Bob Shapiro is at the courthouse offering a “good morning” to Gill Garcetti, who is not here for any of Bob’s shenanigans. “We barely recovered from the Rodney King riots of two years ago, and now you and Johnnie are standing in a damn pool of gasoline playing with matches,” Garcetti snaps.
Shapiro insists that he’s not the one stirring things up. It’s Cochran.
But, Bob. You hired Cochran to do exactly what he is doing. Playing “the race card” was your idea. Cochran is just better at it. And really, it was F. Lee Bailey who was screaming the N-word at Fuhrman.
Garcetti isn’t trying to hear Shapiro. “Enjoy your legacy, Bob,” he says.
Garcetti storms off just before Shapiro is besieged by reporters. He’s mid eye-roll when he spots Marcia Clark, who has changed her hair again. It’s short and straight. It looks much, much better. “Please don’t ever mention my hair again”, Clark says to Garcetti.
In court, Cochran is talking about the rush to judgment that cops made on Simpson. Alan Dershorwitz and his students at Harvard are watching the case live. He instructs them about the culture changing and how the public wants narrative and entertainment. “If there’s going to be a media circus, you better damn well be the ringmaster,” he instructs.
Later, Clark describes this approach “desperate flailing”. Darden says the jury eats it up and the defense’s “big moments” are having the desired effect on the jury. Someone listen to this man.
Cochran is meeting with Kardashian, who is growing skeptical about OJ’s innocence.
Cochran is meeting with Kardashian, who is growing skeptical about OJ’s innocence. He’s struggling with how the blood got on/in the Bronco. Cochran says they have to be patient. “The truth will find us,” he says. “It always does.”
Attorney Carl Douglas interrupts their meeting to tell Cochran that his ex-wife and his former mistress are on “A Current Affair” spilling piping hot tea. Apparently, Cochran had an outside kid while he was married. And despite the pay-off Cochran gave his ex, she’s on TV talking about the time he “assaulted” her.
Detectives swing by Denise Simpson’s home to sort though the remainder of Brown Simpson’s things, ie boxes of stuff in her sister’s garage. The search is fruitful. They found Brown Simpson’s credit card receipts that show she purchased two pair of the gloves that were found at the crime scenes. “This is cold, hard proof!” Clark declares. “The gloves are our conviction!”
The next day at the courthouse, Clark is hanging out waiting to watch the press to pounce on Cochran. She gets her wish. When Cochran arrives, a reporter wants to know if he beat his ex wife and if he beats his current wife. Cochran says he’s not entertaining old gossip.
Clark says she needs a vacation. Darden volunteers that he’s going to Oakland for a childhood friend’s birthday. He asks Clark if she wants to tag along. Clark’s ex has the kids that weekend. She says “hell, yes.”
At home that night, the Mrs is not happy with Cochran. Yeah, she knew about his ex-wife and his side kid when she married him, but her family and friends and pastor didn’t know. She’s embraced. Cochran says he will find out who leaked the story. “You can not fix it,” Mrs. Cochran says. “All your stuff with Barbara is in court records. You made the world your stage. You wanted the attention, now you got it.”
Welp. And still, that sucks. Sometimes we ask for things without knowing fully what we’re asking for.
Shapiro meets up with Kardashian to speak with him about getting the team on board for a plea deal. Shapiro’s worried about the prosecution getting murdered on “the glove thing”. And he’s concerned about Kardashian, who was seen taking a garment bag from Simpson’s estate. Many people believe the as yet unfound murder weapon was inside. Kardashian is shocked by the accusation and storms out.
At home, Kardashian pulls out the aforementioned garment bag and calls AC over to open it with him. There are only clothes inside. Whew.
AC takes it as “more proof” that OJ didn’t do it. But Kardashian is skeptical. “Who do you think did do it?” he asks. Kardashian can’t understand how there are so many people involved in and interested in the case and there is no other suspect. Good question.
Clark heads to Oakland to hang out with Darden and his friends. Somehow, it’s not as awkward as I expected. After a few drinks, the guys want to talk about the case. Clark dismantles the conspiracy theory about OJ being set up. The way she lays it out makes saying, “OJ was framed!” sound utterly ridiculous.
Clark heads to the bar for another round. Darden’s boys try to convince him to do grown people things with Clark. A drunk Darden walks Clark to her room. At her door, she’s hoping he’ll ask to come in the room. He fumbles. Womp.
Back at work, Clark is back to all business. Darden has a proposal for her: have OJ to put on the gloves in the courtroom. They need a big moment. Okay. I was wrong. Clark should absolutely not listen to Darden.
“You have an Ace and a 10, why do you want to ask for another card?” she asks. Darden pushes again, until Clark pulls rank on him and says no emphatically.
Darden and Clark head into court. Out of nowhere, Darden, at the podium, asks Simpson to try on the gloves. We all know how this ends.
In the most dramatic fashion possible, Simpson obliges. Of course, the gloves don’t fit, which led to Cochran’s infamous line, not even quoted (yet) in the show “if the gloves don’t fit, you must acquit.”
That night at the office, Darden calls the Goldmans to apologize for the bad call on the gloves and to reassure them that the prosecution will “come back from this”.
Um…Bruh? No, you won’t.