The latest instalment of FX's hit TV show, "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," will depict the complexities that underlined the O.J. Simpson case. Season 1 Episode 5 titled "The Race Card" will capture the defence's strategy, which will range from starting a public debate on race to isolating the public prosecutor Christopher Darden.
Last week's episode titled "100% Not Guilty" cemented the tone of the trial. Simpson's (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) lead attorney Johnnie Cochran (Courtney B. Vance) told his client that he would successfully get him a hung jury even if there was one African-American among the 12 people. Later in the episode, the prosecution's lead attorney Marcia Clark included her colleague Christopher Darden in order to win the trust of the African-American population.
In Episode 5, a visibly charged Cochran will try to steer the public against Darden (Sterling K Brown). Simpson's lead lawyer will highlight the fact that the prosecution appointed an African-American attorney only because of his colour.
In the promo, Cochran says, "Mr. Darden is being used because he is black." While this revelation shocks the public prosecutor, his colleague Clark (Sarah Paulson) seems nonchalant.
Elsewhere in the episode, the prosecution argues that Simpson is guilty of domestic violence, but Shapiro (John Travolta) dismisses the claim. In the promo, he says, "This is a murder case not a domestic violence case."
The video clip, in many ways, projects the course of the trial in which the defence seems to be ahead of the prosecution in perhaps every way possible.
Season 1 Episode 5's synopsis released on TV Guide reads:
The trial begins and Christopher Darden and Johnie Cochran face off in court. Also: the jury visits the crime scene.
"The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" airs on Tuesday, March 1, at 10 p.m. on FX. You can live stream the episode via FX's website.