RECAP: ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson American Crime Story’ — O.J. Fails Polygraph, Contemplates Suicide [Episode 1]

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Approximately twenty years ago, a beautiful woman and her male friend were savagely killed on a warm summer evening in Brentwood, California. Later we learned the victims were Nicole Brown Simpson, ex-wife of sports legend, O.J. Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now, a new generation will learn about the chaotic trial that ensued, launching the birth of reality television.

The People vs. O.J. Simpson debuted last night with the first of ten episodes, beginning with the LA riots that occurred two years prior after the Rodney King beatings. Flash forward to O.J. Simpson apologizing for making his driver wait to take him to the airport. As O.J. drives away, the scenes changes to a man following the distraught barking sounds, leading him to two dead bodies. At the scene police discover the infamous glove.


When police go to break the news to O.J. at his home, they discover what looks like blood inside the car. They knock on the door and find a drunk, Kato Kaelin, who explains O.J. isn’t home, but informs police he heard a thud against the guest house he lives in. The police investigate and find the matching glove from the crime scene.

You would think his goose would have been cooked right then, but people revered O.J. Simpson and couldn’t wrap their minds around their football hero committing such a heinous act because “he’s such a great guy.” Never mind that there had been eight prior 911 domestic violence calls from Nicole against O.J.

Bring in Marcia Clark, brilliantly portrayed by Sarah Paulson, who can’t believe that someone was murdered in Brentwood. “No one gets killed in Brentwood,” she says. And she could care less about O.J.’s college and professional days as a football player, though everyone working around her is clearly impressed by O.J. Clark thinks there’s enough evidence to arrest O.J. the minute he returns to Los Angeles.

Back at his house, police handcuff O.J. and an overzealous photog nabs the picture. O.J. is told by a friend not to speak with police without a lawyer.

O.J. says, “If I don’t talk, it looks like I have something to hide.” The camera pans down to show a bandage on his left hand, just as Officer Fuhrman predicted the killer would have.

As Clark listens to the interview tape, she is frustrated the detectives allowed O.J. to dodge questions, falling for his charismatic charm. She has no knowledge of O.J. being referred to as “The Juice” or what rushing yards mean. Clark yells, “He got away with beating her; he is not going to get away with killing her!”

Feeling very frustrated by his lack of support, O.J. contacts Robert Shapiro (John Travolta) and the beginning of the #dreamteam is formed. The prosecution is continuing their investigation and finds that several witnesses and neighbors saw the white Bronco near Nicole’s house. O.J. fails a polygraph test, thus starting the beginning of his meltdown.


At the funeral, Kris Kardashian and Faye Resnick, question if O.J. killed their “personal angel” and can’t believe O.J. showed up. A guest questions, who brings their lawyer to a funeral? Even if that lawyer is Robert Kardashian and has a right to be there.

Finally the police show up to arrest O.J. because he’s taking too long to turn himself in. Before the infamous slow chase begins with O.J. in the back seat with a gun to his head, O.J. attempts to kill himself in Kim Kardashian’s childhood bedroom. Before the police can apprehend him, O.J. sneaks out the back, taking “ride or die” friend Al Cowlings and the white Bronco with him. Meanwhile, Marcia Clark is fuming.


What did you think of last night’s show? Do you remember when this went down or are you new to what was coined as the Trial of the Century?


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