed while in Jung-Won’s presence; and she wound up going straight back to the hospital.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 5 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

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Hwa-Shin waits for Na-Ri.

Episode 5 did not pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 5. The episode did, however, pass the Bechdel and race test.

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Na-Ri recalls her time with Jung-Won in Bangkok. 

There were a couple of named women in episode 5, and some of these women occasionally talked to each other. Out of the couple of times that named women talked to each other, there were two instances where they did not mention men (e.g., Na-Ri apologized to Sung-Sook and a named woman doctor scolded Na-Ri) so the episode thus met all of the criteria for the Bechdel and passed this particular diversity test.

As to the race test, episode 5 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 anyone White.

*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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