Picking up where episode one left off, we are brought soon to the most televised event in news in 1994: the Bronco chase. But first — the suicide note.
O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is missing — and Robert Shapiro (John Travolta) has one question: “Who the hell signs a suicide note with a happy face?” I have one other question: how did not one person see the white Bronco pull up to Nicole’s grave?
Right away we saw why Robert Shapiro was so good at his job: he can talk. Even when getting harassed for letting O.J. literally walk out the door, he was bragging about his past success. So what did he do? Held a press conference to defend himself. He plead to O.J. through the TV to surrender, after once again listing his successes.
With that, Robert Kardashian (David Schwimmer) took the stand and read part of the suicide note that O.J. had written — I know it was only part after reading the book the show was based on; it was actually very long and (no surprise here) had a ton of rambling. Reporters had a question afterward: who the heck was Robert Kardashian? Luckily, the kids were at home yelling at the TV. But anyways…
Let The Chase Begin
A.C. (Malcolm Jamal-Warner), “the poor man’s OJ” and one of his best friends, drove him North on Interstate 405 — and it wasn’t long before someone saw him and called it in. Before police arrived, Robert Kardashian went to O.J.’s house and told the family that they had reason to believe he had committed suicide. However, cameras were quickly put on him and the coverage was on every channel. But they were heading to Brentwood, as O.J. demanded to talk to his mother.
For those wondering like I was, the Bronco they were driving was not O.J.’s — that was impounded as evidence since there was blood in it. This was A.C.’s; he had worshipped Juice so much, he bought the identical one. From the car, O.J. called “Bobby” to reminisce, tell him how much he loved him, and to ask him to say goodbye to everyone. While news stations actually prepared a memorial video for the possibility that O.J. would commit suicide, police tried to talk him off the edge and got him on the phone. He told them he “deserved to get hurt.”
While hundreds of fans cheered him on on the highway, he just wanted to get back home. When he did arrive, A.C. demanded all police lights be turned off so he could be brought in; they sat in the car for sometime — Bobby called and told him he’d help bring him in so he could speak to his mom. The conditions were clear: O.J. could not bring the gun out of the car, and police would arrest him inside, away from the cameras.
When he stepped out of the car, he did not have a gun — just framed family photos. He went inside, asked for a phone call with his “momma” and some orange juice. Honestly, it was tough not to feel for him. And with that, he was put in handcuffs and taken away.