The People v. O.J. Simpson Recap: It Doesn’t Fit

The moment with the glove changes everything.

Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson trying on the gloves in The People v. O.J. Simpson
Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson trying on the gloves in The People v. O.J. Simpson FX screenshot

Bob Shapiro is at the courthouse offering a “Good morning” to Gil Garcetti, who is not here for any of Shapiro’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, sooo

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 about O.J. Simpson. Alan Dershowitz and his students at Harvard are watching the case live. He instructs them about the changing culture 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 as “desperate flailing.” Darden says that the jury is eating 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 Robert Kardashian, who is growing skeptical about Simpson’s innocence. Attorney Carl Douglas interrupts their chat 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 payoff Cochran gave his ex, she’s on TV talking about the time he “assaulted” her. Oh. 

Detectives swing by Denise Brown’s home to sort though the remainder of Nicole Brown Simpson’s things—that is, boxes of stuff in her sister’s garage. The search is fruitful. They find Nicole’s credit card receipts that show she purchased two pairs of the gloves that are a match for the ones found at the crime scene. “This is cold, hard proof!” Clark declares. “The gloves are our conviction!” Uhh …

The next day at the courthouse, Clark is hanging out waiting to watch the press pounce on Cochran. She gets her wish. She also says that she needs a vacation. Darden volunteers that he’s going to Oakland, Calif., for a friend’s birthday. He asks Clark if she wants to tag along. She says, “Hell, yes.”