Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden, Cuba Gooding, Jr. as O.J. Simpson.
Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden, Cuba Gooding, Jr. as O.J. Simpson. (Ray Mickshaw/FX)

The gloves are finally being put on in "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson."

In the seventh episode of the season, viewers are shown the glove testimony — the iconic turning point in the O.J. Simpson murder case.


Unfortunately, before the gripping drama of the glove testimony, viewers have to sit through the first half of the episode, which is composed of filler and not much else.

The episode begins with an irksome Bob Shapiro answering for the testimonies of Johnnie Cochran. Shapiro decides to stand with the LAPD while Cochran is lambasting them for systematic racism.

Marcia Clark then unveils her haircut, which looks ridiculous, if not remarkably close to the real-life counterpart.

We are then taken to the courtroom, where Cochran is ranting about how quickly O.J. was arrested following the murder.

Meanwhile, in a Harvard classroom, other murder possibilities, aside from the O.J. case, are being concocted. The teacher, also part of the O.J. team, thinks of a Colombian necktie and Cochran uses it in his interrogation of the lead investigator. The detective says he has never heard of a Colombian necktie.

"It's a well-known technique employed by drug gangs," Cochran says. "They slash a person's throat so viciously they almost remove the victim's head."

The implication is that the defense is saying the murder could be drug related, offering  an alternate theory to the jury, but it is anything but clear. There is no connection made between the description of the Colombian necktie and the murders — we just see the class at Harvard celebrating for no reason.

After the day in court, Robert Kardashian appears to be wavering in his belief that O.J. is innocent. He wonders why there is no alternate theory to the murder.

Kardashian's conversation with Cochran is interrupted by news broadcast about the double life Cochran used to lead. It is fascinating that Cochran had this double life before the case, but the whole plotline leads to pointless bickering. He and his wife have an argument and Shapiro makes a snide remark, but that is all that comes of the storyline.

The main story picks up when the detectives find out that Nicole Brown Simpson bought the murder gloves. It is a huge break for the prosecution as it is almost irrefutable evidence — as long as something ridiculous does not happen like, say, the gloves are too small for O.J.

"This is it. This is not a story. This is cold, hard proof," Marcia Clark says.

We are then taken to the oddest storyline so far in this show. Marcia tells Chris Darden she needs a vacation and Darden tells her that she can come out for drinks with him and his buddies over the weekend.

Later in the episode we see the two on this mini-vacation. Marcia Clark is taking shots with Darden's friends and talking about the case. She debunks the theory that it could be a setup.  Chris escorts Marcia back to her room and there is a long, sexually tense pause before Chris walks away. Why is this scene in the show? I'm not sure. This show is supposed to be a dramatized account of the O.J. Simpson trial; there are too many characters for me to get invested in a romantic story between two of the attorneys. Additionally, the two never get together in real life, so the storyline just feels like a distraction.

Another side story involving Robert Kardashian also goes nowhere. Bob Shapiro tells Kardashian that he could be implicated in the murder because O.J. gave him a bag before he was arrested.  Shapiro suggests that the murder weapon might be in the bag.


Fortunately for Kardashian, the bag only contains clothes. The only reason for the scene is so Robert can confide in A.C. Cowlings that he is struggling to believe that O.J. is innocent.

"There is just nothing. No other suspect. No other answer. Nothing else," Kardashian says.

Meanwhile, O.J. and Bob Shapiro have a meeting and O.J. asks Shapiro why he keeps undermining Cochran. It is made evident that Simpson can only speak in football metaphors in this episode. He asks why Shapiro is "crossing the quarterback" in "the third quarter." He says that the conspiracy theory was Shapiro's "play." Later O.J. says, "Put me in the game, coach." It is difficult to think that O.J. was so occupied with football that he could only talk in football terms. It feels like the screenwriters reminding the viewers that O.J. Simpson is a football star.

After all of those side stories, we are taken to the grand finale: the glove testimony. This whole sequence is fascinating, because it evokes the natural drama of the case without the fluff surrounding it.

Darden pushes Marcia Clark for O.J. to try on the gloves. Darden believes the demonstration would work well with the jury.  Marcia vetoes the play, saying you don't follow roads without knowing where they end.

At the trial Shapiro uses a recess to try on the gloves and discovers that they don't fit him. He pulls for O.J. to try them on in court and the defense team decides to get the prosecution to call for it.

Darden pushes for the demonstration once again and Marcia pulls rank, saying that it is her case. F. Lee Bailey picks the perfect time to taunt a pissed off Darden.

"You, sir, have the balls of a stunned field mouse," Bailey says. "If you don't ask him to try on the gloves, I will."

Darden gives in and asks O.J. to try on the gloves. O.J. tries on the gloves only to find out they are too small. The jury clearly takes note of the disastrous presentation and the whole case seems to tip in the defense's favor.

The show ends with Chris Darden calling the parents of Nicole's deceased lover to apologize, fighting back tears. In this moment, I could really feel Darden's pain. It was a high note to end the show on.

This episode started weak with side plots that seemed inconsequential and frivolous. However, the glove testimony was well done. It was seeped in natural tension and drama, yet it was surprisingly grounded. I am eager to see the effect the infamous verdict had on the world in the episodes to come.