I can’t believe that Marcia Clark was going through a divorce at the same time she was prosecuting the biggest case of her life. Wow. Either one of those is a lot. And the media was kind enough to call her a bitch and mock her wardrobe and hair through the whole thing.
I love the scenes with Darden and Clark working late over a cup of….tequila…talking about their kids and dancing. It seemed inevitable that they would get together.
The Cochran Law Firm’s paid commercials are redundant and a waste of money. This entire show is an advertisement for the firm.
Gil Garcetti saying to Clark, “Don’t watch so much TV!” was ridiculous and would have never been uttered. She was hardly in her PJs watching The View or whatever shows were on back then.
Cochran’s buyout of his former wife for keeping her mouth shut was something I don’t remember knowing about.
I remember that maid. She was probably even worse than how she was portrayed. I don’t remember it happening DURING the prosecution’s case, but at that time I had not earned my Internet Law Degree giving me a deep and thorough expertise in the law. That’s sarcasm people. Simmer down.
OJ, “When I want to hear from you, I’ll rattle my zipper. Now get the hell out of here Bob!” Seems very OJ. I wonder if someone in that room leaked the line to the writers. Nathan Lane, who plays F. Lee Bailey, was on The View yesterday. He was asked if he spoke to Bailey before filming about his portrayal. He said that he did have a conversation with Bailey, but all Bailey cared about was that Shapiro was not being edited positively. He said apparently old grudges never die, they just … I forget the word he used exactly…but I think it might have been fester .
I can’t believe this storyline about Marcia “getting a makeover” with all this crap going on. I remember all of the talk about her appearance and her bitchy personality. Every time she came to court, over the course of, what? a year or more with new hair or new clothes it was discussed in detail in a negative way. Over the length of the trial, she got her hair cut, she went from curly to straight and wore a variety of suits. I just remember thinking what a strong woman she was to be the lead on this case in the face of all the drama. That was without knowing about all of her marriage issues going on at the same time. I never saw Marcia Clark cry in court. That whole scene was ridiculous. She was seen as tough as nails, a bitch, and not one who would cry. I find the tampon buying scene hilarious. But in extremely poor taste. What can I say, sometimes I’m inappropriate. That said, the portrayal of Clark as both a bitch and a crybaby who tears up in court over reaction to a new hairstyle is very incongruent.
In this episode, we see scenes of Bailey drinking at a bar with Cochran, that would not have happened in the first place considering all the egos going on there, and they include a line by Cochran joking about Bailey’s plans to “bury Furhman” as a racist saying, “just be sure you can walk” which seems out of place at first. I’m not sure why the writers wanted to make Bailey’s tactics appear to come directly from him. But Cochran was the one making the racist cop defense. He just used Bailey to do the dirty work.
In court there are shots of Bailey drinking from a bright yellow cup just before and during his cross examination of Fuhrman. They bright yellow cup was interesting editing on the part of production. It was meant to draw our attention. There was speculation at the time that Bailey was drinking a lot throughout this trial and may have been a bit tipsy in the courtroom when he crossed Fuhrman and on other prior occasions. I believe most of the attorneys did a lot of drinking, at the end of the day. But Bailey always seemed like he might have started a bit earlier. Or it could have just been his age. I would think that being on camera about to say the word ‘nigger’ as many times as he possibly could might have amped up his need for something to take the edge off. But it that did happen, it wasn’t while he was sitting in open court.
I’m so irritated by the scenes of Clark crying. I am quite sure I would remember that. I’m sure that Marcia had her private breakdowns, but not in the courtroom. That nude photo thing was scandalous at the time. It’s not like now when there is a sex tape leaked every week.
Next Week: We see some of the problems the defense had. And the prosecution starts to feel better about their case.