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The Verdict 

Closing statements are given and the jury must decide the verdict. Effects of the verdict are highlighted for both sides, as well as the community.


Ryan Murphy


Jeffrey Toobin (based on the book "The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson" by), Scott Alexander (developed for television by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sterling K. Brown ... Christopher Darden
Kenneth Choi ... Judge Lance Ito
Christian Clemenson ... Bill Hodgman (credit only)
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... O.J. Simpson
Bruce Greenwood ... Gil Garcetti
Nathan Lane ... F. Lee Bailey
Sarah Paulson ... Marcia Clark
David Schwimmer ... Robert Kardashian
John Travolta ... Robert Shapiro
Courtney B. Vance ... Johnnie Cochran
Jordana Brewster ... Denise Brown
Garrett M. Brown ... Lou Brown
Chris Conner ... Jeffrey Toobin
Bonita Friedericy ... Patti Goldman
Dale Godboldo ... Carl E. Douglas


Closing statements are given and the jury must decide the verdict. Effects of the verdict are highlighted for both sides, as well as the community.

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5 April 2016 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


During the reaction to the verdict, someone can be seen dancing in a chicken costume. This references a photograph of a protester in a chicken suit outside the Las Vegas courthouse where the November 8, 2007, preliminary hearing for O.J. Simpson's later burglary trial was held. See more »


In real life, Johnnie Cochrane delivered the line "If it does not fit, you must acquit" while wearing a knit cap similar to one OJ was alleged to have worn the night of the murders. See more »


Johnnie Cochran: [trying to make amends after the verdict] I appreciate how hard you fought. Especially that closing. This was war, and you did a superb job. I respect that. I... I know how difficult this has been on you. And when the dust settles, I'd like to help bring you back in to the community.
Christopher Darden: Hmmm... well I never left. You think I don't understand the situation? I get it. It's payback. O.J.'s the first black defendant in history to get off because he's black.
Johnnie Cochran: The people will see who the police really are...
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Performed by Nina Simone
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The bitter end
7 April 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

"God, that was tense" is really the best way I can describe the finale; and it's just as much about the fallout as it is the verdict itself. But hearing the prosecution's closing statements (which are nothing less than damning) just compounds the dread, even if the finding is a foregone conclusion. The writers really know how to turn the knife here, first with Garcetti's plea to Darden and Clark in the opening moments ("Guys, please nail this") and a single line in during Garcetti's funereal press conference from a reporter: "So, are you going to find the real killer now?" I mean, you are right there with the Goldmans' anguish.

We all knew how this would end, but that somehow makes it even worse. Just like the rest of season, this is really about race, and the crowd reaction footage is a testament to that. This has always been quality television, and the finale is no letdown.

And I'm actually kinda sad it's over.


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